Journalist Report – April 29th

Journalist Report – Earth-Date 29APR2018 / Mars Sol 7

Author: Eric Shear

This weekend, we took a much-needed rest day on Sol 6. That doesn’t mean we lounged around all day – we made outreach videos with a combination of spoken and signed language.

Today (Sol 7) began the first of our switched EVAs. Team Canada had previously done morning EVAs, and is now doing EVAs in the afternoon, and vice versa for the Americans.

On Sol 6, our geologist/astronomer finally caught a prominence on the Sun, much to the excitement of the astronomers at Mission Support. Then he did it again on Sol 7, getting three solar features despite heavy cloud cover. We are glad to see him sharpen his already considerable telescope and image processing skills.

The morning of Sol 7, Team America went on EVA to Zubrin’s Head, White Rock Canyon, and Kissing Camel. Team Canada explored Toothy Ridge and Copernicus Highway. During one of these EVAs, a crewmember injured her knee by falling down a hill.

The afternoon was spent recuperating, working on projects and furthering our research. A quiet evening of eating good food and low-key recreation is anticipated. Our XO is anxious for a rematch in cards…

Astronomy Report – April 29th

Astronomy Report
Name: Eric Shear
Crew: 193
Date: April 29, 2018

Sky Conditions: Cloudy with sun still intense through them

Wind Conditions: Windy around noon/afternoon

Observation Start Time: 1315

Observation End Time: 1415


Two dark features and a white feature were spotted on the sun today. The dark features are not defined enough to look like sunspots, so they could be filaments. The white spot is almost definitely another solar flare, smaller than the one spotted two sols ago.

Photos were taken with the Skyris camera and the best images processed in Autostakkert, Registax, Photoshop, and PowerPoint to colorize and bring out contrast. The results are attached.

Objects Viewed: Sun

Problems Encountered:

Winds were such that I could not open the lower shutter without it shaking too much, so I kept it closed. The sun was high enough in the sky by then that I could observe it with just the upper shutter retracted.

Passing clouds blotted out the sun at times, so I waited until the camera image cleared before taking captures.

EVA Report – April 29th

Sol 7 Crew 193 EVA 13 & 14 Summary
Earth-Date 29APR2018

EVA 13

EVA Gold Crew Members – Gold000 (CO Patil-Sabale) / Gold 003 (CE Attig) / Gold005 (CGA Shear)

EVA Objectives – Summary
1. Explored White Rock Canyon, and Kissing Camel Ridge. Found a few potential shelter sites, and a small pond of muddy water!
2. Repeated GPS recording experiment.

3. Continue to explore the crew biometrics study while on EVA. Raw data here
4. Continuing visor fogging study. Raw data here


  • Was super windy. No major issues

ATVs/Rovers Used

  • ATV 300
  • Honda ATV
  • ATV #350.3

Safety Measures & Preparation

  • Sunscreen/Sun protection – Yes/Medical Exemptions for UV eye-protection provided
  • Adequate hydration – No
  • Adequate protection – Flightsuit/footwear/visor/glove precautions – Yes

EVA 14

EVA Gold Crew Members – Gold001 (XO Campbell) / Gold 004 (HSO Pandya) /

EVA Objectives – Summary

  1. Explore Toothy Ridge Area and Copernicus hwy
  2. Continue to explore the crew biometrics study while on EVA / Raw data here
  3. Continued search for emergency shelters
  4. Continuing visor fogging study / Raw data here


  • Extreme winds.

ATVs/Rovers Used
Honda ATV
ATV #350.3

Safety Measures & Preparation

  • Sunscreen/Sun protection – Yes/Medical Exemptions for UV eye-protection provided
  • Adequate hydration – No
  • Adequate protection – Flightsuit/footwear/visor/glov e precautions – Yes

Warm Regards!
Commander, (Gold 00), Crew #193

Mars Desert Research Station

Science Report – April 29th

Science Report for 29 April 2018
Crew 193 – PHEnOM Gold Crew
Submitted by XO/Science Officer Doug Campbell

1. Emergency EVAC EVA: Two EVAs took place today; however, no sites were noted as useful for emergency evacuation shelters. If a crew was trapped north on Copernicus highway, there are several low sites where they could shelter out of the wind.

2. Sunspot and Solar Flare Monitoring: Our CGA continued his task of monitoring the sun for sunspot activity. He found two dark features on the sun and another possible solar flare.

3. Shortwave Texting on EVA’s: Beartooth devices are still not working. Troubleshooting through contact with the manufacturer is occurring.

4. GPS Route Measurements: The first EVA of the day took the device with them to map their route. Measurements will be used by a PHEnOM colleague to map the routes taken and determine if the easiest routes were used.

5. Waterless dish cleaning: Final samples of the project were taken from a towel wiped dirty dish that had been place under UV and a dirty dish that had been wiped with dirt and then placed under a UV light. Bacteria growth and monitoring will continue over the remaining days of the mission.

6. The MAG (Maximum Absorbency Garment) utilization study: No progress today. Possible that the continuation of this study from Crew 192 will be scrapped.

7. Spacesuit Helmet Fogging: No fogging was reported.

8. Crew Comfort, Health and Safety on EVA: Measurements of the crew’s weight, blood pressure, SpO2 and pulse were taken before and after the EVA. Maximum heart rate was tracked by a mobile monitor during the EVA when the astronaut felt that they were working hard (normally climbing a large hill. Analysis will be done as the mission continues.

