EVA Report – April 20th

Crew 245 EVA Report 20-04-2021

EVA #9

Author: Crew Engineer Shravan Hariharan

Purpose of EVA: Conduct soil sampling for astrobiology and geology studies (site was used in prior astrobiology studies that we are conducting follow-ups to), as well as emergency shelter identification and planetary protection experiments. We want to return to an original location for repeat sampling.

Start time: 1210 MDT

End time: 1530 MDT

Narrative: The EVA this afternoon began slightly after the start of the approved EVA window, as the team implemented a higher level of instrument sterilization and general cleanliness as per the XO’s planetary protection protocols. After spending five minutes in the airlock, the EVA team proceeded to their vehicles; the Executive Officer drove the Perseverance rover with the Commander navigating, and the Crew Engineer followed closely behind in ATV 1. Starting charge on the rover was 100% with 203.5 hours, and the ATV required some choke before starting.

The EVA team proceeded north on Cow Dung Road for approximately 20 minutes, until Quarry Road was reached. Communications contact with the Hab was lost approximately 2 km North of the Hab, as was expected based on experience from past EVAs. The EVA team parked vehicles by the edge of the Special Region, and proceeded on foot into Lith Canyon. The team’s first goal was to evaluate an emergency shelter identified on EVA #3, by first identifying the emergency shelter using relative location descriptions (i.e nearby landmarks and the general appearance of the shelter), and then classifying the shelter based on its utility to future crews in emergency situations. The team successfully identified and evaluated the shelter, although it was observed that the relative directions were somewhat unclear and should be modified to include precise cardinal directions of nearby landmarks. The EVA team then collected three soil samples from the streambed leading into the canyon, and marked the locations of each sample. Prior to proceeding into the canyon, the EVA team identified a second emergency shelter, and evaluated this shelter using the same qualitative criteria.

The EVA team then proceeded to enter Lith Canyon in order to scout for additional soil sampling sites. Upon exploration of the canyon floor, the ground was found to be too rocky and hard for subsurface soil sampling, so the team took several pictures of/in the site prior to returning to the vehicles. The EVA team then returned to the vehicles, and proceeded to drive back to the Hab. The vehicles were parked at the Hab, with the Perseverance rover at 241.1 hours and 84% charge. The team entered the airlock after permission was granted from Hab, and after five minutes of pressurization, the Hab was entered and EVA suits were doffed.

Destination: Lith Canyon

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): 12 S 0518243, UTM 4256030

Participants: Commander Dylan Dickstein, Executive Officer Shayna Hume, Crew Engineer Shravan Hariharan

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map:

· Departure Route: Hab à Road Entrance à Cow Dung Road à Quarry Road à Lith Canyon

· Return Route: Gateway to Lith à Quarry Road à Cow Dung Road à Road Entrance à Hab

Mode of travel: 1 Rover, 1 ATV


Shravan Hariharan, Crew Engineer
Red Planet People – MDRS Crew 245 "Team Patamars"
To Mars and Beyond – For All!

Operations Report – April 20th

Crew 245 Operations Report 20-04-2021

SOL: 10

Name of person filing report: Shravan Hariharan

Non-nominal systems: Nothing to report

Notes on non-nominal systems: Nothing to report

Generator: Working nominally

Hours run: 7.5

From what time last night: 9:00 pm, SOC 63%

To what time this morning: 4:30 am, SOC 100%

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

Solar— SOC 73% at 6:58 pm (Before generator is run at night)

Notes on power system: For the last several sols, the freezers in the Science Dome have been running in order to preserve science samples. Due to this, the station power consumption has been significantly higher than it previously was, resulting in the generator being turned on earlier (as early as 7:00 pm on colder days, and 9:00 pm on warmer days) once the SOC reaches below 70%.

Diesel Reading – 50%

Station Propane Reading – 70%

Water (loft tank): 40 gallons

Water Meter: 150619.5 units

Water (static tank): 175 gallons – estimated from checking remaining static tank volume, confirmation from Outpost would be appreciated!

Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water in GreenHab: 0 gallons

Water in ScienceDome: 0 gallons

Toilet tank emptied: Yes

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: Yes

Spirit rover used: no

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: yes, in town

Opportunity rover used: no

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: no, in town

Curiosity rover used: no

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: yes, in town

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 204.1

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 84%

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report

ATV’s Used: 350.1

Reason for use: EVA

Oil Added? No

ATV Fuel Used: 1 gallon (estimated)

# Hours the ATVs were used today: 4 (but 1 hour of active transit)

Notes on ATVs: Mission Director will monitor and refuel ATVs for duration of mission.

