Greenhab Report – January 30th

Crew 188 Sol 2 Green Hab Report 30JAN2018

Julia DeMarines

30/01/2018

Environmental control: Heating

Ambient with door opening: Shade cloth on

Working hours in Green Hab: 09:10 – 09:40, 18:45 – 19:25

Outside temp at working hour: __ , ___

Inside temp at working hour: 25ºC, (unclear for second round)

Inside temp H: 35ºC,

Inside temp L: 14ºC,

Inside humidity: 90 (I may have spilled water on the sensor which may explain why it has become more illegible)

Inside humidity H: 90%

Inside humidity L: 16%

Hours of supplemental light: 05:00 – 11:59

Changes to the crops: Moved more tomato and bean plants to blue container to allow for more light for blocked plants and for easier watering access. Trimmed back several cucumber, tomato, and bean vines and stems. Harvested the following: dill, sage, and beans.

Daily water usage for crops: 8 gallons

Time(s) of watering plants: 18:45 – 19:25

Changes to research plants: After an email from Atila, I will be monitoring the quinoa for sprouting.

Narrative: This morning around, just after 9 am, I checked on the plants and they most of them seem to be doing excellent with a few cucumber plants that have yellow and wilting leaves. I moved a few more plants from the wooden platform to the blue bin and began trimming back some of the excessive growth to lessen the vegetation and give more energy to the fruits. There is still some more re-organizing I would like to do to give equal light to some of the plants that were shaded out. In the evening I came back to find that the plants seemed a bit more wilted than in the morning. I might implement a mid-day watering to see if that fixes the problem, or perhaps add a 9th gallon to watering. It’s specifically the tomato plants that appear the most wilted. I also trimmed several of the yellow leaves off and will continue to do so.

Future needs and questions: Going to look for gardening gloves tomorrow – those cucumber stems have a bite! Where would be an appropriate location to place or dispose of trimmed vegetation?

Summary of new hardware set up in GreenHab:
Today our Executive Officer set up a prototype piece of NASA plant growth hardware called “OASYS” which will be utilized to test a new watering system ideal for reduced and microgravity environments. The experiment will utilize the east corner of the GreenHab and will be photographed daily as the plants grow. She took photographs of the hardware inventory and set up and transmitted back to the scientist at Kennedy Space Center.

The Orbital Aquifer System for VEGGIE was invented by NASA sceinetists at the Kennedy Space Center for passively watering plants in space. The team will be growing salad bar variety lettuce and Italian basil seeds in the hardware. These two plant types are quick to grow, easy to germinate from seeds and can be transferred to pots at the end of our mission for the following crews to enjoy with their dinner.

VEGGIE is an EXPRESS rack facility for growing plants on the International Space Station. NASA Johnson Space Center and Kennedy Space Center engineers designed and built a passive delivery system to water plants over time without the need for power or maintenance and minimal human interaction. The design employs capillary force to deliver water from a reservoir into the plant root zone. The new hardware is modeled after the VEGGIE Root Mat that is currently aboard ISS and solves several key issues that were seen during the first VEG-01 experiment.

Our Executive Officer will run this experiment with our Crew Engineer and Crew Astronomer/GreenHab Officer checking the germination daily and monitoring growth, recording light, temperature and humidity statistics and taking daily photographs for the scientist.

Greenhab Report – January 29th

Prepared by: Julia DeMarines

Environmental control: Heating

Ambient with door opening: Shade cloth on

Working Hour: 19:00
Inside temp at working hour: 18° C
Outside temp during working hours: 1° C
Inside temperature high: 34 C
Inside temperature low: 16 C
Inside humidity: 23 %RH
Inside humidity high: 46 %RH
Inside humidity low: 15 %RH

Hours of supplemental light:
For the crops 05:00 to 11:59 PM

Changes to crops: moved some of the tomato plants and bean plants to the blue aquaponics container.

Daily water usage for crops: 8 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 19:00

Changes to research plants: Need more info about existing research plants.

