Journalist Report – November 3rd

Journalist Report 3 Nov 2021
By Brandon Barth

MDRS Crew 260 Sol 2 (11/3/21):
We all started the day with breakfast about 7:45 of cereal and powdered milk and coffee. After that we learned that we got permission to all go on an EVA this morning so everyone got suited up. With that said, it is important that there always has to be at least 2 crewmembers back at the HAB. Since Theo (Tay-oh) has to stay behind (due to a knee issue) we were planning on Atila and Shannon being there with her to cover the base. As Jen, Brandon, Katie, David, Tracy, and Adela were all driving away in the rovers, we got a call from the HAB saying that Atila was going to have to leave to get a COVID-19 test to get ready for his family trip. Commander Jen knew about this, but what she didn’t realize was that Shannon was not officially part of the crew and so didn’t count as someone staying behind with Theo. This was just a simple miscommunication, but we wanted to make sure we followed protocol as best as possible. So, we had to send one group back to stay with Theo while Jen, Brandon, Adela, and Tracy continued on to their two stops. They went to the moons area first and found some great gypsum samples and Gryphaea (devil’s toenail) all over the place. After spending some time there, they went to another stop called the Camel (not kissing camels) to look for some sandstone and blueberry samples. They found lots of sandstone but no blueberries. They then went back to the HAB and switched with the other two crewmembers who were sent back out. They jumped in the rovers with Jen again and Jed did a back-to-back EVA. Having two back-to-back EVAs like that, Jen said she would need to write that up in her report later. The first group then went back in and after some down time got the warm bread out of the bread maker and got lunch ready: Loaded mashed potatoes as part of the original plan!

After two hours, the second group got back from a successful EVA about 1pm and they actually found sandstone blueberries! The first group was not able to find any so it was great that the second group found a lot. Jen had a long day having to do two EVA’s but she did awesome as well. And at least there were no rover issues this time around.

Lunch took a while to make but it was worth it! Instead of doing mashed potatoes we ended up making Explorer pie…our own Martian version of shepherd’s pie. We didn’t have mashed potatoes so we used freeze dried potato slices with peas, corn, sausage, and ground beef (all freeze dried) and a bunch of seasoning. The wait was worth it and it was delicious! We also loved all the colors, especially the bright green peas. Not a lot of green on Mars!

After a relaxing and very pleasant lunch we all went to the science dome to clean up our rocks and do some more rock identification. It was very fun to see everyone’s samples of rocks and help each other identify what everything was. We got the rocks all cleaned up and put into little baggies and labeled them.

The next activity was to build our model rockets. The only hiccups we had with those was trouble getting some of the items glued down in the right place. The glue we had was meant for PVC pipe and so didn’t work well with some of the paper components we had to glue. But we figured it out and got all of our rockets built, decorated, named, and prepped for launch tomorrow when we are done with the Sim.

While doing the rockets in the science dome we saw a caravan of cars and vans drive by on the main road in front of the HAB. This was a little disappointing as we were still in Sim and it kind of ruined the effect. Even more strange is that they were using walkie talkies as well and happened to pick the same channel we use for outside EVAs and we could hear their conversations. It turns out it was a photography workshop who wanted to do the class out here. Shannon was able to talk with them since they didn’t have a permit to be out there doing the class and they were using our channel. Luckily, they admitted to not having a permit and apologized, but hopefully this kind of thing won’t continually happen in the future (especially after Shannon’s article that just got posted on Space.com). Besides that though, Shannon said the sets, props, and people were really cool!

Katie and Jen then got dinner prepped for us while the rest of us did some other work and did some cleaning. The dinner was absolutely fantastic! They used homemade tortillas to make a wonderful vegetarian enchilada. There’s no way to accurately describe it other than it was fantastic. I thought the explorer’s pie was good and then this was even better. After dinner was reports, cleaning, chores, and wind down time. It was such a great day on Mars!

