EVA#4 Report – March 14th

EVA #4 – 14th March 2018 – Sol 3

Crew members: Sophie Wuyckens (EVA leader), Michael Saint-Guillain, Frédéric Peyrusson, Mario Sundic

Objectives:

– Soil samples harvest by Fred for Maximilien’s experiment.

– Hill localization for Sophie’s experiment.

– Pictures

Operations:

9:01 – Entering the airlock

9:08 – Leaving the MDRS with 2 ATVs and 1 Rover (Opportunity)

9:26 – Arrival at Beige Moon for pictures time

9:43 – Second stop just before splitted roads again for picture time

10:02 – Third stop for soil samples harvest by Fred for Maximilien’s experiment near Widow’s Peak

10:19 – Fourth stop for pictures time with flags

10:25 – Back to the station

10:50 – Arrival at the Hab

10:55– Entering the airlock

10:58– Mission finished

Narrative:

Our fourth EVA took place on soil 3 at 9:00. I am Sophie Wuyckens and I wanted to be part of this EVA in order to find a convenient hill where I could operate my detector.

The EVA has not started very well. Indeed, we were a bit tired and forgot everything ; the belgian flag, our university flag, Mario’s gloves, a notepad (to write operation hours). This is why we stayed a bit longer in the airlock compared to the last times. But finally we made it to outside and started to put firstly our sponsors posters on the rover and ATVs in order to get great pictures for our sponsors. Then we follow the main road and then White Moon direction and stop at Beige Moon. There Mario took pictures of us. I kept an eye on hills that we passed in front of with our vehicles. Unfortunately, we lost a sponsor poster. We continued our way and just before the connecting roads, we made a second stop because the landscape was amazing. Near Widow’s Peak, we stopped a third time because Fred wanted to harvest some soil samples for Maximilien’s experiment. We continued our way along Snake River. Finally, we made a last stop near Toothy Ridge to take last pictures with the flags. After that, we decided to return to the station. The return was very calm. We have never found our poster whereas we have looked for it for a while. Hoping next mission will find it. With regards to my experiment, I found some interesting places near Gray Moon. I look forward to operate the detector over there.

The EVA finished just on time. We hadn’t walk much but it was a good and efficient EVA.

Vehicles

– Opportunity rover

– ATVs 2&3