MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION

Sol Summary – January 17th

MDRS Sol Summary Report for sol 2
The report was written by Idriss Sisaid
Chasing the carbonates with ATVs and solving basic problems.
Mission Status:  (How are things going?)
Things are getting better (things always get better once the toilets are unclogged). The sun has kept on shining today and dried up the soil. This enabled us to get on our all terrain vehicles (ATVs) and discover the area. The 3d Printer has however had a few problems as the cartridges were faulted.
Sol Activity Summary: (What did you learn/do today?)
We learnt how to use the ATVs with style and how to speak properly on the walkie talkie, mumbling before speaking which doesn’t lead to calling ones own name repeatedly until the end of times. Three crewmembers went out on an EVA to find some carbonates for a geology project. On our way we learnt new ways of cleaning the helmet when it gets too blury (like cleaning it with a brush hold in place with the teeth or by its own home-grown brush also known as a beard) in order to see correctly. The crewmembers successfully collected some samples for further analysis. The 3d printed blocks project had still a few problems and couldn’t get further prints as some hardware elements were of bad quality (the cartridge, the nozzles, and in fact, the whole 3d printer) which led us to unmount the cartdriges and use a different printing system. Growing food on Mars is slow but we are getting there! New seeds arrived today from a new supply and we will be able to grow more plants.
Look Ahead Plan: (How are you going to follow up?  What’s the plan for tomorrow?)
We look forward to finally printing a few blocks so that we can begin our first tests. We also plan to start analysing some samples collected during our EVA and we hope to be able to find more samples.
Anomalies in work:  (Any problems?)
Latest update of the evening: the toilets are again clogged and, therefore, so are our emotions. We do hope to find an alternative solution and not bring up again discussions on alternative and efficient solutions for delivering and getting rid of solid packages in a confined environment.
Weather:
Today was very sunny and dried most of the soil around the hab. Clear skies but still low temperatures (~0-5°C)
Crew Physical Status:
As the saying goes, laughing is good for one’s health, and we laughed a lot! We started the day very healthy until the toilet told us to cry again.
EVA: (where did you go?)
We took 3 ATVs and went to a small canyon about 5 miles east from the Hab where we sampled some rocks for a geological analysis.
Support Requested:
·        We need better cartdriges for the 3D printer. We would like some functionning ones for the next ressuply.
·        We are still looking forward the Internet token.

Sol Summary – January 14th

Crew 172 is officially done with our two week Mars analog simulation. We made it back to Earth from Mars safe and sound. Wow! What an unique, fun, and interesting experience on the Red Planet these last thirteen sols. We hope you have enjoyed and learned from our story.

The next crew rotation, Crew 173, has been debriefed and trained on all the MDRS systems, and are ready for their two week mission to begin. They seem like a capable bunch with all their experience and expertise. Godspeed to them!

Before Crew 172 signs off, we would like to thank the following people and organizations that helped us complete our mission:

Ilaria Cinelli, B.Eng. M.Eng. PhD Student – Commander

  • Scholarship: The Mars Society
  • Sponsor: The Italian Mars Society
  • Affiliation:
    • National University of Galway (Ireland)
    • Aerospace Human Factors Associations [Part of the Aerospace Medical Association]
    • NeuroKinetics Health Services, Inc.
    • Sana Health, Inc
    • Space Generation Advisory Council

Pierrick Loyers & Gwendal Henaff – Scientist & Health/Safety Officer

  • GSSI for the collaboration and the loan of the Ground Penetrating Radar and M. Brian Jones
  • MSI and M. Christophe Norgeot for the technical help
  • National Instruments and particularly M. Yacine Addou for participating to the 3D cartography system by sending us a NI myRIO
  • INSA Toulouse and The Physics Engineering Department, Dr. Vignolles, Dr. Lassagne, Dr. Grisolia, Dr. Balayssac, Dr. Maranges
  • Foundation INSA for the sponsoring and the technical equipment
  • The CROUS Toulouse for financing our flight suits
  • Planete Mars and M. Souchier for believing in this project and for their incredible help with sponsorship

