Sol Summary – December 24th

Sol: 9

Summary Title: Christmas from Mars

Author’s name: Tania Robles, Commander

Mission Status: Mission objectives are going fine; every crew member is working on each project. However today we dedicated more time to cook and clean the Hab to celebrate Christmas.

Sol Activity Summary: Last night we went to bed late because we saw The Martian movie. We woke up at 8 am and had our daily routine with breakfast and briefings. It seems that we are not losing much weight, just around 2 kilograms per person until today, Sol 9.

Two members went out to an EVA were they found life in the form on animals and a couple of humans who asked for a picture to our astronauts. After they came back, we worked in our Christmas tree (nice artistic skills, Crew!). By now we are finishing our special dinner with lasagna.

Happy Christmas up to Earth!

Look Ahead Plan: Tomorrow we will work individually in our projects but also record some videos to Mexico so we can send them on our way back to Earth. Also, we will have a 3D Printing class and have dinner with the MDRS Director.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny

Crew Physical Status: All good.

EVA: XO and Crew Engineer went to North Pinto Hills.

Reports to be filed: Operations Report
EVA Report
Greenhab Report
Astronomy Report
Journalist Report
Pictures of the day

Support Requested: A lot of discussions went into what Star Wars movies were directed or produced by George Lucas. Can you help us with the list of the 8 episodes, please?

Operations Report – December 24th


Name of person filing report: César Augusto Serrano Baza

Non-nominal systems: Generator Autostart

Notes on non-nominal systems: None

Generator (hours run): 17:06 yesterday until around 8: 15. Today started at 17:08

Solar— SOC 77%
Diesel Reading – Around 71%
Propane Reading – 74%
Ethanol Free Gasoline – N/A

Water (Auxillary tank) – 0 gallons
Water (static tank) – High Level, around 215 -gallons
Axillary to Static tank transfer– no
Gallons transferred: 0
Water in GreenHab – Medium level (47%)
Water (loft) – Static to Loft Pump used – yes
Water Meter: 01394271

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
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging X :

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

Opportunity rover used: NO
Hours: 44.8
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Curiosity rover used: YES
Hours: 61.2
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 100%
Currently charging: YES

Notes on rovers: We used curiosity for today’s EVA.
# Hours the ATVs were Used today: Nothing to report.
Notes on ATVs: Nothing to report.

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

General notes and comments: Nothing to report.

Summary of internet: Nothing to report.

Summary of suits and radios: Suit 4 still has not enough air flow.

Summary of GreenHab operations: – Nothing to report.

Summary of ScienceDome operations: – Nothing to report.

Summary of RAM operations: Nothing to report.

Summary of any observatory issues: Musk Solar observatory – Robotic Observatory – Nominal.

Summary of health and safety issues: Nothing to report.

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thank you!!!

Greenhab Report – December 24th

Crew 201 Greenhab Report 24-DEC-2018
Greenhab Officer: Walter Calles

Environmental Control:
Cooling w/ ambient air (1.5hrs)

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 19°C
High: 38°C

Hours of Supplemental Light: 5

Daily Water Usage of Crops: 12 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs): 48%

Times of Watering for Crops: 1230

Changes to crops:
Re-planted salad beds (mix and blend) started to grow
Chives looking good, first sprouts growing
Peas growing good
Baby greens showing excellent progress
Tomatoes growing slow
Excellent progress on lettuce
Fennel looking better
Carrots growing slow but fine

Some harvesting for Christmas Eve dinner today. Plants are in good shape. Spinaches and onions still with no changes, hopefully, they will grow properly.

Experiment Results:
Date: SOL4 (SOL9 overall)
First results observed!
Control Pot: No results yet
Soil Sample Type One
@30%: First radish leaves
@20: First radish leaves
Soil Sample Type 2
@10%: First radish leaves

Salad Blend: 153g
Radish: 87g
Cilantro: 25g
Basil: 7g
Oregano: 1g

Support/Supplies Needed: none

Merry Christmas!

Commander Report – DECEMBER 23rd

Crew 201 Commander Report 23-DEC-2018

Sol 8

As the days go by, the crew gets adapted more and more to the daily routine on Mars. However, we have realized that today in Sol 8 we are already mentally tired. Now we laugh with any joke no matter how dumb it may be.

Although we have evolved in our relation, we remain as close as before or even more. All of the crew members work on their daily activities and fulfill each of their mission objectives.

There have been no conflicts although our personalities are the same on many occasions, especially when it comes to making decisions and establishing leadership. Within the Crew 201 there are the following types: ENTJ, ENTP, ENFP and INTP.

Tomorrow is Christmas, and although we had established that there would be no stoppage of activities by the date, the crew has shown special interest in celebrating, having different activities and rest. Maybe everyone starts to miss the Earth, or at least family.

Good job Crew, keep working like this.

Tania Robles

Journalist Report – DECEMBER 23rd

Crew 201 Journalist Report – 23DEC2018

The Martian Chronicles

[SOL 8] – (Not) any given Sunday

A good day to spend with family and friends is Sunday. A nice cookout on the backyard is always a good idea. In Mexico, going to visit a museum is very common, because most of them are open for free on Sundays. And what about a nice picnic? It doesn’t matter what you do, the important thing is to spend the day surrounded by people you care. Like spending the afternoon with your crewmates on the station’s observatory watching the sun through the solar telescope. Pretty average Sunday, right?

