Last Post for a while

8 07 2007

Sorry about the last post we had to rush. This is going to be ther last post for a while. We are now so far north that internet connectivity for anything other than basic test is not possible.

We are having a great time, students are all fantastic.

Check out the BBC website as this has just been updated

http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/breakfast/6261114.stm

We will post when we can.

Richard

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Safety in Polar Regions, Day 2

7 07 2007

Safety on any trip is always the first concern and never more important than in a potentilly hostile environment such as where we are now.





Vist to Worlds Largest Satellite Tracking Station

7 07 2007

Day one saw use all venturing up the screw sided hills, most on the snow has gone this time of year, to visit the largest satellite tracking station, and the most northern, in the world. We we given a fascinating talk about the centre and its work. A commercial station they work for organisation such as NASA, ESA, Coast Guards and private companies. By International treaty there is no military work carried out. The station tracks satellites with polar orbits.

One of the stations jobs is to track oil slicks from ships, many of them the result of illegal actions rather than accident. There are many such incidents on a daily basis. Coast guards are informed and ever effort if made to catch the culprits.

We visited the antennae, safely located under large white domes that proctect them from the weather. We have a short clip of them which we will try to post up as soon as we can, bandwidth permitting.

After that it was down to the town to take a look at the shops, there are not that many!





Ice Edge podcasts

2 07 2007

We hope to be recording podcasts, these can be found at:

http://web.mac.com/iceedge/iWeb/Site/Podcast/Podcast.html

Usin a programme such as iTunes you can click on subscribe to atomatically receive the lastest installment.