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Today, I'm kicking the week off with a look at the unusually intense confluence of far flung planetary exploration that's just around the corner, starting the middle of next year.
Jim Bell describes his proposal to join the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Cameras science team.
Friday was the last day of the field trip, and we spent it at the Petrified Forest National Park.
Today we visited Grand Falls and the nearby dune field. Grand Falls is especially interesting because it combines many of the processes that are active in shaping planetary surfaces.
Today was a long and awesome day. We started out at Meteor Crater, the youngest and best preserved impact crater on Earth!
Today we visited the Grand Canyon. If you haven’t been there before, there is no way to convey what it is like.
Today we made our way from Phoenix north to Flagstaff, and on the way stopped to check out some interesting geology in Sedona and Oak Creek Canyon.
Today was all about volcanoes.
After a hectic week of tying up loose ends and running around like a chicken with its head cut off, I now have my proster done for the Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, and am in Phoenix for the Planetary Surface Processes field trip, led by my adviser Jim Bell.
The team returns to civilization, having completed their Antarctic mission.
The team wraps up their collection activites.
The season total is at 489, tantalizingly close to the 500 meteorite barrier.
Writer's block strikes the expedition, as the group continues to collect meteorites.
Fifty-five meteorites are collected by the team in a single day.
The team makes progress while facing extreme weather conditions.
A week of productive searching near the Davis Nunataks.
As the team waits, the runway is finished, and Ralph makes an exit.
The team is delayed for a week in McMurdo.
The team arrives in Antarctica to prepare for the expedition.
The rest of ANSMET's team are in Christchurch after a long, long session of travel.