Journalist Report – January 16th

SOL 4, we do not know whether to say: "… it’s already sun 4!" or "… it’s barely sun 4". We have a great physical and mental burden on our shoulders, tiredness overwhelms us and makes us think that we have been here much longer than what it has actually been, it is a common feeling among most members of the crew. The night was cold and the season dawned covered by a white layer of snow. Contrasting with the red of the desert, Mars surprises us with a deep mist that mixes with the ground and makes us lose sight of the horizon, the image is shocking, simply unforgettable.

Last night I slept more than usual, I succumbed to the powers of Morpheus, I believe that the distance between planets is not an impediment for him. We all get up, our commander prepares a delicious breakfast and when we get ready to work on our science projects the technical problems appear, the bathroom plays a trick on us but the team meets and faces the situation, problem solved; back to the projects.

The day, which dawned cold, became sunny. The temperature has been higher today than the previous days, once again lunch brings us all together in the habitat, delicious rice with tofu, vegetarian style for all today in honor of our XO, food without suffering! Digestion is not our strength, it conspires with fatigue and affects us all, my partners lose the fight, for the next 15 minutes I do not know anything about them, they are not here, they returned to earth in their dreams, the best way to travel when distance and time is an impediment.

The day is over and it is inevitable for me to think of home, nostalgia comes back to take over me as it happens every time the sun goes down, more and more suns away from what I love the most, my family. Far from my Tontina and Lalita, they do not know how much I miss them. A special greeting from Mars to Mrs. Geo and to all my family. Alejo, Liz, and Pablo … how much I miss to embrace them. I will see you all again, but not yet 😉

P.S. A "ñero" spirit goes around in the environment.

Freddy Castaneda.

SOL 4, no sabemos si decir: "… ya es el sol 4!" ó "… apenas es el sol 4". Tenemos sobre nuestros hombros una gran carga física y mental, el cansancio nos abruma y nos hace pensar que llevamos mucho más tiempo aquí del que en realidad ha pasado, es un sentimiento común dentro de la mayoría de los miembros de la tripulación. La noche fue fría y la estación amaneció cubierta por una capa blanca de nieve. Contrastando con el rojo del desierto, Marte nos sorprende con una profunda bruma que se mezcla con el suelo y nos hace perder de vista el horizonte, la imagen es impactante, simplemente inolvidable.

Anoche dormí más de lo habitual, sucumbí ante los poderes de Morfeo, creo que la distancia entre planetas no es un impedimento para él. Nos levantamos todos, nuestro comandante prepara un rico desayuno y cuando nos disponemos a trabajar en nuestros proyectos de ciencia los inconvenientes técnicos aparecen, el baño nos juega una mala pasada pero el equipo se reúne y hace frente a la situación, problema resuelto…de vuelta a los proyectos.

El día, que amaneció frío, se tornó soleado. La temperatura ha sido más alta hoy que los días anteriores, una vez más el almuerzo nos reúne a todos en el habitat, un delicioso arroz con tofu, estilo vegetariano para todos hoy en honor a nuestro XO, comida sin sufrimiento!. La digestión no es nuestro fuerte, conspira con el cansancio y nos afecta a todos, mis compañeros pierden la pelea, Por los siguientes 15 minutos no sé nada sobre ellos, no están aquí, regresaron a la tierra en sus sueños, la mejor manera de viajar cuando la distancia y el tiempo es un impedimento.

El día se termina y me es inevitable pensar en casa, la nostalgia se vuelve a apoderar de mi como sucede cada vez que el sol se oculta, más y más soles lejos de lo que más amo, mi familia. Lejos de mi tontina y de Lolita, no saben cuanto las extraño. Un saludo especial desde Marte a doña Geo y a toda mi familia. Alejo, Liz y Pablo… como extraño abrazarlos. Los veré a todos de nuevo, pero no aún!

P.D. Un espíritu ñero ronda el ambiente.

Freddy Castañeda.

