Crew 219 Journalist Report Author: Nathan Hadland, Crew 219 Executive Officer Sol 10 It’s Wednesday My Crews The ship is sailing on smooth seas, as they say. The EVAs today went smoothly, all of our projects progressed forward, and we had a few good laughs along the way. Our crew is beginning the process of tightening up our science, consolidating samples, and writing up final reports. We have collected a great deal of interesting data, explored fascinating regions and landscapes, and have had a lot of fun in the process. I am proud with what our crew has accomplished so far and am excited to see what our post-mission analysis brings. We had two EVAs today, both of which accomplished a great deal. The first EVA mounted Hab Ridge along Sagan Street to collect lichen and gryphaea fossils. Unfortunately for me, our mission timeframe landed in the middle of graduate school application season. While my fellow crewmembers were on EVA, I was laboring away at those application essays. Oh well. The price I pay for trying to do too many things at once. We had a tight timeline today, so as soon as the first EVA arrived back at the Hab and post-EVA biometrics data was collected, we began preparations for our second EVA of the day. I led the expedition to the North Pinto Hills to collect additional geologic samples as well as lichen. The sun was especially potent today, in both its brightness and heat. As soon as we began trudging through the snow and mud, we started to feel our solar companion’s effects. We climbed a short way and Abdul (GEO) identified a few sites for sample collection. Afterwards, the team collectively realized the immense beauty of the surrounding landscape and took the opportunity to capture a few photographs. The EVA team then headed further northeast to search for samples of astrobiological interest. I’ve got to applaud Alejandro (ENG) and his impeccable eye for finding lichen hidden amongst the rocks. After climbing another hill looking for sampling sites, we decided to head back to the rovers. Along the way, we stumbled across some incredible geologic features and amazing views of the surrounding landscape. I took the opportunity to teach some of my crewmembers orienteering and navigation skills. Upon arrival back at the Hab, we were greeted with hot chocolate and warm homemade biscuits prepared by Hannah (LSO). Oh man, they were heavenly. Tonight, we will be feasting on stir fry and chai tea. Tomorrow, Dave (CO) and I will be training Cynthia (GHO) and Keith (HSO) on commanding officer duties for when they return to MDRS next season. Overall, I am extremely pleased and proud of our crew’s science and am very happy with the group of talented individuals I have chosen to surround myself with.