Science Report – May 9th

Crew 212 – LATAM III

Submitted by GreenHab Officer Hector Palomeque

1. Solar Observation/Astrophotography/Stellar Clusters:

• The eyepiece of MUSK Telescope was successfully assembled.

• First picture of the sun with MUSK Solar Telescope (a bit cloudy).

• Deep Sky Robotic Telescope still observing a star cluster (interrupted due to the bad weather).

2. X-5:

• The first flight of 2 on 3 drones in a Martian environment was performed during today’s EVA (SOL 4).

• Manual light off and landing did for checking that Drones are working correctly.

• Drones operation with space suit was tested.

• Waiting for the weather forecast to schedule and perform the next experiment (photos of the MDRS Hab and other areas).

3. VESTA:

• One flight of the Drone-Multicopter were performed around MDRS Hab during today’s EVA (SOL 4)

• Interesting points around MDRS Hab selected.

• Drone successfully connected to the computer for planning an automatic mission.

4. Observation Rover:

• Linux system correctly launched and running in a crew’s Laptop.

• Still needing to download the script from UK for uploading it into the Raspberry Pi Rover board.

5. Space Farming:

• Red-Clay collected for preparing a mix for Martian-like regolith.

• Broken-Autoclave used for boiling in order to disinfect/sterilize the material as much as possible (without problem nor danger).

• Broth culture media for selected Chernobyl and Fukushima bacteria successfully prepared and sterilized (no contamination detected in negative control after 24 hours).

• Chernobyl and Fukushima bacteria correctly inoculated in Nutrient Broth.

• Chernobyl and Fukushima bacteria already showing sights of growth.

6. Keep Talking:

• Crewmembers getting a better performance during the game. Some teams already have reached the Difficult Level.

• The fourth day of playing (corresponding for each SOL).

7. Ethnography study:

• Audio-recordings with the information collected during the observations of the Crew 212 behave already sent to the Colombian Aerospace Research and Develop Group (Colombia).

8. Pulse Oximeter Measurement:

• No update to report.

9. Software for macroscopic characterization:

• Nutrient Agar in Petri dishes prepared using the Broken-Autoclave (all correct).

• MDRS soil bacteria cultivated in Nutrient Agar.

• Waiting for bacterial growth (24 hours).

• EVA scheduled for collecting rhizospheric soil of MDRS plants.