Sol Summary #2 – November 3rd

Crew 260 Sol Summary Report 03-11-2021

Sol: 2

Summary Title: I found my thrill…

Author’s name: Jen Carver-Hunter

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: The morning started with an EVA to collect the final geologic samples needed for our science objectives. We realized that our EVA (as planned) would leave the Hab manned with only one crew member, so David and Katie were chosen to remain at the Hab, but would be given the opportunity to complete their science objectives on a second EVA. EVA team 1 drove north on Cow Dung Rd, and easily maneuvered onto Brahe Hwy. After a short drive, we stopped to collect our geologic samples, and were thrilled to discover an entire hill covered with gryphaea. After collecting sufficient samples, we returned to rovers and headed back toward the Hab, stopping at a previously unexplored area between Brahe Hwy and Cowboy Corner. There we looked for “blueberries,” but were unsuccessful in meeting that objective. EVA team 1 returned to the Hab as planned at 1100. Once team 1 returned to the Hab, EVA team 2 prepared to leave. EVA team 2 followed the same route as team 1, but were more successful in finding “blueberries” in the previously unexplored area. EVA team 2 returned to the Hab with plenty of samples at 12:30. After a delicious lunch of “Explorer’s pie,” the crew continued sorting, categorizing, and labeling their geologic samples. Then, they built rockets!

Look Ahead Plan: Biosignature lesson with Dr Rupert, Biosignature fieldwork (out of sim), rocket launch (out of sim)

Anomalies in work: No anomalies

Weather: Sunny, warm, and pleasant

Crew Physical Status: All crew are healthy and strong. The injured knee has not gotten any worse, and the injured crew member continues to support the remaining crew as much as physically possible.

EVA: Geologic sample collection

Reports to be filed: Operations report, Journalist report

Support Requested: none at this time

Operations Report – November 3rd

MDRS Operations Report 3Nov2021

Name of person filing report: Atila Meszaros

Reason for Report: Daily

Non-nominal systems: Nothing to report

Action taken for non-nominal systems: Nothing to report

ScienceDome Dual Split: Off

Solar—Nominal, supplying all power

Notes on solar: Check supplemental report

Notes on power system: Generator didn’t run last night as expected. We are going to run it manually for the next couple of nights to assess the situation.

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 1 gallon

Water (loft tank): 50 gallons

Water Meter: 0152994.2

Water (static tank) – 240 gallons

Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water in GreenHab – 70 gallons

Water in ScienceDome: 0 gallons

Water (Outpost tank) – 90 gallons

Hab toilet tank emptied: No

Perseverance rover used: Yes

Hours: 223.7

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 55

Currently charging: No

Sojourner rover used: Yes

Hours:

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge:

Currently charging: No

Spirit rover used: Yes

Hours: 143.7

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 76

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Yes

Hours: 75.0

Beginning charge: 93

Ending charge: 65

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Yes

Hours: 151.9

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 78

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report.

General notes and comments:

Summary of internet: All accounts are nominal.

Summary of suits and radios: One of the headsets stop operating during the EVA preparation and was replaced on time.

Summary of general operations: The one-EVA had to be split into two EVAs due to a logistic error, but the situation was rapidly solved with the support of Dr. Rupert.

Summary of Hab operations: Water alarm on the loft tank installed to prevent overflowing. Geology EVAs and debriefing through the day.

Summary of Outpost operations: Nothing to report

Summary of GreenHab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Geology class debriefing in the afternoon after our two last EVAs and rocket building.

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report

Summary of any observatory issues: The heating part for the observatory arrived.

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report

Questions, concerns, supplies needed and requests: Nothing at this time.

Crew 260 Journalist Report for November 2nd

Sol: 1 02 NOV 2021

Summary Title: Suit Up!

