Crew 228 Greenhab Report October 4th

Crew 228 GreenHab Report 04Oct2021

Crew Scientist/GreenHab Officer: Inga Popovaite

Environmental control: Kept up at 65F at night; temp higher during the day. Doors open during the day.

Average temperatures: ~70-90F during the day; kept at 65F at night.

Hours of supplemental light: N/A

Daily water usage for crops: ~10-11 gallons (more on a hot day, less on a cloudy/cooler day)

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes:

Water in Blue Tank _____ gallons (~45% full)

Time(s) of watering for crops: morning, afternoon, evening (3 times, checking soil moisture levels more often)

Changes to crops: Seeds are sprouting and seedlings are growing rapidly.

Chamomile, thyme, carrots, and lettuce germinated since the last report.

Narrative: Mostly caring for the seedlings; bigger plants are watered once a day. All plants are happy and growing fast. We use fresh herbs from the garden daily.

Current crops:

Seedlings/sprouts: wild rocket, microgreens, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, Swiss chard, chives, marjoram, sage, oregano, thyme, carrot, chamomile, lettuce.

Mature: green onion, spinach, cherry tomatoes, aloe, rosemary, basil, cilantro, mint, Swiss chard, aloe, thai hot pepper (ornamental).

Harvest: Since last report:

5 g rosemary

24 g basil

5 g green onion

86 g tomato

17 g micro greens

14 g arugula

Total: 151 g of fresh bounty to supplement dried vegetable rich diet.

Support/supplies needed: None

Next GreenHab report: 07Oct2021

Inga Popovaitė,

GreenHab Report – October 01st

GreenHab Report

Inga Popovaite, Crew 228 greenhab officer

Environmental control: Kept up at 65F at night; temp higher during the day. Doors open during the day; put a fan on today (Oct 1 2021) when temperature hiked to 110F

Average temperatures: ~70-90F during the day; kept at 65F at night. Had to start the fan today when temperature hiked to 110F

Hours of supplemental light: N/A

Daily water usage for crops: 8-10 gallons (more on a hot day, less on a cloudy/cooler day)

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes:

Water in Blue Tank _____ gallons (~55% full)

Time(s) of watering for crops: morning, afternoon, evening (3 times, checking soil moisture levels more often)

Changes to crops: Seeds are sprouting and seedlings are growing rapidly. Zucchinis,cucumbers, Swiss chard, chives, marjoram, sage, and oregano just sprouted in the last couple days.

Narrative: Mostly caring for the seedlings; bigger plants are watered once a day. Planted carrots, chamomile, banana peppers, lettuce. All the plants are very happy and growing fast. It is a nice Martian garden out there that yields fresh flavors to us every day.

Current crops:

Seedlings/sprouts: wild rocket, microgreens, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, Swiss chard, chives, marjoram, sage, oregano.

Mature: green onion, spinach, cherry tomatoes, aloe, rosemary, basil, cilantro, mint, Swiss chard, aloe, thai hot pepper (ornamental).

Harvest: Since last report:

111 g Cherry tomatoes

14 g Lettuce

6 g Swiss chard

22 g Green onion

15 g Microgreens

8 g Rosemary

14 g Basil

8 g Mint

Total: 198 g of fresh bounty to supplement dried vegetable rich diet.

Support/supplies needed: None

Next GreenHab report: 04Oct2021

GreenHab Report – October 01st

GreenHab Report

Inga Popovaite, Crew 228 greenhab officer

Environmental control: Kept up at 65F at night; temp higher during the day. Doors open during the day; put a fan on today (Oct 1 2021) when temperature hiked to 110F

Average temperatures: ~70-90F during the day; kept at 65F at night. Had to start the fan today when temperature hiked to 110F

Hours of supplemental light: N/A

Daily water usage for crops: 8-10 gallons (more on a hot day, less on a cloudy/cooler day)

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes:

Water in Blue Tank _____ gallons (~55% full)

Time(s) of watering for crops: morning, afternoon, evening (3 times, checking soil moisture levels more often)

Changes to crops: Seeds are sprouting and seedlings are growing rapidly. Zucchinis,cucumbers, Swiss chard, chives, marjoram, sage, and oregano just sprouted in the last couple days.

Narrative: Mostly caring for the seedlings; bigger plants are watered once a day. Planted carrots, chamomile, banana peppers, lettuce. All the plants are very happy and growing fast. It is a nice Martian garden out there that yields fresh flavors to us every day.

Current crops:

Seedlings/sprouts: wild rocket, microgreens, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, Swiss chard, chives, marjoram, sage, oregano.