HabCar used and why, where?: Nothing to report

CrewCar used and why, where?: Nothing to report

General notes and comments: Nothing to report

Summary of internet: Internet is working nominally. Crew is rationing internet usage during the day to ensure that there is sufficient bandwidth for Mission Support Comms window.

Summary of suits and radios: All radios nominal, all suits currently charging. Suits 3, 6, and 7 used on EVA today and all functioned nominally.

Summary of Hab operations: Nothing to report besides nominal crew activities.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Being used to host Crew Botanist botany experiment. Crew Botanist briefly checked plant growth and health in GreenHab today.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Used by Crew Scientist and HSO to monitor HSO botany experiment, and used by Crew Scientist and XO to conduct soil sample processing.

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: To Outpost – can our estimate of our remaining water be checked? We opened up the static tank to check the volume, but prior to planning out our remaining water usage, a second pair of eyes would be greatly appreciated!

-Red Planet People – MDRS Crew 245 "Team Patamars"To Mars and Beyond – For All!

Sol Summary – April 20th

Crew 245 Sol Summary Report 20-04-2021

Sol: 10

Summary Title: Back to the (Martian) Grind

Author’s name: Shayna Hume

Mission Status: Executive Officer

Sol Activity Summary:

· 08:30-09:30: Misc. breakfast and briefing

· 09:30-11:30: Science & study work in different areas.

· 11:30-11:50: Mini-lunch.

· 11:50-12:15: Preparing for EVA

· 12:15-15:45: Team out on EVA! Misc. work in Hab.

· 15:45-18:00: Separate work.

· 18:00-19:00: Dinner!

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow we have an EVA back to just south of Robert’s Rock Garden for Crew #1.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Nominal.

Crew Physical Status: No issues.

EVA: EVA #9 report coming in.

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Request, EVA Report

Support Requested: n/a

Shayna Hume, Executive Officer
Red Planet People – MDRS Crew 245 "Team Patamars"To Mars and Beyond – For All!

Commander Report – April 20th

“Any feelings of claustrophobia when dealing with tight living quarters/space suits/small habitat?”

Not for me! We have several buildings we have access to. The main one, the Hab, is a two-floor, ~30-foot diameter cylinder. The bottom floor includes the bathroom, washroom, airlocks, spacesuit room, and a common space. The top floor is half our bunks (“staterooms” that are long thing rooms with a bunk bed), and the kitchen. I think the staterooms are the most confined space. You have a narrow hall to go down, and then either have a top or bottom bunk setup (the room interlock so neighboring rooms have either top or bottom). The top bunk is fairly close to the ceiling. I think it would feel constraining if I were claustrophobic but I fit nicely and my only concern is hitting my head if I sit up too fast in the morning!

The other three buildings are the Science Dome, RAM, and GreenHab. The GreenHab is beautiful and warm, and feels incredibly comfortable. It’s a tight space however, and we try not to stay in it if not for a reason. Plus, it gets sweaty.

The RAM is the smallest building and is for engineering and mechanical work and storage. Definitely don’t stay in there long.

Finally, I absolutely adore the ScienceDome. The view of the planet around us is incredible, as there’s a wide window, and it’s spacious and hemispherical, so it feels a bit like a planetarium – which I love!

In reality, 90% of my day not on EVA is spent at the kitchen table, which is the common space we work, eat, and hang out at. However, despite that, I don’t feel too claustrophobic about any of it.

Your mileage may vary though – this is a short-duration Mars trip, the reality may be more challenging.

“How do the space suits you’re using compare to what might actually be used on Mars?”

Although the spacesuits we are using wouldn’t protect us from the radiation or the atmosphere of Mars, they do contain an air filter system and a simulated "oxygen tank" which ups the fidelity for how they feel on EVA. They also include communications between us, so that we are fully on radio comms from the minute we put them on.

“Oddest habit you’ve picked up while on the mission?”

ACK! On the evening before we drove out to the station, we were reading the handbook and preparing for a training quiz. On the section preparing me for my daily reports and emails with CapComm, it noted that you need to “ACK” each email you get, including one immediately at 1900 MT when the Capcomm comes online. That… clearly is indicating you need to “acknowledge” the emails. However, our crew is more creative than that.

We now acknowledge all verbal and written communications with a loud ACK sound, preceded typically by a “Roger Roger.”

