Crew 239 Operations Report for November 8th

Crisman, Keith <keith.crisman>

9:48 PM (11 minutes ago)

MDRS Operations Report 8Nov2021

Name of person filing report: Aidan Moga

Reason for Report: Daily

CrewCar Used: Yes, the CrewCar was used to transport the crew from Grand Junction to MDRS. The CrewCar was disinfected. The recorded mileage was 197343. The car was fueled and inspected for damage. The window visors are broken on the driver’s side and rear passenger side. There is a missing hubcap on the driver’s front side. The oil was changed at Walmart as requested. The oil is at 1/8-1/4 below the top of safe, the left tail light is out sometimes, brake and coolant levels are within safe range. The car was refueled at hollow mountain for 10.21 gallons or $40.89.

Non-nominal systems: Toilet, Generator

Action taken for non-nominal systems: Toilet was leaking inside of the water inlet fitting. We attempted to fix the leak by removing the fitting, cleaning the threads, placing plumbers’ tape and tightening the fitting. The leak source appears to be from inside the toilet control mechanism where the pedal actuates the valve. Temporary solution is to turn off water to the toilet using the valve behind the toilet when not in use. The toilet also smells bad during the high winds. Generator is still waiting for repairs to the propane supply. Electricity will continue to be rationed after 2PM.

ScienceDome Dual Split: NA

Solar – Nominal, supplying all power

Notes on solar: None

Water (loft tank): 50 Gallons

Water (static tank) – Have two of three shipments from the HABCar transfer tank. The third shipment will come on Thursday.

Static to Loft Pump used – Yes

Water in GreenHab: Around 40% full

Water in Science Dome: 0 gallons

Hab toilet tank emptied: No

Perseverance rover used: No

Sojourner rover used: No

Spirit rover used: No

Opportunity rover used: No

Curiosity rover used: No

Notes on rovers: Rovers were unplugged to conserve power after 2pm due to generator issues.

ATV’s Used: No

Summary of internet: Nominal

Summary of suits and radios: Suits were assigned to crew members. One suit had issues with pulling a crew member’s hair at the front of the suit.

Summary of general operations: Checked the tunnel system, added a few zip ties to secure the tunnel system.

Summary of Hab operations: Adhered to power rationing protocols, set heating to 58 degrees for tonight.

Summary of Greenhab operations: Nothing to report

Summary of Sciencedome operations: Nothing to report

Summary of RAM operations: Failed to locate the RAM fire alarm that was mentioned in the HSO checkbook.

Summary of observatory issues: None

Summary of health safety issues: None

Questions, concerns, supplies needed and requests: None

Crew 239 Sol Summary for November 8th

Sol: 1

Summary Title: First Day of Martian Activity!

Author’s name: Madison Rooth

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: Our crew awoke this morning and shared a breakfast of delicious pancakes cooked by Crew Artist Brian Murphy. After this, EVA Team 1 of CO Keith Crisman, XO Madison Rooth, and MCA Brian Murphy embarked to Marble Ritual for a geologic sampling and training EVA at 1000.Team 1 arrived back at the Hab at 1059 and cooled off while preparing EVA Team 2 for their mission to Marble Ritual. EVA Team 2 left Hab at 1332 and consisted of GHO Cynthia Montanez, HSO Emily Milne, and ENG Aidan Moga. Following EVA Team 2’s return to the Hab at 1500, we shared a delicious meal of rice, vegetables, and chicken. ENG Aidan and CO Crisman attempted to fix our waste facility (toilet) due to a freshwater leak). The crew then worked on individual research until dinnertime.

Look Ahead Plan: Conduct EVAs to Kissing Camel Ridge

Anomalies in work: No anomalies

Weather: Sunny and hot

Crew Physical Status: All good

EVA: 2 to Marble Ritual

Reports to be filed: Operations report on it’s way!

