Science Report – December 11th

  

Research Report 11 December 2019

Crew 217 – NSBU 217

Sol 2

Submitted by Science Officers Kevin Berean & Ann Rockett

1. Sharing of Mars and Space-related Classroom Activities:

Crew members spent 4 hours on SOL 1 in a routable discussion sharing
Mars and space-related classroom activities. Additional time has also
been spent on SOL 1 and SOL 2 as the SIM unfolds discussing ways in
which we can incorporate this firsthand experience into classroom
lessons and activities.

2. Conducting a Biodiversity Survey of Ephemeral Potholes in a
Mars Analog:

Four crew members conducted an EVA on SOL 2 (that commenced at 10:15AM
and ended at 12:30PM) and biodiversity samples were extracted from
three ephemeral potholes at 4256500, 518500. PH and salinity readings
were also taken and recorded for each pothole. Samples from Pothole 1
and Pothole 2 underwent a preliminary examination under a microscope
in the MDRS Science Dome. Further examination of said samples will
take place on SOL 3.

3. Investigating if Life Exists in a Green Layer of the Morrison
Strata that is Exposed Throughout the MDRS Exploration Area:

Four Crew Members conducted an EVA on SOL 2 (that commenced at 10:15AM
and ended at 12:13PM) and samples were extracted from a green layer of
the Morrison Strata at 4256500, 518500. Three samples were taken for
investigation: sample 1 from the bottom of the green layer; sample 2
form the middle of the green layer; and sample 3 from the top of the
green layer. All three samples were ground, plated and placed in the
incubator at room at 27°C.

4. Search for Halophiles in Surface Gypsum:

Gypsum samples were collected during the two EVAs today. Gypsum
samples from the morning EVA (that commenced at 10:15AM and ended at
12:30PM) were collected on Cow Dung Road and ground and plated. Gypsum
samples from the afternoon EVA (that commenced at 3:40PM and ended at
5:00PM) were collected at the Moon overlook.

5. Exploration of Ways to Communicate with Classrooms at MDRS.

The crew continues to brainstorm ways in which future NSBU crews can
communicate with classrooms during the SIM. Setting up a Flipgrid
classroom is one way NSBU crews can communicate with classrooms during
a SIM. In a Flipgrid platform, the NSBU teacher can post videos from
MDRS during SIM to “the grid” that his/her students can access and
watch via their established Flipgrid accounts. The students can then,
in turn, post questions via video back to the NSBU teacher for his/her
response. Students can also pose questions to each other via the
Flipgrid. This method is currently being piloted and tested by one of
our crew members and she has been able to post a video for her
classrooms on SOL 1 and SOL 2, which has generated 18 question/reply
videos from her students. The only issue that has surfaced using this
method is the difficulty establishing an internet connection. 

Crew 216 Science Report 07Dec2019

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Crew 216 Research Report 7-Dec-2019 Final
Sol 13
Submitted by: Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – Final surveys completed. Results to be analyzed post-mission.

2) Medical Casts – Nothing further to report. Data to be analyzed post-mission.

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

4) MDRS Mapping – Crew Commander discussed mapping with director. Actions to be followed up post-mission.

5) MDRS Communications – Nothing further to report. Follow up report will be developed if desired.

Research Report – November 25th

  

Crew 216 Research Report 6-Dec-2019
Sol 12
Submitted by: Whittle

1) Psych Scale (TAMU IRB2019-1042D) – Final stage surveys planned for tomorrow (Saturday).

2) Medical Casts – Proof of concept cast completed. Data to be analyzed post-mission.

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

4) MDRS Mapping – Nothing further to report.

5) MDRS Communications – Nothing further to report.

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.