EVA #12 Report – May 16th

Crew 212 EVA Report 17-MAY-2019

EVA #012

Author: Zoe Townsend

Purpose of EVA: Collection of sand for outreach purposes and physiological experiments to see how the suits performed in exercise.

Start time: 09.30

End time: 11.00


Today’s EVA was aimed at assisting with the project on the physiological effects of the suits. The EVA was to walk up to the Mid Ridge Planitia viewpoint to see how much oxygen was in the blood before and after the EVA, therefore assessing the suitability of the suits.

The experiment was deemed a partial failure where there were difficulties in isolating the suit to the outside elements. The windy weather also affected the testing where it wasn’t a true test of the suits fans ability.

Summary of the debrief, after the EVA:

  • · Communication was the best over all the sim
  • · Issue with clarification of time change (read earlier email from commander)

Coordinates (UTM NAD27 CONUS): Sector12S Northern 4251250, Eastern 516000

EVA Participants: Paola, Mariona (Medic), Camilo and Zoe (Commander)

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Sagan Street 1103

Mode of travel: (walking or driving)? Walking.

Greenhab Report – May 16th

Crew 212 GreenHab Report – 16-May-2019: SOL 11

GreenHab Officer: Hector Palomeque

Environmental control: Ambient with the door open from 07:00 to 12:00 + fan turned up to 3 (max) from 11:00 to 19:00

Shade cloth 80%: on

Average temperatures:

Low: 21 °C

High: 41 °C

Hours of supplemental light: 0

Daily water usage for crops: 9 gallons

Water in Blue Tank: 113 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 07:30

Changes to crops: All plants look healthy. Basil, tomato and cilantro plants continue blooming. The yellow tomatoes remaining now are ready to harvest. Chard is completely recovered from the previous harvest. Sugar Snap Peas are growing better under shade (more than 80%). Tomato in the big blue tray continue with its fructification, now it has 3 tomatoes.

Narrative: The GreenHab fan had to be turned on because of the indoor temperature has reached +40°C at 11:00. The GreenHab door had to be closed at 12:00 due to the strong winds. All plants were watered once early in the morning to take advantage of the fresh environment.

Harvested: Tomato 97g + Basil 36g

Support/supplies needed: None.

Spacesuit Report – May 16th

Crew 212-LATAM-III

Submitted by Spacesuit Engineer: Camilo Andrés Zorro Mendoza

Spacesuit report

Sol: 11

Sim suit used Engineering EVA: 7, 8, 5 and 4.
used for 1 hour and half

Sim suit: 7
Voltage level before EVA: 12.8 V
Voltage level after EVA:
12.5 V

Sim suit: 4
Voltage level before EVA:
13.1 V
Voltage level after EVA:
12.6 V

Sim suit: 5
Voltage level before EVA: 12.6 V
Voltage level after EVA:
5.6 V (it will be changed)

Sim suit: 8
Voltage level before EVA:
13 V
Voltage level after EVA:
12.8 V

Journalist Report – May 16th

Today was Sol 11.

We undertook a morning EVA, the idea was the test the suits for the suitability whilst undertaking exploration of another planet. This was aimed at looking at oxygen in the blood after exercise, therefore the EVA was walking up to a ridge such as would be typical for explorations in the future.

Afterwards the crew members continued on with their individual’s projects. There was progress in processing the Eastern Veil Nebula photos, soy bacteria was grown in petri dishes this is for a logically first step identification method, in the radiation bacteria project 1 lettuce has sprouted and finally, the rover revival has continued where now 2 out of 4 wheels are functional, there is hope that it will make one EVA before the end of sim.

Due to poor weather most of the Crew stayed within the Hab today. Therefore, the group made cookies and prepped the pizza dough for Shannon’s arrival tomorrow.

Sol Summary – May 16th

Crew 212 Sol 11 Summary Report 16-MAY-2019

Sol: 11

Summary Title: Martian Lessons

Author’s name: Marlen Castillo Vilcahuaman

Mission Status: A-ok

Sol Activity Summary: Today was a windy day for EVAs. After asking permission to the Director (with the previous anouncement to Mission Support after an issue with pasta beating), some crew members went to the walking EVA. We’re happy to notice that, today, we kept communication all the time. Radios where performing fine and the Hab could always communicate with the EVA crew.

Look Ahead Plan: Trying to use the most of our last days in MDRS. EVA requests for tomorrow.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Windy, really windy.

Crew Physical Status: A-ok

EVA: 1

Reports to be file: EVA report, Space Suit Report, Operations report, Green Hab report, Journalist report, Daily Pictures, EVA requests

Support Requested: There’s a delivery for Saturday for one of the crew members. They have sent it to the PO Box.

Operations Report – May 15th

Crew 212 Operations Report 15-MAY-2019

SOL: 10

Name of person filing report: Paolo Guardabasso

Non-nominal systems: None.

