Commander Report – December 26th

Commander Report


Tania Robles

It seems that lately, the energy in the Hab fluctuates a lot. If it wasn´t for Christmas and the special dinner we prepared, we would probably be in a more fatigued mental state.

The crew continues performing their tasks but the time is no longer feeling like the first days on Mars. We haven´t managed to wake up as early as before or maintain so much energy during the day. However, we maintain the spirit and daily routines to meet the objectives.

The day of departure to Earth is approaching and for now, the only thing we are focusing on is to finish our projects and to welcome the new earthlings on Mars.

Journalist Report – December 26th

Crew 201 Journalist Report – 26DEC2018

The Martian Chronicles

[SOL 11] – Friendship across the stars.

As far as we are concerned, we are alone in the universe. Earth is the only planet where life of any kind exists. Our home is unique in any and all ways. In Earth, we look up to the stars and our neighboring planets wondering if other species exist and if they are anything like us if they love or have meaningful friendships. We humans, when we look up to the sky and search, as sent in the last message to Voyager 1, we offer our universe friendship across the stars. We shout to the universe YOU ARE NOT ALONE.

MDRS Crew 201 – MEx-1

As crew members, we have been strengthening different skills that we already had. Learning what our strength and weaknesses are an important part of making a successful mission. As friends, we have had the chance to keep on learning more of each one of us and what makes us special. United crews make life easier on the desolated planet Mars. We are fortunate to be surrounded by friends in the most inhospitable location for humans in the universe and that is what makes our trip so special.

Today, we had the opportunity to record a few videos of the activities we perform on the hab. This we will send back to Earth for other explorers that are interested in joining us in our adventures on the red planet and hopefully interest the younger generations to study Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics which are key for the survival of Earth and humans across the universe. Every team member was able to support this opportunity and was happy to contribute with their experience that many at home will enjoy.

Oh, by the way, our in-hab chef was nice enough to make quesadillas to remember our planning nights back at home. We remember the first Mexican astronaut, Neri Vela, who pushed for having tortillas in space. I am sure that he would be proud to know that we are thinking of his near earth tortillas while having a delicious Mars made meal.

Having your ties to home is a good way to maintain the spirits up. New traditions at our new home make up for fantastic stories.

We are closing in on some of the experiments, the rover making with the 3D printer is at picking up speed and should be done in the next rotation. The tools for a special shipment have been completed and we are very eager to work with some of the last of our experiments before having to leave the base.

We are counting up our Martian sols. Rotations come quickly and our time together is coming up soon. Sharing meals, enjoying work and learning from Mars will help us to teach the future generation of Martians what to expect and how to deal with it as a team and as friends.

MEx-1 continuará informando.

Genaro Grajeda, MDRS Crew 201 Co-Journalist

Operations Report – December 26th

SOL: 11

Name of person filing report: César Augusto Serrano Baza

Non-nominal systems: Generator Autostart

Notes on non-nominal systems: None
Generator (hours run): 18:26 yesterday until around 10:20. Today started at 16:55

Solar— SOC 86%
Diesel Reading – Around 74%
Propane Reading – 71%
Ethanol Free Gasoline – N/A gallons.

Water (Axillary tank) – 0 gallons
Water (static tank) – Medium level, around 122-gallons
Axillary to Static tank transfer– no
Gallons transferred: 0
Water in GreenHab – Medium level (40%)
Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Water Meter: 01395246

Toilet tank emptied: YES

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 X :

Spirit rover used: NO
Hours: 63
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Opportunity rover used: NO
Hours: 44.8
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Curiosity rover used: NO
Hours: 61.2
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report.
# Hours the ATVs were used today: Nothing to report.
Notes on ATVs: Nothing to report.

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

General notes and comments: Nothing to report.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report.

Summary of suits and radios: Nothing to report.

Summary of GreenHab operations: – Nothing to report.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: – Nothing to report.

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of any observatory issues: Musk Solar observatory – We discovered that there is a water Leak in the observatory. See the pictures attached. Robotic Observatory – Nominal.

