Science Report – Nov 24th

Crew 216 Science Report 24-Nov-2019
Sol 0
Submitted by: Crew Researcher Whittle

ATTN: More detail to follow on Sol 1 in conjunction with the finalization of the mission plan.

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – Pre-mission surveys collected from all crew on Sol -1, next collection on D+5. Blood Pressure collection from 1 subject at 0900T each morning, a first reading taken this morning.

2) Medical Casts – Continuation of Crew 215 research planned. 2 EVAs requested for Sol 1 to collect gypsum samples.

Science Report – November 21st

Science Report 21 November 2019
SOL: 11
Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew
Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler
Science Dome Operations: The experimenting with gypsum and sand to create a form of plaster of paris cement was completed. After drying, the tiles will be ready for strength testing. Approximately 10ml of water was collected as a product of the heating and will be tested as suitable for medical solutions. In the afternoon, fine grained, pure gypsum was heated and prepared as a plaster of paris and a small splint was successfully molded and used to immobilize an index finger.
Green Hab: Green Hab operations have continued with additional seeds and seedlings being planted. See Green Hab report.
RAM Operations: N/A
EVA: N/A
EVA Suit Maintenance: Nominal. See Operations Report.
Psycho-social Stressors Monitoring: Data collection continues through the hexoskin(TM) monitoring vests. A final checklist-supported response simulated emergency was carried out in the afternoon to further test the stress on untrained personnel involved in medical emergencies in isolated situations.
Additional activities: N/A

Crew 215 Science Report 20Nov2019

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Science Report 20 November 2019
SOL: 10
Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew
Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler
Science Dome Operations: The experimenting with gypsum and sand to create a form of
plaster of paris cement continued. 22 cement tiles were created and set aside to dry
for strength testing. The remaining 10 tiles from this programme should be completed
tomorrow. Water liberated from the gypsum has been successfully collected and
approximately 10ml has been bottled. Time permitting tomorrow, an actual gypsum plaster
of paris will be created and the making of splints will be demonstrated.
Green Hab: Green Hab operations have continued with pots filled awaiting the planting
of additional seeds and seedlings. See Green Hab report.
RAM Operations: N/A
EVA: N/A
EVA Suit Maintenance: Nominal. See Operations Report.
Psycho-social Stressors Monitoring: Data collection continues through the hexoskin(TM)
monitoring vests.
Additional activities: Cleaned airlocks following rain event and attended to three
false alarms of the smoke detectors (caused by water/humidity).

Science Report – Nov 10th

Science Report 10 November 2019
SOL: 0
Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew
Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler

Science Dome Operations: The Science Dome has been activated and is awaiting EVAs for sample acquisition and testing.

Green Hab: The green hab is fully operational and sown plants, seedlings and established plants are being maintained. See GreenHab report.

Astronomy Dome Operations: No astronomical observations have been planned for this crew rotation.

RAM Operations: The RAM Dome has been activated and is ready for contingencies.

EVA: The first EVA request for geological reconnaissance has been sent. See EVA Request.

EVA Suit Maintenance: The crew engineer will troubleshoot Suit 10 to enable repairs. Suit 2 is experiencing a reduction in airflow and will also be evaluated. See Operations Report.

Additional activities: Nil.

Crew 215 Science Report 19Nov2019

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Science Report 19 November 2019
SOL: 9
Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew
Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler
Science Dome Operations: The experimenting with gypsum and sand to create a form of
plaster of paris cement commenced. Various samples of known mass were heated for 5 or
10 minutes and either combined with sand or not and then mixed with 4ml or 8ml of
water. Each slurry was placed into a tray and is being allowed to dry to examine
strength. A byproduct of this experiment is the realization that the finely ground
gypsum is actual plaster of paris and could be used for its intended medical purpose on
Mars.
Green Hab: Green Hab operations have continued with additional soil and potting mix
allowing further crops to be sown. See Green Hab report.
RAM Operations: N/A
EVA: The final EVA for science saw us returning rock specimens used for identification
and training purposes to the collection sites to the west of White Rock Canyon. See EVA
Report.
EVA Suit Maintenance: Nominal. See Operations Report.
Psycho-social Stressors Monitoring: Data collection continues through the hexoskin(TM)
monitoring vests.
Additional activities: Two potential medical uses of material being liberated from the
gypsum experiments, the original medical use of plaster of paris and the liberated
water (being equivalent to distilled water) used to create a saline solution (NaCl),
were evaluated concurrently with the cement creation trials.

