Crew 240 Crew Photos 07Feb2022

[title Crew Photos – February 07th]

Hello Mission Support, here are today’s pictures – one of them from last
night’s pizza night (can’t miss that), some others for the very
food-oriented Journalist Report, and images from today’s EVA. One of
them’s very large but I still think it’s worth it – if you zoom in
enough you can see Pierre’s drone! Tell me if I still need to resize.

Journalist Report- February 07th

Sol 7: Martian food – What do we eat in a day?

Author : Pierre Fabre

Hi everyone! Today we are going to talk about Martian food! I know you readers are curious about what we eat on Mars, so we are going to teach you how to cook some delicious dishes with Martian ingredients! But first let’s talk about what happened during this Sol 7, beginning of our second week on Mars!

First, after two days of rest, we were back at the daily workout again this morning. I think the decision of our HSO took to rest during the weekend was a really good one. Everyone on the crew was in better shape this morning and nobody suffered from the intensity of the workout. When we will come back to Earth, the gravity will be around three times higher so we have to work hard not to lose our strength !

EVAs also made their come back this morning! I personally missed them this weekend as I didn’t participate in the EVA at Candor Chasma Saturday. Today, we went to the Hab Ridge, a ridge on the West side of the Hab. It offers a really cool point of view of the Hab and I was looking for the occasion to go there since the beginning of the mission. We took a path to the left just before reaching North Ridge arriving from the South and climbed our way to the Hab Ridge. The North Hab View was beautiful and we took some really cool drone videos and pictures. Then we climbed down and came home through another path which was easy to find from the top but nearly impossible to imagine from the bottom of the ridge. It was the perfect EVA to begin that new week and I can’t wait for the next ones.

Today was a good day for our astronomer Maxime. For technical reasons, he hasn’t been able to work on his research project of finding supernovae yet (we will definitely talk in more details about that awesome project during his interview which is coming soon), but he can now observe the Sun and monitor its activity each day. Today, he took a beautiful shot of the Sun with a nice flair at the top of the picture. It can be a sign of a potential danger for us in terms of radiations, but according to him there is, for this time, nothing to fear. I really hope that the technical problems will be solved before the mission ends and that we will be able to show you some nice deep sky shots. Stay tuned if you want to have a chance to see Maxime’s art pieces!

In yesterday’s report, I mentioned that we ate a pizza.

But, do you know how to cook pizza on Mars?

Today, just in case you go on Mars some day and you’re dying for a pizza, we are going to teach you how to cook a Martian pizza!

Ok first, what is the difference between food on Mars and food on Earth?

If you open a cabinet in a Martian kitchen, you will find tons of cans of different colours all aligned on each shelf. Those cans contain dried, or dehydrated, food. This means you have to rehydrate the food before it seems like something you would call food on Earth. We have beef, chicken, beans, corn, peppers, tomatoes, potatoes. Everything you would expect to see in a fridge on Earth. We also have some funny things like orange juice powder or butter powder (I’m not yet used to the smell of the butter powder to be honest, but when it is baked you can’t tell the difference).

So, cooking on Mars is kind of similar to cooking on Earth except every recipe starts with add x cups of water for y cups of dried ingredients.

For those, like me, who are not familiar with the imperial system, here is a reminder: 1 cup is 16 tablespoons or 48 teaspoons. Easy, isn’t it? For those who are more familiar with the metric system, 1 cup is equal to 236 mL.

At first you’re stuck with very basic recipes like rice with rehydrated vegetables and it is not very funny. But then you begin to be creative and you cook some delicious dishes just like the pizza I’ve been teasing you with. Now it is time to release the very famous and secret recipe of the Martian pizza by Crew 240.

First, we made the dough from scratch. This part of the recipe comes from Julie’s friend Lison and it is a very good recipe for dough! We started by adding 600g of flour to a bowl, together with 12g of sugar, 12g of salt, 30g of yeast, 32.5cl of water and 4 tablespoons of olive oil. Clement kneaded the dough for a little while before putting it away to rise for about an hour.

Meanwhile, Marion went to the Greenhab to harvest some basil for the pizza, the only real fresh ingredient of this pizza!

Once the dough had time to rise, we set the oven to preheat at 202ºC, we split the dough in two and rolled it out on round trays.

A cup of tomato powder was added to hot water to hydrate it and was then spread on the pizza dough. We then took a cup of dehydrated peppers, a cup of dehydrated onions and a cup of dehydrated beef and added two cups of hot water on top to hydrate all the ingredients. We added the toppings to the pizza.

