Operations Report – April 16th

Crew 210 Operations Report 16-APR-2019

SOL: 4

Name of person filing report: Shannon Rupert

Non-nominal systems: nothing to report

Notes on non-nominal systems: nothing to report

Generator (hours run): 10.5

Solar— SOC 98 % as of 5:30 pm. Will not turn on generator until needed.

Diesel Reading – 38 %

Propane Reading – 43 %

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 7 gallons.

Water (auxillary tank) – 0 gallons

Water (static tank) – 300 gallons

Auxillary to Static tank transfer– no

Gallons transferred: No

Water in GreenHab – unknown gallons.

Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water Meter: not read

Toilet tank emptied: no

Deimos rover used: Still non-operational

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR, yes

Hours: Did not record

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 49

Currently charging: yes

Spirit rover used: yes

Hours: did not check

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 42

Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: no

Hours: 56.4

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 88.8

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report

ATV’s Used: (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3) all of them

Reason for use: Testing and Field work

Oil Added? Yes. The oil in the 300 was fine. Oil in 350.1 and 350.3 was low but ok, but it was very low in 350.2 (the dirty one). The Honda had NO oil at all.

ATV Fuel Used: 3 Gals.

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 5

Notes on ATVs: The battery was replaced in the 300 and it is now operational as well. We changed the spark plug in the Honda and it still wouldn’t start. Turned out the kill switch was on. When the kill switch in on in the Yamaha’s they won’t even turn over, in the Honda it will turn over but not engage the engine. At any rate, with no oil we would have ruined it if we had run it before we put oil in it, so all is good. The new spark plug wasn’t a waste, as it starts right up now.

When testing the ATVs, we discovered that the handlebars on 350.2 are now so low that it is damaging the machine, once again causing accelerator on the turn and reducing the turning ratio. We ran it into a rover due to these issues. The rover was undamaged but I decided to pull the ATV from use until I can figure out how to fix the
handlebars. If we do use this AYV, I will be the one to operate it/

HabCar used and why, where? No

CrewCar used and why, where? Yes, to Hanksville for AMA REDDIT thing.

General notes and comments: Nothing to report

Summary of internet: Nothing to report

Summary of suits and radios: Nothing to report

Summary of Hab operations: We are having some issues with the wall plugs on the wall in the main space of the lower deck. This should be addressed in the near future.

Summary of GreenHab operations: David will send a full report today. He continues working on climate control.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: We collected many plants today and will be spending time in the dome later tonight and tomorrow processing them.

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report

Summary of any observatory issues: Nothing to report

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Nothing tonight, thank you.

Greenhab Report – April 15th

GreenHab Officer: David Murray

Environmental control: Ambient with door open 9:00 to ? (high winds blew the door shut at some point while we were gone)

Shade Cloth: 80%

Low Temperature: 15 C

High Temperature: 37 C

Relative humidity: 17%

Hours of Supplemental Light: 0

Daily Water Usage for Crops: 11 L

Water in Blue Tank: Low, needs refilling

Time(s) of Watering: 11:40

Changes to Crops: None.

Narrative: Crops are looking good but the tomatoes are starting to show signs of nutrient deficiency. I’ll fertilize them with Miracle Grow tomorrow and see if it improves. It’s been hot, but the fan is running on it’s highest setting throughout the hottest parts of the day. The GreenHab door shut at some point before 6:45 due to high winds.

Harvest: None

Operations Report – April 15th

Crew 210 Operations Report 15-APR-2019

SOL: 3

Name of person filing report: Shannon Rupert

Non-nominal systems: nothing to report

Notes on non-nominal systems: nothing to report

Generator (hours run): 11 hours last night

Solar— SOC 89 % as of COMMS. Will not turn on generator until needed.

Diesel Reading – 38 %

Propane Reading – 45 %

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 10 gallons.

Water (auxillary tank) – 0 gallons

Water (static tank) – 300 gallons

Auxillary to Static tank transfer– no

Gallons transferred: No

Water in GreenHab – unknown gallons.

Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water Meter: not read

Toilet tank emptied: no

Deimos rover used: Still non-operational

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR, no

Hours: 50.7

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Spirit rover used: No

Hours: 86.5

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: yes, to move water tank

Hours: 56.4

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 88.8

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report

ATV’s Used: (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3) 350.1, 350.2, 350.3

Reason for use: Testing

Oil Added? No

ATV Fuel Used: 0 Gals.

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0

Notes on ATVs: 350.1 was the only operational ATV when I arrived.
350.2 and 350.3 are now operational with new batteries. 350.2 is
still very dirty.

We are currently changing the spark plug on the Honda to see if we can
get it to turn over. The Honda’s battery is good. We purchased a new
battery for the 300 and hope to get it installed before dark today.
The goal is to have all 5 ATVs operational tomorrow.

HabCar used and why, where? Yes, to haul water.

CrewCar used and why, where? Yes, to Loa for supplies

General notes and comments: Tunnel repairs were completed. A
considerable amount of MOOP was picked up from around the tunnels.

We are currently transferring water with a very small external pump
that takes over an hour to transfer 125 gallons. We plan to replace
the pump that was broken last month with my old house pump this
evening. That should make transferring water easier although we
should order a replacement pump to have on hand.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report

Summary of suits and radios: Nothing to report

Summary of Hab operations: Electric kennel is broken.
Toaster/convection oven was replaced on the shelf where it belongs.

Summary of GreenHab operations: David will send a full GreenHab report
tonight. He has programmed the fan to keep the plants cooler in the
afternoon. He will continue fine tuning it for the rest of the week.
He also purchased a new thermometer.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: First group of plants in the plant
press are being fanned for more rapid drying.

Summary of RAM operations: Clean! I spent part of the afternoon
organizing and cleaning the RAM. Happy to say it is now clean, except
that I will sweep it out once the wind dies down.

Summary of any observatory issues: Nothing to report

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Nothing tonight,
thank you.

Sol Summary – April 15th

Crew 210 Sol Summary Report 15-APR-2019

Sol: 3

Summary Title: Squashing plants and supply runs

Author’s name: Paul Sokoloff

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: This morning, after the requisite coffee, Crew 210 pressed the plants collected during yesterdays excursion to Salt Creek and the Burpee Quarry. By squishing the plant specimens between cardboard and drying them out, the team is left with a flat plant that, of stored correctly, will last for hundreds of years. These specimens, accompanied by a label indicating the location and date of collection, will serve as the proof that these plants were found growing at a specific place and time, and will make up the backbone of our first planned publication from this program.

Our team devoted the rest of this sol to gathering supplies essential to hab and rover systems. Shannon made a water run to Hanksville, while the rest of 210 went to Bicknel for ATV batteries and supplies to build a quadrat for our ecological work. On our return to MDRS our team was able to repair one more ATV, three of these are now operational.

While completing both our scientific and technical work for the day we were also able to continue our social outreach efforts, including posting video of our plant pressing adventures to Twitter and Facebook, preparing for an “Ask a Martian Anything” on Reddit tomorrow night, and telling our “Martian” tales on social media.

All in all, another beautiful day in that special place that straddles the line between our unique planet and the one we’d next like to visit.

Look Ahead Plan: Now equipped with a square-meter quadrat for ecological sampling, we will plan on spending tomorrow (sol 4), doing transects and quadrats within the MDRS operational area. At these sites we will document the number of species, percent cover, and functional groups of the plant and lichen communities, and record abiotic variables such as soil moisture content, pH, and coarseness. New plant and lichen species found on EVA will also be collected.

A Bureau of Land Management representative is scheduled to visit MDRS tomorrow morning, so we will meet with them before starting our sampling EVA.

Anomalies in work: No.

Weather: Cloudy in the am, clearing by mid-day.

Crew Physical Status: Good.

EVA: no EVAs at MDRS, but Shannon made a water and supply run to Hanksville, and the remainder of the crew made a supply run to Bicknell.

