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The first manned mission.
This will probably be a solo mission with a week long surface stay.
The explorer will be launched, ride out in, and land "standing" in the lander, in their Surface Suit. Once on site, the explorer will dig in using any number of techniques and equipment varying from a pick and shovel to a powered machine to explosive loosening/clearing.
in the cleared hole, he will either place a small inflatable structure, or more likely, an overhead cover. The overhead cover will be recovered with the removed regolith to provide a 2m thick cover for thermal and radiation protection. whatever power, communication or other equipment will be set-up. (Probably removed from the lander.)
Once completed, the explorer will do a combination of scientific studies and prepare the site for the Outpost to follow on the next mission.
After a week stay, the explorer will again mount the lander, and use it to launch back to Earth. the lander may provide some limited braking before Earth orbital entry.
Parachute to safety, and all is well!