Journalist report, 02/26/17 – Sol 14: Emergency simulation.
Today was a bit special: Simon as health and safety officer declared it a rest day. We woke up 2 hours and a half later than usual, didn’t do our morning sport session, and had a brunch at 10 a.m. The EVA that was planned for the afternoon was also supposed to be special, as 5 people would take part to it, led by Simon and Xavier, to prepare us for emergency situations.
We all went downstairs for the EVA briefing at 1:30, where Simon and Xavier showed us how to react in case of emergency outside the station. In case of a medical emergency, the first thing to do is to notify the hab, and to put the victim in a safe posture: sitting down or in recovery position. It is not very difficult in everyday life as long as you know what to do, but with a spacesuit on yourself and on the victim, it clearly becomes a lot more complicated. Then, we must transfer the injured marsonaut. It is possible to give him oxygen, coming from another spacesuit, to increase the duration of the EVA, but he cannot stay outside forever. Here comes the second problem: transport the victim by foot to a vehicle, load him, and take him back to the station.
The reason why we only leave the hab being three, is because one has to stay with a potential victim, while the third one may have to leave to look for help or at least move to establish a radio contact. We also need to be minimum two inside the hab, in order to watch each other, such as EVA members that have to go at least by pairs. Mars is dangerous, and this is why we always have to be able to rescue each other.
Going back to our story, Xavier and Simon briefed the whole crew about all this, then, they left with Mouâdh, Louis and Arthur to repeat it on the outside, letting Victoria and I in the hab. Victoria was habcom, writing the report as the scenes were played outside, me working on the mission video.
Tomorrow will also be very special: a whole journalist crew from the BBC will visit us, to film the final part of a documentary on private exploration of Mars. Brian Cox, the reporter, will spend a whole day with us, following the simulation rules, while his team will try not to interfere with it. We are pretty lucky to have this opportunity, and the experience seems like it’s going to be very enjoyable!
Louis MANGIN, crew journalist MDRS 175
NAME: Mouadh Bouayad CREW: 175
SKY CONDITIONS: mostly clear, few clouds here and there.
WIND CONDITIONS: a little bit of wind
OBSERVATION START TIME: 8:30 pm
OBSERVATION END TIME: 11:45 pm
SUMMARY: We finally had favorable weather conditions yesterday. Arthur and I first went there in order to observe Mars and Venus. However, by the time we got there, the two planets had already disappeared from the sky. Therefore, we observed Betelgeuse, Sirius, and Orion Nebulae. We took pictures of each (see below). We finally observed and took a photograph of Jupiter, but it was too bright, and we it was too cold to try and get a better photograph. So we went back to Hab at 11:45 pm.
I know we should have taken about 50 photos of each objects, in order to have as most photographs as possible, in order to make an image treatment and the better of them all.
OBJECTS VIEWED: Betelgeuse, Sirius, Orion Nebulae, Jupiter
PROBLEMS ENCOUNTERED: None, except for the cold (about 24°F).
SOL SUMMARY REPORT SOL 14
Person filling out Report: Louis MALLER, XO
Summary Title: Brunch on Mars
Mission Status: successful EVA in the afternoon, all systems go, work on experiments ongoing
Sol Activity Summary: brunch, EVA, science work on different experiments
Look Ahead Plan: Looking forwards to Brian Cox joining us tomorrow for a Sol on Mars.
Anomalies in work: 3D printer being troubleshooted
Weather: beautiful and sunny, breeze with gusts of winds.
Crew Physical Status: Injured crewmember feeling better, rest of crew feeling well
EVA: EVA in front of the Hab, in order to learn, test and refine security procedures, went quite well.
Reports to be filed:
– Commander report
– Operations report
– Journalist report
– GreenHab Report
– EVA #13 report
– EVA #14 request
– HSO report
– Astronomy Report
Green Hab Report – Sol 14
Report written by: Victoria DA-POIAN (Crew Biologist)
Date : 02/26/2017
Functionality: The heater in the green hab is working well. Today was a very sunny but cold day ! Arthur checked the temperature in the GreenHab this morning. It was around 41 Celsius degrees around 11:00 AM while the temperature in the tunnel was around 6.6 Celsius degrees. He switched on the cooler on stage 3. The GreenHab temperature was 21 Celsius degrees at 6:00PM while it was 8.9 Celsius degrees in the tunnel. we watered twice the plants today.
Status: The existing seedlings in the greenhab are continuing to grow well. There are spinach, lettuce, radish, and beans growing very well in the small pots.
The lettuces are growing well too. The new lettuces I planted are growing very well too.
The Vegidair has been installed a week ago and is functionning very well. We were able to see nice sprouts of lettuce today in the Vegidair and some smaller in the similar pots I put in the GreenHab.
Yesterday’s misadventures made us realize that we needed to take a
break. We had been doing our thirty-minutes physical training every
single Sol since our arrival, at 7 AM before breakfast, and almost an
EVA every morning. It was maybe too much, so today we decided to wake
up later: on Sol 14, no early workout, some sort of brunch, and an EVA
planned for the afternoon instead of the morning. That is what a
Sunday on Mars should look like.
The EVA was dedicated to emergency procedures. After a quick briefing
on lower deck, Xavier led his four EVA buddies outdoors. Mouâdh, Louis
Maller and I tested a set of first-aid positions on Xavier who was
supposed to be a fainted or injured astronaut, while Simon was taking
pictures of the scene in order to make a tutorial. The most difficult
part was to put the unconscious body of Xavier on the rear of the
rover, but after some unsuccessful tries using ropes, we managed to
put him in recovery position and carry him around the Hab’s parking
Later, we did a general cleaning of the Hab, for it to be ready when
our guest astronaut from the BBC arrives tomorrow. Indeed, we have the
privilege to have the british physicist Brian Cox joining our crew for
one Sol. We are eager to meet him!
Commander of the emergency-ready Crew 175