Support Requested: None at this time

Crew 239 GreenHab Report for November 8th

Crew 239 GreenHab Report 08-11-2021

GreenHab Officer: Cynthia Montanez

Environment Control: Opened door at 11:31 a.m. when the temperature in the GreenHab was 88℉

Average Temperatures:

1. Temperature at 8:30 a.m. à 67℉ with 8% humidity

2. Temperature at 11:31 a.m. à 88℉ with 14% humidity

3. Temperature at 11:31 a.m. à 70℉ with 19% humidity

Hours of supplemental light: None

Daily water usage for crops: One full white watering can

– Need precise measurements of pail volume for proper values

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: None

Water in the Blue Tank ___0___ gallons.

– Need the amount of gallons the blue tank can hold water

Time(s) of watering for crops: 5:33 p.m.

Changes to crops: None

Narrative: Plants are growing well. Needed to leave the GreenHab door open most of the day since it would not cool down until the Sun went down.


1. Fresh Radish (12.09 lbs)

2. Mixed Greens (2.45 lbs)

3. Wild Rocket (0.65 lbs)

Support/ Supplied Needed: Soil

Crew 239 Sol Summary for November 7th

Crew 239 Sol Summary Report 11-07-2021

Sol: 1

Summary Title: Beginning of sim

Author’s name: Madison Rooth

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: We arrived in Hollow Mountain to fuel the CrewCar at 10:55am and arrived at the Hab at 11:45am. We conducted an overview of the site and met with Shannon shortly after. After system introductions and acclimating the Crew to their new surroundings, two members, XO Madison Rooth and ENG Aidan Moga followed Shannon into Hanksville to fill the HabCar tank with water from Hollow Mountain. Due to difficulties with the hose and pump, it took several hours to pump the water into the Static Tank. After this was completed, HSO Emily Milne and GHO Cynthia Montanez made the second trip into town to fill the HabCar tank and transfer it to the Static Tank. CO Keith Crisman, MCA Brian Murphy, and XO Madison Rooth repaired the window in the Hab’s main door due to it breaking from the high winds.

Look Ahead Plan: Conduct Marble Ritual EVAs

Anomalies in work: No anomalies

Weather: Sunny and windy

Crew Physical Status: All good


Reports to be filed: HSO Report

Support Requested: None at this time

Crew 260 Mission Summary November 4th

Crew 260 Mission Summary Report 04 Nov 2021
Crew member experience highlights:

As I reach the end of my third sim with Spaceward Bound Utah, I find myself reflecting on the impact of this program. There is no doubt the teachers who participate in Spaceward Bound Utah benefit heavily from their time at MDRS. These crew members arrive with excitement and enthusiasm and leave carrying an even greater passion for their life’s work along with a wealth of resources. SWB Utah teachers continue to collaborate long after their time at MDRS comes to a close, providing a valuable support system for each other. Through promotion of the SWB Utah program, alumni also serve as ambassadors whose enthusiasm, innovative integration of the Mars analog experience, and curricular modifications spread beyond the walls of their own classrooms to inspire and encourage other teachers who are not members of the program. And the biggest beneficiaries of the SWB Utah program are the students – those who are or will be in SWB Utah teachers’ classrooms, those who will be in the classrooms who receive outreach support from SWB Utah, and those who will have the opportunity to participate in a Mars analog experience. Without a doubt, the positive impact of Spaceward Bound Utah will have a ripple effect as more and more teachers, students, and community members are directly or tangentially exposed to the program.

-Jen Carver-Hunter, Mountain View Elementary School

I am in awe of the MDRS and appreciate the opportunity to participate in Spaceward Bound Utah. I especially enjoyed getting to know the other teachers and scientists. This has been one of the most incredible experiences I have ever had. Living and exploring as an astronaut was something that I never dreamed I would experience.

