Greenhab Report – December 20th

Crew 201 GreenHab Report – 20-DEC-2018

Greenhab Officer:
Walter Calles

Environmental Control:
Heating
Cooling w/ ambient air (5hrs)

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
High: 37.4°C
Low: 23.1°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
8 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
65%

Times of Watering for Crops:
1210

Changes to crops:
Tomatoes growing slow, but showing progress.
Baby greens keep growing ok on one flat. The other one, not so good.
Carrots and fennel are growing really slow.

Narrative:
First soil mixes with martian samples + growing ground for research. Tomorrow, raddishes will be seeded on the samples and the experiment will start.
Total ground sample: 234g
Soil samples & quantity:
Control: 100% ground (200g)
Sample Type 1: 10,20,30,40 & 50%
Sample Type 2: 10,20%
Sample Type 3: 10,20%
Soil samples will be categorized tomorrow on science dome.

Harvest:
Cilantro: 15.3g
Basil: 8g
Oregano: 1.7g
Sage: 6g
Parsley: 7.5g

Support/Supplies Needed:
Carrots and fennel growing very slow. Any suggestions or input about this?

Greenhab Report – December 19th

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Greenhab Officer:
Walter Calles

Environmental Control:
Heating
Cooling w/ ambient air (2hrs)

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 26.6°C
High: 43.4°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
16 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
75%

Times of Watering for Crops:
1800

Changes to crops:
Tomatoes keep growing. 2 of the pots present the best performance.
Baby greens growing good, but one of the flats is not presenting good progress.
Cucumbers growing a little bit slow.
Lettuce starting to grow in good shape. Will keep track of them.

Narrative:
Temperature is growing a lot, we need to adjust down the heater.
Heavy water to all plants today. Humidity overal is a little bit low, maybe due to the increase of temperature.
I think that shade can be reduced a little bit (maybe to 30%)
Salads and raddishes looking in great shape! Will do an amazing meal for Christmas

Harvest:
NONE

Support/Supplies Needed:
Due to the increase of weather temperature, we need to adjust the heater to reduce the temperature around 20-25%. Can I do it by myself, or I can get some help on that?
I recovered our first soil samples today on the EVA. I’ll start with my soil mix tomorrow, with a 30% of sample + 70% garden soil.

Greenhab Report – December 18th

Hi Atila,

Thank you for the question. Tomorrow early we will check if restarting the thermometer gives different measurements. The ones we are recording are the whole day temperatures. Can you give some advice about the situation?

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Greenhab Officer:
Walter Calles

Environmental Control:
Heating
Cooling w/ ambient air

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: -4.7°C
High: 37.4°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
8 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
85%

Times of Watering for Crops:
1220

Changes to crops:
Tomatoes still growing, the difference is clear.
Baby greens keep growing good

Narrative:
Light water to all the plants performed today. Humidity levels were a bit low by the time I checked. Tomorrow I’ll perform a heavy watering to all the crops.
Changes almost all sticky papers. Added two additional ones.
Tomatoes keep growing, is now clearer that the heating is working. Will continue to monitor them.
Baby greens growing good.
Cilantro, basil, and cilantro are in great shape. Will harvest some tomorrow.

Harvest:
NONE

Support/Supplies Needed:
Shannon gave a great suggestion to start mixing the organic materials with the soil samples. I’ll gather the first samples tomorrow to start the testing.
I’m starting with a 70% growing soil + 30% sample soil to grow some seeds. Any suggestion on which seeds should I try?

Greenhab Report – December 17th

Crew 201 Greenhab Report 17-Dec-2018

Greenhab Officer: Walter Calles

Environmental Control:

Heating

Cooling w/ ambient air

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:

Low: -4.°C

High: 37°C

Hours of Supplemental Light: 5

Daily Water Usage of Crops: 3 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs): 90%

Times of Watering for Crops: 1500

Changes to crops:

Tomatoes starting to show some progress on their growing.

Recently planted baby greens starting to grow.

Narrative:

Light water to all the plants performed today. Humidity levels are in a good shape.

The big blue growing pot is full of bugs. Tomorrow I’m adding more sticky papers and replacing the existing ones.

