Sol Summary – December 29th

Crew 236 Sol Summary Report 29-DEC-2021

Sol: 10

Summary Title: Martian Twilight Zone

Author’s name: Kasey Hilton

Mission Status: Nominal, last day of Sim tomorrow!

Sol Activity Summary: After a late night of battling with emptying the toilet tank, the crew had a late wake-up and a delicious pancake breakfast. We quickly learned that we needed to go into energy conservation mode since the solar panels couldn’t charge while it was cloudy and the propane level for the generator was low.

That meant we spent the afternoon working on research and outreach until our laptop batteries died and playing more Durak in the window lit Hab. Today’s EVA was scheduled for the second half of the afternoon, so the remaining crew continued work on research, outreach, and troubleshooting the toilet issues. And by “outreach”, I mean our Crew Journalist, Ben, filming himself belting out Mama Mia in the Hab living room.

During a quick evening conversation with The Outpost, we had a good laugh at the idea that the last few days have felt like a Martian version of The Twilight Zone with a handful of things breaking or not working how they should (read the Operations report, you’ll understand). After trying out a new Philipino stew for dinner, we will attempt to end the night with Apollo 13… again.

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow is our last day of Sim, so some of the crew members will be going on the last EVA of the rotation and the remaining crew will be wrapping up the last parts of their research and outreach projects in the Hab.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Partly cloudy, temperatures in the high 30s/low 40s F

Crew Physical Status: Nominal (if not a bit hyperactive)

EVA: Today’s EVA to Barianca Butte was successful. Vladimir (GHO) scouted and found three additional Hab locations, while Tyler (SCI) generated a second heat map of the Barianca Butte with different weather conditions

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, GreenHab Report, EVA Report, EVA Request, Health and Safety Report, Sol Summary, and Journalist Report (with photos)

Support Requested: None