Sol Summary – January 23rd

Sol: 2
Summary Title: First Sol of Operations
Author’s name: Andrew Wheeler
Mission Status: Nominal
Sol Activity Summary: Our first full sol on Mars saw an overcast day breaking to let the sun shine through – at least for a moment – before returning to complete overcast. Following breakfast of oatmeal, toast, juice and coffee, preparations for the day of EVAs commenced. These involved the deployment of environmental sensors outside the science dome and testing of traction at various slope angles of a robotic rover also outside the main hab. Inside the hab, the plants in the greenhab were regularly tended and experiments in baking bread and combining varieties of freeze dried foods were undertaken. The regular monitoring of systems within the hab is becoming a routine for all crew under the responsibility of Scott the engineer and resultant time pressures appear to be easing.
Look Ahead Plan: Weather dependent, tomorrow will see an EVA to test the physical endurance of astronauts whilst walking fully suited and continued testing of the robot rover along with a stand alone rover wheel outside the hab.
Anomalies in work: Nothing to report.
Weather: Low cloud and early showers clearing later with clouds thinning during the afternoon. Temperature increasing from low to high single digits Celsius and humidity decreasing from 80% to 60% during the day. Faint to no wind.
Crew Physical Status: nominal
EVA: EVA 3 with Andrew and Steve to deploy a suite of sensors outside the science dome was cut short when the software failed to link to the system. A rehearsal to set out the equipment was undertaken in it’s stead, whilst the standalone solar logger was successfully deployed. EVA 4 with Steve and Rob (external) and Alex and Scott (internal) saw the operation of the robot rover outside the hab, testing traction on different surfaces at different slope angles.
Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Journalist Report, Greenhab Report, Operations Report, EVA report, EVA Request(s)
Support Requested: Nothing to request.

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