Astronomy Report – December 21st

MS, We did some astronomy work.

Astronomy Report
Name: Federico Arturo Martinez Espinoza
Crew: 201 MEx-1
Date: 21- Dec – 2018

MDRS ROBOTIC OBSERVATORY
Robotic Telescope Requested MDRS-WF
Objects Viewed: 46P/Witarnen
Problems Encountered: Do not know if the lack of experience using photoshop to give color to images is the cause, but can not find the comet on the picture
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Commander Report – December 21st

Sol 6.
The crew is beginning to present some situations regarding fatigue. The routine is already perceived among us. The temperature of the second floor of the Habitat affects the rest at night of the team because it is higher than what we normally had on Earth and in our country. This complicates our sleep and rest. Today four out of six crew members had nightmares.

During the day, we carried out our daily activities and continued working on our projects, however the technical complications continue to complicate the progress, especially the explosion that the supply rocket had and that suppose to would bring us several scientific instruments. Food became the best part of the days in Mars. Keep working like that crew.

Greenhab Report – December 21st

Hi all,

Here’s the Greenhab report for today:

Crew 201 Greenhab Report 21-DEC-2018
Greenhab Officer:
Walter Calles

Environmental Control:
Heating
Cooling w/ ambient air (3hrs)

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 25.1°C
High: 35.1°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:
5

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
8 gallons
4 gallons + plant food on blue flat
4 gallons + plant food on salad flats

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):
58%

Times of Watering for Crops:
1240
1600

Changes to crops:
Tomatoes growing slow. No significant changes.
Baby greens showing good progress

Narrative:
Half flat for both salad mix and bled were harvested today. I replanted them again and will review progress during following days.
Cucumber and spinach not showing progress, I’ll re-plant them tomorrow.
Radishes showing good progress, will harvest them on Sunday.
Carrots and fennel growing very slow.
I will plant some more cilantro, parsley and basil tomororw on the blue flat.

Harvest:
Salad mix: 1/2 flat
Salad blend: 1/2 flat

Support/Supplies Needed:
Looking forward to test the new scales!

Best regards,

Walter A. Calles
Greenhab Officer & Co-Journalist

Operations Report – December 21st

SOL:5

Name of person filing report: César Augusto Serrano Baza

Non-nominal systems: Generator Autostart

Notes on non-nominal systems: None
Generator (hours run): 17:27 last night until around 8:00 Today started at 17:22

Solar— SOC 79%%
Diesel Reading – 77%
Propane Reading – 80%
Ethanol Free Gasoline – N/A gallons.

Water (Axillary tank) – 0 gallons
Water (static tank) – High Level, around 300 -gallons
Axillary to Static tank transfer– no
Gallons transferred: 0
Water in GreenHab – Medium level (65%)
Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Water Meter: 01392989

Toilet tank emptied: YES

Deimos rover used: no, still not functional
Hours: 0
Beginning charge: –
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: no

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Spirit rover used: NO
Hours: 63
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Opportunity rover used: NO
Hours: 44.2
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Curiosity rover used: NO
Hours: 60
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report.
# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0
Notes on ATVs: ATVs were taken out of active service and are now parked away from the station.

HabCar used and why, where? Not used.
CrewCar used and why, where? Not used.

General notes and comments: – We had one walk EVA for the selection of some places to perform one experiment.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report.

Summary of suits and radios: – The 2-piece suits number 3, 4 and 6 were checked today. Number 3 is working fine. Number 4 had a bit cutted the inside mechanical joint, so the air flow was not the best. We temporary fix it. Suit number 6 had one stocked fan. We followed the instructions of Capcom in order to fix it and it is working fine. Find attached pictures
– The 1-piece suit number 8, 9 and 10 are superficially damaged. Find attached pictures.

Summary of GreenHab operations: – NOthing to report.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: – Nohing to report.

Summary of RAM operations: We have been working some engineering and experiments here. All good.

Summary of any observatory issues: Musk Solar observatory – Nominal. RObotic Observatory – In use at 17:06

Summary of health and safety issues: The provided smoke detector has been installed.

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Find attached the photos of the suits while repairing and the one that we saw with one damage.

Thank you!!!

Journalist Report – December 21st

Crew 201 Journalist Report – 21DEC2018

The Martian Chronicles

[SOL 6] – Érase una vez en Marte…

Los seres humanos somos una especie compleja. La evolución nos dotó de una capacidad de raciocinio que nos ha permitido, a diferencia del resto de las especies, a adaptar el ambiente en el que vivimos para poder asegurar nuestra supervivencia. El cambio es, has sido, y será siempre una constante a través de los tiempos para la humanidad. Pero como cualquier proceso de cambio y revolución, no debemos olvidar que, en algún momento, aquello que alguna vez fue novedoso y sorprendente, se convertirá en un elemento tan normal y cotidiano como la salida y puesta del sol.

