Sol Summary – December 30th

Crew 236 Sol Summary Report 30-DEC-2021

Sol: 11

Summary Title: The One Where They Leave Mars

Author’s name: Kasey Hilton

Mission Status: Nominal, last day on the fourth rock from the Sun

Sol Activity Summary: Today was the last day of sim. It’s bittersweet. On one hand, we dreamed of hot tubs and gin and tonics over our oatmeal breakfast, while on the other, we reminisced over the past EVAs while waiting to depressurize in the airlock. Once the crew left for the last EVA, Dylan (ASTRO) spent some time in the Musk Observatory, while Pavi (ENG) and I chatted about life sitting by the downstairs heater. After EVA and chowing down on some hot soup, the crew gathered around the kitchen table and took turns painting each other’s nails a cheddar cheese color, galaxy, or a combination of the two. The remainder of the afternoon was spent finishing up some research and outreach. Cesare (XO) baked some rocks to analyze the water content in the ScienceDome, I filmed a video answering questions from a third grade class, and some others studied the back of their eyelids. Our last dinner in the Hab was homemade pizza made by our resident Italian and we’ll probably spend the next few hours in a heated debate about which movie we should watch as our last on Mars. When we wake up, we’ll be back on Earth!

Look Ahead Plan: We will be out of sim tomorrow at 8am. Majority of tomorrow will be spent cleaning the Hab, completing the food inventory, and shedding a few tears when thinking of leaving the place we’ve called Hab, sweet Hab, for the last two weeks.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Partly cloudy, temperatures in the low 40s F

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA: Today’s EVA was originally planned for Summerville Overlook, but was rescheduled to Candor Chasma. The EVA ended early due to two space suit fans dying, but was still considered successful because Cesare (XO) finding four rocks composed of salts and Vladimir (GHO) found one potential Hab location.

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, GreenHab Report, EVA Report, EVA Request, Health and Safety Report, Sol Summary, and Journalist Report (with photos)

Support Requested: None