The Spirit of Mawson expedition has got off to an enthusiastic start after the first meeting of all the team led by Chris Turney at the Kelvin Hotel in Invercargill last night. Everyone is raring to go with lots of ideas and plans for new and exciting scientific work. This includes an army of PhD students armed with video cameras, blogs and twitter ready to communicate all the best bits to all those interested around the world! It is only a few hours now before our departure from Bluff and the beginning of this Antarctic adventure. The team, some of whom have travelled across the globe to be here, enjoyed a final nights sleep on solid ground. Watch this space for more updates, photos and videos posted from the boat.