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report.

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support: Nothing to report.

Thank you!!!

Science Report – December 26th

26 December 2018
Crew 201 – Mex-1 Crew
Submitted by Federico Martínez, Crew Astronomer/Scientist

1. The Multidimensional Fatigue Symptom Inventory: The crew is responding to a questionnaire every day, and creating a database for its future analysis.

2. Crew Wellness Experiment: Between 7 am and 8 am, every member of the crew has been measuring its weight and pressure, and taking notes of water consumption when the day is over. All of the crew members have lost weight, between 500gr and 1.5 kgs.

3. Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) Pointing: The spaceship that carries on the Satellite system has been lost; a new mission has been launched to deliver a new satellite system, awaiting confirmation to receive the new system.

4. 3D Printing in space exploration: 3D printer it’s been used to make tools and the prototyping of a Rover. The cold weather makes the correct functionality of the printer in the RAM difficult, so we decided to move to the first floor of the Hab.

5. Engaging space to the people: Material has been recorded on each one of the MDRS modules. To complete this project, we just need to record the personal videos of each member.

6. Validation of electronics architecture and communication protocols for an exploration rover: Waiting for the transmission module to arrive at the station, so we can test next Friday with the mechanical prototype.

7. The behavior of Artificial Vision algorithms for Autonomous Navigation: The necessary images to train the algorithm have been taken, but we are having trouble with software settings.

8. Prototype and mechanical testing of Exploration rover: The rover has been 90% assembled and we are printing the last pieces so we can fully test on Friday around the Habitat.

9. Martian Soil Analysis for usage on Greenhab: Categorization of soil based on colors and grain size, tomorrow will proceed with CO, Ph, and salinity measurements.

Greenhab Report – December 26th

Crew 201 Greenhab Report 26-DEC-2018
Greenhab Officer: Walter Calles

Environmental Control:
Cooling w/ ambient air (1hr)

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 20.4°C
High: 33°C

Hours of Supplemental Light: 5

Daily Water Usage of Crops: 10.5 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs.): 40%

Times of Watering for Crops: 1120

Changes to crops:
Re-planted salad beds (mix and blend) keep growing good
Sunflowers showing good progress
Sugar Peas growing good

General review of the progress of all plants: Onions and spinaches still not showing progress.
All plants in good shape. Cucumbers are still looking bad. Changed the sticky papers again.

Experiment Results:
Date: SOL6 (SOL11 overall)
Control Pot: 3 sprouts in good shape
Soil Sample Type 1
@10%: OK, 3 sprouts
@20%: OK, 3 sprouts
@30: OK, 2 sprouts
@40%: No progress
@50%: No progress

Soil Sample Type 2
@10%: OK, 2 sprouts
@20%: OK, 3 sprouts

Soil Sample Type 3
@10%: OK, 1 sprout
@20%: OK, 1 sprout


Support/Supplies Needed:
Any recommendations regarding cucumbers? Should I replant them, or choose a different plant?
On the other hand, I’d appreciate some guidance to perform these Martian Soil analysis techniques:
-Composition of clay, sand, and organic (loam) content
-CO measure
-Content of N2, PO and other chemicals

Sol Summary – December 26th

Sol: 11

Summary Title:

Author’s name: Tania Robles, Commander

Mission Status:

Sol Activity Summary: Today Crew worked on their projects, cooked some Mexican food (quesadillas) and recorded videos for our projects and a news channel in Mexico.

Look Ahead Plan: Keep working in the technical projects. Tomorrow the antenna will arrive during the evening and we will have an installation workshop in the Hab with one of our crew members.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Heavy fog during the morning

Crew Physical Status: Mentally tired, laughing a lot and with deep sleeping during the night.


