GreenHab Report – December 6th

GreenHab Report

Trisha Randazzo

December 6, 2017

Environmental control: (Choose which is appropriate and explain further if needed)

Ambient (no heating or/cooling)

Ambient with window/door open

·         Below freezing for most of the day. Waited noon before opening door.

·         Temperature high 44, low 19

Heating

·         Functioning nominally, discovered heater comes on at 40 F

Cooling

·         Not available

Both heating and cooling

·         Nominal

Shade cloth on/off

·         On

Average temperature: (N/A until new sensor is delivered)

·         N/A

Changes to crops:  Note all emergence of seedlings, death of seedlings, etc

·         The same tomato is still doing poorly

·          Everyone else is growing quite well!!

·         Some new seedlings popped up in the two big garden beds

Daily water usage for crops:

·         Complete with no issues

Time(s) of watering for crops:

·         13:00

Morning research observations: (Currently not operational)

·         N/A

Changes to research plants:

·         N/A

Daily watering and amount of water used:

·         2 gallons used for all soils

Aquaponics:  (Currently not operational)

·         N/A

Narrative:  Any other information you want to share

·         N/A

Support/supplies needed:

·         N/A

GreenHab Report – December 5th

GreenHab Report

Crewmember’s name: Akash Trivedi

Date: 5/12/17

Environmental control:

Ambient (no heating or/cooling): No wind, door open at 9am. Since
generator failed and heater would not work, we closed door to
stabalise temperature.

Heating: Nominal, once generator was back on

Cooling: Not operational

Both heating and cooling

Shade cloth on

Average temperature: 21 oC in morning before power shortage, 16 oC at 1700

Changes to crops:  Same tomato plant droopy, also noticed a droopy
radish plant and moved it to a brighter location

Daily water usage for crops: Nominal

Time(s) of watering for crops: 9am

Research observations: (Currently not operational)

Changes to research plants: N/A

Daily watering and amount of water used: 2 gallons

Aquaponics: (Currently not operational)

Narrative: Plants are doing good on the whole!

Support/supplies needed: Fire extinguisher required, extra mineral
salts for supplements in case of deficiencies

GreenHab Report – December 4th

GreenHab Report

Trisha Randazzo

December 4, 2017

Environmental control: (Choose which is appropriate and explain further if needed)

Ambient (no heating or/cooling)

Ambient with window/door open

  • No wind, door open starting at 11:00
  • Plants looked a bit warm so will open door a before 10:00 tomorrow

Heating

  • Functioning nominally

Cooling

  • Not available

Both heating and cooling

  • Nominal

Shade cloth on/off

  • On

Average temperature: (N/A until new sensor is delivered)

  • N/A

Changes to crops: Note all emergence of seedlings, death of seedlings, etc

  • Same tomato is still doing poorly, but watering it
  • Some tomato plants were a bit dropping, possibly due to the heat. Will open Hab door earlier than 11:00

Daily water usage for crops:

  • Complete with no issues

Time(s) of watering for crops:

  • 1:00 PM

Morning research observations: (Currently not operational)

  • N/A

Changes to research plants:

  • N/A

Daily watering and amount of water used:

  • 2 gallons for all soils

Aquaponics: (Currently not operational)

  • N/A

Narrative: Any other information you want to share

  • Paper-whites are looking good!!

Support/supplies needed:

  • Awaiting:

GreenHab Report – December 3rd

GreenHab Report

Trisha Randazzo

December 3, 2017

Sol 2

Environmental control: (Choose which is appropriate and explain further if needed)

Ambient (no heating or/cooling)

Ambient with window/door open

·         Windy so unable to keep door open

Heating

·         Functioning nominally

Cooling

·         Not availabloe

Both heating and cooling

·         Nominal

Shade cloth on/off

·         On

Average temperature: (N/A until new sensor is delivered)

·         N/A

Changes to crops:  Note all emergence of seedlings, death of seedlings, etc

·         One tomato is doing poorly, but everyone else is growing quite well!!

Daily water usage for crops:

·         Complete with no issues

Time(s) of watering for crops:

·         12:55

Morning research observations: (Currently not operational)

·         N/A

Changes to research plants:

·         N/A

Daily watering and amount of water used:

·         2 gallons of all soils

Aquaponics:  (Currently not operational)

·         N/A

Narrative:  Any other information you want to share

·         Planted crew gifts of paper-whites. Two containers in the Green-Hab, one container in the Hab.

Support/supplies needed:

·         Awaiting:

Greenhab Report – December 3rd

GreenHab Report

Trisha Randazzo

December 3, 2017

Sol 2

Environmental control: (Choose which is appropriate and explain further if needed)

Ambient (no heating or/cooling)

Ambient with window/door open

· Windy so unable to keep door open

Heating

· Functioning nominally

Cooling

· Not availabloe

Both heating and cooling

· Nominal

Shade cloth on/off

· On

Average temperature: (N/A until new sensor is delivered)

· N/A

Changes to crops: Note all emergence of seedlings, death of seedlings, etc

· One tomato is doing poorly, but everyone else is growing quite well!!

Daily water usage for crops:

· Complete with no issues

Time(s) of watering for crops:

· 12:55

Morning research observations: (Currently not operational)

· N/A

Changes to research plants:

· N/A

Daily watering and amount of water used:

· 2 gallons of all soils

Aquaponics: (Currently not operational)

· N/A

Narrative: Any other information you want to share

· Planted crew gifts of paper-whites. Two containers in the Green-Hab, one container in the Hab.

