Devon Island Expedition

Devon Island Expedition
This blog features educational updates on my Devon Island Expedition of July 14-20, 2007. Other sites:,

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Best Wishes From Barbara Morgan

We just received this message from Barbara Morgan, who is preparing to fly on STS-118 in August!

Best wishes to Leroy, Reads [Bill Readdy], Matt, and Keith on their Teaching
Expedition to Devon Island. I look forward to learning all about it
when I return from space!

Barbara Morgan
Educator Astronaut

Monday, June 11, 2007

Devon Island Camera Feeds

Keith Cowing alerted me that these two links will show updated images of the Arthur C. Clarke greenhouse which was set up on one of his most recent expedition to the HMP. The photos are updated once every 24 hours. Ignore the dates on the clocks, which stopped over the winter:

Greenhouse Internal

Greenhouse External

Leroy Chiao

Sunday, June 3, 2007

Devon Island Expedition and Preparation

The Haughton Mars Project (HMP) base camp is located on Devon Island, which is a part of Canada up on the Arctic Circle. Devon Island is used as a Mars analog. Several programs have been up to HMP, to test space hardware and operations concepts.

Keith Cowing wrote our research proposal and will lead the expedition. Other members of our team will be Bill Readdy and Matt Reyes. Our program will be educational in nature. We will write blogs to describe our experience and how HMP is used to further efforts towards Mars exploration.

Going up to the Arctic Circle will be a new experience for me. In preparation, I had to buy the proper gear as well as arrange travel. Fortunately, Keith has been to HMP twice before and provided detailed lists and contacts.

From Houston, I will fly to Ottawa via Continental Airlines. From there, I will fly to Resolute on First Air, which calls itself The Airline of the North. Resolute to Devon will be in a Twin Otter. Quite a long trek North!

I've bought most of my gear, which includes:

Convertible, three season, three person tent
Zero-degree sleeping bag
Sub-zero boots
Sub-zero gloves
Plenty of warm clothing

Now, I just have to learn how to set up the tent!

Leroy Chiao