Sol Summary – December 2nd

Sol 1

Summary: MDRS Training Day!

Author: Tom Horn

Mission Status:  Mission is starting great and we are enjoying our first day on Mars! Today was a busy day as we spent the day out of sim getting training from the previous crew and Shannon. We are excited for our first day ‘in sim’ tomorrow. We are taking a ‘light duty’ day tomorrow as we focus on finishing move in to the hab and getting acclimated. Due to this we are NOT doing an EVA tomorrow.

Notes for CAPCOM. Please communicate with our crew using this email address, This ensures our entire crew sees all communications. Please add this email address to the mission support distribution so in the future we can email these reports to you from that address.

One of the major research goals for our team is to follow a ‘Martian Day’ of 24:40 and study the effects on our team from following a longer day. Our team is going to follow the schedule below. We understand the the ‘CAPCOM Communication Window’ is between 7-9pm, we will always be awake during this time and will ensure to get reporting completed during this window, including any and all EVA requests. Note that we won’t be following a normal day so if a request is sent to our crew during our ‘sleep time’ our response will be delayed.

Further details will follow in the Mission Plan to be sent tomorrow.

Flight Day Calendar Day Wake Bed Twilight Start Sunrise Sunset Twilight End
Day 1 12/2 Not Scheduled 8:00 PM 6:53:57 AM 7:23:08 AM 5:02:24 PM 5:31:34 PM
Day 2 12/3 4:00 AM 8:40 PM 6:54:50 AM 7:24:03 AM 5:02:17 PM 5:31:30 PM
Day 3 12/4 4:40 AM 9:20 PM 6:55:41 AM 7:24:57 AM 5:02:13 PM 5:31:28 PM
Day 4 12/5 5:20 AM 10:00 PM 6:56:32 AM 7:25:50 AM 5:02:11 PM 5:31:28 PM
Day 5 12/6 6:00 AM 10:40 PM 6:57:21 AM 7:26:41 AM 5:02:10 PM 5:31:30 PM
Day 6 12/7 6:40 AM 11:20 PM 6:58:10 AM 7:27:32 AM 5:02:12 PM 5:31:34 PM
Day 7 12/8 7:20 AM 12:00 AM 6:58:57 AM 7:28:22 AM 5:02:16 PM 5:31:41 PM
Day 8 12/9 8:00 AM 12:40 AM 6:59:44 AM 7:29:10 AM 5:02:23 PM 5:31:49 PM
Day 9 12/10 8:40 AM 1:20 AM 7:00:29 AM 7:29:56 AM 5:02:31 PM 5:31:59 PM
Day 10 12/11 9:20 AM 2:00 AM 7:01:13 AM 7:30:42 AM 5:02:42 PM 5:32:11 PM
Day 11 12/12 10:00 AM 2:40 AM 7:01:55 AM 7:31:26 AM 5:02:54 PM 5:32:25 PM
Day 12 12/13 10:40 AM 3:20 AM 7:02:36 AM 7:32:08 AM 5:03:09 PM 5:32:41 PM
Day 13 12/14 11:20 AM 4:00 AM 7:03:16 AM 7:32:49 AM 5:03:26 PM 5:32:58 PM
Day 14 12/15 12:00 PM 4:40 AM 7:03:55 AM 7:33:29 AM 5:03:44 PM 5:33:18 PM
Day 15 12/16 12:40 PM Not Scheduled 7:04:32 AM 7:34:06 AM 5:04:05 PM 5:33:40 PM
Day 16 12/17 Not Scheduled – Handover Day 7:05:07 AM 7:34:42 AM 5:04:28 PM 5:34:03 PM


Sol Activity Summary: We arrived at 12pm today and spent the rest of the day learning about the MDRS with Shannon. We enjoyed our last ‘out of sim’ dinner at Stan’s burger shack with Shannon and the previous crew.

Look Ahead Plan:

Tomorrow our primary tasks are:

  1. Finishing move in to the HAB
  2. Completing an MDRS Inventory of supplies (food and other)
  3. Finish cleaning MDRS to start the mission.
  4. ScienceDome / Greenhab / Solar Observatory Detailed Inspection
  5. Completion of required reporting
    1. Mission Plan
    2. Health and Safety Officer Report
    3. If other ‘beginning of sim’ reports are requested, please let us know!

Anomalies in work:  None

Weather: Unseasonably warm!

Crew Physical Status: All crew in good physical health. Brandon Ferguson from the previous crew is staying with our crew until Monday night.