Crew 215 Science Report 16Nov2019

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Science Report 16 November 2019
SOL: 6
Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew
Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler
Science Dome Operations: The remaining micrometeorite samples collected from yesterday
were processed and packaged in the morning. In addition, gypsum was ground for cement
experimentation with aggregate samples (fine sand, coarse sand and pebbly sand) the
only outstanding components. In the afternoon, more micrometeorite samples were
collected and transferred to the science dome.
Green Hab: Green Hab operations have continued with a number of herb and vegetable
species now sprouting. See Green Hab report.
RAM Operations: N/A
EVA: The sixth EVA for science saw us returning to the MM5 (518462E 4248949N) site
where the remaining micrometeorite samples were collected. 100% of the grid has now
been sampled and the grid retrieved. See EVA Report.
EVA Suit Maintenance: Nominal. See Operations Report.
Psycho-social Stressors Monitoring: Data collection continues through the hexoskin(TM)
monitoring vests. The simulated emergency retrieval of the engineer has provided a
great deal of data for formulating procedures to assist those in remote and isolated locations.
Additional activities: N/A.

Science Report Nov 15th

Science Report 15 November 2019

SOL: 5

Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew

Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler

Science Dome Operations: More micrometeorite samples were collected in the morning and

processed in the afternoon. Further gypsum samples were ground in preparation for the

cement making experiments to be carried out later in the rotation.

Green Hab: Green Hab operations have continued. See Green Hab report.

RAM Operations: N/A

EVA: The fifth EVA for science saw us returning to the MM5 (518462E 4248949N) site

where 24 micrometeorite samples were collected. 64% of the grid has now been sampled.

See EVA Report.

EVA Suit Maintenance: Nominal. See Operations Report.

Psycho-social Stressors Monitoring: Data collection continues through the hexoskin

monitoring vests. The simulated emergency retrieval of the engineer was carried out

during the engineering EVA and the performance of all participants is being evaluated.

In addition, indicated modifications to the airlock that would make this activity

easier are being evaluated.

Additional activities: N/A.

Research Report – November 13th

Science Report 13 November 2019
SOL: 3
Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew
Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler
Science Dome Operations: N/A
Green Hab: Green Hab operations have continued. See Green Hab report.
RAM Operations: N/A
EVA: The third EVA for science saw us returning to the White Moon location at the junction of Brahe Hwy and Cow dung Road (517790E 4254750N) to collect more gypsum samples for ISRU cement experiments. It was noted that, at this location out of sim, at least one vehicle has been driving through the exact locations of our previous sampling efforts. Fortunately, this has no effect on our sampling, but it does suggest that our activities are been monitored extremely closely. See EVA Report.
EVA Suit Maintenance: Nominal. See Operations Report.
Psycho-social Stressors Monitoring: Data collection continues through the hexoskin monitoring vests. In addition, equipment for the retrieval of an injured marstronaut was inventoried prior to a rehearsal for an actual event. Subject to approval, a simulated emergency retrieval of the engineer will be held 14Nov2019 at the conclusion of his engineering EVA.
Additional activities: Nil.

Science Report – November 14th

Science Report 14 November 2019
SOL: 4
Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew
Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler
Science Dome Operations: Gypsum samples retrieved were cleaned and weighed before
commencing grinding prior to experimentation. These samples were joined by
micrometeorite samples which were processed and packaged for shipment.
Green Hab: Green Hab operations have continued. See Green Hab report.
RAM Operations: N/A
EVA: The fourth EVA for science saw us returning to the MM5 (518462E 4248949N) site
where 30 micrometeorite samples were collected. 40% of the grid has now been sampled.
See EVA Report.
EVA Suit Maintenance: Nominal. See Operations Report.
Psycho-social Stressors Monitoring: Data collection continues through the hexoskin
monitoring vests. The simulated emergency retrieval of the engineer has been postponed,
subject to approval, to 15Nov2019 at the conclusion of his engineering EVA.
Additional activities: Hab operations were disrupted due to ongoing construction.

Research Report – November 12th

Science Report 12 November 2019
SOL: 2
Crew 215 – Expedition Boomerang Crew
Submitted by Science Officer Andrew Wheeler
Science Dome Operations: The first 10 samples from the new micrometeorite sampling grid at MM5 (518462E 4248949N) were received, processed and prepared for dispatch. Previously collected gypsum samples were retrieved from storage in preparation for the ISRU cement/concrete manufacture experiments.
Green Hab: Green Hab operations have continued. See Green Hab report.
RAM Operations: N/A
EVA: The second EVA for science saw us returning to MM5 (518462E 4248949N) to complete setting out the micrometeorite sampling grid and collect the first row of 10 samples. See EVA Report.
EVA Suit Maintenance: Suit 10 has had the blown fuse replaced and is ready to be returned to use. Suit 2 is still being evaluated. See Operations Report.
Additional activities: Acoustic volumes were recorded. Habitat layout was evaluated. Psycho-social stressors continued to be monitored.