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Artic Expedition Sets Out...
News story originally written on June 19, 1998
A 20-member team will leave for the Artic Circle on June 22nd. They are going to investigate the Haughton meteorite crater.
Among other techniques, scientists will use a special helicopter...no pilot necessary! It's a robotic helicopter that will be used for mapping the area.
Beyond testing this new helicopter, scientists are hoping that this expedition will help future Martian missions. You see, this crater site has similiar geologic features to those on Mars. Drilling, mapping and investigating may shed light on how we can investigate Mars better.
Some interesting tidbits...the team members of the Haughton-Mars expedition will use all-terrain vehicles to get around. They will also 'rent' two dogs to keep at the campsite...to ward off polar bears! The expedition is expected to end July 26th.
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