Operations Report – February 1st

Hab Car
All systems checked and major inner cleaning by MDRS Management Team.
Transmission fluid: OK
Coolant: 2/3 – OK
Breaker fluid: Full – OK
Oil: Minimum
Power steering fluid: Full – OK
Washer fluid: replacement part to order.

CrewCar:
All systems checked and major inner cleaning by MDRS Management Team.
Transmission fluid: OK
Coolant: 3/4 – OK
Breaker fluid: Full – OK
Oil: OK
Power steering fluid: Full – OK
Washer fluid: Full – OK (Refilled)

ATVs:

Honda:
Oil: OK
Battery: non-operational. Management Team tried to jump it, but the ATV won’t keep running.

350-1:
Oil: OK
Fully operational during maintenance running.

350-2:
Oil: OK
Battery: non-operational.

350-3:
Oil: OK
Fully operational during maintenance running.

Camera’s system
All 4 cameras have been installed in the hab:
Inner cameras:

  • Science Dome
  • Green Hab

Outside cameras:

  • From outside the RAM observing the main porch and the station
  • From outside the Science Dome observing the observatory

All cameras are working perfectly, except the one from outside the RAM, the problem seems to be the ethernet cable. We have a spare cable and tomorrow we will finish the full system.

Tomorrow the website will be configured, and pictures will be upload to it, so anyone can go and see them. Tomorrow we’ll have more news about this.

Water heater
Up and running. The propane line was secured and the system is already fully operational.

NEW Kitchen Oven
After a long long time, it has arrived. It was picked up yesterday at Salt Lake City and it was finally installed today.

RAM
The breakers and outside plugs have been finally installed, just in time for the soon arrival of the two Rovers.

Lower deck lights
In media res. The full installation will be finished by tomorrow. If the lighting is adequate and enough, the upper deck lights might be changed with this new model too.

Lower deck wall heater
Moved to the right location, connected and fully operational. A replacement propane hose was bought for the water heater system, but it wasn’t finally needed, and it was necessary for the lower deck wall heater, due to the long distance from the propane line in the new correct location

Upper deck loft water tank connection
A male-male connection for the loft tank was bought to be added to the loop, but the leak was caused by the degraded pipe. The leak’s not critical, but a new pipe will be required in the near future.

Supplies added to the Hab:

  • 2 packs of mop heads
  • An M-M metal for loft tank connection
  • The pressurized air pump has a complete hose system already installed and working.
  • The oil pump has a new hose.
  • A handle (and a spare) that was missing from a drawer from the IKEA new furniture.
  • Additional wooden pieces for the “island” in the Science Dome.

Operations Report – February 1st

Crew 220 Operations Report 01FEB2020

Sol: 13

Name of person filing report: Matt Wise

Non-nominal systems: Primary Generator, Hab lower deck 1 fluorescent light ballast (MDRS team in process of upgrade). Hot water heater has been repaired

Generator: Primary is inoperable. Rental was run-the following information is for the rental. MDRS team worked on primary generator yesterday making several startup attempts

Hours run: 12.5
From what time last night: 19:00

To what time this morning: 0730 (still off, SOC 91%, nice sunny day)

List of any additional daytime hours when the generator was run: N/A

Solar- SOC% (Before the generator is run at night): 80%

Diesel Reading – 1/4

Station Propane Reading- 72%

Ethanol Free Gasoline- N/A

Water (loft tank) (gal) – 50

Water Meter (units)- 0148719,2

Water (static tank) (gal) – 6 (MDRS team refilling in progress)

Static to loft Pump used – Yes 75 gal

Water in GreenHab (gal): 92.14

Water in Science Dome (gal): 0

Toilet Tank Emptied – No

Deimos rover used: Still in the workshop

Hours:

Beginning Charge:

End Charge:

Currently Charging:

Sojourner rover used: No

Hours:

Beginning Charge:

End Charge:

Currently Charging:

Spirit Rover used – No

Starting Hours: 128.7

Beginning Charge: 100%

Ending Hours: 128.7

Ending Charge: 100%

Opportunity Rover used: Still in workshop

Hours:

Beginning Charge:

Ending Charge:

Currently Charging:

Curiosity Rover used: No

Starting Hours: 134.7

Beginning Charge: 100%

Ending Hours: 134.7

Ending Charge: 100%

Notes on rovers: Opportunity and Deimos off-site for maintenance. Should be operational within a few sols

ATVs Used: (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3): No

Reason for use:

Oil Added? Checked and added as necessary

# hours the ATV’s were used today: 0

Notes on ATVs: Maintenance performed on all. Honda Non-operational, 350-1 operational, 350-2 Non-operational, 350-3 Fully operational

Habcar used and why, where? yes; water. Major cleaning/maintenance by MDRS team
Trans fluid: ok
Coolant: 2/3 OK
Break Fluid: Full OK
Oil: OK
Power Steering Fluid: Full OK
Washer Fluid: Replacement part to be ordered

CrewCar used and why, where? Yes. Supplies brought to MDRS station. Incoming crew transported to station
Trans Fluid: OK
Coolant: 3/4 OK
Break Fluid: Full OK
Oil: OK
Power Steering Fluid: Full OK
Washer Fluid: Min. OK

General Notes and Comments: Cleaning and maintenance performed

Summary of the internet: Nominal. New TP Link wifi router donated and configured by Crew 220 Engineer. Username and password are both ‘admin’ for config interface. Original Netgear router is inside the tv cabinet in the grey carton.

