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Expedition One Diary

by Australian Crewmember Jonathan Clarke


FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 14th
Drove from San Diego through the desert scenery of the South West United States. Famous geological locations such as the Mojave Desert and the basin and range province were glimpsed in passing. After a hailstorm on the Utah border we drove through snow covered hills to Green River and down to Hanksville. We were all very tired after 12 hours on the road, but as we drove through the darkness through the broken terrain hear the hab I felt a rising excitment. Suddenly, there it was. A beautiful white cylinder, gleaming in the full moon, with portholes emitting a cheerful light and the softly glowing greenhouse next to it. We really are here at last, months of planning and work are finally reality. Expeditioners who had previously arrived emerged to greet us, and we could put faces and personalities to names and emails. Inside the hab was larger than I imagined, but after a quick exploration, we were glad to head to bed. But seeing the hab in its physical reality povides lots of ideas for how MSA will develop its own, very different hab - MARSOZ. But MDRS is a marvellous achievement and a tribute to those who made it possible. The hab has 6 seeping cabins in the upper deck and in the loft. With 14 present for each phase of Expedition One we all have to double up.

The Diarist at Work
The Diarist at Work
View of the Hab
View of the Hab
James Waldie in the Workshop
James Waldie in the Workshop
James Waldie in the Workshop
The MarsSkin Analogue Suit

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