Sol Summary – January 28th

Crew 188 Sol 0 Summary Report 28JAN2018

Sol 0

Summary Title: Training for Mars
Author’s name: Ryan L. Kobrick, Ph.D., MDRS Crew 188 Commander
Mission Status: All nominal

Sol Activity Summary:
Today was a packed day starting with the early departure of Crew 187. The crew moved into the state rooms and conducted another water refill in the morning to Hanksville. Training with MDRS Director Shannon Rupert covered MDRS rules, philosophy, and key systems. The crew conducted an EVA test of the ATVs and Rovers in preparation for our simulation. The crew united by a common passion for sharing their experience has started sharing highlights with the common hashtag #MDRS188.

Spacesuit Up!
Ryan L. Kobrick, Ph.D.
MDRS Crew 188 Commander

Look Ahead Plan:
The crew will complete training tomorrow morning with the EVA spacesuit systems and general navigation of the local area. The "landing" and simulation will kick-off at approximately High Noon local time. The crew is planning two short EVAs with half the crew (3) on each. Each EVA will use hybrid driving/walking modes to familiarize the crew with nominal operations with the surface spacesuits. Reports and scientific projects will be prepared in the afternoon.

Anomalies in work:
MDRS Director is coordinating power system updates with contractors.
Robotic observatory currently not functional. MDRS Astronomy lead working problem.

A beautiful day. Cool and clear.

Crew Physical Status:
Some dry air dehydration symptoms. See HSO Report.

ATV/Rover training with Shannon.

Reports to file:
1. Sol Summary
2. Operations Report
3. Journalist Report
4. HSO Report
5. EVA Request
6. Daily Photos

Support Requested:
Creative request information will be coming.

Operations Report – January 28th

Operational Report

Crew 188: Zac Trolley


Non-nominal systems: None

Notes on non-nominal systems:

Generator (hours run): 14h

Generator turned off: 9:50

Generator turned on: 17:45

Solar— SOC

@9:50 80%

@13:00 100%

@17:45 82%

Diesel: 85%

Propane: 75%

Ethanol Free Gasoline (5 Gallon containers for ATV): 10 Gallons

Water (trailer): 0 Gallons

Water (static): 400 Gallons

Trailer to Static Pump used: No

Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used: Yes

Water Meter: @19:00 130469.3

Toilet tank emptied: No

ATVs Used: HONDA, 350(1), 350(2), 350(3)

Oil Added? No

ATV Fuel Used: Very little in learning how to fuel the ATVs

# Hours the ATVs were used today: 0.5h Training

Notes on ATVs: Took the ATVs on a training run. The hours run have not been updated from yesterday.

Deimos rover used:

Hours: 102.3 (crew) + Director discretional hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: –

Currently charging: Maybe

Sojourner rover used: Assigned to director only.

Hours: Director discretional hours

Beginning charge:

Ending charge: –

Currently charging: Maybe

Spirit rover used: Yes

Hours: 15.1h

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: –

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Yes

Hours: 12.4h

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge:

Currently charging: No

Curiosity rover used: Yes

Hours: 6.6h

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: –

Currently charging: Yes

HabCar used and why, where? Yes, Water run.

General notes and comments: There is a faint smell of propane in the Hab, we believe it may be from the heater on the lower floor when we tried to turn it on. There was also a minor smell of fuel gas during the day.

Summary of internet: All nominal

Summary of suits and radios: Not checked

Summary of Hab operations: All Nominal

Summary of EVA operations: N/A

Summary of GreenHab operations: All nominal

Summary of Science Dome operations: All nominal.

Summary of RAM operations: Not Operational.

Summary of health and safety issues: All nominal

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: N/A

Journalist Report – January 27th

[draft status]


[Sol 15]

[A new Hope]

People say that good is for a short time. Two weeks, 15 sol have passed and now we are in the opposite place. The 188 crew has arrived on this planet. You will see them smile, sigh and miss as has happened with us.

