13 September 2018 "Part of the Team"

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Lauren
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One of my PolarTREC

One of my PolarTREC scientists is at that school. I’m jealous you got to visit.

John Rand
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Antarctic pourney

Hey Mike. It was fun to catch up on your journal as you prepare to journey south. A while back I had the pleasure of accompanying some of Dr Lazzara's team to Cape Hallett to service an AWS there. An amazing experience to be a LONG way away from home. You mentioned you'll be visiting South Pole. Do you anticipate being able to accompany the team to any other places? I also see that your schedule has you flying back to New Zealand at a time when only the Hercs will be flying. HaHa, let the fun begin. Best Wishes John

Antarctic Journey

John, Thanks for the check in! I'm on the team to go and do whatever they need me to do, wherever they need me to do it. I can't be more ready to get going. There is a long list of AWS to be serviced and I think there is at least one to be installed. They are all over the map. The team has been very accommodating and available to train me and answer my questions, so I feel like I will be an asset (or at least not an anchor). Yes, I was told the return flight would be in a 130. I'm no stranger to Hercs, ...but you are right. Fun is not a word I'd use to describe long C-130 flights! Regards, Mike

Bailey
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Machines

What will you need to do if the machines break will you have extra parts or machines

Machines

Bailey, we will be bringing some spare parts with us to replace broken parts. When we are at McMurdo and South Pole Stations we will have a workshop and laboratory to fix whatever can be repaired.

Bailey
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Thank you for answering and I

Thank you for answering and I hope you have a fun time

Ryan
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technology

Hi, i am a student at Dansville schools. I was wondering if there is any technology that you had never heard of that you are using on your trip?

Technology

Ryan, most of the equipment that we will be working with is pretty standard. The thing that is different about it is that it is specially made to operate at temperatures as low as -140˚ and wind speeds as high as 200 miles per hour.

Riley
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Star Wars

Hi my name is Riley, I am from Dansville Middle School and I was wondering why Hans Solo was on the freezer in one of you pics

Star Wars

Riley, There are two reasons for the picture of Han Solo is on that freezer. The first is, in that movie, Han was captured and frozen and carried out in a block. The other reason is the name of that type of freezer is "So-Lo" which is very much like Han Solo's name.

Cole
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What do you have to wear so you don’t freeze

Hi this is cole from Dansville middle school and I was wondering what all you have to wear so you don’t freeze .

Cole weather clothing

Cole, when we travel to Antarctica, we stop in Christ Church, New Zealand. While we are there, we will get our Extreme Cold Weather gear. There is a big goose down coat called "Big Red" and big white boots called "bunny boots." It is some of the best equipment available. I'll be visiting Dansville in a few weeks and hopefully, I can show you some of that gear.

Haydon
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Freezer

Hi my name is Haydon and i am a student at Dansville Middle what does the person on the freezer represent?

Freezer

Haydon, please look at the response I wrote to Riley - it answers your question about the person on the freezer.

Rowan
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Equipment

Hi, my name is Rowan and i ama student at Dansville and i was wondering what is your favorite equipment to use?

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Rowan, Since I haven't gone yet, I'm not sure which will be my favorite. I'll let you know when I get back. I am looking forward to flying in the helicopters and maybe the snowmobiles. I'll probably be using a shovel quite a lot, but that probably won't be my favorite piece of equipment!

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Journal Details

Location: AMRC
Weather Summary: Sunny
Temperature: 70 degrees F.
Wind Speed: Light winds from the West

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