I had the pleasure to visit the Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. I was a guest of some members of the Orion team at JSC. Please have a look to see what fantastic things I was able to see – click on the images for starting the slide show and to see the captions! Many thanks go to my friends Nujoud and Stu for helping me and taking the photos! Now let the images speak! 😉
These is a selection of images taken during my visit of the Mars analogue site in Rio Tinto, Spain. We have visited the site during a public event of the MoonWalk project carrying out a 2-week simulation of a Mars mission.
Blog entries about the visit:
The YEMO rover of DFKI Bremen: https://wp.me/p5MeUP-E5
The SHEE habitat: The SHEE habitat
Going on a Mars walk: Going on MarsWalk
During my visit of the simulation of a Mars mission of the MoonWalk project in the Rio Tinto area I had the unique opportunity to join a simulated Mars walk. What is a simulated Mars walk? That is basically said testing some hardware and procedures for an EVA on the surface of Mars.
The main objectives of the Mars walk I had the pleasure to join was to test the space suit Gandolfi 2 (designed by the company COMEX, Marseille), communication equipment and some tools for taking samples from the ground. That is all very interesting by itself. Additionally there were a few surprises for an outsider like me. Yes, I am an outsider despite my spacewalks during my #MoonDot mission as I have never trained for a surface EVA before.
Now please join us on the this exciting Mars walk.We show you all as it has happened – nothing is censored here. Here we go:
That was cool, right? Yeah, you really need to watch the video for having all the fun. We have really enjoyed that walk and learned a lot at the same time – thus will you.
As the analogue astronaut was walking too fast (in comparison to a little mouse like me) my boss SpaceHolgar had to carry me additionally to the three cameras. You may have noticed this from time to time. We are really a fantastic „1 mouse + 1 man“ team. And we had a fantastic time during our visit of the Mars mission simulation of project MoonWalk. Many thanks go to the entire MoonWalk team. We hope to meet some of you again within a few weeks!
Other reports about our visit of project MoonWalk in Rio Tinto:
Part II: The SHEE habitat
Part I: The robotic rover YEMO
P.S.: To our great surprise my boss SpaceHolgar got a fantastic present by the MoonWalk team – his own little Mars Walk – once around the SHEE habitat! Many thanks go to Peter Weiss and the entire MoonWalk team! That was absolute fantastic.
P.S. of the P.S.: I was promised to get a bonus, too – within a few weeks. And here it is: some additional images from my short Mars walk and the preparations for one of our rocket launches: