April 20, 2010
ENDURANCE is featured in National Geographic's Explorer Series
The episode Explorer: Journey to an Alien Moon is available on the here
April 9, 2010
ENDURANCE second antarctic field season featured in the MSNBC article Antarctic diving robot practices for Europa
The article is available on the here
December 11, 2009
The second deployment has been successfully completed.
Blog postings from the field are now available on the Bonney 09 page
The latest post is from December 11th, 2009.
December 28, 2008
Blog postings from the field are now available on the Bonney 08 page
The latest post is from December 21st.
December 6, 2008
This image of West Lake Bonney, showing the ENDURANCE site on the lake, was taken by the satellite Quickbird on December 6th. The color resolution of the image is 2.4m and 60cm in the panchromatic (grayscale) band. The image was processed by Paul Morin of the Antarctic Geospatial Information Center by pansharpening it and adding the color bands to the higher resolution grayscale band.
You can click on the image for a higher resolution version. Look for the red, blue, and yellow tents north of the glacier and the big blue tent in the middle of the lake.
September 28, 2008
ENDURANCE is crated up at Port of Hueneme, California ready for its flight on a C-17.
June 21, 2008 and
August 23, 2008
ENDURANCE was tested in the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory pool at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.
May 15, 2008
ENDURANCE underwent further testing in a quarry in the Austin, Texas area from May 13-15.
March 26, 2008
ENDURANCE was tested in a quarry in the Austin, Texas area.
We performed several "mowing" maneuvers that will be identical to how we plan to map West Lake Bonney. The total powered mission took 90 minutes and covered more than a kilometer.
We also performed a wall-follow maneuver where the multi-beam sensor was remounted for side look mapping while the vehicle maintained a standoff range of 5m from the wall, which is similar to how we plan to map the Blood Falls glacier face in West Lake Bonney.
These two videos show visualizations of the data collected during these missions. The incomplete sonar coverage is from interference by weeds - a problem we most certainly won't have in Antarctica.
Week of February 11,
Wisconsin Field Test - During the week we tested the cold water functioning of ENDURANCE and its maneuvering under an ice - cover in Lake Mendota. Lake Mendota is adjacent Madison Wisconsin. We are grateful to a number of individuals and groups at University of Wisconsin who assisted us in this effort, including: Center for Limnology (Jim Kitchell, Paul Hanson, Dave Harring), Civil and Environmental Engineering (Chin Wu)
Various news sources ran articles on this including Scientific American and the Chicago Tribuneand UIC News.
December 14, 2007
Peter Doran and William Stone gave presentations on the ENDURANCE project at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting in San Francisco in session P52A: Europa Exploration: Earth Analogs and Mission Studies
Various news sources ran articles on this including New Scientist and Science Daily
October 29, 2007
Peter Doran and William Stone presented an overview of the ENDURANCE project at the Geological Society of America meeting