Support/supplies needed:

· Awaiting:

GreenHab Report – November 27th

Sol 5 – 27/11/2017

Green Hab Officer Jordan Bowden

Average temperature: 28.5 C in Greenhouse / 10 C Outside

Time 11:30 16:30
Temperature inside (°C) 30 C 26 C
Temperature outside (°C) 8C 12 C
% Humidity 16% 16 %


Changes to crops:  Everything is growing well.

Daily water usage for crops: 3 Gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops:  11:00, 14:30
Daily watering and amount of water used:  2 gallons used at 11:30, 1 gallon used at 16:30. 3 gallons total.

Narrative: Greetings CapCom,

Unfortunately my time on Mars is coming to a close, and as such, today was my last full day taking care of the Green Hab. Things have been coming along steadily in the space, and I’m happy to report that all of the plants seem healthier and bigger than when I arrived; as a non-expert gardner, this is the best I could really hope for.

Today we went on our final EVA: the sky was cloudy and the winds very strong. This weather was totally different than the rest of our time here on Mars: on other EVAs, the sun was so strong that we were sweating in spite of the actual outside temperature. Overall, it was wonderful to see the scenery and get some good work done outside the Hab.

Lastly, I wanted to emphasize how much I have enjoyed our time here, and how transformative the impact this time has had been on our work and research. I’m amazed by this space and the community that keeps it going, and I can’t say enough how grateful I am for this experience.

Let me know if you need any electronics designed or parts 3D printed for the upcoming Aquaponics system in the Green Hab, I could send them out to Mars if it’s feasible.

You’re the best, CapCom. Thanks for your hard work.

Signing off,

Jordan Bowden
Green Hab Officer

GreenHab Report – November 26th

Sol 4 – 26/11/2017

Green Hab Officer Jordan Bowden

Average temperature: 28.5 C in Greenhouse / 8.5 C Outside

Time 11:00 19:00
Temperature inside (°C) 40 C 17 C
Temperature outside (°C) 9C 8 C
% Humidity 18% 21 %

Changes to crops:  Everything is growing well.

Daily water usage for crops: 4 Gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops:  11:00, 17:00

Daily watering and amount of water used:  2 gallons used at 11:00, 2 gallon used at 17:00. 4 gallons total.

Narrative: Greetings CapCom,

Everything was growing well in the Green Hab today – it’s amazing to see the growth since Sol 1. Grow lights are operational. Nothing significant to report.

We had a great EVA today. Progress also continued on our 3D Printing projects – I came close to completing my design for a Neonatal Aspirator device.

All the best,

Jordan Bowden
Green Hab Officer

Greenhab Report – November 25th

Sol 3 – 25/11/2017

Green Hab Officer Jordan Bowden

Average temperature: 23 C in Greenhouse / 9.6 C Outside

Time 10:00 17:00 19:00
Temperature inside (°C) 31 C 20 C 17 C
Temperature outside (°C) 8C 12 C 6 C
% Humidity 18% 19% 20 %

Changes to crops: Everything is growing well.

Daily water usage for crops: 4 Gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 10:00, 17:00

Daily watering and amount of water used: 2 gallons used at morning watering, 1 gallon used at 17:00. 3 gallons total.

Narrative: Greetings CapCom,

For the most part, everything was growing well in the Green Hab today. One of the tomato plants leaves started to brown, in a region where it was wilted on Sol 1; I will monitor it closely. Grow lights are operational. Not much else to report.

GreenHab Report – November 24th

Sol 2 – 24/11/2017

Green Hab Officer Jordan Bowden

Average temperature: 27.3 C in Greenhouse / 9.6 C Outside

Time 11:00 16:30 19:00
Temperature inside (°C) 46 C 19 C 17 C
Temperature outside (°C) 16 C 7 C 6 C
% Humidity 17% 16% 26 %

Changes to crops:  Everything is growing well. The adult tomato plants are no longer wilted.

Daily water usage for crops: 4 Gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops:  11:00, 16:30

Daily watering and amount of water used:   2 gallons used at each watering, 4 gallons total.

Narrative: Greetings CapCom, things are going well in the Green Hab on Sol 2!

I noticed that it was very hot in the Green Hab when I checked it at 11:00 this morning (46C); I will be sure to open the ventilation tomorrow by 8AM. Otherwise, all crops are healthyl.

I installed lighting timer in the Green Hab today, so the grow lights are now online from 17:00-21:00.

Not much else to report. Outside my duties as Green Hab Officer, I set up our 3D printer server, designed two 3D printable medical devices, and explored Lith Canyon during our EVA.

All the best,

Jordan Bowden

Green Hab Officer

GreenHab Report – November 23rd

Sol 1 – 23/11/2017

Green Hab Officer Jordan Bowden

Average temperature:

Time 19:50
Temperature inside (°C) 19 C
Temperature outside (°C) 7 C
% Humidity 19 %

Changes to crops:  N/A – First day of mission

Daily water usage for crops: 3 Gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops:  19:50

Daily watering and amount of water used: 2.5

Narrative: We received our orientation late this morning, and as such I’ve only begun my work in the Greenhab. It’s an exciting place though: previous crew have left a growing crop of tomatoes, radishes, beans, and other crops. I was advised to use four gallons of water per day, but I only used 2.5 gallons, as the crops appeared to be well watered in the morning.

When I checked its status of the Greenhab at 19:50, the heater was not heating – not sure if it is supposed to be online at this time. It was working earlier today when checked at 12:00. In the end I sorted out that the thermostat was set to ~60 F. Please advise what the appropriate temperature should be.

I’m here mainly as a 3D Printing specialist – I’m wondering if there are any components to improve the work in the Greenhab that I could create?

Have a wonderful night everyone, I’m looking forward to another beautiful day on Mars.

All the best,

Jordan Bowden