We are a team of 8 scientists, including astronaut Stan Love, spending Christmas in tents by the South Pole. AMA.
We are part of ANSMET, the Antarctic Search for Meteorites. We're here at 85 degrees south in Antarctica beside the transantarctic mountains on a 6 week mission to search for meteorites via snowmobile. ANSMET is a Case Western Reserve University project, funded by grants from NSF and NASA. A camp oven was delivered by a Twin Otter plane yesterday so that we can bake a turkey for our Christmas dinner! For 1 hour at 1pm today our time, 7pm Eastern time, your questions will be read to the team via satellite phone and we will answer as many as we can! The principal investigator on the project, Ralph Harvey, couldn't be in the field this year, so he will also chime in here to answer questions. Proof
Edit: Answering questions now! There are two ANSMET teams out in the field. The members of the systematic search team are the ones answering questions:
- Jim Karner, from Case Western Reserve University (field team leader)
- Shaun Norman, from Twizel, NZ (mountaineer)
- Andrew Beck, from the Smithsonian Institution
- Tom Sharp, from Arizona State University
- Marianne Mader, from the University of Western Ontario
- Rob Coker, from NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
- Mini Wadhwa, from Arizona State University
- Stan Love, from NASA Johnson Space Center.
Edit 2: They're done! They have to go and cook their Christmas turkey now. Thanks to Case Western Reserve University, NSF and NASA for funding this project! We're all very grateful for this opportunity to be here. We feel privileged to be able to be here. This is for the kids: If you are interested in science or engineering, there are lots of opportunities to work in Antarctica and other amazing places! Follow us on our ANSMET blog, we're posting almost every day!