EVA Report – December 14th

EVA # 2

Author: Jen Carver-Hunter and Jen 2 Jones

Purpose of EVA: Biosignature location and identification

Start time: 1:00 pm

End time: 4:00 pm

Narrative: At 13:00 we suited up in our low-fidelity EVA suits (or hi-fidelity future hi-mobility EVA suits) and entered the airlock about 13:15. We met the Queen of Mars on the other side of the road and she took us to a spot east of the hab to look for dinosaur bones for us to gain the experience of licking them. We successfully found several adhesive samples, one of which nearly resulted in a surgical procedure to remove a bone sample from EVA Crew member Amy’s tongue. After that we proceeded across the flood plain, looking at other bio signatures including a large green dinosaur bone. We visited a blue berries patch and took some samples for later analysis.

At that time, EVA crew member Jordan was feeling ill and it was determined by the Queen of Mars and our commander that it would be best for her to return to the hab for safety reasons.

We then proceeded up Sagan Road to Hab Ridge. Along the trip we stopped to collect gryphaea shells from 150,000 years ago. The furthest extent of our walking trip was the repeater at the top of Hab Ridge. We then returned down Sagan Road to the hab, arriving in the air lock at about 15:45.

Total traversed distance without rovers, approximately 6.9 kilometers and an elevation change of approximately 8.5 meters.

Destination: No Fly Zone and Hab Ridge

Coordinates (use UTM WGS 84): 518600,4250250 and 517800, 4251450

Participants: Jen Carver-Hunter, Jonathan Nalder, Jen Jones, Jenny Sumsion, Amy Fullmer, Jordan Chaves, Shannon Rupert

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: stay in the no-fly zone until Sagan Street, which we will climb to Hab Ridge

Mode of travel: Walking

Sol Summary – <December 14th

Sol: 2

Summary Title: All About the Biosignatures

Author’s name: Jen Carver-Hunter and Jenny Sumsion

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary:

Our second day on Mars began with a hearty breakfast of blueberry oatmeal made by Commander Jen. Morning meeting laid out the plans for another exciting day! The weather was beautiful and we decided to start our EVA directly after lunch. In the meantime, the group had a lively discussion about ways teachers could bring the MDRS experience to more students. Many great ideas were generated as we hashed out the subtle nuances involved in the process of program/contest planning. Hopefully, we moved Shannon closer to a productive, possible probability for her grant.

After lunch of a parmesan tuna casserole made by Jonathan and Jenny, we suited up for our EVA. Setting out across the Martian landscape and our adventures are covered in today’s EVA report by Jen2.

The team returned to the Hub at 3:45 exhausted, sweaty, and happy. Many team members took showers and settled down for an hour of personal time before a dinner of fried rice made by Jordan, Commander Jen, and Amy. There will be more games tonight for the partiers in the group.

Look Ahead Plan: Continuation of fieldwork lab, rocketry (build), end sim, Great Adventure to Salt Wash

Anomalies in work: No anomalies

Weather: Chilly (approx. 40 deg F), partly sunny, calm

Crew Physical Status: mostly good, one crew member left MDRS due to onset of illness symptoms

EVA: field work to locate and identify

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, EVA Request, EVA Report

Support Requested: None at this time

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