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Expedition One Diary

by Australian Crewmember Jonathan Clarke


SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 16th
This day on Mars (AKA MDRS hab, Utah) dawned cloudy and mild. We spent the morning training on hab and survey systems. The biological recycling system is now definitely offline and the greenhosue that houses the system is definintely off limits - the stech is the least of the reasons. There are lessons in this for the possible use of biological recycling systems on Mars missions. In the afternoon we all drove to Capitol Reef National Park about 40 minutes to the west of here. We drove along the valley of the Freemont River through classic terrain with the flat topped hills of Factory Butte, North and South Caineville Mesas, and Skyline Rim. As we got further west the vallet closed down to a groge through high cliffs of Navajo Sandstone, a superb example of Triassic fossil sand dunes. After a brief stop at some petroglyphs carved by the Fremont culture we investigated the park headquarters. It took some time to detach people from the shop - and the civilised toilets. Trying to organise 14 Mars enthusiasts is sometimes like herding cats. We then travelled south short way into the park where there was some excellent ground to train on James' MarsSkin suits and data collection techniques against a backdrop of steep cliffs and snow covered mountains. I wore one unit, while Guy documented the event on camera and video. The scenery was remarkably like the Flinders Ranges, although the peaks are higher and the air colder. Back to the hab as night fell, everyone bouyed by the success of the trials and sight seeing. Tomorrow is the first real day (or Sol, to use the Martian terminology) of work. Already the atmosphere in the hab is taking on the intense but jovial air that reminds me of a large field trip or a marine science cruise.

After dinner.
View inside the hab after the evening meal.
The old style (left) and new MCP (right) analogue suits.
The old style (left) and new MCP (right) analogue suits.
Rocky debriefing.
The 3 Australian participants in phase 1 - Guy Murphy, Jon Clarke & James Waldie.

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