Haugton Mars Project – Sea-Ice Traverse Mission Completed

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Northwest Passage Drive Expedition – 2010: Completion

Moffett Field, CA and Vancouver, BC, 18 April 2010 – An international team of researchers led by Mars Institute scientist Dr. Pascal Lee successfully reached Devon Island, High Arctic, on Sunday, 16 May, 2010 after a 13-day, 150 km vehicular journey from Cornwallis Island to Devon Island, along the fabled Northwest Passage.

The Northwest Passage Drive Expedition team of six departed Resolute Bay, Nunavut, on 5 May aboard the Mars Institute’s Moon-1 Humvee Rover and two snowmobiles. After encountering several days of immobilizing snowstorms and extremely rough sea-ice conditions, the team finally reached the west coast of Devon Island late in the evening of 16 May.

Haughton Mars Project team

The Mars Institute’s Moon-1 Humvee Rover on solid ground at Domville Point, Devon Island, in the evening of 16 May 2010.
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“It’s both a great joy and a relief to get our Moon-1 onto solid ground on Devon Island” said Lee. “This final sea-ice crossing was quite a challenge, but we had a fantastic team and vehicle, and we just kept working at it”.

Accompanying Lee were Mars Institute crew members Joe Amarualik, John W. Schutt, and Jesse Weaver, and the Jules Verne Adventures documentary team comprising filmmaker Jean-Christophe Jeauffre and director of photography Mark Carroll.

The primary goal of the Northwest Passage Drive Expedition is to transfer the new Moon-1 to Devon Island, a location known to present unique scientific and operational similarities to the surface of the Moon and Mars. There, the rover will be used as a concept vehicle simulating future pressurized rovers to be driven by humans to explore other planetary bodies. The expedition is an integral part of the Haughton-Mars Project (HMP) on Devon Island where research in space science and exploration is being conducted by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), the Canadian Space Agency (CSA), the Mars Institute, the SETI Institute, and other partnering organizations.

Last year, Lee’s team logged a record-breaking drive of 494 km in the Moon-1 along a western section of the Northwest Passage, the longest distance ever driven on sea-ice in a road vehicle. This year, the team applied the same winning strategy to avoid the roughest areas of sea-ice along the Wellington Channel. It used a variety of radar satellite remote sensing data and its own surface reconnaissance by snowmobile to find the smoothest possible ice route between Abandon Bay, Cornwallis Island, and Domville Point, Devon Island, where the Moon-1 is now safely parked.

The next step will be to drive the Moon-1 overland to the Haughton-Mars Project Research Station on Devon Island later this summer, where it will be used to begin long-range dual pressurized rover exploration studies.

“The arrival of the Moon-1 on Devon Island ushers in a new phase in our space exploration work that will be critical to enabling humans to explore other worlds sooner, more safely, and more productively” remarked Lee.

3 thoughts on “Haugton Mars Project – Sea-Ice Traverse Mission Completed”

  1. I like at most the moons of the planet. Overall the moons of Mars, Deimos and Phobos.

    It’s the valliant Mars but with the complex of cowardy (moons).

    Moons are the occulted part of the inconscient of Mars.

    But they are made of ice too. I bet too.

    Jupiter has a lot of moons. Saturn too, and the rings of gas. Rings are balance. Because there are so enormous that need a support and besides, there are separated from the font the sun (Jupiter and Saturn).

    I would like that Earth had more than one moon. Earth and Mars are next to sun practically.

    I don’t know why. We are so perfect, either terrestrial and martians??? smiling…

  2. I am pleased to see that NASA is covering this activity – but you have lifted the text in this entry and many others verbatim from the Mars Institute website and yet you provide no citation as to the source of this text and photos nor a link to the original website.

  3. Hello

    is it anyhow possible to travel somewhere else than the moon, I mean a place that is eg. 910138165 Miles away?

    I once heard the german Professor Harald Lesch that said it is not possible, because there is that few material in space that no spaceship can push off.


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