I hope you'll join us there!
The steep, arid slopes of the Andes Mountains beckon me again to ascend towards the snow-line where I will soon join the Planetary Lake Lander Team as part of a NASA and Aqua Survey Sponsored Project. For the nest 3 weeks I'll be posting via Satelite connection, on the Official PLL Website, http://www.planetarylakelander.com/
I hope you'll join us there!
In A few days Ill depart for the Chilean Andes to re-join the Planetary Lake Lander Project. One of my roles this year, aside from collecting scientific data, will be Outreach, meaning I hope to post a lot about our activities, both here and on the new PLL website, planetarylakelander.com
I hope you'll join us and follow the adventure!
Aqua Survey High Def. Productions Producers Garrett Hayes and Andrew Froening Made this film happen.
I hope you'll enjoy it and share it, because Im off to the Andes again this week in my new role of Education and Outreach Lead, and look forward to sharing my enthusiasm for this exciting project by making a lot of very short videos and sharing them, both here, and on the new website for the Planetary Lake Lander Project
The "We Are Kind" Concert in Vientienne, Laos will raise money for other victims of Legacy Bombs from the Vietnam War.
Remember our friend Phong Savath (aka Peter Kim), from the movie Bomb Country? This irrepressible young man hasn't let the bomb that took his hands and sight stop him from pursuing his dreams, and the evidence is in the upcoming concert that has been his labor of love for years, and that he described to me when I first met him at the COPE center .
The concert date is approaching soon, and with Aqua Survey as one of its sponsors, Garrett Hayes and Haig Born departed today for the Lao Capital to film the action. I look forward to following via the We Are Kind Facebook page
Having participated in a couple of Dr. Nathalie Cabrols Mars Analog Adventures here on earth, I was excited to read and share this article "Exploring Earth's Alien Spaces" profiling her work which appeared recently in Science News Magazine.
The Planetary Lake Lander project will continue its mission this year to prepare a robotic research vessel for the rigors of space travel and to navigate liquid surfaces of other planets, like the Methane Seas of Titan.
Last year I was lucky enough to join the team in the Chilean Andes to help out; exactly the type of scientific exploration I live for.
Here's a photo from one of my bathymetry recording voyages upon Laguna Negra during that trip.
Returning from the Caspian Sea, I dove strait into a survey on the Atlantic East Coast with this noble little ship. 30 years old and out of fashion, undersized for the mission and with room on board for only a minimalism-inspired crew, the RV Stan Waterman is quite a switch from the ship ( featuring a crew of 18 including chef and steward) I was aboard just a month ago.
Our first trips out the inlet were tentative, with all gear lashed hard in anticipation of waves coming over the house, which they did. But the real Stan Waterman wasn't one to go week kneed at the first bit of seaweed in the antennae, and this touch little vessel lived up to the name,
The video we shot in Laos last month is turning into an interesting trio of short films. Here is the first episode, I hope you like it.
I popped in to ASI Head Quarters, and was greeted with a treat. A golden dawn over fresh fallen snow.
Phong at the COPE Center in front of the instalation representing a cluster bomb opening up.
One of the survivors of leftover wartime UXO that we have gotten to know in Laos is Phongsavath, who lost both his hands and his sight a few years ag when a friend unknowingly handed him a live bombie. He Was 16.
Phongsavath hasn't let this keep him down. Using a computer donated to the Cope Center, he is able to use the internet to help raise awareness of the problem of UXO. (His screen name is Peter Kim).
I told him that I'd share a link to his youtube videos. There's one where Miss Minnesota ( a girl of Lao Heritage) serenades him with "Birds In The Sky" . The song is still stuck in my head.