Nicholas McCay – Journalist

  • Experience 360 for the virtual reality headsets
  • The Space Channel for the cameras to document our experience
  • Affiliations:
    • SpaceportLA
    • Mars City Design

Troy Cole – Engineer

  • Affiliations
    • Astronauts 4 Hire

Patrick Gray – Green Hab Officer

  • Affiliations
    • Students for the Exploration & Development of Space (SEDS)
    • WayPaver Foundation
    • UNC-Chapel Hill

Anushree Srivastava – Biologist

  • Affiliations
    • Mars Society – Mars 160 Mission

We would also like to thank the Mars Society, the Mars Desert Research Station, along with all the individuals who volunteered their time as CAPCOM & Mission Support.

Last but certainly not least, we would like to thank our families and friends for believing in us for this unique endeavor. We would not of been able to do this mission without your full support. Thank You! Crew 172 signing off

END TRANSMISSION

Sol Summary – January 1st

Crew 172

Today we arrived on Mars…Ok maybe not THE Mars, but southern Utah sure looks like the Red Planet. Our transport vehicles were not named Orion or Dragon, but instead Caravan and Suburban. Our seven Marsnauts are a diverse group from all over the world: three Americans, two Frenchman, one Italian, and an Indian. We are separated by eight years, the youngest being 22 while our commander is the oldest at 30 years young. Seeing desert in every direction and for as far as the eye could see, The Habitat was a welcoming sight. This is the moment, at least for me, when everything became “real.” Of course planning for six months, taking multiple flights, and spending quite a pretty penny on this experience is “real,” but when you actually see a two story hab, science dome, and greenhouse – the tingle of excitement washes over you.

Our “home” now consists of only 6 things: the Habitat, the science dome, the observatory, the greenhouse, a solar panel and ATV(s). We were given a tour of our home for the next 2 weeks, and all of the necessary systems training. Highlights are the water tank, both airlocks, EVA suits, and the daily routine we have now established. Next, on the docket was a pre-mission briefing with the local support staff. We all went over the procedures for EVAs, detailed our research projects and limitations, and the funnest part of our time on Mars – training on the ATVs. These vehicles will be our primary mode of transportation in the coming 14 days, other than our trusty two feet, so training was useful for all of our crew members. We are going to finish cleaning the hab tonight, and mentally prepare for the next fortnight. Our last planned activity of Sol 0 will be watching “The Martian.” Sure it may be corny, but hey we are on Mars and need all the help we can get!

Tomorrow morning we will wake up IN SIM on the Red Planet.

Daily Summary Report – December 30th

SOL: 12
Person filling out Report: Anselm Wiercioch, XO
Summary Title:
Mission Status: Complete
Sol Activity Summary: Cleaned hab, composed final report
Look Ahead Plan: Training new crew tomorrow
Anomalies in work: None
Weather: High 38F, Low 26F, Humidity 36-69%, Wind avg 2mph, Gust 3mph,
Clear and sunny
Crew Physical Status: Alive and well
EVA: None
Reports to be filed:
– Sol Summary
– Journalist’s Report
– Science Reports
– 6-8 Photos
– EVA Plan
– Operations Report
Support Requested
– None

Daily Summary Report – December 29th

SOL: 11

Person filling out Report: Anselm Wiercioch, XO

Summary Title: Last EVA

Mission Status: Winding down

Sol Activity Summary: Received water, EVA to Lunar Plains

Look Ahead Plan: Cleanup tomorrow for next crew

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: High 45F, Low 11F, Humidity 34-72%, Wind avg 0.8mph, Gust

2.5mph, Clear skies

Crew Physical Status: Anxious to get back to civilization

EVA: None

Reports to be filed:
– Sol Summary
– Commander’s Report
– Science Reports
– 6-8 Photos
– EVA Plan
– Operations Report

