SOL 81 [3 January 2017]

I am on Mars, again! It feels wonderful saying that.

I recently completed the first phase of Mars160 mission. Now, I have joined the Crew 172. For this mission, I am the Executive Officer and Crew Biologist for another 15 sols.

It is my Sol 81. Before coming here as Crew 172, I was asked many times that why do I want to do this rotation when I had already been part of a long-term mission like Mars160. My answer has always been simple – ‘there is no obligation, of course; but I still want to do it. It’s important for me’. Actually, when you don’t wear the spacesuit when you don’t live under the constraints of the Martian life, you miss it. It’s a privilege to do this job. I was appointed to be the Crew Biologist for Mars160 mission and Crew 172 at the same time, and I had decided that I will come back to join the Crew 172.

The first phase of Mars160 mission was intense. In summer 2017, we are initiating our second phase at FMARS in the Canadian Arctic, which is going to be the real test of living in a simulated Martian condition that also involves lots of preparation. Having said that, Crew 172 is an important attempt towards exposing myself to the inherent discreteness of the nature of two different missions. This mission is also my attempt to test the flexibility in my approach towards the crew and the overall mission objectives. I say this because I realized the emotional intricacies involved in this transition. I came back to live in the same place for 15 sols, where I recently completed 80 amazing sols, but with a different crew. I keep missing the presence of my previous crew. Then I have many conversations with myself, reminding me that this is what it takes to be able to live on Mars – it tests your preparedness and patience.

The members of the Crew 172 are young and enthusiastic! They are equipped with advanced technology that they intend to test in the simulated Martian environment. What exhilarates me the most is their eagerness and excitement to experience the adventure of extra-vehicular activities (EVAs) for the very first time. I am happy to see them getting carried away by the spectacular landscape. I echo their emotions. At the same time, I am learning from them in so many ways.

From the perspective of science operations, I intend to continue my work on documenting the pattern and diversity of halophilic microorganisms that I started during Mars160 mission. Shannon Rupert, the principal investigator of the Mars160 mission, and I are interested in isolating highly salt tolerant microorganisms from soil samples collected during Mars160 mission. We intend to perform the molecular analysis of those peculiar salt-loving microbes. So, as Crew Biologist, this is the objective of my current sojourn on Mars!

Additionally, I am engaged in different human factor experiments proposed by my fellows of Crew 172.

Exciting!

Views: 79

Comment

You need to be a member of SAGANet to add comments!

Join SAGANet

Photos

  • Add Photos
  • View All

Blog Posts

¿Are the Venusian sulphuric acid clouds the by product of long dead anoxogenic photosynthetic organisms?

Posted by Andrew Planet on May 4, 2020 at 2:51pm 2 Comments

I just read the piece at the link below entitled "Study: Life might survive, and thrive, in a hydrogen world."

I'd been thinking on similar lines recently, on different atmospheres with early life, but I was considering anoxogenic bacteria whose byproduct is sulfur instead of molecular oxygen. ¿Had life evolved on Venus could its sulfuric clouds be the signature byproduct of such life with no branches ever evolving to produce the equivalent of Earth's Great…

Continue

100 years tomorrow 26th April 2020 since we looked beyond the Milky Way Galaxy

Posted by Andrew Planet on April 25, 2020 at 11:10am 0 Comments

Exactly 100 years ago tomorrow, the subject on whether this Universe is larger than the Milky Way Galaxy was brought up publicly at an event sponsored by the National Academy of Sciences, known as The Great Debate. Until then the Milky Way was thought to be this Universe.  Conference at the NAS http://www.nasonline.org/about-nas/events/annual-meeting/nas157/

See this…

Continue

The 5th Mexican School of Astrobiology

Posted by Tardigrelda on June 24, 2019 at 1:00pm 0 Comments

I am really glad to invite everyone to the next Mexican School of Astrobiology (aka EMA) which is this August.

¡Anímate a participar en la 5ta Escuela Mexicana de…

Continue

A consortium of representatives of European Research Organisations has taken the initiative to create a virtual institute named the “European Astrobiology Institute” (EAI) with the ambition of enabli…

Posted by Wolf D. Geppert on February 24, 2019 at 1:33am 0 Comments

A consortium of representatives of European Research Organisations has taken the initiative to create a virtual institute named the “European Astrobiology Institute” (EAI) with the ambition of enabling Europe to emerge as a key player in Astrobiology and to…

Continue

Videos

  • Add Videos
  • View All

Forum

Ask your questions here!

Started by Gina Riggio in SAGANet Discussions. Last reply by Mert Kabalcı yesterday. 121 Replies

If you are trying to ask a question live during Ask an Astrobiologist, please do so in the main chatroom at the bottom of the screen! You can also ask on twitter…Continue

Have we been looking in the wrong time-frame? Requesting feedback on a recent paper.

Started by Christopher J Reiss in The Cutting-Edge of Astrobiology Apr 3. 0 Replies

Let me first say Hi to everyone as a new member here!   I hope you are all safe, sound, and not too stir-crazy during this Pandemic.I recently stumbled upon a notion for SETI which seems so simple I…Continue

Interactive Online Astrobiology for 10-12 yr olds

Started by Julia Brodsky in Education and Public Outreach Mar 9. 0 Replies

If your 10-12 yr old child is interested in space science, I would like to invite them to our courses. I am a former science teacher,  mom of three, and a former NASA astronaut instructor. I also…Continue

Tags: school, education, middle, astrobiology, STEM

zahra cell

Started by adam nurjaman in Education and Public Outreach Mar 7. 0 Replies

Hallo apa kabar ? semoga selalu baik2 saja zahra cell adalah blog yang…Continue

Tags: cell, zahra

© 2020   Blue Marble Space, a non-profit organization committed to science and science outreach.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service