FMARS Mission Support Journalist Report
July 18, 2001
Today marked the first full day for the 3rd rotation crew. We received reports
of the first EVA of this rotation, a less extensive EVA than previous ones.
The issue of the weak batteries was discussed, and our desire to begin using
the "hobo" device, which can measure battery voltages as they are used. This
should help us diagnose the continuing battery problem.
The generators continue to be a problem, and we are looking for a Canadian
source of reliable generators. The explorers in the FMARS habitat are not
confident in their current generators and ask that we be ready to get a new one
to them immediately should the need arise.
In addition, Dr. Zubrin gave us shipping instructions of the best way to get
supplies moved around in the Arctic. This is another reminder of just how
remote Devon Island is...FEDEX does not seem to know the difference between
Resolute and Cincinnati...
Mission Support members for tonight were Katja Muscat (CapCom), Tony Muscatello
(director), Dewey Anderson (engineering officer), Judith Dupree(liaison), and
Jim Oliver (journalist). Our morale at mission support continues to be high.
Down here, we have warm nights, plenty of food and water and safety from the
polar bears. But we also have a setting sun, revealing a brilliant planet mars
in the southern skies.