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Use of Web 2.

0 Technologies for Public Outreach on a Simulated Mars Mission



Brian Shiro , Joseph Palaia , and Kristine Ferrone

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2009 Fall AGU




1. NOAA and University of North Dakota, 2. 4Frontiers Corporation, 3. NASA and University of Houston


Summary Selected Tweets

Recent advances in social media and internet communications have revolutionized the ways people interact and dis-
seminate information. Astronauts are already taking advantage of these tools by blogging and tweeting from space,
The FMARS 2009 Mission has officially come to a close. Thanks to everyone for following
and almost all NASA missions now have presences on the major social networking sites. One priority for future Sun Aug 02 05:04:23 2009

All of the FMARS space suits and backpack covers are now washed and dried ready for
the next crew to use in 2010!
human explorers on Mars will be communicating their experiences to the people back on Earth. Sat Aug 01 04:55:26 2009

Brian is the last remaining FMARS crew member in the arctic. He is washing space suits
and writing the remaining postcards today.
Fri Jul 31 15:09:54 2009

During July 2009, a 6-member crew of volunteers carried out a simulated Arctic Ocean
The final FMARS press release looks really good. We can't wait to release it and share the
summary of our accomplishments soon.
Thu Jul 30 04:02:21 2009
Devon Island GREENLAND
The entire FMARS crew made it to Resolute Bay yesterday. Now we're working on final
Mars mission at the Flashline Mars Arctic Research Station (FMARS). The Mars Beaufort reports and a press release summarizing the mission.
Wed Jul 29 21:54:08 2009

Gemini Hills
Joe, Vernon, and Brian are in the Hab taking care of last minute winterizing like clearing
Society built the mock Mars habitat in 2000-01 to help develop key knowl- Baffin
the water lines.
Tue Jul 28 19:49:45 2009

The first of three flights today has just left Devon Island. FMARS-XII is coming to a close.
edge and inspire the public for human Mars exploration. It is located on Tue Jul 28 19:00:52 2009

FMARS is now very clean and organized. About 2/3 of the stuff here is now inventoried
too. You're welcome, FMARS-XIII.
Devon Island about 1600 km from the North Pole within the Arctic Circle. The Tue Jul 28 05:53:51 2009

We're resting up for tomorrow's big day of shutting down the Hab systems, inventory,

seismic station
CANADA packing, etc.
structure is situated on the rim of Haughton Crater in an environment geo- Mon Jul 27 06:19:43 2009
Hudson The EVA 16 crew has made it back safely from the final FMARS 2009 EVA.
Bay Sun Jul 26 22:58:01 2009
logically and biologically analogous to Mars. Our last simulated Mars mission day. We have 2 EVAs today: 1st to retrieve the seis-
mometer and 2nd to study geology of hydrothermal pipes.
Sun Jul 26 21:01:56 2009

electromagnetic survey It's inventory day at FMARS.

Sat Jul 25 18:49:40 2009

FMARS EVA #14 is out the door for a late EVA to fly the UAV looking for hydrothermal pipes near
Trinity Lake.
Sat Jul 25 03:24:21 2009

Joe, Kristine, and Stacy are going on an EVA to fly the UAV around and look for specific
Fri Jul 24 20:14:58 2009

The FMARS crew is in the middle of a video conference with about 60 Florida middle
school students.
Fri Jul 24 17:21:52 2009

Vernon got his heater, flasks, and tubes all set up to evolve water from gypsum samples
collected on EVA 9 a few days ago.
Fri Jul 24 05:51:02 2009

The EV crew have finished the last set of time domain electromagnetic readings and are
taking photos before tearing down the equipment.
Thu Jul 23 21:48:07 2009

After a bumpy start, the webcast went well when we switched to audio only with slides.
Thanks to all who watched!
Thu Jul 23 15:45:13 2009

Haughton Crater
We're up earlier than usual preparing for our video conference, which begins in 15 min
utes on
Thu Jul 23 14:14:36 2009

EV crew is outside laying down the second coil for the time-domain electromagnetic
Wed Jul 22 21:02:50 2009

We had a productive EVA to take more electromagnetic readings to look for ground-
water near FMARS.
Wed Jul 22 04:44:39 2009

Live video webcast with FMARS crew on Thursday, July 23 at 10:30 am EDT on the NASA
Distance Learning Network:
Tue Jul 21 21:34:01 2009
Living in a habitat, conducting EVAs wearing spacesuits, and observing communication delays with “Earth,” the crew It's a windy day, but we're getting ready to go out for some more FMARS geophysics.
Tue Jul 21 20:47:47 2009