Tomatoes keep growing. Probably the heating is working. Will keep tracking on this progress.

Baby greens starting to grow. Will keep them wet enough and review their progress.

Harvest: NONE

Greenhab report – December 16th

Crew 201 Greenhab Report 16-DEC-2018
Greenhab Officer:
Walter Calles

Environmental Control:
Heating

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: -4°C
High: 31°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
3 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
100% (refilled today)

Times of Watering for Crops:
1800

Changes to crops:
NONE

Narrative:
Water Tank refilled to full capacity today.
Quick review of the humidity on the crops and watered them enough to keep them in a good shape.
Salads looking good, will keep them on high priority for next week harvesting (Christmas Dinner plans).
Raddish growing in good shape. Hopefully, ready for harvesting by EoW.
Tomatoes starting to grow, due to increase of heating. Will keep tracking of them to see some progress.

Harvest:
NONE

Support/Supplies Needed:
Planning to clean up some soil samples left by previous crew and replanting some spinaches. Any suggestions?

Best regards,

Walter A. Calles Glass
Greenhab Officer & Crew Journalist
MDRS Crew 201 MEx-1

Greenhab Report – December 15th

Greenhab Officer:
Walter Calles

Environmental Control:
Heating
40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 24 C
High: 52 C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
6 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
70%

Times of Watering for Crops:
1000

Changes to crops:
NONE

Narrative:
Just learned the Greenhab position and responsibilities. First day of the mission, pretty excited to grow all types of crops. Will plan for future dinner dishes.

Harvest:
NONE

Support/Supplies Needed:
NONE (yet!)

GreenHab report – December 14th

Crew 200 Greenhab Report 14-DEC-2018

Greenhab Officer:
Makiah Eustice

Environmental Control:
Heating
40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 24 C
High: 50 C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
8 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
67%

Times of Watering for Crops:
1600

Changes to crops:
NONE

Narrative:
The high measurement was still 50 today, but since I wasn’t at the
greenhab at the highest time in the day.

Harvest:
1.6 g of Sage
95.8 g Sunflower Sprouts
37.8 g Mixed Salad Greens
4.4 g Cilantro
6.4 g Water Cress

Support/Supplies Needed:
Was there suppose to be a weight in the GreenHab? If so, I cannot find
it and have to go to the Science Dome to get the mass of the harvest.
GreenHab is a great place to work, it has alot of potential. With
added sensors and automated suns shades, the Hab GreenHab can become
closer to the type of system we’d want on Mars!

Greenhab Report – December 13th

Crew 200 Greenhab Report 13-DEC-2018
Greenhab Officer:
Makiah Eustice

Environmental Control:
Heating
40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 24 C
High: 35 C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
8 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
67%

Times of Watering for Crops:
1000

Changes to crops:
NONE

Narrative:
The weird 54 C reading was a trick of the light, literally! I moved it
closer to the center of the hab, away from direct sun. I also tested
with an analog thermometer.

Harvest:
NONE

Support/Supplies Needed:
It would be interesting to sees the O2 ans CO2 levels throughout the
day. It would be an important measure to have on Mars! If you can, I’d
love suggestions for sensors.

Greenhab Report – December 12th

Crew 200 Greenhab Report 12-DEC-2018
Greenhab Officer:
Makiah Eustice
Environmental Control:
Heating
40% Shade Cloth on
Average Temperatures:
Low: 24 C
High: 54 C
Hours of Supplemental Light:
5
Daily Water Usage of Crops:
8 gallons
Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
68%
Times of Watering for Crops:
1500
Changes to crops:
NONE
Narrative:
Everything seems to be operating normally.
Harvest:
1.1 g Oregano
Support/Supplies Needed:
N/A

Greenhab Report – December 11th

Crew 200 Greenhab Report 11-DEC-2018

Greenhab Officer:
Makiah Eustice

Environmental Control:
Heating
40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 24 C
High: 54 C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
8 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
68%

Times of Watering for Crops:
1430

Changes to crops:
NONE

Narrative:
You can tell the tomatoes are trying to grow again. My sprouts will be
ready to harvest before we leave. I put up new sticky sheets for the
gnats.

Harvest:
NONE

Support/Supplies Needed:
NONE