Commander Report – November 14th

Sol: 1
Summary Title: Landing on Mars
Author’s name: Dr. Jenni Hesterman, Commander
Mission Status: Nominal
Commander Report: After a busy day of settling into the station, the crew enjoyed a good night’s rest and were up this morning at 0730. Some crew members went for a last walk without spacesuits before the mission started. After a hearty breakfast of pancakes, dried fruit and reconstituted eggs, the crew met with Dr. Rupert to discuss the mission. Topics included simulation rules, building a successful crew, common pitfalls to avoid and map reading.

We enjoyed a loaf of fresh, warm bread, cheese and ham for lunch, then met Dr. Rupert on the lower deck for training on Extravehicular Activity (EVA) communication equipment and for spacesuit fitting. Next, we hit the road to test drive the rovers and learn how to properly and carefully navigate the Martian landscape.

Once back in the Hab, the crew said goodbye to Dr. Rupert, closed the airlock and officially started the simulation at 1600. After a short break, we met to finalize the next day’s schedule and write our daily reports. We enjoyed a pasta dinner with homemade sauce and garlic bread. We will enjoy a relaxing night before tackling two EVAs tomorrow.

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