Caution: High Density Images — Part 2 of 2
Astronomy Report – January 12th
Crew Photos – January 12th
Journalist Report – January 12th
Crew 219 Journalist Report, 12 JAN 2020
Author: Nathan Hadland
A DONSA To Remember
Ah, the DONSA. The day where you take a moment to breathe and recharge
your batteries. Indeed, today allowed our minds and bodies to recover
from a week of productive science and maintenance tasks. The crew
slept in this morning and woke up to the sound of reggae as well as
the ever-present water pump. As I climbed down from the loft, I saw
our commander in a bright yellow Hawaiian shirt making a breakfast of
bacon and eggs. The rest of the crew emerged in their own uniquely
colored Hawaiian shirts and I chuckled at the irony of a group of
scientists on Mars hanging out as if they were laying on the beach
back in Florida. After sweeping the tunnels of snow and cleaning the
lower deck, I challenged Robinson (ASTRO) and Alejandro (ENG) to an
epic game of Super Smash Bros Ultimate. The battle was intense,
exhilarating, and nerve-racking. Robinson joked that we smacked him
off of Mars back to Florida. For lunch, Hannah (LSO) and Cynthia (GHO)
harvested some greens from the GreenHab and made a delicious fresh
salad along with sliders and fresh bread. For the rest of the day,
Robinson and Abdul (GEO) worked in the Science Dome on their samples.
I got to witness Robinson simulate a Martian dust storm to investigate
the most effective dust mitigation methods for optical mirrors in
astronomical observations. He will be presenting this work at a
conference later this spring! He also got some awesome images last
night for his astronomy research.
After working in the lab, I spent the rest of the afternoon reading my
book and listening to the ambient noise of Alejandro, Cynthia, and
Dave playing cards. We also got to enjoy some delicious cookies made
by Hannah and heavenly Chai tea made by Abdul. Later tonight, we will
be making a dinner of blueberry pancakes and hash browns. Tomorrow we
will be back to work and continuing sample collection. I am both
excited and humbled at the opportunity to be working in an environment
as magnificent as this and am eager to see what this week on the Red
Planet will reveal.
GreenHab Report – January 12th
Crew 219 GreenHab Report 12-JAN-20
Crew GreenHab Officer: Cynthia Montanez
Environmental control: Heating.
Shade cloth (40% and 30%) on.
Average temperature: 24.3 °C; 18 %
Average Max: 28.3 °C, 19.3%
Average Min: 21.6 °C, 15.7%
Floor Unit: 15 °C
Electronic: 24.1 °C
Max: 26.2 °C; 20%
Min: 20.3 °C; 17%
Floor Unit: 19 °C
Electronic: 24.5 °C
Max: 29.4 °C; 19%
Min: 22.5 °C; 15%
Floor Unit: 17 °C
Electronic: 24.4 °C
Max: 29.4 °C; 19%
Min: 21.9 °C; 15%
Hours of supplemental light: Light system 7:00PM-12:00AM.
Daily water usage for crops: 4.59 Gal.
Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: N/A
Water in Blue Tank – 174.86 Gal.
Time(s) of watering for crops:
SEASONAL PLANTING HISTORY:
Change to crops:
1st sprouts: N/A
Harvest: At 11:45 A.M., 74 grams of butter lettuce was harvested. At
12:07 P.M., 146 grams of swiss chard was harvested. At 12:11 P.M., 36
grams of purple carrots were harvested.
Research Report – January 12th
Crew 219 Science Report 12-JAN-20
Crew Science Officer: Hannah Blackburn
1. Biometrics and Neurobehavioral Research
Nothing to report.
Nothing to report.
3. Dust Mitigation for Optical Mirrors
Simulated dust storm by manually applying regolith dust to mirrors.
4. Astrophotography of Celestial Bodies
See Sol 6 astronomy report and photos. Made color images of M32,
NGC1068, and NGC7318.
5. Remediation of Mars Regolith
Nothing to report.
6. Chemical and Mineralogical Composition of the MDRS Site
Samples were dried in the oven using glass beakers.
