Sol Summary – November 14th

Summary Title: We are in sim!
Author’s name: Izabela Shopova
Mission Status: Nominal
Sol Activity Summary:
The morning was dedicated to training with Dr Rupert and after a short lunch break, the crew suited up and tested the two types of suites.

The main activity in the afternoon was our first EVA for a test drive and to familiarise ourselves with the area. Dr Rupert pointed out interesting locations for our crew scientist to visit and helped us navigate by our maps.

Back in the Hub we officially started the simulation at 1600. Had dinner and reviewed our plan for Sol 2.

Look Ahead Plan:
Crew 268 will do two EVAs in Sol2 for familiarisation and prospecting for biological sample sights.
Anomalies in work: None
Weather: Sunny and cold, very good for EVAs
Crew Physical Status: Feeling good, no health issues and concerns, in high spirits
EVA: Successful training EVA. Drove 3 rovers.
Reports to be filed: No outstanding reports
Support Requested: N/A

Operations Report – November 14th

SOL: 1
Name of person filing report: Jas Purewal
Non-nominal systems: EVA comms unit 3 sub-optimal; power point in lower hab wasn’t working where Sergii was plugging in the Mac.
Notes on non-nominal systems: N/A
Spirit rover used: Yes
Hours: (before EVA) 190.3
Beginning charge: (Before EVA) 100%
Ending charge: (On return from EVA, before recharging) 84%
Currently charging: No
Opportunity rover used: Yes
Hours: 102
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 77%
Currently charging: No
Curiosity rover used: No
Hours: 209.5
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 89%
Currently charging: N/A
Perseverance rover used: No
Hours: N/A
Beginning charge: N/A
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: N/A
General notes and comments: N/A
Summary of Hab operations:
Water (static tank): 500 gallons
Water (loft tank): N/A gallons
Water Meter: N/A units
Static to Loft Pump used – Unknown
Static tank pipe heater (on or off): Off
Static tank heater (On or off): Off
Toilet tank emptied: no
Summary of internet: Good
Summary of suits and radios: EVA comms unit 3 sub-optimal
Summary of GreenHab operations:
WATER USE: 2 gallons
Heater: On
Supplemental light: Off
Harvest: No
Summary of ScienceDome operations:
Dual split: Unknown
Summary of RAM operations: N/A
Summary of any observatory issues: N/A
Summary of health and safety issues: N/A
Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: More trash bags please for toilet bins and for general bins; more Clorox cleaning wipes; pillows please.

GreenHab Report – November 14th

Sol 1
GreenHab Officer: Caitlyn Hubric
Environmental control: 20% humidity
Average temperatures: 43.3ºC/13.5ºC
Hours of supplemental light: N/A
Daily water usage for crops: 7.6 L ≈ 2 gal
Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: 0 gal
Water in Blue Tank: 298 gallons
Time(s) of watering for crops: 5 PM
Changes to crops: N/A
-Radish microgreens near harvest, ready in maybe another day or two.
-Assumed the water tank was full and at 300 gallons to begin. Please correct me if this assumption was incorrect, there is no meter for me to take a quantitative measurement from.
-Soil sufficiently wet in most plants prior to watering. Watered all plants but gave more water to those with drier soil.

Harvest: N/A
Support/supplies needed: N/A

Commander Report – November 14th

Sol: 1
Summary Title: Landing on Mars
Author’s name: Dr. Jenni Hesterman, Commander
Mission Status: Nominal
Commander Report: After a busy day of settling into the station, the crew enjoyed a good night’s rest and were up this morning at 0730. Some crew members went for a last walk without spacesuits before the mission started. After a hearty breakfast of pancakes, dried fruit and reconstituted eggs, the crew met with Dr. Rupert to discuss the mission. Topics included simulation rules, building a successful crew, common pitfalls to avoid and map reading.

We enjoyed a loaf of fresh, warm bread, cheese and ham for lunch, then met Dr. Rupert on the lower deck for training on Extravehicular Activity (EVA) communication equipment and for spacesuit fitting. Next, we hit the road to test drive the rovers and learn how to properly and carefully navigate the Martian landscape.

Once back in the Hab, the crew said goodbye to Dr. Rupert, closed the airlock and officially started the simulation at 1600. After a short break, we met to finalize the next day’s schedule and write our daily reports. We enjoyed a pasta dinner with homemade sauce and garlic bread. We will enjoy a relaxing night before tackling two EVAs tomorrow.

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