Support Requested
– None

Daily Summary Report – December 28th

SOL: 10
Person filling out Report: Anselm Wiercioch, XO
Summary Title: Final Countdown
Mission Status: Working in final EVAs
Sol Activity Summary: Candor Chasma EVA, Spacesuit testing
Look Ahead Plan: EVA to Lunar Plains
Anomalies in work: Out of water
Weather: High 43F, Low 12F, Humidity 35-67%, Wing avg 1.1mph, Gust 2.5mph, Sunny
Crew Physical Status: Functional but feeling the isolation
EVA: Follow up to Candor Chasma
Reports to be filed:
– Sol Summary
– Journalist’s Report
– Science Reports
– 6-8 Photos
– EVA Plan
– Operations Report
Support Requested
– None

Daily Summary Report – December 27th

SOL 09

Person filling out Report: Anselm Wiercioch, XO

Summary Title: 70% of the way there

Mission Status: Ramping up for science

Sol Activity Summary: Lot of green hab work, staying inside

Look Ahead Plan: EVA to Candor Chasma, Commander’s data acquisition

Anomalies in work: Many martian visitors driving around

Weather: High 38F, low 11F, Humidity 30-62%, wind avg 3.5mph, gust

4.5mph, clear skies and sunny

Crew Physical Status: Fully functional

EVA: Postponed due to martian traffic

Reports to be filed:
– Sol Summary
– Journalist Report
– Science Reports
– 6-8 Photos
– EVA Plan
– Operations Report

Support Requested
– None

Daily Summary Report – December 26th

SOL: 08
Person filling out Report: Anselm Wiercioch, XO
Summary Title: Boxing Day
Mission Status: Ready for a productive week
Sol Activity Summary: Cleaned up the hab and eva to Candor Chasma
Look Ahead Plan: Follow up EVA to Candor Chasma
Anomalies in work: None
Weather: High 39F, Low 20F, Humidity 22-53%, Wind avg 5-10mph, Gust 20mph
Crew Physical Status: Fully functional
EVA: Follow up to Candor Chasma
Reports to be filed:
– Sol Summary
– Journalist Report
– Science Reports
– 6-8 Photos
– EVA Plan
– Operations Report
Support Requested
– None

Daily Summary Report – December 25th

Daily Summary Report

SOL: 07

Person filling out Report: Alison Gibson, Commander

Summary Title: A Windy Christmas

Mission Status: Ready for a productive week

Sol Activity Summary: We started the day with a Christmas breakfast feast, did our Yankee Swap, played games, and ended the afternoon with a movie.

Look Ahead Plan: EVA to Candor Chasma

Anomalies in work:  We had an intense wind storm last night and the cover blew off the hole in the top of the Hab. It was reinstalled as best as possible, but may need future improvements.

Weather: Partly cloudy, High 45F, Low 33F, wind gusts up to 33 mph

Crew Physical Status: Fully functional

EVA: Our EVA was postponed until tomorrow to avoid strong winds and celebrate the holiday

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Operations Report, Science Report

Support Requested: None

Daily Summary Report – December 24th

Daily Summary Report
SOL: 06
Person filling out Report: Anselm Wiercioch, XO
Summary Title: Christmas Eve
Mission Status: Research moving along, but slowly.
Sol Activity Summary: Slow day. Brought greenhab plants inside.
Look Ahead Plan: EVA to Candor Chasma tomorrow
Anomalies in work: Nothing
Weather: High 33F, Low 48F, wind avg 6.5mph, gust 7.4mph, precip
0.02″, grey cloudy skies
Crew Physical Status: Active. Full crew functional.
EVA: Postponed due to prior precipitation. Too muddy.
Reports to be filed:
– Sol Summary
– Science Reports
– 6-8 Photos
– EVA Plan