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Keith Cowing’s Devon Island Journal 8 July 2003: Infrastructure
This weather is unbelievable! If we were having weather like this back home, the local news would open each evening’s newscast with the weather as its top story. Alas, although the forecast speaks of 5 or so days like this to come, this is not going to last. Sooner or later we’ll get a rude reminder of where we are. Already a number of us who have spent a fair amount of time outside have an ‘expedition’ tan i.e. face, necks, and forearms with two white lines where our sun glasses press up against the side of our faces.
Indeed, this weather would be what you’d expect on one of those flawless fall days in the eastern U.S. – With the exception that there are no flies or bugs whatsoever to mar the full enjoyment of each day.
We are all taking advantage of this weather everyday and getting as many outdoor tasks out of the way. I spent the morning cutting lumber and beginning the assembly of a platform that will hold a number of photovoltaic panels, which will be used to power greenhouse systems after we leave – and take our big generator with us. The solar panels are due to arrive this Saturday. Along with a wind generator and power management system, these power generation systems will allow the greenhouse to continue operating – and maintaining its internal environment. It will also allow the greenhouse to wake up next spring when sun and/or wind are available to generate power.
Among the items to be installed in the greenhouse is a webcam. This is a rather hardy unit designed to operate in harsh conditions. In addition to taking images on a regular basis over winter, it will also record temperature and humidity. This will augment a number of sensors that are also being installed in the greenhouse, and some sensors placed into operation last summer.
All told there are four webcams to install this year. I began the task of unpacking everything today and making sure I know which part goes where. First I set up the MarsCam 2, the camera that will monitor the center of Base Camp. After setting up the camera, I laid the power and data cables to the Science Tent, and then buried them in a trench to protect them from human and motor vehicle traffic.
The next webcam to be installed took a little more work. After a brisk hike up Maynard Hill I installed MarsCam 2. This webcam looks at a windsock and then out at our runway. Pilots making flights into our Base Camp check this image before they leave to see what the prevailing wind direction is.
In the next day or two I will install MarsCam 3 inside the mess tent so as to allow web visitors a chance to see everyone as they come and go during the course of the day. MarsCam 4 will be installed in the greenhouse in a week or so.
Our satellite communications system is now functioning up at the dish on Maynard Hill and we expect to start getting regular access to it down here at Base Camp very soon.
- 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