Sol Summary – April 23rd

Crew 280 Sol Summary Report 23-04-2023

Sol: 7

Summary title: A Red Rose for a Red Planet

Author’s name: Mariona Badenas-Agustí, Commander.

Mission status: Nominal

Sol activity summary: Martian days are longer than on Earth, but Hypatia I’s perception of time is that each day at the MDRS is flying by very quickly. Indeed, it is hard to believe that a week has already gone by since the arrival of the crew to the Red Planet. Having embarked on its MDRS adventure more than 2 years ago, and with today marking the equator of our mission, the Hypatia I crew could not be prouder of what it has accomplished so far. At the same time, the team acknowledges the invaluable support of entities and institutions that have collaborated with the Hypatia Mars Association and that have made Hypatia I a reality.

To celebrate the halfway point of our mission, the crew started the day with a filling breakfast of cereals, oats, and homemade bread. Then, at around 10AM, Núria Jar (Crew Journalist), Cesca Cufí (Engineer), Laia Ribas (GreenHab Officer), and Neus Sabaté (Mission Specialist) conducted an EVA to CompassRock with the primary goal of collecting sand samples and iron-rich rocks. After the EVA team returned to the base, everyone enjoyed a delicious pasta dish with tomato and basil. It was definitely a great way to recharge batteries and start the afternoon on a good note.

One of the day’s activities was an arts & crafts workshop led by Ariadna Farrés (Health & Safety Officer). Through this workshop, the crew learned how to create roses made of origami paper in honor of St. George’s Day, a beautiful holiday in Barcelona where roses and books are given to loved ones as symbols of affection and appreciation. With origami roses representing a little piece of Catalonia on the Red Planet, the crew felt a strong connection to their Catalan roots and reflected on the importance of maintaining cultural traditions, even in the most challenging environments.

Upon concluding the origami workshop, the crew resumed their experimental work. Tonight, everyone is looking forward to an early night in preparation for our last week on Mars.

Look ahead plan: Some crew members will conduct an EVA to Robert’s Rock Garden. Cesca Cufí (Crew Engineer) may also organize a meditation workshop for those who are interested.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Sunny. Low 35F/High 63F.

Crew physical status: Nominal.

EVA: There was one EVA today to Compass Rock (see EVA Report).

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, EVA request, EVA Report, Operations Report, GreenHab Report, Journalist Report, Pictures of the Day.

Support Requested: None.

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