Crew 101 had a very active first day in sim! Today’s EVA involved setting up the radio repeater on top of radio ridge. This was a challenging EVA which took more time than any of us were anticipating. This EVA involved two separate trips between radio ridge and the hab. Four of us headed out on this EVA while Tommy and Christina stayed back at the hab to communicate with us via radio. Suiting up took us much longer than we had anticipated. We could only get one of the radios to work fully, while the second one worked partly allowing the astronaut to speak but with fuzzy reception from base. Usually all astronauts participating on the EVA have a radios on them. Since we were all staying together and only two roles needed communication we headed out with the equipment we had working.
Climbing up the ridge in full suit with two car batteries, the case and the antenna was extremely challenging. Luckily as journalist, my only responsibility was to carry up a camera! It was fun taking pictures though it may not have been fun at the time for Jon, Cody and Mitesh but it will definitely be fun for them to look back on the pictures! After we reached the top of the ridge we had to turn back down to carry up the solar panel. Mitesh and Jon took care of this part since they were responsible for setting up the equipment. Cody and I headed back into the hab to brush off the dust for our contamination study and depressurize. Jon and Mitesh spent a few more hours out there setting up the equipment. Once they arrived back at the hab the entire crew was ready for a relaxing evening. Crew 101 had a great day and is very excited for the days to come!