Crew 274 Journalist Report 2-10-2023
Author: Tony DiBernardo, Crew Journalist
Title: Mission Accomplished
Crew 274 woke up this morning at 7:30am to a personalized message from Sarah’s family mixed with the song, “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. The crew got their surveys done, then started their research early and prepared to stop collecting data so they could break simulation at 2pm to clean the hab.
Today HSO Pender began processing preliminary temperature and power consumption data collected over the 6 days that EEVAC-1 was deployed near Zubrin’s Head. He also noted the condition of peripheral cache equipment which endured some wear-and-tear during the deployment period.
Astronomer Loy was focused on wrapping up his research, so no images of solar prominence or sunspots were taken today. The Musk Solar Observatory was cleaned by Astronomers Pena and Loy and closing procedures were adequately taken to ensure that the telescope would be up and running for the next crew.
Because it will be a clear night, the MLC-RCOS16 Telescope is scheduled to take images tonight. Fifty-nine raw photos will be taken in 50 seconds using the “R” filter because the last pictures were poor quality.
Stress Mitigation Study
Tonight, the crew will continue Crew Engineer Lojeks’ study of tracking the stress levels of six of the crew members while practicing breathing and mindfulness techniques as a potential mitigation of stress in analog environments. We will continue the same guided meditation, moving the kitchen table to make room for our yoga mats as some of our crew mates “accidentally” fall asleep.
At 2pm MST, the crew broke simulation to clean the hab in preparation for their departure early tomorrow. They followed the cleaning guidelines and checklists provided by Mission Support and broke into teams to tackle different parts of the habitat. Although the crew has enjoyed the breathtaking views, focused research time, and bonding with each other, they are excited to get home to their families and loved ones tomorrow.