Summary of Suit and Radios: 5 radios malfunctioning
Suits Nominal

Summary of Hab: Main fluorescent lights in Hab lower deck are being upgraded by MDRS team. New stove installed. New cameras installed and connected to existing station TV. Water heater repaired and functioning.
New Vizio 52″ flat panel TV donated to MDRS by crew 220 Engineer (wall mount included if you need it).

Summary of Science Dome operations: Nominal.

Summary of Ram operations: Nominal. MDRS team began work to upgrade exterior outlets

Summary of any observatory issues: Nominal

Summary of Health and Safety issues: MDRS crew all healthy

This is the last ops report for Crew 220. Thanks for everything!

Operations Report – February 1st

Crew 220 (MAU) Operations Report 1Feb2020

SOL 13

Name of person filing report: Shawna Pandya, Commander

Non-nominal systems: N/A

Generator: Operating nominally.

Hours run: Not run overnight

From what time last night: N/A

To what time this morning: N/A

List of any additional daytime hours when the generator was run: 0 hours

Solar- SOC% (Before the generator is run at night): N/A

Diesel Reading – N/A

Station Propane Reading- 100% + Backup (1.6 cylinders)

Ethanol Free Gasoline- N/A

Water (loft tank) (gal) – N/A

Water Meter (units)- N/A

Water (static tank) (gal) – N/A

Static to loft Pump used – N/A

Water in GreenHab (gal): N/A

Water in Science Dome (gal): N/A

Toilet Tank Emptied – no

Deimos rover used: N/A

Hours:

Beginning Charge:

End Charge:

Currently Charging:

Sojourner rover used: Assigned to Director

Hours:

Beginning Charge:

End Charge:

Currently Charging:

Spirit Rover used – No

Starting Hours: 128.7

Beginning Charge: 100%

Ending Hours: 128.7

Ending Charge: 100%

Opportunity Rover used: Still in workshop

Hours:

Beginning Charge:

Ending Charge:

Currently Charging: Yes

Curiosity Rover used: No

Starting Hours:134.7

Beginning Charge: 100%

Ending Hours: 134.7

Ending Charge: 100%

Notes on Rovers: Opportunity and Deimos off-site for maintenance, to be returned soon.

ATV’s Used: (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3): No

Reason for use:

Oil Added? No

# hours the ATV’s were used today:

Notes on ATVs:

Habcar used and why, where? Used to go to town for water.

CrewCar used and why, where? Used for Crew 221 transport and support.

General Notes and Comments: None.

Summary of the internet: N/A

Summary of Suit and Radios: Nominal

Summary of Hab: MAU Station breakdown, storage and clean-up complete.

Summary of Science Dome operations: Temperatures are hovering around 6°C during the day.

Summary of RAM operations: Nominal

Summary of any observatory issues: Nominal

Summary of health and safety issues: Nominal

Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support: None

Sol Summary – February 1st

Crew 220 (MAU) Sol 13 Summary 1Feb2020

Summary Title: Touchdown!
Author’s name: Shawna Pandya, Commander
Mission Status: 1g-ominal
Sol Activity Summary: Touchdown! We awoke on Earth today and spent the day on post-mission logistics and teardown. After a wonderful pancake breakfast together as a group, the MDRS and MAU crews came together, and as one well-oiled machine, completed MDRS checkout, took down every last piece of MAU station, loaded the vehicles and ensured that our crew left no trace on the Red Planet. Later, we enjoyed a delicious homemade pizza lunch followed by a dessert of brown sugar brittle, and greeted incoming MDRS Crew 221. We briefed the new crew, took some last pictures to cement our memories of Mars and will be soon headed off to a celebratory dinner together. How time flies…Till the next time!
Look Ahead Plan: Till next time…so long and thanks for all the fish!
Anomalies in work: None
Weather: -6C low / 6C max, 0C average, 10% chance of precipitation
Crew Physical Status: Earthbound!
EVA: None.
Reports to be filed:
Sol Summary
Commander’s Report
Photo Report (joint with MDRS)
Operations Report
EVA Request: None
Support Requested: None – rather we would like to thank YOU all for your wonderful support during this mission!

