Photo: Niamh Shaw

Sol 11 | A Thousand Photographs Of Mars

Communication to Earth from Mars, Crew 173 Mars Desert Research Station, Sol (Martian day) 11:

Another busy day here at the Mars Desert Research Station for Crew 173. While Idriss continued to work on his 3D printed bricks, Richard beavered away in the GreenHab as well as baking biscuits, bread and preparing dinner for tonight. It’s Australia day and he’s hosting our ultimate Culture night. He already served us ‘Vegemite’ for breakfast this morning, so who knows what’s up for dinner. By the way, for the uninitiated, ‘Vegemite’ is a sandwich spread made from yeast extract. Its a savoury spread and the flavour is hard to describe, except to say that you usually either love it or hate it. Personally I love it, but not so much for Roy! He hadn’t tried it before, and assuming that since the spread was brown it was some sort of sweet-tasting chocolate spread. Hmmm. It took his taste buds a few seconds to catch up & once they did, his face said it all!

I joined Michaela and Roy on a geological Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) to the Butte. It was one of our longer EVAs but certainly worth it. The views of the basin and surrounding environs around the Mars Desert Research Station were absolutely stunning. I think I took about 600 pictures! Not enough – I could have taken a thousand more!

Mars Desert Research Station crew 173
Photo: Niamh Shaw


Mars Desert Research Station crew 173
Photo: Niamh Shaw
Mars Desert Research Station crew 173
Photo: Niamh Shaw

And now the sun has gone down and Sol 11 is almost over. Just one more full day here on our own before we are joined by Crew 174.  Its starting to feel like we’re not going to get everything done. I’m sure the next couple of days will be special for us all as we spend our last few hours here together. What a buzz!

Niamh Shaw
Crew Journalist & Artist.

If you’ve missed the earlier journal entries from Niamh Shaw’s adventures simulating life on Mars last January as the crew artist and journalist on the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah, you can read them right here on HeadStuff:
Sol 0 | Mars Simulation in the Utah Desert
Sol 1 | The First EVA
Sol 2 | Celebrating Mars Israeli Culture Night
Sol 3 | Trouble Sleeping & Freeze Dried Food on Mars
Sol 4 | Snow on Mars
Sol 5 | How Do You Celebrate Irish Night On Mars?
Sol 6 | What Do We Do With Money On Mars?
Sol 7 | The Inspirational Power Of Mars
Sol 8 & 9 | This Is Mars Calling The Children Of Earth
Sol 10 | A Short Screen Play Set On Mars