Crew 215 Greenhab Report 16Nov2019

[title Greenhab Report – Nov 16th]

[category greenhab-report]

Crew 215 GreenHab Report 16-11-2019
GreenHab Officer: Guy Murphy
Environmental control: Door left open for ventilation 12 midday then reclosed at 3pm as
the day was overcast.
Average temperatures: –
Hours of supplemental light: Automatic system
Daily water usage for crops: 8 liters (1 full blue watering cans).
Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes:
Water in Blue Tank –
Time(s) of watering for crops: 8:30am.
Changes to crops: None. The soil remained moist all day, the weather being overcast.

Established plants introduced 03/11/2019

[3x] strawberry plants (Everbearing), in medium metal planter
[1x] spicy orange thyme (thymus fragantissimus), small terra cotta pot
[1x] lemon balm scented geranium (pelargonium x Melissinum), small terra cotta pot
[1x] Mint Mentha – Berries & Cream, small terra cotta pot
[1x] Pineapple Mint – mentha suaveolens variegated, small terra cotta pot
[1x] Ice plant – Delospermo ‘jewel of the desert garnet’, small terra cotta pot
[1x] Sempervium textorum assorted Hen & Chicks, small terra cotta pot
[1x] Rosemary ‘Barbecue’ (Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Barbecue’), large plastic pot
[1x] Rosemary ‘Spice Island’ Rosmarinus officinalis ‘Spice Island’, large plastic pot
[1x] mint, grapefruit, large plastic pot
[2x] small Aloe Vera, in medium metal planter, frost damaged (removed 1311219)

Seeds Planted 04/11/2019 (Large metal planting tub)
Greek Oregano – Origanum heracleoticum
Chives – Allium schoenoprasum
Sweet Marjoram – Origanum majorana
Lemon Balm – Melissa officialnis
Sage – Savia Officinalis
Thai Basil – Siam Queen
German/Winter Thyme – Thymus vulgaris

Seeds Planted 10/11/2019 (Large metal planting tub)
Coriander – Coriandrum Sativum

Seeds Planted in12/11/2019 (2 smaller planting tubs)
Carrots ‘Purple Sun F1’
Radish ‘icicle’

Seeds Planted 13/11/2019
Perpetual Spinach, Rocket, Spinach ‘Lakeside F1’in medium metal planter.
Tomato (Chocolate Cherry) and Tomato Pole Roma in small pots for transplantation.

Seeds Planted 14/11/2019
Tomato (Chocolate Cherry) and Tomato Pole Roma in small pots for transplantation.
Onion (Evergreen White Bunching)
Cucumbers (Patio Snackers F1) in hanging pot
Pepper (Mini Bell Color Mix) in small pots for transplantation.

Seeds Planted 15/11/2019
Acorn Pumpkin in a small pot for future transplantation. Seed taken from a pumpkin

brought to the Hab at start of rotation as a vegetable.
Snow Peas in 2 hanging pots.

Other seeds stored in the Greenhab are identified as –

Rocket ‘Arugula Rocket Salad ‘Rocky’ (Diplotaxis tenuifolia), 1/2 packet
Spinach ‘Lakeside F1’, 1/2 packet
Carrots ‘Purple Sun F1’ – 1/2 packet
Radish ‘icicle’ – 1/2 packet
Snow Pea (Oregon Giant)
Cucumbers (Patio Snackers F1), 1/2 packet
Onion (Evergreen White Bunching), 1/2 packet
Pepper (Mini Bell Color Mix), 1/2 packet
Perpetual Spinach (Green Leaf Chard), 1/2 packet

Partly used packed of seed have been stored in the provided tin to protect from vermin.

This will also repropogation later in the season to stagger harvest times and
allow resowing if crops are lost.

