Here's some video of the cushy base camp we had at Spaceward Bound Mojave 2007. This facility is run by the California State University system for the benefit of researchers working in the Mojave Desert.
The temperature and precipitation extremes of this locale readily suit the Spaceward Bound
goal of searching for life in extreme environments.
Take scientists searching for life in Earth's most extreme environments as analogs for future exploration of the Moon and Mars. Pair them with teachers in the field. Have teachers design authentic scientific investigations for students based on their work with the scientists, and, voila, you have NASA's Spaceward Bound program. Fortunate teachers have worked alongside NASA scientists in the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Mojave Desert in southern California, the high plains of North Dakota, Lassen Volcanic National Park in northern California, and now, to McGill Arctic Research Station (MARS) in the Canadian High Arctic.
Geoff Hammond and Robert Palassou, teachers from southern and northern California, respectively, are preparing for the Axel mission by familiarizing themselves with mission objectives, equipment to be used, and working on Spaceward Bound 2.0, the tech component of Spaceward Bound intended to make the Spaceward Bound experience accessible to students and teachers everywhere.
Students' and teachers' questions and comments wanted!
Hello, and welcome to this blog for the NASA/Canadian Space Agency/McGill University Spaceward Bound Arctic 2008 expedition.
Did you know that one of the co-investigators for the Phoenix lander currently on Mars' north pole was on this mission to the Arctic?And that he wants your comments and questions about the mission?
Go to quest.nasa.gov, follow the Spaceward Bound Arctic 2008 link, and check out the site. You can find information about the field site, biographies of NASA and Canadian Space Agency scientists on the expedition, AND the trip's science themes.
The team looked at microbial life in the ice, mineralogy of the area, and driving a rover, amongst other activities. Leave comments here, or e-mail questions and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org and rpalassoupleasanton.k12.ca.us