Sol Summary – March 13th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 13-03-2020

Sol: 12 Summary Title: That’s all folk’s

Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: crew out of sim

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up at 7:50am. The sport session began at 8:00am. Members are struggling to sleep, that is why we moved the sport session, knowing that the weather did not allow us to go outside in the morning. We did all the cleaning work on the hab, the GreenHab, the science dome and the RAM. As we had to Unmount our LOAC and MegaAres, the crew worked on the Human Factor experiment in the late morning.

We went out with a lot of wind and after 4 weeks of hard labour, the weather station fell down one hour before we were supposed to unmount it. but no worries, nothing is broken. The EVA was not so easy because of the wind.

We washed all the materials and we went out of sim. After a long debriefing on how we have lived the mission, we were ready to cook for tonight !

Look Ahead Plan : Unmount the outdoor experiments.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: rainy in the morning, 4°C at 8:30am then cloudy and windy in the afternoon.

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: LOAC and MegaAres unmounted

Reports to be filed: Journalist report, Operations report, Green Hab report, EVA report, Astronomy report, Scientist, food inventory, Mission summary

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – March 12th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 12-03-2020

Sol: 11 Summary Title: Strange feelings

Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: Last full day of Sim

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up at 6:50am. The sport session began at 7:00am. The end is close, a good team spirit was felt during the session. For the EVA, the crew explored the extreme North region of the campus. They were satisfied with what they have found. Red soil was everywhere and it made Marion happy. During the EVA, the three members in the hab prepared a joke for Florian. Indeed, they put a Jalapeño pepper inside his bread for lunch. This was a really funny moment, and with the bad news from the outside world it is good to share this. Then we talked a lot about the Covid19 consequences on the end of our year. Our school has been officially closed and those who were supposed to go to Costa Rica, Guyane or Italy are thinking about alternatives.

We stay really close from each other, which helps us to keep our spirit up!

Look Ahead Plan : Un-mount the outdoor experiments.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: cloudy in the morning, 0°C at 7:30am then cloudy and sunny in the late afternoon, 14°C at 7:00pm

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: LOAC and MegaAres batteries changed, Northern region explored

Reports to be filed: Journalist report, Operations report, EVA request, Green Hab report, EVA report, Astronomy report.

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – March 11th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 11-03-2020

Sol: 10 Summary Title: Mars is safer than Earth

Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: Routine

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up at 6:50am. The sport session began at 7:00am. A light rain and the night outside were telling us warmly to go back to bed, but quickly we thought about how lucky we are to be here. Without EVA planned for the morning because of the rain, the crew started to prepare the end of the mission, thinking about packing our experiments and writing reports about the science we did during the mission. For the afternoon, Blandine and Florian went out 30min to change the batteries and data from our experiments.

We have had news about the Covid19 at 4:00 pm.

It is strange to see it from here, we are really like martians on this.

Look Ahead Plan : Unmount the outdoor experiments.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: rainy in the morning, then cloudy and sunny in the late afternoon, 12°C at 5:00pm

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: LOAC and MegaAres batteries changed.

Reports to be filed: Journalist report, Operations report, EVA request, Green Hab report, EVA report, Astronomy report.

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – March 10th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 10-03-2020

Sol: 9 Summary Title: Tired crew

Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: Routine

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up at 6:50am. The sport session began at 7:00am. A few members of the crew have had a difficult night, and we have felt it during the day. Some of us took some rest after the EVA or at the beginning of the afternoon.

The EVA was a long range walk into candor, to go as far as possible. We have discovered new landscapes and really Martian Candor Chasma like.

We went through our classical science afternoon finishing with our Human Factor experiment and our relaxation and cohesive activity time.

