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Astrobiologist Dale Andersen Antarctic Status Report 3 November 2019: Traverse Delayed

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
Dale Andersen
November 3, 2019
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Astrobiologist Dale Andersen Antarctic Status Report 3 November 2019: Traverse Delayed
<a href="http://amrc.ssec.wisc.edu/data/view-data.php?action=view_image&product=satellite/composite/IR-COMPOSITE-1024.GIF">Infrared Composite of Antarctica</a>

Our traverse to the lake has been delayed a day due to less than ideal weather moving in last night. The winds picked up (40-45 knots for awhile) with blowing snow which has resulted in very flat light and less than ideal weather for the trip.

Infrared Composite of Antarctica

Tomorrow should be much, much nicer which will increase our level of safety and make for a more comfortable ride during the 6+ hr trip via snowmobile. The team is packed, the snowmobiles fueled up and the tracked vehicle (Everest) and three large sleds of gear and the small cabin that will house three team members during the trip are hooked up and ready to go as soon as the weather improves.


Novolazarevskaya Station is a Russian, formerly Soviet, Antarctic research station. The station is located at Schirmacher Oasis, Queen Maud Land, 75 km from the Antarctic coast, from which it is separated by Lazarev Ice Shelf. It was opened on January 18, 1961 by the 6th Soviet Antarctic Expedition.

Latest Weather Observations for Novolazarevskaja, Australian Bureau of Meteorology

Antarctic weather satellite imagery

Earlier reports


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