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Date posted: January 30th, 2017

Hi there – it’s me, Minako. It will be my last blog post for the season.

Brian, Jani and I flew back to Christchurch last Friday (well. we landed around 3am Saturday) with C-17. …Read more.

McMurdo Update

Date posted: January 27th, 2017

Hi Everyone – are you forgetting about us and this blog? Jim and Alex made their way back to US. The rest of us are still here in McMurdo, enjoying our McMurdo life, patiently waiting our chance to go back to Christchurch. …Read more.

Spreading our Wings – in Mactown

Date posted: January 25th, 2017

It’s nice to have opportunities to see and do things you didn’t think you
had time for, especially when you’re in as unique a place as McMurdo
station, Antarctica. At least that’s what we tell ourselves when we’re
faced with more delays! …Read more.

Waiting Game again……

Date posted: January 23rd, 2017

Jim, Brian, Alex, Jani and I were scheduled to head back to Christchurch today. I was so excited this morning, woke up at 6:30. I had good 5.5 hours to do final packing and cleaning dorm room. …Read more.

Cleaning Fest (and some updates)

Date posted: January 22nd, 2017

We had a busy day yesterday. We all worked hard sorting all the stuff we took to the field. We cleaned all of the dishes, did inventory for all of kitchen items, cleaned stoves, moved so many boxes around. …Read more.

Back to McMurdo

Date posted: January 19th, 2017

This morning was brutal – minus 10F outside, wind 25 knots, blowing snow.  We expected one (or two is we get lucky) Twin Otter flights.  But there were five!  Miraculously the Twin Otter pilots worked extra hours to get all of us back to McMurdo.   …Read more.

Time for return flights

Date posted: January 19th, 2017

It was windy this morning. We couldn’t get out for searching more meteorites.. Instead, the first twin otter showed up to our camp site early this afternoon. Yes, it is time to think about our return flights. …Read more.

“Elephant Moraine Time”

Date posted: January 18th, 2017

We used time today like we were living on another planet – one with a day more like 30 hours long. First, we woke to the familiar hiss of snow sand on the back of the tent, and at this point we’re able to say, oh, it’s about 22 knots outside, which means we’re not going out. …Read more.

30 knots!

Date posted: January 16th, 2017

Strong katabatic wind went up to 30 knots or so. Wind chill temperature dropped -40F. Well.. it was another tent day today. We spend whole morning hearing snow hitting our tent, blowing wind. …Read more.

Back to work!

Date posted: January 15th, 2017

We got back in the field today after three straight days of tent! Basically ANSMET has a “tent day” when the weather does not permit us to search for meteorites- which means it is either completely overcast (sometimes called a whiteout) and we can’t drive the skidoos because there is no surface definition and it is easy to dump a skidoo sideways on an unseen snowdrift (e.g., ask Johnny about that), or, it is too windy to work. …Read more.

Tent day report No.3

Date posted: January 14th, 2017

Hi everyone – we had another tent day today. I woke up at 7am, hoping blue sky with mild wind. I got out after getting morning hot chocolate and realized that it’s still so gray out there with snow blowing.. …Read more.

Elvish footprints

Date posted: January 13th, 2017

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