Hi all! I'm one of the lucky people selected to go to Devon Island this
summer to be a crew member for the Mars Society's Flashline Mars Arctic
Research Station (FMARS). I won't go into detail about the project here,
the Mars Society and Haughton-Mars Projects web pages listed below are
wonderful resources. What I'd like to do here is provide a journal of my
experiences in the Arctic this summer and give folks a taste of what it's
like to be an astronaut wannabe with the Mars Society. I'll update as often
as I'm able. My crew rotation only lasts 10 days so we'll be very busy.
A quick intro on me. I'm Australian born, living in the United States right now. I'm a geophysics graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts - just a whisker away from getting my Ph.D. My interests are space based geodesy, remote sensing, and polar regions. Head over to my main web page for more details on my research. I'm a Devon Island neophyte so anticipate high levels of enthusiasm and low levels of Arctic geology expertise in the journal entries to come.
On to Mars!
Note: while in the Arctic I won't be able to update this website in real time. However I'll still be sending journal entries south, with luck they'll be on the SpaceRef: Mars of Earth website or the Mars Society Arctic website. Regardless, when I get back I'll put everything up so the whole record will be available here.
Mars Society Flashline Mars
Arctic Research Station
The Mars Society's main webpage for this field season and previous ones.
NASA/SETI Haughton-Mars Project
This website covers the ongoing NASA/SETI project at Haughton Crater. There is lots of cross-over between this project and FMARS.
- Mars on Earth
The Discovery Channel is a major sponsor of FMARS. The link right now is for last year's website, which is well worth a look for background and multimedia. There should be a new website for this year and televised coverage, although I don't know when that'll be yet.