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Until 25th of April will post every day a picture of the day about the Rio Tinto Mars expedition simulation!
25. April 2011
That was our week! Watch it and enjoy!
Farewell! After the debriefing on Friday in the Mission Control Center in Innsbruck the MCC team takes a last group photo before the MCC people leave in all four directions.
23rd April 2011
Aouda.X on the way into the rock garden to collect soil samples. Desite the bad weather we were able to do a lot of science & looking forward to analyse all the data.
April, 22nd 2011
Ende of rain season. While the last “river” is running dry the experiments continue.
April, 21st 2011
World premiere: Encounter of two space prototypes in Spain’s half desert Rio Tinto. It seems that they are made for each other.
April, 20th 2011
The weather god is not full of mercy, the question about water is answered. At least on “our” Mars.
April, 19th 2011
We are on Mars! Last preparations before the start of the EVA (Extra Vehicular Activity).
April, 18th 2011
The last briefing before the mission starts: All positions and duties are assigned. The thrill is rising…
April, 17th 2011
Up to 50 people from 10 nations are contributing to the Rio Tinto Mars expedition simulation. The Rio Tinto crew consists of 10 members and at the Mission Control Center in Innsbruck up to 35 people work. Voluntarily!
April, 16th 2011
A sun set somewhere in France. On the 1st day of the road trip the Rio Tinto crew travelled ca. 1,200 km with their convoy. ESA’s “Eurobot” also started it’s way from the Netherlands to South of Spain.
April, 15th 2011
In the early morning hours the Rio Tinto Crew leaves from Innsbruck for the ca. 2500 km distant Mineras de Rio Tinto in South of Spain. The convoy consists of 4 vehicels, 10 crew members, one spacesuit simulator prototype, 2 rovers, 1 lunar lander mockup, all experiments and the entire food. Well the next supermarkt on Mars is about 350 Mio km far away ;-)
Pictures of the Dress Rehearsal
April, 3rd 2011
Impressive panoramic view of the test site during the dress rehearsal weekend (1.-3. April 2011). The video shooting via a model helicopter captures the whole szene from bird’s eye view while a movie team from the Austrian broadcasting station films the activities on the ground. (click on image to view larger size)
April, 2nd 2011
A spectacular but rare situation: While working in the suitlab the fieldcrew arranges an EVA… and this at a distance of only a few meters.
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