MDRS Crew 201 – MEx-1

El día de ayer hablábamos de la velocidad a la que las cosas ocurren durante nuestro día a día en la estación. Sin embargo, hemos descubierto que absolutamente nadie se salva de la cotidianidad; ya sea que vivas en un tranquilo pueblo a la orilla de un lago, en una colonia popular de la Ciudad de México, o a más de 50 millones de kilómetros de la Tierra… eventualmente, la rutina aparece y los momentos únicos y novedosos se vuelven parte del día a día. Atención, querido lector: ¡Esto no quiere decir que deje de ser emocionante! Pero, si tuviéramos que ponerle palabras a este sentimiento, tal vez lo más adecuado sería decir que “poco a poco, nos estamos adaptando a la vida en otro planeta”.

Cada SOL que pasamos en la estación, se empieza a sentir menos como un refugio temporal y más como nuestro hogar. Tal vez suene trivial esta aseveración, pero cuando te limitas a los mismos espacios, las mismas personas y las mismas responsabilidades, ciertas actividades que al inicio eran una experiencia totalmente nueva, el día de hoy, son una línea más por tachar en nuestra lista de tareas reglamentarias. En palabras un poco más simples, poco a poco nos envuelve la rutina. Y no tiene nada de malo. Pero a veces, no hay nada demasiado emocionante para comentar, en especial cuando los proyectos y experimentos empiezan a tomar ritmo y tenemos que darles algo de tiempo para poder empezar a ver los resultados esperados.

En algunos momentos, explorar otro planeta puede llegar a parecerse mucho a un día más en la oficina. Solo que en vez de ir por fotocopias o a entregar un reporte, nuestro Ingeniero tiene que equiparse en su traje espacial y salir a hacer sus revisiones matutinas de niveles de agua, carga de vehículos y del generador. Un día más en la oficina, ¿cierto?

Posiblemente para muchas personas el hablar de la rutina les parezca algo negativo o incluso triste. Tal vez para ustedes, queridos lectores, les parezca sorprendente estar leyendo que este fenómeno -tan normal en la Tierra- pueda darse en Marte. Pero para la tripulación de MEx-1, el experimentar estas emociones tan familiares, nos hace sentirnos un poco más cerca de casa. ¿Les parece un poco complicado de entender este fenómeno? Permítanme compartirles algo curioso que nos ocurrió el día de hoy en una breve conversación con nuestra Directora de Vuelo. Después de cosechar una sabrosa ensalada en el Greenhab, surgió una pregunta de lo más trivial: ¿dónde está el desinfectante? Y la respuesta simple fue “no hay desinfectante. Solo laven bien su cosecha”. Y no se ustedes, pero al menos en la Tierra de donde somos originarios (o sea, México), creo que estamos muy acostumbrados a desinfectar las verduras antes de comerlas.

¿Cuál es la moraleja de esta historia? Pues, además de que no contamos con desinfectante en la estación, es que no todos los problemas a los que nos enfrentaremos durante nuestra misión serán los grandes desafíos que la exploración espacial demandan. A veces, serán tan simples como el preguntarnos cómo es que debemos de limpiar una ensalada. Por eso, nos gustaría compartir con ustedes la siguiente reflexión, queridos y fieles lectores: ¿Qué tan lejos estamos de que la vida en otros planetas se convierta en una parte más de nuestra vida diaria? ¿Es acaso este el inicio de una nueva era dentro de la historia de la humanidad? Quién sabe… solo el tiempo lo dirá.

MEx-1 continuará informando.

Walter A. Calles Glass, MDRS Crew 201 Co-Journalist

Sol Summary – December 21st

Summary Title: Yeah, potato chips!

Author’s name: Carlos Mariscal, XO

Mission Status: We are now working in full routines, everyone knows what is to be done and who must do the work. Working as swiss watch.

Sol Activity Summary: We learned that both HSO and commander can do well in the kitchen and that teamwork with some hilariousness is cool. We can laugh big time with really (I’m serious) bad jokes and, finally, we learned to appreciate the beauty of a bunch of potato chips, thanks to our GreenHab officer and chef.

Look Ahead Plan: We will request an EVA and the rest of the experiments are in progress, so the crew will keep on working.

Anomalies in work: XO (i.e. me), is stuck with the settings of OpenCV and python to continue his work. Working on that. RAM is cold as hell.

Weather: Partially cloudy, calm winds.

Crew Physical Status: Last night was kind of difficult. Some crew members had nightmares and did not sleep well. Besides that, everything is ok.

EVA: No EVAs today.

Reports to be file:

– Commander report

– Astronomer report

– GreenHab report

– Operations report

– Journal report

– EVA request

Support Requested: Could you send the recipe to make flour tortillas? We want to make (north Mexican) tacos and we have plenty of flour.

