Mars: 17M (Sol 17) 07:34 LMST
Earth: August 23, 2012 01:50 PDT
Now that we’ve been on Mars time for almost a month, we’re starting to feel some side effects. We think we are feeling a mild form of cabin fever. There are two main things that are effecting us; Sunlight and people.
Sunlight not only provides vitamin D, but it also effects attitude. Some people on MER suffered from depression due to lack of sunlight. We don’t feel depression, but we do feel cooped up. We try to go out during daylight hours and that helps us feel less stuck indoors.
The biggest problem we have is with people. It’s been great being together as a family, and we’ve had some really important bonding time. However, being with the same people 24/7, and not seeing anyone else (for the most part) gets to you after a month. This week we’ve arranged times to see friends to help combat it. We are actually looking forward to school just so we can see other people! (This is not saying that we don’t get along - there have actually been less arguments since we’ve been on Mars time)
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