Astrobiologist Dale Andersen Twitters from Axel Heiberg Island at 79 Degrees North

The following Twitter posts were made by Dale Andersen at @daleandersen from McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) on Axel Heiberg Island on 27 March 2009:

"Back up to the sat dish to restart the generator. Still a bit cool-37 for the honda but its working again and now online for ~another hour."

"Just skidooed back down to the CSA hut, Wayne and I are catching up on mail, news etc."

"Just logged in via our Telsat system here at Axel Powered it up and it is running great right now. -36C outside."

The McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) is located 8km inland at Expedition Fjord, Nunavut, on Central Axel Heiberg Island in the Canadian High Arctic (approximately 79º26'N, 90º46'W). Established in 1960, MARS is one of the longest-operating seasonal field research facilities in the high Arctic. The station consists of a small research hut, a cook house, and two temporary structures. MARS can comfortably accommodate up to twelve persons.

The McMurdo Dry Valleys Long-Term Research Project - Life in Extreme Environments; An Antarctic Field Journal, (1997)

Editor's note: Dale and I have been doing stuff like this for a long time - often with hardware and comms that are crude by today's standards. Have a look at the "How We Built This Website" section.

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