MARS DESERT RESEARCH STATION

GreenHab Report – March 20th

Dear Mission Support,

My daily activities related to the Green Hab include mainly watering seeds and waiting for the results. Today the day was different: I have found a tiny plant pointing out of one of the pots. It belongs to Zinna flowers. Of course, I was very happy to see it and I feel ever more motivated to take care about other seeds and potatoes.

The temperature was lower than usual, so I did not turn on the fan today. I very much hope to see more plants grow before the mission is over.

 

Best wishes,

Karolina Zawieska

Green Hab Officer, Crew 176

GreenHab Report – March 16th

Karolina Zawieska

16 March 2017 – Sol 5

 

Dear Mission Support,

Today it was a very interesting day for me as I have tried to bring some life to Green Hab. I have planted seeds, namely radish, swiss, onion and two types of flowers, as well as 5 potatoes and 1 avocado seed, all of them in separate pots (I felt like a protagonist of the film “Martian”). I am aware I will hardly see any progress during my stay in MDRS, however, I truly hope the crews that will come next, will see some grown plants and will carefully take care about them. I have left notes with the name of the plant on each pot.

I have decided to fill a watering can water on a daily basis rather than keep it fully filled inside the Green Hab. This is because it gets very hot inside and I don’t want the water to get too warm. The tap outside the Green Hab does not work, so I will need to bring water from the hab, just as I did today. The fan does not give any problems. I haven’t found any thermometer to measure the temperature inside the Green Hab but I keep the track of the temperature outside the Hab (30 C degrees today at noon).

I have brought a cactus from the field and I am planning to plant it tomorrow. I am aware it does not belong to crops, but I think the presence of even a tiny piece of green inside the Green Hab will give it a more positive look and will have a positive psychological effect on me and future Green Hab officers.

 

Best wishes,

Karolina Zawieska

Green Hab Officer, Crew 176

 

GreenHab Report – March 14th

When we arrived to MDRS, the door to the Green Hab was locked and all plants were dead. The door got unlocked the same day and Shannon Rupert did substantive works to put things in order, remove dry plants and prepare pots for new crops.

I have finished today what Shannon started: I have collected trash and removed the resting dry plants as well as I put things in order and brushed the floor. I have also analysed the seeds that are available for planting. Most of the pots contain soil and none of them contains plants (there are still dry roots left though in some of the pots). Approximately a half of them is ready to be used for new plants.

Each morning I turn the fan on and I turn it off in the evening. I also partially open and close a sort of the window built into the door. The fan works well. The days are very sunny, so it gets very hot inside (the temperature outside was 26 C degrees; I still need to find a thermometer to measure the temperature inside).

The next step is to start seeds as well as bring some plants from the field and try to grow them inside the Green Hab. I also need to examine how to regulate the temperature, lightening and moisture of the soil in a way it fits the seeds.

GreenHab in Decline
GreenHab in Decline

 

Best wishes,
Karolina Zawieska
Green Hab Officer, Crew 176

GreenHab Report – March 2nd

Green Hab Report  – Sol 18
Report written by: Victoria DA-POIAN (Crew Biologist)

Date : 03/02/2017

Functionality: The heater in the green hab is working well. Today was a very sunny day. I checked the temperature in the GreenHab this morning. It was around 35 Celsius degrees around 10:15 AM while the temperature in the tunnel was around 7.6 Celsius degrees. I switched on the cooler (on stage 2).

The GreenHab temperature was 19 Celsius degrees at 6:00PM while it was 8 Celsius degrees in the tunnel. I watered the seedlings this morning and I did this afternoon.


Status: The existing seedlings in the greenhab are continuing to grow well. There are spinach, lettuce, radish, and beans growing very well in the small pots. I planted a new lettuce today.

The Vegidair is functionning well. The pump is working well (it was making strong noise in the morning, so I added water). The day/night cycle seems to have some issues, we wll investigate that.
Unfortunately, there will not be a new crew to take over after us so I am worried about this.

GreenHab Report – March 1st

Green Hab Report  – Sol 16
Report written by: Victoria DA-POIAN (Crew Biologist)

Date : 02/28/2017

Functionality: The heater in the green hab is working well. Today was a very sunny day. I checked the temperature in the GreenHab this morning. It was around 45 Celsius degrees around 10:30 AM while the temperature in the tunnel was around 7 Celsius degrees. I switched on the cooler (on stage 3).

The GreenHab temperature was 15 Celsius degrees at 6:00PM while it was 3.2 Celsius degrees in the tunnel. I watered the seedlings this morning and I did this afternoon.


Status: The existing seedlings in the greenhab are continuing to grow well. There are spinach, lettuce, radish, and beans growing very well in the small pots. I harvested one  lettuce and I planted one new.

The Vegidair has been installed is still functionning very well.

GreenHab Report – February 28th

Green Hab Report  – Sol 16
Report written by: Victoria DA-POIAN (Crew Biologist)

Date : 02/28/2017

Functionality: The heater in the green hab is working well. Today was a very sunny day. I checked the temperature in the GreenHab this morning. It was around 30 Celsius degrees around 09:15 AM while the temperature in the tunnel was around 7.6 Celsius degrees. I switched on the cooler (on stage 2).

The GreenHab temperature was 21 Celsius degrees at 5:30PM while it was 3.5 Celsius degrees in the tunnel. I watered the seedlings this morning and I did this afternoon.

Status: The existing seedlings in the greenhab are continuing to grow well. There are spinach, lettuce, radish, and beans growing very well in the small pots. I harvested one  lettuce and I planted one new.

The Vegidair has been installed 10 days ago and is functionning very well (cf photos). It seems that a sprout in the greenhab has withered and died in the greenhab however all the ones in the vegidair grow very fast.
Unfortunately, there will not be a new crew to take over after us so I am worried about this.

Thanks,
Victoria

GreenHab Report – February 27th

Green Hab Report  – Sol 15
Report written by: Victoria DA-POIAN (Crew Biologist)

Date : 02/27/2017

Functionality: The heater in the green hab is working well. Today was a very sunny but windy day ! I checked the temperature in the GreenHab this morning. It was around 27 Celsius degrees around 10:00 AM while the temperature in the tunnel was around 6.6 Celsius degrees. I switched on the cooler on stage 1. The GreenHab temperature was 21 Celsius degrees at 4:00PM while it was 9.9 Celsius degrees in the tunnel. I watered twice the plants today.


Status: The existing seedlings in the greenhab are continuing to grow well. There are spinach, lettuce, radish, and beans growing very well in the small pots.

The lettuces are growing well too. The new lettuces I planted are growing very well too.

The Vegidair has been installed a week ago and is functionning very well. We were able to see nice sprouts of lettuce today in the Vegidair and some smaller in the similar pots I put in the GreenHab.

GreenHab Report – February 26th

Green Hab Report  – Sol 14
Report written by: Victoria DA-POIAN (Crew Biologist)

Date : 02/26/2017

Functionality: The heater in the green hab is working well. Today was a very sunny but cold day ! Arthur checked the temperature in the GreenHab this morning. It was around 41 Celsius degrees around 11:00 AM while the temperature in the tunnel was around 6.6 Celsius degrees. He switched on the cooler on stage 3. The GreenHab temperature was 21 Celsius degrees at 6:00PM while it was 8.9 Celsius degrees in the tunnel. we watered twice the plants today.


Status: The existing seedlings in the greenhab are continuing to grow well. There are spinach, lettuce, radish, and beans growing very well in the small pots.

The lettuces are growing well too. The new lettuces I planted are growing very well too.

The Vegidair has been installed a week ago and is functionning very well. We were able to see nice sprouts of lettuce today in the Vegidair and some smaller in the similar pots I put in the GreenHab.

Thanks,
Victoria

GreenHab Report – February 25th

Green Hab Report  – Sol 13
Report written by: Victoria DA-POIAN (Crew Biologist)

Date : 02/25/2017

Functionality: The heater in the green hab is working well. Today was a very sunny day and warmer than yesterday. I checked the temperature in the GreenHab this morning. It was around 41 Celsius degrees around 11:00 AM while the temperature in the tunnel was around 3.8 Celsius degrees. I switched on the cooler (on stage 3).

The GreenHab temperature was 18 Celsius degrees at 5:00PM while it was 6 Celsius degrees in the tunnel. I then cut the cooler and watered the seedlings.


Status: The existing seedlings in the greenhab are continuing to grow well. There are spinach, lettuce, radish, and beans growing very well in the small pots. A new lettuce has been planted today. Another lettuce is not looking well, we will probably harvest it soon and plant a new one.

The Vegidair has been is functionning very well. We were able to see taller sprouts of lettuce and of « roquette » today in the Vegidair than in the similar pots I put in the GreenHab, but those in the GreenHab have also taken well.


Thanks,
Victoria

GreenHab Report – February 24th

Green Hab Report – Sol 12
Report written by: Victoria DA-POIAN (Crew Biologist)

Date : 02/24/2017

Functionality: The heater in the green hab is working well. Today was a very sunny but cold day ! I checked the temperature in the GreenHab this morning. It was around 28 Celsius degrees around 10:00 AM while the temperature in the tunnel was around 3.2 Celsius degrees. I switched on the cooler on stage 2. The GreenHab temperature was 24 Celsius degrees at 6:00PM while it was 2.8 Celsius degrees in the tunnel. I watered twice the plants today.

Status: The existing seedlings in the greenhab are continuing to grow well. There are spinach, lettuce, radish, and beans growing very well in the small pots.

The lettuces are growing well too. The new lettuces I planted are growing very well too.

The Vegidair has been installed a week ago and is functionning very well. We were able to see nice sprouts of lettuce today in the Vegidair and some smaller in the similar pots I put in the GreenHab.