Crew 216 Research Report 05Dec19

[title Research Report– December 05th]

Crew 216 Research Report 5-Dec-2019
Sol 11
Submitted by: Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – 3rd stage surveys completed, final stage on Saturday.

2) Medical Casts – Tested 6 blocks to destruction to determine shear yield stress. Determined ideal composition for proof of concept cast to be completed.

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – EVA was successful with several samples obtained. Further evaluation will be done in Hab in a controlled dark room and compared against reference materials.

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report.

5) MDRS Communications – No new developments on this project today.

Crew 216 Research Report 04Dec2019

[title Research Report – December 04th]

Crew 216 Research Report 4-Dec-2019
Sol 10
Submitted by: Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – 3rd stage surveys completed, final stage on Saturday.

2) Medical Casts – Created 6 sample blocks with varying composition, 1:2 water to gypsum and 7.5:10 respectively. Sample blocks currently drying. Developed methodology for shear stress testing. Will test tomorrow to record shear stress. More powdered gypsum ready for use with simulated cast using strongest composition.

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – EVA was successful with several samples obtained. Further evaluation will be done in Hab in a controlled dark room and compared against reference materials.

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report.

5) MDRS Communications – No new developments on this project today. Attempted communications with ISS flyover, no response.

6) Mars terraforming simulation was executed with success in 18 generations. Kennedy’s corporation was ultimately successful in the technical aspects but the whole group was able to enjoy the process.

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Research Report – December 3rd

Crew 216 Research Report 3-Dec-2019
Sol 9
Submitted by: Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – 3rd stage surveys to take place on Wednesday.

2) Medical Casts – powder was dehydrated with 400 degree Celsius treatment. Samples were taken before and after dehydration to evaluate total water loss by weight. Powder will be rehydrated into molds to evaluate breaking points tomorrow or Thursday pending success of standardized mold.

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – EVA was successful with several samples obtained. Further evaluation will be done in Hab in a controlled dark room and compared against reference materials.

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report.

5) MDRS Communications – No new developments on this project today.

Research Report – December 2nd

Crew 216 Research Report 2-Dec-2019
Sol 8
Submitted by: Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – 3rd stage surveys to take place on Wednesday.

2) Medical Casts – Nothing further to report.

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – Two EVAs requested for Tues 03-Dec-2019.

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report (awaiting return of map with desired annotations).

5) MDRS Communications – Summited location on North Ridge, found ideal site for communications rebroadcast point. Conducting GIS analysis of view and tracks, considering maintainability and operational considerations for final report.

Research Report – December 1st

Crew 216 Research Report 01-DEC-19
Sol 7
Submitted by: Kennedy

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – 2nd stage evaluations were completed. The final will be done on the last day.

2) Medical Casts – Due to activities in the Hab no work was done on this project today.

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – Planning reconnaissance EVA for Tues 03-Dec-19.

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report (awaiting return of map with desired annotations).

5) MDRS Communications – New ETA planned for north ridge reconnaissance. A new map with high-level detail was printed. As the last attempt to summit the north ridge for possible comms site was unsuccessful, we have decided to attempt the summit through a weakness in the south ridge.

Research Report – November 29th

Crew 216 Research Report 29-Nov-2019
Sol 5
Submitted by: Crew Researcher Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – Completed second set of psychological surveys today.

2) Medical Casts – Continuation of Crew 215 research. Crushed 40% of gypsum, will continue tomorrow and begin purifying.

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – Nothing further to report.

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report.

5) MDRS Communications – Completed GIS viewsheds of potential repeater sites to West and South of Hab.

Research Report – November 27th

Crew 216 Research Report 27-Nov-2019
Sol 3
Submitted by: Crew Researcher Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – Next surveys planned for Sol 5.

2) Medical Casts – Continuation of Crew 215 research. Planning to crush gypsum tomorrow.

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – Still searching for radioactives and rare Earths, looking at potential EVA plans for week 2.

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report (awaiting return of map with desired annotations from Director).

5) MDRS Communications – Completed 2 EVAs to evaluate potential rebroadcasting sites. GPS coordinates of 5 potential sites marked (3 close to Hab, 2 on Kissing Camel Ridge). Plan to evaluate further with GIS.

Research Report – November 28th

Crew 216 Research Report 28-Nov-2019
Sol 4
Submitted by: Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – Nothing further to report.

2) Medical Casts – Continuation of Crew 215 research. Nothing further to report.

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – Nothing further to report.

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report (awaiting return of map with desired annotations).

5) MDRS Communications – Nothing further to report.

Misc: Crew demonstrated ability to cook a passable thanksgiving meal in the Hab.

Crew 216 Science Report 26Nov2019

[title Science Report – November 26th]

Crew 216 Research Report 26-NOV-19
Sol 2
Submitted by: Rich Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – Nothing further to report.

2) Medical Casts – Continuation of Crew 215 research. Crew washed gypsum and experimented with crushing techniques

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – Still searching for radioactives and rare Earths.

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report (awaiting return of map with desired annotations).

5) MDRS Communications – Attempted to test increased range of 5W transceiver to south, as well as find potential rebroadcast locations. EVA cut short due to Hab comms issue, though one potential site was marked at grid 12 S 0518585 4248798. Repeat attempt planned for EVA 06 on 27-Nov-19. On EVA 04 traveled to east of Hab to evaluate comms. Good comms as far as crew traveled, distance cut short due to battery life of rovers. EVA 05 planned tomorrow to evaluate radio rebroadcast sites close to Hab.

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Research Report – November 25th

Crew 216 Research Report 25-Nov-2019
Sol 1
Submitted by: Crew Researcher Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – NFTR.

2) Medical Casts – Continuation of Crew 215 research. 2 EVAs completed, a large quantity of gypsum collected for evaluation later on during the week during expected inclement weather.

3) In-Situ Fluorescent Mineral Prospecting – Still searching for radioactives and rare Earths.

4) MDRS Mapping – NFTR (awaiting return of map with desired annotations from CapCom).

5) MDRS Communications – 5W transceiver tested on EVA 02 resulting in significantly increased range to N (0.65 km to 1.45 km). Testing similar architecture set up with 2 EVAs (03 and 04) on Sol 2 to look at current ranges to S and E. These EVAs will also evaluate potential spots to place radio rebroadcast stations. Future EVAs will aim to test these with by placing a rebroadcast station to increase comms range to Hab.