This morning we woke up at 5am, and headed from our Hotel in Christchurch to the International Antarctic Center to check in for our flight to McMurdo.
Getting our gear together prior to the flight
We then headed to the passenger terminal with all our gear and checked in.
Forrest, checking in.
Some spectacular views from the windows on the way down. Here are some photos of the Antarctica a couple of hours north of McMurdo
Forrest and Graham enjoying the view!
Here’s a short video of the trip we took today. We’re now getting our gear together and will hoepfully be leaving McMurdo for our first field site in about a week. We’ll keep you posted!
The team received their Antarctic Service Medals in the post today! The medals are awarded to those who have served as members of a United States expedition to Antarctica.
The various colors of the ribbon on the medal all have meaning. The outer bands of black and dark blue comprise five-twelfths of the ribbon’s width, representing five months of antarctic darkness; the center portion, by its size and colors – grading from medium blue through light blue and pale blue to white – symbolizes seven months of solar illumination, and also the aurora australis.
There are three words engraved on the reverse of the medal – COURAGE, SACRIFICE, DEVOTION.
For those of you interested in the history of this medal. On July 7, 1960 Congress enacted a new law buy propecia merck “Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That each person who serves, or has served, as a member of a United States expedition to Antarctica between January 1, 1946, and a date to be subsequently established by the Secretary of Defense shall be presented a medal with accompanying ribbons and appurtenances, under regulations to be prescribed by the Secretary of Departments under whose cognizance the expedition falls, such regulations to be subject to the approval of the Secretary of Defense. The regulations may include provisions for award to civilian as well as uniformed members and for posthumous awards.”