Crew123Day06CommanderCheck-In Report

Date and time: 31 January 2013
Written by: David Willson, Crew 123, Commander

Crew Physical Status:


Carying the Raman to the field site


Report Transmission Schedule

(you can access below all the reports of the day)

Mission Support

Commander Report

Engineering Report

HSO Report

Journalist Report

Cook Report

Mission Dashboard

Science Dashboard &
Raman Spectroscope

Pictures for day 06

TasMars Gallery

Time Departed/Returned from EVA:

Checking the river's conglomerates
Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

Out of sim EVA 2 miles south of Hab in the morning. 

  •  Assemble the Quadcopter for project work. 

 Project work 
  •  Investigation of rock coatings applicable to MSL. 

  •  Raman and reflectance spectrometer analysis of Gale Crater analog samples. 

  •  Collection of samples for Curiosity test bed analyses and organic extraction trials. 

 Activity work 
  •  Maintaining and improving Green Hab food production. 

  •  Inventory of Hab mechanical and electrical equipment.

  •  Developing recipes using space storable food. 

EVA Data/Interpretations:

Collecting a specimen and recording the waypoint.
Engineering/Hab Maintenance:
Plans for Tomorrow:

We request EVA for all crew in a 1/2 mile distance local to the Hab. We will be looking for Gale Crater analog rocks, in particular with mud stone/gypsum features as currently seen by Curiosity.

Support Requested:


Mars News - from Google Alerts

NASA's Curiosity rover poised to begin drilling into Mars
NASA's Mars rover Curiosity is sizing up a target rock and flexing its robotic arm ahead of its first-ever drilling activity on the Red Planet, which should take place in the coming days. The 1-ton Curiosity rover pressed down on the rock in four ...
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Ridges on Mars Point to Ancient Flowing Water
Slate Magazine (blog)
Mars is cold, dry, and apparently dead. But it wasn't always this way. I've written before about the evidence of past liquid water on Mars; there are copious data to support the idea that there were rivers, lakes, catastrophic floods, and even oceans ...
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This Little Robot Will Help Turn Mars Dust Into Rocket Fuel
Business Insider
At 100 pounds and just 2.5-feet tall, NASA's newest planet-roaming robot could easily become roadkill in a match-up with the one-ton Mars Curiosity rover. Fortunately, this little robot isn't headed for the Red Planet any time soon. The RASSOR ...
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Mars colony project bags first investor
Indian Express
The ambitious USD 6 billion Mars mission that aims to colonise the Red planet and stage a reality show around it has attracted its first investor. The Netherlands-based nonprofit organisation MarsOne that aims to land four astronauts on Mars in 2023 ...
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Water flow on Mars suggests ancient life on planet
Deccan Herald
The study, published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, bolsters the idea that the subsurface environment on Mars once had an active hydrology and could be a good place to search for evidence of past life. The study conducted by Lee Saper and ...
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Ancient Mars Water Flows Hint Life was Once Possible
Ridges in impact craters on Mars appear to be fossils of cracks in the Martian surface, formed by minerals deposited by flowing water. Water flowing beneath the surface suggests life may once have been possible on Mars. Networks of narrow.
The Daily Galaxy --Great Discoveries...



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