25 white Narcissus bulbs (Paperwhites ‘Ziva’)

Harvest: None

Support/supplies needed: N/A

Crew 215 Journalist Report 16Nov2019

[title Journalist Report – November 16th]

[category journalist-report]

Sat 16 Nov
Sol 6
by Guy Murphy
Nobody wakes up planning on having a life-threatening emergency. This is especially
true on Mars. A similar range of medical events that occurs on Earth can strike on
Mars, but with the added complications of limited medical expertise, supplies and
facilities, and only delayed advice from Earth. Evacuation to your home planet is not
an option. If you are stricken on the surface, whether illness or accident, you will
need to be evacuated to the safety of a pressurised space. Outside you are vulnerable
to death by space suit depressurisation and freezing. In deciding on a rescue, you
colleagues will be subjecting themselves to risk. Knowing Mars is a dangerous place,
crew will have rehearsed emergency procedures many times, so as far as possible they
can protect human life without endangering their own. Last night, we put our rescue
procedure to the test with a simulated emergency and rescue.
Our crew engineer Shane Usher suited up and exited the airlock on a routine check of
Hab systems, including the electric rovers. He was in radio contact with Jennifer Lane.
While examining Spirit rover, he pretended to suffer an electric shock, and was
observed lying apparently unconscious next to the rover. His radio fell silent.
The remaining crew inside the Hab sprang to action. Larissa and I were quickly
nominated to go out through the airlock to bring Shane indoors. The time to put on
space suits, check radios and exit the airlock passed painfully slowly. We waited
through the depressurisation countdown, me holding a heavy duty carry sheet stretcher
and Larissa a board for dragging over up the stairs. At the rover we scanned for
danger, then tried to rouse Shane. He was (playing) unconscious. You can’t check a
person’s pulse or breathing directly through a space suit. We laid him sidewards on the
sheet, and dragged him to the hab steps. Deciding not to use the board, we dragged him
up to the platform by the door, which soon became very tiring. We bent the patient’s
legs to get him inside the airlock before commencing depressurisation. The inner door
opened, I stepped through and the other crew took over dragging our pretend casualty
through to a larger area where our medical officer Steve Whitfield could initiate first aid.
Overall, I think we performed reasonably well under the circumstance. We knew it was a
simulation and that it was scheduled, but it was still a tense experience. It was a
reminder that many emergencies can be planned for, and the extent of preparation can
have a significant impact on the outcome.
This afternoon Larissa, Shane and I returned to the micrometeorite site, collecting the
remaining samples and string grid, and returned to the Hab without incident.

Crew 215 Operations Report 16Nov2019

[title Operations Report – November 16th]

[category operations-report]

Crew 215 Operations Report 16-Nov-2019
SOL: 6
Name of person filing report: Shane Usher
Non-nominal systems: N/A
Notes on non-nominal systems: N/A
Generator: run
Hours run: 12 h 0 min
From what time last night: 1915
To what time this morning: 0715
List any additional daytime hours when the generator was run: N/A
Solar— SOC % (Before generator is run at night): 74%
Diesel Reading – 48%
Station Propane Reading – 70%
Ethanol Free Gasoline: N/A
Water (loft tank) (gal): 47
Water Meter (units): 1458357
Water (static tank) (gal): 377
Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Water in Green Hab (gal): 253.25
Water in Science Dome (gal): 0
Toilet tank emptied: yes
Deimos rover used: not at Hab
Hours: –
Beginning charge: –
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: –
Sojourner rover used: Assigned to Director
Hours: –
Beginning charge: –
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: –
Spirit rover used: yes
Hours: 111.2
Beginning charge: (Before EVA): 100%
Ending charge: (On return from EVA, before recharging): 74%
Currently charging: yes
Opportunity rover used: yes
Hours: 66.5
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 76%
Currently charging: yes
Curiosity rover used: no
Hours: 117.1
Beginning charge: (Before EVA) : 100%
Ending charge: (On return from EVA, before charging): 100%
Currently charging: yes
Notes on rovers:
ATV’s Used: (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3): no
Reason for use: N/A
Oil Added? no
ATV Fuel Used (gal): 0
# Hours the ATVs were used today: 0
Notes on ATVs: Assigned to the director
HabCar used and why, where? With Director
CrewCar used and why, where? At Grand Junction awaiting Crew 216
General Notes and Comments: N/A
Summary of internet: Functional
Summary of suits and radios: Functional
Summary of Hab operations: Slight leak around unsealed kitchen sinks, drains are
performing correctly.
Summary of GreenHab operations: Atmospheric equalization to the green hab carried out
during the afternoon, plants were watered (8L,2.25 gal). Door closed at 5pm.
Summary of Science Dome operations: Washed and crushed gypsum samples, Re-bagged
Summary of RAM operations: Nominal
Summary of any observatory issues: Nominal
Summary of health and safety issues: Crew did a yoga/stretching session
Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: N/A

Crew 215 EVA Report 16Nov2019

[title EVA Report – November 16th]

[category eva-report]

