Journalist Report – December 16th

Crew 201 Journalist Report – 16DEC2018

The Martian Chronicles

1] – The Arrival

Since the beginning of our history, humanity has contemplated the immensity of the universe, imagining exciting and mysterious futures, asking the most complex questions and, why not say it, the craziest ones. However, it is specifically one question that has caused in people an immeasurable desire to reach other worlds; an illusion to reach the far limits of the Cosmos, facing any challenge along the way, taking us to the limit of the unimaginable. A question so simple, but still so powerful… What is out there?

MDRS Crew 201 – MEx-1

It was the 900hrs time of Mars. The 200 crew began with subtle nostalgia the preparations for their departure, but with the satisfaction of having successfully completed one more mission. Between laughs, anecdotes and more than one recommendation, accompanied by a hot coffee and a light breakfast, we accompany our companions with their last food on the red planet. After a long journey, full of challenges and experiences, the 201 MEx-1 crew has landed. It’s official: we’re on Mars.

The day began like any other mission start, reviewing the ins and outs of our new adventure, saying goodbye to our predecessors at the station and settling on what will be our home for the next 15 SOLES Martians. The excitement of each member of our crew overflows as we prepare to start this great adventure. Understanding how a group of six people, with such different and particular personalities, will be able to work as a team to overcome challenges, joys and disappointments, is possibly the greatest challenge we will face. And we are sure that it will give us much to talk about. Anyway … we’ll see what happens.

The clock of the station (which we will refer to as The HAB from now on) marked 1530hrs, when the last preparations were concluded and the members of MEx-1 we concentrated in the frontal zone to know the vehicles of exploration. On board the rovers Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity (a small tribute to our first Martian explorers), we traveled around the path that, in later days, will be the protagonist of more than one good story in this mission journal. As the light from our nearest star vanished on the horizon of our new home, we set off on our way back to the HAB to review the coming plans, prepare the experiments to be performed, and enjoy our first dinner at more than 50 million kilometers. of our home, the Earth.

They say that the most complex challenges are the most satisfying. And we are convinced that this occasion will not be the exception. For now, we have nothing left to rest, because tomorrow awaits us a SUN full of activities ahead. Welcome to this adventure called MEx-1. The crew 201 says goodbye for today, but not before wishing them an excellent morning, afternoon or evening in the place of the Earth in which they are reading us. Ad-astra!

MEx-1 continuará informando.

Walter A. Calles Glass, MDRS Crew 201 Journalist

Sol Summary – December 16th

Crew 201 Sol Summary Report 16-Dec-2018


Summary Title: Ya llegamos… Y ahora qué?

Author’s name: Federico Arturo Martínez Espinoza

Mission Status: Things are going great, the team is very close so we are having a good adaptation to the hab, roles are well definite and if something is not clear we have great communication.

Sol Activity Summary: We had a training about how to wear the spacesuit. We learned to go outside covered, especially when it’s getting late, we had our rover training, we went to town for water and learned how to refill the tank of water.

Look Ahead Plan: Mission Briefing, food inventory, 3d printer assembling.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny at the morning and noon, as we went on our training and tour at the rovers, it was getting cold.

Crew Physical Status: Crew member had a headache and took a pill.

EVA: North ridge, Galileo road.

Reports to be file:

– Operations report

– Greenhab report

– Journal report

– Bios report

– Photos

– Pic of the day

Support Requested: None

Operations Report – December 16th

Crew 201 Operations Report 16-Dec-2018


Name of person filing report: César Augusto Serrano Baza

Non-nominal systems: Generator Autostart

Notes on non-nominal systems: None
Generator (hours run): Around 5:30 last night to around 9 am today.

Solar— SOC 81%
Diesel Reading – 90%
Propane Reading – 92%
Ethanol Free Gasoline – N/A gallons.

Water (Axillary tank) – 0 gallons
Water (static tank) – 340 gallons (Refilled today)
Axillary to Static tank transfer– no
Gallons transferred: 0
Water in GreenHab – High level (refilled today)
Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Water Meter: 5.2

Toilet tank emptied: NO

Deimos rover used: no, still not functional
Hours: 0
Beginning charge: –
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: no

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR
Hours: 0.83 hrs
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Spirit rover used: Commander and XO
Beginning charge: 17:31
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Opportunity rover used: Engineer and GreenHab Officer
Hours: 0.83
Beginning charge: 17:31
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Curiosity rover used: Astronomer and HSO
Hours: 0.83
Beginning charge: 17:32
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Notes on rovers: Rovers where used today for the crew trainning.

# 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? Yes, used for refill the static tank water and the GreenHab water (1 time each tank) to Hanksville gas station.
CrewCar used and why, where? Last crew took it wth them.

General notes and comments: We said goodbye to crew 200. We installed a heather in the Dome.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report.

Summary of suits and radios: We had a quick trainning about how to wear the space suit.

Summary of Hab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Keep water in the plants.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of RAMM operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of any observatory issues: Musk Solar observatory – Nominal. RObotic Observatory – In use at 17:30 hrs.

Summary of health and safety issues: N/A

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: N/A

Greenhab report – December 16th

Crew 201 Greenhab Report 16-DEC-2018
Greenhab Officer:
Walter Calles

Environmental Control:

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: -4°C
High: 31°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
3 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
100% (refilled today)

Times of Watering for Crops:

Changes to crops:

Water Tank refilled to full capacity today.
Quick review of the humidity on the crops and watered them enough to keep them in a good shape.
Salads looking good, will keep them on high priority for next week harvesting (Christmas Dinner plans).
Raddish growing in good shape. Hopefully, ready for harvesting by EoW.
Tomatoes starting to grow, due to increase of heating. Will keep tracking of them to see some progress.


Support/Supplies Needed:
Planning to clean up some soil samples left by previous crew and replanting some spinaches. Any suggestions?

Best regards,

Walter A. Calles Glass
Greenhab Officer & Crew Journalist
MDRS Crew 201 MEx-1

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