Commander Report – November 25th

Sol: 12
Summary Title: Mission End
Author’s name: Dr. Jenni Hesterman, Commander
Mission Status: Nominal
Commander Report:

Sadly, our time at MDRS has come to an end. The crew cleaned the station, accomplished final checklists and broke simulation at 2PM. We then left the airlock without our spacesuits for the first time in 12 days to take group photos. It was exhilarating to breathe fresh air and feel the sun on our faces!

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner in Hanksville this evening with Dr. Rupert and Sergii, and returned to the Hab to prepare for our morning departure to Grand Junction.

Crew 268 successfully accomplished its mission. We enjoyed exploring the stunning Mars-like landscape, incredibly rich sunrises and sunsets, and a star-filled sky at night. We hope our research activities will inform future space missions and will continue pursuing our dreams of living and working on another planet.

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