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Time for Us to Say Goodbye, Too

Well, sad to say, Expedition 335 has now come to a close and it's time for all of us in the science party to leave the JOIDES Resolution, our home for the last six weeks.  Half of our members have already taken a water taxi into port in Panama and the rest of us will follow within the hour.  Then, tomorrow, we all fly home.

Saying Goodbye to Melba and Her Friends

Well, Melba's left us now...along with all her fine-feathered friends who'd been hanging around the ship during those long days and weeks that our Dynamic Positioning System had held our ship in place over Hole 1256D.  As long as we remained relatively stationary, it seems the JR made a pretty attractive place to hang out, clean your feathers, and (when absolutely necessary) get u

Exploring the 'Anatomy' of Ocean Crust at Site 1256

In the ‘Superfast campaign’ of the Integrated Ocean Drilling Program (IODP) and the Ocean Drilling Program (ODP) before it, four successive scientific ocean drilling expeditions have come to the same location in the Pacific Ocean (6°44.2'N, 91°56.1'W) to deepen a single "hard rock" drill site: ODP Hole 1256D.

A Bit of Whimsy...

Who says geologists don't have a lighter -- even an artistic side?  Daisuke Endo is a Structural Geologist from the Earth Evolution Sciences, University of Tsukuba in Japan, and a member of our science party.  He also has a serious knack for making origami...







Walking Among Giants

A while back, Jack O’Connor (Chief Engineer) and Ian Barnes (First Assistant Engineer) offered to take the members of the Expedition 335 science party on a tour of the Engine Room<. The tours proved so popular that practically the whole science party signed up. 

What a Difference a Few Weeks Can Make!

The other day, a friend of mine remarked on the photo that I have posted on my profile page for this blog.  She said she couldn't believe just how calm the seas look in that picture.

Seeing Things in a New Light

Bill Crawford, our imaging specialist, has a knack for seeing things in a new light. Not long ago, he went on a special "field trip" around the ship taking pictures of everyday items that most of us pass every day in our regular comings and goings – but somehow manage not to really see at all.

PAEMST Teachers, We Salute You!

On Wednesday, May 18, we got to be part of something special – 85 kindergarten through 6th grade science and mathematics teachers from all across the nation had come to Washington, DC to receive the 2010 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, or PAEMST.

Making Science More Accessible for Everyone

Sarah McNaboe knows that when it comes to communicating science, one picture really is worth a thousand words. Sarah is sailing as our Scientific Illustrator on IODP Expedition 335 "Superfast Spreading Rate Crust 4," and for her, this opportunity is a dream come true. 

“Hard Rock” Co-Chiefs Past & Present

The other day, Bill Crawford, our imaging specialist for Expedition 335, got everybody together for group photos at the prow of the ship.

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