Sol Summary – March 9th

Crew 293 Sol Summary Report 09-03-2024

Sol: 20

Summary Title: Back to the Canyon

Author’s name: Marie Delaroche, Crew Commander

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary:

Although it is never not special to wake up to the Martian hills drenched in rising sunlight, it is also increasingly difficult to get out of bed at 6:45… This morning’s challenge was the final EVA to Candor Chasma, this time for the Crew Journalist and Crew Astronomer to reach the checkpoints with the sole help of a 2D map. While they did come back with wide smiles, the exertion finally caught up, and when I came back from the Science Dome after an EchoFinder session, the Hab was doused in silence: the Crew was resting, a rest that felt as though it had been long awaited.

Some good news: AMI is finally fully operational. The interface now has the possibility to record and store the actions performed by the Crew in power management. This allows us to run the interface and manage the station’s resources without the additional task of manually recording major configuration changes. Unfortunately, regarding EchoFinder, we are having more and more issues with both the software and the hardware. We are awaiting Earth-based help to try and solve these issues, although we have already been able to gather significant amounts of data.

Finally, despite issues with the shutter system of the observatory, the Crew Astronomer was able to photograph solar prominences and more sunspots for her study.

Look Ahead Plan:

Sol 21 has been declared a rest day. For our final week on Mars, three EVAs are planned at Kissing Camel Ridge, the final Photogrammetry site (Sol 22, 24, 25). We aim to dismantle and retrieve all atmospheric instruments on Sol 26.

Anomalies in work: Solar Observatory dome

Weather: Sunny, low -5°C, high 15°C

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA: Exploration EVA to Candor Chasma

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Journalist’s Report, GreenHab Report, Operations Report, Photos (6-8 pics), EVA Report, Astronomy Report

Support Requested: NA

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