It’s been a long and busy day.
In the morning, the EVA team did 3D survey of the HAB by a Drone Camera. It was for Wataru’s project and he succeeded it although it was a bit windy.
Then we had lunch with fresh vegetable in the GreenHab for the project of Kai. He planned letting us spend the day as the “Plants Day”. That is, we do what usually just only the GreenHab officer do: harvest, sowing, watering and eating etc. So we were surrounded by greenery today! So Kai did also greenery EVA in this afternoon. He took the team to the place where they could find some plants and let them observe and draw it. His interest is how will plants influence people especially in such a closed life.
Meanwhile, we worked hard again to clean the black water tank. We hope you can see the result: now ready to fill with the clean water!
here is our Photo Report with its description on sol11.
Miho XO crew191
SOL Essay (Photo Description)
04 Apr 2018
Miho Tsukishiro (XO)
In EVA #12, Venzha did the third time recording for his CEMs project and it was the last. Every time he set the antenna in different shapes and got naturally various sounds from outer space. Every crew members are now looking forward to listening his results.
We also made an effort to solve the water problem as much as yesterday: clean up of the contaminated water tanks in RAM.
As a result: the white tank and the small tank in Hab car are now “clean” enough to bring us the safe water from the earth! However, it remains the case that we also have to clean the black and the loft tank (maybe tomorrow or after the end of our SIM?).
After the EVA #9 team had left the HAB, Yusuke and Makoto started an operational EVA with a brush, towels, cleaner, and water for washing. We had already put the contaminated white tank inside the RAM on SOL9. As you know “RAM” is an abbreviation of the “Repair and Assembly Module”, but it never used as a purpose. So, today is the Memorial Day of RAM! Yusuke and Makoto got down into the tank only with underwear and cleaned it. Sometime they need to put their head out of a narrow mouth of the tank for breathing as a seal. We couldn’t complete cleaning the tank during this EVA, but almost done. The operation never realized without RAM. Thanks RAM!!!
Related to the water problem, we also cleaned up the water pump. So we are in progress of preparing for the clean water to our HAB now.
In EVA #9, Venzha did recording for his project CMEs again, but in another place and setting in another way. As a result, he was able to get very different sound from last time.
This morning we have decided our EVA #9, because we have to solve the water pollution in the HAB. Since we found some white unknown material in the white tank yesterday, we can not use the water anymore, which already in the HAB water system.
The solution we took without breaking our SIM: request supply of clean water for two days, and clean up the tanks meanwhile.
So we checked and got some sample of water from the tanks and brought the empty but still contaminated white tank into the RAM today, so that we can clean it up during following EVA.
For the outreach project of our commander Yusuke Murakami, we did photo-shooting on Mars during today’s EVA. The commander report, which also published on a Japanese newspaper today, tells “a day on Mars” as we all are actually there, because it’s April Fool. In the following pictures, the EVA team performed characters in the article: Leader Taro, journalist Emi and the geologist. So please see these pictures with today’s commander report!
Today we had a day off! So nothing to describe, instead of that, we introduce our non-human crew: two robot-dog “Aibo”s and the automatic hydroponic machine “foop”.
Aibo, the lovely dogs ease the tense atmosphere in our closed life.
The machine foop is made for interior and we can see the process of plant’s growth.
They do NOT attend briefing, clean up the HAB and of course no EVA, but they are definitely part of our team and big support for us.
this is our photo report with description on sol 6.
Miho XO crew191
SOL Essay (and description)
30 Mar 2018
Miho Tsukishiro (XO)
It’s already passed 6 days since we’ve arrived here, so we decided to clean inside the HAB this morning. After all of the room got clean, we also felt refreshed.
Today’s EVA, Venzha Christ did the first recording on Mars but in “The Moon”. The recording has been successfully done, but the rover Opportunity has overheated several times on the way. So that’s why the EVA team could not return on time, but it might be a good “opportunity“ to learn to keep schedule.
For our Journalist’s project, today we had a film-shooting in EVA. The sight from the roof of the hill along the Galileo Road was so amazing, really MARS-like scenery. But after we climbed up to there, found the difficulty to breath wearing the space helmet. Also it was hard for our video photographer to tell direction via radio because he had to use both hands to hold his camera. However, the results ware great as you can see.
By the way, we have found a problem with the solar system in HAB this morning. This is one of our lifeline, so we keep monitoring tomorrow.
In this afternoon, Wataru Okamoto has started his own project with his majoring system: the instrument has been installed inside a tunnel at last.
This morning we had a half day off because some of us overslept and looked little bit tired. No wonder we have already spent a couple of days very busy and tense. However, we got fit again after the break!
For lunch we tried SPACE FOOD made in Russia, which is a kind Gift from Anastasya, who was a crew mate of our commander by Mars160. It was really tasty as we expected and also interesting experience eating food from a tube.
EVA #4 in this afternoon was also for collecting rubbish + GPS training as yesterday: we found so many tiny garbage or is it a sign of life?