Journalist report – December 7th

7-Dec-2018

Journalist Report:

It has brought me so much joy to be a part of this successful mission.
I will miss the uplifting team dynamics of this international crew.
There were countless times when I was reminded that the power of our
diverse team was more than the sum of its individual members.
Embarking on EVAs always comes with a risk and team members
continuously helped one other climb geographical features and cross
slippery areas. Even though each of us entered this mission with our
own research projects, neat interdisciplinary projects were formed
during the mission. A study investigating the strength of concrete
built from Earth sand versus Martian soil and a study examining the
heat transfer of the habitat using an infrared camera morphed into a
proposal to study the heat transfer properties of concrete built from
Earth sand versus Martian soil. Sharing our ideas and resources has
made this mission a success.

Today, we continued answering questions from school children from
Qatar. It was endearing to be asked by an eager student if there is a
school on Mars. While some questions were light-hearted, others were
more philosophical and we returned to discussions on the ethics of
terraforming another planet and how or whether resource management and
human rights could be improved today on Earth and one day on other
planets. As we prepare to conclude our mission, I cannot help but feel
inspired and impressed by the example of international collaboration
and volunteer efforts here at MDRS. Indeed, the MDRS represents
successful teamwork at a larger level than Crew 200. Thank you for
welcoming the seven of us crew members to be a part of this mission.

Lindsay Rutter

Astronomy report – December 7th

Crew Astronomer: Andrew Foster

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY

Robotic Telescope Requested: MDRS-WF (05 DEC), hope to add further WF observations if conditions clear later this evening.

Requested objects – None.

Objects Viewed: None

Image attached: None.

Problems Encountered:

Poor weather conditions (Cloudy conditions continue today).

MUSK OBSERVATORY

Solar Features Observed: None.

Notes

Both observatories are clear of snow this evening.

Attached 3 x photos: Astronomy Laptop and Astronomy box (end of mission), plus photo of packaging for backup UPS battery left in Science Dome (empty packaging only, UPS battery is inside Dome).

Crew Astronomer departing station 12-08-2018

End report.

Operations Report – December 7th

Crew 200 Operations Report 07-Dec-2018

SOL: 6

Name of person filing report: Antoine Bocquier

Non-nominal systems: generator autostart
Notes on non-nominal systems: None

Generator (hours run): From 6:00 pm last night to 7:45 am. On tonight at 4:00 pm.

Solar— SOC 81%
Diesel Reading – 25 %
Propane Reading – 39 %
Ethanol Free Gasoline – N/A gallons

Water (auxillary tank) – 0 gallons
Water (static tank) – 350 gallons
Auxillary to Static tank transfer – no
Gallons transferred: 0
Water in GreenHab – not noted gallons, low.
Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Water Meter: 8

Toilet tank emptied: no

Deimos rover used: no, still not functional
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 73%
Currently charging: no

Sojourner rover used: No
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: yes

Spirit rover used: no
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: no
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used: no
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: yes

Notes on rovers: Rovers were not used or moved since Sunday, in charge from Sunday afternoon.
# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0
Notes on ATVs: ATVs were taken out of active service and are now parked away from the station

HabCar used and why, where? No
CrewCar used and why, where? No

General notes and comments: when switching on the generator, the transfer button in the Science Dome (to connect the generator on the power system) is not always working at the first try, I have to pay attention at the sound change and the positive voltage displayed on the scren.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report.

Summary of suits and radios: Suit 3 does not seem to work, there is also a charger that is blinking (I’m not sure it is charging well). I will investigate.

Summary of Hab operations: Regular activities, we are finishing our projects.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Regular activities

Summary of ScienceDome operations: regular activities

Summary of RAM operations: There is a little leak in the roof where the snow is melting, there a little bit of water on the ground. We put a container to avoid water on the ground.

Summary of any observatory issues: Musk Solar observatory – Nominal. Robotic Observatory – Nominal.

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Nothing to report.

Greenhab Report – December 7th

Crew 200 Greenhab Report 07-DEC-2018

Greenhab Officer:
Makiah Eustice

Environmental Control:
Heating
40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 19 C
High: 49 C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
2.5 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
28%

Times of Watering for Crops:
1100

Changes to crops:
Planted 6 small areas of sunflower seeds
Planted 6 small areas of alfafa seeds
Harvested 69 g of mixed salad greens

Narrative:
Decided on format for outreach experiment, planted the sunflower seeds
and alfalfa. Last day with the full crew, so we are having a fresh
salad!

Harvest:
69g mixed salad greens

Support/Supplies Needed:
One of the raised beds of mixed salad greens is having some wilting,
while the one I harvested is thriving. I’ve been watering both the
same, but it seemed to be showing signs of this for the past week.
I also need a more accurate way to take the height of the water level.
It is hard for me (and even another crew member) to tell the level
just from tapping it. A level sensor or a pressure sensor would be a
good addition to the Greenhouse.

