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Nina on the air and ConJohnBrian in the air! Friday 29 January

Date posted: January 29th, 2016

Con in McMurdo reports that he, John and Brian will be on a 9:45 am shuttle Saturday NZ time (around 3:45 pm friday east coast US time). Probably looking at a 11 am takeoff so should be in ChC by 7:30pm NZ time (that’s around 1:30 am Saturday east coast US time). …Read more.

Update from McMurdo 26 January

Date posted: January 26th, 2016

Just a quick note.   The quiet from McMurdo was bothering me so I prompted Jim and John for updates.   Jim is scheduled to fly north to Christchurch from McMurdo tomorrow (Thursday their time), John,  Brian and Con are scheduled to follow on the 30th (Saturday their time). …Read more.

Farewell. Parting is such sweet sorrow.

Date posted: January 23rd, 2016

Well, that’s it. Game over. Fin. Done. I thought I’d give some final thoughts, the last blog from me, and perhaps from the 2015-2016 team.
But first, some more details. As you read from Ralph’s post, Nina, Morgan, Cindy and Ellen all left McMurdo on a shuttle bound for Willy Field at 10:15 AM, Saturday 23. …Read more.

More news from McMurdo- 22 January 2016

Date posted: January 22nd, 2016

Just as I was sitting down to compose a “what’s up?” email to this year’s field team, an email came in from John Schutt that filled in some details.
The good news? …Read more.

fresh news from McMurdo for Thursday, 21 January

Date posted: January 21st, 2016

I just got off the phone with John Schutt,  and here’s the latest news from McMurdo.  John and Con’s flight to Elephant Moraine is the priority for today,  so as long as the weather holds (and it looks passable) they’ll be flying out later today, maybe just a few hours.   …Read more.

Beginning of the end

Date posted: January 20th, 2016

Yesterday marked the beginning of the end of the ANSMET 2015-2016 season. As you know, 4 team members (Cindy, Ellen, Morgan, Nina) were pulled from the field in a double flight with tons of gear and precious cargo (the samples kept safe, inventoried, and frozen). …Read more.


Date posted: January 19th, 2016

Penguins have arrived at Hut Point, Ross Island Antarctica following the ice breaker’s (the Polar Star) arrival at the ice dock.

-update from Ellen, McMurdo Station, 20 January 2016 …Read more.

General Quarters: All hands to Battlestars!

Date posted: January 19th, 2016

Helmuth von Moltke the Elder was a Field Marshal and the Chief of Staff for the Prussian army in the mid-19th century. He once said something to the effect of (his original words has been paraphrased repeatedly since it’s now standard military doctrine), “No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy” [You can tell I read too much military history!]. …Read more.

Team Sparkle is GO for pull-out

Date posted: January 19th, 2016

Our Basler buddies are going to do a return shuttle for us–they just took off from Willie Field and are coming to pick us up right now! Thanks guys! That will leave Jim and Brian all by their lonesomes here at camp. …Read more.

The great exodus has begun!

Date posted: January 18th, 2016

We were on the schedule this morning as a backup to the primary scheduled mission, and we got word at 7 am that we had been activated. So we spent the morning in a flurry of activity getting ready for our first pull-out flight! …Read more.

Update- first flight back from Miller in 3, 2, 1….

Date posted: January 18th, 2016

Quick note:  I just heard the first flight back from Miller Range will arrive at Willy Field in Mcmurdo at about 7:15 east coast US time tonight.  Not sure who will be on it, and I won’t bore you with guesses. …Read more.

Wrapping up (part of) the season

Date posted: January 18th, 2016

Just a quick update–we have received word that we are on the flight schedule for this week to be pulled out of the field starting as early as tomorrow (!). We spent today wrapping up loose ends, which included picking up our final meteorites (flagged but not recovered until now), collecting all the flags we placed in areas with meteorites, inventorying food, and packing our gear. …Read more.

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