In the list of items below:
"Required" designates equipment/gear that each field team member MUST bring along. In some cases, a spare is required. "Required" equipment is considered bare-bones minimum. You should have this equipment in order to be properly prepared for your rotation at the MDRS.
"Recommended" designates equipment/gear that each field team member is strongly advised to bring along. These are items that are not required but are likely to make your life A LOT more pleasant.
"Optional" designates additional suggested equipment/gear. This is equipment that you should bring along if you think you will enjoy having it.
|Utility knife (like a Victorinox "Swiss Army"), Leatherman or Gerber tool||1||Strongly recommended||Very handy for doing Hab repairs and field work|
|Rock Hammer||1||Optional||Rocks in area are mostly "soft" so a standard sedimentary pick/hammer ("mason's tool") should suffice; the Hab has one sledge|
|Handlens||1||Recommended||10X, for close examination of hand-specimens in the lab. The hab has 2 handlenses.|
|Brunton||1||Optional||For the level and clinometer functions|
|Personal GPS||1||Recommended||If you have it, bring it. MDRS data recorded in UTM Zone 12 North Northings/Eastings; Know how to use the GPS; bring spare batteries. The hab has 2 units.|
|Field Book, pens||1||Recommended||Waterproof recommended. Fisher, the maker of the space pen, is an official sponsor of the Mars Society. Space pens are excellent for field work|
|Topographic Maps||As needed||Optional||MDRS has one or two copies of local (Skyline Rim Quad) Topo maps at 1:24,000. Detailed mapping may require additional maps at better scales; check on-line with the USGS for information. The maps in the hab are getting beaten and old.|
|Camera/Digital camera||1||Recommended||If you have it, bring it. Digital images can be downloaded to the MDRS computer- bring cables or diskettes as needed. Bring film, spare/rechargeable batteries, charger, a good case and lens care kit (recommended). It is very difficult to take pictures with a regular camera through the helmet of the space suits. The hab has 2 digital cameras.|
|Canned Air||37258||Optional||This is great for cleaning cameras and other personal equipment in the field and in the Hab.|
|Camcorder||1||Optional||Those allowing digital stills are very useful. Be sure to bring enough tape, batteries/charger, cables.|
|Tripod||1||Optional||Bring a sturdy tripod for field work- the desert can be windy.|
|Photo scale||1||Optional||Handy for taking field photos|
|Bungie Cords||1||Optional||For securing items on ATVs. MDRS has a limited supply.|
|Foam padding||As needed||Optional||If you need to transport delicate equipment on ATVs, be sure to bringadequate padding for the ATV baggage rack. Unpadded equipmentand gear take severe beatings on rides.|
|Personal Laptop Computer||1||Strongly Recommended||Strongly recommended. MDRS has one computer, and one laptop. Additional seats are always helpful. Bring all necessary peripherals (cables, mouse, AC power adapter, power-strip w/internal circuit breaker, etc.). Bring addition network cable. Note LAN information below. Some staterooms have network and internet access; others do not.|