MDRS Crew 201 – MEx-1

Wait what? How can this be? It’s been a week since we landed on the red planet and we can yet grab a break in our daily lives. A lot of things have happened since then, quite a few if you ask me. Weather is getting a bit cold, lower clouds in the morning and night and to us it is beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Mars. It’s exciting we’ll celebrate it more than 50 million kilometers away from home and family! But no spoilers for now; we’ll tell you all about it tomorrow.

Not every day is exploration day, many things have to be done at home for station keeping. Sweeping the Martian dust off our modules is key for health and safety, so we swept every module, airlock and floor in the station. Nothing brings the best of the crew than cleaning and singing and our lead rapper Chilpo did his thing while we worked around our home. Reconstituted chicken fried rice was up for dinner today and the taste was very similar to what you could imagine Mars China Town could ever taste like.

The afternoon had a fantastic group activity: Solar Observations at Musk Observatory. Federico, our in house astronomer, had great patience and went over the regular procedures to observe our Sun. The Sun you see from Earth is the same we look from Mars which makes living in this Solar System a little more romantic. We pointed the telescope and the corona of the Sun was at sight. When living at another planet that is not shielded like Earth we need to know the behavior of the Sun and we may need to hide from its eruptions.

Continuous learning is also key for survival in another planet. While our communications were installed before arrival, upgrades are always needed to maintain a state-of-the-art system at the hab. With this all being said, the crew today learned more in depth how satellite communications work. Satellite access, frequencies, power and gain are key topics needed in order to upgrade our communications network and by knowing the basics the crew is ready to upgrade this and other habitats that we may inhabit in the future.

Sundays on Earth: we clean, we enjoy ourselves and learn. Why not do the same while on Mars? Sol Ocho was if not the most exciting day in our Mars travels it sure was fantastic family time.

MEx-1 continuará informando.

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

Journalist Report – December 22nd

Crew 201 Journalist Report – 22DEC2018

The Martian Chronicles

[SOL 7] – The Far Side of the Moons

We are explorers! We humans have broken every barrier we’ve
encountered through our existence. We know no boundaries to explore a little bit more and learn about our universe. We have walked through the meadows, sailed to remote islands, arrived at new continents and re-discover them; all of this to look to the stars and wonder what is there for us to reach. Exploration is part of us and pushes us forward to go where no one has (boldly) gone before. We aim to open our minds to what we think we know and go a step further to explore even more.

MDRS Crew 201 – MEx-1

Today the crew planned a long and complex activity, a visit to one of the farthest locations of the premises of the hab. A location with mountains and canyons that might be hard for the first time hiker. Our boots got dirty while walking to the horizon and wonder what will we find after the next hill. And what did we find? Well dear reader, this area was a bit farther from the charted maps and we could only have had an idea of how the place looked like.

What is the reason for us to explore? Well it is the reason for existence itself: Understand the meaning of life and what is our part in all of it. Additionally, we needed to get more soil samples for the greenhab project. We have realized that understanding the complexity of the terrain at the farthest regions of the hab premises could help us with the extended scope of the Radio Access Network idea for a SmartHAB. What is the reason behind this? Extended network access can support future crews’ safety knowing their location, health status and spacesuit problems. Safety is number one priority.

Due to Mars complex weather conditions, Mission Control mentioned (in several occasions really) that we would have a real hard time hiking. Road conditions were considerably harder than we would have expected and we left our rovers a little earlier than anticipated. We started hiking in a different location than planned and things got quite interesting from the very beginning. We went up and down muddy hills, getting farther away from our starting point making new paths as we went up the mountains. Destination? Copernicus, one of the furthest charted regions in our hab going through a place known as The Moons.

Throughout our hike we were witness of dramatic scenery changes. We were getting far away from our home but closer to our goal. Nothing was more exciting and comforting than finding the road that we were looking for. At that instance we were a bit tired but our morale and our spirit of adventure were as strong as ever. And this is
understandable, we were so far from the rovers that we could not hesitate for even the shortest instant.

It wasn’t until we made it to the farthest location of the Yellow Moon that we realized something exciting: we went to a zone that is not heavily explored and of course new for us. Sure, it was identified in the map but we know not of another crew that walked around it. This was confirmed by our Positioning System that we joyfully checked while getting back at the hab.

Without a doubt, this is one of the most exciting days of the Mex-1 mission. This was the day we discovered The Far Side of the Moons.

MEx-1 continuará informando.

Astronomy Report – December 22nd

Astronomy Report
Name: Federico Arturo Martinez Espinoza
Crew: Crew 201 MEx-1
Date: Dec 22 2018


Robotic Telescope Requested MDRS-WF

Objects Viewed: Andromeda Galaxy

Problems Encountered: None, we really like our first image of Andromeda Galaxy, I used Hapha filter to take five images with an exposure time of 210 s.

Greenhab Report – December 22nd

Greenhab Officer:
Walter Calles

Environmental Control:

40% Shade Cloth on

Average Temperatures:
Low: 25°C
High: 38°C

Hours of Supplemental Light:

Daily Water Usage of Crops:
10 gallons

Water in Blue Tank (lbs):

Times of Watering for Crops:

Changes to crops:
Tomatoes growing slow. No significant changes
Baby greens showing good progress
Fennel looked better today. Salad mix in excellent shape.

Changed almost all sticky papers on blue flat.
Medium watered all plants.
Tomatoes still going. Will add some plant food tomorrow.
Spinaches for re-plant still pending.
Cucumbers in terrible shape. Will plant onions instead.


Support/Supplies Needed:
More sticky papers needed