GreenHab Report – March 17th

GreenHab Officer: Diane Rothberg

Environmental control: Heating and cooling w/ambient air (8 hrs)

Shade cloth (40%)

Average temperatures:

Low: 15 ° C

High: 32 ° C

Hours of supplemental light: 0 hours

Daily water usage for crops: 13 gal

Water in Blue Tank—gallons 181 gal

Time(s) of watering for crops: 8:30 16:45

Changes to crops:

Narrative: Discarded 4 pots of dead peas, but kept the 2 best just in case they revived

Harvest: 19 gm basil

Support/supplies needed: Getting low on fly paper sheets

Operations Report – March 17th

SOL: 1

Name of person filing report: Tom Baldwin

Non-nominal systems: Rover charging system.

Notes on non-nominal systems: Circuit to charging system interrupted, reset by David Mateus

Generator (hours run): 11

Solar— 81 % (Before generator is run at night)

Diesel Reading – 65 %

Propane Reading – 68 %

Ethanol Free Gasoline – gallons.

Water (auxiliary tank) – 0 gallons

Water (static tank) – 350 gallons

Auxiliary to Static tank transfer– no

Gallons transferred:

Water in GreenHab – 181 gallons

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

Water Meter: 12 units

Toilet tank emptied: no

Deimos rover used: no


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR


Beginning charge:

Ending charge:

Currently charging:

Spirit rover used: yes

Hours: 83.6

Beginning charge: 48

Ending charge: 46

Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used:


Beginning charge: 58

Ending charge: 56

Currently charging:yes

Curiosity rover used: yes

Hours: 82.9

Beginning charge: 100

Ending charge: 98

Currently charging: yes

Notes on rovers: Demo/instruction by Dave Mateus

ATV’s Used: (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3) no

Reason for use:

Oil Added?

ATV Fuel Used: Gals

# Hours the ATVs were Used today:

Notes on ATVs:

HabCar used and why, where? no

CrewCar used and why, where? no

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: Clean up, cleaning, & report writing

Summary of GreenHab operations: Monitoring $ watering of plants

Summary of ScienceDome operations: cleaned & organized

Summary of RAMM operations: nothing to report

Summary of any observatory issues: Power bar switch was intermittent, now normal.

Summary of health and safety issues: Check of emergency equipment. 1 smoke detector low battery

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: none

Astronomy Report – March 17th

Astronomy Report

Name: Tom Baldwin

Crew: 207

Date: 17-MAR-2019


Robotic Telescope Requested MDRS-WF

Objects Viewed: Crab Nebula

Problems Encountered:

MUSK OBSERVATORY Dry run on set-up only

Solar Features Observed: none

Problems Encountered: Power bar was intermittent. Seems normal now. Mentioned to David Mateus.

Sol Summary – March 17th

Summary Title: Starting our Sim

Author: Julielynn Wong

Mission Status: All nominal

Sol Activity Summary: Crew 206 departed this morning. Crew 207 Greenhab Officer prepared breakfast. Crew 207 Commander submitted yesterday’s food inventory. Crew 207 HSO conducted a safety check. Crew 207 Scientist drafted the cooking and cleaning schedule. Commander cleaned and organized both levels of the Hab and the Science Dome. Greenhab Officer and Crew 207 Engineer/Astronomer began planning tomorrow’s EVA. Crew Scientist prepared lunch with fresh basil seasoning from the Greenhab. Engineer/Astronomer began operations in the solar observatory. Crew 207 completed paperwork and training with the MDRS intern. All 5 crew members successfully test drove the rovers under the supervision of the MDRS intern. Crew 207 completed their EVA spacesuit training.

Crew 207 identified the following useful items that could be 3D printed out of biodegradable, washable plastic at MDRS:

Coat hanger

Bag clip

Soap holder

S hook

Stackable storage bin

Pen storage container


Labware drying rack

Soil sieves

Water dipstick

Selfie stick


Colored straws to help crew members identify their individual cups

Scratch stick for the inside of the EVA spacesuit helmets

Look ahead plan: We are planning an EVA to scout out a location for drone flight testing. We are preparing files to be 3D printed at MDRS to save time and money.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny all day

Crew physical status: Fine


Reports to be filed: Operations, GreenHab, HSO, Scientist, Journalist, EVA Request

Support Requested: None

Journalist Report – March 17th

Author: Diane Rothberg

We spent this beautiful, sunny day out of sim, as we’re waiting for so much to arrive…3D printers, drones, a bike, and two additional crew members.

Still getting the hang of water conservation, which is tricky when you have to wash a sticky oatmeal pot, as well as last night’s pots holding clingy, aging leftover soup and rice.

Today’s lunch of spaghetti bolognaise prepared by Tiffany and Kevin was a huge hit, especially after we supplemented it with fresh basil from the Greenhab.

Our commander, Julielynn, did some much-needed cleaning and organizing around the hab and the science dome, and came up with creative ideas as to what items we should 3D print to make life easier here on Mars.

Kevin, our health and safety officer checked all CO2 detectors and fire alarms.

We received a safety briefing from David, and we all got rover check out and a chance to drive them before we have to do it in a bulky space suit.

Late in the afternoon, we were checked out on the space suits, and now, our Mars simulation truly begins!