Journalist Report – January 16th

Freddy Alexander Castaneda Latorre 16Jan2019

SOL 4, we do not know whether to say: "… it’s already sun 4!" or "… it’s barely sun 4". We have a great physical and mental burden on our shoulders, tiredness overwhelms us and makes us think that we have been here much longer than what it has actually been, it is a common feeling among most members of the crew. The night was cold and the season dawned covered by a white layer of snow. Contrasting with the red of the desert, Mars surprises us with a deep mist that mixes with the ground and makes us lose sight of the horizon, the image is shocking, simply unforgettable.

Last night I slept more than usual, I succumbed to the powers of Morpheus, I believe that the distance between planets is not an impediment for him. We all get up, our commander prepares a delicious breakfast and when we get ready to work on our science projects the technical problems appear, the bathroom plays a trick on us but the team meets and faces the situation, problem solved; back to the projects.

The day, which dawned cold, became sunny. The temperature has been higher today than the previous days, once again lunch brings us all together in the habitat, delicious rice with tofu, vegetarian style for all today in honor of our XO, food without suffering! Digestion is not our strength, it conspires with fatigue and affects us all, my partners lose the fight, for the next 15 minutes I do not know anything about them, they are not here, they returned to earth in their dreams, the best way to travel when distance and time is an impediment.

The day is over and it is inevitable for me to think of home, nostalgia comes back to take over me as it happens every time the sun goes down, more and more suns away from what I love the most, my family. Far from my Tontina and Lalita, they do not know how much I miss them. A special greeting from Mars to Mrs. Geo and to all my family. Alejo, Liz, and Pablo … how much I miss to embrace them. I will see you all again, but not yet 😉

P.S. A "ñero" spirit goes around in the environment.

Greenhab Report – January 16th

Crew 203 Greenhab Report 16-Jan-2019

Greenhab Officer: Hermes Bolivar

Environmental Control:

Heating

Cooling w/ ambient air (1 hr)

40% Shade Cloth on

80% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:

Low: 17°C

High: 29.3°C

Hours of Supplemental Light: 5

Daily Water Usage of Crops: 9 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (gallons): 80.6%, 242 Gallons.

Times of Watering for Crops:

9:57

13:20

15:58

18:03

Changes to crops:

* Change position of sunflowers and cress to the wooden bench.

* There were put 4 new twist ties.

Narrative:

The Sunflowers are very good, I had to change from current position to a wooden bench because it’s very tall, the cress was changed too. I believe that more light could help them to recover. I started to prepare the soil with Martian regolith for the research projects.

Harvest: 40g of Baby Greens.

Support/Supplies Needed:

Seeds of: romaine lettuce (1 bag)

Sol Summary – January 16th

Crew 203 Sol Summary Report 16-Jan-2019

Sol: 4

Summary Title: White Mars, Red Mars, muddy Mars

Author’s name: Oscar Ojeda

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: I’m starting a routine of a morning complete inspection of the facilities; this lets me plan the day better. We woke up to a layer of snow outside the Hab, after breakfast, and a small workout session of three crewmembers, we proceeded to remove the snow from the Hab areas covered by it.

After that, each crewmember started working on their respective projects, getting everything ready for an exciting rest of mission filled with science, and probably also a little bit of fun. We had a vegetarian lunch, a nod to our XO, and kept working. We’ve still had time to laugh and bond.

A light dinner and an early sleep will close the day, and be the preamble for what’s to come.

Look Ahead Plan: Science is looking good. Specific and realistic goals for each project have been set. We’ll have our first scientific EVA.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Very cloudy in the morning (Stratocumulus), Stratos in the afternoon, and cirrus in the early evening, with a sunny sunset. No snow nor precipitations, and low to no wind.

Crew Physical Status: In good health…! (and well fed)

EVA: none

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Operations Report, Greenhab Report, Journalist Report, HSO report, EVA Request.

Support Requested: If you can adjust the settings for time to pass slower so we can stay on Mars forever, it would be awesome…!

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