EVA Report – February 20th

Crew 222 EVA Report 20Feb2020

EVA # 4

Author: Marie BOCHARD (Journalist)

Purpose of EVA: Change batteries of LOAC and MegaARES, and then second exploration for the crew 222

Start time: 9:10 AM

End time: 11:21 AM

Narrative: First, we checked all the rovers and the water level.

We then took the rovers to the experiments site and changed the batteries for the LOAC and the MegaARES in teams of two. Once that was all done, we went back to the rovers with the used batteries and headed out to the Kissing Camels at 9:45.

We arrived soon after, and left the rovers on the side of the road before the Kissing Camels to go exploring. We walked towards the Camels looking for an old road going west towards the ridge. We explored the Kissing Camels for 15 minutes, and then we went back to the road we had found. We followed the road as best as we could until we reached the bottom of the Ridge. One crew member’s helmet was a little foggy, so we took breaks every 5 minutes to let his helmet defog. The hills in front of us were beautiful, and we looked for a way to climb up safely to the Ridge. We followed a dry stream of water until it was too steep, and continued walking up wherever the path was walkable for everyone.

Once we were up the Ridge, we admired the different views that were offered to us: the view of the plain up the Ridge, the view of the snowy mountain in the distance, and the view of the plain we came from and where we could see the rovers. We stayed up the Ridge for about 30 minutes, I made sure to have enough time to walk back down safely because climbing down is always more difficult than climbing up.

We then walked back to the rovers and headed back to the Hab. We entered the station at 11:21 AM.

Destination: Kissing Camels and Ridge

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): 518500-4249500

Participants: Marie BOCHARD (Journalist, EVA leader), Benjamin AUZOU (Commander), Eishi KIM (AST), Valentin PRUDHOMME (Crew engineer)

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Cow Dung Road

Mode of travel: Rovers : Curiosity & Deimos