Sol Summary – April 26th

Crew 297 Sol Summary Report 26-04-2024

Sol: 12

Summary Title: So Long, And Thanks for All the Fish

Author’s name: Pawel Sawicki

Mission Status: Concluded

Sol Activity Summary:

This morning the crew woke up with a heartfelt bittersweet feeling about the approaching trip back to Earth. All of the tasks and duties that we habitually had taken for granted started becoming "lasts." One of those lasts was the final EVA. Lamm, Lynch, Storch, and Sawicki participated in a geologoical expedition of North Ridge. With a great view of our Martian home, we reminisced the past 12 sols and investigated the surrounding kaleidoscope of varying rock colors. Fortunately for the EVA crew, it began to rain just as the crew returned to the airlock.

At the Hab, we had our hands full with end-of-mission tasks: finishing reports, dismantling the GreenHab for the season, taking inventory, packing for our trip back to Earth, and cleaning. Our last dinner was prepared by Chef Lynch, a wonderfully crafted pair of pot-pies. The crew will spend their last night together just as they have done for the other 12: enjoying each others’ company.

Look Ahead Plan: Returning to our home planet.


Suit 11 (fan power substantially decreased mid-EVA): Battery was replaced but the air flow is still less than nominal.
Suit 9 (broken visor)
Morning (data from 0900): calm winds (0 mph), chilly (55F), and overcast
Noon: moderate winds (17 mph), chilly (60F), and overcast
Afternoon (1800): moderate winds (14 mph), chilly (61F), and overcast with intermittent rain
Crew Physical Status: Overall crew health is nominal.

EVA: There was one EVA today. The crew of four traversed up North Ridge, where green shale, tan sandstone, and various colors of regolith were examined. This EVA marked the 18th and final EVA of Mission 297.

Reports to be filed:

Sol Summary
Journalist Report
GreenHab Report
Operations Report
EVA report (1 EVA)
Mission Summary Report
End-of-mission Research Report
Food Inventory
Support Requested: Stop by the Hab before we leave at 11 am tomorrow, so we can thank you in person for all your help!

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