The following is the final report of Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) Crew 123, which recently completed its two-week tour in Utah. A full review of this year's activities at MDRS will be presented during the 16th Annual International Mars Society Convention, which will be held August 15-18, 2013 at the University of Colorado at Boulder.
MDRS #123 Mission Summary
The MDRS 123 crew rotation had an ambitious workload of projects and supplementary activities. The primary projects were: (1) application of risk analysis for planetary protection, (2) investigation of dust suits and quantifying dust transfer, (3) comparison of geological observations using a rover with ground truth observation, (4) flight testing an image-mapping quad-copter, (5) raman and reflectance spectrometer analysis of Gale Crater analog samples, (6) collection of samples for Curiosity test bed analyses, (7) investigation of rock coatings and (8) Collaboration with the Austrian Antipodes project.
In addition supplementary activities included: (1) developing recipes using space storable food, (2) an inventory of Hab mechanical and electrical equipment, (3) maintaining and improving Green Hab food production, (4) Images for image maps, (5) Outreach work, including filming by Seven Network Australia, Skype and chatroll sessions with New Zealand schools and the making of videos for Australia’s channel Ten network children’s science show.
The crew consisted of: David Willson, mission commander, an Australian mechanical engineer working at NASA Ames, Dr. Jen Blank, mission scientist a geologist working at NASA Ames and part of the MSL science team, Melanie Newfield, journalist and mission specialist, a New Zealand Biologist from the NZ Ministry of Primary Industry, and Emma Braegen, mission engineer, an Australian mechanical engineer working at BAE Systems Australia.
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