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NASA Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition Field Report (AMASE 2007): Getting Some R & R

By SpaceRef Editor
August 26, 2007
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NASA Arctic Mars Analog Svalbard Expedition Field Report (AMASE 2007): Getting Some R & R


We traveled to Wahlenberg Fjord last night. We also got to sleep in this morning (it is Sunday). It was a much needed rest. Ivar and Hans went ashore to look around and brought back some really interesting rocks and pretty geoids. This place is not well mapped geologically, so I’m looking forward to getting out to the field and discovery whatever is there.

We all stayed on the ship for the rest of the day; doing “housekeeping”, resting, and catching up on research. It was nice to have a relaxing day.

(Editor’s Note: This was all that was recieved for August 19.)

About Kirsten Fristad in her own words…

Kirsten Fristad here again. I’m privileged and excited to be back writing Notes from the Field on AMASE 07. I am a planetary scientist working in the Sample Analysis on Mars (SAM) Lab at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland where I have been for the last year and a half. I graduated from Macalester College in 2005 with a major in geology and core in astronomy knowing I wanted to pursue a research career in planetary science. Through summer internships with several planetary scientists, I developed a background in analyzing martian and lunar planetary remote sensing data and Mars analog field work in Alaska. Over the last year I have continued to organize the Goddard/SAM Team contribution to AMASE, conducted organic analyses of AMASE samples, designed and built new field hardware and participated in two other expeditions in Utah and the Mojave.

Following AMASE 07, I will be staying on in Norway as a Fulbright Scholar to begin graduate work at the University of Oslo. I am very much looking forward to exploring more of this beautiful country, reconnecting with the country of my ancestors and filling up on pickled herring and lefse!

SpaceRef staff editor.