EVA Report – February 5th

EVA Report:
SOL: 07
Date: 02/05/2017
Person filling out the report: Arpan Vasanth
Crew members involved in the EVA: Mamatha Maheshwarappa, Sneha Velayudhan and Arpan Vasanth
EVA leader: Mamatha Maheshwarappa
Begin: 10:48 hrs
End: 14:13 hrs
Type of EVA: Walking + Rovers (Phobos and Deimos)
Purpose: Collection of soil samples for characterizing the transference of human commensal bacteria and few photos/videos were captured using drone for outreach activities.
UTM Coordinates: Northing: 4247314, Easting : 520331
Study of drone usage to ease EVA
UTM Coordinates: Northing: 4248000, Easting : 519350
Summary: We started the EVA at 10:48. The EVA included filling up of static tank and soil sample collection at the farthest point from the hab. Three samples were collected in Falcon tubes near Highway turnoff and stored for future analysis. This research aims at using metagenomics analyses to assess the degree to which human-associated bacteria could potentially contaminate Mars during the crewed mission to the surface.
The next objective was to study drone assistance for EVA, today it was used for around 30 minutes to understand the path ahead of rover along with 11 Satellites assistance. Pros and cons will be listed after few more planned EVA.
Kind regards,