Sol Summary – September 29th

Crew 228 Sol Summary Report 29Sep2021

Sol: 2

Summary Title: Breath In, Slow Down

Author’s name: Inga Popovaite

Mission Status: Nominal

Sol Activity Summary:

Second day on Mars was a slow one. No EVAs were scheduled for the day due to inclement weather. The main activity of the crew was the safety tour of MDRS led by Jin, the crew HSO. Otherwise, we all worked on our own projects and slowly settled into life on Mars. Inga (crew scientist/GreenHab officer) planted some banana peppers, lettuce, chamomile and carrots. Cucumbers and zucchini seem to have sprouted overnight!

Lindsay set up her work space in the Science Dome, Dave fixed one of the room doors and worked on the radios, and Jin caught up with his blogging. Some of us took our very first showers.

Crew 228 slowed down, breathed in, and settled on Mars.

Look Ahead Plan: Planning to have first EVAs (the Marble Ritual) tomorrow.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Rain in the morning; overcast in the afternoon, beautiful cotton sunset.

Crew Physical Status: Feeling more rested than yesterday

EVA: None

Reports to be filed: Commanders Report, Journalist Report, EVA request, Science Report

Support Requested: None

Sol Summary – September 28th

Sol: 1

Summary Title: The Orange Bucket

Author’s name: Jin Sia (HSO)

Mission Status: Nominal, Hab fully prepared for in-sim operations

Sol Activity Summary: We started the day with breakfast pancakes made
by Dave, during which we discussed how our daily routine will run for
the next few sols. Then, we got to work cleaning the Hab lower deck
and the RAM. After a thorough vacuuming and mopping, including Inga
and Lindsay going over every square inch of the lower deck with paper
towels, the floors are now sparkling clean. We hope they won’t get too
dirty again if we keep our EVA boots confined to the airlocks –
perhaps this is a bit optimistic, given that we are surrounded by
literal mountains of dust! After a lunch of broccoli cheddar soup made
by Lindsay, we tested out the EVA suits by donning and doffing them on
the lower deck, then walking through the tunnel between the Hab and
the RAM. We found that the old style of spacesuits worked best for us
if the straps are secured properly. However, a ferocious Martian dust
storm (that contained a suspiciously large amount of liquid water)
quickly forced us back into the Hab. I proceeded to make a Malaysian
staple, Chinese-style fried rice. It turned out to be the best fried
rice I’ve ever made – does this mean that restaurants use freeze-dried
ingredients for fried rice?! Overall, it was a productive day that
ended with us all being very well-fed. We may find we’ve gained weight
at the end of this…

Look Ahead Plan: Inga will begin her psychological journal pilot study
later tonight. We also hope to file a plan for our first two EVAs on
the Red Planet tomorrow, if weather permits.

Anomalies in work: We encountered issues with the new spacesuit neck
rings that made them uncomfortable to wear. We will contact Dr. Rupert
to discuss next steps.

Weather: Warm and sunny this morning, but a thunderstorm came near the
Hab late in the afternoon. We did not need to evacuate to the lower
deck.

Crew Physical Status: All crew nominal, feeling better than yesterday.

EVA: None today.

Reports to be filed: GreenHab, Science, Photo, EVA request

Support Requested: RAM seems to be missing a smoke detector,
requesting an additional one to put there.

END

Sol Summary Report – September 26th

Sol-Summary Report
Jin Sing Sia, HSO

Submitted by: Jin Sia
Crew: 228
Date: 2021/09/26

Smoke alarms:
– Upper deck: Functional
– Lower deck: Functional
– RAM: None found, please advise on location
– GreenHab: Functional
– ScienceDome: Functional

CO alarms:
– Upper deck: Functional
– Lower deck: Beeping very soft, recommend battery replacement
– GreenHab: Functional

Fire extinguishers:
– Upper deck: Charged
– Kitchen: Charged
– Lower deck: 1 charged, 1 empty
– GreenHab: None found, recommend transferring one from ScienceDome
– ScienceDome: 2 charged
– RAM: Charged

Fire blankets:
– Kitchen: Ready
– RAM: Ready
– ScienceDome: Ready

First aid kits:
– Lower deck: Inventoried, items missing
– EVA room: Inventoried, minor issues found
– ScienceDome: Inventoried
– GreenHab: None found
– RAM: Inventoried

Jumper cables:
– EVA room: No longer there
– HabCar: Did not get chance to check
– CrewCar: Did not get chance to check

Emergency exits:
– Round window: All levers can be actuated
– Stairs: No non-nominal issues
– Commander’s room window: Unobstructed but no breaking tool
available; please advise if tool is required
– Emergency ladder: Transferred to correct compartment under sofa