Reports to be filed:

  1. Sol Summary (this is intended to include the commanders report as a narrative included in Mission Status. If this did not hit sufficient detail for this please let me know what details are desired and I will include them in future reports)
  2. Operational Report

Support Requested: None

Journalist Report & Crew Photos – December 2nd

Crew 184 Journalist Report

Willie Schumann

02 December 2017

Title Day One on Mars

Narrative We are on Mars. It’s unbelievable, but yet so real. After half year of planning , we arrived yesterday to the habitat and it was a rush of first impressions. We cleaned some larger items of the previous crews and made ourselves at home. The effects of the long Martian day, which is 40 minutes longer then a day on earth, kicked in and we were quite tired. We dropped into our beds happy and exhausted, which is the best state of mind when you finish a day.

There is always beauty in new beginnings, and so was the morning of our first Martian Day. We got up really early. There is still so much to be done before we can start our research and breath life into the plentiful projects of crew 184. Nonetheless, we spoiled ourselves with a hearty breakfast of scrambled eggs. We are trying to use our fresh food as soon as possible. Especially in the first days we want to keep moral high, as the six of us have to get used to the new environment.

After breakfast, our second in command Trisha Randazzo gave everyone in the crew a little bag of presents. What a surprise, which could only be topped by Mars itself. The first sunrise on the red planet blew our minds. The colors of the distant sun, leaping over the Martian hills was something I had never seen on Earth. Maybe the euphoria tainted my perception, but anyway, it was darn beautiful.

Even though we were not assigned on an EVA, just yet, the day was eventful. First Officer Randazzo and Crew Engineer Hunt started assembling the workout bicycle really early and had a steep learning curve. It’s seems to be a universal truth, that assembling is as hard on Mars as it is on Earth, and that improvisation is always king. It’s not important how you get there, but that is works and that you gained knowledge in the process.

It’s not a surprise that the crew meals on this first day have been a very bonding experience. I hope we can keep this energy, even if we run out of fresh food and of inspiration how to prepare it. We cherish being here together and looking forward for the days to come. We planted six paper white flower in the green hab this noon, one for every crewmember. So we set already the first seeds of new life on this strange planet. We try to keep them alive. If we succeed, we will probably manage most other challenges that wait for us.

Tomorrow we will head out for our first EVA’s. I think, that is when the magic really starts. We are familiar with our new home now, but now we want to see the land, that surrounds us. We hope we can manage to wear the new space suits without larger problems, as we have heard, that you have to be fit. That’s another reason, why we plan an intense workout regime during our stay. I think, even if we struggle in the beginning of our mission, practice will show its effect and we can start to enjoy our exploration of Mars to the fullest.

Personal Logbook As a Journalist and filmmaker I have certain goals like everyone else of my crewmates. I am very excited about the time to come and conscious about my tasks and the things I need to do, to create great stories. While today was mainly spent with preparations and adjustments, tomorrow will be opening a great window of opportunity for fantastic pictures, when we will finally go outside.

I have filmed a lot today, but I think, that the scenes, that follow, will be more meaningful. As now, I haven’t managed to make to many interviews and it will be a challenge to find new corners and angles in the habitat to film. I was a little tired this morning, but worked on autopilot through most of the day. Patience and motivation will be important to make the most of my time on Mars. I guess, these are qualities that are essential for every astronaut and storyteller.

Willie Schumann, Journalist, Crew 184

Operations Report – December 2nd

Crew 184 Operations Report 02/12/2017


Name of person filing report: HuntJ

Non-nominal systems: All Nominal

Notes on non-nominal systems: N/A

Generator (hours run): N/A (Arrived during day when already off)

Solar— SOC % (Before generator is run at night) 80%

Diesel – 50% Full.

Propane – 80 Percent Volume .

Ethanol Free Gasoline (5 Gallon containers for ATV) – gallons. 5 gallons

Water (trailer) – 1000 Gallons!!!.

Water (static) – 500 gallons

Trailer to Static Pump used – No

Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – No

Water Meter: 46 gallons

Toilet tank emptied: No

ATV’s Used: Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3

Oil Added? No

ATV Fuel Used: Negligible (Test drive only)

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 00:20 hours

Notes on ATVs: They’re running great!!

Deimos rover used: Not used


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Spirit rover used: Not used


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Opportunity rover used: Not Used


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Curiosity rover used: Not Used


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

HabCar used and why, where? No

General notes and comments: Happy to see the Red Planet!

Summary of internet: So far so good!

Summary of suits and radios: All nominal

Summary of Hab operations: All nominal

Summary of GreenHab operations: All nominal

Summary of ScienceDome operations: All nominal

Summary of RAMM operations: Not Operational

Summary of health and safety issues: All nominal

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Everything is Awesome!!