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07 January 2010 @ 12:04 am
Bags are packed, I'm ready to go  
Well, I think that's everything... now to see if it'll fit in... on Twitpic

Well, that's just about everything I'm taking with me. It all made it into the bag, just barely, and the bag is just barely under the airline's size and weight limits (assuming I can trust my yardstick and bathroom scale). I still need to buy a few things -- I wore my wool tux pants the last time I did cold-weather travel but for Mars I think I want someting a little less formal -- and the computer and other tech gear aren't packed yet, but basically I'm set for my early-Friday departure.

I got some good news and some bad news from Mars today. The good news is that I will be allowed to post using Twitter from MDRS, both as myself (@daviddlevine) and as @MDRSupdates. The bad news is that the hab's telescope has broken and most likely won't be fixed until after our rotation. This is a disappointment -- though it's definitely in keeping with the history of Mars exploration, which includes as many failed as successful robot probes -- and we're trying to find out if there's any other equipment we can use in its place.

One more day!

katybeth on January 7th, 2010 08:32 am (UTC)
Have a wonderful time. I look forward to reading about it!
lauriemannlauriemann on January 7th, 2010 11:32 am (UTC)
This sounds like a really neat project. Have a wonderful time!
daveydamascene on January 7th, 2010 02:05 pm (UTC)
flannel-lined blue jeans? I really appreciate those in winter.
Magentamagentamn on January 7th, 2010 02:09 pm (UTC)
Have a great time!
e_bournee_bourne on January 7th, 2010 06:19 pm (UTC)
Have a marvelous time, and don't run into that giant face on Mars! What a fabulous life experience. You are truly an inspiration!
et in Arcadia egoboo: Barnabyapostle_of_eris on January 7th, 2010 07:05 pm (UTC)
What's Martian for “banzai!”?
LiveJournal: pingback_botlivejournal on October 28th, 2012 06:50 pm (UTC)
Going to Mars
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