I flew home on an airplane in mid-January, but my samples stayed at Rothera until one of the U.S. research vessels came to pick them up. The samples traveled by boat to the U.S. research station, then eventually on to Chile. From there, they were carefully packaged and flown to California. From there, they were carried on a truck to my lab at Arizona State University. I received many boxes that looked like this!
|Connor mixes a big jug of potassium chloride solution.|
|Connor weighing soil samples into flasks for the extraction.|
|Connor filtering an extracted solution to remove the soil particles.|