Operations Report – December 18th

Hi Mission Support,

This is our Op Report.

SOL: 3

Name of person filing report: César Augusto Serrano Baza
Non-nominal systems: Generator Autostart

Notes on non-nominal systems: None
Generator (hours run): 16:20 last night until around 8:00 Today started at 16:00

Solar— SOC 86%
Diesel Reading – 85%
Propane Reading – 19% (In the black line, almost in the red zone)
Ethanol Free Gasoline – N/A gallons.

Water (Axillary tank) – 0 gallons
Water (static tank) – High Level, around 320 -gallons
Axillary to Static tank transfer– no
Gallons transferred: 0
Water in GreenHab – High level (85%)
Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Water Meter: 6

Toilet tank emptied: NO

Deimos rover used: no, still not functional
Hours: 0
Beginning charge: –
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: no

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

Spirit rover used: Not used
Hours: 63
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Opportunity rover used: Not used
Hours: 43.9
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Curiosity rover used: Not used
Hours: 59.6
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Notes on rovers: Rover Opportunity and Spirit were not charging yesterday. Today in the morning, Director fixed that problem. Now, all the rovers crew are 100% battery and charging.

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0
Notes on ATVs: ATVs were taken out of active service and are now parked away from the station.

HabCar used and why, where? Not used.
CrewCar used and why, where? Not used.

General notes and comments: – We cleaned a bit the habitat and started assembling the experiments.
– In the engineering morning review of the habitat status We discovered that one suit is not working as it has to be (see summary of suits and radios).
– Director and me saw something weird in the generator control (see summary of ScienceDome).

Summary of internet: Nothing to report.

Summary of suits and radios: We used the 2-piece suit number 6 for the morning engineering review. The helmet is getting foggy in the front after 5 minutes of use, so the visibility is not the best.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: – We do not know if the GPS are working, this is because we dont know if they are battery operaterd or charge operated. Also, If they get electrical charge, where are the chargers?
– The generator seems to be weird. This because, when the Director switched it on, after a few minutes, it turned off by itself. After that, the Director turned it on again and it was working as expected (still), but the blinking LEDs in the HMI (where we can see the SOC) was blinking just one LED and, later in the night, no one of the LEDs were blinking.

Summary of RAM operations: We noticed that, when the generator shuts down, the switch affects, for may be 1 second, the energy. This because the energy goes off in this second. (For more detail see Summary Science Dome).

Summary of any observatory issues: Musk Solar observatory – Nominal. Robotic Observatory – Nothing to report.

Summary of health and safety issues: We received now one smoke detector for the Musk Observatory.

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: – We will wait news of the Generator.
– Can we ask for the status and characteristics of the GPS? Also, how and where to charge them?
– What can we do with the Space Suit?

Thank you!!!

Commander Report – December 18th

Mission Support,
This is the Commander Report for today.

Sol 3
Today the crew had a lot of personal interaction with good and fun moments. We found a board game that some previous Crew maybe left in the Martian habitat. It was about asking questions about personal aspects to understand each other more. Even though we known each other from a long time ago, we learned many new things from ourselves and now we understood many other things.

Tomorrow we will go out to make our first EVA for the experiments. I’m sure the team will do a great job.

Thank you

Journalist Report – December 18th

Dear Atila,

This is our journal from today. We hope all you enjoy it.


Crew 201 Journalist Report – 17DEC2018

The Martian Chronicles

[SOL 3] – Response time

Interplanetary communications are extremely complex and need large earth stations; the hardest part to cope with is the delay to receive the information. We can see this phenomena happening on Earth when a remote station communicates with a satellite and its teleport, delay can be frustrating when compared to a terrestrial network. This happened too with our commander and our jokes (terrible jokes).

MDRS Crew 201 – MEx-1

This rotation was special for all because we had a birthday boy. On Earth, Chilpo would be turning 27 today, but in Mars, we still have another 300 days to get ready for his Quinceañera. How do you celebrate a birthday on Mars? Well, you dress as an astronaut, you check life support systems, work with actuators, cables, and computers without any OS. A few surprises for him though, we had a par of Wrappizas (a delicatessen unique to Mars) which we named Phobos and Deimos.Cake? We got that covered. It is a little hard to do with the limited combustion on our hab (and an oven we didn’t know how to use). Our chef, as per usual, had a plan b to make it all work. Juan Carlos was the support MARSter chef of the night and dinner was on point.

