August 7, 2008 / Written by: Jason Feldman: Almost all the AMASE team with their boxes of instruments and gear and tools and such assembled in Longyearbyen in a big conference room at the Radisson and unpacked equipment and started assembling the instruments and running tests. We all worked very hard in Longyearbyen - making sure everything was in place and taking care of last minute technical and logistical crises trying to get everything up and running and ready for the field.
August 5, 2008 / Written by: Jason Feldman - We waited up late through Tuesday night for the teams in the field..the snow and a bitter cold wind from the North, bringing cold air from its journey blowing over the polar ice cap, kept us worried and checking in via radio with them to make sure they were all right.
August 5, 2008 / Written by: Alan - Despite the gnarly weather, the CheMin team headed up Sverefjell and successfully demonstrated CheMin in challenging field conditions. Within 30 minutes of arrival (including a leisurely lunch), we had CheMin running, identifying minerals, and finding a new one for the site.
August 5, 2008 / Written by: Verena - Svalbard is one of my most favorite places to be in the world.so it came to the point where I made the decision to concentrate my research project for my dissertation on Svalbard. I am interested in the adaptation of microorganisms to extreme and changing environmental conditions. Investigating this process has the potential to help us better understand how adaptation has occurred in a wide range of terrestrial and possibly extraterrestrial settings. Troll Springs on Svalbard provides a perfect site to study these processes.
Since 2003 the Arctic Mars Analogue Svalbard Expedition has been traveling to field sites on Svalbard to test the protocols, procedures and equipment needed to detect traces of organic chemistry and perhaps life on Mars. The AMASE crew over the years has consisted of over a hundred scientists and engineers from institutions around the world.
August 4, 2008 / Written by: Jason Feldman - We arrived Bockfjorden just before dinner. The passage from Longyearbyen was stunning..everyone on deck snapping photos. Kjell Ove and I climbed to the crows nest for a good vantage. A few icebergs, whales in the distance a shoreline of mountains and hills topped with snow, glaciers flowing down to the cold sea.