Look Ahead Plan : Starting to think about packing our experiments.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: cloudy, 0°C at 7:00am, 12°C at 7:00pm

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: LOAC and MegaAres batteries changed. Candle Chasma exploration exploration

Reports to be filed: Journalist report, Operations report, EVA request, Green Hab report, EVA report, Astronomy report, Science report,

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – March 9th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 09-03-2020

Sol: 8 Summary Title: Ambitious EVA

Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: Science is running

Sol Activity Summary:

Let’s go back to normal. Alarm at 6:45 and sport session at 7:00. After a rest day, it is difficult to warm up! After the common breakfast, the EVA team prepared itself. They chose to go to Copernicus with the ATV’s. First problem, two of them refused to start. They had trouble with fixing the batteries to the ATV’s. They decided to go with Persy to the LOAC and MegaAres.

It was time to clean the hab for us inside and to work on the greenhab.

The afternoon was dedicated to science work. The language experiment has changed for this week and we use Keep talking and nobody explodes. This cooperative game was new and fun.

Look Ahead Plan: Start well the second week

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: cloudy,-2°C at 7:00am, 6°C at 11:00am

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: LOAC and MegaAres batteries changed

Reports to be filed: Journalist report, Operations report, EVA request, Green Hab report, EVA report, Astronomy report, HSO report, Art report

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – March 8th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 08-March-2020

Sol: 7 Summary Title: Half a day off
Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: Crew resting

Sol Activity Summary:

No alarm to wake us up today. Daylight saving time took an hour of sleep from us and we did not have a sport session today so everybody woke up at 9:00 am. We took a common breakfast and played a little game as the daily EVA was just planned to change the batteries of our experiments.

During the EVA we cooked for lunch. The crew took the time to record some scenes for a French scientific TV show for kids in the afternoon. Then, the normal activities of the end of the afternoon started. It was a rest day planned but in fact, we were quite busy.

Look Ahead Plan: Start well the second week

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: cloudy and windy, rare showers at 5:00 pm, 10°C at 10:00 am, 10°C at 5:00 pm

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: LOAC and MegaAres batteries changed

Reports to be filed: Journalist report, Operations report, EVA request, Green Hab report, EVA report, Astronomy report, HSO report, Art report

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – March 7th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 07-03-2020

Sol: 6 Summary Title: Quiet biodiversity

Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: Mid rotation

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up at 6:50am. The sport session began at 7:00am. Knowing
that tomorrow will be our rest day regarding sport helped the crew to be
motivated by the session. Having a day without an exploration EVA and a
physical activity tomorrow is a good choice for the crew mental and
physical status. I don’t think it is mandatory for the scientific
purposes of our mission but it is the better way to have an efficient
and satisfying second week.
The daily EVA has been a new experience for me. Dealing with the
efficiency of communication has been interesting. We have proved that a
routine EVA can be performed with its complexity without saying a single
word. The protocol is complex to but not that hard to set up. I want to
thank Luc for having followed me on that idea. We explored the eastern
region of Reservoir Dam. The biodiversity there was completely different
from what we have been used to.
The oven has been set up outside and even without a perfect sun we
heated 600mL of water from 10°C to 67°C in 2 hours. We will give more
details in the future science reports. I have finally had time to start
working on our automatic water consumption device.

Look Ahead Plan: Taking some rest tomorrow.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Mostly cloudy, rare sun lights, 0°C at 7:00am, 18°C at 3:00pm

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: LOAC and MegaAres batteries changed. Quiet exploration

Reports to be filed: Journalist report, Operations report, EVA request,
Green Hab report, EVA report, Astronomy report, Science report, HSO report

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – March 06th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 06-03-2020

Sol: 5 Summary Title: Mid rotation is coming to fast

Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: Everything’s fine

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up at 6:50am. The sport session began at 7:00am. Our
training is made of different exercises repeated 3 times 20s on Monday
and Tuesday, twice 30s on Wednesday and Thursday and once 1min on Friday
and Saturday.
The one minute duration exercise is really exhausting for the muscles
and it was a little bit painful this morning!
During the EVA, the team has changed the batteries of the LOAC and
MegaAres and then explored North Ridge. They were truly happy about what
they saw considering their smile at the end. I think our communications
are getting better and better in EVA. That is why we worked with Luc on
a protocole enabling us to perform a non verbal communication EVA.
Florian has worked on his astronomy researches for a while. Then I
worked with Florian and Blandine on the solar oven that is ready to go
our tomorrow.
Clément and Valentin took care of some cress and radishes for our Music
for plants experiment.
Marion tried to unlock the code for our display panel.
Tonight, we realise that midrotation is arriving too fast. For me it is
a real difference as I was involved in a 3 weeks rotation last year, it
changes a lot!