Meanwhile, at the Repair and Assembly Module (MRE in Spanish) crew members were working on the installation of a 3d printer that will allow our VSAT and rovers to be ready. Mars needs specific sets of tools and the ones provided from Earth are big, heavy and we really don’t have a place to spare. We print our tools here as earthlings would do in very remote locations where people cannot get them easily.

Astronauts have to keep sane during their missions and our psychology team has been a pro at making us activities to know that we are still ok. The crew worked with a few activities to get to know each other better, this in fact help us to act as a unit and perform as best as possible. As per our mission doctor, we are keeping data of our water consumption and we verify that the crew is having nutritious meals. A healthy crew is an efficient crew. A mentally sane crew has good humor and is prepared to help the commander to enjoy our horrible jokes even with her satellite delay.

Happy birthday Chilpo! You are now amongst the stars you love.

MEx-1 continuará informando.

Astronomy Report – December 18th

Mission Support,

This is our Astronomy Report. Today we learned how to use the Telescope of the Musk Observatory. It was a cloudy day, so we couldn´t take any pictures for you.

Receive the report.

Astronomy Report
Name: Federico Arturo Martínez Espinoza
Crew: 201
Date: Dec-18-2018
Sky conditions: Clear
Wind: Calm
Observation start time: 15:20
Observation end time: 15:50
Summary: This was the first day we went to Musk Solar Observatory to probe how to start, adjust and calibrate things correctly and as soon as possible to get ready for our first observations for the next days.
Objects viewed: Just use of the telescope to locate the sun, none a particular object.
Problem encountered: N/A

Thank you!

Greenhab Report – December 18th

Hi Atila,

Thank you for the question. Tomorrow early we will check if restarting the thermometer gives different measurements. The ones we are recording are the whole day temperatures. Can you give some advice about the situation?

Receive our Greenhab Report.

Greenhab Officer:
Walter Calles

Environmental Control:
Cooling w/ ambient air

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: -4.7°C
High: 37.4°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
8 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):

Times of Watering for Crops:

Changes to crops:
Tomatoes still growing, the difference is clear.
Baby greens keep growing good

Light water to all the plants performed today. Humidity levels were a bit low by the time I checked. Tomorrow I’ll perform a heavy watering to all the crops.
Changes almost all sticky papers. Added two additional ones.
Tomatoes keep growing, is now clearer that the heating is working. Will continue to monitor them.
Baby greens growing good.
Cilantro, basil, and cilantro are in great shape. Will harvest some tomorrow.


Support/Supplies Needed:
Shannon gave a great suggestion to start mixing the organic materials with the soil samples. I’ll gather the first samples tomorrow to start the testing.
I’m starting with a 70% growing soil + 30% sample soil to grow some seeds. Any suggestion on which seeds should I try?

Sol Summary – December 18th

Sol: 3

Summary Title: Mars, birthday and pizza

Author’s name: Tania Robles, Commander

Mission Status: Mission is going well. We started all of our projects today and the daily activities to maintain the Hab are been performed correctly by all the crew members.

Sol Activity Summary: Sol 3 was a very quiet day. We did our work at the Greenhab, cleaned the Hab, checked all the systems and functionality of the rovers, started to build our projects and learned how to use the solar telescope. Also, we had a great dinner (pizza) because of our Crew Engineer’s 27th birthday. By now we are finishing our reports and planning to later play a traditional board game from Mexico after a long day today.

Look Ahead Plan: Sol 4 will be a day with EVA activity to take pictures with two different cameras (professional and web) to be used for the rover experiment so they can be used for the Artificial Intelligence algorithm. The EVA will be used also to recollect soil samples for our Greenhab Officer’s research.

While that, we will be working at the RAM with the 3D printer, coding some algorithms for the rover and taking some pictures of the sun.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny but cold

Crew Physical Status: All good. (Some crew members with pain in their legs because of morning exercise routines)


Reports to be filed:

-Operations Report

-EVA Request

-Greenhab Report

-Astronomy Report

-Journalist Report

-Commander´s Report


Support Requested: N/A

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