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Don Pettit

Don Pettit, who has lived in space for 370 days during three missions, is known as Mr. Wizard, Mr. Fixit, and as Dad. He's a chemical engineer, an Eagle Scout, and an explorer on earth and in space. He is ...

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Propane

Classic wisdom says that propane stoves do not work well in cold climes. The propane bottle will get so cold that the liquefied gas would rather stay in the tank than come out to play. Snow-bound expeditions use the old classic white gas stove. Like a medieval dragon, these white gas stoves belch black smoke and frequently squirt billows of ...Keep Reading

Featureless Humans Are Still Human

All 8 of our expedition members work closely together on a daily basis. Each morning we gather at 9:00 (New Zealand time) and go off in search of meteorites. By 18:00 we are usually back in camp after spending the day in temperatures of -20ÂșC with wind chill of -40. Shortly there after, we all disappear into our respective tents. ...Keep Reading

Perpetual Sun

In Antarctica, the summertime sun never sets. It is perpetual day. Instead of a ducking beneath the horizon, the sun circumscribes the sky every 24 hours. Due to our latitude near south 86 degrees, the sun never gets real high or real low. At local noon, the sun elevation is about 27 degrees. At local midnight, the sun elevation is ...Keep Reading

Concentrated by Wind

Another proposed mechanism to concentrate meteorites is by wind. Blown about by wind, geologists have theorized that the wind can aide in their concentration. Before I saw the wind affects first hand, I discounted this theory as nonsense. The Katabatic winds are second to none. We as humans living in our houses in cities have never seen the likes of ...Keep Reading