Journalist Report, January 25th

“The Best Hamburgers on Mars”

The morning today started off slow for all of the crew members. Maybe it had to do with the fact that some of us stayed up late talking about random life topics and watching Star Wars. Breakfast prepared by our commander Yael, was oatmeal with various dehydrated fruits. A nice, yummy, and quick meal to get our morning started. Breakfast began with only 2 early birds initially and then 2 more joined in while the 5th was dead asleep recovering from the previous night. It was during this time that the crew went into a discussion regarding when we would take our very deserved shower. Originally we had agreed on taking a shower mid-mission but we had a change of heart and will now be taking our shower at the end of the mission. We realized that we would rather experience the longest time going without a shower in order to be more conservative with water. That’s not to say we haven’t been conservative already. On the contrary…

Next up in the agenda for today was lunch and greenhab operations. Lunch preparation began at 8am in the morning with the baking of bread. The day prior, the crew had already agreed on making hamburgers for lunch. This was a task for the boys, Felipe, Carlos, and Cristian while María Paula headed to the greenhab. A challenge lay ahead with creating burger paddies. That’s where we thought we would have the most difficulty. The first step was to hydrate the ground beef. After that, we added a little bit of flour and egg water mix to act as a binder for the meat so that we could give it the shape of a paddie without it falling apart. Next we added different seasoning to it such as bell peppers, black pepper, salt, and onion. We definitely had trouble getting the meat to stick to each other which in turn required more egg/water mix. We eventually got the texture of the meat to be sufficient to not break apart easily. The next step was to give the meat their paddie forms. We were able to yield 7 paddies from the amount we had in the bowl. These were then wrapped in plastic and left in the fridge to harden. The paddies was our Crew Engineer Carlos doing. In parallel, our Crew Scientist worked on making 2 important ingredients that burgers should not go without. These were cheese (cheddar) and mayonnaise. Our crew HSO, Cristian helped with making Ketchup by mixing tomato powder with a little bit of salt and sugar. Unfortunately the only ingredient mixing from this ketchup recipe was apple cider vinegar and this meant we wouldn’t have the right taste exactly. But, that was just an afterthought. Shortly after having most of the pieces of the pie complete, the bread got done baking and we cut it into 10 pieces for 5 paddies. We then prepared our pan to start grilling the paddies. It was during this time that Maria Paula came back from the greenhab with the lettuce and cherry tomatoes. These were the last pieces of the puzzle and with that our burgers were complete. The end result, was better than expected and we absolutely loved it. Aside from being tasty they were so fulfilling.

Later in the day several of us decided on taking a nap (probably due to having food coma) and did not wake up until late in the afternoon. Shortly after that, the crew reconvened at the dinner table and decided that it was time that we play some games. The first choice was Jenga but that only lasted 2 rounds as we became interested in another game. Chess. Chess was the next game we played and it was so much fun that another one joined in on the fun to relieve one of the players to go work on their report. The culmination of another day.

Cristian Acosta, HSO

Operations Report January 25th

SOL:8

Name of person filing report: Carlos Salazar

Non-nominal systems: none

Notes on non-nominal systems: none

Spirit rover used: No

Hours: 153.7

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: No

Hours: 82.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 165.4

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: yes

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 226.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

General notes and comments: none

Summary of Hab operations:

WATER USE: 29 gallons

Water (static tank): 307 gallons

Water (loft tank): 30 gallons

Water Meter: currently 0155133.5

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: 10 gallons

Temperature: 90 °F

Heater: On

Supplemental light: Yes

Harvest: 28g lettuce, 88g tomatoes, 10g banana pepper, 1g cilantro, 49g swiss chard

Repotted: Micro-greens, Lettuce, Lemon Balm, Cilantro, Chives, Red Bunching Onion

Summary of Science Dome operations:

SOC: 92%

Summary of RAM operations: none

Summary of any observatory issues: none

Summary of health and safety issues: none

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: none

Sol Summary January 25th

Sol: 8

Summary Title: Life on Mars: Hello there 🌱🔴

Author’s name: Yael Méndez- Commander

Mission Status: A day to perform tasks in the station and projects of the mission

Sol Activity Summary: We started with an energizing breakfast of oatmeal and fruit. The Greenhab is being reborn, a variety of seeds were grown to provide enough food for the next crew to occupy the station. Once again, teamwork paid off: we made the best hamburger on Mars 🍔.

Look Ahead Plan: Continue working on mission projects. Schedule an EVA to complete the objectives of the Geology project.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Cloudy in the morning and afternoon.

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA: None.

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Operations Report, EVA Request, HSO Report, Daily photos, Journalist report

Support Requested: None, Thanks 😉

Crew Photos – January 24th

Hello David and Mission Support Team,

Here we show our daily photos, you can see some pictures of our lunch, María Paula in the Greenhab, the EVA we made today, and the sunset seen from the hab.