Aquaponics: Crew 188 will not be attempting to assemble the aquaponics project.

Narrative: This is Julia’s first day as Green Hab officer. She watered the plants and removed some of them from the wooden platform and put them in the blue aquaponics container after recommendations from Shannon. She went through changes to the plants that Shannon would like to have done to the Green Hab and thought about a plan moving forward. Tomorrow she will begin implementing the plan and she looks forward to some redecorating.

The temperature sensor is still currently malfunctioning. The tens digit has missing sections. Julia would like to know if there is a certain time(s) that the temperature and humidity need to be measured daily and specific information on ongoing projects that Julia needs to maintain or monitor.

Greenhab Report – January 26th

GreenHab Report

Hernán David Mateus Jiménez

26Jan2018

Environmental control:

Heating

Ambient with door opening

Shade cloth on

Working Hour: 19:00
Inside temp at working hour: 15° C
Outside temp during working hours: 1° C
Inside temperature high: 29° C
Inside temperature low: 14° C
Inside humidity: 49 %RH

Inside humidity high: 49 %RH
Inside humidity low: 16 %RH

Hours of supplemental light:

For the crops 05:00 to 11:59 PM

Changes to crops: none

Daily water usage for crops: 8 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 18:15

Changes to research plants: The plans of quinoa over the lysimeter are withered.

Aquaponics: Atila is assembling it. He is waiting for the amount of water to fill the tank, this is necessary to do the test.

Narrative: The last day simulation, I started disassembling the Lysimeter, Atila and I replanted 4 tomato plants in bigger pots and started to clean the greenhab.

In the afternoon, I realized that the first digit of the temperature on the screen of the sensor is not showing.

Greenhab Report – January 25th

GreenHab Report

Hernán David Mateus Jiménez

25/01/2018

Environmental control:

Heating

Ambient with door opening

Shade cloth on

Working Hour: 18:00
Inside temp at working hour: 14° C
Outside temp during working hours: 5° C
Inside temperature high: 30° C
Inside temperature low: 14° C
Inside humidity: 88 %RH

Inside humidity high: 88 %RH
Inside humidity low: 31 %RH

Hours of supplemental light:

For the crops 05:00 to 11:59 PM

Changes to crops: none

Daily water usage for crops: 8 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 19:15

Changes to research plants: The plans of quinoa over the lysimeter are withered

Aquaponics: Atila is assembling it. He is waiting for the amount of water to fill the tank, this is necessary to do the test.

Narrative: none

Greenhab Report – January 24th

GreenHab Report

Hernán David Mateus Jiménez

24Jan2018

Environmental control:

Heating

Ambient with door opening

Shade cloth on

Working Hour: 18:01
Inside temp at working hour: 17° C
Outside temp during working hours: 0° C
Inside temperature high: 29° C
Inside temperature low: 13° C
Inside humidity: 94 %RH

Inside humidity high: 99 %RH
Inside humidity low: 21 %RH

Hours of supplemental light:

For the crops 05:00 to 11:59 PM

Changes to crops: I have found more cucumbers, tomatoes and beans.

Daily water usage for crops: 8 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 17:20

Changes to research plants: The plans of quinoa over the lysimeter are withered.

Aquaponics: Atila is assembling it. He is waiting to find out the amount of water needed to fill the tank. This is necessary to do the test.

Narrative: Sol 12- The greenhouse makes us remember the Earth and all the commodities that we have there, but the beautiful view of the red mountains of Mars across the glass of the door, make us to feel sad because of the fact that we are going to leave very soon. The planet where we are living on is one of the most beautiful experiences of our lives.

