Operations Report – January 17th

Crew 203 Operations Report 17-JAN-2019

SOL: 5

Name of person filing report: Freddy Castaneda

Non-nominal systems: Suit #8 not charging, pending to review. Generator

Notes on non-nominal systems: Generator had to be jump-started, then later began running on low power. Troubleshooting in progress

Generator (hours run): 17hr 45min; Turned on last night (16Jan2019) at 16:30; Turned off this morning (17Jan2019) at 10:15; Turned on tonight (17Jan2019) at 18:15

Solar SOC – Turned on (16Jan2019) 95%; Turned off (16Jan2019) 100%; Turned on (17Jan2019) 74%

Diesel Reading – Not read, EVA in progress.

Propane Reading – Not read, EVA in progress.

Ethanol Free Gasoline – Not in use

Water (auxiliary tank) – Not in use

Water (static tank) – Over 70%; About 375 gallons

Auxiliary to Static tank transfer – No

Gallons transferred: Not applicable

Water in GreenHab – About 76%; 227 gallons

Water (loft) – At level marker 7

Static to Loft Pump used – Yes; At 9:20 to refill tank

Water Meter: 01401702

Toilet tank emptied: No

Deimos rover used: No, still not functional

Hours: Not applicable

Beginning charge: Not applicable

Ending charge: Not applicable

Currently charging: Not applicable

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR

Hours: Not applicable

Beginning charge: Not applicable

Ending charge: Not applicable

Currently charging: Not applicable

Spirit rover used: Yes, used on a EVA to Kissing Camel

Hours: 68.2

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 68%

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Not used

Hours: 45.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Yes, used on a EVA to Kissing Camel

Hours: 70.0

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 69%

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: Spirit was flashing a red maintenance light during EVA, now is charging and pending to review.

ATV’s Used: None (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3)

Reason for use: None

Oil Added? No

ATV Fuel Used: None

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: None

Notes on ATVs: All ATV´s were gas filled, we have 10 gallons of ATV gas.

HabCar used and why, where? Not used. We were informed that the Hab Car washer fluid container has a leak, it might not be used, a spray bottle with washer fluid for use will be created by Shannon and Atila to cover the need.

CrewCar used and why, where? Off campus

General notes and comments: The generator had to be jump started tonight. No idea why.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report

Summary of suits and radios: Suit #3 still not charge, now Suit #8 does not charge either, pending for review.

Summary of Hab operations: The commanders room door lock was fixed, now he can hide from us if he wants.

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: Nothing to report.

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report.

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

Journalist Report – January 17th

Waking up on mars

Author: Liza Forero

This morning the MDRS woke up with a chimerical dawn and the silence and peace that I feel while I see it begins to invade every cold bone inside of me. I can see in my partners something different from the first time I saw them, in the way they look, in the energy they transmit and in each laugh they share.

In the morning, we were all waiting to have our third EVA, however, I think this delay increases my anxiety more than it does to the rest, maybe it’s because of the need to be outside, to be able to walk, to feel the earth under my feet and see majesty on every horizon; that majesty that leaves you breathless, but fills you with satisfaction, pleasure, nature, life.

As we walk through the valleys and reach the hills, a shadow chases me, the shadow of reality. That reality of which I am possibly fleeing by being here. But the walk continues and while the fatigue takes over my body I realize that there are glimpses of happiness in each day, in the friends that I have, in the landscapes I walk and in the work that I do

The day ends with tired bodies, with laugh and with the desire to continue experiencing the day to day that this desolate and reddish place offers us. We hope that each one of us be able to assess and learn from everything that this place inspires.

After five days of being here you could say that you have already established a routine and you get used to doing the same thing, to see and talk with the same people but the reality it is not like that, I think the word habit will not be at the moment the one who describes this place once he has left it and look back to remember this space, this cold, this piece of no man’s land but of all those who are willing to really see it, feel it, live it.

There is a wonderful feeling in all this. Maybe the places where you think nothing could live is where you can feel alive again and wake up from the lethargy in which life itself can envelop you. Maybe there is more life in an arid desert than anyone could imagine.

Despertando en marte

Autor: Liza Forero

Esta mañana el MDRS despertó con un amanecer quimérico y el silencio y paz que siento mientras lo veo empieza a invadir cada frio hueso dentro de mí. Puedo ver en mis compañeros algo diferente respecto a la primera vez que los vi, en la forma en la que se ven, en la energía que transmiten y en cada risa que comparten.

En la mañana, todos estábamos a la expectativa de tener nuestro tercer EVA, sin embargo, creo que esta dilación aumenta más mi ansiedad que al resto, tal vez sea por la necesidad de estar afuera, de poder caminar, de poder sentir la tierra bajo mis pies y ver majestuosidad en cada horizonte; esa majestuosidad que te deja sin aliento, pero te llena de satisfacción, de placer, de naturaleza, de vida.

