- NASA Watch
- September 17, 2023
Real Time Astrobiology Expedition News That NASA Ignores
Astrobiologist Dale Andersen Antarctic Status Report 6 December 2017: Traverse to Novolazarevskaya Station
“Dale Andersen sent this via inReach on December 6, 2017 2:47:47 AM EST “Heading back to Novo in an hour nice sunny day. I’m starting my traverse, follow along at my MapShare https://share.garmin.com/DaleAndersen ” Dale sent this message from: Lat -71.332995 Lon 13.45293.”
Keith’s 10:48 am EST update: Dale and his traverse team have arrived at Novolazarevskaya Station. “December 6, 2017 10:48:39 AM EST “Now at novo all ok” (click on image to enlarge)
Keith’s 1:40 pm EST update: Just got a phone call from Dale:
Keith’s note: Dale Andersen and I have been reporting from remote polar and alpine regions for more than 20 years – Dale much more than I. Indeed, we think that we may well have had the first webserver in the U.S. directly updated from Antarctica back in 1997 – that website is still online here. When researchers go to remote locations to conduct NASA-funded research and engage in dangerous procedures (drilling though meters of ice and then diving underneath) in search of clues to what form of life could be possible on worlds such as Mars, you’d think that NASA would pay attention. I have been posting Dale’s reports almost daily for the past month. Speaking from personal experience reporting from Devon Island and Everest Base Camp it takes a lot of discipline and effort to send reports back to civilization – especially when your comms are limited such as they are at Lake Untersee, Antartica. Add in hurricane force winds and brutal temperatures and its not like texting from your iPhone.
Yet if you look at the webpages of NASA Science Mission Directorate, NASA Astrobiology, the NASA Astrobiology Institute and SETI Institute there is no mention of these daily reports that Dale diligently sends back from his tent in Antarctica. But I do post them here and on my astrobiology.com website (which is ranked 3rd on Google search for “astrobiology”) so its not like he’s getting no visibility.
All too often NASA sponsors research where teams of actual explorers engage in dangerous activities to conduct astrobiology field research so as to further the whole #JourneyToMars thing and yet no one at NASA bothers to pay attention. This mindset is not just limited to Dale. Much of the field work like this never gets any mention. People would be amazed at the things that NASA never bothers to mention where it is involved directly and/or indirectly. But astronauts wearing funny t-shirts on ISS? That warrants a news story with video.
Dale is heading back to Novolazarevskaya Station (check his location live) and should be back in the States in time for Christmas. And there will be cool photos and other things I hope to post.
– 29 November 2017: Blizzard Conditions
– 28 November 2017: Last Week at Lake Untersee
– 26 November 2017: Busy Days at Lake Untersee
– 23 November 2017: High Winds
– 22 November 2017: Nice Weather
– 20 November 2017: Preparing Diving Gear
– 19 November 2017: Bad Weather
– 15 November 2017: Deploying Instruments
– 14 November 2017: Setting Up Camp
– 11 November 2017: Arrival at Lake Untersee
– 8 November 2017: More Snow
– 5 November 2017: Buran!
– 4 November 2017: Traverse Preparations