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Crew 97 Log Book for January 10, 2011

Photos of the day





Commander's Check-In Report

Judah Epstein Reporting

Crew Physical Status:
Good.

Time Departed/Returned from EVA:
EVA #16: 9:44 / 10:26. Amanda, Jim.
EVA #17: 13:00 / 14:34. Jim, Judah.
EVA #18: 16:38 / 16:57. Jim, Sandstorm.
EVA #19: 17:23 / 17:35. Jim, Sandstorm.

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:
EVAs today consisted of Water Gully experiment, Satellite Data comparison collection, and Rover experimentation.

EVA Data/Interpretations:
EVA #16: Water Gullies were located and analyzed.
EVA #17: Panoramas were taken at three hilltops for Satellite data comparison.
EVA #18: Test connectivity to Sandstorm Rover.
EVA #19: Test connectivity to Sandstorm Rover.

Engineering/Hab Maintenance:
New water line to inside HAB tank froze. Worked on toilet.

Report Transmission Schedule:
CMDR Check-in, ENGR, CMDR Report, Photos, 4 EVA Reports, 3 Science Reports

Plans for Tomorrow:
- Cooking/Cleaning - Amanda/Nathan
- 07:30 - Breakfast
- 8:00 - Exercise
- Engineering checks
- EVA #20: Rock Varnish collecting
- 11:30 Lunch
- EVA #20
- EVA #21
- 17:30 - Dinner
- Reports, Food Study
- Work on experiments
- Showers - Lucinda/Tonya

Inventory: n/a

Support Requested: n/a

Miscellaneous: n/a


Commander's Report

Judah Epstein Reporting

Today the crew continued with the routine of 07:30 exercise, followed by exercise, EVA, lunch, more EVAs, dinner, and experiments.

The morning EVA consisted of Water Gully analysis. Afternoon EVAs consisted of climbing tall summits to achieve panoramas images of the landscape for comparison to Satellite images; and also additional testing of the Sandstorm Rover.

Today's psycho-physiological analysis was extended exposure to digital images and sounds three times throughout the day for each crew member. And additional analysis continued on the slow sand filter and the Sandstorm Rover.

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.

Data collected from Jan 9 and prior is available in this spreadsheet.

Updates on results:

Filter 1 (Martian Simulant) and Filter 2 (Commercial Sand) are not achieving optimal results as the filter seems clogged with extremely low hydraulic conductivity.

Science Report 2

Tonya Thompson Reporting

I performed a psychophysiological test of affective response to digital images and sounds on each crewmember 2 times today. The images were projected onto a simulated 3D surface and the sounds were played through headphones.

Each crewmember sat in the test area in my stateroom for 11 minutes (a 3 minute pre-exposure baseline, a 5 minute affective images and sounds exposure, and a 3-minute post exposure measurement). During this time, I measured the crewmember’s heart rate variability and skin conductance level in response to the digital images and sounds.

I also had each member complete a Cohen’s Perceived Stress Scale questionnaire after dinner.

Science Report 3

Lucinda Land Reporting

Today was the day to complete the router range tests with Sandstorm. Tests of the router inside the Hab were initially conducted and further EVA's with the router outside were needed. We had successful connection to Sandstorm outside the Hab on Saturday. Today we were going to test once more the range of the router signal distance. Saturday's distance was much less than with the router inside the Hab. It didn't make sense that inside the Hab the rover drove a total of 209.21 meters and with the router outside the Hab it only drove 128.74 meters. With the decision to test the router one more time outside the Hab and fresh batteries in Sandstorm, the expected results would have been that she exceeded 209.21 meters.

Unfortunately, we were having difficulty connecting to Sandstorm today. Our EVA started late in the day around 14:00 hours. The Sun was just below the tallest hills in the area of the Hab and the temperature was dropping fast. My fingers became immediately numb.

