Unfortunately the planned telesurgery hookup with Concordia and the Mars Desert Research Station did not work.
“Yesterday we tried for more than 2 hours to connect with you, and our IT technician did a tremendous effort, but unfortunately without success. We encountered a multitude of problems and solved a few but eventually we could not locate and call your address or receive your call.”
The experiment continued as planned without the medical doctors in Concordia with a telesurgery-teleanesthesia. Dr. Susan Jewell, crew executive officer for the Mars134 team in Utah writes:
“I want to convey my appreciation to everyone who participated in the telesurgery-teleanesthesia early this morning . We were able to achieve many of the objectives we had planned, in addition, encountered new operational and technical challenges during the simulation.”
All experiments are helpful in the end and the Mars134 team learn alot about operating protocols, instructions, real-time delays in communication and use of non-expert medical personnel to perform procedures.
The debriefing with doctors from ground control summarised the experience:
“These conversations and lessons learned are providing a valuable platform for all of us to explore what would be required in training a future Mars crew to handle remote medical crises.”