Sol Summary – November 28th

Sol: 2

Summary Title: “Getting acquainted with Mars”

Author’s name: Enkhtuvshin “Dono” Doyodkhuu

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary:

Morning Routine:

· The crew woke up at 8:00 AM with Davaa and Sunny designated for today’s duties of cooking and cleaning. This follows yesterday’s responsibilities handled by Muggi and Duluu, while Dono and Tungaa will take over tomorrow.

· Breakfast featured a traditional Mongolian milk rice.

EVA #1:

· Preparation for the first EVA began at 9:30 AM for a 10:00 AM start, led by Dono.

· Muggi and Tungaa operated the rovers to Marble Ritual, where they added rocks to the three poles and went on to explore the surrounding area of foot.

· CAPCOMM was led by Davaan from the Science Dome, who noted the battery usage and distance travelled.

· The team returned promptly at 11:00 AM for a debriefing.


· Lunch consisted of fried meat with potatoes, carrots, and mushrooms, accompanied by a fresh salad from our greenhab’s harvest, which was thoroughly enjoyed.

Second EVA:

· The afternoon EVA was prepared for at 2:30 PM, with a start time of 3:00 PM.

· Led by crew geologist Davaa, joined by journalist Sunny and HSO Duluu. The activity was documented by the CAPCOMM led by Dono from the Science Dome, noting battery usage and distance covered.

We wore two of the analog suits brought from Mongolia, and they turned out to be quite comfortable. We still haven’t used the helmet. After that, all 6 crew members went out with suits to take a picture in front of the HAB, which was the first time we broke protocol. HSO Duluu is now in charge of the greenhab, and engineer Muggi oversees operation reports. Journalist Sunny oversees public outreach, geologist Davaa is currently in charge of media and content, psychologist Tungaa is keeping close tabs on the crew mindset. We lost our drone on the way to Mars and are expecting to have a new one delivered tomorrow. Davaa will then start mapping out the topography of the surrounding area. Dinner is being made at the time of writing, and we are all looking forward to a delicious meal made from freeze dried Mongolian recipe.

Look Ahead Plan: The next two days on Mars promises to be an exciting day for us since we have all gotten experience doing EVAs. We plan to go on reconnaissance EVAs twice a day for the next couple days and determine areas of geological interest. CAPCOMM will operate fully during these long-distance EVAs, and we plan to utilize COMMS fully and effectively. We plan to use the helmet we brought from Mongolia to see if the battery will hold for 4 hours. We also have 2 psychological games to play throughout the rotation to analyze individual and team mindset. Each member is in the process of proactively setting goals for themselves and coming up with action plans for the remainder of our time on Mars. We are still getting used to the station and the environment, but so far Mars is treating us quite well.

Anomalies in work: The distance travelled by the rovers came out to be inconsistent with the reality. Curiosity’s odometer reading went down, and Perseverance’s reading said it travelled for about 100m. These may need maintenance.

Weather: Sunny with minimal clouds. Not much wind. 6 degrees Celsius during the warmest part of the day. Perfect for wearing MARS-V analog suits.

Crew Physical Status: Nominal.

EVA: Two test EVAs performed successfully.

Reports to be filed: Sol summary, Journalist report, Greenhab report, Operations report, Photos.

Support Requested: None.

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