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ANSMET on NPR’s Weekend Edition!

Date posted: December 28th, 2013

NPR’s Weekend Edition managed to do a story on ANSMET this morning,  including a satellite phone call with the gang at Miller Range recorded a few days ago.   You can read the story,   listen to the broadcast and/or download it HERE  (NPR.ORG)
There are a number of errors in the story, including a picture of a cryoconite hole labelled as a meteorite,  a windstorm labelled as a white-out, and the most aggregious,  giving NSF credit for the work instead of NASA.   …Read more.

Life’s good but not fair

Date posted: December 28th, 2013

Whoever said “Life’s good but not fair at all” knew what he was saying. Here’s the perfect example: all of us stuck at McMurdo were on a backup mission to two primary missions flying this morning. …Read more.

Another update from McMurdo

Date posted: December 27th, 2013

Okay,  just got an update from both Alex and Manavi that they’re still in McMurdo but hopeful for today.
Manavi said…….” We didn’t make it out yesterday. We are backup to a Union Glacier and Pole flight today (28th) and the Union Glacier flight just got cancelled about an hour ago because of weather. …Read more.

All is calm, or not…..

Date posted: December 27th, 2013

No posts from either team in the last two days strongly suggests the mcmurdo group are finally on the move.   As noted previously,  the folks already at Miller Range don’t have a lot of electrical capacity so they’re not posting, and if they’re on the move, the McMurdo folks are just 100% too busy.     …Read more.

Christmas photo journal from McMurdo

Date posted: December 26th, 2013


Christmas dinner is ready.

The McMurdo branch of the ANSMET team:  Jim, Morgan, Manavi  and Alex.
Manavi has a B-day on Dec-24, Jim on Dec-26.  What a coincidence! …Read more.

The Day Before Christmas in McMurdo

Date posted: December 24th, 2013

Greetings from McMurdo, where half of the ANSMET will be spending Christmas! Two LC-130s arrived here yesterday from Christchurch so we were optimistic about getting out to CTAM today. Getting the Herc that’s currently stuck at the South Pole back to McMurdo is the priority for flights on continent so the one flight that got out today was heading that way. …Read more.

2nd-hand update from the Miller Range and McMurdo

Date posted: December 23rd, 2013

I just got off the phone after talking to the half of our people that are in the Miller Range.  They are in a fantastic mood, very upbeat and feeling fine.   …Read more.

snow and fog

Date posted: December 20th, 2013

We woke up today at Miller Range to low clouds and a light dusting of snow. It’s been like this off and on for a few days here. The reason we are getting snow all the way up here is the same reason our comrades didn’t get to fly out of McMurdo today – namely, warm moist air from the ocean is pushing up inland, and precipitation follows. …Read more.

Short update from McMurdo

Date posted: December 20th, 2013

Ralph here-  got a short update from the gang still in McMurdo-  yes, you read that correctly, they are still in McMurdo.  I received emails from Jim and Manavi.  Jim says that there’s a broken LC-130 at South Pole Station and saturday’s only LC-130 mission (Friday our time) is to send a crew up there to fix and retrieve it. …Read more.

Live From The Field

Date posted: December 19th, 2013

Hello World Beyond Miller Range,
The ANSMET 2013-14 forward party is reporting in from the South Miller Range, If you have been following along you know that we spent 5 days from 13 December to the 18th before we moved to our present location, making today our 8th field day. …Read more.

We’re still here- the latest from McMurdo

Date posted: December 18th, 2013

It’s December 19, and Jim, Morgan, Alex, and I are still stuck in McMurdo. Maybe it’s time to take those yoga & meditation classes that they offer out here.. because it’s getting increasingly difficult to keep our Zen faces on. …Read more.

Socked in … but glad to be at Miller

Date posted: December 18th, 2013

We are at the Miller Range! Well, at least four of us, plus our Twin Otter crew, are here. Yesterday was a flurry of activity, as we got two airplanes at CTAM, the Herc with fuel (but not the rest of our party…) from McMurdo, and the Twin Otter from South Pole. …Read more.

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