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Happy Marsaversary

One year ago today was our first day in the dome. Today I spent the day with a couple of my crew mates wandering the Las Vegas strip and going to see The Martian (which in general we thought was great despite a few complaints about differences from the book and scientific/engineering inaccuracies). Yesterday we […]

Reflections on a week on Earth

8 months is apparently long enough to get pretty much totally used to living with 5 people in a dome on the side of a volcano. It no longer seemed weird. Being out seems weird. The whole experience is hard to explain. Seeing other people, interacting with other people, eating normal food, shopping, driving are […]

A return home and sunset 

I went back to the hab today briefly. Walking outside the hab is still unnatural feeling after having to be in a space suit there for 8 months. It was strange to walk in. It has an interesting sort of dusty smell, that I assume it had all along but since I never left I […]

R & R

It’s been an incredibly busy few days doing media interviews and debrief. Done with debrief now and on to the important stuff.    

Exit day Schedule and live stream

It’s coming down to the end, just a couple more days. We will be leaving the dome Saturday morning (the 13th) at 8am Hawaii time (noon mountain time). We have a day of media interviews, a skydive with the Golden Knights and a BBQ/pool party planed for that day (fingers crossed the weather holds). There […]

Thoughts on Leaving Mars

We are down to less than a week in the dome; we get out Saturday morning. Hard to believe we’ve been here for eight months, the time has mostly flown by. It’s been a fantastic experience and I’m so happy I got the opportunity to do it. My first post was about things I was looking […]

Comparing Mars Analogs – HI-SEAS vs MDRS

I’m the only member of the current HI-SEAS crew that had spent time in another Mars analog (which is how people in this field refer to these simulated Mars missions) before starting at HI-SEAS. In the fall of 2009 I spent two weeks at MDRS (Mars desert research station) in Hanksville, Utah (aka the middle […]