An example dialogue:

“Shayna, can you grab the dehydrated potatoes from the cabinet.”

“XO to Crew Botanist, Roger Roger, ACK.”

“Do days feel too planned out sometimes?”

You know, not particularly! I think it’s because although we start the day with a lot of planning and a whole google calendar, by noon, it’s all in constant flux. Whatever problems come up that day dictate how much the schedule changes, and so although we know what we are supposed to do, throughout the day we must adapt and figure out how to prioritize what we need to get done to make the day a success while also handling any spontaneous challenges.

“Do you wear diapers when doing EVAs?”

Nope! Apparently, some crews have brought them to use, though, to preserve the fidelity of the sim. We were informed that after their first time using them on EVA, they immediately stopped and chose to break sim instead for bathroom breaks.

“Is there a Roomba?”

No, clearly we would have one on real Mars, though.

“What are some of the issues you and the team are running into?”

Time and weather! It’s normal for crews to only finish 50% or so of the work they intended to while at the station. Our first week (this is being written on 4/18/21) we encountered significant winds for a few days, making a few EVA’s end early. Because of this, we didn’t have the samples to begin science right away. None of this is abnormal, however it is an indication of the kinds of problems we might face on Mars.

Those Martian dust storms, eh?

“Where does your waste go?”

We have a septic tank which contains liquid and solid waste until they are consumed by bacteria. It’s modeled after the plumbing system of a recreational vehicle (RV), where the waste is stored and then released to a larger septic system.

“Have you seen a monolith out there yet?”

Not yet, but I’m always on the lookout. Never know where those aliens will land, after all.

“Where does your water come from? Is it reusable?”

In this simulation, our water was not reused, however we hope on Mars that it would be! We are given a finite amount of water at the beginning of the simulation from the nearest locality and measure out what daily quantities we feel comfortable using while still retaining a safety buffer. We have found that this is a good practice for learning resource management and conservation and hope to transition to reuse in future analog missions. We take a shower about once a week each!

“What types of tasks fill up the majority of your work time?” and “What does a typical day look like?”

The majority of my time is filled with writing reports! As the Executive Officer, I’ve taken on the tasks of writing our daily Sol Summaries, Commanders’ Reports, and Photo uploads for the Mars Society. Documentation, documentation, documentation! The other tasks that take up my day are going on EVA, acting as Habcomm for other EVA crews, and working on soil sample analysis for my astrobiology study here.

However, the other roles have a variety of other tasks!

The Crew Botanist and Scientist spend a majority of their time monitoring their research in the GreenHab and in the Science Dome. In addition, our Crew Botanist has a talent for cooking, and tends to take lead on mealtimes, with the rest of us acting as sous chefs!

The Commander, in addition to working on larger-scale projects and leadership of the crew, also has a knack for filmography and has run the majority of our media efforts, including the mockumentary we will be putting out.

The Health and Safety Officer, in addition to her role tasks of taking care of crew members, running pre-EVA checks, and writing health reports as necessary, also is doing several experiments in botany and interviews her crew mates about their experiences as analog astronauts.

Last but far from least, the Crew Engineer has potentially the most variable job. He is the handyman extraordinaire of the crew, and not only runs his own experiments in dexterity while wearing spacesuit gloves, but handles the water, power, and septic systems, completing a daily operations report on the functioning of the whole station. His role is absolutely vital, and in my opinion, makes or breaks the success of a crew.

“How immersive have you found the experience to be?”

This experience is exactly as immersive as you make it. On Earth, there are ways to “break sim” whenever you want. You can take off your spacesuit and not, well, die. You can leave a window open. You can bring tons of food with you into sim that in reality you wouldn’t have on Mars. The sim is exactly what you put into it, and MDRS will support you in making it as real of an experience as you can have on Earth.

However, there is significant benefit to not breaking sim. To making sure no skin is exposed to the outside air while on EVA. To not loitering between buildings. To working with dehydrated food and not turning on your phone to google recipes.

Because, while the outside looks like Mars and the inside has the technology first crews on Mars might find themselves with, those are the daily struggles that really drive it home that this isn’t make-believe or pretending.

I am in the process of writing another essay about the immersivity of the analog astronaut experience, I would urge you to check back to read it. I have been personally surprised by how immersive I have found the simulation, even without the gravity change and with the occasional sighting of a bug or critter, and think that the more fidelity you give your own experience, the more you are likely to learn.

