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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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Training Camp

Before one is dropped off in the middle of this continent for six weeks of living in a Scott tent, it is wise to make certain your team knows how to deal with the necessities of camping. Thus, we went on a short training trip where we loaded up our snow mobiles, loaded up our sledges, and drove off from ...Keep Reading

McMurdo Station

McMurdo is part frontier town and part science lab. A delightful place that somehow attracts explorers, scientists, and misfits that need some form of temporary escape from the inherent organization of our civilized places back home. My first impression is something from a B-grade western set in some obscure mining town, where life centers around one main street paved with ...Keep Reading

Confusion in the Southern Hemisphere

People who grew up in the northern hemisphere often times find it a bit confusing when they first travel southward to New Zealand. Coupled with a healthy dose of jet lag from rolling off an airplane, this can lead to some trying moments at finding your hotel for a much needed horizontal sleep. First and foremost, they drive on the ...Keep Reading

The Grosvenor Mountains

This year's ANSMET search area for meteorites is in the Grosvenor (pronounced 'Grovnor') Mountains, a section in the Trans-Antarctic Mountain range. This mountain range goes from McMurdo Station near the coast and travels northwest into the interior (west of the geographic South Pole). At first I found the idea of an eastward and westward direction a bit confusing when every ...Keep Reading