Greenhab Report – March 16th

Crew 206 Green Hab Report – 16-MAR-2019

GreenHab Officer: Norbert Pouzin

Environmental control: Heating and Cooling w/ ambient air (9 hrs 30 min)

Shade Cloth (40%)

Average temperatures:

Low: 17.0°C
High: 32.0°C

Hours of supplemental light: 0 Hours

Daily water usage for crops: 5.4 gallons

Water in Blue Tank: 192.6 gallons

Crops watered at 1000 hours (2.1 gallons) and 1930 hours (3.3 gallons):


1) 10.00 AM 26.1° C / 20 %
2) 13.30 AM 29.1° C / 20 %
3) 17.00 PM 29.8° C / 20 %
4) 19.30 PM 17.0° C / 20 %

Changes to crops: None.


Today was rotation day. I opened the door from 10h to 19h30. We trained the new crew !!

Harvest: None.

Support/supplies needed: None.

Astronomy Report – March 16th

Astronomy Report, Sol 20

Name: Aurélien Mure

Crew: 206
Date: 03/16/2019


Object observed: M81 and M82, seems to be really good, but not enough time to process it.

Telescope requested: MDRS WF for Tom, 207 astronomer


Operations Report – March 16th

Crew 206 Operations Report 16 – MAR – 2019

SOL: 20

Name of person filing report: Gaspard Thieulin

Non-nominal systems: Generator

Notes on non-nominal systems: Radiator hoses and alternator need replacement on the generator. A contractor has been arranged to make these repairs within a few days.

Generator (hours run): 11 hours

Solar— SOC % – Turned off at 77%, Still off at 75% (1900)

Diesel Reading – 55%
Propane Reading – 69%

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 2 gallons

Water (Auxiliary tank) – Not in use

Water (Static tank) – 280 gallons

Water differential (static tank) – 30 gallons

Gallons transferred: Not Applicable

Water in GreenHab – 193 gallons

Static to Loft Pump used – Yes

Water Meter: 0141813.6 gallons

Toilet tank emptied: Yes

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

Opportunity rover used: Used

Hours: 54.5 hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 46% (48% currently)

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Used

Hours: 82.7 hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 63%

Currently charging: Yes

Spirit rover used: Used

Hours: 83.3 hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 40% (47% currently)

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: Spirit and Opportunity weren’t charging due to a socket failure. It has been fixed.

ATV’s Used: N/A

Reason for use: Not used

Oil Added? N/A

ATV Fuel Used: N/A

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: None

Notes on ATVs: None

Hab Car used and why, where? Used by Staff and Crew 206 for water refilling.

Staff Crew Car used and why, where? Used by Crew 207 to come to MDRS.

General notes and comments: Nothing to report.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report.

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 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 more to report.

Journalist Report – March 16th

Sol 20

Authors: Benjamin Auzou, Journalist and Cerise Cuny, HSO & Crew Biologist

For our first day back on Earth, we woke up earlier than during the whole mission for a precise goal: enjoy the sunrise on the desert landscape from Hab Ridge. The first glow started to draw the reliefs all around us, and when the first sun’s ray emerged from the horizon line, a giant smile appeared on our faces: Earth called us back, and we are definitely back!

After the sunrise, Norbert, Aurélien and I decided to run to Skyline Rim, this geologic beauty that raised our curiosity for the whole mission but that we couldn’t reach with the rovers and the suits. We touched the Rim and then came back to the Hab, a simple act but that created in us a feeling of freedom that was completely different from the confinement we lived in for twenty days.

Yesterday evening, we invited Atila and David, from the Mars Society support team to eat pizzas and a cake. It’s was refreshing to talk with other people than us six, and that was the same for them.

Following the advice of Atila and David, we went for an EVA at Copernicus. Driving the rovers without the suits gave us an incredible feeling of freedom. We were surprised but pleased to feel the hard blowing wind on our cheeks as we gained speed, finally driving the rovers without helmets or backpacks.

The crew walked down Copernicus highway surrounded by a lunar landscape. The crackling sound of our foot on the dry soil was kind of new to us and we embraced both those usually insignificant noises and the incredible silence of the desert.

We paused a long time on a stiff ridge in total silence, sitting on the raw grey dirt, our head tilted back to get all the warmth that the Sun rays had to offer. No words were necessary to maintain that vibrating harmony. After this divine moment, we headed down into a canyon multiplying jokes and overwhelmed with joy. We headed back to the hab enjoying our last glimpse of Mars.

In the afternoon, we welcomed Crew 207, it was very nice to see some new people and to transmit everything we have learned in the past 3 weeks.

Then with our Executive Officer Aurélien, I took the HabCar and drove to Hanksville to take water in order to refill the tank. That was a strange return to real life and earth society, we met people at the gas station, bought a bottle of soda just for the pleasure to spend a dollar, and simply just enjoyed a car drive on the road. Even if everything was less than 15 miles from us, we were definitely a million miles away from here, on Mars.

Sol Summary – March 16th

Crew 206 March 16th, 2019
Sol 20

Summary Title: Welcoming Crew 207

Author: Jeremy Auclair

Mission Status: All nominal

Sol Activity Summary: Yesterday night we invited Atila and David to have some homemade pizza at the Hab, it was really nice to see some new faces. This morning we woke up earlier than usual, around 06:00 am, to watch the sunrise from Hab Ridge. The view is breathtaking. It felt great to feel the cold breeze on our skins. We stayed up there for more than 2,5 hours. After that, we ate breakfast and got ready for our hike.

At 10:00 am we took Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity to go towards the Copernicus road. It was a beautiful hike, we walked and sunbathed for a good amount of time. We didn’t have any time constraints because the last news we had was that Crew 207 would only arrive tonight around 08:00 pm.

We came back at the Hab around 01:30 pm, and at this point, Atila gave us the news that Crew 207 would arrive in an hour. We had to rush to finish cleaning the Hab and prepare lunch. But the crew arrived later and we ate alone.

The handover went really well, we trained them with the time we had and talked a little about our research and our lives. We will go to Stan’s Burger around 08:00 pm so the COMMS window has to be managed beforehand.

Look ahead plan: Tomorrow we will get up at 06:00 am to drive back to Grand Junction, rent a car and head straight to Denver, it’s gonna be a long day.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny all day

Crew physical status: Fine

EVA: Copernicus exploration

Reports to be filed: GreenHab, Journalist, Operation, EVA Request, EVA Report

Support Requested: None

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