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Mars Desert Research Station

Crew 109 Journalist Report Day 10

Dec 27th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Written by: Aster Stein. A very strange thing happened this morning… We must have gotten hit hard by the cosmic rays of a giant solar storm, because all of our alarm clocks proved ineffective at waking us up. We compensated by having a quicker breakfast. The weather was very nice, clear sky and all, but […]



MDRS EVA 12 Report: Found water and life on MARS

Dec 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

In today’s EVA we headed east again to try to reach Muddy Creek which eluded us yesterday for only a few hundred meters. And YES, we found water and as a bonus life… Can you see it?



MDRS EVA 10 Report: Hike to Muddy Creek

Dec 23rd, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

This morning Aster, Karon, and I set our sails towards Muddy Creek which is about 5 Km east of the Hab. The objective of the EVA was to find and follow north-east the elusive Cactus Road until we reach the river.



MDRS EVA 09 Report: Hunting for Water and Dinosaurs

Dec 22nd, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today, Karon, Victoria and I went out hunting for dinosaur’s fossils. We drove our personal mars rovers (ATVs) up north until the road ended at the Burpee Dinosaur Quarry. Can you see the dinosaur? 



MDRS EVA 07 Report: Climb to Phobo’s Peak

Dec 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today we all suit up in a EVA for a group picture. Afterwards, David, Karon and I hiked a couple of miles and climbed Phobo’s Peak where we found ourselves surrounded by some great views.



MDRS EVA 05 Report: Orienteering and geology field work

Dec 20th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Victoria, David and Leandro just returned from a 13.32 miles/3 hour EVA. The objective of the mission was to collect core samples and to perform cone penetration tests in order to determine the soil  geotechnical engineering properties. In addition, they practice their navigational skills using a combination of maps, compass and GPS.



MDRS EVA 04 Report: Geology Work – Conical Penetrometer Blow Count & Core Sample Tests

Dec 19th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today we had the longest EVA so far: 13.5 miles/3.5 hours. We visited two geological sites and did Blow Count Penetrometer and Core Samples Tests. With this information we will be able to determine the soil strength and composition which in a Mars mission will support decisions on where to mine based on water/mineral content and […]



MDRS EVA 01 Report: Circuit around Phobos Peak

Dec 18th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today at 8:30am MST David, Karen and I started the first full Gear Analog EVA for the MDRS Crew 109. The operational conditions were much more challenging and realistic than what we were expecting.



MARS EVA 00 Report

Dec 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today we went out for a short reconnaissance EVA just before dusk. At  the end we took a look at the telescope observatory next to the Hab. Photos really do not make any justice to how incredible this place is. Weather is great, snow has melted and we all very excited for the things to come.



MDRS Crew 109 has landed!

Dec 17th, 2011 | By | Category: Aerospace, Mars Desert Research Station

Today at 12:30pm MST (Martian Standard Time) the MDRS Crew 109 arrived to the station via the pressurized rover. We relieved the 5 Crew 108 members that have been in the station since Dec 3.