Author´s Name: Adela Genoves

The day began with the crew drinking coffee around 8 a.m. around the dining table. Folks nibbled on some breakfast items and chatted. Theo informed the team that she injured herself climbing down the stairs and planned on leaving early to avoid greater injury to her knee. We brainstormed as a team and decided that we would move the upstairs couch downstairs for Theo to sleep on and avoid the stairs. She would be a support member for the crew.

After breakfast the crew met at the lab where they studied common rock samples that can be found on Mars. The groups looked at sulfur, breccia, hematite, sandstone, vesicular basalt, and gypsum. Shannon presented the day´s challenge for collecting rocks while on EVA. The a.m. crew was scheduled to leave at 10 a.m. and the p.m. crew was scheduled for a 2 p.m. departure.

The crew prepared to suit up for the first EVA. Katie, Atila, and Adela suited up and secured on their packs for the a.m. expedition. The crew members each drove a Rover to the first location for rock collecting.

First location was at Purple Galaxy Rock Mountain. The a.m. crew explored and collected their first samples. The crew spent about 30-40 minutes scouting for black, red, and purple basalt, conglomerate, hematite, and berries.

At the second location, Kissing Camel, the team walked through a large wash where petrified wood was collected. The challenge called for collecting yellow pieces and pieces with bark. They walked back quickly and the crew carried back an assortment of petrified wood pieces.

The a.m. crew drove back to the MDRS and was greeted by the p.m. crew.

The p.m. crew had lunch ready and the whole crew ate together before the p.m. crew´s EVA.

Around 2, the p.m. crew suited up and secured their packs. Brandon, Tracy, David, and Jen made up the p.m. team. They drove the Rovers to the same locations as the a.m. crew to scout and collect rocks specified in the rock challenge. The p.m. crew returned early due to the Opportunity Rover heating up at Kissing Camel. The crew rode back together on the remaining two Rovers and were greeted back to MDRS by the a.m. crew.

The team gathered back at the lab around 4 to inventory their rock samples. Baggies were labeled and used to store the best samples from the haul.

Dinner was made, while some crew members engaged in conversation and other small duties. Shannon and Atila rode back to collect Opportunity. When they returned, dinner was ready and the crew ate communally. The team continued the evening with light cleaning, conversations, report writing, and overall relaxation.

Crew 260 Journalist Report for November 1st

Sol: 0 01 November 2021

Summary Title: On the Threshold of the Mission

Author’s name: Adela Genoves

We began the day with a crew breakfast and sampled some of the freezer dried blueberries with our pancakes. Had coffee and met all the crewmembers that arrived last night and this morning.

After breakfast, we met as a crew to formally introduce ourselves and learn more about the sim experience. The crew member were each given a gift of several Mars themed books and pre-sized space suits. We visited the lab, greenhouse, and utility shop. We tried on the different space suits and helmets to determine size.

Lunch was around noon. The crew ate fresh baked bread and quesadillas.

After lunch the crew received a tutorial on how to use the Rovers. We partnered up and drove the rovers to the lookout point, then we continued on the road to the quarry. We explored the quarry for about 20 minutes and handled some bone fossils that Jen identified. We drove the Rovers back to MDRS.

Once we were back on campus, crew members walked around the site, chatted with one another, cleaned batteries for the Rovers, worked in the greenhouse, and overall, the crew made themselves useful.

The crew prepared their first freeze dried dinner, inventoried the food supplies, and wrote a meal agenda. The crew determined jobs and expectations for the sim.

After dinner, the team gathered around the table to discuss rules of sim, write bios, and type up summary reports

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Crew 260 HSO Report for November 2nd

Report filed by: Jen Carver

On the night of Monday, November 1st a crew member tripped while coming down the second floor Hab stairs. The Crew member had injured their knee before and had surgery recently. We are accommodating by having meals and crew times downstairs. The Crew member will also be sleeping downstairs.

