Astronomy Report Jan 18th

Astronomy Report

Crew 203 Astronomy Report 18-Jan-2019

Crew Astronomer: Santiago Vargas Dominguez

Description: Bad weather in the last couple of nights has given very few chances of pursuing astronomical observations. A set of 100 images of the moon was acquired early this morning (in preparation for the lunar eclipse next sunday) of which only a single frame had moderate quality (away from clouds) to be further preserved (image attached).

Objects Heart Nebula, Barnard 33 are active in the skynet observation list.

Objects Viewed: Moon

Problems Encountered: none

Journalist Report – Jan 18th

MDRS Crew 203, Journalist Report


On the way to new world.


Hermes Hernan Bolivar.

Today, being the sixth day of the mission, a radiant sun illuminates the station and with it the start of one more day of activities for each of the crew, we came from a night where the intrigue welcomed each of us after a fault in the electric power generator. Which we could cope with in low light and a dinner with hamburgers prepared by our commander. Despite the inconveniences of the previous day, and as an interesting routine, I started my activities in one of the places that in my opinion is a small piece of the Earth in this hostile world; the GreenHab.

There, one of the greatest miracles on earth has its greatest expression. Life emerges in the form of small plants that feed the spirit of each of the crewmembers of this station. Not only providing food, but also the possibility of feeling at home. I think that this opinion is also shared by our mascot, MARStha Leticia, who accompanied us to the watering work.

As the day goes by, each crewmember concentrates on their work, while our commander carefully prepares for all exquisite dishes, which keep up our spirits and energy to carry out our projects and work in the station.

Our projects are advancing slowly, I must admit that doing science on Mars has been a challenge for me and my colleagues. Mars has shown us its majesty but in the same way it has made it difficult for us to know its mysteries. However, that does not weaken the morale of each of the crew members, but on the contrary, encourages us to continue in this adventure.

Now a greater responsibility comes to us, by being completely alone in this station. At this moment I ask myself, are we ready to face all the problems that could arise in the station? And I believe that this same question will be asked by the first crew that will dare to make this epic expedition to an unknown world, away from all their loved ones, their species, their world. But I also remember that like the plants that are born in the GreenHab, life makes its way, in the places where we as humans never expect it, and in that way, we will make our way to the conquest of a new world.


En camino a un mundo nuevo.


Hermes Hernan Bolivar .

Hoy, siendo el sexto día de la misión, un sol radiante ilumina la estación y con ello el inicio de un día más de actividades de cada uno de los tripulantes, veníamos de una noche donde la intriga nos acogió a cada uno de nosotros después de un fallo en el generador de energía eléctrica. El cual pudimos sobrellevar con poca luz y una cena con hamburguesas preparadas por nuestro comandante. A pesar de los inconvenientes del día anterior, ya como una interesante rutina, inicié mis actividades en uno de los lugares que a mi parecer es un pequeño pedazo de la tierra en este mundo hostil; el GreenHab.

Allí, uno de los mayores milagros de la tierra tiene su mayor expresión. La vida emerge en forma de pequeñas plantas que son las que alimentan el aliento de cada uno de los tripulantes de esta estación. No solo suministrando alimento, sino también la posibilidad de sentirse en casa. Creo que esta opinión también la comparte nuestra mascota MARStha Leticia quien nos acompañó a las labores de riego.

A medida que transcurre el día, cada tripulante se concentra en sus labores, mientras nuestro comandante cuidadosamente prepara para todos exquisitos platos, que mantienen en alto nuestro animo y energía para realizar nuestros proyectos y labores en la estación.

Nuestros proyectos van avanzando poco a poco, debo reconocer que hacer ciencia en Marte ha sido un reto para mi y mis compañeros. Marte nos ha mostrado su majestuosidad pero de la misma forma nos ha puesto dificultades para poder conocer sus misterios. Sin embargo, eso no debilita la moral de cada uno de los tripulantes, sino todo lo contrario, nos anima a continuar en esta aventura.

Ahora viene hacia nosotros una mayor responsabilidad al quedar completamente solos en esta estación. En este momento me pregunto, ¿Estaremos listos para afrontar todos los problemas en esta estación?. Y creo que esta misma pregunta se la hará la primera tripulación que se atreverá a realizar esa expedición épica hacia un mundo desconocido, lejos de todos sus seres queridos, de su especie, de su mundo. Pero así mismo recuerdo que como las plantas que nacen en el GreenHab, la vida se abre camino, en los lugares en los que nosotros como humanos nunca lo esperamos, y de esa forma, nosotros nos abriremos camino hacia la conquista de un mundo nuevo.