Greenhab Report – January 23rd

GreenHab Report

Hernán David Mateus Jiménez

23/01/2018

Environmental control:

Heating

Ambient with door opening

Shade cloth on

Working Hour: 19:30
Inside temp at working hour: 17° C
Outside temp during working hours: -2° C
Inside temperature high: 32° C
Inside temperature low: 14° C
Inside humidity: 56 %RH

Inside humidity high: 57 %RH
Inside humidity low: 16 %RH

Hours of supplemental light:

For the crops 05:00 to 11:59 PM

Changes to crops: none

Daily water usage for crops: 8.5 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 19:15

Changes to research plants: The plans of quinoa over the lysimeter are withered

Aquaponics: Atila is assembling it. He is waiting for the amount of water to fill the tank, this is necessary to do the test.

Narrative: none

Greenhab Report – January 22nd

GreenHab Report

Hernán David Mateus Jiménez

22/01/2018

Environmental control:

Heating

Ambient with door opening

Shade cloth on

Working Hour: 20:01
Inside temp at working hour: 18° C
Outside temp during working hours: -4° C
Inside temperature high: 31° C
Inside temperature low: 14° C
Inside humidity: 80 %RH

Inside humidity high: 86 %RH
Inside humidity low: 16 %RH

Hours of supplemental light:

For the crops 05:00 to 11:59 PM

Changes to crops: The carrots and onions started to grow

Daily water usage for crops: 8 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 19:15

Changes to research plants: none

Aquaponics: Atila is assembling it. He is waiting for the amount of water to fill the tank, this is necessary to do the test.

Narrative: None

GreenHab Report – January 21st

GreenHab Report

Hernán David Mateus Jiménez

21/01/2018

Environmental control:

Shade cloth on

Working Hour: 18:20
Inside temp at working hour: 19° C
Outside temp during working hours: -1° C
Inside temperature high: 24° C
Inside temperature low: 15° C
Inside humidity: 48 %RH

Inside humidity high: 48 %RH
Inside humidity low: 16 %RH

Hours of supplemental light:

For the crops 05:00 to 11:59 PM

Changes to crops: None

Daily water usage for crops: 8 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 18:30

Changes to research plants: none

Aquaponics: Atila is assembling it. He is waiting for the amount of water to fill the tank, this is necessary to do the test.

Narrative: The lysimeter is taking data. Today 12 quinoa plants were replanted in the lysimeter over Martian soil. Atila and I have made some experiments to discovers what is a good proportion between soil and water to get the best texture, we have figured out that you need 500 mL of water for 2800 g of soil.

Greenhab Report – January 20th

GreenHab Report

Hernán David Mateus Jiménez

20/01/2018

Environmental control:

Shade cloth on

Working Hour: 18:20
Inside temp at working hour: 14° C
Outside temp during working hours: 14° C
Inside temperature high: 27° C
Inside temperature low: 14° C
Inside humidity: 63 %RH

Inside humidity high: 63 %RH
Inside humidity low: 23 %RH

Hours of supplemental light:

For the crops 05:00 to 11:59 PM

Changes to crops: We can see more little tomatoes and more little beans. The quinoa is growing.

Daily water usage for crops: 8 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 17:50

Changes to research plants: none

Aquaponics: Atila is assembling it. He is waiting for the amount of water to fill the tank, this is necessary to do the test.

Narrative: Today, I had to calibrate the lysimeter again, but is already working. Tomorrow It is expected to replant quinoa over the soil that it is tested.

Green Hab Report – January 19th

Crew 187 Green Hab Report 19JAN2018

Hernán David Mateus Jiménez

Environmental control:
Ambient with door opening

Heating:
Shade cloth on

Working Hour: 18:45
Inside temp at working hour: 16° C
Outside temp during working hours: 4° C
Inside temperature high: 26° C
Inside temperature low: 14° C
Inside humidity: 60 %RH

Inside humidity high: 61 %RH
Inside humidity low: 23 %RH

Hours of supplemental light:
For the crops 05:00 to 11:59 PM

Changes to crops: None

Daily water usage for crops: 8.5 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 18:05

Changes to research plants: none

Aquaponics: Atila is assembling it

Narrative: Today, we have put the tarp over the crops of region 8. The day was cold until the afternoon when the door was opened.