Crew 215 EVA Report 16-Nov-2019
EVA # 08
Author: Jennifer Lane
Purpose of EVA: Continue with the sweeping of Micrometeorite Site 5 (MM5) grid squares
Start time: 1305
End time: 1515
Narrative: The crew made their way to the micrometeorite sampling site and managed to sweep 36 squares, which finished the remainder of our 10×10 grid. They were also able to collect aggregate to experiment with creating our Martian concrete. This will take place next week during the final week of the rotation.
Destination: MM5 site south along Cow Dung Road
Coordinates (use UTM NAD27 CONUS): 518462E 4248949N
Participants: Guy Murphy, Shane Usher and Larissa Wilson
Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Cow Dung Road
Mode of travel: Opportunity and Spirit Rover

Crew 215 Science Report 16Nov2019

[title Science Report – November 16th]

[category science-report]

Science Report 16 November 2019
SOL: 6
Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew
Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler
Science Dome Operations: The remaining micrometeorite samples collected from yesterday
were processed and packaged in the morning. In addition, gypsum was ground for cement
experimentation with aggregate samples (fine sand, coarse sand and pebbly sand) the
only outstanding components. In the afternoon, more micrometeorite samples were
collected and transferred to the science dome.
Green Hab: Green Hab operations have continued with a number of herb and vegetable
species now sprouting. See Green Hab report.
RAM Operations: N/A
EVA: The sixth EVA for science saw us returning to the MM5 (518462E 4248949N) site
where the remaining micrometeorite samples were collected. 100% of the grid has now
been sampled and the grid retrieved. See EVA Report.
EVA Suit Maintenance: Nominal. See Operations Report.
Psycho-social Stressors Monitoring: Data collection continues through the hexoskin(TM)
monitoring vests. The simulated emergency retrieval of the engineer has provided a
great deal of data for formulating procedures to assist those in remote and isolated locations.
Additional activities: N/A.

Crew 215 Sol Summary 16Nov2019

[title Sol Summary – November 16th]

[category sol-summary]

Crew 215 Sol Summary Report 16-NOV-2019
Sol: 6
Summary Title: Data Consolidation
Author’s name: Andrew Wheeler
Mission Status: Active
Sol Activity Summary: The previous evening’s emergency drill has provided valuable
insights for the development of procedures applicable to operations in remote and
isolated locations. It was very satisfying to know we could carry out the tasks needed
to successfully complete the recovery. The morning allowed time to respond to questions
sent in from Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea. It was a challenge. The Green
Hab continues to thrive with new herb and vegetable shoots appearing daily. After
lunch, Shane, Larissa and Guy returned to the micrometeorite sample grid in the stream
wash at MM5 (518462E 4248949N) where the remaining 36 samples were collected. We have
now sampled 100% of the grid and it has been retrieved. Dinner was a reheated rendition
of a Thai green curry from the previous evening and very welcome.
Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow sees a day off for all crew with personal and hab chores to
be done. From Monday, Eva activities will wind back as data consolidation intensifies as
we move closer to rotation end.
Anomalies in work: N/A.
Weather: Marginally below freezing overnight, no wind, clear skies.
Crew Physical Status: Healthy
EVA: Micrometeorite sampling EVA. See EVA report
Reports to be file: Sol Summary Report, Operations Report, Science Report, GreenHab
Report, EVA Report, Journalist Report, Daily Photos.
Support Requested: N/A

Final Schedule for the 2019-2020 Field Season

This one can be released to the public:

Final Schedule for the 2019-2020  field season:

Oct 17-20, 2019—Mars Society Conference, Los Angeles

Oct 22-25— IKEA Work Party

Crew 214—Oct 26- Nov10— MSA ExBoomerang

Crew 215—Nov 9-24, 2019— MSA ExBoomerang

Crew 216—Nov 23—Dec 8, 2019— A.R.E.S. (Mars Society crew)

Crew 217—Dec 7-14— Spaceward Bound Utah (Utah NASA Space Consortium Grant)

Dec 14-22— Holiday Break

Crew 218—Dec 21, 2019- Jan 5, 2020— Purdue

Crew 219—Jan 4-19 — ARES  (Florida Tech)