Finally comes the cheese, it is hard to rehydrate it because it instantly melts with hot water. So we took two cups of dehydrated mozzarella cheese and added hot water to hydrate it, made some small balls and put them on the pizza.

We put both pizza in the oven and waited for about 15 minutes, took them out, added basil and enjoyed them! It was the perfect meal to end this first week of hard work on Mars. We are already waiting for the next pizza, maybe next Sunday!

That’s it for today’s report, I hope you enjoyed it! I also hope you will have the opportunity to taste this delicious Martian pizza one day! See you tomorrow for an interview of a new crew member!

Operations Report – February 07th

Crew 240 Operations Report 07-02-2022

SOL: 7

Name of person filing report: François Vinet

Non-nominal systems: NA

Notes on non-nominal systems: NA


Spirit rover used: no

Hours: 154.3

Beginning charge: NA

Ending charge: NA

Currently charging: handled by Atila

Opportunity rover used: no

Hours: 83.6

Beginning charge: NA

Ending charge: NA

Currently charging: handled by Atila

Curiosity rover used: yes

Hours: 165.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 97%

Currently charging: left uncharged, handled by Atila

Perseverance rover used: yes

Hours: 226.8

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 95%

Currently charging: left uncharged, handled by Atila

General notes and comments: NA

Summary of Hab operations:

WATER USE: 21 gallons

Water (static tank): 263 gallons

Water (loft tank): 37 gallons

Water Meter: 0155557.0 units

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: NA

Summary of suits and radios: one headset has been broken because of wear due to adaptation to the ear.

Summary of GreenHab operations:

WATER USE: 12 gallons at 8am, 9 gallons at 4pm

Heater: On

Supplemental light: On

Harvest: N/A

Summary of ScienceDome operations:

Dual split: off

SOC: 74% at 6.45pm

Summary of RAM operations:

– The crew engineer has accidently melted the main cable of the heat gun (sorry for that). Please find a picture attached. There is one of the three wires exposed. Electrical tape is considered (a heat-shrinkable sheath would perhaps be better) to fix it but please advise.

– The hose placed by Atila in the RAM has been received.

Summary of any observatory issues: NA

Summary of health and safety issues: NA

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: 2 burnable trashes and 1 non-burnable trash are waiting for pickup in the rear airlock. Thank you!


EVA Report – February 07th

Crew 240 EVA Report 07-02-2022

EVA # 8

Author: Marion Burnichon

Purpose of EVA: Battery change on atmospheric experiment, Exploration for Hab view

Start time: 9:30am

End time: 11:30

Narrative: Changed the batteries on the atmospheric experiment and checked it was behaving as expected. Brought back the rovers to the Hab. Started walking towards North Ridge and turned left to go up to Hab Ridge. Walked along to have nice views of the Hab. Captured some nice photos with camera and drone. Habcom also managed to take pictures of us from the kitchen window while on the Hab Ridge.

Destination: North and South Hab View

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): 518000 425000

Participants: Marion Burnichon, Pierre Fabre, Julie Levita, Francois Vinet

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Entrance road, Cow Dung Road
By foot : 1103, Hab Ridge Road

Mode of travel: Rovers (Perseverance and Curiosity) and foot

Sol Summary – February 07th

Crew 240 Sol Summary Report 07Feb2022

Sol: 7

Summary Title: Getting back in gear

Author’s name: Clément Plagne

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: Following a week spent toying with the original mission planning to adjust to varying EVA times and duration, and a weekend of rest breaking the rhythm, the most important part of starting this second of three weeks is getting a strong rhythm back and sticking to the plan. With a day heavy with an EVA, several human sciences experiments to perform, 3D printing to start, and a lot more, timekeeping was of the essence.

Fortunately for us, everything went smoothly – the EVA went without an issue (and I’ve got to add, seeing crew members up on Hab Ridge from the inside is always fun), there have been massive upswings for the work of Maxime, our astronomer, who is now busier than ever, and we still managed to fit our zillion activities well enough so that our HSO could have us get a small meditation session before heading out to write reports.

Look Ahead Plan: A slightly less busy day tomorrow, with some leeway to have some more relaxing activities during the afternoon. Another crack at the North Ridge with Pierre’s updated and well processed 3D data. Finally fixing the missing piece of one of our atmospheric study experiments so we can take it out in the field at last.

Anomalies in work: None to report

Weather: Fair and warm.

Crew Physical Status: crewmember who had hurt themselves in a fall are doing better, with some bruises

EVA: One performed, went smoothly.

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Astronomy Report, Operations Report, EVA Report, EVA Request, Journalist Report, Crew Pictures, HSO Report

Support Requested: None in particular. Thanks for the salt!

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