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Commander's Report

Tom Caillouet Reporting

It has been another successful day on Mars. After a full morning of preparation, Jon and Mitesh took out the ATVs for sample collection. This was also our first chance to do range testing of our radios. While they successfully gathered samples, imaged the test site, and confirmed radio operation, the weather turned against our plans, and it began to rain. This naturally forced us to cut the EVA short, and it also scrubbed the second EVA planned for the day.

With less field activity comes more in hab activity, though. We have spent a large portion of the day preparing a St. Patrick's Day meal of shepard's pie and soda bread and celebrating the holiday with a continuous playlist of Flogging Molly and The Dropkick Murphies. We have also used this extra time to prepare for our NASA INSPIRE presentation later tonight and to prepare for EVAs tomorrow. Hopefully the rain will depart quickly so we can return to full activity soon.

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