Sol Summary – April 27th

Crew 193 Sol Summary Report – 27APR2018

Sol 5

Summary Title: All Aboard the Sooooollllll-Train

Author: Dr. Shawna Pandya, HSO

Mission Status: Nominal like you wouldn’t believe. Bigly Nominal. My friends tell me they’ve never seen a mission more nominal.

Sol Activity Summary: Today we planned for a shorter set of EVAs in anticipation of the hot day and gusting winds, concentrating on medical skills and simulation (see below). For lunch, we feasted on a delicious Martian lunch of Jamabalaya rice, broccoli and cheese soup, and fish. The afternoon was then spent on testing new radios and equipment, ongoing science experiments, finishing the MDRS sign, and usual Hab operations. Notably, our crew astronomer did a stellar job of picking up a solar flare, leading to the declaration of a state of emergency from the ensuing radiation storm, and reinforcing the good work we are doing scouting and mapping potential emergency shelters while on EVA. The remainder of the day was spend planning out our remaining week on Mars.

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow will be a mandatory rest day with no EVAs planned in anticipation of the 30C high. We will plan out the rest of our time here at MDRS, including a school visit on Sol 11, May the 4th on Sol 12, and end-of-rotation operations on Sol 13.

Anomalies in work:

1. Paintbrushes were not small enough for lettering on MDRS sign.
2. Soldering iron is broken.

Weather: Clear skies in AM, extremely hot by mid-day.

Crew Physical Status: Affected crew member from EVA recovering nicely.

EVA: The crew spent the morning going over principles of wilderness medical triage, evacuation and critical decision-making in case of accident while on EVA. We then moved these skills outside in our spacesuits, simulating various medical emergencies, including extraction from a rolled ATV while maintaining C-spine precautions (easier said than done in a spacesuit!). Our second EVA was cut short due to heat exhaustion in one crew member.

Reports filed:
EVA Report
EVA Request
Astronomy Report

Science Report
Journalist’s Report

Reports to be filed:
GreenHab
Photo & Photo of the Day Report

Operations Report

Support Requested:
1. Smaller paint brushes for MDRS signs.