Day 5: Three Generations of Thomas, and Harrison Schmitt

Day 5: Three Generations of Thomas, and Harrison Schmitt

I have held a conversation with the second-to-last person, and only scientist, to have walked on the moon. That’s a sentence I never thought I’d write. It turns out I’m not the only member of my family that can make this claim. On Friday, Harrison (Jack) Schmitt, who...
Day 3: Keeping Everything Cool

Day 3: Keeping Everything Cool

Photos by Katherine Wright Our second day at Kilbourne Hole was no cooler than the first. To avoid the heat-failures of the first day, instruments were wrapped in space blankets, shaded with umbrellas, and placed in drinks coolers full of ice. Scientists sought shade...
Day 1: Water Wasn’t Enough

Day 1: Water Wasn’t Enough

My heat exhaustion came on suddenly. Waves of nausea rippled through my abdomen, the desert started spinning, and my eyesight blurred. After six hours in the searing sun with no shade and little breeze for respite, I needed to get out. The first day of the field work...