Crew 193 XO and Science Officer

Operations Report – April 29th

Crew 193 Operations Report 29Apr2018

SOL: 7

Name of person filing report: David Attig

Non-nominal systems: Two piece suits still need straps adjusted for neck ring. Generator/inverter/charger. One piece suit #10. Soldering Irons
Notes on non-nominal systems: The generator still appears to not be charging the batteries at night (only powering the HAB). Shannon is having a look, this should not affect our operations (particularly with the days being so long now).
I will repair charging plugs once we have a soldering iron.
One piece suit #10’s fans stopped when I bent over while wearing the suit. The loose connection was determined to be at the positive terminal of the battery; upon inspection, there was a cold solder joint on a terminal connector. While removing tape to access battery terminals, I broke the small wires on negative terminal. Suit #10 is out of service until we have a working soldering iron (should be on the way).

Generator (hours run): 10:45 pm to 7:35 am.

Solar— SOC 57 % (Before generator is run at night)

Diesel – 70 %

Propane – 60 psi.

ATV Fuel (Ethanol free gasoline) – 2.5 gallons.

Water (trailer) – 220 gallons.

Water (static) – 455 gallons

Trailer to Static Pump used – no

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

Water Meter: 134315.1

Toilet tank emptied: yes
Date last emptied: April 29

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

ATV Oil Checked?: Yes

ATV Oil Added?: No

ATV Fuel Used: 2.5 Gallons

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 2

Notes on ATVs: 350.2 is out of service, due to a previous issue. Honda oil is within range, but on low end.

Deimos rover used: No
Hours: 124.8
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: N/A %
Currently charging: No

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR
Hours: Unknown
Beginning charge: N/A
Ending charge: N/A
Currently charging: N/A

Spirit rover used: No
Hours: 35.0
Beginning charge: 100 %
Ending charge: N/A %
Currently charging: No

Opportunity rover used: No
Hours: 34.2
Beginning charge: 100 %
Ending charge: N/A %
Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: No
Hours: 29.8
Beginning charge: 100 %
Ending charge: N/A %
Currently charging: Yes

Hab Car used?: No
Where was Hab Car used?: N/A
Why was Hab Car used?: N/A

General notes and comments: Supported two EVAs today.

Summary of internet: We’re out, same as normal.
Summary of suits and radios: Still work to do on two piece suits. Repair of suit chargers still in progress. Other than #10, one piece suits nominal.

Summary of Hab operations: Super nominal.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Watered twice.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Dishwasher experiment proceeding, more samples taken today.

Summary of RAM operations: Sawhorses moved in from RAM.

Summary of health and safety issues: None to report

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Would like some new crimp-on connectors for suit battery terminals. For example: An assortment would probably be nice for future missions.

Greenhab Report – April 29th

Green Hab Report
Date: 29 Apr 2018

Environmental control: Ambient with door open but only for few hours in the afternoon
Shade cloth: on
Fan: not used today

Average temperatures: 34.6 C
Low: 14.7℃
High: 51.2℃

Hours of supplemental light: None

Changes to crops: None

Daily water usage for crops: 8.5 Gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: Twice: In the morning at 900am and afternoon 445pm.

Morning research observations: None

Changes to research plants: None

Aquaponics: None

Narrative: No significant changes. Plants that were yellowing are turning green again after extra watering.

Support/supplies needed: None

Sol Summary – April 29th

Crew 193 Sol Summary Report – 29APR2018

Sol 7

Summary Title: How Windy Is It? It’s Sooooollllll Windy, the Answer Will Blow You Away!

Author: Dr. Shawna Pandya, HSO

Mission Status: Supra-nominally windy.

Sol Activity Summary:
Today the two EVA teams swapped AM/PM spots to change things up, and will be doing so for the rest of their time here. EVA-AM team explored White Rock Canyon and Kissing Camels Ridge, and a good time was had by all, other than a sprained knee sustained by one of the team, who is now recovering. Meanwhile, EVA-PM team took care of the GreenHab and wo/manned the fort. Upon her return, the Commander took Command of the kitchen and whipped up a delicious feast of pasta alfredo with chicken, spaghetti bolognaise and a hearty vegetable soup to whet her picky crew’s carnivorous, non-dairy and vegetarian predilections, respectively. In the late afternoon, EVA Team 2 took to the mean streets of Mars for a sojourn up North, certain that they would have turn back early due to mounting winds and increasing cloud cover. Alas, the winds of Mars made way for our fearless explorers, who had the time (and view) of their lives up by Copernicus way. In the midst of these EVAs, more scientific data was accrued and solar prominences observed by the science team and astronomer. The Sol will culminate with another hearty Martian spread come dinnertime, followed by some ‘Gold’-en opportunities for crew bonding, by way of ASL, cards and games.

Look Ahead Plan:
The week continues with more EVAs to the Moon by the EVA-AM team, and a PM trek over to Cactus Road with exploration of the near-by sights and sounds, with plans to forge on with the usual science, Hab operations and astronomy.

Anomalies in work:

1. Generator is not charging solar panels overnight – ongoing issue, no changes.
2. Suit #10 has been decommissioned due to aberrant battery contacts.

Weather: Partly overcast, very windy, warm.

Crew Physical Status: One crew member sprained a ligament on EVA and is recovering. They have plans to go on a light excursion EVA (light walking on flat terrain or mostly in vehicle), or plans to stay back if not recovered in the morning.


Reports filed:
EVA Report
Astronomy Report

Science Report
Operations Report

HSO Report
GreenHab Report
Sol Summary

Reports to be filed:
Photo & Photo of the Day Report

Commander’s Report
EVA Request

Support Requested:
1. Straps to 2-piece suit neck ring
2. New terminal connectors for Suit #10

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