Crew 206 Operations Report for November 2nd

MDRS Operations Report 2Nov2021

Name of person filing report: Atila Meszaros

Reason for Report: Daily

Non-nominal systems: Oppy

Action taken for non-nominal systems: Overheated and recovered

ScienceDome Dual Split: Off

Solar—Nominal, supplying all power

Solar— SOC %: 70 at 20:30

Notes on solar: Nothing to report

Notes on power system: Shannon worked through the day in getting the Generator Autostart online and the configurations have been set. We are waiting for the generator to start running soon tonight.

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 1 gallons

Water (loft tank): 50 gallons

Water Meter: 0152938.5

Water (static tank) – 290 gallons

Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water in GreenHab – 80 gallons

Water in ScienceDome: 0 gallons

Water (Outpost tank) – 90 gallons

Hab toilet tank emptied: Yes

Perseverance rover used: Yes

Hours: 222.9

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 89

Currently charging: No

Sojourner rover used: Yes

Hours:

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 98

Currently charging: No

Spirit rover used: Yes

Hours: 143.2

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 95

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Yes

Hours:

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 95

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Yes

Hours: 151.4

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 94

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: Opportunity overheat problem appeared during our second EVA, it was parked as procedure south of Kissing Camels and brought back home thanks to the Outpost efforts.

General notes and comments:

Summary of internet: All accounts are nominal.

Summary of suits and radios: Suits #6 and #1 were not charging. Charger malfunction detected and solved.

Summary of general operations: Nothing to report

Summary of Hab operations: Geology Training and EVAs. Our base of operations has been placed on the lower deck.

Summary of Outpost operations: Nothing to report

Summary of GreenHab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Geology class briefing in the morning and Generator AutoStart work.

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report

Summary of any observatory issues: Nothing to report

Summary of health and safety issues: Knee incident on a crewmember. See HSO Report for more information.

Questions, concerns, supplies needed and requests: Nothing at this time.

Crew 260 EVA#1/2 Report for November 2nd

Crew 260 EVA Report 02-11-2021

EVA # 1

Author: Commander Jen Carver-Hunter

Purpose of EVA: Geologic sample collection

Start time: 10:30

End time: 12:30

Narrative: The EVA team departed the Hab 10:40, taking Cow Dung Road in medium-range speed, to see how Oppy would perform after the overheating during the training day. After crossing Robert’s Rock Garden, we incremented the speed and reach the 1101 intersection (Note for future EVAs and crews to take the southern entrance to not disrupt the natural wash). We reached our desired location where we collected our first geological targets as part of our mission objectives. After finding the needed samples, we went back to the main road and on our way North we stopped just before the Kissing Camels to go West and collect our petrified wood samples. We explored all the way to the beginning of the wash and noticing what time was it, we proceeded to return to the Hab after a successful EVA.

Destination: Road to Barranca Butte and Southwest Kissing Camel Ridge

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): 519700, 4247300 and 518200, 4249300

Participants: Atila, Katie, Adela

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Hab road to Cow Dung Road to 1101 and back

Mode of travel: Rovers on roads, on foot off road

EVA # 2

Author: Commander Jen Carver-Hunter

Purpose of EVA: Geologic sample collection

Start time: 2:00

End time: 3:30

Narrative: The EVA team departed the Hab at 14:00. We followed Cow Dung Road to the 1101 intersection, and followed 1101 a few hundred yards to our first destination. We collected samples as part of our science mission objectives. Then we returned to the main road and turned to the north. The Opportunity Rover overheated just south of Kissing Camel Ridge, and we safely moved her to the side of the road. We piled into the remaining 2 rovers and continued on to Kissing Camel Ridge, where we collected samples at the base of the wash. Due to the onset of headaches and thirst, the EVA team returned to the Hab earlier than expected at 1530.

Destination: Road to Barranca Butte and Southwest Kissing Camel Ridge

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): 519700, 4247300 and 518200, 4249300

Participants: Jen, Tracy, David, Brandon

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Hab road to Cow Dung Road to 1101 and back

Mode of travel: Rovers on roads, on foot off road