MOSAiC Monday: September 30, 2019

Welcome to MOSAiC Monday!

Each week, we'll provide you with short engagements to connect your classroom to the MOSAiC expedition.

This week, continue tracking the Polarstern and learn about the Arctic expedition 125 years ago that inspired MOSAiC.

Following in the Footsteps of the Fram

Fram leaving Bergen, 1893Fram expedition crew

Left photo (photographer Joh. V.D. Fehr): Fram leaving Bergen, Norway in 1893; Right photo (photographer F. Nansen): Fram crew. Photos obtained from the National Library of Norway.

On July 5th, 1893, the Fram set sail from Tromsø, Norway to try to reach the highest latitude ever attained. Fridtjof Nansen, leader of the Fram expedition, attempted to freeze a custom-built wooden ship in sea ice and use Arctic currents to drift north. On September 20, 2019, the MOSAiC expedition launched when the Polarstern set sail from Tromsø, Norway to follow in the footsteps of Nansen's historic expedition.

Read more about the Fram expedition

10 minute clock iconQuick Bite: Do You Have What it Takes to be a Polar Explorer?

Read from Fridtjof Nansen’s journal as he describes how it felt to leave his family, friends, and homeland to embark on the historic Fram expedition. Nansen left everything behind for three years—would you? 

Read Nansen's journal entry

Read MOSAiC participants' journals and blogs

10 minute clock icon​ I Notice, I Wonder: Polarstern vs. Fram

Last week, we invited you to take a 360 degree tour of the Polarstern. This week, your students can compare rooms from the Polarstern and Fram in this I Notice, I Wonder engagement. 

I Notice, I Wonder: Polarstern vs. Fram


10 minute clock icon MOSAiC Weekly Tracking 

Plot the Polarstern

Each week we will provide you with the latitude and longitude coordinates of the Polarstern so that your students can track its journey across the Arctic in your classroom.

Download the map to plot coordinates

Download a larger map of the Arctic for a bigger picture view of the expedition area

*New* Download a map of the Fram expedition route and compare it to the Polarstern's track

Location of the Polarstern
 Date  Latitude  Longitude
 September 16, 2019  69.68 N  18.99 E
 September 23, 2019  72.31 N  26.93 E
 September 30, 2019  85.12 N  138.05 E


Log MOSAiC Data 

What happens in the Arctic as the seasons change? Find out firsthand with real-time Arctic data, provided for you here each week. 

Download a MOSAiC Data Logbook to keep track of Arctic conditions over the course of the expedition

Arctic Data
 Date  Length of day (hrs) at location of Polarstern  Air temperature (deg C) at location of Polarstern  Arctic Sea Ice Extent (million km2)
 September 16, 2019  13.25  High: 10   Low: 4.4  3.9
 September 23, 2019  12.35  High: 6     Low: -1  4.1
 September 30, 2019  9.1  -4.7  4.4

**Notes: We expect data to fall within the following ranges: Length of day, 0-24 hours; Temperature, -40 to 14 degrees C; Sea ice extent, 3-15 million km2

5 minute clock icon #askmosaic: Ask a MOSAiC Scientist

More than 600 experts representing 19 countries are participating in the MOSAiC expedition. Throughout the year, these experts will be answering your questions! What would you like to know about the expedition? What questions do you have about the Arctic? Encourage your students to send us their questions, and keep an eye out for answers in future MOSAiC Mondays.

Submit a question

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Next Week
  • Prepare for your polar expedition
  • What is life like aboard an icebreaker in the Arctic?
  • Check in with the Polarstern