Commander Report – December 26th

Ilaria Cinelli

My Crew and I had a great Xmas meal all together with a few Jupiterians! I can honestly say that our breakfast was very modest!

We have been talking about different things, and the one I like the most is motivation. Each of us talked about their dreams in space, and how hard the way to reach them can be. Sharing failures, it is a clear sign of trust and awareness! So, it is a pretty good thing!

Our generation knows that space is possible, and now we are living a great transaction period in which space will be opened to more and more people thanks to private companies (and probably a new landing on the Moon!).

However, there is a big gap. There are a lot of childhood experiences about “being inspired by space”, and only a few places where free tips about “survive in the space jungle” can be shared. Then, there is an incredible high number of people doing self-promotion…

Students and experts are now willing to volunteer for any space activity or study, regardless if this is in collaboration with an Agency or not. Although the bureaucracy and limitations behind space, people want to contribute to the space sector no matter what.

This is a remarkable sign that our society is changing including space exploration at the early stage of education. Analogues could be seen as a business and research field born from this context too.

The advice I hope my Crew will follow is: HAVE A DREAM AND MAKE IT REAL! Loud and clear! We have an ENTIRE life to make real our dreams, and the secret is doing it! Just DO IT! The hardest part is believing in our dreams when the game becomes harder. In case of failure, you will have a lesson learned! Keep up a positive mood for having a good focus in action! Motivational speeches help on the way.

I am trying to give them the right directions, and I hope this mission will be a personal achievement for them too. Here, motivational conversations come naturally, without scheduling a debriefing or an individual meeting. That’s what I like the most!

Although I have been assigned of the position of Commander, I am not in the position to teach them “how life works”, but I can advise them for their best. There is a “human side” in leadership, which is often forgotten, and that make a different between a good Leader and a Tyrant.

Being a Commander is great responsibility. I have been training them in remote, and it is my privilege to shape their vision of space in the practicalities of a simulated mission. Two weeks of time to learn what you cannot learn in school: practice!!! It is short period of time during which I can turn upside down their future vision of space. Have a “human side” in my leadership helps me to get the best out of me for my Crew (and the mission).

Commander Ilaria Cinelli

Crew 185 Greenhab Report 26Dec2017

[title Greenhab Report – December 26th]

David Murray

Environmental control:

 

Ambient
Ambient with window/door open from 12:30 – 16:55
Working Hour: 12:30
Inside temp at working hour: 24 C
Outside temp during working hours: 3 C
Inside temperature high: 30 C
Inside temperature low: 15 C
Inside humidity: 21%

Heating
Functioning nominally
Turns on at 16 C and off at 20 C

Cooling
Not functional

Shade Cloth On/Off
On
The greenhab lights are on from 17:00 to 24:00 every night

Average temperature:
N/A

Changes to Crops
More beans on the bean plant and three spinach sprouts
Morning Research Observations
N/A

Daily Water Usage for Crops
2 gallons

Time(s) of Watering Crops
12:30

Aquaponics
N/A

Narrative
The crew salvaged some ice sheets a couple days ago for use in the greenhab. Today, I used the last of that. Two more spinach seeds have sprouted and everything looks healthy. There is no noticeable difference between the control and experimental groups of tomato plants.

Support/Supplies Needed
N/A

Journalist Report – December 25th

Journalist Report 12-25-2017AD 7:33pm Sol 7
Author: John Sczepaniak MD

Today, was Christmas on Mars. In the morning the commander let us sleep an extra hour. Yay!!! We were priviliged to be visited by a three crew re-supply team and they brought us a wonderful Christmas meal. We had prime ribs, sugar coated sweet potatoes, butter coated biscuits, and ofcourse healthy vegitables. We were really stuffed. That was not all, we shared gifts from our respective countries and enjoyed French chocolates. For beverages with had apple cider (non-alcoholic). We shared our personal experiences and our plans once we return to Earth. It was a bit difficult for some because they would really like to be with their family back on that beautiful blue ball we call home. Alas, we will make due with the situation at hand; I would say we are doing well.

Overall it was nice to have a day off from extravehicular
activities. Going outside the habitat in a spacesuit is a bit physically draining. It requires everyone on the crew to prepare the suits, get participants dressed, and maintain communications. Not to mention the weight of the suit and the physical demands of wearing pressurized suits. The crew is now pretty accustomed to the decompression and repressurization. Our new space suit testing is coming along well and we hope to test it again tomorrow.

We wish everyone back on Earth a wonderful and bright Christmas. If you do not celebrate the holiday we wish you happy holidays and a beautiful New Year.

