Greenhab Report – April 2nd

GreenHab Officer: Cheyenne Chamart

Environmental control:

Average temperatures: 95°F
Hours of supplemental light: N/A
Daily water usage for crops: N/A
Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: N/A
Water in Blue Tank (full – not used) gallons
Time(s) of watering for crops: N/A
Changes to crops: N/A

Narrative: Today I went to the GreenHab only in the afternoon. My little plants seem to suffer from the intense heat, the substrates are very dry every morning and the germination rate of the seeds is lower than the ones I put in the Science Dome.

But I still like it and it’s pleasant to stay there, it’s a little bubble, a place dedicated to plants, even if it is “closed” and there are no crops, it still has a nice atmosphere and calm ambience. As usual, I took the environmental parameters, at 5 PM, it was still 101,7°F ! The humidity is about 10%.

Harvest: N/A
Support/supplies needed: Nothing

Research Report – April 2nd

Astronomy Report
Name: Ignacio Sánchez Casla
Crew: 227

Sky Conditions: Sunny in the morning, cloudy in the afternoon
Wind Conditions: No wind

Observation Start Time: None
Observation End Time: None

Summary: Went on EVA in the morning and it was cloudy the whole afternoon.

Objects Viewed: None

Problems Encountered: None


Robotic Telescope Requested: MDRS-14

Objects to be imaged this evening:
– Messier 51
– Messier 64
– Messier 57
– Messier 101
– NGC 7023

Same objects as yesterday since every image but one failed.

Images submitted with this report:
– the only image that did not fail
– one of the images that failed, hopefully, you can notice something I am doing wrong…

Errors Encountered:

I still get the WCS Registration failed error even though the sky was supposed to be clear yesterday night.

The only image that didn’t fail was the last one that was taken. It is attached to this report.

Here are the parameters that I use. Am I doing something wrong?

Filter Length:
LoThru 60 s
GenR 30 s
GenG 60 s
GenB 120 s

I noticed yesterday night that the first images were taken at about 11 pm. Maybe it’s a bit early? Should I manually delay the observations until the objects are at maximum height in the sky?

Any suggestion is welcome.

Sol Summary – April 2nd

Summary Title: Beautiful pictures brought back from the exploratory EVA.

Author’s name: Jean Jacobs (XO)

Mission Status: The mission reaches half of its length. EVA exploratory mission stories and pictures fill our heads with dreams. Julien’s brownie gives an energy boost to the crew.

Sol activity summary:

08:30 Breakfast
09:30 EVA departure
09:30 Tidying up the HAB
12:00 EVA return
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Data analysis from the sleep experiment and Cyril’s coding skills will enable future 3D modelisation of the HAB
16:00 Team cake eating
18:00 Report redaction
19:00 Capcom
20:00 Dinner
22:00 Hypnosis session

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny morning and cloudy afternoon, low winds

Crew Physical Status: The crew is in shape

EVA: EVA exploration of a canyon North East of the HAB.

Reports to be filed:

– Crew commander
– Engineer
– Astronomer
– GreenHab officer
– Journalist
– Picture of the day
– Some pictures
– EVA request
– EVA summary

Support Requested: None at this time

Commander Report – April 2nd

Crew 227 Commander Report 2nd April 2022
SOL: 6
Name of person filing report: Cyril Wain

This morning, everyone was very motivated for the EVA. Indeed, the goal of this EVA was to go on an exploration to discover an unexplored canyon so we could give it a name.

After a good breakfast, the EVA team composed of Julien, Sirga, Cheyenne, Ignacio, and Audrey entered the decompression room at 09h25.

During that time, Julie, Jean, and I had a good discussion about our life and future goals. Then, we worked on our side on our experiments.

At 12h00, the EVA team came back. After some research, they finally managed to see the canyon. Unfortunately, they didn’t have the time to achieve the area. Therefore, if the Capcom and the weather allow it, we plan to go with another team to achieve the area by foot and take a picture with our flag.

Since the EVA crew of the day already went quite close, tomorrow’s team should achieve it without issues regarding the information acquired during the first exploration.

At lunch, we ate some rice with dried peas and tuna. It was very tasty!
After, a part of the crew took some rest. Julien, Jean, Ignacio, and I worked on our personal experiment. Jean did some analysis on our metabolism, Julien analysed our sleep, Ignacio used the 3D printer to build a setup for Cheyenne’s experiment and I did some Python code to build a 3D mesh from drone pictures.

At 16h00, we ate a chocolate cake. As a huge fan of chocolate (we are Belgian you know), we were so happy! That was a great moment, we discussed a lot of different subjects and laugh a lot.

Now, as every day, we are doing our reports for the CapCom windows.

Today, the weather was quite cloudy, so Ignacio was not able to make some observations with the telescope. He was quite disappointed, but he is keeping his natural positive spirit.

Tomorrow, we will have Emily’s visit. She is a journalist from Moab and she would like to write an article about what is a typical day for an analogue astronaut at the MDRS. We are looking forward to meeting her.

Regarding the station, everything is nominal. Julien took care of the toilet and the water.

The moral is better than never thanks to the chocolate cake!

Looking forward to tomorrow’s exploration.

Journalist Report – April 2nd

Tharsis Canyon Journalist Report
Crew 227 Journalist Report 2 April 2022
Sol: 6
Name of the person filing the report: Sirga Drouet
Good evening everyone and welcome to a new adventure of the Tharsis Crew!

Yesterday night after freeze-dried vegetable spaghetti, a discussion about a fun nickname: TCC, Tharsis Cool Crew (an abbreviation that reminds me of the earth), a belote game between girls and the boys at the dishes (a very 2022 situation), Julien hypnotized us!

