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Student lesson plans based on the frozen continent will be posted soon! Check back to learn everything you wanted to know about penguins!
Hello Tawani 2008 Antarctic Team:
This is my 3rd trip to VCSI (Hunstville) during the last 2 weeks and most likely not the last. I had the opportunity to observe Mark Roderer, Kevin Vellacott-Ford, Art Mortvedt, Dana Williams and many others working away with at least hundreds of items properly packed and being shipped. Of course without Marty Kress, this part of the operation would be not successful. One has to see this preparation to appreciate it that how much work and effort it takes to accomplish this crucial step. Just realize that if this part of the operation is not done thoroughly then we all could end up being very cold, very hungry and our scientific equipment and supplies would be scattered around the coldest and driest place on earth…you know I am talking about Antarctica. So if you follow what I am saying….then just thank all those who have helped us
Many thanks to Mark and all who got this blog up and running. Well done.
I have put up a brief page on the Expedition on my institute’s web site. You can access it via either the main page at http://www.kinohi.org or directly at
I leave here for Cape Town on Oct. 24th. If any of you on the team would like for me to add anything to my site about you, your projects, pointers to your web sites, just contact me before that time. It would be great to put some of the educational activities up. If any of you on the recon team have photos you would like to see up, just ship them to me with annotation. It only takes me a moment to add or modify the site.
Cheers to all, Mike
Welcome to Ian Hawes! It’s great having you as a part of our team. Looking forward to exploring with you!
Hello everyone from Cape Town. Wonderful trip. I am wearing the original Tawani Expedition Patch on my vest and it led to two potential collaborators, one a scientist and one scientist/educator! The first does research on CO2 and was in Heathrow after giving a talk on global warming in Kuala Lumpor. The other, who serendipitously was seated next to me on flight to Cape Town, is a geographer and head teacher for a London girls’ school that I have known about for years. Both are incredibly interested in what our expedition is attempting. It is wonderful how quickly people understand what a special adventure this is. Well done to all.
Mirella has already been in contact. Art is up-country and will be back tomorrow. I am awaiting Mark’s arrival later this evening.
While waiting for the Cape Town flight at Heathrow I had a long Skype chat with my collaborator, Peter Muller, at Mullard Space Sciences Laboratory. We now have satellite coverage schedule that will give us 3 meter spatial resolution for spectral data. The acquisitions will start next week. We are hopeful that the radar imaging will be approved next week and start shortly afterwards.
Best to all. See you on the ice. Mike
Dear Mark and der Team,
just NEED to say that I am overwhelmed by the growth of the homepage, it is fantastic, really wonderful work, the pola freaks in Austria love it!
Can´t wait to leave now for the ICE!
The first group now in Cape Town will head south tonight on the IL-76 aircraft. We will be picked up at the hotel at 9pm and taken to the airport for check in. We should be on the ice tomorrow morning.
See you in Antarctica
How can i find the Blog? I am interested to see what and where my daughter Dr. Birgit Sattler is just working in the ice.
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