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this morning a short video was received by mission support, a view from the front of a small rover (controlled in-hab) that inspected a small dent in the underside of the hab (~1cmx3cm).

21:21
pascal lee (mission commander) checks in with mission support: phase 4 crew moved in today, consisting of lee (geologist and planetary scientist), steve braham (physicist), peter smith (roboticist), john blitch (roboticist), carol stoker (engineer), and larry lemke (engineer).

21:35 questions recieved from mars desert research station exhibit, located at the kennedy space center (ksc)visitor's center:

  1. (from martin) why was devon island chosen [as the site for the mars arctic research station]? and
  2. (from maverick) why were the crew members chosen? what were the selection criteria?

21:49
pascal lee's response to the above questions:

  1. devon island is the largest uninhabited island on earth and is a cold, generally dry polar desert (almost no vegetation, rocky, dusty, windy) that is less harsh than, but still comparable to, a Martian environment.
  2. 250 applications were received, from volunteers of the mars society and members of the nasa haughton-mars project; those that were accepted cover a wide range of research interests and inquiries into the logistics of going to mars. if you are interested, apply in the next go-round. =)

22:32
confirmation from kennedy space center that the question and answer session went well (i.e. that lee's answer's were received in time to be presented to the group).

01:05
mission support signs off for the day, as we have not heard from fmars since lee's answers to the ksc questions.

a half-hour interview of tony muscatello, lorraine bell, bob pohl will be aired tomorrow, sunday july 29th at two times and on three radio stations:
6am: kosi, 101.5 fm
kezw, 1430 am
11:30pm: the hawk, 99.5 fm

Michelle Stempel

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