-Théo Anderson, Canyon Elementary School

The Utah desert is always a magical place. Experiencing Utah’s Colorado Plateau at MDRS has been a one-of-a-kind experience. I arrived on Sunday excited to meet new science teachers and eager to experience Mars. This week has moved quickly, and I take away great experiences and memories. Perhaps my favorite part of being on Mars was exploring the rock formations and collecting rock samples. Wearing the space suits was the most challenging part of the sim. The suits require a multistep process to put on, and once astronauts suit up, the mobility and visibility changes. Driving the rover while suited up involved some maneuvering, but every rover expedition was exciting and fun. Cooking and eating with the crew was another enjoyable part of the experience. The crew engaged in insightful and interesting conversations. We collaborated with one another, offered suggestions, and provided insight about different subjects. This week at MDRS has been memorable. I plan on sharing my learning and experiences with my students. Thanks, MDRS!

-Adela Genoves, Kearns High School

This has been a phenomenal experience. I have long dreamt of being an astronaut, and this experience helped me to fulfill that dream in the best way possible, only the fun parts! I cannot wait to share my experiences on this ultimate adventure with my family and my students, and hopefully that will ignite the spark in someone else!

-David Joy, Wahlquist Jr High School

The Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS) is a once in a lifetime opportunity for me as a Utah educator. Living in close quarters with new teammates, experiencing EVAs, astrobiology, and learning about the geologic Martian landscapes are highlights of the mission for me.

I believe the motto "Sim, Science, Education" is fitting for the mission. We experienced the Sim, learned a lot of science, and had a roundtable to incorporate our findings in our classrooms on Earth.

For anyone considering the value of this experience: Do it! Don’t think, just fill out the application.

For administrators: Send your teachers at whatever level they teach.

For the Mars Society: Thank you! I could not experience this in any other location, and I appreciate the facility, the landscape, and the fabulous director (Shannon) and assistant director (Atilla) currently at the facility.

-Tracy Davidson, InTech Collegiate Academy

Phenomenal is the best word to explain my experience here at MDRS! I was blown away by the commitment and knowledge of Shannon, Atila, and our Commander Jen. I have learned more about astrogeology and space in general than I could ever learn inside of a classroom. Learning by doing instead of direct instruction is the best approach for education and that’s definitely how they do it down here. Now my students will be able to not only see the many different rocks that I collected near MDRS, but touch! And if they pay their cards right, they’re even able to lick a dinosaur bone.


Sim Science Education

-Katie Miller, Maple Grove Middle School

Since I got accepted to be a part of the MDRS program I have been very excited, but I don’t think I quite knew what to expect. My expectations were not disappointed! The whole experience was to simulate what it might be like for some of the first teams to live on Mars. It was fascinating to go into the Sim and live life as if we were on the red planet. If we wouldn’t be able to do it on Mars then we couldn’t do it in the Sim. This especially meant that we couldn’t go outside to do an EVA without our space suits. That was one of the most interesting parts of my whole time here and something I will always remember! I loved learning about the geology of Mars and how this area is a true Martian analog. But more than anything my time here on “Mars” will help me to be a better teacher in the classroom. Having real life experiences like this to bring back to my students makes science more relevant for them. Also, the activities we did I can use and adapt to my lessons as well. I am so glad I got to have my experience on Mars! J

-Brandon Barth, Independence High School

Crew 260 Journalist Report for November 4th

Journalist Report by Brandon Barth


Today we ended our simulation and after breakfast we landed back on Earth to the sound of Shannon’s three dogs. After breakfast we went back out to the science Dome and had a lesson on biosignatures (signs of life). These signatures don’t have to be directly life itself but things life leaves behind (like footprints or poop-coprolites-or worm burrows). So, we looked at a lot of different examples of biosignatures and then identified them. I learned that a rising theory is that Desert varnish, which I was always taught was like sunburnt rock, is actually a biosignature, and that bacteria that are trying to survive in the desert will pull manganese out of the air and cover themselves with it like a protective coating to protect themselves from UV radiation. This hardens into the varnish but it takes thousands of years. They are doing lots of studies with it and Atila wants to do research if Lichen and Desert varnish compete, cooperate, or even know the other exists in nature?

After that we were able to go outside on about a mile hike. Along the way we picked up more rock samples and practiced identifying pieces and Shannon showed us some amazing dinosaur bones that have been discovered in the rocks of the Jurassic time period. One was a huge leg bone standing straight up about up to my waist! Truly amazing. But it was nice to have freedom outside and the weather has just been gorgeous up here. We’ve gotten so lucky since it is already November! But the air was just so fresh and crisp that even at noon it still felt like fresh morning air. We all loved it! On the way back from the hike we talked star trek and Star Wars and I loved that too! 

