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Crew 97 Log Book for January 9, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Judah Epstein Reporting

Crew Physical Status:


Time Departed/Returned from EVA:

EVA #14: 11:08 / 11:51. Nathan, Judah, Jim.

EVA #15: 14:13 / 16:42. Judah, Nathan, Jim.

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

EVAs today consisted of geocaching and exploration.

EVA Data/Interpretations:

EVA #14: Crew searched for Geocache, but the coordinates given of the cache were incorrect.

EVA #15: Crew explored the area surrounding the Hab and practiced EVA dexterity and precision through archery in a spacesuit.

Engineering/Hab Maintenance:


Report Transmission Schedule:

CMDR Check-in, ENGR, CMDR Report, Photos, 2 EVA Reports, 2 Science Reports

Plans for Tomorrow:

- Cooking/Cleaning - Tonya/Judah
- 07:30 - Breakfast
- 8:00 - Exercise
- 8:20-9:30 - Crew-member psychophysiological testing
- EVA #16
- 11:30 - Lunch
- 12:00-13:20 - Crew-member psychophysiological testing
- EVA #17 - Satellite data collection comparison
- EVA #18 - Rover analysis
- 17:30 - Dinner
- Crew-member psychophysiological testing
- Reports, Food Study
- Work on experiments
- Showers - Nathan/Judah



Support Requested:




Commander's Report

Judah Epstein Reporting

Although today was the scheduled rest day, the crew was busy with EVAs and continuation of science experiments.

The morning EVA consisted of searching for the MDRS Geocache. Unfortunately the geocache was not found and it was determined that the given coordinates for the geocache are incorrect.

The afternoon consisted of a long exploratory EVA. The Commander, Engineer, and XO explored the area around the HAB and also evaluated the precision and dexterity of working in an EVA suit through archery. It was determined that accuracy can still be achieved within the constraints of a spacesuit.

Continuation of experiments also consisted of the psychophysiological analysis on crewmembers and measurements of effluent from the sedimentary water filters.

Tomorrow will consist of another full day of experiments on Mars and EVAs such as Satellite Comparison Study and Sandstorm Rover evaluation.

Science Report 1

Judah Epstein Reporting

The purpose of this project is to explore the effectiveness of a slow sand sedimentary water filtration system in a planetary environment. To simulate a planetary environment the experiment is conducted at the Mars Desert Research Station, a self-sustaining planetary research experiment and simulation expedition.

Background information regarding the project abstract, purpose, goals, and specific experiment details and information are included in the Science Report from January 6.


The following data was collected yesterday (January 8):

MISSION SUPPORT NOTE: Table information below has been commented out, in favor of the spreadsheet of the Jan 8th data here.

NOTE: Some units below have also been clarified:

K - cm/s

t- seconds

TDS - raw probe reading

Temp - C

SpC - mS/cm

DO - mg/L

TDS - g/L

ORP - mV

Turbidity - NTU

Hardness, Total Chlorine, Free Chlorine, Alkalinity, Cyanuric Acid - ppm

Nitrate - ppm. mg/L

Nitrite - ppm. mg/L

Science Report 2

Tonya Thompson Reporting

I performed 3 psychophysiological reading sessions on each crewmember today.
Each session lasted 3 minutes.
The crewmember entered my stateroom, sat in a chair, placed finger sensors on their 3 middle fingers, and watched a white image projected onto a wall for 3 minutes.
During that time, I recorded their heart rate variability (hrv) and skin conductance level (scl).
The data for each session was saved to the hard drive of a desktop pc in my stateroom.

Engineering Report

Nathan Wong Reporting


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

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

Battery Charge Level:

Notes/Comments (include how many generator runs, approximately when, and any times you needed to turn the generator on/off): Power worked well today

Fuel Status:

Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): .75

Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): .55

Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 3 Gas cans full



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

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

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

Car Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): none

Water Status:

Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): half%

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

Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): half%

Potable Water Meter Reading: 40696.7

In to GreenHab Meter Reading:



Condition of plants in Tank 1: None

Condition of plants in Tank 2: 3 plants

Condition of plants in Tank 3: 7 plants

Greenhab Notes/Comments: Plants in tank two are not floating upright. A picture is attached.


