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Crew #109 Log Book for December 17, 2011

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Commander's Check-In Report

Date and time: 17 December 2011, 19:00

Written by: Nicky De Munster, Crew109, Commander

Crew Physical Status: Good

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: none

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: none

EVA Data/Interpretations: none

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: one backpack has to be repaired, systems ok

Report Transmission Schedule: will start tomorrow

Plans for Tomorrow: 2 EVA's, food inventory check 

Inventory: ok

Support Requested: none

Miscellaneous: none

Journalist Report

Date and time: 17 December 2011

Written by : Aster Stein


Getting everyone together at the motel in Grand Junction was quite the adventure already. Karon's flight kept getting delayed, so she finally arrived at about 1:30am! But everyone got there, that's the most important part. At sunrise, we all went down for our last earthly breakfast, and then we were on our way to Mars!

Our first waypoint en route to Mars was Hanksville to pick up our packages and food supplies. The car wasn't exactly modest in size, but fitting all and everything in there was quite a feat of world class Tetris. Poor David, Karon, Aster and Victoria bravely soldiered on during the last few miles, with supply boxes stacked up on their lap. Nicky was driving and Leandro also had some luggage piled on his legs in the passenger's seat.

Soon after, the asphalted road was reduced to a mere memory and we were bumping along through the desert. After some fifteen minutes we spotted our first Martian in the distance. And then the Hab suddenly became visible around a bend. Bigger than we imagined. And there was Crew 108, leaving their home for the last two weeks. Quick introductions, and a quick tour of the campus were in order. And then the briefings for the commanders, biologists and engineers. After a few hours they left, and we stayed in our new home.

After getting settled in our rooms, we decided to use our last moment out of sim to explore a nearby hill to get an overview of the site. Gorgeous! The light was quickly fading, so we prepared a quick diner of Crew 108's left-over. Yummie! After discussing and preparing a daily schedule, it was time to turn in for the night.