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July 10, 2008 -
Hello fellows. It's PSIP checking in again. You know, I think we're starting to get used to this whole "Mars time" thing. I actually kind of like staying up so late.

Anyway our "day" started at 6:00 p.m. with dinner. Tonight we had a chance to eat with the "Dig Czar," Ray Arvidson. After dinner we skipped on over to the SOC and sat in on the daily kickoff meeting. Then came the actual science. The Tucson team was given the responsibility of creating Mars analog soil involving pH and mineral composition. The Dallas and the Tucson teams also worked on the CRISM analysis using a program called DISPOT. Basically we were looking at what is around Phoenix to determine if the Phoenix landing site is typical of the Martian surface in the region. After all the hard science we went to the end-of-sol science meeting.

All in all it was a very productive day.

Thanks for tuning in,

Your friendly neighborhood PSIP teams from Dallas, TX and Tucson, AZ

Both teams get instructions on a new project from graduate student, Selby.