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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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Thanksgiving Late but not Late

Our team has found our way to Christchurch, New Zealand where we are making our preparations for deployment to the ice. The United States Antarctic Program is located at the Christchurch airport where scientists are issued their heavy Antarctic clothing, pack all their scientific gear, and load up on one of several military transport planes (either a C-17 or the ...Keep Reading

Leaving for New Zealand

South Island, New Zealand taken from the International Space Station during Expedition 6 (north is to the left). All the USA operations in Antarctica stage from Christchurch New Zealand, a delightful place in a country filled with equally delightful people. Christchurch geographically happens to be located about as near to the main USA Antarctic base, McMurdo Station, as one can ...Keep Reading

Chronicles on Ice

I am about to start a journey to Antarctica as NASA's participation in the ANSMET 2006-2007 expedition. The Antarctic Search for Meteorites or ANSMET is a yearly expedition to gather meteorites that naturally concentrate on the Antarctic glaciers. What I will be doing is posting writings called 'Chronicles on Ice' dealing with the aspects of exploration on Earth contrasted with ...Keep Reading