EVA Report – December 24th

Crew 201 EVA Report 24-Dec-2018

EVA #7

Author: Carlos Mariscal, XO

Purpose of EVA: To do artificial vision and camera testing in various terrains in order to determine algorithm performance in environments with changes of ground color and rock sizes and to look for appropriate locations for rover prototype testing.

Start time: 11:00 h

End time: 15:00 h

Narrative: We started our journey with a really good mood, drove to the southeast using the rover Curiosity and did a couple of stops in Robert’s Rock Garden and Zubrin’s Head, ideal landscapes for some pictures to train our artificial vision algorithms, then we drove to find the Greenstone road, but it’s quite hard to find, we got lost and almost got to the highway, but we turned back and looked carefully, left the rover and started walking, heading to North Pinto Hills.

Amazing landscapes and pics! We walked around 3 km and climbed one of the hills; on our way back to the rover we found several animal footprints, maybe a feline, elks and mice, quite scary at first, but something nice to see. We got safe to the rover and started our way back and Something really random happened; we found a truck in the way, a family (dad and two children) were excited to see us and asked a picture of the kids with us. Quite funny.

Finally, we got home, safe and sound, with some cool stories for the rest of the crew and lots of photos, both to remember and keep on working.

Destination: North Pinto Hills, with stops at Robert’s Rock Garden and Zubrin’s Head.

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): N 4248782.15, E 520960.16

Participants:
César Serrano, Engineer

Carlos Mariscal, XO

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Driving to south-east on Cow Dung Road 0110 then walking to north-east Greenstone Road and finally east to North Pinto Hills.

Mode of travel: Rover Curiosity