Reports to be filed: Operations Report
EVA Request
Greenhab Report
Journalist Report
Commander´s Report

Support Requested: N/A


Green Hab Report Dec 25th

Hi all,

Here is today’s Christmas Greenhab Report:

Crew 201 Greenhab Report 25-DEC-2018

Greenhab Officer:

Walter Calles

Environmental Control:


Cooling w/ ambient air (1hr)

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:

Low: 24.7°C

High: 34°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:


Daily Water Usage of Crops:

18.5 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):


Times of Watering for Crops:


Changes to crops:

Re-planted salad beds (mix and blend) growing good

Tomatoes in better shape, specially on 2 pots

Baby greens showing excellent progress

Sunflowers showing better progress

Peas keep growing good

Lettuce growing good


General review of the progress on all plants. Onions and spinaches not showing progress yet. Hopefully will see first sprouts tomorrow.

All plants in good shape, except from cucumbers. Will think about re-planting tomorrow

Experiment Results:

Date: SOL5 (SOL10 overall)

New results observed! First checkpoint tomorrow.

Control Pot: Progress observed.

Soil Sample Type 1

@10%:First radish leaves

@20%: First radish leaves

@30: First radish leaves

@40%: No progress

@50%: No progress

Soil Sample Type 2

@10%:First radish

@20%:First radish leaves

Soil Sample Type 3

@10%:First radish leaves

@20%:First radish leaves



Support/Supplies Needed:

Merry Christmas!

Best regards,

Walter A. Calles

Greenhab Officer & Co-Journalist

Crew 201

Journalist Report Dec 25th

Crew 201 Journalist Report – 25DEC2018

The Martian Chronicles

[SOL 10] – 50 years later…

50 years ago, three brave astronauts witnessed, for the first time in humankind history, one of the most amazing and breathtaking events of space exploration: the “Earthrisig”. On December 25th 1968, Apollo 8 crewmembers Frank Borman, Jim Lovell and Bill Anders spent Christmas inside their tiny Command Module… flying around the Moon. One of the greatest milestones of the Apollo program was accomplished that Christmas day; the path to land on the surface of the Moon was traced that day… what an amazing time to remember them, isn’t it?

MDRS Crew 201 – MEx-1

Christmas day has been definitely different for all of us this year. Spending the holidays on Mars is something that none of us expected. However, we couldn’t be happier right now. We’ve been here for 10 days, only 5 more to take-off back to Earth; to re-unite with all our beloved ones. Maybe nothing much has changed since we left. But let me ensure you, dear reader, that we have. I mean… how can you be the same after this experience?

There’s an interesting phenomenon that some astronauts have reported after their spaceflights known as “The Overview Effect”. It’s a change in consciousness caused by the observation of the Earth from outer space, realizing that we’re an entire species living in the same “pale blue dot” in the universe, where the boundaries between nations just vanish in front of our eyes… and makes us realize that we all share a special place among the stars.

During our time, Mars has become the final frontier for human exploration. For our parents (or grandparents) that frontier used to be the Moon. It’s been 50 years since we managed to send the first manned crew all the way to our closest celestial body. And it was on Christmas day, when the Apollo 8 crew made history by becoming the first human beings to travel that far from our home planet. Astronauts Borman, Anders and Lovell set the road that would take us to the Moon less than a year after their mission. And today, we dedicate this entry to those real life heroes. Ordinary people, like you and me, dear reader, that decided to become extraordinary in the most unique and fearless way.

During their mission, the Apollo 8 crew also witnessed an Earthrising. What is that? Well… imagine yourself looking at sunrise on the horizon during a beautiful morning. Beautiful picture, right? Now, replace the horizon with the far edge of the Moon; and the sun is not rising. It is the Earth instead. That was, without a doubt, one of the greatest events in human history. Today, the MEx-1 crewmembers remember this moment with excitement. 50 years later, the only thing we can say to those who took us to the stars and beyond is… thank you. Thank you for being our inspiration. Thank you for giving us hope. Thank you for making us believe. Merry Christmas, planet Earth!

MEx-1 continuará informando.

Walter A. Calles Glass, MDRS Crew 201 Co-Journalist

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