Sol Summary – January 30th

Crew 220 (MDRS) Sol Summary 30Jan2020

Sol: 11

Summary Title: Integration of Medical Assessments, Search and Rescue

Author’s name: Connie Delisle

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary: The Crew rose at 07:00 to an intensive skyscape. The orange glow of the forever red dunes of Mars is a sight to always remember. After a light breakfast, the MDRS Crew began preparations for the morning Medical EVA (MEVA), starting with a rendezvous at the MAU station. Each station fielded its own team, meeting at MAU station to commence the MEVA. The Crews successfully met most of the MEVA objectives set by Commander Hanacek; namely to integrate medical assessment and Search and Rescue techniques and tools. Medical techniques drilled in previous MEVAs include: P-MARCH-P for primary trauma survey, Secondary Survey, and SAMPLE. The Golden Bubble and a semi-autonomous drone was slated for testing for the first time in the Mission with a view to obtaining comparative data concerning the challenges in rescue and medical assessments in ICE environments.

XO Wise remained at MDRS to allow time to focus solely on setting up a test MAU-MDRS WIFI connection which is part of the objectives set for this mission. Should connectivity be established it would represent another piece of the MAU Crew Lead’s vision clicking into place.

Look Ahead Plan: Sol 12. Additional training will be conducted tomorrow, in order to reinforce the medical and Search and Rescue (SAR) already delivered. In addition, a second attempt will be made to test the drone. The main objectives are to add this capability, test it, as well as drill and become more fluent with what has already been learned. The Crew will be asked to take mental note of the challenges in applying these well establish techniques in ICE conditions. This information can be fed back to the organizations and innovators that are designing technology and procedures for ICE environments.

We continue to receive top quality advice and guidance from CapComms and we really appreciate the kind comments and interest showed. As a final word, it was a pleasure and honor to Command MDRS; at the same time I was delighted to welcome back Commander Hanaceck to take command of MDRS late last night. I continue working with him to assure he is fully supported and up to speed as the overall Mission is quickly coming into its final few days.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Tonight’s low to -2 degrees (Celsius). Mostly sunny tomorrow with high cloud tomorrow with a high predicted to be 7 degrees Celsius night. Near zero percent perception forecast.

Crew Physical Status: All the Crew is good health, despite a very short night.

EVA: One morning three-hour EVA.

Reports to be filed:

Journalist Report

Sol Summary

Photo Report
Operations Report
GreenHab Report

Support Requested: Garbage pick up from the rear airlock would be very much appreciated.

Sol Summary – January 30th

Crew 220 (MAU) Sol 11 Summary 30Jan2020

Summary Title: Hey Sol Sistah!
Author’s name: Shawna Pandya, Commander
Mission Status: aMAUzing

Sol Activity Summary: As our Mission winds down, we are working together to coordinate the final touches on our projects, studies, technology demonstrations and academic activities. The morning at MAU started with a team breakfast as we hosted our second-ever MDRS ambassador, MDRS GreenHab Officer Bhuiyan, whose presence delighted us all, and who herself seemed to enjoy the visit. Next, the MAU and MDRS teams united to conduct a joint search-and-rescue, triage and evacuation exercise that tested the skills the two crews had learned this mission. The day continued with expert-led knowledge transfers and demonstrations as various crew members led demonstrations of virtual reality, ultrasound and medical technologies. The evening will end with some medical teaching regarding airway management, as well as arts and wellness actvitities, including a Mars Circle.
Look Ahead Plan: As our Mission winds down, we will be filling the final Sol with one last advanced medical drill involving search-and-rescue, triage and evacuation, and some final wellness, arts and teaching activities.

Anomalies in work: None
Weather: -6C low / 5C max, 0C average.
Crew Physical Status: MAU-velous, dahling
EVA: Successful search-and-rescue, medical triage and evacuation mission accomplished today.

Reports to be filed:
Sol Summary
Commander’s Report
Photo Report
Operations Report
EVA Report
EVA Request: Pending.
Support Requested: Can you please bottle some of the Mars magic for us to take back to Earth?

