Day 5: The Astronauts’ Way

Day 5: The Astronauts’ Way

Today I found myself in the presence of two astronauts – Butch Wilmore, who lived for about six months in space, and Harrison (Jack) Schmitt, the only scientist to have walked on the moon.  And I also got a glimpse into the way astronauts think.

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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...

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Day 1: Paramedical Adventures

At the end of the day, adjunct professor Kevin Lizarazo got into our rental Jeep and said, “I’m not even sweating.” The high temperature of the day was 105 degrees. ​The low was 96 degrees, according to my Apple Watch that overheated.

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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.

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Surprises in the Desert

Surprises in the Desert

The sign on the dirt road said “Cattle on Road,” but all around was desert, dry and empty, except for scrub brush and one black steer that stared as our caravan of vans and Jeeps drove by in a veil of dust. Then suddenly, the veil lifted and there it was — an oval thumbprint in the Earth two and a half miles long. Kilbourne Hole.

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