Journalist Report – January 20th

Subject: Crew 001 (MAU) Journalist 21Jan2020

Crew 001 MAU Journalist Report 21Jan2020

Author: Morgan Kainu, Crew Journalist

Sol 2

Title: Snow and Dancing on Mars

At 0700 we rose for the morning to a slow flurry of Martian snow that had just started falling. We sat together enjoying the scenery while eating a breakfast of oatmeal and coffee. Starting at 0900 the Martian snow decided to pick up its pace, so we worked together to make sure that everything was secured and well prepared for the Martian elements.

Following the securing of the hab, we sat back down to enjoy some story telling and hab activities. We all enjoyed the opportunity to continue to learn from and about one another and planning for hab improvements for the next Sol.

In the evening, we met up with the MDRS crew at their hab for a Mars Circle activity between the two habs, for having our biometrics checked and enjoying a delicious shepherds pie dinner that one of the MDRS crew members whipped up for us from the freeze dried food. And, to top the night off, we had an joyful night of music and dancing between the two crews where we learned how to waltz, two-step, and a dance from India.

See photos (separately sent)

Morgan Kainu, BA; MAU Journalist Crew 001

Operations Report – January 22nd

MAU Crew 001 Operations Report 22-01-2020

SOL: 03

Name of person filing report: John Hanacek

Non-nominal systems: none

Notes on non-nominal systems: n/a

Generator: Nominal

Hours run: 4 hours

From what time last night: 1:00

To what time this morning: 4:00

List any additional daytime hours when the generator was run:

Station Propane Reading – ~2%

Ethanol Free Gasoline: 0 gallons

Water (Containers): 30 gallons

Toilet tank emptied: no

General notes and comments:

Summary of internet: n/a

Summary of suits and radios: nominal

Summary of Hab operations: nominal

Summary of health and safety issues: Continual monitoring of all crew during cold night conditions

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: none

GreenHab Report – January 22nd

Crew 220 GreenHab Report 22-JAN-20

Crew GreenHab Officer: Marufa Bhuiyan

GreenHab door opened: 11:10 AM
GreenHab door closed: 2:30 PM

Average Temperature (Floor Unit): 5°C
Floor temperature at different times:
8:40 AM: 3°C
1:22 PM: 7°C

Time(s) of watering crops:
9:00 AM
6:50 PM

Daily water usage for crops: 12 Gal
Morning 9 AM: 6 Gal
Evening 6:50 PM: 6 Gal

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: N/A

Water in the Blue Tank: 222.2 Gal

Harvest: N/A

Changes in Crops/Crops picked for cooking purpose: Lettuce (1), cilantro, basil, chives (1) , rosemary, lemon balm (2), thyme, oregano, acorn pumpkin (2 leaves).

Other comments: Snow peas are drying out on bottom two shelves (white). Not sure exactly what to do.
Please advise. Thank you.

Operations Report – January 21st

MAU Crew 001 Operations Report 21-01-2020

SOL: 02

Name of person filing report: John Hanacek

Non-nominal systems: none

Notes on non-nominal systems: n/a

Generator: Nominal

Hours run: ~ 5 hours

From what time last night:

To what time this morning: 11:08

List any additional daytime hours when the generator was run:

Station Propane Reading – ~80%

Ethanol Free Gasoline: 0 gallons

Water (Containers): 35 gallons

Toilet tank emptied: no

General notes and comments:

Summary of internet: n/a

Summary of suits and radios: nominal

Summary of Hab operations: nominal

Summary of health and safety issues: Continual monitoring of all crew during cold night conditions

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: none

Operations Report – January 22nd

Crew 220 Operations Report

SOL: 3

Submitting Report: Lee Roberts, Crew Engineer

Non-nominal systems: None

Generator: Standby Rental Generator

Hours Run: 0

Generator running times

Start Time: N/A

End Time: N/A

Total Run Time: 0 hours

Solar SOC: 100%

Diesel Reading: 49%

Station Propane Reading: 24%

Ethanol Free Gasoline: N/A

Water in Loft Tank: 30 Gallons

Water Meter: 148045.7

Water in Static Tank: 395 Gallons

Static to Loft Tank: 49 Gallons

Water in GreenHab Tank: 222 Gallons

Water in Science Dome: N/A

Toilet Tank Emptied: No

Spirit Rover Used: No

Ending Hours: 127.7

Beginning Charge: N/A

Ending Charge: 100%

Curiosity Rover Used: No

Ending Hours: 133.7

Beginning Charge: N/A

Ending Charge: 100%

Notes on Rovers: None

ATVs Used: None

HabCar Used, Why, Where? Negative

Crew Car Used, Why, Where? Negative

General Notes and Comments: None

Summary of Internet: While restoring Hab power the Internet router failed to power up properly. After several attempts to reboot the router, Outpost was contacted and advised of the concern. The router was sent to them, and they are working on repairing or replacing it. Two crew members from the MAU team brought a router that they had in their possession and installed it as a temporary replacement, with the permission of Outpost.

Summary of Suits and Radios: No EVAs were conducted from MDRS today, but crew members drilled in donning and doffing procedures. Suits and radios are all charging after restoration of power, and all systems appear to be operating nominally.

