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Expedition Journals
Photo Gallery


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).


  • 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)

The expedition was undertaken with the expert logistical support of John & Bev Deckert (
Westprint Maps), Alan & Beryl Conquer, Bill & Rhonda Day and Rex Bunge.


Jennifer Laing

Jason Hoogland

Michael West

27 Oct Adelaide27 Oct Adelaide
28 Oct Woomera
29 Oct Coober Pedy
30 Oct Henbury Craters
31 Oct Alice Wells 31 Oct Brisbane
1 Nov Dalhousie Springs
2 Nov William Creek 2 Nov Brisbane
3 Nov Simpson Desert 3 Nov Oodnadatta
4 Nov Innamincka
5 Nov Arkaroola
6 Nov Arkaroola
7 Nov Arkaroola
8 Nov Arkaroola
9 Nov Arkaroola
11 Nov Brisbane


Photo gallery
Adelaide Events
Vic Gostin, James Leyden, James Waldie & Jonathan Clarke, pre-forum meeting
Vic Gostin & Guy Murphy at Mars forum
Departure Breakfast

Photo gallery
Carol Stoker, Jason Hoogland, Larry Lemke
Group upon departure from Adelaide
Expedition vehicle showing Starchaser logo
Michael West, Jonathan Clarke, Jason Hoogland, Guy Murphy, James Waldie
Jonathan Clarke
James Leyden & Jonathan Clarke taking bore samples
Michael West taking bore samples
James Leyden & Jonathan Clarke bore sampling2
Larry Lemke & Carol Stoker traversing sand dunes
James Waldie on sand dunes
Group photo with mission patches
Malcolm Walter & Matilda Thomas in aeroplane
Science party, Arkaroola
Matilda demonstrating the PIMA
Consulting satellite photos