Commander Report – February 1st

Crew 220 (MAU) Commander’s Report 1Feb2020

Author: Shawna Pandya, Commander

Title: Sol long…and thanks for all the fish!

Sol 13. Out of simulation, back on “Earth.” Practically, this meant that we awoke with the monumental twin tasks of MAU and MDRS teardown and checkout, particuarly mindful of the ever-present mud threatening to slow us down at MAU Station. With the right crew however…anything is possible.

Fortunately for us, fate smiled upon us on MAU teardown day as we were met with warmth and sunshine, allowing for respite from the never-ending barrage of mud that had dogged us and MAU station throughout the mission, and allowing us to dry our gear in the sun prior to stowage.

As one coordinated unit, we completed teardown by early afternoon, and retired to MDRS to complete checkout, write reports and make some final memories. We also greeted our successors, Crew 221, and were delighted to see that they are just as diverse as we in terms of disciplines and nationalities. We spent time briefing them on our lessons learned, and seeing how keen they are, know that the station is in good hands.

A crewmate yesterday quipped that to go to outerspace, you must prepare your innerspace, that has been particularly true here on Mars. We were able to achieve as much as we have this mission because we stepped up, each and every one of us, every single Sol. We constantly looked for ways to make our mission and ourselves better. We looked for things to do and gaps to fill in. We never said “that’s not my job” and put our mission first. I can honestly say that the bonds forged here are but seeds sown for future missions and adventure – on Mars and elsewhere.

Mars – you asked us to give whatever it takes, and this Crew has, with everything we have. To my crew – thank you for teaching me and growing with me. It was the honor of a lifetime to have led you all.

Final transmission,

Commander Pandya
Callsign: Nightowl
MAU Station, Crew 220
Over and out

GreenHab Report – February 1st

GreenHab Officers: Marufa Bhuiyan and Morgan Kainu

Environmental control: Heating. GreenHab door shade cloth (40%) (30%) on.

Average temperatures: 16.2 °C

8:22

Floor Unit: 16 °C

10:14

Floor Unit: 10 °C

12:46

Floor Unit: 15 °C

3:04

Floor Unit: 26 °C

18:38

Floor Unit: 14 °C

Hours of supplemental light: 19:30 to 00:00

Daily water usage for crops: 15.8 gallons

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: NA

Water in Blue Tank 92.14 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 1

09:50 = 8.4 gallons

18:45 = 7.4 gallons

Harvest: 55 g mystery spinach, 1 g chives, 2 g cilantro, 5 g rosemary, 5 g basil, 10 g oregano, 10 g marjoram

Support/supplies needed: NA

Other Notes:

Strawberry plant is starting to die (top far right corner shelf)

Water in blue tank running low and needs to be refilled

Sol Summary – February 1st

Crew 220 (MDRS) Sol Summary 01Feb2020

Sol: 13

Summary Title: HabComm this is MDRS – Over

Author’s name: Connie Delisle, PhD

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: The MDRS-MAU crews woke up at 08:00 and began for their Mars departure. The signature red sky gave reluctantly gave way to a light blue as the sun began to glow. The morning ritual of sky-gazing and sipping coffee will remain a cherished memory of Mars. The Crew was treated to a pancake breakfast by Crew Engineer Wise. Following the meal, Commander Hanacek delegated Crew members to station clean up – MDRS lower deck, upper deck, airlocks and stair, the RAM, and the Science Dome. We were fortunate that MAU Crew Engineer Roberts cleaned Spirit and Curiosity rovers – scrubbing off the red mud by hand. We really appreciated that he took this on knowing he had to depart for Earth later that day. The MAU Crew was joined by a few of the MDRS Crew members for the better part of the afternoon to take down the MAU Station which is a series of portable structures – airlock, living quarters, crew activity / meal, and cooking area. Due to cycles of Mars soil freezing and thawing, the station required a great deal of regular maintenance and engineering support. We are grateful we are resourceful! Marufa Bhuiyan, MSc. and International Astrology Researcher joined me in cleaning the upper deck. The arrival of a beautiful new gas stove was a highlight for me as I was preparing to make pizza with the herbs form the Green Hab for a late lunch. As part of a multi-tasking habit from Earth, I let lunch preparation sit and accompanied the MDRS Assistant Director on the check-out walk through. I am pleased to report that the Station is ship shape. The rest of the afternoon was focused on packing up the MAU station into the UHaul, writing reports and completing science research studies.

Look Ahead Plan: This evening activities includes finishing reports, briefing the incoming crew and going to town for shared meal. The entire MDRS-MAU 220 Crew will depart will tomorrow at 04:00 to the Grand Junction Airport and other points on Earth.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Tonight, the temperature is predicted to be 0 degrees Celsius, falling to -8 overnight and rising to a daytime high of 2 degrees Celsius tomorrow. No perception predicted.