HabCOMM radios on and working: Checked by work party crew

Noted safety issues:
– Toiletries cubbies: Contaminated with rat poison, toxicity hazard.
Strongly recommend thorough cleaning removal of poison block before
use.
– Engineering airlock: External door does not seem to close properly,
please advise
– Hab ladder: Falling hazard. Recommend minimum three-point contact at
all times, descend backwards only. Crew members should give way to
those descending. Only one crew member on ladder at all times.
– Fire extinguishers: Placement in ScienceDome and RAM are
non-obvious. Recommend moving to more conspicuous locations and
conducting safety tour to familiarize crew with locations once in-sim.

Noted health/environmental issues:
– General crew fatigue noted. Concur with command decision to start
sim later in day on Sep 27.

Missing health and safety supplies:
– EVA first aid kit in hab lower deck: Loose gloves unsealed and
dirty, throat lozenges unsealed and dirty, large syringe unsealed and
dirty. Recommend discard.
– Diabetic kit in hab lower deck: Blood glucose tester has low
battery. Recommend battery replacement, but for later crews.
– First aid kit in Hab lower deck: Missing tape, ointment for burns
(only antiseptic available), ice pack, and aspirin. Recommend replacement.

Sol Summary – May 5th

Crew 235 Sol Summary Report 05-May-2021

Sol: 3

Summary Title: Rocks and Rockets!

Author’s name: Atila Meszaros

Mission Status: Crew Biologist

Sol Activity Summary:

We continued or geology hunting as EVA team #1 and #2 went South and reached the 1101 road to collect granite, lava in its different color variation, asphalt, devil’s toenail, and more to be analyzed by our expert, Dr. Shannon Rupert.

The first EVA encountered a small incident (check the EVA report for full explanation), but we are very close to finishing our geology hunt and gathering.

After lunch, we decided to start building our rockets and launching system for tomorrow’s project! Jennifer and Krysta are making dinner as we prepare the reports and get ready for a great night trying new activities and games.

Look Ahead Plan: Rock hunting EVAs in the morning, rocket launching, and going out of sim!

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Fully sunny, but with a great temperature throughout the day.

Crew Physical Status: Healthy. Finally learned how to work with dehydrated food and happy with the great meals and bread.

EVA: Tomorrow EVAs #5 and #6

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Report, EVA Request, Crew Journalist

Support Requested: Nothing to report.

Sol Summary #2 – May 4th

Crew 235 Sol Summary Report 04-May-2021

Sol: 2

Summary Title: Jurassic Hunting

Author’s name: Atila Meszaros

Mission Status: Crew Biologist

Sol Activity Summary:

Finally on Mars! It’s been quite a while for some of us: our Commander’s last mission and mine was the last cohort for the Spaceward Bound in 2019, and after more than a year and a half, it feels wonderful to be back to Sim. Today was our first day in Sim. After a wonderful Geology lesson class from Dr. Rupert, we suited up and embarked to our destination to hunt petrified wood in the southern region of the Kissing Camels, a late Jurassic deposit. After our two successful EVAs, we did a small rock show between each other to see our bounties. We are preparing dinner and getting ready for a lovely night.

Look Ahead Plan: Our geology hunting will get more in-depth. Will visit two new sites to find a series of different rock samples. We would get into some hardcore Lego building and more teambuilding activities.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Fully sunny, but with a great temperature throughout the day.

Crew Physical Status: Everyone is healthy, hydrating, and eating pretty good.

EVA: Tomorrow EVA #4 and EVA #5 to continue or geology hunting!

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Report, EVA Request, Crew Journalist

Support Requested: Nothing to report.

Sol Summary – May 3rd

Crew 235 Sol Summary Report 03-May-2021

Sol: 1

Summary Title: Mars needs Teachers

Author’s name: Atila Meszaros

Mission Status: Crew Biologist

Sol Activity Summary:

After breakfast, we started our tour around the station, showing all the facilities and all the systems. We started our ATV and rover training after visiting the RAM, and everyone got the chance to pick their chosen mode of transportation on Mars for our future EVAs. After learning about radio and suits operations, we got to do a pre-mission EVAs to Pooh’s corner to decide if we were going to do a full simulation or semi-sim: we drive Percy and our two ATVs, walk for around 10 minutes and collect some rock and mineral samples to try all the mobility on the suits. After a conversation with the crew, we decided to do full-sim EVAs until the end of the mission, and I couldn’t be happier.

We started the microbiology project after lunch. We are going to sample very exciting locations around the station and figure out which bacteria live amongst us! While we were preparing the agar, we did some EVA debriefing and discussed our mission.

