Monday, August 4, 2008

M.A.R.S. landing, Axel Heiberg Island, High Arctic, Nunavut Territory, Canada

The last of the NASA/CSA/McGill University Spaceward Bound Arctic 2008 expedition team arrived home early Monday morning in San Francisco, after hiking 12 km at dawn Saturday from Upper Base Camp to Lower Base Camp and flying the first of seven flight segments over the weekend.

Here is the extended version (approximately 11 minutes) of our landing at the M.A.R.S. base back at the beginning of the research trip. We fly in over Expedition Fjord, the outflow from Thompson Glacier, then fly a reconnaissance over the Upper Base Camp landing field to check landing conditions, followed by the landing. The camera zooms in, on the shoreline of the Thompson's outflow, on Gypsum Springs, where much of our work centered.

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