Greenhab Report – December 25th

Greenhab Report
David Murray
25 Dec, 2017

Environmental control:
Ambient
Ambient with door open from 9:30 to 17:18
Working Hour: 17:18
Inside temp at working hour: 16 C
Outside temp during working hours: 4.5 C
Inside temperature high: 32 C
Inside temperature low: 14 C
Inside humidity: 21%
Heating
Functioning nominally,
Turns on at 16 C and off at 20 C
Cooling
Not functional
Shade Cloth On/Off
On
The greenhab lights are on from 17:00 to 24:00 every night
Average temperature:
N/A
Changes to Crops
One spinach sprout
Morning Research Observations
N/A

Daily Water Usage for Crops
5 gallons
Time(s) of Watering Crops
17:18
Aquaponics
N/A
Narrative
One spinach seed has sprouted. All the plants look healthy. I’ll transplant the kale, cabbage, and spinach sprouts into larger pots over the next couple days.
Support/Supplies Needed
N/A

Journalist Report – December 25th

Journalist Report 12-25-2017AD 7:33pm Sol 7
Author: John Sczepaniak MD

Today, was Christmas on Mars. In the morning the commander let us sleep an extra hour. Yay!!! We were priviliged to be visited by a three crew re-supply team and they brought us a wonderful Christmas meal. We had prime ribs, sugar coated sweet potatoes, butter coated biscuits, and of course healthy vegetables. We were really stuffed. That was not all, we shared gifts from our respective countries and enjoyed French chocolates. For beverages with had apple cider (non-alcoholic). We shared our personal experiences and our plans once we return to Earth. It was a bit difficult for some because they would really like to be with their family back on that beautiful blue ball we call home. Alas, we will make due with the situation at hand; I would say we are doing well.

Overall it was nice to have a day off from extravehicular
activities. Going outside the habitat in a spacesuit is a bit physically draining. It requires everyone on the crew to prepare the suits, get participants dressed, and maintain communications. Not to mention the weight of the suit and the physical demands of wearing pressurized suits. The crew is now pretty accustomed to the decompression and repressurization. Our new space suit testing is coming along well and we hope to test it again tomorrow.

We wish everyone back on Earth a wonderful and bright Christmas. If you do not celebrate the holiday we wish you happy holidays and a beautiful New Year.

Sol Summary – December 25th

Sol 7

Merry Christmas!

David Murray

Mission Status: The crew is clean and well fed.

Sol Activity Summary: In the spirit of Christmas, Crew 185 rewarded ourselves with an extra hour of sleep and our first showers of the simulation. After a light breakfast, Arno and Ilaria left the hab to conduct an engineering check. Meanwhile, the rest of the crew prepared Christmas dinner, cleaned, and readied the hab to accommodate our guests. Shannon and her daughter arrived to share Christmas dinner with us. We had a first-rate feast of prime rib, candied yams, veggies, biscuits, soup, and baked potatoes. As much as we enjoyed the meal, we all miss our loved ones and wish that we were able to spend this holiday season with them. On behalf of Crew 185, MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Look Ahead Plan: The EVA for tomorrow focuses on GPS and drone control functionality in the X-1 spacesuit.

Anomalies in work: None

Weather: Sunny

Crew Physical Status: Healthy, clean, and well fed

EVA: X-1 tests: Drone Control & GPS

Reports to be filed: Journalist Report, Greenhab Report, EVA Request, Sol Summary

Support Requested: None

Operations Report – December 25th

Operations Report

SOL: 7

Name of person filing report: A.Passeron

Non-nominal systems:

– Generator :
The generator worked properly during the night. It had a low battery failure at about 5am, which is normal since we charged the battery for only two hours yesterday. We keep going with the idea of charging the battery during the day to run the generator during the night. We started charging the battery at 8:40am. At 4:50pm, the charge of the battery was 75% while the SOC was 89%. We thus decided to connect the battery to the generator and it is working properly since then. At 7:20pm, the charge of the battery is still 12V.

Generator (hours run):
Generator turned off at roughtly 5:00am (failure)
Start charging battery at 8:40am
Battery charge is 75% at 4:50pm
Generator turned on at 4:50pm

Solar— SOC
@ 8:40am : 17%
@ 10:35am : 22%
@ 11:55am : 91%
@ 1:20pm : 87%
@ 1:45pm : 83%
@ 4:50pm : 89%
@ 7:20pm : 89%

Diesel – 76%

Propane – 50%

Ethanol Free Gasoline (5 Gallon containers for ATV) – 2.5 Gallons (1 container remaining)

Water (trailer) – 20 gallons

Water (static) – 280 gallons

Trailer to Static Pump used – No

Static to Loft Pump used – Yes

Water Meter: 50 gallons

Toilet tank emptied: Yes

ATVs Used: No
Oil Added?
ATV Fuel Used:
# Hours the ATVs were used today: 00:00 hours
Notes on ATVs: ATVs were nominal.