Look Ahead Plan:

The non verbal EVA planned is really exciting, and the solar oven will
be set up

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Cloudy and Sunny alternatively, -2 at 7:00

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: LOAC and MegaAres batteries changed North Ridge exploration

Reports to be filed: Journalist Report, Operations report, EVA Request,
Green Hab report, EVA Report, Astronomy report

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – March 05th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 05-03-2020

Sol: 4 Summary Title: Fisrt routine day

Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: Crew 223 Routine has begun

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up at 6:50am and every. The sport session began at 7:00am.
It seems that the whole team is feeling more confident with the sport
session and is improving the performances. It is good to see.
Marion was the EVA leader for the first time, she was a little bit
stressed out but she managed the EVA prep without any problem. The ATV
Honda refused to start at the beginning of the EVA. Whe chose to pick
the ATV 3 instead. We explored Candor Chasma through Stream Bed Connector.
Marion’s spacesuit was not really well set so that she lost her
earphone. We found a lot of garages there and we tried to pick it up as
much as possible.
Once arrived at the Hab we tried to start the ATV Honda manually but
without success.
Good news for the end of the morning : The Spacesuit 7 is fixed and we
have found a possible weakness on the spacesuit design that we have
fixed on the three other suits. I worked with Luc 3 hours on it, we hope
that everything will be all right tomorrow.
Florian worked on his solar imaging, Blandine and Marion on their app
displaying the schedule. We continued with another cohesion activity in
Blandine’s program.

Look Ahead Plan:

The suits are going to be tested tomorrow, we hope to go further with
our solar oven.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Sunny and warm all day (-6°C at 7:00am, about 9°C at 11:00am,
6:00pm) 0m/s of wind all day

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: LOAC and MegaAres batteries changed Candor Chasma exploration

Reports to be filed: Journalist Report, Operations report, EVA Request,
Green Hab report, Astronomy report, EVA report

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – March 4th

Crew 223 Sol Summary Report 04-03-2020

Sol: 3 Summary Title: I’m getting old

Author’s name: Aurélien Mure – Crew Commander

Mission Status: Crew 223 newcomers are taking responsibilities

Sol Activity Summary:

The crew woke up at 6:50am and every crewmember wished me a happy birthday, which is really pleasant to start the day. The sport session began at 7:00am. The crew physical status are getting better and everybody is now used to the workout session. The first EVA without me
has been prepared really well by all the crew. They were really autonomous and cautious. They walked to Hab Ridge. They suffered from back pain but nothing unbearable.

For the lunch I prepared for my birthday meal two pizza, and Marion cooked banana bread. With this crew, no fear of bad cook!

The crew took 30 min to play a little strategy game after lunch. Luc and I fixed the Spacesuit 10 and found solutions for SpaceSuit 7. Florian worked on the solar oven and Valentin in the GreenHab. We went through the daily session of our Human Factor experiment and the
relaxation session.

The team spirit is really outstanding in here.

Look Ahead Plan:

The long range EVA planned tomorrow is set to go further into exploration. The water monitoring system struggles to work so we need to spend time on it.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Sunny and warm all day (-6°C at 7:00am, about 8°C at 11:00am, 10°C at 6:00pm) 0m/s of wind all day

Crew Physical Status: All crew members safe and sound.

EVA: HabRidge exploration completed

Reports to be filed: Journalist Report, Operations report, EVA Request,
Green Hab report, HSO Report, Astronomy report, Science report

Support Requested: None