Summary of Hab Operations: We were still in emergency operations for the first portion of the day, but power was restored with a standby rental generator at approximately 0900. The decision was made to restore power to electrical systems with a staggered ramp up, beginning with radio comms, then suits, rovers, and Internet, and then full load after the SOC was stable above 50%. All systems appear to be operating nominally at this time. Our crew is extremely grateful for the dedicated effort of the Outpost team in restoring power for us.

Summary of GreenHab Operations: Please refer to the GreenHab Report

Summary of RAM Operations: No operations today

Summary of Observatory Issues: None

Summary of Health and Safety Issues: Please Refer to the Health and Safety Report

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support:We have no specific concerns or requests at this time.

Commander Report – January 22nd

MDRS Crew 220 Commander’s Report 22Jan2020
Commander: Shawna Pandya

Power to the (Martian) People!

Sol 3 and we have already come together admirably as a crew to rise to the occasion. As I understand it, for the first time in station history, over Sol 1 & 2, both the generator and the solar panels failed due to the Martian winter, and station power went down to a SOC of 0%, leaving us to place all EVAs and science on hold until we got back line. There are some who might shrink back from such a challenge – and there are those who rise, grow and become closer and stronger in the face of adversity. I am proud to say that MDRS Crew 220 is the latter. These strong men and women of Mars stepped up to the occasion, powered down, took the ~36hrs without electricity in stride. We shared experiences by flashlight, sang favorite tunes by guitar (like “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley), and did our best to look after each other’s mental and physical status. The fortitude that this crew has shown has made me proud.

Today, as the Hab got back online, we started to catch up on normal operations and getting our mission back on track. First, we restored power in a graded fashion, bringing essential electrical operations online first as the state-of-charge of the back-up batteries reached first 12, then 50 and finally 100%. We started with our radio chargers, followed by our life support suits for EVA and rovers and internet, followed by full operations. The rest of the day was spent bringing the mission back on track to achieving our objectives with respect to mission, exploration and science objectives, including planning EVAs and getting our science back online. We started the morning by doing EVA preparatory drills, to ensure that we knew our gear inside out, and could equip ourselves expediently in case of an emergency.

Next, we completed took part in a body mapping activity, where we outlined our bodies, and then mapped our physical, physiological and psychological states onto the posterboard. This crew has put a special emphasis on wellness, and this body-mapping activity comprised today’s wellness actviity. All in all, this crew has demonstrated incredible fortitude and resilience, but just as importantly, incredible compassion and humanity. We check in with each other, ensure we stay fed and hydrated, and look out for signs of distress, fatigue and over-exertion. I am honored to be amongst this crew.

Looking forward to the ensuing Sols,

Commander Pandya

Sol Summary – January 22nd

Crew 220

MDRS Crew 220 Sol 3 Summary 22Jan2020

Summary Title: WE HAVE THE POWER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Author’s name: Shawna Pandya, Commander
Mission Status: THE MOST NOMINAL WE’VE EVER BEEN
Sol Activity Summary: Praise Mars! Power was restored as a new generator came online today. We spent the day coming back online in a cautious graded fashion: first radios were charged, then suits and rovers and internet were plugged in as SOC increased past 12%, and finally the entire Hab came fully online as we got past SOC 50%. We are now sitting pretty at a SOC of 100% (SOC of our morale is also 100%).
Look Ahead Plan: The plan is to get the generator back online tomorrow, and spend the day getting the station comms, operations and science back online, with EVAs on hold until we are operational. Anomalies in work: Generator crisis resolved! THANK YOU OUTPOST FOR YOUR INCREDIBLE WORK! <3
Weather: -4C low / 3C max, 0C average.
Crew Physical Status: Electrified 🙂
EVA: N/A.
Reports to be filed:
Sol Summary
Commander’s Report
Ops/Engineering Report
GreenHab Report
Photo Report
EVA Request: Submitted.
Support Requested: Please remove trash from airlock.

Sol Summary – January 21st

MDRS 220 Sol 2 Summary 21Jan2020

Summary Title: Powerless
Author’s name: Shawna Pandya, Commander
Mission Status: Super not nominal
Sol Activity Summary: The Crew faced a Mars first: both the generator failed while the solar panels failed to charge during the previous day, leading to the dreaded 0% State of Charge, putting the station in a state of emergency for 24+ hours. The crew rose admirably to the occasion, using flashlights, propane power and bringing water in manually to deal with the situation. With no power to charge the rovers, suits or radio comms, all EVAs for the day were unfortunately cancelled. Our science that required internet and/or power was similarly put on hold. Despite this the crew proved their mettle and why they are “Made for Mars” with the mental resilience and good spirits. The crew still maintained co-station briefs and activities with the MAU crew, including singing, dancing, guitar playing, and bonding in a “Mars Sharing Circle.”
Look Ahead Plan: The plan is to get the generator back online tomorrow, and spend the day getting the station comms, operations and science back online, with EVAs on hold until we are operational. Anomalies in work: No power, no back up power 🙁 | Water access and propane heater still functioning. 🙂
Weather: Snow fell in the morning. -4C low / 3C max, 0C average. Crew Physical Status: All watered and fed.
EVA: N/A.
Reports to be filed:
Emergency reports only: Sol Summary, Ops/Engineering Report, GreenHab Report EVA Request: None until Generator back online.
Support Requested: Generator back pretty please <3