Geologist Jose Hurtado takes a spacewalk in front of one of the Space Exploration Vehicles on day six of Desert RATS 2011. Photo courtesy of NASA/Regan Geeseman.
By Scott Tingle- NASA Astronaut and DRATs crew member - Booyah from Desert Rats!Â Â We finished week 1 of the test and are enthusiastically moving into the final stages.Â Â Crew A completed countless test events and not only survived, but thrived living in the Deep Space Habitat for 4 days and 3 nights straight.Â Â They optimized work space usage, streamlined processes and experienced much camaraderie.Â Â Today (Monday), Crew A begins a series of EVA test events that will help the community flush out performance characteristics of several operational configurations designed to optimize exploration of deep space locations.
By Douglas Craig: Humanity's dream of exploring the wonders of space--to look for life on other planets and to better understand our place in the universe--has not diminished over the years. But advances in human space exploration beyond low-Earth orbit have been slow to emerge.
Keith's note: Monday's NASA Edge/Challenger Center live webcast from Desert RATS will be at 10 am PDT / 1 pm EDT at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nelivedrats2010. The ATHLETE rover arrived back at base camp on Sunday afternoon. The first of the two SEV rovers is expected to arrive Monday morning - possibly in time for this webcast.