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Driving to Devon Island Across Sea Ice – Update: Track Progress Live

By Keith Cowing
May 14, 2010
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Mars Institute team to complete Arctic sea-ice drive along fabled Northwest Passage to reach “Mars on Earth”
“An international team led by Mars Institute scientist Dr. Pascal Lee will depart the Arctic community of Resolute Bay today aboard the Moon-1 Humvee Rover on a sea-ice crossing expedition. The team is headed for the Haughton-Mars Project Research Station (HMPRS) on Devon Island, High Arctic, a remote outpost dedicated to space exploration on the world’s largest uninhabited island. The Moon-1 is an experimental vehicle simulating future pressurized rovers that will one day allow humans to explore long distances on the Moon and Mars. Last year, the scientists completed a record-setting 494 km drive on sea-ice in the Moon-1 along the fabled Northwest Passage between Kugluktuk and Cambridge Bay, Nunavut.”
Keith’s update: You can follow the Moon-1 Humvee as it traverses the ice between Cornwallis Island and Devon Island here LIVE via SPOT. Status reports are online here. As you can see, they are now on the sea ice.
Keith’s note: ARC PAO is deliberately ignoring this activity even though it is coordinated at ARC. Go figure. FAIL.

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