Journalist Report – January 29th

Journalist Report

Author: Sonal Baberwal

Hello from Mars!

Have you ever traveled to an unknown destiny? Yes, maybe or no! Our life is a journey to another unknown destiny in cosmos! isn’t it?

Then why not start with some small steps towards exploration? Like how we landed on Moon and this time on Mars. Crew 204 (Nix Olympica) is stepping towards future Mars settlement with following the footprint of analogue simulation organized by the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS).

The journey has never been easy! But it’s worth pursuing a simulation mission that teaches discipline with an interdisciplinary aspect. Yes, that’s what we’ve thought and found in MDRS.

Well, let’s come to the actual journey that brought us to the destiny that we’ve always been dreaming of. Yes this day was well deserved after huge efforts to reach the destination. We invite you to join our journey and to get to know about our experiences. We really miss our crews as they couldn’t make it due to diplomatic complications, however after great efforts we four could make it out of eight!

This was a really interesting journey. Like someone said, ‘One never gets the desired destination without having obstacles’. Myself, Sonal Baberwal traveled from India to France followed by San Diego, USA and an on-road journey towards Utah. Kunal traveled from Italy to New York to Salt Lake city Utah, where I met him and we left towards Grand Junction where we met Avishek who traveled from United Kingdom to Las Vegas and further Grand Junction. However, after confirmation, we all traveled from Grand Junction towards Mars Desert Research Station. Our crewmate Cosmos Patil had arrived today that made it more valuable.

The biggest challenge was to receive the lost baggage that had valuable research things like the rover. After efforts of 6 days, the bag was received at the Hollow Mountain.

The Crew had a very warm welcome by the mission support members Atalia and David and the Martian Dog Pub. What if we could take these lovely animals (dogs) with us to Mars? The day had been exciting as we had the training for the simulation.

Note: Photos will be sent through separate email.

Sol Summary – January 29th

Crew 204 Sol Summary Report 29-01-2019

Sol: 01

Summary Title: The Beginning

Author’s name: Kunal Naik (Space_Bot)

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: The day starts with the welcoming our final crew member Pranit Patil who is our XO. We had a crew meeting over first Martian breakfast. We discussed about our plans, our projects, learning outcomes, desired outcomes and about our crew’s roller coaster journey to MDRS. After our breakfast we initialized our training which went till evening. The training was quite important to carry out our mission. We assigned ourself the roles and task after the training session. So far our crew is super enthusiastic and motivated to carry out the mission.

Look Ahead Plan: Everyone has been assigned their task, we have 2 EVA’s scheduled for the mission, one in the morning and later by the eve. The crew will initiate their project along with their daily habitat assigned activities.

Anomalies in work: None Encountered

Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 7

Crew Physical Status: Everyone is healthy but our crew member Pranit Patil who arrived today morning from India is suffering from jetlag.

EVA: Galileo (Training Session)

Reports to be file: Curiosity and Spirit are operational, Opportunity is non Operational due to brake issues.

Support Requested: None

Operations Report – January 29th

Crew 204 Operations Report 29-01-2019

SOL: 01

Name of person filing report: Kunal Naik (Space_bot)

Non-nominal systems: None

Notes on non-nominal systems: N/A

Generator (hours run): Not Known (It stopped running between the night), turn on at 1840.

Solar— SOC % Turned on (28th January) 97%, Turned on (29th January) 85%

Diesel Reading – 1/2 Tank

Propane Reading – 75%

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 10 gallons

Water (Auxillary tank) – Not in use gallons

Water (Static tank) – 40%, 200 gallons

Auxillary to Static tank transfer – No

Gallons transferred: Not Applicable

Water in GreenHab – About 40%,120 gallons

Water (loft) – 12 marked level

Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water Meter: 01406097 units

Toilet tank emptied: No

Deimos rover used: No, still not functional

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: N/A

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR

Hours: Not Applicable

Beginning charge: Not Applicable

Ending charge: Not Applicable

Currently charging: Not Applicable

Spirit rover used: For Training purpose

Hours:70.6 hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: Not checked while training

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: For Training purpose

Hours: 72.7 hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: Not checked while training

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Brakes not functional

Hours: 46.2 hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: None

ATV’s Used: None

Reason for use: N/A

Oil Added? N/A

ATV Fuel Used: Nope

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: N/A

Notes on ATVs: N/A

HabCar used and why, where? For water

Crew Car used and why, where? Off Campus

General notes and comments: Nothing to Report

Summary of internet: N/A

Summary of suits and radios: Nothing to report.

Summary of Hab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of Green Hab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of Science Dome operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of RAMM 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.