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Happy Christmas from the Traverse

22 Dec 2015, 23:41 UTC
Happy Christmas from the Traverse
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Traverse from the coast to Concordia. Credits: ESA-K. Oldenburg
ESA-sponsored medical doctor is returning to Concordia over land. A 1300-km trek that lasts 10 days...
Just wanted to give you an update of our progress! We are currently positioned at: 68 12 269S 136 00 156E
Location on map. Credits: Openstraatmap.org
We have travelled 230km and are on Day 3 of the traverse. We have reached an altitude ofover 2000 m from sea level and I am starting to feel a bit breathless again!
Things are going well so far and we are due to arrive at Concordia for New Year's Eve. I have collected seven samples of snow along the route so far for the ESA BacFinder experiment.
We are a crew of 11 people driving in pairs of eight Challenger Tractors hauling several sledges behind each and three snowploughs to make a road for us. I am driving one of the Challenger Tractors.
Happy Christmas from the Traverse!!

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