Sol Summary – February 03rd

Sol: 6

Summary Title: The Weather Complexity

Author’s name: Kunal Naik (Space_bot)

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: Nature itself is a super power no one can or will be able to control it. Mission Support! We have a problem, Strong winds incoming! The EVA was proposed to Mission Support last night but after their guidance it was cancelled. The crew woke up little late than decided as it was Sunday, started the morning with warm cup of soup and salty crackers with a round table discussion over the usage of water on Earth, Mars and ISS. Post breakfast the crew engineer (Space Bot) started to work on his child rover’s project. The rover had some serious problems with its circuitry which was found out this morning and was resolved at the earliest. The battery check and camera test (A/V) was done inside the RAMM. While Crew Commander (Carbon Flight) was busy working on his 3D clay printer. The printer was integrated with its extruder as a clay syringe. The printer was mounted on the wooden log to support the system. Delicious Sunday lunch was cooked by Crew Health and Safety Officer (Mars Bag) which was assisted by the Green Hab Officer (Cosmos). He was into his daily assigned Green Hab activities looking after old plants as well observing the new plants which were sowed recently in 8 different soil compositions. Post lunch, the crew spent some time watching movie and relaxing their noon. The EVA was cancelled due to windy conditions, so its time was utilized for recreational activities. The crew has planned to play some card and board games post Sunday dinner.

Look Ahead Plan: The 3D clay printer will be tested using a simulant soil and later with different composition, proceeding printing manually on usual basis. The work on the child rover will be to test the complete system outdoor. Finger crossed on weather and servers. The child-rover will be operated for future EVA’s. The sprouts and mix seeds are already planted in the GreenHab, hoping to get good results.

Anomalies in work: None Encountered

Weather: Sunny, Strong Winds

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA’s location: Cancelled due to strong winds

Reports to be filed: 1) Operations Report 2) Green Hab Report 3) Journalist Report 4) Science Report 5) Photos

Sol Summary – February 2nd

Crew 204 Sol Summary Report 02- FEB – 2019

Sol: 5

Summary Title: The Robotic Manipulation

Author’s name: Kunal Naik (Space_bot)

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: Robots are the first thing that are sent to the unexplored territories of the planet to reveal the unknown. They are not the living things but does the work better than the living beings. The crew woke up as per the schedule assigned earlier, concluding the morning activities and breakfast with a round table discussion over today’s individual task. The crew engineer (Space Bot) started to work on his child rover’s project. The rover was dis-integrated for system check at the RAMM operations and was again assembled, integrated and tested by generating a local server. The quick test was done during the EVA. While Crew Commander (Carbon Flight) was busy working on his 3D clay printer. The printer was assembled, and Arduino was programmed but integration is yet to be done. The project was assisted by Crew Health and Safety Officer (Mars Bag). The GreenHab Officer (Cosmos) was into his daily assigned Green Hab activities. Lunch (Red Kidney beans with rice) was prepared by Cosmos after his routine Green Hab activites. Later, the crew initiated the PreEVA procedures. The EVA was carried by Cosmos and SpaceBot, the purpose of EVA was to test the child rover and Martian Photography via child rover (which was not successful). Post EVA the team started preparing for Dinner prior to the Sunset, opening the floor for personal opinions, suggestions and recreational activites.

Look Ahead Plan: The 3D clay printer will be integrated by next day, proceeding with testing and printing manually out of different soil samples. The work on the child rover will be to check the Audio/Video system plus checking the battery life for further operations. The child-rover will be operated for future EVA’s. The sprouts and mix seeds are already planted in the GreenHab, hoping to get good results.

Anomalies in work: None Encountered

Weather: Partially Cloudy

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA’s location: 517250 E, 4254300 N (The White Moon region)

Reports to be file: None

Support Requested: May require quick removal tissues.

Sol Summary – January 30th

Crew 204 Sol Summary Report 30-JAN-2019

Sol: 2

Summary Title: The Hush and the Rush

Author’s name: Kunal Naik (Space_bot)

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: The most beautiful thing on Mars is the dawn.
The crew woke up early by 6:30 am and started the day with morning
activities and Martian breakfast. We have requested prior 2 EVA’s one
in the morning and later by evening. Our 1st EVA was delayed and
rescheduled due to limited water tank issue which was resolved at the
earliest. The crew members initiated their project work along with
their Hab responsibilities. Post Lunch we were surprised and glad to
meet the Nat Geo Photographer Jad Davenport who came to visit the
facility for reporting and clicking wonderful photos with the crew. We
had our 1st EVA by 1400 and later 2nd by 1500, we were followed by the
enthusiastic photographer to capture our EVA activities as well as our
moments via his personal camera and his drone. It was a hush and rush day but went well with no setbacks.

Look Ahead Plan: We are going to follow up on our EVA plans as per
today’s investigation and exploration. We got some soil samples during our 2nd EVA which we need to mesh and set some composition parameters for Martian 3D Printer. We have planned to work on fixing Wifi issues which are a small problem for now.

Anomalies in work: None Encountered

Weather: Sunny

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA: Both the EVA’s same location (518750, 4251250)

Reports to be filed: 2 EVA’s done along with Nat Geo Photographer at
the same location due to short time and photo session. Same rover
Spirit was used for both EVA’s as the location was quite near.

