Sol Summary – November 24th

Sol: 11
Summary Title: The final countdown
Author’s name: Jas Purewal
Mission Status: Nominal
Sol Activity Summary:
EVA at 10:30 to the Special Region. Several samples were collected on behalf of the crew Biologist. Biologists analyzed samples. Adjourning phase training.
Look Ahead Plan: Final day of sim. Cleaning in the morning. Breaking sim at 2pm.
Anomalies in work: None
Weather: Rather nice. Sunny, clear. No rain.
Crew Physical Status: Good.
EVA: XO, CDR took Spirit and Curiosity to The Special Region to search for biological samples. Several samples were collected.
Reports to be filed:
Commander’s report
EVA report
EVA request
Operations report
Sol Summary report
Journalist report

Support Requested: none

Operations Report – November 24th

SOL: 11
Name of person filing report: Jas Purewal
Non-nominal systems: none
Notes on non-nominal systems: NA
Spirit rover used: Yes
Hours: (before EVA) 201.5
Beginning charge: (Before EVA) 100%
Ending charge: (On return from EVA, before recharging) 55%
Currently charging: No
Opportunity rover used: No
Hours: NA
Beginning charge: NA
Ending charge: NA
Currently charging: NA
Curiosity rover used: Yes
Hours: 214.1
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 55%
Currently charging: No
Perseverance rover used: No
Hours: NA
Beginning charge: NA
Ending charge: NA
Currently charging: NA
General notes on rovers:
Summary of Hab operations: put notes here
WATER USE: 25 gallons
Water (static tank): 125 gallons
Static tank pipe heater (on or off): on
Static tank heater (On or off) on
Toilet tank emptied: No
Summary of internet: Good
Summary of suits and radios: optimal
Summary of GreenHab operations: None
WATER USE: 6.66 gallons
Heater: On
Supplemental light: Off
Harvest: none
Summary of ScienceDome operations: None
Dual split: (Heat or AC, On or Off) Heat, Off
Summary of RAM operations: (Tools used, work done)
Summary of any observatory issues: NA
Summary of health and safety issues: all good
Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: none

Journalist Report – November 24th

Sol: 11
Title: Adjourning

Author: Izabela Shopova, Crew Journalist

Life on Mars is so fast-paced, we didn’t notice how the days have passed and we are already planning our end of sim.

Sol 11 begins with another long EVA – the Commander and XO are out on an EVA together – for the first and last time. Back in the Hab we provide HabCom support, water plants, sort photos, write in our emotion study journals, clean the kitchen and make plans for our last day here.

Commander and XO return on time, tired from the long walk to the Special region, with additional rock samples and stories about the incredible views they found there. Our scheduled crew training in the afternoon is on the topic of Group development phases. After the Forming, storming, norming and performing stages, inevitably comes the adjourning phase when the crew members feel tired, the momentum of the group slows down, some individuals feel sad, others – relieved and there is a change in the air. We talk in length about the adjourning of our team, acknowledge and celebrate our achievements in this mission, talk about our future plans. To finish the sessions we all take a test on our type of business chemistry and discuss our individual traits and how to use our strengths in business interactions.

As we opted to have Thanksgiving earlier, today is all about snacking on the leftovers from yesterday’s feast, sharing thoughts on what we are grateful for and thinking of the loved ones we miss.

Thank you Mission support and Happy Thanksgiving.

GreenHab Report – November 24th

Sol 11
GreenHab Officer: Caitlyn Hubric
Environmental control: (heater, fan, door open?) heater on, door closed, 20% humidity
Average temperatures: 43.3ºC/13.5ºC
Hours of supplemental light: N/A
Daily water usage for crops: 25.2 L ≈ 6.66 gal
Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: 0 gal
Water in Blue Tank ~238 gallons
Time(s) of watering for crops: twice, morning and night, 9am-6pm
Changes to crops:
-The snow peas are starting to show signs of water stress. The bottom leaves are turning yellow. I have not been excessively watering them but have been watering them twice a day. Today I decided to skip watering as their soil was still wet from last night.
-The beans in the blue planter and the 2 single pots on the shelf are doing very well. One of the beans in the single pots I planted has started to germinate and I can see it about to push out of the soil.
-The planter by the water tank is growing very well. I have not harvested from this planter and they are going to be very lush when the other crew gets here. They will likely need to be harvested within the first few days of their mission.
-The planter to the right of the shelves has some parts that survived the harvest and the seeds I spread around have begun to germinate. Would you like me to try and remove the stems left over from harvest or let the new seeds just grow around them?
-On the wooden pallet, the single planter of dill is growing very well. Like above, it will be ready for the next crew for the beginning of their mission.
Harvest: (include which crop and mass in grams) N/A
Support/supplies needed: N/A

EVA Report – November 24th

EVA #: 13
Author: Jenni Hesterman
Purpose of EVA: Biological sample collection.
Start time: 10:30 AM
End time: 2:30 PM
Narrative: CDR and XO drove north to the Gateway to Lith to explore the “Special Region”. CDR and XO collected several samples throughout the canyon.
Destination: Gateway to Lith and Special Region
Coordinates (use UTM WGS 84): 518000, 4256000
Participants: CDR & XO
Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map:
“Cow Dung Rd” to “Gateway to Lith” by rover
Rover from “Gateway to Lith” to “Special Region” by rover
Explore “Special Region” by foot

Mode of travel: Rovers (Curi, Spirit), Walking

Commander Report – November 24th

Sol: 11
Summary Title: Winding Down on Mars
Author’s name: Dr. Jenni Hesterman, Commander
Mission Status: Nominal
Commander Report:

The crew enjoyed an extra hour of sleep today, then met to discuss the day’s schedule. In the last EVA of the mission, the Commander and XO investigated the Special Region. They left the HSO in charge of the station to exercise delegation of authority and prepare her to command future analog missions.

Meanwhile, back at the station, crewmembers accomplished final activities related to their mission research projects. Our students are starting their academic papers and presentations. For dinner, the team enjoyed leftover food from yesterday’s Thanksgiving celebration.

We also accomplished training on the gifts of fear and intuition, and talked about the adjourning stage of group development. In 1965, psychologist Bruce Wayne Tuckman posited there are five phases of group development – forming, storming, norming, performing and adjourning. In the final stage, there is recognition for participation and achievement and the group starts activities towards its termination. We discussed our successes, lessons learned and how we will reintegrate into our personal and professional lives when returning home in a few days.

Tomorrow we will start cleaning the station and break our simulation later in the day so we can enjoy our beautiful landscape sans our astronaut suits and gloves.

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