Sol Summary – January 10th

Crew 238 Sol Summary Report 10Jan2022

Sol:8

Summary Title: Competitive Spirulina Incubation Begins

Author’s name: Sionade Robinson

Mission Status: Ongoing

Sol Activity Summary: Over recent days our crew artist Aga has been introducing us to – spirulina, one of the oldest organisms on earth and described as a triggering mechanism for evolution. We each now have a test tube with our own samples of Spirulina to take care of for the next three days. We have begun.

We completed an Emergency Fire Drill and debriefed.

Two EVAs were successfully executed one to Area D and one to visit the temporary labyrinth on campus with Dr. Sandor.

Look Ahead Plan: EVA to be requested to Baranca Butte, Area I, for geological sampling and on return a follow-up stop at Kissing Camels to analyse layers and photograph inverted channel. Robinson, Pokrywka, and Sandor to remain in Hab to work on research.
Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Sunny and warm. No wind

Crew Physical Status: Nominal.

EVA: Morning EVA to Area D with Werner, Pokrywka, Turner and short afternoon EVA with Dr Sandor to walk the temporary labyrinth on campus, drawn under her supervision.

Reports to be filed: Sol, Operations, EVA Reports, Journalist and HSO report.

Support Requested: None

Additional Support: None

EVA Report – January 10th

BD: this supercedes prior EVA #10 report

Crew 238 EVA Report 10Jan2022

EVA #10

Author: HSO Robert T. Turner

Purpose of EVA: To collect geologic, bacterial, and radiation samples.

Start time:12.20
End time: 14.40

Narrative: The MDRS Crew 238 Sol 8 extra-vehicular activity (EVA) went to the region designated Moon Overlook using the Brahe Highway 1575. The surface EVA participants were: Artist Agnieszka Pokrywka, Engineer Simon Werner, and Health / Safety Officer Robert T. Turner.

These utilitized rovers Curiosity and Opportunity to transition tothis geological site. EVA objectives were: geological sampling, survey, and possible radiation measurements; and, a second object was
obtaining stream bed samples for possible bacteriological culturing.

This EVA team was designated EVA Team One. Travel to the previously mapped site was completed without incident. Once the two rovers were stationary, exploration was initiated on foot.

This region possessed an appearance quite like luna with gray,finely-powdered soil, starkly contrasting with an absence of surface stones as had been noted in other EVA sites. This site featured an enormous crater-like structural depression overlaid with a second impact marking. Small stony ejecta was noted in the vicinity of the upper crater rim that was being explored. Several possible evacuation dry stream beds were noted.

Steep gray angular walls descended to smaller chasma-like structures. Samples initially thought to be shock quartz were first noted on this exploration with samples obtained for further study. Extensive surface photography was completed with a more Mars-like demarcation noted on the panoramic views of the vista horizon, including a presumed possible volcanic butte.

Crew member Agnieszka Pokrywka obtained stream bed soil samples for biological investigation. This site had fewer examples of lichen-like lifeforms as noted in the photographic sampling.

Crew members Agnieszka Pokrywka and Simon Werner conducted a walking descent of the crater rim wall into the depth of the crater-like structure, noted changes in the presentation of presumed multiple drainage ravines. Additional surface rock samples were obtained at the descent site, along with supplemental photography. Following completion of an ascent out of this area, all crew members returned to the twin rovers and completed a successful return to the Hab. This ended the planned EVA for MDRS Crew 238, Sol 8, EVA Team One.

We took a yellowish looking sample from one of the few, thin and more compact layers at the bottom of a crater-like structure, below Widow’s Peak. We are not sure yet, if this is of biologic origin or not. A first analysis of this sample will be done using the microscope in the Science Dome.

The radiation level at Widows Peak using a Geiger counter/dosimeter, "Radex one", Qarta-Rad Inc. Measurement was taken 10cm above ground level over 10 min. The values were refreshed every 15 sec. and have shown a range from 0.26 to 0.29 µS/h. This is roughly twice the level along Cow dung road from HAB towards the North (Measurements taken every 500m along Cow Dung road, ranging from 0.11 µS/h at Marble Ritual …to 0.19µS/h when crossing Tank Wash river bed.

Question: We are uncertain if the Moon, especially around Widows peak, is still the Morrison Formation or already the lower layer of the Cedar Mountains Formation (lower yellow cat)?

