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Expedition One Diary

by Australian Crewmember Jonathan Clarke


MONDAY, FEBRUARY 17th
The crew were up very late (early would be a better word!) last night and we are going to have to discipline ourselves to a definite curfew, especially with 6 am starts in the morning. We realise that we can't keep on getting 4 or 5 hours of sleep a night and still function. I joined one EVA crew this morning in a chase vehicle, following two MarsSkinned marsnauts on quadcycles who were collecting biological data in White Rock Canyon, a wash to the south of the hab. The marsnauts collected soil samples and data for biological analysis while I advised them on describing the regolith and landforms and how to use the classification system that I had devised for these. Other people in the chase vehicle studied how the crew used their tools, documented activities on video, and supervised use of the data loggers. Tracks in the soft sand of the wash indicated the presence of destinctive non-Martian fauna - deer and a cougar. In the afternoon I went out on a pedestrian EVA to the east of the hab with Fathi, a French biologist. I was in a MarsSkin, while he wore a classic analogue pressure suits. Guy videoed the whole EVA. James meanwhile had gone out on another biology-oriented EVA to compare the two analogue suit designs. The universal opinion was that the MarsSkins had a superior helmet and glove design for use in the field. After a great tea (ore dinner, depending on where you are from) and a debrief, Guy started chasing people to bed by 11. Most people had gone to bed, but there were still a few hard core stragglers after midnight (as I discovered after I got up on a late night perambulation). Goodnight from Mars!

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