Sol Summary – February 18th

Crew 293 Sol Summary Report 18-02-2024

Sol: 0

Summary Title: Into Familiar Unknowns

Author’s name: Marie Delaroche, Crew Commander

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary:

Crew 293 has safely arrived on site ! After more than a year of careful preparation and training, we arrived at midday on campus and were trained by Ben Stanley, the site manager. Great care was taken as we unpacked all scientific equipment brought to MDRS all the way from France; we are ready as of tomorrow to start setting up our experiments in the different modules.

Look Ahead Plan: After receiving training from Ben Stanley, we are ready to complete the two training EVAs on Sol 1, after which we will be cleared to program additional EVAs if all goes well.

Anomalies in work: Both observatories offline

Weather: Sunny, low 0°C, high 15°Cs

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA: None

Reports to be filed: Crew biographies, photos, and mission patch, Mission plan, HSO Pre-Mission Checklist, EVA Requests, Journalist report (supplementary)

Support Requested:

-> We would need a small table and chair to put in the GreenHab for an experiment (taking cognitive tests in different areas of the station); would that be something that could be provided?

-> We would like to request authorization to start the Seeds of Mars experiment (as part of our scientific outreach initiative in middle schools) in the GreenHab; it consists in planting seeds in soil sampled during EVAs, and comparing the plants’ growth to that of other seeds planted in regular soil.

-> Maps and 24-hour network information has been received.

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