Reports to be filed:

Sol Summary

Operations Report

GreenHab Report

Photo Report

Support Requested: n/a

Operations Report – April 14th

Crew 210 Operations Report 14-APR-2019

SOL: 2

Name of person filing report: Shannon Rupert

Non-nominal systems: nothing to report

Notes on non-nominal systems: nothing to report

Generator (hours run): 11.5 hours last night

Solar— SOC unknown %. Will not be reported during COMMS as I plan to
turn it on as late as possible. I find recording these data on this
report awkward. Is there a better way to report when the generator is
turned off and on and the hours it is on each day?

Diesel Reading – 46 %

Propane Reading – 46 %

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 10 gallons.

Water (auxillary tank) – 0 gallons

Water (static tank) – 200 gallons

Auxillary to Static tank transfer– no

Gallons transferred: No

Water in GreenHab – unknown gallons.

Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes

Water Meter: not read

Toilet tank emptied: no

Deimos rover used: Still non-operational

Hours:

Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR, no

Hours: 50.7

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Spirit rover used: No

Hours: 86.5

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: yes

Hours: 56.4

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 97

Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used: No

Hours: 88.8

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 100

Currently charging: yes

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report

ATV’s Used: (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3) None

Reason for use: None were used.

Oil Added? No

ATV Fuel Used: 0 Gals.

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0

Notes on ATVs: We are planning a morning trip to Loa tomorrow for two
more batteries and a spark plug for the Honda. Also some battery
screws and bolts. Two of the 350’s are operational: the one that
originally started and the one with the new battery, The Honda just
won’t turn over, even with canned starter. The battery in the 300 was
damaged somehow and needs to be replaced. The remaining 350’s battery
will not hold a charge and also needs to be replaced.

HabCar used and why, where? Yes, to Salt Creek for research. We had
a problem with it not starting once we returned to MDRS and went to
the Quarry. It seems the problem is in the shift column, not the
starter or the battery. We finally got it started and returned to the
Hab only minutes after the two crewmembers who walked back to the Hab
had arrived.

CrewCar used and why, where? No

General notes and comments: Tunnel repairs were almost completed this
morning. The remaining work will be done tomorrow morning.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report

Summary of suits and radios: Nothing to report

Summary of Hab operations: Nothing to report

Summary of GreenHab operations: Still not completely cleaned up.
David will be sending a GreenHab report tonight and from now on.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Nothing to report

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report

Summary of any observatory issues: Nothing to report

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Nothing tonight,
thank you.

Science Report – April 14th

Sol 2 – Science Summary

Crew 210 sampled vascular plants and lichens from three sites across the MDRS operational area today; the Valley of the Stars, Salt Creek, and the vicinity of the Burpee Dinosaur Quarry. We collected between 15-20 samples, many of which were species not recorded during previous floristic work at the station in 2014. We will press the samples later this evening to preserve them for later identification. Tomorrow, if time permits, we will continue our sampling in the area just around the hab.

Sol Summary – April 14th

Sol 2 – Anywhere is walking distance if you’ve got the time

Before departing MDRS for a day of botanical sampling, crew 210 spent the morning working on social media outreach and (importantly), fueling up on coffee. While team members emptied the hab car water tank (filled last night in Hanksville), other crew members continued to repair the hab tunnels. The full team (five humans and two space dogs) left the station at 11:30.

After refueling the hab car in Hanksville, we drove to the Factory Butte access road and sampled plants and lichens at the Valley of the Stars and at Salt Creek. We returned to Cow Dung Road and went to continue our plant sampling outside of the Burpee Dinosaur Quarry

When we went to return to MDRS the hab car did not initially start, so Mike Irvine and myself hiked back to the hab from the quarry to retrieve the crew car. However, just as we returned to the hab we heard from the rest of the team over the radio that they were able to restart the car and they made their way back to MDRS.

Tomorrow the team will travel to Loa in the morning to retrieve parts for the ATVs, and plan on sampling around the hab (time-permitting) in the afternoon.