Deimos rover used: No
Number of hours:
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Sojourner rover used: Assigned to director only.
Number of hours: 4.0
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Spirit rover used: No
Number of hours: 5.0
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: No
Number of hours: 4.3
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Curiosity rover used: No
Number of hours: 1.7
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging: Yes

HabCar used and why, where? No

Summary of internet: All nominal

Summary of suits and radios: All nominal

Summary of Hab operations: All nominal

Summary of GreenHab operations: All nominal

Summary of ScienceDome operations: All nominal

Summary of RAMM operations: Not Operational

Summary of health and safety issues: Crew is Healthy

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support: None

Operations Report – December 24th

Crew 185
Operations Report Saturday 12/24/2017

SOL: 6

Name of person filing report: A.Passeron

Non-nominal systems:
– Generator :
We had the same problem over and over again with the generator. The battery is not charging while generator is on. At about 9:00pm, we unplugged the cable which connect the generator to the solar panel central unit, we jump started the battery and we turned the generator on. But the charge of the battery dropped and the generator had a second failure at rougthly 9:20pm. So the problem comes from the generator, not the central unit. At 8:10am, we jump started the generator again and turned it on.
At 9:10am, just before third failure, settings were :
+ Oil pressure : 47 psi
+ Speed : 1815 rpm
+ Battery charge : 6.4V
The generator had then a third failure at 9:20am.
Shannon and us agree with the idea of charging the battery during the day to run the generator during the night. Shannon brought two battery chargers at 4:35pm. We disconnected the battery from the generator and charged the battery at 4:50pm. We let the battery charge for two hours after the sunset. At 7:15pm, the charge of the battery was 60% while the SOC was 54%. We thus decided to connect the battery to the generator and it is working properly since then.

– Water shortage :
Crew aware of concern about water shortage. We use the shallow water from trailer tanks to water the plants of the GreenLab. Shannon brought an extra 100-gallon water tank to ease the water shortage. We pumped roughtly 60 gallons into the static water tank during the engineering check at 11:45am.

Generator (hours run):
Generator turned off at roughtly 8:00pm yesterday (first failure)
Jump-start done at rougthly 9:00pm yesterday
Generator turned on at rougthly 9:00pm yesterday
Generator turned off at roughtly 9:20pm yesterday (second failure)
Jump-start done at 8:10am
Generator turned on at 8:10am
Generator turned off at 9:20am (third failure)
Start charging battery at 4:50pm
Battery charge is 60% at 7:15pm
Generator turned on at 7:15pm

Solar— SOC
@ 7:15am : 0%
@ 8:10am : 0%
@ 9:10am : 1%
@ 9:20am : 2%
@ 10:00am : 3%
@ 11:06am : 8%
@ 12:57pm : 18%
@ 1:39pm : 100%
@ 2:55pm : 97%
@ 3:45pm : 92%
@ 4:38pm : 84%
@ 5:05pm : 78%
@ 6:05pm : 68%
@ 7:15pm : 54%

Diesel – 78%
Propane – 50%

Ethanol Free Gasoline (5 Gallon containers for ATV) – 2.5 Gallons (1 container remaining)

Water (trailer) – 20 gallons

Water (static) – 310 gallons

Trailer to Static Pump used – Yes (roughtly 60 gallons from the 100-gallon tank brought by Shannon)

Static to Loft Pump used – Yes

Water Meter: 50 gallons

Toilet tank emptied: No

ATVs Used: Yamaha blue Grizzly 350 #3
Oil Added? Yes
ATV Fuel Used:
# Hours the ATVs were used today: 03:00 hours
Notes on ATVs: ATVs were nominal.

Deimos rover used: No
Hours: 00:00 hours
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Sojourner rover used: Assigned to director only.
Hours: 00:00 Hours
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Spirit rover used: No
Hours: 00:00 Hours
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging: Yes

Opportunity rover used: No
Hours: 00:00 Hours
Beginning charge:
Ending charge:
Currently charging:

Curiosity rover used: Yes
Hours: 03:00 Hours
Beginning charge: 100%
Ending charge: 86%
Currently charging: Yes

HabCar used and why, where? No
Summary of internet: All nominal

Summary of suits and radios: All nominal

Summary of Hab operations: Water shortage prevention.

Summary of GreenHab operations: All nominal

Summary of ScienceDome operations: All nominal

Summary of RAMM operations: Not Operational

Summary of health and safety issues: Crew is Healthy

Questions, concerns and requests to Mission Support:

Journalist Report – December 24th

Sol 6 – All I want for Christmas is Mars

The moral in the Hab is excellent! It is very pleasant to be with such a nice crew. 🙂

This morning, we made our longuest EVA since the beginning of the mission. It lasted more than 3 hours and we managed to test X-1 in a rocky area, we set up an experiment about soil erosion, we continued our experiment about control/astro interaction and we determined which maximum weight you can carry on an ATV depending on the local soil density around the Hab. Quite a busy morning!

This afternoon, we worked together and did social sciences surveys about writting skills, clothing or empowerment during a Martian mission. We also had our first (and probably last) short shower of the mission and we found a way to overcome the issues we are currently having with the battery of the generator.

The mood is light as even here, Christmas is approaching. We have a Christmas tree, presents and nice food for tommorow. Do you really need more on the Red Planet?

On the behalf of the whole Crew 185, I wish you all a merry ChristMa(r)s with you family and loved ones!

Sincere greetings from the Red Planet,

Thibault, ExO and spacesuit engineer for the Crew 185