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Keith Cowing’s Devon Island Journal 17 July 2003: Rover Arrival
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Mars-1 Humvee moments after arrival at Base Camp after a traverse of Devon Island.
Keith standing next to the SpaceRef-sponsored Mars-1 Humvee – after a good washing.
Today is the day. After a traverse across Devon Island The HMP’s Mars-1 Humvee rover is due to arrive in Base Camp later today. Earlier this season the rover was driven across the sea ice from Resolute Bay to Point McBain on the southern coast of Devon Island. Several days ago, a team of four departed HMP Base Camp to drive the rover back to Base Camp.
We have been listening to radio traffic for several days from the team as they made their way across the island. This evening we got a call which pointed to an arrival around 10:00 PM or so. Around 10:15 we got a call that the rover was passing a landmark we can see from Base Camp. After looking in vain for a bit the rover appeared over a small rise in the northwest. I began to videotape the rover as it ambled across the broad plain, von Braun Planitia, which lies north of us. I could just hear a strange rumbling and clanking noise in the distance.
After a few minutes the rover disappeared behind a hill as it made its last major turn to head directly toward Base Camp. A minute or so later it appeared above the horizon by the airstrip. leading the way was Joe on his ATV. The sound was decidedly louder now – and grew as the rover made the last turn the road. The sound the Rover struck me as being like what you’d expect to hear if three or four guys in armor were being rolled down a rock slope.
Pascal was at the wheel as the rover pulled into camp and backed into its parking place. Covered with mud, it was clear that the traverse had not been without some challenges. After the long path the Rover took – from the U.S., to Resolute, across the sea ice, and then across Devon Island, it was great to see it here at last.
- NASA Haughton-Mars Project
- SpaceRef Mars on Earth coverage
- Arthur Clarke Mars Greenhouse
- 17 Jun 2003: Preface: Moving from Green to Grey
- 3 Jul 2003: Waiting in Resolute
- 3-5 July 2003: Arrival and Getting to Work
- 6 July 2003:Getting in the Groove
- 7 July 2003: Part 1: Being here – and being there.
- 7 July 2003: Part 2: Getting Out of Base Camp
- 8 July 2003: Infrastructure
- 9 July 2003: Re-connected; Planting Seeds
- 17 July 2003: Rover Arrival
- 18 July 2003: Wind
- 19 July 2003: Illness, Good Food, and Morale
- 20 July 2003: Arctic Memorials and Starship Yearnings
- 20 July 2003: Going Home
- 21 July 2003: Departure – and One Last Dedication
- 24 July 2003: 24 July 2003: Homeward Bound – In Slow Motion
- 26 August 2003: Home +30
- 8 Jul 2002: Arrival
- 9 Jul 2002: Getting acquainted – and down to work
- 10 Jul 2002: Mars carpentry
- 11 Jul 2002: Lexan Kites, shotguns, and Driver’s Ed
- 12 Jul 2002: Building and exploring
- 13-15 Jul 2002: Building a Mars greenhouse on Earth
- 16 Jul 2002: Sealing Greenhouses on Earth – and Mars; 6 Wheeled Rovers
- 17 Jul 2002: Greenhouse Dedication, Fishing, and Mystery Food
- 18 Jul 2002: Giving Blood, Eternal Light, and an Evening Commute
- 19 Jul 2002: The Hottest Place on Devon Island, T-shirts, a Star Trek hello
- 20 Jul 2002: Mars Airplanes and Communicating With Earth
- 21 Jul 2002: Visiting ministers, missing ‘green’, and crater tours
- 22 Jul 2002: The hottest place on Devon Island
- 23 Jul 2002: Farewells, Birthdays, and Bartering
- 24 Jul 2002: EVAs, movies – and ‘being here’
- 25 Jul 2002: Russian TV, webcam privacy, and being on Mars for a few minutes
- 26 Jul 2002: Cold Feet, Chocolate, and Home Cooking
- 27 Jul 2002: Anchors and anemometers
- 28 Jul 2002: Drilling into permafrost; leaving footprints for eternity
- 29 Jul 2002: Showering near the North Pole; one last look around
- 30 Jul 2002: Departure and arrival
- 31 Jul 2002: Culture shock and flight delays
- 1 Aug 2002: Departure into darkness
- 2 Aug 2002: Green overdose; home at last
- 2 Sep 2002: Home +30