1830 Local, Sol 1 Tharsis, Mars (from the log of Mission Commander Stedman)

“After a violent atmospheric entry, the vehicle touched down on the Martian surface at 1830 local. Surface conditions were obscured, but the crew and I easily located the Habitat Module.  We are perched high on the slope of a large shield volcano in the Northern Hemisphere in the Tharsis region at an approximate elevation of 2,500 meters…”

On March 28th, 2014, I entered a small dome structure high on the slope of Mauna Loa volcano and closed the door behind me, sealing myself and 5 others in for a period of 120 days. The crew and I are taking part in a research project funded by NASA’s Human Research Program (HRP) to simulate a long-duration mission on the surface of Mars….(more)