Shayna Hume, XO
Red Planet People – MDRS Crew 245 "Team Patamars"To Mars and Beyond – For All!

Operations Report – April 19th

Crew 245 Operations Report 19-04-2021

SOL: 9

Name of person filing report: Shravan Hariharan

Non-nominal systems: Nothing to report

Notes on non-nominal systems: Nothing to report

Generator: Working nominally

Hours run: 7.5

From what time last night: 7:00 pm, SOC 53%

To what time this morning: 2:30 am, SOC 100%

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

Solar— SOC 71% at 7:03 pm (Before generator is run at night)

Notes on power system: For the last four sols, the freezers in the Science Dome have been running in order to preserve science samples. Due to this, the station power consumption has been significantly higher than it previously was, resulting in the generator being turned on earlier (around 7:00 pm compared to well after sunset) once the SOC reaches below 70%.

Diesel Reading – 50%

Station Propane Reading – 70%

Water (loft tank): 15 gallons

Water Meter: 150567.2 units

Water (static tank): 265 gallons

Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water in GreenHab: 0 gallons

Water in ScienceDome: 0 gallons

Toilet tank emptied: Yes

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: Yes

Spirit rover used: no

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: yes, in town

Opportunity rover used: no

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: no, in town

Curiosity rover used: no

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A

Currently charging: yes, in town

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 203.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report

ATV’s Used: 350.2

Reason for use: EVA

Oil Added? No

ATV Fuel Used: 0.25 gallon (estimated)

# Hours the ATVs were used today: 4 (but 0.5 hours of active transit)

Notes on ATVs: Mission Director will monitor and refuel ATVs for the duration of mission. All ATVs have been re-fueled, and there are 2 gallons of ethanol-free gasoline on campus.

HabCar used and why, where?: Yes, to jump-start the CrewCar battery.

CrewCar used and why, where?: Not used, but the battery was dead, so it was jump-started.

General notes and comments: Nothing to report

Summary of internet: Internet is working nominally. Crew is rationing internet usage during the day to ensure that there is sufficient bandwidth for Mission Support Comms window.

Summary of suits and radios: All radios nominal, all suits currently charging.

Summary of Hab operations: Nothing to report besides nominal crew activities.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Being used to host Crew Botanist botany experiments. The Crew Botanist briefly checked plant growth and health in GreenHab today. Used briefly for crew documentary filming.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Used briefly for crew documentary filming.

Summary of RAM operations: Used briefly for crew documentary filming.

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.

Sol Summary #9 – April 19th

Crew 245 Sol Summary Report 19-04-2021

Sol: 9

Summary Title: The Day of “Rest”

Author’s name: Shayna Hume

Mission Status: Executive Officer

Sol Activity Summary:

· 09:00-11:00: Pancakes and hanging out while slowly briefing for what’s needed today.

· 11:30-13:30: Crew split to work on different items around the Hab.

· 13:30-14:30: Lunch together!

· 14:30-15:30: Working on separate projects around the Hab.

· 15:30-17:30: Recording all footage/photos needed for STEM outreach and for our mockumentary!

· 17:30-19:00: Dinner! We recorded dinner as we cooked it this time.

· 19:00 on: Free time? Weird…

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow we have an EVA to the north region for the first time for crew #2!

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Windy! We stayed in for a good reason.

Crew Physical Status: No issues.

EVA: None

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Request

Support Requested: n/a

EVA Report #8 – April 18th

Crew 245 EVA Report 04-18-2021

EVA # 8

Author: Health and Safety Officer Alex Coultrup

Purpose of EVA: Gathering soil samples and scouting for emergency shelters.

Start time: 1015 MDT

End time: 1335 MDT

Narrative: The EVA this morning started slightly after the beginning of the approved EVA window, as the crew was carefully gathering and sterilizing required scientific instruments according to XO Hume’s Planetary Protection Protocols. After we suited up and completed our 5-minute decompression in the airlock, we loaded our supplies into the Perseverance rover. Commander Dickstein and Crew Scientist Ettlin drove the Rover and HSO Coultrup took the ATV Serial Number 2. Starting charge on the Rover was 100% with 203.3 hours and the ATV required some choke before starting.

We traveled from the Hab to Entrance Road and proceeded south on Cow Dung Road for approximately 6 minutes until we reached Robert’s Rock Garden. Upon reaching the beginning of Robert’s Rock Garden, we parked our vehicles safely by selecting a spot on the side of the road where it was still fairly straight, before the sharp turns into the rock garden began. Using the analog map, we confirmed that our travel calculations had been accurate. From there, we embarked on foot to explore the rock garden and determine points of interest. As always, we carried the EVA med kit with us for this.

