The end is near! We can almost see Earth coming through the window! We will leave Mars on Saturday; it is the beginning of the end: the beginning of the lasts…
We tried for the last time to have contact with the other Martian base. We used our freshly repaired setup, and the result is not so good not so bad: we heard signals from them, and they were very clear, but it seems like we have not been heard… But we are quite happy with that! It will be a pleasure to debrief about it once we will be back on Earth, with the Toulouse radio club members! We will take out our antenna from our “Martian garden” tomorrow, not without any emotion.
Also, Léa, Valentine, Marine and Mathéo performed the “last experiment EVA”: it was a test of a rescue protocol, which was established by middle school students in France. Like last time, it was worthy of a movie! Léa played the injured martionaut, and as the picture shows it, she was really dedicated. We loved discovering it when they came back in the Hab. And for the experimental dimension, they tried two different protocols, so we will have interesting data to share with the students we collaborated with!
One thing that might be the last, and that we will definitively miss, is the bread baked by Mathéo. When he entered the MDRS, he had never done it, not even once, to bake a piece of bread, and now he clearly masters the technique. As a crew member, I can assure you that there are two kinds of days here: the one that has bread for diner and the others. All members really appreciate them and are really thankful for these regular gifts.
So, we are now thinking of what will happen to us after the mission. I thus asked my teammates this question: what are you the most hurried to do once back on Earth?
Léa was the first (but all agreed on this) to describe her impatience to eat something else than our dry food. Since we lost the use of our GreenHab two weeks ago, we deeply miss fresh food and will be glad to eat a “normal lunch” again.
Furthermore, we all have eyes on the first real shower, which is scheduled for Saturday evening. Here, we ration our water usage, because it would be a very precious resource in a crewed spaceflight. So yes, imagining all this water flowing on our body, and hence feeling freshly washed, makes us very excited.
And obviously, we are hurried to exchange messages with our close ones, to tell them all about our martian adventure!