He placed himself in the community while we were all snuggled up in our bed. Then he started his declamation which put us in a state of drowsiness. His voice was more and more distant and Ignacio was snoring more and more loudly, an indication that Julien had done his session well. I promise I didn’t push Ignacio from the room 😉

Today was a very exciting day! Cheyenne, me, Ignacio, Julien, and Audrey had the quest to find the big canyon I told you about on Sol 2. The one we want to call Tharsis canyon. This time all the elements are in our favor. We drink a big glass of water, put on our space suits, and went into the airlock of decompression.

This moment is always long… Especially on the return when we are hungry! In short, we are in the airlock we go out, we put on our rovers and zouuu we left towards the big exploration!

We had a little difficulty finding the entrance of the canyon but after a catch of height to have a better vision of the zone we quickly located the furrows that the river dug through the thousands of years.

Wow, it is there I said to myself! We left with a decided step towards the cut rocks, with the adventure companions, we left towards the horizon! After a good hour of walk, we were still at the end of a full with some rocks on the edges of the dry bed of the river but still no trace of the big walls of the canyon which we had seen in the distance… However, we walked fast and determined steps!

We thus took the decision to go up and to skirt the crest and further, to jump over the small cracks, to skirt again, and then PAF the moment so much awaited we were all at the top of the canyon. In front of us was an audience of rocks that jostled for a place in the precipice. We were there, very small to look at this spectacle which seemed to us petrified and yet very alive.

Then suddenly Julien (the timekeeper) said to us: guys it remains 60min to return to the rovers whereas we took 1h20 to arrive until here! Alalalala the return was sporting!

We were like in a movie to run to throw the bags, to encourage everybody, to cut the path of the outward journey to optimize the return, a movie I tell you! Finally, we arrived in time to be able to return to the Hab without overheating the rovers and remain careful on the return.

On our way back, like explorers, we explained our adventure to those who stayed in the Hab, we pointed out on the map the path we had taken and how far we had gone in the canyon. Except that after the debate we realized that well, in fact not so far as that! We made 1/3 of the canyon, it is already a feat for tracking! The EVA of tomorrow is planned to be military to beat the score of today, we shall also make a 3D mapping with the drone for the experience of Cyril (we cross the fingers so that it works).

At 4 pm we allowed ourselves a little Saturday madness to celebrate the birthday of Jean (a little late). We ate a brownie, everybody was in the angels, a real delight!
The fact of not having access to the outside world brings us very close, we spend hours talking and laughing without seeing the time pass.

I forgot to specify that yesterday evening Ignacio took us with the telescope a superb picture, between the fails, the nebula Cat eye. Julien and Ignacio planted some plants which point to the end of their nose, we hope to be able to eat them to feel again the taste of the fresh.

This evening in the program delights I foresee us a gratin with insects mmmh!

We think hard to the earth, Spotify did not follow us on Mars it did not follow the crew and I find myself to be the DJ of the orphans of the music.

We are living an incredible experience and we are at half of our life on Mars. We still have a lot to learn but I’m sure we’ll come back grown-up, with a head full of achievements.

EVA Report – April 2nd

Crew 227 EVA Report 02/04/2022
SOL: 6
Name of person filing report: Jean Jacobs

Author: Jean Jacobs
Purpose of EVA: Exploration of the Tank wash starting at Cow Dung Road
Start time: 9:25
End time: 13:00

Narrative: The team drove up 500m North of Reservoir Dam on Cow Dung Road and parked the rovers in front of the beginning of Tank wash (It took them a few minutes to find the entry of the tank wash).

On the way down, the wash, they took pictures of the vegetation and peculiar features. Due to time constraints, they were able to reach half of the wash and had to come back.

Despite the inability to reach the end of the wash, the exploration was a partial success with pictures of the area and vegetation taken.

Destination: Tank wash North East of Cow Dung road
Coordinates: 4252500 N; 518500 E
Participants: Audrey, Cheyenne, Ignacio, Julien, Sirga
Roads and routes per MDRS map: Cow Dung Road 0110
Mode of travel: Rovers Spirit, Opportunity, and Curiosity

Operations Report – April 2nd

Crew 227 Operations Report 02-04-2022


Name of person filing report: Julien Meert

Non-nominal systems: Nothing to report

Notes on non-nominal systems: Nothing to report


Spirit rover used: Yes

Hours: 166,2

Beginning charge:100%

Ending charge: 79

Currently charging : We plugged it in after the EVA.

Opportunity rover used: Yes

Hours: 92,4

Beginning charge:100%

Ending charge: 82

Currently charging: Plugged in

Curiosity rover used: Yes

Hours: 180,0

Beginning charge: 100%

Ending charge: 84

Currently charging: plugged in

Perseverance rover used: Not used today

General notes and comments: Nothing to report

Summary of Hab operations : Nothing to report


Water (static tank): 350 gallons

Water (loft tank): 23 gallons

Water Meter: 157211,2 units

Static to Loft Pump used : 0 gallons

Static tank pipe heater (on or off): Off

Static tank heater Off

Toilet tank emptied: Yes this morning

Summary of internet: Stable

Summary of suits and radios: We just saw the email for the suits from Scott I will check tomorrow and keep you in the loop.

Summary of GreenHab operations: Nothing new

WATER USE: 0 gallons

Heater: Off

Supplemental light: Off

Harvest: 0

Summary of ScienceDome operations: We will let the incubator ON during the night for an experimentation

Dual split: Off

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report

Summary of any observatory issues: Nothing to report

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: We have trash in the airlock of the back ready to go.

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