EVA # 1
Author: Clare Fletcher
Purpose of EVA: Training EVA to Marble Ritual to test EVA suits, comms, mobility, driving.
Start time: 1200
End time: 1330
Narrative: At 1200 our sim began with Rob, Clare, and Alex undertaking the first EVA. We were a bit like kids in a candy store and were both overwhelmed and enthusiastic about stepping foot onto Mars for the first time. We already had a comms issue as Alex came over faint on the radio, but as we could hear him and Mission Control could too, we decided to proceed with the EVA. At Marble Ritual we tested our dexterity by trying to pick up rocks that were in baskets over head height and then by climbing up some hills. We went up to a ridge behind the alligator shaped rock (as Aussies, we want to dub it ‘crocodile rock’). We took a few photos as well as taking some geology field drawings, though kept having to stop as we had other comms issues occurring (we’ve learned a lot about how to secure our headsets better).
Destination: Marble Ritual N518750, E4250900
Coordinates (use UTM WGS 84): N518750, E4250900
Participants: Rob Hunt, Clare Fletcher, Alexander Tobal
Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Cow Dung Rd 0110
Mode of travel: Spirit and Opportunity, some walking
EVA # 1