Today is our first day on the red planet of Mars. It was a very long trip out here. If you can believe it, with all of the time and planning that it took to get this mission set up we still managed to get lost on our way here, thus arriving a little late. This was no big deal, the crew that was here before, Crew 87, was very happy to see us. The crew commander, Mary Beth, the Chief Engineer, Grier, along with Josh Nelson and Jon Rask were very helpful with the crew handover. They showed us how to keep our Mars Habitat up and running. They even took us out to see ancient Martian dinosaur bones. I couldn’t believe my eyes, Mars had dinosaurs as well!!
We are now spending our first night together on the Martian soil. The night started with Bianca and Commander Steve rendezvousing with another transport in order to get much needed supplies (Bianca's luggage, foodstuffs, and MRE's ). Laksen, the crew engineer, and myself then went out to make the engineering rounds. These rounds consist of checking on all the systems that make up our living sanctuary and life support systems including generators, water supply, ATV's, and the Green Hab. All was going well until we decided to top-off the back up generator with gasoline. Lets just say very little gasoline ever made it into the generator, with the majority going elsewhere. Laksen looked at me as I was spilling the gas, I told him I thought I saw E.T. riding off with one of our ATV's; he did not seem to believe me, so we called it a night.
At last we had some free time when all the checks were done. I didn’t realize it while we were doing our rounds, but the Martian skies are filled with stars that do not seem to be visible from Earth. First Diego, Crew Biologist, and myself took a stroll on through the rocky, dimly lit terrain and found ourselves at the Musk Observatory. The Musk Telescope is currently out of commission, but on this night she was not missed. This planet is so remote, so dark at night, but when you look at the glow of the Milky way and all the other formations, constellations, and nebulae everything and everybody seems so close and interconnected. We did not use the telescope to stare off into the stars, and yet I saw further then I have ever never dreamed of. Cameras and video will not do the experience justice, I guess you just had to be here, ohh wait your back on Earth!
Until Next Time,