25 April 2015
is our last day on Mars. Soon we will give the floor to crew 154, who
arrived this afternoon in their space shuttle from the Czech Republic.
morning, we finally broke the simulation and went walking in the hills
surrounding the base (but this time without our space suit), I also
filmed the last scenes for my project and we cleaned up the entire
station. We all feel both frustrated and relieved at this point.
Frustrated because we would have enjoyed a longer mission, the station
is really a world apart and we felt everyday like real astronauts,
trying to make astronaut experiments, eating astronaut food and behaving
like real astronauts would do. But we also feel relieved to come back
to our lovely planet and particularly to our country, Belgium (the most
wonderful country in the world – no offense), where our friends and
family are waiting for us.
stay at the MDRS was incredible, everybody in the crew learned a lot
during the sim: about spatial research, biology, astronomy, geology, and
also about themselves. It’s been a great experience and we really want
to thank the Mars Society for the opportunity they gave us, we hope the
next crews will enjoy it as much as we did.
we are going to quit the Hab, but a part of Mars (made of rocks and
dust) will remain in our minds. The day when the first man will walk on
the Red Planet, we will for sure remember with nostalgia the time we
See you Mars, it’s been a great and red time here,