Connecting the computer to Maxnet (router connection) was successful initially. Then the computer would lose connection. So it was very unstable. All systems were still good on Sandstorm. Her CPU was standing by to connect. However, the software that controls Sandstorm never found her and so we were not able to turn on her mechanical switch (SERVO) to began her EVA 18.

We brought Sandstorm in and connected her to Maxnet right away. She has no problems connecting to Maxnet while inside the Hab. Her batteries had only been running less than thirty minutes and so we decided to drive her around a bit inside to make sure all systems were good with her before trying her outside once more. We connected her to RunWizard and switched on her SERVO and she came alive. Excitement filled the lab as her camera resets to a default position and we have a clear video picture.

We decided to take a few pictures using printscreen with her video images while inside the Hab and even increased her resolution to get clearer video feedback. Before taking her out again to test connectivity we gave her another set of fresh batteries even though she was still well under her hour time limit.

Thus begun EVA 19. We took Sandstorm outside as well as the router and tried to connect to Maxnet. No success. It was even colder than earlier. We know she can connect to Maxnet as we had just done so inside the Hab. Our best guess is that there may have been interference today with Maxnet to Sandstorm that was preventing us from connecting.


Engineering Report

Nathan Wong Reporting

Generator/Electricity:

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): .53

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

Notes/Comments:


Oil:

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): 50%

Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 75%

Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 50%

Potable Water Meter Reading: 40726.9

In to GreenHab Meter Reading:

Notes/Comments: New water line to hab tank froze.


GreenHab:

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: Still waiting on response about tank 2 plants


Observatory:

Telescope Used? (Yes/No): No

Observatory Notes/Comments: Observatory not used


Transportation:

Hab Car (NOT RENTAL)
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
Comments:

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

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

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


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

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


Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: EVA room webcam is not updating


General Engineering Notes/Comments:

New water line to inside hab tank froze
Toilet is very slow to flush, I tried both plunging and snaking to no avail
Repairs were started on pack three.

EVA 16 Report

Nathan Wong Reporting

Time:
Enter Airlock: 9:44
Exit Airlock: 10:26

Crew Members: Amanda Damptz and Jim Crowell

Site Location: South of the Hab

Transit Mode: Walking

Objectives: Take pictures of gullies.

Results: Found gullies need and photographs were taken. Gullies for the next day were scouted.

Lessons Learned: It is easier to go on foot.

EVA 17 Report

Jim Crowell Reporting

Time: 13:00 / 14:34

Crew Members: Jim Crowell, Judah Epstein

Site Location: North of the Hab

Transit Mode: ATVs / Walking

Objectives: To gather three panorama images for Jim's experiment

Results: Each location reached successfully and panoramas taken.

Lessons Learned: Crew members can work more efficiently than others when having to do strenuous EVA activity, like hiking.

EVA 18 Report

Lucinda Land Reporting

Time: 16:38/16:57

Crew Members: Jim and Sandstorm

Site Location: Right outside of the HAB airlock. West.

Transit Mode: Foot

Objectives: To test connectivity range with the router outside of the Hab and Sandstorm.

Results: Sandstorm was not connecting to the computer while outside the Hab. Maxnet was having issues being stable.

Lessons Learned: None at the time. We were left clueless and so needed to conduct further tests to determine lessons learned.

EVA 19 Report

Lucinda Land Reporting

Time: 17:23/17:35

Crew Members: Jim and Sandstorm

Site Location: Right outside of the HAB airlock. West.

Transit Mode: Foot

Objectives: To test connectivity with Sandstorm and Maxnet. In between EVA 18 and EVA 19, Sandstorm connected successfully while back inside the Hab. We replaced her with fresh batteries and took her outside again.

Results: Sandstorm was not connecting to the computer while outside the Hab. Maxnet was having issues being stable and Sandstorm, for the second attempt at connecting outside the Hab with the router outside as well, RunWizard did not find her.

Lessons Learned: Sandstorm does not have a problem connecting inside the Hab. It may be interference that prevent a successful connection with the router outside the Hab.