Commander Report – November 15th

Sol: 2
Summary Title: Birthday on Mars
Author’s name: Dr. Jenni Hesterman, Commander
Mission Status: Nominal
Commander’s Report: The crew was up this morning for breakfast at 0730, which consisted of homemade yogurt with dehydrated fruit and biscuits with cheese and ham.

The crew of 6 split into 2 groups and accomplished their first Extra Vehicular Activity mission to explore an area called Marble Ritual. The Commander, Crew Engineer and Communications Officer went out in the morning and the XO, Crew Biologist and Health & Safety Officer took the afternoon mission. The crew enjoyed spectacular views and searched for plants, rocks and fossils unique to the area.

When EVA operations were complete, the crew met to discuss lessons learned. After a dinner of homemade soup and rice, we finalized the next day’s schedule. Priorities tonight include completing a video for the Intertribal Space Conference and watching a time-delayed video of the Artemis launch. Work is well underway on several fronts, including the Greenhab and the use of Paro the baby seal, a robotic comfort animal.

Today was my birthday and the crew surprised me with a cake, card and balloons. I am so fortunate to be on this mission with an amazing group of intelligent and kind women.

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