While at the rock garden, we conducted a thorough exploration and surveyed the area for locations that might make for suitable emergency shelters. We also collected multiple soil samples for our scientific research. When we had completed gathering the samples, we returned to our vehicles and proceeded north on Cow Dung Road to Entrance Road, and back to the Hab. Upon returning, the Rover displayed 203.5 hours and 100% charge.

Destination: Robert’s Rock Garden

Coordinates of Destination: Robert’s Rock Garden: 12S 0518352, UTM 4249206

Participants: Crew Scientist Olivia Ettlin, Commander Dylan Dickstein, and Health and Safety Officer Alex Coultrup

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Hab to Entrance Rd, then South on Cow Dung road to Robert’s Rock Garden. Cow Dung Road to Entrance Rd, then back to the Hab.

Mode of travel: 2 team members in Perseverance Rover, 1 team member following close behind on ATV serial #2. All three members of the team walked the destination from the location where we parked the rovers safely on the side of the road.

Commander's Report – April 18th

Being an astronaut is a full-time job. In fact, that is probably one of the most stressful parts of the gig. No matter how you try to create a work-life balance, the truth of the matter is that you live in your office, and that means you’re always on call.

Being an analog astronaut is no different. We live in the Hab at MDRS, which is a two-floor, ~30-foot diameter structure. There are three offshoot buildings we can access, the RAM, the GreenHab, and the Science Dome. The bottom floor of the Hab includes the wash room, toilet, airlock, and spacesuit room, which leaves…. The top floor of the Hab. Half of that is “staterooms” – long tube bedrooms you can slide into at night – and the other half is the kitchen and common space table.

Most of life in the Hab takes place at that table.

Because of that, you’re permanently on stand-by, even on your time “off.”

This is a peek into how tightly our days are packed, and how vital it then becomes to make the most of alone and “off” time.

A Sol in the Life:

0730: Wake up, do any morning routines to get ready.

0800: Breakfast and a Crew Briefing for the Day. Multitasking to get a little extra sleep in!

0830: Move to the bottom floor of the Hab and begin procedures to leave for EVA. Procedures include, for the EVA Crew, sterilizing equipment, going over equipment checklists, vitals with the Health and Safety Officer, getting into flight suits, and checking comms – before of course, moving into the spacesuit “clean room” and being fitted into your spacesuit (a backpack/oxygen tank combination, in our case, turning on air systems, and completing final comms checks. The Hab crew assists in all of the above. Just prior to the EVA time, the EVA crew will head into and seal the airlock. One of the crew members, appointed “Habcomm,” will run a 5-minute timer for the compression of the airlock before giving the EVA crew permission to leave.

0900: The airlock is opened and the EVA crew can leave. They turn on the rover (named Perseverance!) and choose one of the two ATV’s. Over the next ten minutes, as they leave the Hab grounds and the immediate vicinity of the Hab grounds, Habcomm begins to lose comms with them. For the next half an hour, the EVA crew travels by vehicle to their location, and the Habcomm checks in every minute or so until they are out of comms rage.

0930: (1) The EVA crew arrives at their target location, and confirms using the map of the local area and GPS coordinates. Typically, they prioritize the EVA into the following categories.

1. Find and evaluate a primary emergency shelter.

2. Find an ideal spot for science given the targeted geology of the day. Take 3-4 soil samples using determined procedure.

3. Take photos of the area surrounding soil samples.

4. Find a second emergency shelter.

5. Take additional footage and photos for STEM outreach, PR, and other reasons.

(2) During this time, the Hab crew goes about other morning tasks. Personal items tend to include brief military showers, face-washing and teeth-brushing, and short exercises. Group items tend to include doing the dishes from breakfast, cleaning up the common spaces, and report-writing for our daily reports back to CapComm. Work items include checking on science research, monitoring Hab operations and power/water usage, and staying near the comms in case the EVA crew needs them. These activities tend to take up the entire time until the EVA crew gets back in Comms.

1115: The EVA crew begins to head back to the Hab, allowing for an extra time buffer.

1130: Around this time, the EVA crew gets back into comms range with Habcomm, and confirms an estimated time of arrival back to the Hab grounds. The entire Hab crew begins to prepare for arrival of the EVA crew and conclude their activities.

