A Month on “Mars”: Travel to the Red Planet

Two in the morning is not a good hour to travel, but that was the departure time for Pascal and I from San Jose, California. I had driven to his home just after five that morning to fly out of the local airport. Other team members, six others in total, would fly from Boston, San Diego and Washington state. We wouldn’t meet until we met in Ottawa.

Three of our team members, Jason Soo Hoo, Rigel Cappello and John Barrett, all from the Haystack Observatory in Massachusetts, would fly out of Boston. Our security officer, Sawan Dalal, flew in from San Diego where he recently completed his medical degree. Gabriel Dubé, the recipient of this year’s Haughton-Mars Project Apollo grant (which will help him continue research at the HMP), would drive to Ottawa Airport from his home near Montréal, and finally John Schutt, Pascal’s partner arriving at the Arctic Base Command from his home in Blaine, Washington.

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