Astrobiologist Dale Andersen Antarctic Status Report 11 February 2018: Novolazarevskaya Station

©Dale Andersen/Garmin

Airstrip at Novolazarevskaya Station

Dale Andersen sent this message via Iridium 7:24:11 AM EST 11 February 2018: "Hi Keith: 14 members of the JARE 59 summer team are returning to Novolazarevskaya today, our flight shoutouts arrived in about 15 min. I will try to track the flight with my InReach, but may not be able to get a good signal while inside. More from Novo. cheers, Dale"

Dale Andersen sent this message via inReach 11:29:34 AM EST 11 February from: Lat -70.823708 Lon 11.6401: "Landed. Novo"

Larger image - airstrip at Novolazarevskaya Station

http://novorunway.byethost9.com/NovoRwyCam.jpg

The webcam at Novo station is working. Waiting to hear if Dale Andersen has departed for Cape Town. He arrived at Novo Station this morning. An Ilyushin 76 and a Basler (modified DC-3) arrived this afternoon. The Basler has since departed. Awaiting confirmation that Dale was aboard the Basler.

Update: Dale was on the Ilyushin 76 it is used for flights between stations in Antarctica - the larger aircraft, the IL-76 and the B757 are used for getting people and cargo to and from the ice. The Basler, like the twin otters, fly back via South America so its a long set of flights home for them.

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