Mars mission to Iceland – Part 6

The Final Close-Out Our fieldtrip to analogue Mars is almost over. We have returned from our field site for the final time and are now packing our EVA equipment and samples for the return to Earth. It’s going to be sad to leave behind such a wonderful place, but we’ve managed to collect a wealth […]

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Mars mission to Iceland – Part 5

“With all due respect, sir, I believe this is gonna be our finest hour” *** MASTER ALARM – CODE 003 *** After two long and very productive EVAs, our surface operations were hampered by one of our field laptops deciding it’d had enough. And not just a “have you tried turning it off and on […]

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Mars mission to Iceland – Part 4

“Do robots dream of duct-taped shoes?” With near frostbitten fingers, grit-ridden eyes, and a sometimes strange smell in our dust samples, I can safely say that I feel that little bit closer to being a proper (analogue) astronaut. The radio silence over the last few days has been down to us making the most of […]

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