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2 December 2008 Home again!
After several days of missed connections and 10 hour layovers before "next available flights," I have landed back in NH! I must say that the dark nights are feeling a bit odd, but it is…
27 November 2008 Be ready to go!
Storms in McMurdo, even mild ones can cause travel problems. I was re-scheduled to leave "The Ice” today. I have, indeed, made it to New Zealand! The plan (plans in Antarctica are always subject to…
26 November 2008 Stuck in Mactown!
I am still in McMurdo - this is not a bad place to be! Apparently there is bad weather somewhere because the C-17 that was supposed to land today is not coming due to weather. That means I get an…
25 November 2008 Bag Drag
Another phenomenal start to the day! A live chat held via the Internet with folks all over the country including a place special to my heart: Rye Junior High! It was wonderful to hear familiar voices…
24 November 2008 Packing, packing, packing!
The theme for the day: Packing! Everything must be packed up and ready to go to the field. The team leaves for the field Wednesday, but everything must basically be packed up today so we can organize…
23 November 2008 [Videos] A day to catch our breaths!
In Antarctica, things don't always go as planned! We had originally planned to breakdown the Bot House today and start packaging it up for shipment (via helicopter) to the Dry Valleys. But, the…
22 November 2008 The raising of the gantry!
Now that the tent is assembled, we can hoist up the gantry, attach the winch system that will be used to raise and lower ENDURANCE out of the "moon pool," secure the safety railings and let…
21 November 2008 The "Bot House" gets a blanket!
There were a few moments today when I suspected if we just held on tight to the tent lines that the wind would allow the entire team to parasail over to Lake Bonney! Even though it was a relatively…
20 November 2008 If we build it, the robot will come!
What a team! Today, we did a test build of the entire flooring assembly for "The Bothouse" which is the building that will house the robot - ENDURANCE - out at Lake Bonney. The flooring had…
19 November 2008 Check out dive for Peter and Bill
This morning's activities included a check out dive on surface supply for Peter and Bill. We met up with Rob and Steve - the "dive guys" (who run the diving program in Antarctica), got…
18 November 2008 Now that’s a food pull!
The ENDURANCE team started their day with morning meeting. The big topic of discussion this morning was how best to overlay the grid coordinates between the existing topographic map (which is…
17 November 2008 [Video] Wanting to play in the big leagues!
First thing this morning, I introduced "Doo" (the Rye Junior High robot) to ENDURANCE. Doo is thinking it's ready for the "big leagues!" TAT also met the big "Bot" today…