GreenHab Report – Jan 18th

Crew 203 Greenhab Report 18-Jan-2019

Greenhab Officer:

Hermes Bolivar

Environmental Control:


Cooling w/ ambient air (6 hrs)

40% Shade Cloth on

80% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:

Low: 16.5°C

High: 28.4°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:


Daily Water Usage of Crops:

16 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (gallons):

71.3%, 214 Gallons.

Times of Watering for Crops:






Changes to crops:

* we planted sugar peas on a mix of regolith and potting mix for a research project.


The seeds planted three days ago have begun to emerged, the life is growing into the Greenhab. We started our research project planting seeds of sugar peas on a mix of potting mix and Mars Regolith.

Harvest: 45g of baby Greens.

Support/Supplies Needed: None

Operations Report Jan 18th

Crew 203 Operations Report 18-JAN-2019

SOL: 6

Name of person filing report: Freddy Castaneda

Non-nominal systems: Nothing new to report.

Notes on non-nominal systems: None

Generator (hours run): 6hr 40min; Turned on last night (17Jan2019) at 18:15; The generator shuted down at 20:40 and did not start again. All electrical support over the night was provided by the batteries of the SOC. The generator was turned on this morning (18Jan2019) at 9:25; It was turned of again at 13:40 after SOC batteries were full charged and turned on tonight (18Jan2019) at 16:29

Solar SOC – Turned on (17Jan2019) 74%; It wasn’t turned off (18Jan2019) until it was full charged at 13:40, at 9:30 it was on 38% of charge, at 10:30 it was on 48% and at 13:40 it was ful of charge 100%; Turned on (19Jan2019) 100%

Diesel Reading – 1/2 tank.

Propane Reading – Just over 25%

Ethanol Free Gasoline – Not in use

Water (auxiliary tank) – Not in use

Water (static tank) – Under 70%; About 350 gallons

Auxiliary to Static tank transfer – No

Gallons transferred: Not applicable

Water in GreenHab – About 70%; 211 gallons

Water (loft) – At level marker 10

Static to Loft Pump used – Yes; At 10:20 to refill tank

Water Meter: 014012054

Toilet tank emptied: No

Deimos rover used: No, still not functional

Hours: Not applicable

Beginning charge: Not applicable

Ending charge: Not applicable

Currently charging: Not applicable

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR

Hours: Not applicable

Beginning charge: Not applicable

Ending charge: Not applicable

Currently charging: Not applicable

Spirit rover used: Not used

Hours: 68.2

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: Not used

Hours: 45.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Curiosity rover used: Not used

Hours: 70.0

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: Yes

Notes on rovers: None

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

Reason for use: None

Oil Added? No

ATV Fuel Used: None

# Hours the ATVs were Used today: None

Notes on ATVs: None

HabCar used and why, where? Not used.

CrewCar used and why, where? Off campus

General notes and comments: The generator was shuted down all night, it was fixed by Shannon and Atila on the morning.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report

Summary of suits and radios: Suit #3 still pending for review, Suit #8 charged normally and is functional.

Summary of Hab operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Nothing to report.

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 to report


Sol Summary Report Jan 18th

Crew 203 Sol Summary Report 18-Jan-2019

Sol: 6

Summary Title: “For here are we sitting in a Tin Can”

Author’s name: Oscar Ojeda

Mission Status: Nominal, with an anomalous functioning of the diesel generator during the night.

Sol Activity Summary: It was a late start of the day. As if we had agreed on it, all the crew went up at almost exactly the same time. Last night we had an anomaly with the diesel generator which forced us to enter low consumption mode, and to start the morning in the same way. We had our breakfast, then each one was headed for their respective zone, it’s curious how now everyone has their own spot they can feel as their own. We had a tropical lunch based on coconut and pineapple, and kept working on keeping the station and projects. The sunset brought everyone back to the hab, we shared freshly baked oatmeal cookies, and are headed to a pizza once the capcom window is closed. (how curious, the narrative line was all about food)

Look Ahead Plan: We’re close to the middle of our mission, we want to keep working on each project, and to do some more EVAs.

Anomalies in work: We went on low consumption mode during the night and morning due to a malfunction of the diesel generator.

Weather: Clear skies all day long, with moderate winds.

Crew Physical Status: In good health, although tiredness is starting to catch up.

EVA: None

Reports to be filed: Sol Summary, Operations Report, Greenhab Report, Journalist Report, EVA Request, Astronomy Report.

Support Requested: None

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