The crew is back from a 6-hour cross-country EVA to Gemini Hills. We found the gypsum
endured restrictions similar to those that will be faced by future human Mars explorers. Throughout the expedition, - time to make some water from it!
Tue Jul 21 04:37:49 2009

The crew is in a video teleconference with NASA KSC interns.

crewmembers posted daily blog entries, reports, photos, videos, and updates to their website and social media out- Mon Jul 20 19:15:41 2009

Happy Anniversary Apollo 11 from analog Mars - we only wish we were celebrating this


one from Mars itself!
lets Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Picasa Web Albums. During the sixteen EVAs of their field science research cam- Mon Jul 20 16:05:36 2009

The crew worked very hard today on our first 5-person EVA and are taking a well-
deserved rest watching a movie tonight.
paign, FMARS crewmembers collected GPS track information and took geotagged photos using GPS-enabled cam- Mon Jul 20 03:21:47 2009
The FMARS crew helped people back on “Earth” its extra-vehicular ac- Looks like a great day for weather at FMARS. Just had a resupply flight with some more
ATV parts and other goodies.
eras. They combined their traverse GPS tracks with photo location information into KML/KMZ files that website visi- Sun Jul 19 15:38:08 2009

tivities (EVAs) by sharing GPS tracks and geotagged photos in Google Vernon and Kristine have returned from their pedestrian EVA testing the Trimble GPS
navigation system.
tors can view in Google Earth. Sat Jul 18 22:06:44 2009

Earth. On this map, red lines depict the 128 km traversed by crewmem- The FMARS crew just ate a huge meal from Chez Kramer.
Fri Jul 17 22:57:20 2009

We had two successful EVAs today. A UAV flight, geology of a hydrothermal pipe, and
bers during all 16 EVAs. Flights of the Maveric unmanned aerial vehicle installation of a seismic station.
Thu Jul 16 04:25:38 2009

We had our first real EVA today. Brian, Christy, and Stacy went to Marine Rock to find a
(UAV) are shown in blue and yellow. The background image shows a
unmanned aerial vehicle
location for the seismic station. Perfect day!
Wed Jul 15 05:24:52 2009

We woke up to the smell of pancakes this morning to celebrate Brian's birthday and the

laser study view to the southwest with the Haugton Crater on the left. first full day of our Mars simulation.
Tue Jul 14 14:34:47 2009

The FMARS crew is going over polar bear safety protocols in today's morning meeting.
Nikon donated geotagging Coolpix P6000 cameras. Mon Jul 13 15:41:08 2009

Joe flew the UAV while Brian and Christy ran 5 miles in the Haughton Crater. It was a
good day.
Sun Jul 12 00:40:51 2009

The crew is resting today before going into sim tomorrow.

Sat Jul 11 16:47:22 2009

We spent all day giving the spacesuits some much-needed TLC and upgrades.
Fri Jul 10 03:20:09 2009

We started making some improvements to the spacesuits and got the seismic station
working today.
Thu Jul 09 05:48:23 2009

The FMARS crew had a long and productive day taking care of projects around the Hab:
fixing ATVs, getting water, building fuel spill mats.
Wed Jul 08 06:33:05 2009

Live Webcasts
It's a beautiful day on Devon Island. The Mars flag is now flying over the FMARS Hab!
Soon the simulated Mars mission will begin.
Mon Jul 06 19:36:58 2009

All six FMARS crew members are on Devon Island!

Mon Jul 06 03:01:13 2009

Vernon and Brian are flying to Devon Island in less than two hours. Joe, Christy, and
Although the crew observed a strict 20-minute communication delay with “Earth” Stacy will go later today. Kristine tomorrow.
Thu Jul 02 17:03:12 2009

Brian has made it to Resolute Bay and is busy with FMARS preparations while the rest of
to simulate a real Mars mission, they broke this rule to conduct four successful live the crew makes their way here.
Sun Jun 28 20:58:34 2009

webcasts with student groups to provide them a glimpse of life on “Mars.” These

sessions included the SMU Talented & Gifted Program, NASA Kennedy Space

Center Interns, NASA Digital Learning Network via Georgia Tech, and Gardendale
Omega Envoy rover
Magnet Elementary School in Florida. The Omega Envoy rover also broadcast te- lemetry live on from FMARS. SMU Talented & Gifted Program Stacy Cusack, Vernon Kramer, Christy Garvin,
Brian Shiro, Kristine Ferrone, Joseph Palaia

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