Mature: green onion, spinach, cherry tomatoes, aloe, rosemary, basil, cilantro, mint, Swiss chard, aloe, thai hot pepper (ornamental).

Harvest: Since last report:

111 g Cherry tomatoes

14 g Lettuce

6 g Swiss chard

22 g Green onion

15 g Microgreens

8 g Rosemary

14 g Basil

8 g Mint

Total: 198 g of fresh bounty to supplement dried vegetable rich diet.

Support/supplies needed: None

Next GreenHab report: 04Oct2021

GreenHab Report – October 01st

GreenHab Report

Inga Popovaite, Crew 228 greenhab officer

Environmental control: Kept up at 65F at night; temp higher during the day. Doors open during the day; put a fan on today (Oct 1 2021) when temperature hiked to 110F

Average temperatures: ~70-90F during the day; kept at 65F at night. Had to start the fan today when temperature hiked to 110F

Hours of supplemental light: N/A

Daily water usage for crops: 8-10 gallons (more on a hot day, less on a cloudy/cooler day)

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes:

Water in Blue Tank _____ gallons (~55% full)

Time(s) of watering for crops: morning, afternoon, evening (3 times, checking soil moisture levels more often)

Changes to crops: Seeds are sprouting and seedlings are growing rapidly. Zucchinis,cucumbers, Swiss chard, chives, marjoram, sage, and oregano just sprouted in the last couple days.

Narrative: Mostly caring for the seedlings; bigger plants are watered once a day. Planted carrots, chamomile, banana peppers, lettuce. All the plants are very happy and growing fast. It is a nice Martian garden out there that yields fresh flavors to us every day.

Current crops:

Seedlings/sprouts: wild rocket, microgreens, tomatoes, radishes, cucumbers, zucchini, Swiss chard, chives, marjoram, sage, oregano.

Mature: green onion, spinach, cherry tomatoes, aloe, rosemary, basil, cilantro, mint, Swiss chard, aloe, thai hot pepper (ornamental).

Harvest: Since last report:

111 g Cherry tomatoes

14 g Lettuce

6 g Swiss chard

22 g Green onion

15 g Microgreens

8 g Rosemary

14 g Basil

8 g Mint

Total: 198 g of fresh bounty to supplement dried vegetable rich diet.

Support/supplies needed: None

Next GreenHab report: 04Oct2021

Greenhab Report – September 28th

Crew 228 GreenHab Report 28-09-2021

Crew Scientist/GreenHab Officer: Inga Popovaite

Environmental control: Kept up at 65F at night; temp higher during the day.

Average temperatures: ~70-80F during the day; kept at 65F at night

Hours of supplemental light: N/A

Daily water usage for crops: ~20-25 liters (more on a hot day, less on a cloudy/cooler day)

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes:

Water in Blue Tank _____ gallons (~3/4 full)

Time(s) of watering for crops: 7.30, 12.30, 16.00, 19.30

Changes to crops: Seeds are sprouting nicely!

Narrative: Mostly caring for the seedlings; bigger plants are watered once a day. I plan to plant carrots, chamomile, some lettuce and other crops during my tenure here for the upcoming crews to enjoy.

Current crops: Seedlings/sprouting: tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, radishes, other.

Mature: green onion, spinach, cherry tomatoes, aloe, rosemary, basil, cilantro, micro greens, mint, other.

Harvest: 10 grams of green onion, 5 grams of basil. Ready to harvest: cherry tomatoes, spinach, green onion, micro greens, other herbs

Support/supplies needed: None

Next GreenHab report: 01Oct2021

Inga Popovaitė,

Green Hab Report – Apr 23rd

Crew 245 GreenHab Report – 23APR2021

GreenHab Officer: Julio A. Hernandez

Environmental control: N/A

Average temperatures: N/A

Hours of supplemental light: 0

Daily water usage for crops: 2 L

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: 0

Water in Blue Tank (N/A) gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 10am, 4pm

Changes to crops: N/A

Narrative: Greenhab was thoroughly cleaned. Dust on floor and flat surfaces was vacuumed. Crew Botanist, Hernandez, tried to leave the GreenHab in a cleaner state than was originally found.

Harvest: N/A

Support/supplies needed: N/A

Greenhab Report – April 22nd

Crew 245 GreenHab Report 22-04-2021

GreenHab Officer: none, report written by Crew Scientist Olivia Ettlin

Environmental control: heater is kept on all day at 65 degrees.

Average temperatures: heat kept to 65 degrees, daily temperatures higher due to sunlight.