Crew 220—Jan 18-Feb 2— Mars Academy

Crew 221—Feb 1-16— Earth 2 Mars

Crew 222—Feb 15-Mar 1 —Supaero I

Crew 223—Feb 29-Mar 15— Supaero II

Crew 224—Mar 14-21—Wilderness Medical Society class

Crew 225—Mar 22-29—University of Colorado 2 Mars class

Crew 226—Mar 28-Apr 12–  Colombia

Crew 227—Apr 11-26—UCL

Crew 228—Apr 25-May 10—Mars Society II

Crew 229—May 9-24—Work Party

May 28-30– University Rover Challenge

Crew 230– June 1-8, 2020— Medical Makers

Crew 231—June 8-15—Martian Biology II

June 22-28—Astronomy Team Summer Residency

Crew 213 Operations Report 24-May-2019

Crew 213 Operations Report 24-May-2019

SOL: 6

Name of person filing report:Dana Levin

Non-nominal systems: None

Generator (hours run): overnight 2000-0700

Solar— SOC % (Before generator is run at night): 80% (see above)

Diesel Reading – 73%

Propane Reading – 45%

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 4 gallons.

Water (auxillary tank) – 0

Water (static tank) – 400 gallons

Auxillary to Static tank transfer– Yes

Gallons transferred: 100

Water in GreenHab – Greenhab ops have closed for the season, Crew 213 will not be performing greenhab ops

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

Water Meter: 144250

Toilet tank emptied: no

Deimos rover used: no


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Sojourner rover used: Personal rover of director used with her permission by CU- Staff

Hours: 1 hour

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 84

Currently charging: yes

Spirit rover used: yes

Hours: 1

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 80

Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: yes

Hours: 1

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 79

Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used:

Hours: 1

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 82

Currently charging: yes

Notes on rovers: nothing to report

ATV’s Used: no

Reason for use: N/A

Oil Added? no

ATV Fuel Used: no

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0

Notes on ATVs: ATVs are safely secured near directors residence and will not be used by crew 213 for planned nominal operations

HabCar used and why, where? Yes, to obtain water from town.

CrewCar used and why, where? no (in Grand Junction)

General notes and comments:

– Crew 213 had successful simulation of several medical contingencies on EVA today.

Summary of internet: functional

Summary of suits and radios: Suits are all working well. We are using our own radios.

Summary of Hab operations: nominal

Summary of GreenHab operations: none

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Used for course lectures and briefings. All systems nominal

Summary of RAMM operations: none

Summary of any observatory issues: none identified as we are not using observatory

Summary of health and safety issues: None at this time

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: None needed. Thank you so much for your support of our mission.

Crew 213 Mission Summary 24-May-2019

Crew 213 Mission Summary 24-May-2019

This course was our largest and most extensive iteration of our combined medicine and engineering education program. It went extremely well. Our crew enjoyed the simulations and clearly learned a lot about medicine and engineering as it relates to spaceflight.We continue to be grateful to the Mars Society for the opportunity to use this facility and all the resources it offers in our educational efforts. The major challenges we encountered were unpredictability with weather and managing a larger than normal number of students. The media team was an asset to our course and assisted us with arranging lighting and effects for our simulations.

As has been typical of our missions the daily EVA scenarios were handled safely and effectively and the emergency simulations were coupled with debriefs to ensure effective transfer of each learning objective. The feedback received from the crew both informally and through our own feedback process indicated a high level of enjoyment, respect for the facility, the course, and the challenges of a mission to Mars.

Our experience teaching doctors in previous versions of this course have lead us to a robust didactic, simulation, and discussion based curriculum. The landscape and the difficulties of living in the habitat are well known to us so there were few additional surprises. However, the weather was uncommonly rainy which forced us to amend our day to day operations on a near continuous basis. In the future, we will plan for back up activities to keep students engaged even when the weather precludes outside activities.

As this is the third time we’ve incorporated research projects into our curriculum, it has become a relatively routine part of our instruction. The crew was very receptive as were outside parties and we are looking forward to expanding this work in future missions. Our research is primarily focused on habitability, rapid iterative design, and feedback from task saturated personnel. We hope to present this at future meetings and continue to solicit more projects that can benefit from our unique population of medical professionals. Our projects for this year included a training and testing session of just in time training for ultrasound guided nerve blocks.

As always the realism of the EVA landscape is the most impressive feature of the MDRS site. The habitat facilities, EVA suits, and food supplies are well suited to the experience, however we have noticed a need for maintenance in both the habitat and space suits. Thank you for the continued opportunity to work with you on this project, we look forward to our continued collaboration.