Greenhab Report – March 16th

Crew 206 Green Hab Report – 16-MAR-2019

GreenHab Officer: Norbert Pouzin

Environmental control: Heating and Cooling w/ ambient air (9 hrs 30 min)

Shade Cloth (40%)

Average temperatures:

Low: 17.0°C
High: 32.0°C

Hours of supplemental light: 0 Hours

Daily water usage for crops: 5.4 gallons

Water in Blue Tank: 192.6 gallons

Crops watered at 1000 hours (2.1 gallons) and 1930 hours (3.3 gallons):


1) 10.00 AM 26.1° C / 20 %
2) 13.30 AM 29.1° C / 20 %
3) 17.00 PM 29.8° C / 20 %
4) 19.30 PM 17.0° C / 20 %

Changes to crops: None.


Today was rotation day. I opened the door from 10h to 19h30. We trained the new crew !!

Harvest: None.

Support/supplies needed: None.

Astronomy Report – March 16th

Astronomy Report, Sol 20

Name: Aurélien Mure

Crew: 206
Date: 03/16/2019


Object observed: M81 and M82, seems to be really good, but not enough time to process it.

Telescope requested: MDRS WF for Tom, 207 astronomer


Operations Report – March 16th

Crew 206 Operations Report 16 – MAR – 2019

SOL: 20

Name of person filing report: Gaspard Thieulin

Non-nominal systems: Generator

Notes on non-nominal systems: Radiator hoses and alternator need replacement on the generator. A contractor has been arranged to make these repairs within a few days.

Generator (hours run): 11 hours

Solar— SOC % – Turned off at 77%, Still off at 75% (1900)

Diesel Reading – 55%
Propane Reading – 69%

Ethanol Free Gasoline – 2 gallons

Water (Auxiliary tank) – Not in use

Water (Static tank) – 280 gallons

Water differential (static tank) – 30 gallons

Gallons transferred: Not Applicable

Water in GreenHab – 193 gallons

Static to Loft Pump used – Yes

Water Meter: 0141813.6 gallons

Toilet tank emptied: Yes

Deimos rover used: No, still not functional

Hours: N/A

Beginning charge: N/A

Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: N/A

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR

Hours: Not Applicable

Beginning charge: Not Applicable

Ending charge: Not Applicable

Currently charging: Not Applicable

Opportunity rover used: Used

Hours: 54.5 hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 46% (48% currently)

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Used

Hours: 82.7 hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 63%

Currently charging: Yes

Spirit rover used: Used

Hours: 83.3 hours

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 40% (47% currently)

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: Spirit and Opportunity weren’t charging due to a socket failure. It has been fixed.

ATV’s Used: N/A

Reason for use: Not used

Oil Added? N/A

ATV Fuel Used: N/A

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: None

Notes on ATVs: None

Hab Car used and why, where? Used by Staff and Crew 206 for water refilling.

Staff Crew Car used and why, where? Used by Crew 207 to come to MDRS.

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: Nothing to report.

Summary of Green Hab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of Science Dome 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 more to report.

Journalist Report – March 16th

Sol 20

Authors: Benjamin Auzou, Journalist and Cerise Cuny, HSO & Crew Biologist

For our first day back on Earth, we woke up earlier than during the whole mission for a precise goal: enjoy the sunrise on the desert landscape from Hab Ridge. The first glow started to draw the reliefs all around us, and when the first sun’s ray emerged from the horizon line, a giant smile appeared on our faces: Earth called us back, and we are definitely back!

After the sunrise, Norbert, Aurélien and I decided to run to Skyline Rim, this geologic beauty that raised our curiosity for the whole mission but that we couldn’t reach with the rovers and the suits. We touched the Rim and then came back to the Hab, a simple act but that created in us a feeling of freedom that was completely different from the confinement we lived in for twenty days.

Yesterday evening, we invited Atila and David, from the Mars Society support team to eat pizzas and a cake. It’s was refreshing to talk with other people than us six, and that was the same for them.

Following the advice of Atila and David, we went for an EVA at Copernicus. Driving the rovers without the suits gave us an incredible feeling of freedom. We were surprised but pleased to feel the hard blowing wind on our cheeks as we gained speed, finally driving the rovers without helmets or backpacks.

The crew walked down Copernicus highway surrounded by a lunar landscape. The crackling sound of our foot on the dry soil was kind of new to us and we embraced both those usually insignificant noises and the incredible silence of the desert.

We paused a long time on a stiff ridge in total silence, sitting on the raw grey dirt, our head tilted back to get all the warmth that the Sun rays had to offer. No words were necessary to maintain that vibrating harmony. After this divine moment, we headed down into a canyon multiplying jokes and overwhelmed with joy. We headed back to the hab enjoying our last glimpse of Mars.

In the afternoon, we welcomed Crew 207, it was very nice to see some new people and to transmit everything we have learned in the past 3 weeks.

Then with our Executive Officer Aurélien, I took the HabCar and drove to Hanksville to take water in order to refill the tank. That was a strange return to real life and earth society, we met people at the gas station, bought a bottle of soda just for the pleasure to spend a dollar, and simply just enjoyed a car drive on the road. Even if everything was less than 15 miles from us, we were definitely a million miles away from here, on Mars.