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JARNTIMARRA 1 EXPEDITION
The Jarntimarra 1 Expedition spent two weeks in the Red Centre surveying Mars analogue sites for the Jarntimarra Database. Three preferred regions were identified as possible locations for future Mars analogue research activities, with the Arkaroola region in the Northern Flinders Ranges ranked first along with Arkaringa near Coober Pedy and the Woomera region.
Follow the course of this Starchaser sponsored journey, which began with a special Mars Forum at Adelaide University on the evening of 26 November 2001. Then review the
expedition itinerary, read the expedition journals of some of the participants (below), then see the stunning expedition photo gallery. Read the Jarntimarra press kit (pdf).
The expedition was undertaken with the expert logistical support
of John & Bev Deckert (Westprint Maps), Alan & Beryl Conquer, Bill & Rhonda Day and Rex Bunge.
- Dr Carol Stoker (planetary scientist, NASA Ames Research Centre)
- Dr Larry Lemke (aeronautical engineer, NASA Ames Research Centre)
- Dr Jonathon Clarke (geologist, ANU)
- Professor Victor Gostin (geologist, University of Adelaide)
- Professor Malcolm Walter (astrobiologist, Macquarie University)
- Matilda Thomas (geologist, Macquarie)
- Dr Graham Mann (roboticist, Murdoch)
- James Waldie (doctoral student, RMIT)
- James Leyden (medical student, Flinders University)
- Jason Hoogland (doctoral student, University of Queensland)
- Michael West (engineering student, University of Sydney)
- Guy Murphy (Mars Society Australia President)
- Jennifer Laing (Mars Society Australia PR Director)