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Expedition One Diary

by Australian Crewmember Jonathan Clarke


WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th
A lovely sunrise is morning, pink coloured in a blue sky. How every different from Mars, where the sunrises (and sunsets) are green blue and violet and the sky is pink. One day there will be people there to enjoy them. Off this morning in a MarsSkin (hooray!) with another geologist and a chase team (including Guy). Very crisp, but soon warmed up. Our primary goal was to collect data on aeolian (wind formed) features for a researcher at the Northern Arizona University. We found a nice amphitheater where there were a lot of small scale wind erosion and deposition features. Another goal was to compare the use of a traditional geological data logger (notebook and pen) with a voice activated system. I would make the observations and Melissa, the other MarsSkinned marsnaut would record the observations by voice. We then went off to another site we thought was also composed of aeolian material. This turned out to be a relic deposit of high level gravel, probably deposited by past floods eroding material from the Henry Mountains to the south. This was an unexpected bonus, because the gravel contained a diverse suite of igneous rock, which could prove useful for another researcher we are collecting data fore, this time at the Arizona State University. That brought the EVA to an end, so off to Hanksville to refuel the truck. Hanksville is well summed up in a local guide book as “having escaped the boom that was a feature of many western towns”. Who says Americans don’t appreciate irony. In the afternoon wrote reports on the computer and helped cook tea. Just like home really!

After dinner.
Dramatic striated cliff sides along the roadside near Hanksville.
Dinosaur bones.
Dinosaur bones are visible in some of the rock faces (centre).
samples.
Geological samples being tested back at the hab.

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