Destination: Area D

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): W4254400 by N516000

Participants: Turner, Pokrywka, Werner

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: MoonWalk Road up to Cow Dung Road, north to Braher Highway 1572, then west to Braher Highway to 1575

Mode of travel: Curiosity and Opportunity

EVA Report – January 10th

Crew 238 EVA Report 10Jan2022

EVA #11

Author: Sionade Robinson

Purpose of EVA: To record Dr. Sandor’s walk in a temporary Labyrinth near Science Dome on campus drawn under her tuition.

Start time:15.40
End time: 16.25

Narrative: We completed our mission to record Dr. Sandor’s visit and walk in the temporary labyrinth drawn under her tuition.

Destination: Campus north of Science Dome.

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): Campus

Participants: Robinson, Pokrywka, Sandor

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Moon Walk Rd. to existing tracks by the weather station.

Mode of travel: For mobility, Spirit, and then by foot.

EVA Report – January 10th

Crew 238 EVA Report 10Jan2022

EVA #10

Author: HSO Robert T. Turner

Purpose of EVA: To collect geologic, bacterial and radiation samples.

Start time:12.20
End time: 14.40

Narrative: The MDRS Crew 238 Sol 8 extra-vehicular activity (EVA) went to the region designated Moon Overlook using the Brahe Highway 1575. The surface EVA participants were: Artist Agnieszka Pokrywka, Engineer Simon Werner, and Health / Safety Officer Robert T. Turner.
These utilized rovers Curiosity and Opportunity to transition to
this geological site. EVA objectives were: geological sampling,
survey, and possible radiation measurements; and, a second object was obtaining stream bed samples for possible bacteriological culturing.

This EVA team was designated EVA Team One. Travel to the previously mapped site was completed without incident. Once the two rovers were stationary, exploration was initiated on foot.

This region possessed an appearance quite like luna with gray,
finely-powdered soil, starkly contrasting with an absence of surface stones as had been noted in other EVA sites. This site featured an enormous crater-like structural depression overlaid with a second impact marking. Small stony ejecta was noted in the vicinity of the upper crater rim that was being explored. Several possible evacuation dry stream beds were noted.

Steep gray angular walls descended to smaller chasma-like structures. Samples initially thought to be shock quartz were first noted on this exploration with samples obtained for further study. Extensive surface photography was completed with a more Mars-like demarcation noted on the panoramic views of the vista horizon, including a presumed possible volcanic butte.

Crew member Agnieszka Pokrywka obtained stream bed soil samples for biological investigation. This site had fewer examples of lichen-like lifeforms as noted in the photographic sampling.

Crew members Agnieszka Pokrywka and Simon Werner conducted a walking descent of the crater rim wall into the depth of the crater-like structure, noted changes in the presentation of presumed multiple drainage ravines. Additional surface rock samples were obtained at the descent site, along with supplemental photography. Following completion of an ascent out of this area, all crew members returned to the twin rovers and completed a successful return to the Hab. This ended the planned EVA for MDRS Crew 238, Sol 8, EVA Team One.

Destination: Area D

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): W4254400 by N516000

Participants: Turner, Pokrywka, Werner

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: MoonWalk Road up to Cow Dung Road, north to Braher Highway 1572, then west to Braher Highway to 1575

Mode of travel: Curiosity and Opportunity

Operations Report – January 10th

Crew 238 Operations Report 10-01-2022
SOL:8
Name of person filing report: Simon Werner

Non-nominal systems: none

Notes on non-nominal systems: none

Spirit rover used: Yes
Hours: 149.5
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: Yes
Hours: 82.6
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 86%
Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No
Hours: 161,9
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 97%
Currently charging: yes

Perseverance rover used: No
Hours: 226
Beginning charge: unknown
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: Yes

General notes and comments: none

Summary of Hab operations:

WATER USE: 27 gallons
Water (static tank): 308
Water (loft tank): filled to 55 gallons
Water Meter: post pumping 01546231
Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Static tank pipe heater (on or off): on

Static tank heater (On or off) on

Toilet tank emptied: No

Summary of internet: nominal

Summary of suits and radios: nominal

Summary of GreenHab operations:

WATER USE: 12 gallons

Heater: On

Supplemental light: Yes

Harvest: 102g microgreens, 100g tomatoes

Summary of Science Dome operations: none

Dual split: Off

Summary of RAM operations: RAM – cleaned up by HSO Turner and ENG Werner. RAM airlock and tunnel RAM towards HAB used for MDRS238 fire and recovery exercise.

Summary of any observatory issues: none

Summary of health and safety issues: none

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Nothing to report here today.

Simon