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – January 29th

Crew 204 Sol Summary Report 29-01-2019

Sol: 01

Summary Title: The Beginning

Author’s name: Kunal Naik (Space_Bot)

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: The day starts with the welcoming our final crew member Pranit Patil who is our XO. We had a crew meeting over first Martian breakfast. We discussed about our plans, our projects, learning outcomes, desired outcomes and about our crew’s roller coaster journey to MDRS. After our breakfast we initialized our training which went till evening. The training was quite important to carry out our mission. We assigned ourself the roles and task after the training session. So far our crew is super enthusiastic and motivated to carry out the mission.

Look Ahead Plan: Everyone has been assigned their task, we have 2 EVA’s scheduled for the mission, one in the morning and later by the eve. The crew will initiate their project along with their daily habitat assigned activities.

Anomalies in work: None Encountered

Weather: Cloudy, with a high of 7

Crew Physical Status: Everyone is healthy but our crew member Pranit Patil who arrived today morning from India is suffering from jetlag.

EVA: Galileo (Training Session)

Reports to be file: Curiosity and Spirit are operational, Opportunity is non Operational due to brake issues.

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary Report – January 26th

Crew 203 Sol Summary Report 26-Jan-2019

Sol: 14

Summary Title: First burger on Earth, last night on Mars

Author’s name: Oscar Ojeda

Mission Status: Nominal, out of sim.

Sol Activity Summary: Our last day on the station began by a simple cereal breakfast. Then everyone took off to finish some of the experiments, and also to start organizing the station for the next crew to take over it. We had lunch, and a much-desired bath, then we headed for Hanksville for our first dinner on Earth. We can’t believe how fast time passed. We’ll probably go to bed early, leave everything as packed as possible, and get ready for our return to Earth. As of Comms window, we’re still waiting for crew 204 to arrive.

Look Ahead Plan: We’re leaving the station tomorrow morning.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny with some clouds, low intensity to no winds.

Crew Physical Status: In good health.

EVA: None.

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Operations Report, Greenhab Report, Journalist Report, Science Report, HSO Report, Mission Summary.

Support Requested: None.

Sol Summary – January 25th

Crew 203 Sol Summary Report 25-Jan-2019

Sol: 13

Summary Title: Knights of Cydonia

Author’s name: Oscar Ojeda

Mission Status: Nominal, broke sim today.

Sol Activity Summary: We woke up knowing that it was going to be a special day. Our last day on Mars. Some results from the research were still to be taken, so after breakfast (some leftovers from yesterday’s dinner), everyone took off to work. We had lunch together and decided to break sim just after it. We went to the airlock, went out together, and with that, finished our simulation.

The crew took a small stroll around the hab, feeling the air again. Two crewmembers went then to Hanksville for a water run, while the rest stayed in the station to keep working on the projects. I prepared an "Arroz Chaufa" (the Martian version of it), which is a Peruvian dish, for Atila, who will share dinner with us tonight.

Look Ahead Plan: We expect to finish up the activities tomorrow morning, get the hab ready for the checkout, and get ready to receive crew 204. Looking forward to the traditional hamburger in Hanksville, Earth.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny with some clouds, low intensity to no winds.

Crew Physical Status: In good health.

EVA: None.

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Operations Report, Greenhab Report, Journalist Report.

Support Requested: None.

Sol Summary – January 24th

Sol: 12

Summary Title: Europa VII

Author’s name: Oscar Ojeda

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: Today was a fine day, we have already spent 12 days on Mars, and although we are exhausted, laughter and good mood is everywhere (The auto-corrector suggests me to change it to "Good Food", which is also true). As always, we started the day with a big breakfast, those powdered eggs are starting to taste good, and supplies will last perfectly until our last meal on Mars. We got ready for our last EVA of the mission, and while we traversed the hab ridge, the crewmembers on the station were working on the final touches of their research. We came back to a plentiful lunch, and the afternoon was spent in more research. We expect to watch the sky tonight, as we get ready to say goodbye to the pale red dot, our home, our present, and hopefully, our future.

Look Ahead Plan: We have two days left here on Mars. After almost two wonderful and demanding weeks, we’re almost ready to come back to Earth. There are some final results to take from the research, finalize the global reports, and bring the mission to a close.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Clear skies all day long, low to moderate intensity winds.

Crew Physical Status: In good health, in better shape than yesterday…!

EVA: 1, a team of 4 went to the Hab Ridge.

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Operations Report, Greenhab Report, Journalist Report, EVA Report, HSO Report, Astronomy Report.

Support Requested: Can you send us some more news from Colombia?

Sol Summary – January 23rd

Crew 203 Sol Summary Report 23-Jan-2019

Sol: 11

Summary Title: Don’t stop me now, (’cause I’m having such a good time)

Author’s name: Oscar Ojeda

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: We started our day as usual with a big breakfast, pancakes, and coffee. Some of our crewmembers, who were scheduled to go on EVA reported not so optimal health status, so we shifted the EVA team. The team got ready and went to the south of the hab, to find a zone filled with evidence of ancient life. While the team that remained in the hab performed some station keeping labors, as well as science. The crew rested in the afternoon after lunch and got ready for reporting. We’ll most likely go early to bed.

Look Ahead Plan: We’re planning for a couple more EVAs during the mission, and to review some of the results on the research.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Clear skies all day long, low-intensity winds.

Crew Physical Status: One crewmember might have had a fever due to a cold, other reported a headache, and another, muscular pain. Other than that, everyone is in good health.

EVA: 1, a team of 3 went to the area West of North Pinto Hills.

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Operations Report, Greenhab Report, Journalist Report, EVA Request, EVA Report, HSO Report Astronomy Report.

Support Requested: HSO suggests Alka-Seltzer type medicine for indigestion. We’d also like to request more tissue paper for the crew members with a cold.

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