Sol Summary – November 18th

Crew 286 Sol 06 Summary Report 18-NOV-2023

Sol: 06

Summary Title: “Red, Red Rain.”

Author’s name: Roger Gilbertson

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: We started the morning by watching the exciting and successful Starship launch from Earth. In the science dome our purple bacteria continue their excellent growth, as confirmed by samples which were taken and processed. The first half of the plaster mold was placed into an oven in the Science Dome for drying. Mid-mission reports are being prepared.

Today’s scheduled EVA-6 started about 20 minutes late, but as the four crew members exited the airlock door, drops of rain were noted. The rain increased a few moments later, and the crew returned to the airlock for the safety of their camera and electronic equipment. We watched the terrain grow increasingly wet, and Mission Support stated that weather radar showed that the rain was likely to continue for the duration of the EVA. After a few more minutes the crew agreed to abort and reschedule.

Look Ahead Plan: The science program will continue to monitor growth. Plaster mold preparation will continue, as will processing of LIDAR scans, photography and videography. EVA proposals are uncertain due to the now-muddy exterior conditions. Mid-mission reports will be delivered.

Anomalies in work: none
Weather: cloudy in AM, rain in afternoon

Crew Physical Status: nominal

EVA: EVA 6 completed, request for EVA 7 and EVA 8 submitted for tomorrow

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Journalist report, Photos, Operations report, Green Hab report, EVA 6 Summary, EVA 7 Request, EVA 8 Request.

Support Requested: none

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