We’ve had an exciting and
eventful first few days!
Our first few EVAs were
successful. We inspected our habitat, rover, and space suits and we found no
issues, though it later turned out that our external water supply was leaking.
It took the Martian plumbers just a few hours to repair the leak and to refill
our tank. We were grateful for their help.
On our second EVA we located
a supply lander from Earth that contained our solar panels. Tim and Tyler
returned the solar panels to base and managed to assemble them without much
difficulty. We also were able to test our remote control mini-rover called MACHO
(MArs Compliment to Humans rOver) and we collected
some excellent photos of us “Mars-stronauts” interacting with the local
Back inside the HAB we have
been collecting our psychological and sleep data and have collected our first
microbial samples for the JPL study. We have also been caring for our lettuce
and radish plants which have begun to sprout.
Martian flies have invaded
our habitat but we believe that the population is under control and that they
pose no danger to the crew.
For dinner this week we’ve
had pulled pork wraps and chicken wings with rice. In our down time we’ve
watched a few movies and enjoyed many laughs. Looking forward to the