Notes on non-nominal systems: Nothing to report.

Generator (hours run last night): 12:00

On (last night): 7:00 PM

Off (this morning): 7:00 AM

Solar— SOC 74% at 6:15 PM

Diesel Reading – 85%

Propane Reading – 45%

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 4 gallons

Water (Axillary tank) – 0 gallons

Water (static tank) – 260 gallons

Axillary to Static tank transfer – no

Gallons transferred: No

Water in GreenHab – 122 gallons

Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – Yes

Water Meter: 143678.1

Toilet tank emptied: No

Deimos rover used: no (out of order)


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:



Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge:

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Yes [USED BY DIRECTOR  FOR MAINTENANCE]


Beginning charge: 99%

Ending charge: 74%

Currently charging: No

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 96.6h

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: [From Director] cleaned all the batteries on Spirit today and checked for loose connections. The connections were very corroded but not loose. Then I checked all the cells on the batteries. They were basically fine and I added 1 gallon of distilled water to them. However, there were three cells on one battery that could not be opened unless a security bar was removed. Apparently when others had filled the batteries they thought it would be fine to just ignore those cells rather than bother with the bar. The cells were completely dry. I filled them with about 1/2 gallon of distilled water and secured the bar again. I am currently charging the rover and we will see if that battery can recover. If not, I will switch it out with one on Opportunity for the remainder of the field season.

ATV’s Used: (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3)

Reason for use:

Oil Added?

ATV Fuel Used: Gals

# Hours the ATVs were Used today:

Notes on ATVs:

HabCar used and why, where? Nothing to report.

CrewCar used and why, where? Off Campus

General notes and comments:

· The tests run this morning on EVA#11 proved unsuccessful.

· The day was spent working on experiments and doing some fixes in the Station.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report.

Summary of suits and radios: A headset was damaged during EVA#10.

Summary of Hab operations:

· We assembled the new pump in the loft and changed the water filter. The area was dried and cleaned, and the new pump has been fixed to the plywood. The new pump maintains the pressure higher than before, and this fixed the heater problem; now we have enough pressure to activate the hot water. The leak in the commander’s room is stopped, and humidity is reduced, but the damage done by the old pump will require a remaking of the ceiling.

· The Engineering airlock’s external door was tightened to facilitate opening and closing. It still needs to be slightly lifted when opening.

· A snake (oval head, sand coloured skin) was found in the tunnel to the Science Dome at 6:00 PM and run away when it saw the crew.

Summary of GreenHab operations: The hot weather required more water for the plants.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of RAM operations: sand accumulated in the past EVAs was cleaned and drones were cleaned and repaired.

Summary of any observatory issues: Nothing to report.

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report.

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Burnable and Non Burnable trash is now in the Engineering airlock.

EVA Report – May 15th

Crew 212 EVA Report 15-MAY-2019

EVA #11

Author: Paolo Guardabasso

Purpose of EVA: Drone Search&Recovery scenario test

Start time: 8:30 AM

End time: 10:15 AM

Narrative: this EVA was intended to test the utility of drones in Search and Recovery missions. A dummy airplane was placed at Marble Ritual to simulate a crash landing site, and an automatic mission was planned for the Tarot drone, equipped with a camera connected to a First Person View visor in real time. The two crew members placed the ground station a few meters East of the Hab and prepared the drone for take-off. Unfortunately, the vehicle was unable to take-off and the test was cancelled, and the dummy plane recovered. These results, although unsuccessful, proved fundamental to prepare for the next EVA (planned for Friday, Sol 12), where a similar scenario will be proposed.

Destination: Hab – Marble Ritual

Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): Sector12S Northern 4250933, Eastern 518167

Participants: Vittorio Netti (Medic), Paolo Guardabasso (Commander)

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: 1103

Mode of travel: Walking

Journalist Report – May 15th

Today was Sol 10.

This morning there was an EVA taken by two crew members who went to Marble ritual. The aim of the EVA was to continue on with drone testing. However, during the testing of the search and recover function with a dummy aeroplane, there was a take-off failure.

After the EVA, maintenance work was done on the Hab. The water pump was changed to prevent further leaking. After the installation the pressure increased enough to activate the hot water in the boiler. In addition the water filter was changed.

There was progress made on the processing of the all the photos of the pelican nebula and the robotic telescope finished the observations on the Western Veil Nebula. Poor weather prevented further observations in the solar telescopes. Work progresses on revising the rover, a final attempt will be made with a 2am conference tonight with the UK.

The crew continued on with their group problem solving game.

For outreach a space outfit was made for a Barbie to encourage women in STEM fields with a university in the UK.

Finally, the crew prepared homemade bread and pizza, harvesting tomatoes for both bruschetta and margarita pizza.