Best regards,
Carlos Salazar,
Crew engineer crew 226

Jornalist Report- January 24th

Today I woke up at 7:30 am, saluted all the other crewmembers and made breakfast. The menu: scrambled eggs with rice pudding. It was pretty good! Everybody ate it!

Then, we needed to get ready for the EVA I requested. I needed some photos for my project and we decided that I would be accompanied by Cristian and Felipe to Kissing Camel. We put on our overalls, boots, radios, spacesuits, and we picked up some maps in addition to the mousetrap containing a little friend that was captured last night (another day another mouse) and the cameras I needed to take my samples.

We left at 10:00 am and traveled to our destination using the rovers. Kissing Camel is a location that you can identify easily so we didn’t lose any time finding it. After we stepped out of the rovers, we released the mouse and he left in a grumpy mood… back to the hab. I then started taking pictures of some rocks, Felipe sitting on a rock, a formation that looked like a dome, the surrounding view and some other random objects we found at the site. The purpose of the EVA was completed and we got back to the Hab.

We were received by María Paula and Commander Yael with some fruit. We rested for a while and we made lunch. It was lasagna with vegetables and tuna. Commander Yael made some bread too! But it took some time to be ready.

After lunch, we started showing Cristian some locations of Bogotá such as the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Felipe’s former Apartment, Nymhouse, and some other interesting places.

María Paula harvested some vegetables from the Greenhab, and that’s everything I have to say about SOL 7.

EVA Report – January 24th

Crew 226 EVA Report 24-01-2022

EVA # 6

Author: Felipe Torres, Crew Scientist

Purpose of EVA: On-site test of 3D imaging to build a structure from motion and obtain a 3D image of some objects in the zone. This EVA will mainly be guided by our crew engineer which has a project about 3D imaging.

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:40 am

Narrative: We headed south through Cow Dung Road, where we found Kissing Camel Ridges. It was pretty straightforward to find the location as the two rocky ridges join and almost touch each other.

First thing we started doing was analyzing which object we would build a 3D image from. We chose an interesting rock; we proceeded to take photos of the rock to then join them using a structure from motion method.

Then we used one of the crew members as a model to build the 3D image. This was a little more complicated and results weren’t as good as photographing a static object.

Finally, we took photos of a small hill, going all around. We took around 50 photos and for the post processing we will join these photos to build a 3D image.

We finished our EVA purpose earlier than expected so at around 11:25 am we headed back to the Hab.

It is also to note that we saw some contamination in this area, as if it was previously used as a shooting range since we found some type of shotgun pellets and some aluminum cans.

Overall it was a good EVA. Rovers worked nominally, and we had no battery issues as we’ve been driving them appropriately.

Destination: Kissing Camel Ridge East

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): 518500, 4249250

Participants: Cristian Acosta, Carlos Salazar, Felipe Torres

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: MDRS entrance road, Cow Dung Road, by foot

Mode of travel: Rover (Spirit, Curiosity)

Felipe Torres,
Crew Scientist.

Operations Report – January 24th

SOL:7

Name of person filing report: Carlos Salazar

Non-nominal systems: none

Notes on non-nominal systems: none

Spirit rover used: Yes

Hours: 153.7

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 97%

Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: No

Hours: 82.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Yes

Hours: 165.4

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 90%

Currently charging: yes

Perseverance rover used: no

Hours: 226.5

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

General notes and comments: none

Summary of Hab operations:

WATER USE: 16 gallons

Water (static tank): 325 gallons

Water (loft tank): 31 gallons

Water Meter: currently 0155091.1

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: 10.6 gallons

Temperature: 85.23 °F

Heater: On

Supplemental light: Yes

Harvest: 21g Rockets, 14g Micro Lettuce, 89g Cherry Tomatoes, 4g Chives, 7g Cilantro, 9g Banana Pepper

Repotted: Micro-greens, Lettuce

Summary of Science Dome operations:

SOC: 95%

Summary of RAM operations: none

Summary of any observatory issues: none

Summary of health and safety issues: none

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: none

Sol Summary – January 24th

Sol: 7

Summary Title: Laughs on Mars 😁🔴

Author’s name: Yael Méndez- Commander

Mission Status: The crew has been very happy and energized to continue their activities. The laughs have been an important factor in keeping the crew in good spirits.

Sol Activity Summary: The day began with breakfast by our Crew Engineer. An EVA was made to Kissing Camel where images were collected to make a 3D model. We cooked vegetable lasagna with tuna and we are going to prepare hamburgers tonight.

Look Ahead Plan: Following our mission plan and trying to meet all goals

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny in the morning and clear in the afternoon

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA: One EVA realized

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Operations Report, EVA Report, HSO Report, Daily photos, Journalist Report

Support Requested: Collection and disposal of trash burnable and non-burnable. Thank you so much 😊