Operations Report – December 20th

Crew 201 Operations Report 20-DEC-2018

SOL:5

Name of person filing report: César Augusto Serrano Baza

Non-nominal systems: Generator Autostart

Notes on non-nominal systems: None
Generator (hours run): 17:27 last night until around 8:00 Today started at 17:22

Solar— SOC 79%%
Diesel Reading – 77%
Propane Reading – 80%
Ethanol Free Gasoline – N/A gallons.

Water (Axillary tank) – 0 gallons
Water (static tank) – High Level, around 300 -gallons
Axillary to Static tank transfer– no
Gallons transferred: 0
Water in GreenHab – Medium level (65%)
Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Water Meter: 01392989

Toilet tank emptied: YES

Deimos rover used: no, still not functional
Hours: 0
Beginning charge: –
Ending charge: –
Currently charging: no

Sojourner rover used: ASSIGNED TO DIRECTOR
Hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Spirit rover used: NO
Hours: 63
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Opportunity rover used: NO
Hours: 44.2
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Curiosity rover used: NO
Hours: 60
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Notes on rovers: Nothing to report.
# Hours the ATVs were Used today: 0
Notes on ATVs: ATVs were taken out of active service and are now parked away from the station.

HabCar used and why, where? Not used.
CrewCar used and why, where? Not used.

General notes and comments: – We had one walk EVA for the selection of some places to perform one experiment.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report.

Summary of suits and radios: – The 2-piece suits number 3, 4 and 6 were checked today. Number 3 is working fine. Number 4 had a bit cutted the inside mechanical joint, so the air flow was not the best. We temporary fix it. Suit number 6 had one stocked fan. We followed the instructions of Capcom in order to fix it and it is working fine. Find attached pictures
– The 1-piece suit number 8, 9 and 10 are superficially damaged. Find attached pictures.

Summary of GreenHab operations: – NOthing to report.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: – Nohing to report.

Summary of RAM operations: We have been working some engineering and experiments here. All good.

Summary of any observatory issues: Musk Solar observatory – Nominal. RObotic Observatory – In use at 17:06

Summary of health and safety issues: The provided smoke detector has been installed.

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: Find attached the photos of the suits while repairing and the one that we saw with one damage.

Thank you!!!

Commander Report – December 20th

Sol 5

Today the crew performed their activities satisfactorily. Humor and fun is becoming more present, as well as fatigue and lack of time in the routines that we must cover daily.

According to our previous schedule, we are a little behind with the work of our projects because of some technical programs with programming and electronics, but I trust that the most intelligent men of Mars will be able to solve it.

Today I received bad news from Earth, but a hug and the words of friendship from my dear crew members made me feel much better.

Our chef has managed to surprise us daily and keep us nourished, although hunger is always present. Mars is difficult, but being with this crew everything is better. Good work Crew 201

Journalist Report – December 20th

The Martian Chronicles

[SOL 5] – Traveling through the unknown roads.

Throughout history, explorers have used different tools to venture into the unknown. Tools like a compass and a sextant were part of adventures of a lifetime that lead us to places we never imagined. History however tries to hide the small setbacks that explorers had in their adventures. Especially those in where they have to step back and ask… wait, what’s next?

MDRS Crew 201 – MEx-1

Life in the station is going at the speed of light, there are far too many life sustaining activities that are so demanding that keep us busy 24/7. Experiments are moving a little slower than originally intended but moving nonetheless. We will be more than thrilled to see them coming up in the next few days and you guys, will be the first ones to know.

Greenhab is working on its first research. The soil samples from yesterday’s EVA were weighted, divided and combined in different amounts to harvest (I am looking at you Mark Watney). We are ready to know whether we can use this Martian soil to harvest some of our food for future crews that will come to visit us. We think this is the very first step to terraform Mars… or not. The experiment is the first step towards a greener Mars.

At the RAM the 3D printer is having major testing milestones and calibration. We will soon begin using the equipment to print our tools and support the rest of our mission. Our engineers are now working in cables, drivers, plastic and in no time the main communication subsystem of the rovers will be go.

The road to adventure sometimes takes us to places that are not easy to find. Today, our EVA traveled to a rarely traveled path and had a hard time finding its way up the hill. Once there, surprise surprise, a beautiful scenery packed with red martian ridges. No time to explore today, we need to find a suitable location for the antenna that, will in due time change the analog habitat into a smart habitat packed with sensors and asset tracking. In the way back home, we found another forgotten road, a faster way back home. Are we the first ones in year to walk this way? What new roads will cross our path?

MEx-1 continuará informando.

Walter A. Calles & Genaro Grajeda, MDRS Crew 201 Co-Journalists

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