EVA Report – November 16th

EVA # 3
Author: Elizabeth Balga
Purpose of EVA: Prospecting for and initial biological sample collection
Start time: 1:30 PM
End time: 4:00 PM (actual end: 3:30 PM)
Narrative: Three crew members embarked on the first biological sample collection EVA. Upon approach of “Kissing Camel Ridge ”, the crew experienced difficulties with the communication system when communicating locally between EVA participants. After consulting with HABCOM and the OUTPOST, the crew switched to Channel 2 and local communications issues were resolved. With concurrence from HABCOM, the crew proceeded to their destination White Rock Canyon. Along the road, Martian life (cows) and beautiful views were enjoyed. At the destination, BIO trained XO and HSO on proper sample collection and labeling practices. The crew collected eleven organic and inorganic samples including live plants, and BIO scouted several additional sites for future sample collection.
Destination: White Rock Canyon
Coordinates (use UTM WGS 84): 520000, 4248000
Participants: XO, BIO, HSO
Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Cow Dung Rd (0110) to White Rock Canyon on Rover
Mode of travel: Spirit & Curiosity

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