We are all sitting together in the upper deck writing the reports and getting ready to close the day!

Look Ahead Plan: The first day on Sim waking up on Mars! Geology class during the morning to prepare for our rock hunting EVAs. Finalizing mission patch and team building activities.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Pretty amazing. Partially cloudy and a very comfortable temperature.

Crew Physical Status: Healthy and excited!

EVA: EVA #2 and EVA #3 for rock hunting.

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Report, EVA Request, Crew Journalist

Support Requested: Nothing for tonight.

Sol Summary Report Apr 23rd

Crew 245 Sol Summary Report 23APR2021

Sol: 13

Summary Title: Last Day on Mars

Author’s name: Shayna Hume

Mission Status: Executive Officer

Sol Activity Summary:

· 08:30-09:30: Misc. breakfast and briefing

· 09:30-10:00: Prepare for EVA.

· 10:00-12:00: EVA. (ended an hour short) Those in the hab worked on final video recordings and science.

· 12:00-13:30: Lunch!

· 13:30-18:00: Cleaning the hab and wrapping up science!

· 18:00-19:00: Dinner & wrap up reports.

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow morning we intend to exit sim soon after we wake up and conduct the check-out process to head to Grand Junction.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Nominal.

Crew Physical Status: No issues.

EVA: EVA #12 report coming in.

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Report, GreenHab Report

Support Requested: n/a

Sol Summary – April 22nd

Crew 245 Sol Summary Report 22-04-2021

Sol: 12

Summary Title: Final Steps Outside the Hab

Author’s name: Shayna Hume

Mission Status: Executive Officer

Sol Activity Summary:

· 08:30-09:30: Misc. breakfast and briefing

· 09:30-10:00: Prepare for EVA.

· 10:00-12:00: EVA.

· 12:00-13:30: Lunch!

· 13:30-18:00: Misc. tasks. Videos were taken of crew members explaining their experiments. Interviews were done for the post-mission mockumentary. Final soil samples were analyzed. Parts of the Hab were cleaned in preparation for checkout at the end of the mission.

· 18:00-19:00: Dinner

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow we intend to spend the morning wrapping up a majority of our research tasks, while in the afternoon we intend to record some media for our mockumentary and spend several hours cleaning in preparation for the mission checkout.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Nominal.

Crew Physical Status: No issues.

EVA: EVA #11 report coming in.

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Report, GreenHab Report

Support Requested: n/a

Shayna Hume, Executive Officer
Red Planet People – MDRS Crew 245 "Team Patamars"
To Mars and Beyond – For All!

Sol Summary Report Apr 21st

Crew 245 Sol Summary Report 21APR2021

Sol: 11

Summary Title: Approaching the Finish Line

Author’s name: Shayna Hume

Mission Status: Executive Officer

Sol Activity Summary:

· 08:30-09:30: Misc. breakfast and briefing

· 09:30-10:00: Prepare for EVA.

· 10:00-14:00: EVA.

· 14:00-15:00: Lunch! Jambalaya.

· 15:00-18:00: Separate science activities & rest time.

· 18:00-18:30: Crew Photos.

· 18:30-20:00: Dinner.

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow we have the final EVA of the mission – Crew #2.

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Nominal.

Crew Physical Status: No issues.

EVA: EVA #10 report coming in.

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Request, EVA Report

Support Requested: n/a

Sol Summary – April 17th

Crew 245 Sol Summary Report 17-04-2021

Sol: 7

Summary Title: Twin EVA’s

Author’s name: Shayna Hume

Mission Status: Executive Officer

Sol Activity Summary:

· 07:30-08:30: Misc. breakfast with music while getting ready for EVA’s.

· 08:30-09:00: EVA Checklist.

· 09:00: Finish 5 minutes in airlock and EVA Crew #2 began EVA.

· 09:05-11:30: EVA went as planned.

· 11:30-12:00: Crew debrief.

· 12:30-12:35: Finish 5 minutes in airlock and EVA Crew #1 began EVA.

· 12:35-15:30: EVA went as planned.

· 15:30-17:30: Small science study checks and report writing.

· 17:30-18:30: Making lentil curry for dinner!

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow no EVA’s, but instead a focus on science and life in the hab!

Anomalies in work: None.

Weather: Nominal.

Crew Physical Status: No issues.

EVA: EVA #6-7. Reports incoming.

Reports to be filed: Operations Report, EVA Report

Support Requested: n/a

Shayna Hume, Executive Officer
Red Planet People – MDRS Crew 245 "Team Patamars"To Mars and Beyond – For All!
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