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Expedition One Diary

by Australian Crewmember Jonathan Clarke


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 18th
Morning EVA on the quadcycles. Lots of fun. Wore the classical analogue inflatable suit, which is a very different beast than MarsSkin. Less flexible, less visibility, and the gloves make any fine work like writing notes, pushing button etc. near impossible. They illustrate the problems with current spacesuit technology quite well in this regard and while mechanical counter pressure technology is so attractive, even if only for gloves. Drove north to Tank Wash and made observations of the gully erosion in the area while a biologist took soil samples. James came along to observe his precious MarsSkin in action (the biologist had one) while Guy recorded the excitement on video. In the afternoon had a debrief and worked on reports before helping cook tea. Guy and James went on an EVA to Coal Mine Wash north of Factory Butte beautiful country by all accounts. While they were away the weather turned cold and there was more snow dumped on the Henry Mountains. They came back late but the entire team was enthused by the scenery and the geology. The stir-fry vegetables I had prepared went down well. In the evening the weather had improved so most of us went outside to look at the stars and watch the moon rise. Strange seeing the moon upside down, Orion and Sirius were also upside down. But there was a good view of northern hemisphere stars instead invisible from the Australia. Before going to bed Guy had a shower the last of the MSA people to do so. I screwed my courage up and used the incinolet, a fearsome stainless steel contraption that crouches in the corner of the toilet like a high tech thunderbox. Despite my trepidations it worked well.

Australian Expeditioners James Waldie, Guy Murphy and Jonathan Clarke.
Australian Expeditioners James Waldie, Guy Murphy and Jonathan Clarke.
Melissa Battler & James Waldie.
Melissa Battler & James Waldie.
MDRS.
Jon Clarke and Melissa Battler in the field.

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