Telescope Used? (Yes/No): No

Observatory Notes/Comments: Observatory not used


Used (yes/no): No
Oil Checked (yes/no): No
Tire Status: good
Odometer at end of day: 123085
Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):
Used: Yes
Oil Checked: No
Fuel Consumed: Yes
Tire Status: Inflated

ATV 2 (Spirit):
Used: Yes
Oil Checked: No
Fuel Consumed: Yes
Tire Status: Inflated

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: No
Oil Checked: No
Fuel Consumed: No
Tire Status: Inflated

ATV 4 (Viking II):
Used: Yes
Oil Checked: No
Fuel Consumed: Yes
Tire Status: Inflated

Heating and Ventilation:
Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): off
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 72

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 55
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 57

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: Everything is working well

General Engineering Notes/Comments:

Picture of plants in tank 2 is attached.

EVA 14 Report

Nathan Wong Reporting

Enter Airlock: 11:03
Exit Airlock: 11:54

Crew Members:
Nathan Wong
Jim Crowell
Judah Epstein

Site Location:
South of the Hab

Transit Mode:

Find the geocache hidden by MDRS crew 96

We did not find the geocache. Initially the crew had the settings of the GPS on NAD83, and then realized it was incorrect and should be at NAD27 CONUS Datum. The crew corrected the setting, but even with the new setting the geocache location did not match with the given coordinates. It was determined that the given GPS coordinates of the geocache are incorrect.

Lessons Learned:
Check to make sure the settings on the GPS are correct when navigating to a waypoint.

EVA 15 Report

Judah Epstein Reporting

Time: 14:13 / 16:42

Crew Members: Judah, Nathan, Jim

Site Location: ATV trails to the North and East of Hab.

Transit Mode: ATV

Objectives: Explore around the Hab and evaluate dexterity and precision while in spacesuit through archery.

Results: Some of the ATV/4WD trails on the map in the Hab are either not present or washed out.
Precision through archery can be successfully achieved while in an EVA suit.

Lessons Learned: Crew-members learned the distance at which radio contact is lost with Hab-com.

Cook's Report

Jim Crowell Reporting

1a) Was today a cooking day. YES
1b) Was today a special day celebrated at the main meal with special food or activity? No.

2) List the foods served at today's main meal
Mostaccioli pasta with beef and vegetables sauce
Focaccia bread
Raspberry drink (sugar-free)
Cran-pomegranate drink (sugar-free)

3) List any main meal foods not finished by the crew: NONE

4) Recipes for anything more complicated than following package directions exactly, or rehydrating.
Pasta with beef and vegetables sauce:
Rehydrated the dehydrated tomatoes, onions, celery, mixed bell peppers, and spinach.
Added basil, garlic, and oregano. Added rehydrated beef.
Poured hot sauce over cooked noodles, and stirred.

Recipe for focaccia bread
Adapted from http://www.kingarthurflour.com/recipes/blitz-bread-no-fuss-focaccia-recipe

1.5 c warm water
3 T olive oil plus extra for drizzling
1.25 T salt
3.5 c white flour
1 T instant yeast
Cheese seasoning packet from 1 5 oz package of au gratin potatoes (substitute for 0.25 c cheese powder called for in original recipe)
4 t mixed basil, oregano, and garlic powder (substitute for pizza dough flavor in original recipe)

1. Lightly grease a 9”x 13” pan and drizzle 1-2 T olive oil on the bottom.
2. Combine water, 3 T olive oil, flour, yeast, 2 t seasonings, and cheese packet and beat well until a sticky batter forms
3. Scoop the batter into the prepared pan, cover with oiled foil or plastic wrap, and let rise at room temperature until puffy, around 60 minutes.
4. Preheat oven to 375°F
5. Poke dough all over with a finger
6. Drizzle top of dough with olive oil and sprinkle on the last 2t of seasonings
7. Bake 35-40 minutes or until golden brown
8. Remove from oven, let stand 5 minutes, transfer to rack, serve warm or at room temperature.

5) Comments/questions:
In the recipe for focaccia bread that Jean left me, it called for 1/4 cup of cheese powder. I could not find any cheese powder provided, so I used some that came in the package of Au Gratin potatoes. The bread was delicious!!