Today was a very busy day of in-Hab activities as the crew made much needed
preparations for their
field experiments at MDRS. Specific summaries of crew member activities can be
found in their
individual reports, some of the highlights today were as follows:
- Executive Officer and Crew Engineer Alexandre Mangeot
continued work on his health monitoring
equipment for crew members to wear while on EVA, making modifications so that
equipment is easier during EVA. He also analyzed samples collected yesterday to
feed into his Soil
Sampling Learning Program (SSLP).
- Health and Safety Officer and Crew Biologist Paul Sokoloff
worked on preserving plant and lichen
samples that he collected during yesterday’s EVA. This afternoon, he led a
health and safety meeting
covering a range of topics including first aid response and safe EVA protocols.
He also conducted a
fire drill that the crew passed with flying colors.
- Crew Engineer Ian Silversides spent the day preparing his
equipment for tomorrow’s EVA and read up
on the composite repairs he will be performing.
- Crew Journalist Anastasiya Stepanova continued her outreach
program, writing articles and posts in
both Russian and English and documented today’s activities. As she works on
building crew profiles,
she read up on each of the research programs being performed by the crew.
- Crew Scientist and GreenHab Officer Claude-Michel Laroche
spent the day tending to the GreenHab
which included a harvest of wheat grass that was incorporated into a salad for
We took time throughout the day to try out some Hab recreational activities
which included a morning
workout circuit using resistance bands that I brought to MDRS and a yoga
session in the afternoon
led by Paul Sokoloff. Such fitness activities will be crucial on a year-long
stay on Mars and during
the MA 365 mission. We are looking to alternate and repeat these activities for
the rest of our stay.
Ian built a how-to guide as a contributing part of Claude-Michel’s research
program and had the crew
test it out this evening after dinner. It was titled “A Guide to Mastering the
Nose Flute”. Needless
to say, it provided several minutes of laughter and was a lighthearted way to
end the day. Tomorrow
we return to EVA and the crew is eager to continue with their field research.