We then decided that for lunch we would go into town (Hanksville) to the burger place called Stan’s Burger Shak (that they kept talking about) as a whole group. And along the way there we stopped at the Rockin’ Riddle Rock Shop run by a super nice lady named Kathy. I decided to buy a large piece of Coprolite, A desert Rose, A beautiful piece of Quartz Crystal, some Rose quartz, 3 beautiful smooth white stones called Chalcedony for the kids (said to bring peace and joy) and 3 small pieces of a cool stone called Kyanite (from Brazil) for the kids too. The quartz pieces and desert rose are for my wife! The poop is for me haha! But it was a lot of fun looking at all that lady’s samples. She had some petrified pine cones that were very small and going for $150 a piece! But they were awesome!

After the Rock shop is when we got lunch at Stan’s and it did remind me of another restaurant called Stan’s when I was in college. Just a good greasy burger and a big ol’ shake (I got peach cobbler, very good!). Another member of the Crew paid for all of us to eat since they felt so bad about having to sleep on the couch on the main level and not being able to go on the EVA’s and making us work more. We said it was no problem and they didn’t have to do it but they insisted. We were all very grateful.

Getting back to the HAB we made our final plan for the day which started with launching our rockets we built yesterday. We all had our rockets ready to go so after setting up the launch pad, positioning baby Yoda in the perfect spot, the countdown began! Tracy launched her rocket first and it was a perfect take off and her parachute deployed. The wind was blowing a little bit so her rocket blew over the ridge but it was easy to retrieve it. Everyone else went in sequence but only a total of 3 rockets had their parachute deploy. David’s rocket did a perfect nose dive into the soft sediment in the hill by the Hab, but Shannon told him not to retrieve it since she didn’t want more erosion on that hill. So, it will be a reminder to others of the dangers of space travel. Those that were able to retrieve their rockets were able to do a second launch and we all had a lot of fun! We got a bunch of group pictures to round out the event.

Before the sun went down, we got permission to go out and explore one more time. Five of us went out in three rovers and went south down the road until we passed the rock called the squirrel where we turned off the main road and drove west on a quest to find what we affectionately call “purple galaxy rock.” We were all very successful and all of us found our own pieces plus some for those that stayed behind. We stayed out for about an hour until the gnats started getting us and then headed back for the Hab.

Upon arriving back at the Hab we all moved our cars back in front of the building, loaded up our rocks that we all had collected and then made cleaning assignments. Let the cleaning begin! We all worked very hard and effectively and are all ready to go to finish off the final little things in the morning. We ended the night by talking out our biosignature lesson ideas from what we learned earlier and then typing up our summaries of our experience here on Mars, and what a great experience it was! 

Crew 260 Sol Summary for November 4th

Crew 260 Sol Summary Report 04-11-2021

Sol: 3

Summary Title: The end of sim

Author’s name: Jen Carver-Hunter

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: After eating our last breakfast in sim, we returned to Earth for a final lesson with Dr Rupert and Atila about biosignatures. Following our lesson, we went out into the “field” to the east of the Hab to look for biosignatures. We specifically focused on finding desert varnish and lichen. After returning to the Hab, we took a group field trip into town to visit Kathy at the rock shop, and enjoyed burgers and shakes at Stan’s. Returning to the Hab for our last afternoon together was bittersweet. We donned flight suits one last time to launch rockets. Then several members of the crew returned to road 1101 to search for the elusive purple galaxy rock. Upon their return, we began our end of mission duties – cleaning and writing reports.

Look Ahead Plan: Finish cleaning and check out

Anomalies in work: No anomalies

Weather: Sunny, warm, and pleasant

Crew Physical Status: All good

EVA: No official EVA

Reports to be filed: Operations report, Journalist report, end of mission summary

Support Requested: none at this time