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- Dec 3, 2022
Keith Cowing’s Devon Island Journal 9 July 2003: Re-connected; Planting Seeds
After some fine-tuning of our satellite system we all have full Internet access. As I mentioned in an earlier journal entry, the task of getting this communications gear in place is not easy. If it were, then everyone would be doing it.
I began to do a photo survey of Base Camp and its immediate environs so as to be able to create an online ‘virtual’ version of HMP Base Camp and portions of Devon Island when I get home. I have several dozen locations selected. I go to each site, take a GPS reading, take a photo of the ground (with a ruler for scale) and the make a 360-degree panorama that I will later convert into Quicktime VR.
One of the locations I went to today was our airstrip and the “Fortress”, a prominent outcropping of rock some 30 meters high which has a commanding view of planes as they arrive. Think of a control tower at a large airport – one made out of rock.
As I did my photo survey, a Twin Otter arrived. Onboard were several new arrivals Steve Hoffman and Reiner Effenhauser from NASA JSC. However, their stay in Base Camp was rather brief. Pascal Lee and Joe Amaraulik plus two ATVs and some provisions were loaded aboard the plane as soon as new cargo was unloaded.
Within a few minutes the plane took off and headed for Point McBain point where the Mars-1 Humvee is positioned. Over the next several days this team will drive Mars-1 across Devon Island back to HMP Base Camp. The ATVs will be used to scout ahead as the Humvee makes its way across a variety of terrain – or to make side sorties to points of interest on terrain that the Humvee cannot traverse.
One of the arriving passengers, John Parnell, from the University of Aberdeen, arrived on the same flight – but stayed here in Base Camp and will be conducting research over the coming week.
Progress continues on the greenhouse as well. The propane heating system is coming along nicely as are the sensors and control systems that will operate the greenhouse. We also began to plant our first crop. A large growth tray containing a new experimental substitute for rock wool was planted with lettuce seeds. At the end of the field season we’ll plant another crop, which we hope will sprout – in front of a webcam – next Spring.
- 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