Journalist Report – March 11th

SOL 22: Good Vibes Only!

“Don’t forget that everything you deal with is only one thing and nothing else. And don’t forget the language of omens. And, above all, don’t forget to follow your Personal Legend through to its conclusion.” – The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

To start the week on a good note, Yves and Mathurin initiated the last step of the Photogrammetry experiment. During their EVA, they went to Kissing Camel Ridge in order to take pictures of the area and to generate 2D and 3D maps of it. Twice we explored the northern part of the station’s surroundings, but this time, we turned right after leaving campus, taking the southbound road! It enabled us to discover new Martian landscapes… During this EVA, Yves and Mathurin needed to be with another Crew member. This time it was Lise, instead of Leo the two previous weeks. Lise, who had loved searching for the checkpoints in the previous destinations, was on the other side of the experiment this time, and she loved it all the same! Her goal, with Yves, was to find where to put the checkpoints while Mathurin was taking the hundreds of drone pictures. During the week, there will be new exploration teams with the 2D or 3D map. This is the last iteration of an experiment we all very much enjoyed participating in!

Meanwhile, Léa and Marie wrote some new outreach articles for our website, and every Crew member who wasn’t out on EVA was busy accomplishing their planned tasks, from experimental data handling to cognitive assessments in the Hab or GreenHab.

The MELiSSA activity, prompting us to cook meals with fresh vegetables and not only dehydrated food, continues to delight the Crew! Today for example, Léa and I cooked a very tasty carrot cake for lunch. Crew members who were out on EVA enjoyed this great meal after being out for a few hours. Then, in the early afternoon, Lise and Mathurin tried to solve problems they had in their code for retrieving data from our smart watches and impedance meter. They put in common everything they had done on their own. At the end of the afternoon, we all enjoyed a virtual reality experience: in this personalized video for each of us, we were surprised to see Arnaud Prost, a French astronaut, wishing us good luck and giving us advice for the end of our mission! This video cheered everyone up, and gave us that final bit of motivation we needed, to end all of our studies and experiments in a grand finale!

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