Sunday, January 24, 2010

On Earth and almost home...

We arrived in Grand Junction, Colorado yesterday in the evening. In a couple of hours I will be enroute from Grand Junction to Denver and then to Orange County. Mai and the kids are coming to the airport to pick me up. I cant wait to see them.

I wanted to share some pictures of our final day at the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS).

The Mars Desert Research Station - my home on Mars for the last two weeks

The Crew Habitat "The Hab" and the GreenHab

One last picture in front of the Crew Habitat - I am going to miss this place

One of the highlights of the mission was completing the assembly of the Radio Telescope with Dave and Paul

Crew handover briefing with MDRS-89 on the upper deck

Getting ready to leave the MDRS

Crew-88 January 23rd 2010 - its time to go home

Drive back from Hanksville to Grand Junction

On the way home

Extra lean bison burger's and red wine - and we did NOT have to add hot water

David's wife Kate sent us a surprize package of gingerbread cookies in the shape of astronauts and Mars

Now it's time to head to the airport. In a few hours I will be home with Mai, Kaitlyn and Taylor.


Trish said...

CONGRATS to the crew of MARS-88 -- and to you, Laksen. Earth has missed you -- but we also appreciate all that you have done for us.

Welcome back! And congratulations!!!!

Laksen Sirimanne said...

Thanks Trish,
back home and with the family and adjusting to Earth. Had an amazing mission and lots of stories and pictures to share. It was "out of this world" while being in this world. Still coming to terms with the whole experience. We really had a very powerful experience and a superb mission to the Mars Desert Research Station and accomplished so much and made such strong connections between crew members... it going to some time before it all comes together.

I trust you EY trip is going well. I have already booked my flights so looking forward to joining you in EU in a few weeks.

Will you keep in touch?

Son said...

Laksen - This is so cool and amazing! I am totally inspired.
Welcome home Earth and Congratulations!!