As the field season progressed, the MIT team recorded and posted daily a record of their activities, along with a few selected photos.
The field site's logbook has been duplicated here.
July 29, 2005
Written by Sarah Shull
Well, I think that even Winnie the Pooh would have to agree with me that today can best be described as a ‘blustery' day. Despite the fact that the sun was out, it was bitter cold. As such, our activities today focused mainly around activities that could be done indoors. Jamyung and I finished the inventory of the core tent with John. The core tent inventory is now complete with more than 300 tools and maintenance supplies cataloged. The challenge now is to come up with an easy way for John to let us know when he uses something....we are still brainstorming the best way to do this. Meanwhile, Julie and Jessica interview Pascal to get a good understanding of what is involved in planning a traverse. Pascal was delighted this morning to receive word that he had been given permission to do some testing today in Inuit Owned Land (IOL). Pascal has been seeking this permission all season in an effort to follow up on testing done in previous years. Once this permission was received Pascal and a few others start making plans to head out immediately this morning. It was the planning of this outing that Jessica and Julie were interested in observing.
Sidenote - I am pleased to report that the MIT tent now has a door. This is quite an improvement over the canvas flap!
Today was also the planned day of departure for Jaemyung, Paula ( Univ. of Aberdeen ), Brian Glass (NASA Ames), Mark Boucher (CEO Mars Institute) Jeff Jones (Flt Doctor, JSC) and Mona Khanna (CBS News, Dallas). With the winds so strong it was doubtful that the Twin Otter would be coming to base today so the fall-back plan would have to be a flight out tomorrow morning to catch the Saturday afternoon flight to Ottawa . By dinner time, it was apparent that the weather forecast for tomorrow was not looking so promising so Polar Shelf agreed to brave the winds and make a flight to HMP today. Shortly after dinner, the plane arrived and we said goodbye to Jaemyung. It is a tradition that as each person departs the base, the entire camp comes out to see them off and Pascal presents them with Mars Institute and HMP patches.
Late last night, the weather was favorable for the Hamilton-Sunstrand team to do their first outing with their spacesuit. Julie and Jessica accompanied the spacesuit team to observe this traverse. The Discovery Channel film crew also participated in the outing, getting some phenomenal footage for their Mars mini-series to be aired in the fall of 2006.