Operations Report – January 31st

Crew 240 Operations Report 31-01-2022

SOL: 0

Name of person filing report: François Vinet

Non-nominal systems: Heater

Notes on non-nominal systems: The temperature has dropped a lot from the night in the upper desk (3am : 61°F, 6am : 57°F). Atila checked the thermostat and switched to FAN:AUTO (it wasn’t the case during the night). Filter was also replaced.


Spirit rover used: yes

Hours: 153.7

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 76%

Currently charging: yes

Opportunity rover used: yes

Hours: 82.9

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 70%

Currently charging: yes

Curiosity rover used: yes

Hours: 165.4

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 70%

Currently charging: yes

Perseverance rover used: No

Hours: 226.5

Beginning charge: NA

Ending charge: 100%

Currently charging: NA

General notes and comments: NA

Summary of Hab operations: Some crew members felt discomfort during the night because of dusty air. The air filter has been changed. Water filter next to the loft tank has also been changed.

WATER USE: 11 gallons

Water (static tank): 470 gallons

Water (loft tank): 24 gallons

Water Meter: 0155318.2 units

Static to Loft Pump used : yes

Static tank pipe heater (on or off): on

Static tank heater (On or off): on

Toilet tank emptied: no

Summary of internet: NA

Summary of suits and radios: NA

Summary of GreenHab operations:

WATER USE: 10 gallons

Heater: Off

Supplemental light: Off

Harvest: Cherry tomatoes (150g)


– Should the supplemental light be turned on during our weeks at the MDRS considering the sun sets early?

– If the GreenHab is at 80°F at 7PM should the heater be turned on considering the temperature will likely drop even lower overnight?

Summary of ScienceDome operations:

Dual split: Off

SOC : 41% at 6.45pm

Summary of RAM operations: The batteries of the Combustible Gas Meter have been changed (3 AAA batteries).

Summary of any observatory issues: The computer in the observatory is not working (problem at startup). Peter Detterline has been contacted by the crew astronomer on his personal gmail address. The main computer mouse is also broken (there is no left key anymore).

Summary of health and safety issues: There is a problem in the insulation of the commander bedroom: the glass wool above the headboard is apparent. Photos can be provided.

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: one non-burnable trash is waiting for pickup in the rear airlock. Thank you!

– I am not sure what is the dual split in the Science Dome. Is it the white fan to the right of the battery management device ? Where can I check its state ?

Journalist Report – January 31st

Crew 240 Journalist Report 31Jan2022

Author : Pierre Fabre

This day surely was a particular day, both confusing and exciting.

First, let me introduce myself briefly – don’t worry, my crewmates will be introduced properly later on. I’m Pierre, Crew 240’s Journalist, and for three weeks I will keep you updated on our mission on Mars.

Yes, you read that well, for three weeks we will perform a Martian mission. But let’s start by the beginning of that incredible day.

This morning we woke up in the Mars Desert Research Station, in the middle of nowhere, in an environment that looks like Mars, but in reality, is still on Earth. We will only be on Mars in the afternoon after our training is complete and the airlocks are locked.

First, it is 6:45 in the morning and we need to meet our Health and Safety Officer Julie at the lower deck to do our first workout as a crew – those morning workouts will be our routine during those three weeks. This first bit of exercise was hard for some members of the crew but it was fun and good for team building.

After our breakfast, Atila, the Assistant Director, came to visit us in order to finish up our training which started yesterday. We talked about the philosophy of the simulation, the history of MDRS, and how everything in the station works.

We tried on our spacesuit and went for a walk around the station to test them. It surely was exciting to walk in a place that looks so much like Mars, in a spacesuit, communicating only by radio with the noise of the air conditioning system in the helmet. But in reality, it is just a taste of what would be our first real EVA on Sol 1, on Mars. We can’t wait to do it!

Atila showed us how to properly drive the rovers at MDRS. Fun fact: they’re named after real rovers that went to Mars: Perseverance, Opportunity, Spirit, Curiosity… How cool is that? We went to Galileo Road in the cold of the Utah Desert. Driving a rover is not complicated, but with a spacesuit it will surely be a challenge, which we will discover tomorrow!

Our trainer Atila then left us and we had our last lunch on Earth, which was actually confusing since we already started to eat Martian food – more about Martian food in another report. After this lunch we went out of the station through the front airlock and we took the classic picture every crew takes before beginning the sim. This was the last time we were outside of the station without a spacesuit, the last time feeling the fresh air on our skin and in our lungs. With a lot of emotion we stepped into the front airlock and closed the door. The sim had begun.

This moment was all the more emotional because our botanist, and friend, Raphaël Dehont, spent two years of hard work preparing this mission with us, but couldn’t make it to the USA due to visa issues. This was a heart-breaking event and we miss him a lot on this Sol 0. In order to have him somehow with us during those three weeks, we took a small plushie as a mascot for him.

Now that the sim had begun, we all started to work on the tasks defined by our roles and on our experiments. Some stayed at the Hab and others started to fill the other buildings of the station: Science Dome, GreenHab, RAM (the names are cool, but not even as much as the rooms themselves).

Everyone starts to feel more and more at home in the station. At the time of writing this, we are all writing our reports for Mission Support. We’ll then have dinner, the first on Mars, and we’ll be off to bed. This can be seen as a very earthly routine, except we are on Mars, and tomorrow we will perform our first EVA and step for the first time on Martian soil.

Sol Summary – January 31st

Sol Activity Summary: Morning was spent with Atila, finalizing the steps required for us to safely and confidently perform EVAs. Following a very substantial lunch, we took our final pictures outside and entered sim mid-afternoon. During the following time, we continued setting up various science experiments and began getting used to life in sim.

Look Ahead Plan: Planning for and performing our first EVAs in order to get our footing outside.

Anomalies in work: Nothing of note.

Weather: Slightly overcast, biting cold in the morning.

Crew Physical Status: No health issues, a little fatigue for some

EVA: None performed besides outside training with Atila

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, Health and Safety Officer’s report (with temperatures), Pictures, Journalist’s report, Sol Summary, EVA requests (2 if possible)

Support Requested: We have taken pictures of the visible insulation mentioned previously and can supply them if need be.

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