Sol Summary – May 2nd

Crew 261 Sol Summary Report 02-05-2023

Sol: 2

Summary Title: Completion of the crewmembers qualification on EVA procedures on Mars

Author’s name: Aline Decadi, XO

Mission Status: Nominal.

Sol Activity Summary: Today has taken place the EVA-2 with the following crew members: James Burk (Commander) (EVA Leader), Erin Kennedy (Crew Roboticist), Kris Davidson (Crew Journalist). They were accompanied by the crew journalist and the HSO. They prepared our flight suits, backpacks, helmets, and radio. The purpose was training EVA procedures + communication test with crew members and with the hab.
EVA-2 crew members started donning at 8:45 AM and EVA started at 9:15 AM. Our Crew261 Commander pronounced the following emotional beautiful sentences when heading for the first time on Martian soil: “It is with a profound sense of humbleness, duty, and honor that we take these first steps on Mars. We come from Earth, on behalf of all humanity. We come to bring Life to Mars, and Mars to Life”. They drove the Rovers (Spirit and Perseverance) for the first time with their spacesuits to the Marble Ritual, then walked around. We exercised walking around with the spacesuits, making geology/ collecting samples, regular health status, made photographs, and performed communication checks & extensive use of the radio. The communication was confirmed to be good on the field, and the overall safety health checks were nominal. The EVA-2 crew members qualified on EVA procedures today. As a lesson learnt from Sol 1, the EVA total duration was extended from 1h00 to 1h30 to successfully finish on time at 10:22 AM (ETA in the mission request was 10:30 AM).
We spent the afternoon setting up experiments: the GreenHab, the PhotoBioreactor, the Musk observatory first Sun imaging, the file server, the headsets for MarsVR, the robotics Atmosphinder, and cardiovascular monitoring with requested parameters.

We spent the evening having dinner, the commander briefing, and preparing EVA & experiments for tomorrow.

Look Ahead Plan: We will be in Sim tomorrow: soil collection, make a structural test for the Atmosphinder experiment, according to mission request approval.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny and pleasant. Very windy day.

Crew Physical Status: As lessons learnt from yesterday, the extended duration for the EVA enables it to function safely and with continuous operational communication. The EVA has been scheduled in the morning as the temperature is more moderate.

EVA: Training EVA to Marble Ritual

Reports to be filed: HSO Report, EVA Request, EVA Report, Operations Report, Astronomy Report, Journalist Report, Pictures of the day.

Support Requested: None.

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