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Crew 97 Log Book for January 2, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Judah Epstein Reporting

Crew Physical Status: 
Overall good. A couple of minor headaches; HSO recommended to drink additional water. 

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: 
No in Sim EVAs, but crew performed a recon of the area in preparation for the Sim. 

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: 
Crew has achieved a better understanding of the geologic area around the Hab. 

EVA Data/Interpretations: 
Crew exploration on foot and also in HabCar of the area surrounding MDRS. 

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: 
Water to toilet and water to inside potable tank are not refilling with the pumps. The lines are likely frozen due to the extremely cold weather. 

Refill of inside potable tank is conducted via "bucket brigade" and input to toilet is with a bucket of potable water.

Report Transmission Schedule: 
CMDR Check-in, ENGR, CMDR Report, HSO Report (~10pm) 

Plans for Tomorrow: 
Training in ATV, EVA, and Hab systems in preparation for the Sim. The Simulation and Food Study will begin in the evening. 


Support Requested: 
DG plans to refill the gasoline tank and bring a new hose for the potable water pump (and bring ATV oil?). 

Need questionnaires for the Food Study (along with specific 2011 Field Season Food Study protocol).

Commander's Report

Judah Epstein Reporting

Today was the first full day of the crew at the Hab. The crew has assigned rotations for cooking/cleaning as well as showers. We were visited in the morning by Crew 96 Commander to finalize engineering refits. 

The crew spent the day preparing for the science projects and performing reconnaisance of the area surrounding the Hab. Recon was performed by foot and also by HabCar to explore a larger area around the Hab. 

Additional tasks for tonight include the safety briefing by the Health & Safety Officer; as well as a 'bucket brigade' to refill the in-Hab potable water supply. 

Tomorrow will consist of final preparations and training in preparations for the Sim, preparing experiments for the Sim, and then entering the Sim and the Food Study in the morning.

Engineering Report

Nathan Wong Reporting


Kitty(Diesel Generator) (Used? Yes/No): Yes 

Honey (Gas Generator) (Used? Yes/No): Yes 

Battery Charge Level: 

Notes/Comments (include how many generator runs, approximately when, and any times you needed to turn the generator on/off): Main Generator went down today during transition. Backups were used, but main is now online.

Fuel Status: 

Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.75 

Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.70 

Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): Empty 



Kitty Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 3 

Honey Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 2 

ATV Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): ? 

Car Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): ? 

Water Status: 

Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): Half 

Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): Empty 

Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 0.75 

Potable Water Meter Reading: N/A 

In to GreenHab Meter Reading: N/A 


Grey Water Flush line is not working. Flush tank is full. 


Condition of plants in Tank 1: 

Condition of plants in Tank 2: 

Condition of plants in Tank 3: 

Greenhab Notes/Comments: 

Plants not at the Hab yet. 


Telescope Used? (Yes/No): No 

Observatory Notes/Comments: 

Observatory not used. 


Used (yes/no): Yes 
Oil Checked (yes/no): No 
Tire Status: 
Odometer at end of day: 
Notes/Comments on Hab Car: 

ATV 1 (Opportunity): No 
Used: y/n 
Oil Checked: y/n 
Fuel Consumed: 
Tire Status: 

ATV 2 (Spirit): No 
Used: y/n 
Oil Checked: y/n 
Fuel Consumed: 
Tire Status: 

ATV 3 (Viking I): No 
Used: y/n 
Oil Checked: y/n 
Fuel Consumed: 
Tire Status: 

ATV 4 (Viking II): No 
Used: y/n 
Oil Checked: y/n 
Fuel Consumed: 
Tire Status: 

ATVs were being repaired today, should be fully operational tomorrow. 

Heating and Ventilation: 
Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 67 
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 73 

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 63 
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 57 

Computers/Networking Infrastructure: 

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: 

Everything is working well 

General Engineering Notes/Comments: 

Everything is working well except the Grey Water Line

Health and Safety Report

Judah Epstein Reporting

A safety briefing was conducted tonight with the crewmembers. 

Topics included: 

- Background of training and experience of HSO (crewmember with the highest level of medical training and experience) 

- Selection of another crewmember as secondary HSO (the second highest level of medical training and experience) 

- Each crewmember completing a private medical background form with information of: Medical background/history, Allergies, and Medications. 

- Emergency and evacuation procedures. Location of hospitals. Medic bag and crewmember medical info sheets to bring on evacuation. Discussion of remote location and thus delayed access to definitive medical care. 

- Hab exits and emergency egress 

- Hazards in the Hab 

- Hazards outside of the Hab 

- Medicine cabinet and first aid supplies 

- First Aid kits to bring on ATVs and HabCar 

- Hab safety equipment such as fire extinguishers, MSDS, smoke detectors, CO2 detector 

- Hydration 

For additional safety precautions the crew decided: 

- The Hab-supplied potable water has a very noticeable amount of bleach and is of concern to crewmembers. Therefore, bottled/purified water will be purchased tomorrow morning to last the duration of the rotation for all 6 crew-members for drinking water. The in-Hab potable water will be continued to be used for cooking and cleaning. 

- To enhance sanitation, brushing of teeth will not be conducted at the kitchen sink but will instead be conducted at one of the downstairs sinks. 

Additionally the Telemedicine test was successfully completed with the on-call medical officer.