Journalist Report – March 11th

As a warm midday sun baked the Martian regolith, the first four members of the crew 190 landed on a small patch of dirt, between a small hill and a trail in the red soil. As we exited our vehicle, we felt the soft martian soil beneath our boots and, walking around the hill, we laid our eyes on the station for the first time. Glowing in the strong martian sun, amplified by the complete silence surrounding us, the station appeared taller and wider than we had imagined it.

While we approached the door, a fleet of ATVs arrived in a cloud of dust behind us, carrying members of the previous crew. Our greetings were made simpler by our shared language – back on Earth, our two teams come from France and Belgium, two neighbouring countries that both speak French. Inside the station’s airlock, the cold dark air welcomed us to our new home, where we will spend the entire duration of our stay.

Inside, the rest of the French team welcomed us warmly. Soon enough, the other four members of our crew arrived, and we all ate together in the now cramped top floor of the station. We knew we would be alone again the next day, which made us enjoy the social mood even more, laughing and talking about our experiences on Mars.

In the morning, we were alone already – the French had taken off before the first light of day. With blueberry pancakes (made entirely from freeze-dried materials, of course) and powdered juice, our day of training began. After a tour of the station, a course in water supply management, a training in space suits, ATVs, mapping and teamwork, we were deemed ready to tackle the challenges of the next couple of weeks.

As the thick metal door closed on the outside world just before sunset, and we found ourselves locked in the station alone, we finally realised that this is it – this is what we’ve been waiting for – for over a year of preparation, training, and intense work, we had all imagined the moment when we would get here and live out our adventure.. and, now, as we sit inside the hab, I believe we only began to realise that our work had finally paid off, and that we truly are here now.

Mario Sundic

Operations Report – March 11th

Crew 190 Operations Report 11th March 2018
SOL: 0
Name of person filing report: Bastien BAIX
Non-nominal systems: –
Notes on non-nominal systems: –

Generator (hours run): Turned off at ? and turned on at 7.35 pm.
Solar— SOC 79 % (Before generator is run at night)
Diesel – ~45%
Propane – psi.
Ethanol Free Gasoline (5 Gallon containers for ATV) – 2 empty jerrycans.

Water (trailer) – 0 gallons.
Water (static) – ~450 gallons
Water (third tank) – 500 gallons.
Trailer to Static Pump used – NO
Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – YES
Water Meter: 131 952.2
Toilet tank emptied: YES

ATV’s Used: 1,2,3 & Honda
Oil Added: NO
ATV Fuel Used: 2 x 5 Gals
Hours the ATVs were Used today: 2 hours
Notes on ATVs: –

Deimos rover used: NO
Hours: 116.6
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: NO

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Spirit rover used: YES
Beginning charge: 70%
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: YES

Opportunity rover used: YES
Hours: 20.4
Beginning charge: 71%
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: YES

Curiosity rover used: YES
Hours: 16.5
Beginning charge: 69%
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: NO

HabCar used and why, where: HabCar was used to get water in Hanksville
and fill the third water tank. 5 trips and return.
General notes and comments: we cleaned up the third water tank and
filled it completely.
Summary of internet: ~400 Mb remaining
Summary of suits and radios: –
Summary of Hab operations: settle in
Summary of GreenHab operations: –
Summary of ScienceDome operations: –
Summary of RAMM operations: –
Summary of health and safety issues: –

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: –

Commander Report – March 11th

Crew 190 Commander Report 11-03-2018

Today we were not in simulation yet. Firstly, we woke up at 6:30 and filled the water tank using the MDRS’ car doing round trips between the base and Hanskville. After that, Shannon gave us detailed explanations for the different devices, pump, heater and others things to manage in the station. We spent a bit of time (around 2 hours) walking around the station, discovering the beautiful landscapes. We finally had pastas with the whole team at midday, our first experiments with this very particular kitchen. To begin the afternoon we spent some time with Shannon and Atila to receive the formation for space suits, talky-walky, ATV and rovers. After a session of equipment test, we enjoyed the sun a bit and made some pictures. Finally, we finished the day doing a journey with ATV lead by Shannon, before traveling by ourselves towards the “special region”. We didn’t find any dinosaur bones though! This journey was the opportunity for Sophie and Ariane to get their first experience driving ATV, which was really important before driving in full simulation. Regarding the mindset of the crew, everyone is ready for the simulation and the mood in the team is very good!

The plan for tomorrow is to do EVA on the morning and experimental setup for the afternoon.

Thanks for reading us!

Maximilien RICHALD, CREW 190 UCL to MARS

Sol Summary – March 11th

Crew 190 Sol Sumary Report
Sol 0

Summary Title:
Welcomed by 189 – Learn – Drive

Michael Saint-Guillain (XO)

Mission Status: Ready to start simulation on Sol 1, 07:00

Sol Activity Summary:
Refill of the secondary water tank (550gal): 7am to 11am.
Introduction by Shannon (11h30am to 2pm):
devices etc, power, water, suits, EVAs
Discovering the surroundings by feet (3pm to 5h30pm)
EVA (see EVA)

Look Ahead Plan:
Simulation starts on Sol 1 (tomorrow) 7am with:
sport, breakfast (7-8am)
EVA: 1h30 x2, all crew involved (8h30 – 11h30)
Experimental setups (2pm – 5pm)

Anomalies in work:

Clean sky almost no clouds, hot.

Crew Physical Status:
In good shape and enthusiastic.

Discovering the surroundings with Shannon & Atila.
Visit of the "special region".

Reports to be file:
Commander report
Journalist report
EVA request for Sol 1
Engineer report

Support Requested: