Crew 228 EVA Report 06-Oct-2021
Author: Inga Popovaite and David Laude
Purpose of EVA: Exploration of Candor Chasma
Start time: 13.00
End time: 16.00
Dave and Inga drove to one of the entrances to Candor Chasma and explored the beginning of the canyon. The area is beautiful and breathtaking; the canyon is worth spending more time in. There was ample evidence for water flow along dry stream beds with rounded pebbles along the bed. Sedimentary layers were abundant. Also seen is what appeared to be limestone. They took a lot of photos and a few videos for outreach purposes. Inga interviewed Dave about his love for canyons. They took four radios; two of them either died due to low battery or started malfunctioning. Wind picked up on the second half of the EVA during the drive back and it was hard to communicate with VOX setting on. The wind noise caused radios to activate transmit via the VOX function. This helped to drain the batteries. A couple of lessons for the future: backup radios are a must; when it is windy it might be better to have the radio transmit manually operated.
Destination: Candor Chasma.
Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): 38.4155 N, -110.768 W
EVA Participants: Dave Laude, Inga Popovaite
Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: We traveled on Cow Dung Road 0110 and then along Galileo Rd 1104/Cactus Rd 1104.
Mode of travel: Driving, walking
Vehicles you will be using (If applicable): Curiosity and Spirit