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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. This really feels like another planet, specially when you are in full simulation gear on top of a mountain looking out to the horizon in the middle of this very alien landscape.

Getting into the suits took over 30 minutes. Currently the radios are a real problem, we mostly relied in hand signals; no communications were available with the Hab during the EVA. The helmets fog completely and make driving almost impossible at times. Collecting rock and soil samples is very difficult given that dexterous task are heavily limited by the gloves and the lack of visibility and maneuverability when wearing the EVA suit.


Distance: 7.71 mi
Time: 1:46:45
Avg Speed: 4.3 mph
Elevation Gain: 400 ft
Calories: 985 C


Time: 1:46:45
Moving Time: 53:03
Elapsed Time: 1:46:49
Avg Speed: 4.3 mph
Avg Moving Speed: 8.7 mph
Max Speed: 23.5 mph


Elevation Gain: 400 ft
Elevation Loss: 405 ft
MinElevation: 4,399 ft
MaxElevation: 4,603 ft

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