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Vlog 2: School of rock - Training for the Moon in Canada (part 1 of 2)

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Uploaded on September 29, 2023

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Vlog 2: School of rock - Training for the Moon in Canada (part 1 of 2)

2023-09-29 - Canadian Space Agency astronauts Jeremy Hansen and Jenni Gibbons, along with NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Raja Chari, spent a week exploring Kamestastin (also called Mistastin), a remote meteorite impact crater in northern Labrador, for planetary science and lunar geology training. Jeremy takes you along on the expedition in this first part of a vlog. (Credits: Canadian Space Agency, NASA, European Union – Copernicus Program, contains modified Sentinel-2 data processed by Sentinel-Hub, Fulwell 73 UK Limited)

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Pretty glorious day here in the crater. This is what it looks like around me. There's a lot of really beautiful vegetation. The reds, the oranges, the greens. Just amazing.

Leaving tomorrow for geology training in the Mistastin crater. 

The Mistastin Crater is in the northwest side of Newfoundland and Labrador, right near the Quebec border. And seems like a really great place to learn about geology related to anorthosite, similar to what we'll find on the the Moon.

So yeah I’ll get my stuff packed up and ready to go!

Standing here at the Goose Bay Airport, we've been waiting for the weather to clear in the Mistastin crater today. And it sounds like it's getting good there now. So our gear has been loaded on the Twin Otter here that you see in the background. They're getting fuel. And so we should be leaving shortly. 

I'm sitting here in Kamestastin crater.

This is one of the few places on Earth where we get to look at what anorthosite, which we will find on the Moon, looks like when it's been hit by a… by a meteor. 

So you imagine when a crater is created, a bunch of rock gets thrown out, gets mangled up, and we get to see what we call breccia, which is this busted up rock from the initial cratering event. And we also see this melt rock that has been deposited within that breccia and on top of that breccia. 

So this is just a very cool place for us to learn about what we will find on the Moon and to help figure out what we will bring back from the Moon.

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