Sol Summary – April 21st

Crew 297 Sol Summary Report 21-04-2024

Sol: 07

Summary Title: I’m Sorry Dave, I’m Afraid I Can’t Do That

Author’s name: Pawel Sawicki

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up today well rested after a night of watching the Martian and getting to sleep in, a celebration for passing the mid-mission mark. Today’s docket of EVAs consisted of i) the Matts adventuring far northwest searching for an NPS hiding spot around the Sea of Shells and ii) Case adventuring right outside of the RAM. Both EVA crews were satisfied with what they saw today, whether it was the spectacular views of the Overlook or a fully functioning User Interface. The whole crew was later treated to a bon gou Jambalaya by Chef Lamm, a dish reminiscent of New Orleans street jazz – soulful, vibrant, and complex characteristics heard within each bite.

Look Ahead Plan:

Tomorrow there will only be one EVA, commencing shortly after the Martian sun wakes up. During this EVA, Sarah and Pawel intend on exploring interesting geological features to the northwest of the Hab within the vicinity of the Sea of Shells and Overlook. The rest of the crew will rest from EVAs and continue their nominal duties including preparing and conducting IVA research.

Anomalies in work:

Suit 11 (fan power significantly decreased mid-EVA): Battery has been replaced.
GreenHab (automated fan not working): working now that generator power is back online
ScienceDome (foul smell): Source of odor (batteries) has been determined and removed. Crew will continue to monitor for another day before using the ScienceDome fully.
Morning (data from 0900): calm winds (2 mph), chilly (57F), and sunny with clear skies
Noon: calm winds (2 mph), warm (68F), and sunny with clear skies
Afternoon (1800): moderate winds (14 mph), warm (77F), and sunny with clear skies
Crew Physical Status: Crew health is nominal.

EVA: There were two EVAs today with two crewmates each – a first for us. The first EVA crew set out to hide the NPS, but due to a lack of good hiding spots in the area this goal was delayed to a later EVA. The crew remarked on the spectacular landscapes that part of Mars has to offer. The other EVA was more local to the Hab (by the RAM), where Case went out for a walk to test its features. Operation of the robot was as smooth as expected and more challenging EVAs are to come for Case.

Reports to be filed:

Sol Summary
Journalist Report
GreenHab Report
Operations Report
EVA report (2 EVAs)
EVA request (1 EVA)

Support Requested: None requested.

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