Sol Summary – December 7th

Sol: 5

Summary Events: Final day of Sim for Whole Crew. Day focused on completing projects

Author’s name: Oakley Jennings-Fast

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: Engineering check completed with Crew Engineer and Crew Astronomer. Each crew member focused on completing their projects. The crew members, who completed their projects, aided the others in their projects. Crew Astronomer taught two of the crew members who are staying for a second week of sim how to run the Solar Observatory. Fresh lettuce was harvested for the crews’ final meal all together on sim.

Look Ahead Plan: Midnight tonight, we will end sim. Tomorrow midday, 4 crew members will go back to Grand Junction to fly home on Sunday. Three crew members are staying an additional week and have coordinated with Shannon.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Cloudy, no precipitation

Crew Physical Status: Nominal

EVA: None

Reports to be filed: N/A

Support Requested: None

Mission Support Crew 200 Journalist Report December 6th

06-DEC-2018

Shannon told us at the beginning of the mission to notice the moment
where we felt like we were truly living on Mars. For me, I experienced
this moment. On EVA, as I followed behind my strong fellow crew
members across the snowy red hills around the MDRS, I took a deep
breath inside my spacesuit helmet. We were returning to the Hab after
a difficult hike through the hills to collect soil samples. One crew
member helped another across a small stream. As we helped each other
trek across the landscape indicating the best places to step and
lending a hand when needed, I truly felt a part of a crew on Mars.

Meanwhile, while the women of the crew went on EVA, the men were in
the Hab continuing their experiments in the lab and in the kitchen.
Lunch was fantastic (the first bread we’ve had since the mission
began). And dinner was superb! We had baked tuna melt. Although, it
was more like baked tuna crisp since we forgot to rehydrate the cheese
before putting it in the oven. Delicious all the same – we ate every
bite of the huge pan. Thanks to our Crew Astronomer (it’s been cloudy
out so now he is the Crew Chef).

Today we also had guests. We answered all their questions and showed
them around the Hab.
Oakley Jennings-Fast

Mission Support Crew 200 Sol Summary December 6th

Sol: 4

Summary Title: A productive day of science, EVAs, visitors, and outreach.

Author’s name: Lindsay Rutter

Mission Status: All crew members happy, healthy, and productive.

Sol Activity Summary: Crew ate all meals together. Science projects
continued throughout the day. Two EVAs were conducted. Crew members
welcomed more visitors to the habitat. Group photographs were taken
with crew members holding banners from girl scout troupe from Qatar.

Look Ahead Plan: No EVAs tomorrow; crew members will focus on research projects.

Anomalies in work: None reported.

Weather: Cold with snow and mud on the ground.

Crew Physical Status: No crew members reported physical problems today.

EVA: Early EVA consisted of four female crew members and was led by
female crew commander. Destination was about one mile north of the
habitat. Soil samples were collected. Later EVA consisted of three
crew members with media guests. Destination was hill next to the
habitat.

Reports to be file: N/A

Support Requested: N/A

Mission Support Crew 200 Operations Report December 6th

200 Operations Report 06-Dec-2018

SOL: 5

Name of person filing report: Antoine Bocquier

Non-nominal systems: generator autostart
Notes on non-nominal systems: None

Generator (hours run): From 6:00 pm last night to 8:00 am. On tonight
at 6:00 pm.

Solar— SOC 82%
Diesel Reading – 25 %
Propane Reading – 40 %
Ethanol Free Gasoline – N/A gallons

Water (auxillary tank) – 0 gallons
Water (static tank) – 390 gallons
Auxillary to Static tank transfer – no
Gallons transferred: 0
Water in GreenHab – not noted gallons, low.
Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Water Meter: 12

Toilet tank emptied: yes

Deimos rover used: no, still not functional
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 74%
Currently charging: no

Sojourner rover used: No
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: yes

Spirit rover used: no
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: no
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used: no
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: yes

Notes on rovers: Rovers were not used or moved since Sunday, in charge
from Sunday afternoon.
# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0
Notes on ATVs: ATVs were taken out of active service and are now
parked away from the station

HabCar used and why, where? No
CrewCar used and why, where? No

General notes and comments: We had a media visit today, which we
included in our daily schedule.

Summary of internet: Nominal.

Summary of suits and radios: EVA performed. Some helmets are very
foggy (suit 1 for example), I will have to see if we can make
something for it. There is a air tube junction missing, I will have a
look tomorrow. For the cleaning spray Shannon informed us it is in the
RAM, I’ll look tomorrow.

Summary of Hab operations: Regular activities, plus Habcom support to EVA.

Summary of GreenHab operations: regular activities

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Nothing to report

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report

Summary of any observatory issues: Musk Solar observatory – Nominal.
Robotic Observatory – Nominal.

Summary of health and safety issues: we got back extinguishers.

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support:
Nothing to report