Sol Summary – April 8th

Crew 279 Sol Summary Report 08April2023

Sol: 6

Summary Title: In the spotlight

Author’s name: Agnès Dekeyser, Crew Executive Officer

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up again with the delicious smell of pancakes in which some chocolate chips had been added for the great pleasure of our martionautes. Then, four of them got ready and left for their EVA to the Special Region. After a few hours without any news from them because of the great distance between them and the Hab, the crew got back in touch before coming back. They used their full four hours of EVA to perform drone mapping and radioactivity measurements for Thomas and Augustin’s experiments. They found some interesting cavities in the rock as well as fossilised wood that gave off a mid level of radioactivity.

After their mission, the crew regained strength with an excellent lunch of Asian rice before taking several videos inside the Hab to add to their reportage. Then, they all finished the afternoon by progressing with their own experiments.

Ahead Plan:

For the next few days, the crew will be going every two days to North Ridge to check the bacteria that were placed there yesterday. On Sol 11 the samples will be collected for analysis. The crew will also plan next EVA’s for Thomas who need to make more radioactivity measurements in the surroundings of the MDRS and for Augustin who will continue the drone mapping of several places in the desert. The other experiments will also continue inside the MDRS including the use of the 3D printer.

Anomalies in work: nun-functional robotic observatory and the battery wires of Opportunity needs to be replaced.

Weather: Sunny, high 20°C/68°F, low 4°C/40°F

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA: See above

Reports to be filed: Journalist report, Greenhab report, Operations report, EVA report, EVA request

Support Requested: None

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