Mientras caminamos a través de los valles y alcanzamos las colinas, una sombra me persigue, la sombra de la realidad. Esa realidad de la cual posiblemente estoy huyendo al estar aquí, pero la caminata continua y mientras el cansancio se apodera de mi cuerpo me doy cuenta de que hay destellos de felicidad en cada día, en los amigos que tengo, en los paisajes que recorro y en el trabajo que hago.

El día acaba con cuerpos cansados, con risas y con ganas de seguir experimentando al máximo el día a día que este lugar desolado y rojizo nos ofrece, esperamos que cada uno de nosotros pueda valorar y aprender de todo lo que este lugar inspira.

Después de cinco días de estar aquí se podría decir que ya se ha establecido una rutina y te acostumbras a hacer lo mismo, a ver y hablar con las mismas personas pero en realidad no es así, creo que la palabra costumbre no estará al momento en el que describa este lugar una vez lo haya dejado y mire atrás para recordar este espacio, este frío, este pedazo de tierra de nadie pero de todos los que estamos dispuestos a realmente verlo, sentirlo, vivirlo.

Hay un maravilloso sentimiento en todo esto. Tal vez lo lugares en los que piensas que nada podría vivir es donde puedes sentirte vivo de nuevo y despertar del letargo en el que la vida misma te puede envolver. Tal vez hay más vida en un árido desierto que cualquiera podría imaginar.

Greenhab Report – January 17th

Crew 203 Greenhab Report 17-Jan-2019
Greenhab Officer:
Hermes Bolivar

Environmental Control:
Cooling w/ ambient air (0 hrs)

40% Shade Cloth on
80% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 16.9°C
High: 27.2°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
12 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (gallons):
86.6%, 230 Gallons.

Times of Watering for Crops:

Changes to crops:

* Change position of 6 pots of Tomatoes and 4 pots of sugar snap peas for better watering.


The Temperaturee of greenhab has been stablilised and the crops look better, I Harvest Basil and Micro greens for cook the lunch, the crew is very happy for eat fresh food. New plants of lettuce rommane emerge today.

20g of Micro Greens.
8g of Basil

Support/Supplies Needed: N/A

Sol Summary – January 17th

Crew 203 Sol Summary Report 17-Jan-2019

Sol: 5

Summary Title: Magnificent Desolation

Author’s name: Oscar Ojeda

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: We entered the second quarter of our mission, a time where routine kicks in (if there is such a thing as routine on Mars). Everyone seemed a little bit tired this morning, but nothing some food and a conversation couldn’t fix. Everyone reviewed their respective projects and systems, had lunch, and then the EVA team started to prepare for our afternoon on the beautiful plains of Mars. The work was amazing, a lot of geology was done, a little sightseeing too. Sometimes inside the hab it’s easy to forget how beautiful Mars is. We were received by some delicious eggs and Tang, talked about the future, and now we’re waiting for another night of laughter, fun, and some sleep. The thought of just having heard the team voices for a few days now just came to our minds, and it’s somehow mindblowing.

Look Ahead Plan: Keep the hard work going…! the nice food being prepared…! the laughter and the bonding…! and make it so that this is just the first step in a long way to go…!

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Cloudy in the morning (Cumulus), with the presence of Nimbostratus, but no precipitation, near the sunset it was less cloudy. Low to no wind in the morning, in the late afternoon wind speed increased.

Crew Physical Status: In good health…! (and with a cool attitude)

EVA: 1, a team of 4 went to the Kissing Camel ridge (yay, about time)

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

Support Requested: None, unless you can send us an autonomous robot that does the chores and takes away the mud 🙂

EVA Report – January 17th

Crew 203 EVA Report 17-01-2019

EVA # 3

Author: Liza Forero

Purpose of EVA:

Geology recognition of outcrops, topographic highs, sediment, canyons and lithology. Take samples and data to be processed to make DEM´s (Digital Elevation Model) and data for microbiology tests.

Start time:

End time:


In the EVA Request for today we expected to go to Tank Wash, nevertheless because of the weather and the muddy ground we decided to go to a nearest place, in this case, Kissing Camel Ridge. All this previously approved by Shannon and Atila. During the EVA there were no trouble with suits or with rovers and we went from east to west of the base of the ridge taking pictures, the register of the stratigraphy and some geologic and biologic samples that were taken to the HAB to be analyzed.

8 samples were taken, including sandstones, shales and clays. Each of it are going to be studied and characterized on the science dome with geologic and biologic tests.

The weather was dry, but we felt how the clays were so humid and plastic because of the water they absorbed with the snow. Nothing unusual happened and the EVA were successful.

Destination: Kissing Camel Ridge

Coordinates: 518700 E, 4249290 N

Liza Forero, Yael Méndez, Oscar Ojeda, Hermes Bolívar

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map:
We took the Cow Dung Road 0110 to the south from HAB via Kissing Camel Ridge.

Mode of travel: Rover and walking.

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