As the field season progressed, the MIT team recorded and posted daily a record of their activities, along with a few selected photos.
The field site's logbook has been duplicated here.
August 3, 2005
Written by Jessica Marquez
After a night of watching "October Sky" and some Trivia Pursuit, the morning started out like another day at camp. We can now tell that there are significantly less people on camp. Jessica and Julie interviewed a French graduate student, Sophie, who is sampling the terrain around base with another undergraduate student, Gordon, from the U.S. They have been to almost a dozen sites, measuring rock density and sizes for future modeling of the area. Jessica and Julie also followed Sophie and Gordon to their current site, venturing on the ATVs by themselves for the first time since arriving on camp.
The rest of the morning was occupied by a space suit testing, for which Jeff was a subject and Julie was assisting. The purpose of the field test was to exercise the space-suit information display systems. This included a simulated voice command and touchpad interactivity in conjunction with a checklist for exploration. The entire excursion was to be analogous to an EVA, whose objectives were to look for interesting rocks and biological samples. This test is first of two traversals that Jeff will participate in.
Finally, Jessica conducted inventory for the items found in the Humvee and the entire infrastructure on camp, which included, for example, every tent, either research or storage related. While this was not a difficult task, it was time consuming to input all the entries. But this brings us so much closer to the final count! Also, last night, Julie and Jessica also did a review of the items within the MIT tent, taking photographs of every piece for future reference (this will be very useful for the MIT group planning to come next summer!) All that remains now to account for is what will stay at camp for the winter.