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Commander Report
Date: March 26, 2015
Crew Commander Name: Susan Jewell MD

Hello from Commander Jewell.

The telesurgery study is finally completed with testing of new strategies and use of the “medi-drone” to assist medical triage and operations. Mohammad and Mehdi completed the Optivent eyewear glass study and LOCARD projects. As a small crew of three members I am honestly surprised as the amount of work we have achieved in the past week!

Crew 151 Innovative Emerging Space Leaders continued the “Rotating Commandership Concept, RCC” with the final official hand-over last night from Mohammad Irananmesh to Dr Susan Jewell MD, a veteran MDRS  analog astronaut and Commander of MarsWithout Borders Crew145. Mohammad, and Medhi as XO, did fantastic job during the past days and kept the mission moving forward maintaining effective crew cohesion and bonding for the small crew. Excellent leadership qualities!.

I believe the RCC strategy works with individuals possessing a certain “je nai cest quoi” and joie de vivre quality – but more importantly a deeper understanding of the “Humanness” of life and the ability to have empathy, sympathy and compassion for others interconnected with a strong sense of Self and degree of maturity, inner wisdom, openness and willingness to collaborate and advocate the “Band of Brothers” mentality.. Individuals who can be selfless and altruistic-  characteristics that are innate in all Beings but rarely seen except in certain situations like living in isolation and confinement in extreme dangerous hostile environments…like Mars!. It is only those with the courage and Humanity to demonstrate vulnerability and unafraid to accept one’s fragility and human imperfections and able to throw out the “egocentric  Self” and adapt quickly to the “Selfless  Whole” can successfully, I feel,  become the “perfect”  crew MIX.

Crew 151 is an extra-ordinary team having only meet one day before entering simulation and leaving for Mars. It has been quite fascinating to see this natural seamless transitioning and coalescing of the separate individuals into “One” functioning living breathing organism of four Beings…of, course, now three members.  As they say you can’t stick a square peg into a round hole so the Crew Mix must naturally evolve to “fit”…this a seamless transition of the physical, physiology and psychology merging into one ebbing and flowing of energies attaining harmony and balance.

So the question we must ask ourselves is how do we find the right crew mix to start the journey of Mankind’s journey to plant the seeds on a New World?  In my mind, the answer is not so complicated as we might think it to be. I believe to build a new Martian civilization  is not so much just looking and selecting the obvious traits to become an astronaut by dissecting  the Anatomy of the Body and Anatomy of the Mind/ We must dive deeper into understanding the Anatomy of Love… the invisible “gel” that bonds Humanity and Crews.

So, Crew 151 has achieved this in less than two weeks and that is amazing in itself but more incredible  is the fact, the crew is so naturally connected together when only a day before we arrived at the MDRS Hab we were four total strangers!!!.

As Mr Spock would say…”fascinating Captain”.

Live Long and Prosper. 

Happy Birthday to my Earthling family, sisters Anne and Mary  and brother, Steven, All born on the same day and same month bit different years. The odds of that occurring in one family is 20 million to 1.

The odds of finding a perfect Crew Mix is?????????????????????

As Mr Spock would say…”fascinating Captain”.

Live Long and Prosper.

Commander Jewell

Crew 151.