7. Protocols for the Discovery of Life on Mars
Nothing to report.
Glassware check out:
10 glass beakers (sizes between 200 and 500 ml) were used to dry
A reminder to all crewmembers: There’s a $300 fine for using any
glassware material without MDRS Mission support permission.
Operations Report – January 12th
Crew 219 Operations Report 12-JAN-2020
Name of person filing report: Alejandro Perez
Non-nominal systems: N/A
Hours run: 17
From what time last night: 15:00
To what time this morning: 08:00
List of any additional daytime hours when the generator was run: N/A
Solar- SOC% (Before the generator is run at night): 82%
09:40 = 94%; 11:00 = 90%; 11:50 = 88%; 12:55 = 100%; 14:10 = 99%;
15:10 = 97%; 16:15 = 94%; 17:05 = 90%; 18:15 = 82%
Diesel Reading – 60%
Station Propane Reading- 40%
Ethanol Free Gasoline- N/A
Water (loft tank) (gal) – 50
Water Meter (units)- 0147603,1
Water (static tank) (gal) – 411
Static to loft Pump used –Yes
Water in Green Hab (gal): 174.86
Water in Science Dome (gal): 0
Toilet Tank Emptied –No
Diemos rover used: Still in the Work shop
Sojourner rover used: Yes, by Outpost
Beginning Charge:100 %
End Charge: 21%
Currently Charging: Yes
Spirit Rover used- No
Opportunity Rover used: Still in workshop
Curiosity Rover used: Yes, by Outpost
Beginning Charge: 100%
Ending Hours: 31%
Ending Charge: Yes
Notes on Rovers: Opportunity and Deimos off-site for maintenance.
ATV’s Used: (Honda, 300, 350.1, 350.2, 350.3): No
Reason for use:
Oil Added? No
# hours the ATV’s were used today:
Notes on ATVs:
Habcar used and why, where?
CrewCar used and why, where?
General Notes and Comments:
Summary of the internet: Nominal
Summary of Suit and Radios: Nominal
Summary of Hab: SOS’s were delivered. Repair to loft tank feedline is
working properly, however, the joint connecting the pipe going into
the loft tank is still leaking even with the new Teflon tape added.
Summary of Science Dome operations: Temperatures are hovering around 7
°C during the day.
Summary of Ram operations: Nominal
Summary of any observatory issues: Nominal
Summary of Health and safety issues: Nominal
Questions, concerns, and requests to Mission Support: ¾ in. M-M metal
threaded coupling for feedline pipe.
Sol Summary – January 12th
Crew 219 Sol Summary Report 12-01-2020
Summary Title: Bacon, Burgers, Hawaiian Shirts and Mistaken Aces
Author’s name: Dave Masaitis
Mission Status: Nominal
Sol Activity Summary: Despite today being a DONSA (see yesterday’s Sol
Summary for definition), work did actually get done today. After a
breakfast of bacon and eggs, some crew members swept snow out of the
tunnels, while others swept and mopped mud from the Hab’s first floor.
A. Elnajdi performed some sample analysis in the Science Dome and R.
Raphael performed astronomic data reduction while H. Blackburn and C.
Montanez made bacon cheeseburgers and fresh salad with GreenHab greens
for lunch. Afterwards N. Hadland and R. Raphael simulated a dust storm
for our dust mitigation experiments, and others engaged in a lively
game of Rummy 500. C. Montanez took a victory, before the crew sat
down to finish reports and sip the world’s best chai tea, courtesy of
A. Elnajdi. The evening will hold a crew meeting to prepare for
tomorrow’s work, and then it’s back to business in the morning.
Look Ahead Plan: One EVA, continued sample analysis, and maintenance
Anomalies in work: None
Weather: Cold and overcast most of the day, with some sunshine in the
Crew Physical Status: Nominal
Reports to be filed:
EVA Request #13
Astronomy Photos (ATTN: Dr. Zubrin)
Photos (Including Photo of the Day)
– Refer to Operations Report
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