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Sol Summary – November 9th

November 9, 2016

Sol # 47

Person filling out report: Annalea Beattie

Summary Title: The moon rose early today.

Mission Status: on track

Sol Activity Summary:

The sun came up like it did yesterday.

This morning we cleaned and did the routine hab jobs that needed to be done. Yusuke fixed the tunnel, we wrote reports, I wrote my blog and we prepared for our EVA this afternoon with the U.K .Rover Field Trials mob.

Our EVA was very successful. We all went. Jon Clarke worked with Peter Edwards on the Ramen collecting rock spectra. John Holt trialed the geological tool SPLIT in robot mode. Several of the UK Rover team tried out the space suits and their drone. For us, there was a focus on lichens with quite a bit of discussion with Shannon. Yusuke and Anushree sampled and I drew lichen distribution and patterning on sandstone boulders.

MDRS lessons:

  1. If you want to throw a rock further you need more momentum.
  1. If you want to photograph the moon, choose the right time of day.

Plans: Science meeting, writing field notes and sample processing tomorrow.

Crew Physical Status: very well.

Weather: Another gorgeous day in the desert.

Anomalies: We found a flower made of rocks on a cliff and thought it was a miracle of nature until Shannon told us some one had made it. (still great)