Commander Report – January 30th

Crew 220 (MAU) Commander’s Report 30Jan2020

Author: Shawna Pandya, Commander

Title: Eleven’ on a Prayer

The day at MAU station started with a beautiful dawn breaking over the station. Between the night sky and the morning sunrises, the view here is incredible, even if it is forever through a window or visor, and I admit I will miss it. MDRS GreenHab Officer Bhuiyan was the visiting MDRS Ambassador for the night, and regaled us with tales of her experiences with astronomy, physics and poetry. She shared one particularly profound quote from Earth poet Robert Frost that will stay with me:

"The Prophets Really Prophesy
As Mystics The Commentators
Merely by Statistics."
– Robert Frost

It was a thought-provoking way to start our second last Sol here on the Red Planet. Next, myself and XO Svensoy rendezoused with the MDRS EVA team to conduct a joint search-and-rescue, medical triage and evacuation training exercise using a mannequin as a simulated injured crew member, and trialing the Golden Bubble pressurized medevac in the field for the first time. The exercise proceeded smoothly, and paved the way for our final training exercise tomorrow.

The day proceeded with further medical teaching and technology demonstrations, including virtual reality applications and the ButterflyIQ ultrasound device. As a medical doctor, I was enthralled with the latter and had to tear myself away! We were also productive, finding time to catch up on some of our nutrition and psychological surveys. The evening ended with some medical teaching regarding 3D-printed medical technologies for airway management, and some wellness and relaxation activities, including painting in the dark and a Mars Circle.

As my time on this dusty, cold planet draws to a close, I cannot help but reflect about all that I have learned about leadership, teamwork, planning, resilience, personal growth and survival. These things are all interconnected, and the lessons I have learned could fill a book. But alas, those are tales for another day. In the meantime, I will enjoy my last minutes on this planet.

Until my next communication,

Commander Pandya
Callsign: Nightowl
MAU Station, Crew 220

Greenhab Report – January 30th

GreenHab Officers: Marufa Bhuiyan and Morgan Kainu

Environmental control: Heating.

GreenHab door shade cloth (40%) (30%) on.

Average temperatures: 21.4 °C


Floor Unit: 19 °C


Floor Unit: 26 °C


Floor Unit: 26 °C


Floor Unit: 16 °C


Floor Unit: 20 °C

GreenHab door opened: 15:20 and closed at 15:52

Hours of supplemental light: 19:30 to 00:00

Daily water usage for crops: 14.2 gallons

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: NA

Water in Blue Tank 113.74 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 3

08:34 = 6.1 gallons

12:17 = 1.8 gallons

19:07 = 6.3 gallons

Changes to crops: Planted ginger in a new tub.

Harvest: NA

Support/supplies needed: Disposal unit: organic (e.g. plant remains) and inorganic (chemicals, metals, empty seed bags etc)

EVA Report – January 30th

Crew 220 (MAU) EVA Report 30JAN2020

EVA 11

Author: Johannes Svensoy, MD and Morgan Kainu, BA.

Purpose of EVA: Medical EVA

Start time: 09:00

End time: 12:00

Narrative: This medical EVA integrated search and rescue (S&R) in austere environments, earlier trained P-MARCH-P protocol in the field, evacuation protocols with the Golden Bubble pressurized medevac device, backboard, and two-person evacuation technique for an injure astronaut on EVA.

The EVA started with the MDRS crew members coming over to the MAU Station with the medical manikin, EVA bag, First Aid kit, and Golden Bubble pressurized medevac device. The medical mannequin was placed at the second medical site just West of MAU Station at GPS 12s518287,4250596. The message of a missing crew member was then relayed by the HabComm to the standby EVA rescue team, with information regarding last-known location and possible route. The crew members then initiated the S&R protocol and were able to locate the injured crew members (mannequin). The “patient” had a hard fall and injured his/her left leg, sustaining a tibial-fibular fracture. Biometrics were obtained through LifeTouch Blue system. Using previously drilled skills, an assessment was done, followed by splinting of the left leg and the administration of pain medication. The patient was evacuated to the nearest station which was the MAU Station in the Golden Bubble pressurized medevac device. During evacuation, the crew in MAU Station cleared the airlock of all excessive equipment to have space for the patient and performed further assessment after completing decompression.

The crew performed admirably and demonstrated practical skills application of S&R skills, P-MARCH-P, and evacuation techniques. Everything went as planned. The crew returned in good health.

