EVA Report – January 15th

Crew 290 EVA Report 15-01-2024

EVA # 08

Author: Madelyn Hoying

Purpose of EVA: MADMEN data collection at the edge of Kissing Camel Ridge, with REMI collection in the Rock Garden.

Start time: 1230

End time: 1530

Narrative: The crew are now settling into the EVA routine in the field, with sample collection and field evaluation running smoothly for both MADMEN and REMI. This site was a bit more difficult for soil collection given the geomorphology at the area of interest. A rock outcrop extended partially over the intended collection site, necessitating some creative maneuvers to reach the site in the suits. The dispersed rocks provided a benefit too; a large one near the site acted as a lab bench with a flat, elevated surface for pH measurements. REMI successfully covered 12 sites in the 3-hour EVA, with time to spare. Overall, this confirms the scheduling needed for our EVAs: we can comfortably scout, select, and evaluate 1 MADMEN sample site with 2 crew members in 3 hours.

Destination: Kissing Camel Ridge

Coordinates (use UTM WGS 84): N4249500, E518000

Participants: Madelyn Hoying (Commander), Benjamin Kazimer (GreenHab Officer), Anja Sheppard (Crew Scientist)

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Drive south on Cow Dung Rd until reaching Kissing Camel Ridge, then park and walk along the south side of the ridge and in the Rock Garden area to find ideal sample sites. Note: comms blackout area is expected behind the ridge; this will be accounted for in field procedures.

Mode of travel: Driving and walking

Vehicles to be used (If applicable): Spirit and Perseverance

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