1145: The EVA crew requests permission to enter the Hab grounds, parks, turns on, and puts the Rover on a charger, and sends back information regarding charge and hours used. They then receive permission to enter the Hab airlock.

1150: EVA crew enters Hab airlock, Hab crew remains in spacesuit antechamber. The EVA is complete with ~10 minutes to spare.

1155: The EVA crew exits the airlock back into the Hab. One Hab crew member takes the science samples and puts them into the Space Dome freezer, while the other two help the EVA crew to take off their spacesuits and store the suits and helmets safely. Typically, one crew member has also begun lunch, and returns to the kitchen to continue working on it.

1205: The EVA crew takes time to change out of their flight suits and store electronics and other personal items taken on EVA. EVA crew members also check on their scientific research if needed.

1245: Lunch is served!

1345: Lunch concludes, including a debrief of the morning EVA. The crew splits up. Members who need to check on scientific research go to do so, while those who are less obligated at the moment take point on cleaning the dishes and the kitchen. Crew members who are working on studies that require check-ins with the rest of the crew call on individuals to come together for those moments (i.e., our dexterity study where each of us needs to take dexterity tests daily wearing different spacesuit gloves). Once the kitchen, dishes, and common spaces are cleaned, those crew members often begin writing summary reports on their day or doing other jobs related to their crew role. Often, the crew will call on each other to assist with tasks throughout the afternoon.

1645: Typically, tasks for the afternoon begin to wrap up and crew members return to the Hab.

1700: Crew Chef begins to brainstorm and prep dehydrated foods for dinner, other crew members sit down together to work on reports and requests for support from Capcomm for the next Sol. This is a more social time on the top floor of the Hab, and discussions take place to help strategize the use of the following Sols. Crew members who don’t have work assist the Crew Chef in cooking.

1830: Dinner is served!

1900: Capcomm window opens up, and crew members log online in turn in order to upload reports and photos. Those who don’t have reports due take point on cleaning dishes and kitchen.

2030: All reports are due, crew scrambles to finish last items. Crew members return to GreenHab and Science Dome as needed to do final experiment checks.

2100: The window with Capcomm closes, all reports have been responded to and commented on. Changes are made as necessary by this time. The crew shares responsibilities communally and works to fill in for each other. Crew members will sometimes take showers, write emails home, or take personal time if there’s nothing else to do.

2145: Final work items for the day are finished.

2200: Around this time, the crew comes back together into the hab. Sometimes, there will be a late-night snack. The crew will spend time talking and reviewing any daily traditions. “Most Valuable Martian” is given out in order to show appreciation for the crew! If the crew has energy, we might spend some time talking about non-work items and play a game. Between 2230-0100, the crew members will go to sleep.

See much time for relaxing in there? We don’t, either. We all manage to sneak 10-30 minute periods throughout the day whenever no one needs help, but the reality is that if someone needs help, we all care about each other and will volunteer to pitch in, so most of the time, free time is a misnomer. It’s always on call, even if your jobs are done, because as a crew we leave no one behind.

Learning how to make those few minutes quality time, and learning how to speak up for yourself, your energy levels, and your social battery is important. We’re one week into living on Mars, and this reality is an ongoing discussion, and likely will be for not just this mission, but the many missions we hope to undertake as a crew in future.

We don’t expect to find a solution, but we do hope to continue to improve our self-care, work-life balance, and care for each other while we live on Mars.

Sol Summary – April 18th

Crew 245 Sol Summary Report 18-04-2021

Sol: 8

Summary Title: A Sol in the Life

Author’s name: Shayna Hume

Mission Status: Executive Officer

Sol Activity Summary:

· 08:00-09:30: Pancakes with music while getting ready for EVA’s.

· 09:30-10:30: EVA Checklist and moving into airlock.

· 10:35: Finish 5 minutes in airlock and EVA Crew #2 began EVA.

· 10:35-13:30: Crew #1 out on EVA.

· 13:30-14:00: Crew debrief.

· 14:00-15:30: Lunch and discussion over lessons learnt so far from analog astronaut missions.

· 15:30-17:30: Science and misc.

· 17:30-18:30: Cooking and recording making pizza!

· 18:30 on: Time off of working on mission items! This is our Friday since tomorrow is a day off of EVA’s and entirely to science.

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow no EVA’s, but instead a focus on science and life in the hab!

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Nominal.

Crew Physical Status: No issues.

EVA: EVA #8. Report incoming.

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Report

Support Requested: n/a