Destination: MDRS and MAU Station proximity

Coordinates: 4250050,518500

Participants: HabComm: Lee (MAU). EVA Crew (MAU): Shawna, and Johannes.

Road(s) and routes per MDRS Map: Cow Dung Road 0110 between the MDRS and MAU Station.

Mode of travel: Walking.

Support Requested: No support requested during EVA

Operations Report – January 30th

Crew 220 (MAU) Operations Report 30JAN2020

SOL 11

Name of person filing report: Lee Roberts, Crew Engineer

Non-nominal systems: N/A

Generator: Operating nominally.

Hours run: Not run overnight

From what time last night: N/A

To what time this morning: N/A

List of any additional daytime hours when the generator was run: 2 hours

Solar- SOC% (Before the generator is run at night): N/A

Diesel Reading – N/A

Station Propane Reading- 100% + Backup (1.6 cylinders)

Ethanol Free Gasoline- N/A

Water (loft tank) (gal) – N/A

Water Meter (units)- N/A

Water (static tank) (gal) – N/A

Static to loft Pump used – N/A

Water in GreenHab (gal): N/A

Water in Science Dome (gal): N/A

Toilet Tank Emptied – no

Deimos rover used: N/A


Beginning Charge:

End Charge:

Currently Charging:

Sojourner rover used: Assigned to Director


Beginning Charge:

End Charge:

Currently Charging:

Spirit Rover used – Not used

Starting Hours: 128.6

Beginning Charge: 100%

Ending Hours: 128.6

Ending Charge: 100%

Opportunity Rover used: Still in workshop


Beginning Charge:

Ending Charge:

Currently Charging: Yes

Curiosity Rover used: Not used

Starting Hours: 134.6

Beginning Charge: 100%

Ending Hours: 134.6

Ending Charge: 100%

Notes on Rovers: Opportunity and Deimos off-site for maintenance, but likely to return in several Sols.

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? Used to town to get water.

CrewCar used and why, where? Not used.

General Notes and Comments:

Summary of the internet: N/A

Summary of Suit and Radios: Nominal

Summary of Hab: As outside air temperatures rose later in the morning, the vent flaps were opened to increase air flow through the station.

Summary of Science Dome operations: Temperatures are hovering around 5°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: None

Commander Report – January 30th

John Hanacek
Crew 220, MDRS

Crew 220 Commander Report 30Jan2020

Author: John Hanacek, Commander

Title: Ground to Sky – Commander’s Return Home

Sol 11 arrived very early. After three tedious days in quarantine, Crew Lead, Jewell and I were cleared for release. A clean bill of health was welcome news as we began our journey back home to MDRS. Mars continues to teach me patience and respect – for all that I see, feel, hear and that which I do not fully comprehend. Although I embrace the lesson now, late last night being literally stuck in the Mars mud as we returned home, I realize that the time to reflect and literally ground myself for the challenge or assuming Command was invaluable.

On arrival, I was truly delighted see the MAU and MDRS Crew. They were finishing the first-ever “Future Café” led by International Astronomy Researcher, Marufa Akhter Bhuiyan. This exercise, I was informed, helped the Crew travel in ‘imaginary time’ to 2050 and imagine where they and society would be on Mars or other parts of the known/unknown solar systems. Experiencing pressures of leadership with levels of operational and self-monitoring well above my normal comfort zone on Earth, I truly appreciated the Crew going through the Future Café experience which I feel helped them ‘fly” in today’s MEVA.

Today marked a very important small step forward for Martian-kind: pulling all the medical assessment training and technology together and testing its efficacy in an ICE environment. The Crew performed very well, meeting six (6) of eight (8) objectives. In short, safety, operational efficiency and procedural execution was very well done. Improvements are needed between the MEVA Crew and HabComms and we expect better results from the technology deployment – the semi-autonomous drone is to actually take flight.

Between the MEVA, an intense afternoon to catch up on science, patriciate in a mini-medical technology expo on the lower deck, and making dinner. The day has been very action oriented. Despite just a few hours of sleep, I remain vigilant, committed and very hopeful for a strong finish to the Mission – I expect that from myself and seek insight from XO Delisle and my crew so that I can be my best. I also commit to guiding the Crew to reach their potential by end of Mission – not as a conclusion, but as inspiration to fly higher and expand beyond.

Commander Hanacek

MDRS Station

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