But to get to this point of the day it is necessary to count the cleaning routine of today. 8 am, brooms and mops ready. Greenhab, Science Dome, Observatory and Hab ready. The suits and helmets in place, clean kitchen and suitcases made.

The International Space University team arrived and our work as hosts began. It’s time to show them the site, tips, ideas and warnings. When we finished we decided it was time for our first meal on Earth and their last meal before Mars in some peculiar Utah-style restaurant in the middle of a Martian road. Milkshakes, hamburgers, fries and chicken strips, the truth maybe is that we only want to recover the lost weight.

Back home the last night begins and the only thing left is to enjoy these hours. I write these final words surrounded by my favorites, planning new projects and collaborations. We do not want to lose ourselves back to Earth.

And now personal feelings but that are shared here as oxygen. This last part is dedicated to Attila, Cynthia, Danton, David, Luis and Oscar, my dear astronauts, my dear Martians.

Thank you for being like that, for laughing and enjoying this time. For being young but one of the most mature and intelligent people that you could know, for being sensitive, educated and so honest, for taking care of us and our humor along with the chocolates, for your madness, fun and friendship, for your nobility, solidarity and companionship, for your intelligence, character and food.

Thank you for allowing yourself to feel and open your minds and hearts to others. We will miss ourselves along with our defects, virtues, personalities and emotions.

Sometimes it happens that from those who least expect something you get the best results. Congratulations astronauts we achieve the goal, we fulfill the mission and now there is nothing left to do here. Soon we will return together or separately, in the near of distant future. Goodbye Mars, hello Earth!

LATAM II thanks all its collaborators and see you soon.

Tania Robles, MDRS Crew 187 Journalist

Sol Summary – January 27th

Crew 187 Sol 15 Summary Report 27JAN2018

Sol 15

Summary Title: Beyond the Terra

Author’s name: Cynthia Fuertes Panizo

Mission Status: All nominal

Sol Activity Summary:

Hello Earth,

How much has the Earth changed since the Sol 1?

It’s hard to explain in words all the feelings. Sadness and happiness at the same time. Let’s explain to you what we did during our last day, then there will be time for farewells. Today we woke up at 07:30, we ate our last breakfast here on Mars, and started to clean all the Hab, the lower and the upper deck, the GreenHab, the science dome and the observatory. Every Martian was running around cleaning everything, keeping their things, cooking and so on. Then Dr. Ruppert came back to check everything. At 15:00, Atila, Danton and I went to welcome the Crew 188 from ISU… Welcome guys to Mars! We hope you really enjoy living here as much we did! When every Martian arrives at the Hab we did a tour for Crew 188 showing them the GreenHab, the science dome, the Musk observatory and everything here, our home. Later, Shannon visited us to explain to crew 188 how is living on Mars. Meanwhile, Danton flew his drone around the Hab to do the aerial 3D mapping. And, at 17:00, we teleport to Earth for eating hamburgers and chicken… Yummy! A long time ago that we didn’t eat terrestrial food. When we came back to Hab, we started to write the reports for capCom and we answered doubts that could have the crew 188. By the end of the night, crew 187 are together talking about our projects, our lives, and so on … as a Martian Family!

It’s time to say goodbye! This place was our home, our sweet home. We have a lot of good memories here on Mars. I was lucky to have as my crew, the best Martians in the Universe. It was an honor to be the commander of the crew 187. Every Martian was a key to survive to this great adventure that is to live on Mars. Atila, Luis, David, Oscar, Danton, and Tania… No matter wherever I stay, on Earth or on Mars, I will always love you. You are my Martian family! We are going to be now and forever: CREW 187 – LATAM II !!!

Ad Astra

Cynthia Fuertes Panizo

Commander Crew 187 – MDRS

Look Ahead Plan:

Arrive at Earth! See other people. And continue working on space issues.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Temperature: -3°C, Fair-weather, Winds speed: Calm, Humidity 36%, Barometer 30.43 in

Crew Physical Status: Healthy

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, GeenHab Report, Operations Report and Journalist Report.

Support Requested: None

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