More geology surveys
Today was another whole day out in the field for most of the Advance team. Now that the sites for the trial are selected they were surveyed in more detail. Many similarities between the terrain here in the Atacama and Mars have been seen. But it is not just walking around and taking pictures, sometimes some manual labour is needed:
There will be more drilling and sample recovery tomorrow.
The team has also constructed parts of the LCC (Local Control Centre) or “camp”, where most of the team will be working during the trials. Surprisingly some of the most interesting geological finds have been uncovered during the camp build. We will be able to share the discovery towards the end of the trial, a discovery that shows how life can find a place in a seemingly lifeless desert and which might help us to find the best way to look for life on Mars.
Source: SAFER Blog