Crew Physical Status: All the Crew is in good health. Some are excited to return to Earth. For myself, I will never fully return there. It’s too important to let the space created to lapse into the blue.

EVA: None planned.

Reports to be filed:

Commander Report

Sol Summary
Photo Report
Operations Report
GreenHab Report

Support Requested: None. Thank you infinitely!

Commander Report – February 1st

Crew 220 Commander Report 1FEB2020

Author: John Hanacek, Commander

Title: Last Day, Retiring the Station-to-Station Mission

We awoke today out of simulation and quickly set to work cleaning up the MDRS station. Several of my crew also kindly helped disassemble t he MAU station. As I was the MAU Commander for Sol 1-7, I feel a special connection to this first habitat module, I could not help but reflect on how unique this station-to-station experience has been. I was blessed to start my time as a commander at the MAU station and experienced Mars from the unique perspective of operating at the same time as improving the habitat. I had a humbling experience at MAU; an intense growing experience. Susan Jewell (MAU Crew Lead) and I set up the station in preparation for receiving the crew as well as led the first crew who lived in it. When I became commander at MDRS for the second week rotation, I found myself so grateful for the large station’s size, consistent electrical power, full comprehensive systems and warm beds. I had been directly reminded by my MAU experience that the most important things for mission success are the basics such as shelter, water, food, and ability to look within and be really honest at all times.

As this mission ends, I am reflecting on what changed and what did not. Having two commanders was a challenge, as both had separate sovereignty of their station. Yet we needed to work together on joint missions, and to support one another’s stations. Mars is not a forgiving place for the unprepared – and so it should not be. Life requires being fully present, self monitoring and ensuring full accountability for the self and mutual support for the crew. It requires constant vigilance and good communication skills to survive, as well as deep connections and collaboration among all members of the crew to thrive. During this mission we demonstrated that two very different stations can operate together on Mars and more than just survive – we can thrive. When some MAU crew members became fatigued by the rugged conditions of the MAU station it was my role to ensure I supported them and together found a way to bolster morale. On EVAs each station’s habcomm’s operators handled overall radio coverage and enabled the mission to have a wider capability for situational awareness. The two stations were separate, yet operated in areas that required collaboration such as EVAs which enabled us to consistently move forward. I will forever remember this experience and the unique privilege and honor to co-command a two station mission.

Commander Hanacek

MDRS Station

EVA Report – January 31st

Crew 220 (MAU) EVA Report 31JAN2020

EVA 12

Author: Johannes Svensoy, MD

Purpose of EVA: Joint Station-to-Station Medical EVA training

Start time: 09:00

End time: 12:00

Narrative: This is the second medical EVA where we integrated search and rescue (S&R) in austere environments, P-MARCH-P protocol, METHANE protocol, second survey assessment, and SAMPLE. This scenario integrated several simulated injured astronauts.

The EVA started with the MDRS crew members coming over to the MAU Station with the medical mannequin, EVA bag, First Aid kit, and Golden Bubble pressurized medevac device. The medical mannequin was placed at the first medical site just South of MAU Station at GPS 12s518124, 4250680. The EVA lead from MDRS was then informed about the simulated missing astronaut and possible injury. The team started S&R and localized the astronaut. EVA lead took the command post role, while the two medical personnel, one from each station, assessed the injured astronaut. A simulated major Incident was declared with METHANE to both MDRS and MAU Station, then the Injured astronaut was transported in the Golden Bubble pressurized medevac device to the nearest station, MAU Station. Per the simulation, the EVA team was informed that the facilities were not suitable for assessing the patient, the decompression sequence was aborted, and the patient was evacuated quickly to MDRS via rover.

Arriving at MDRS there was a simulated rover accident with another victim. The first patient was decompressed in the airlock together with two other astronauts. The lower deck of MDRS was turned into a surgical bay for surgical interventions with the leg injury. The crew members inside then performed a secondary survey and SAMPLE history. The second simulated victim was assessed by the two medical officers, and then transported to the airlock for decompression.

The EVA ended at this point when all the astronauts and simulated injured astronauts were inside the Hab. The post-exercise debrief highlighted communication challenges, which are anticipated in larger incidents. Learning points also included how to divide the team during decompression of patients, and following the current state of the patient before and after decompression.

The crew performed admirably and demonstrated practical skills application of S&R skills, P-MARCH-P, METHANE, evacuation techniques, and secondary survey including a SAMPLE history. Except some initial communication challenges, everything went as planned. The crew returned in good health.

Destination: MDRS and MAU Station proximity

Coordinates: 4250050,518500

Participants: HabComm: Shawna. EVA Crew: Matt, and Lee.

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Cow Dung Road 0110 between the MDRS and MAU Station.

Mode of travel: Mainly walking, but rovers used for transporting equipment and extraction of simulated injured astronaut.

Support Requested: No support requested during EVA.