Hours of supplemental light: 0 hours

Daily water usage for crops: none

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: add 500 mL to hydroponics garden daily, 1000mL added to regolith feasibility experiment

Water in Blue Tank: 0 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: regolith experiment crops watered at approximately 11:45 this morning. It only took half a watering can (so approx. 1000mL) to re-hydrate the seeds.

Changes to crops: no crops to maintain

Narrative: Today, we noticed that the cotyledons that were emerging from the soil in the regolith feasibility experiment were starting to dry up. The seeds themselves still have viable roots, but this is more proof to us that the extreme heat of the season might not have been conducive to the growth of young plants. This wasn’t really apparent while the seeds were germinating, but we’ll know for next time to leave young plants in the lower deck of the Hab, and save the Greenhab for our established plants. We’ll also make sure for next time to monitor the temperature better during the day and implement more environmental controls as needed.

In exciting news, the hydroponics experiment has been a resounding success! The garden yielded 20 tall green onion plants and 16 tomato plants with hearty roots. I’ll soon start crunching the numbers to determine if we had any significant difference in plant growth between the fertilizer variables, but overall this experiment has provided strong evidence to support the feasibility of hydroponics gardens on Mars.

Harvest: none

Support/supplies needed: none at this time.

Crew 245 GreenHab Report April 16th

Crew 245 GreenHab Report 04-16-2021

GreenHab Officer: none, report written by Crew Scientist Olivia Ettlin

Environmental control: heater is kept on all day at 65 degrees.

Average temperatures: heat kept to 65 degrees, daily temperatures higher due to sunlight.

Hours of supplemental light: 0 hours

Daily water usage for crops: none

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: add 500 mL to hydroponics garden daily, ½ gallon added to regolith feasibility experiment

Water in Blue Tank _____ gallons: 0 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: watering regolith experiment in the morning at approx. 10am and adding water to hydroponics garden in the evening at approx. 7pm.

Changes to crops: no crops to maintain

Narrative: The soil in the regolith feasibility experiment is slightly drier than expected. Crew Botanist is monitoring seeds carefully to determine whether it’s too hot in the GreenHab during the day. It’s also possible that more water will need to be added to maintain desired moisture.

The Crew Scientist sealed the leaks in the hydroponics garden and is happy to report that the only water lost by this experiment will be due to evaporation. The tomato cuttings that were wilting yesterday were determined to be completely unsalvageable. Today, we re-started the tomato plant aspect of the hydroponics experiment using rooted tomato cuttings from the same plants. So the growth of these plants will be a day behind the green onions. The Crew Scientist moved the hydroponic garden to the ground floor of the main Hab hopefully to remedy the effects of the extreme heat in the GreenHab.

Harvest: none

Support/supplies needed: none at this time.

-Olivia Ettlin
Red Planet People – MDRS Crew 245 "Team Patamars"

GreenHab Report Apr 14th

Crew 245 GreenHab Report – 14APR2021

Green Hab Report

· Regolith Feasibility Study: regolith and Earth soil have been mixed to desired ratios in the Science Dome, and spread into the planting trays. The seeds will be added to the soil at approximately 8:30pm this evening.

· Hydroponic Garden: ongoing hydroponics experiment underway. Beakers have been set under the pipes to ameliorate spillage from leaky pipes. Intention to seal leaks with caulking tomorrow during dedicated botany time. Sealing the leak will reduce water consumption significantly.

o Each pipe currently filled with 2,000mL of water, with approx. 500mL added once today, with an estimate that the same amount will be added midday tomorrow.

· Heater: to be set to 65 degrees F.

GreenHab Report – March 13th

Crew 223 GreenHab Report – 13-03-2020 GreenHab Officer: Valentin BELLEMIN-LAPONNAZ

Environmental control: Ambient with Door open

Average temperature: 24°C

Low temperature: 23°C
High temperature: 25°C

Hours of supplemental light: 4 hours (from 9P.M to 1 a.m.)

Daily water usage for crops: 12.7 gallons

Daily water usage for research and/or other purposes: 0 gallon

Water in Blue Tank— 97.5 gallons

Time(s) of watering for crops: 3 (one only for tomatoes)

Changes to crops: NA

Narrative: This morning, was a special as the weather was windy and rainy. I watered the GreenHab as usual. I felt a bit sad as it is the end of the mission and many fruits will be to be good to eat in two weeks (approx. 15 cucumbers, 5-6 tomatoes). I am also sad to learn that no crew is coming next week. Yet, I had a really good times in the GreenHab. I enjoyed a lot taking care of the plants. I was like on heaven.

Harvest: 25g Basil / 5g Oregano / 20g Sage / 100g Rocket

Support/supplies needed: NA