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Crew 98 Log Book for January 20, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

Crew Physical Status: Excellent

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: 13:00-17:30

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: Soil samples collected.

EVA Data/Interpretations: EVA number 3; Samples to be analyzed.

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: We started to remove the old microphones from the spacesuit helmets; ATV tires got inflated.

Report Transmission Schedule: Intended by 8 PM.

Plans for Tomorrow: Will be decided in the morning.

Inventory: One extra mouse.

Support Requested: Pipes need to be fixed.

Miscellaneous: Third SIM day.

Commander's Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

Third SIM day started with a movie - if we are to count the day as starting at midnight ... none other than Galaxy Quest, partly filmed in the nearby Goblin Valley. After a good nights sleep, the crew had a late wake-up (the RoMars members perform very well when rested), then we had breakfast - tortillas with omelette and salami.

We then decided upon the day's plan, and received news from Mars Society that we can use the ATVs, as temporary registration has been issued. Mars may be far away from Earth, yet not far enough to escape Earth's bureaucracy!

Iulia, Betty and Dragos then went on a very long EVA, one of the aims being to bestow Romanian names upon some unnamed "Martian" features. Today is a special day - as Romania acceded to the European Space Agency convention! (and it's also Buzz Aldrin's birthday - Happy Birthday, Buzz!).

Meanwhile, the Captain (Virgil) got permission from the Mars Society engineering support to remove the old microphone system from the helmets - one down, five to go, and assisted Haritina in writing her recycling proposal to the Mars Society.

After the away team returned from the EVA, Haritina started to cook a delicious meal out of dehydrated food, and some Romanian tortillas called "scovergi", prompting the crew to declare their endless love to her and the fire alarm to beep. As Iulia went to her room, she seemed to hear mice noises - hence the Captain recommends a cat-in-residence.

Engineering Report

Dragos Bratasanu Reporting


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

Honey (Gas Generator) (Used? Yes/No): not used

Battery Charge Level:?
29.6 V everstart
34.5 V armor plate
40.9 V green

Notes/Comments (include how many generator runs, approximately when, and any times you needed to turn the generator on/off):
1 generator run all day ok

Fuel Status:

Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.5
Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.36
Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty):1 containers full x 5 gallons 2 half
Notes/Comments: - please advise on the dropping of the propane level

Oil: not checked DG said to leave it on him

Kitty Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage):2.5 gal
Honey Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage):1 gal

ATV Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage):on the engineering work bench
2 x 946 ml

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

Water Status:

Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 9
Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): full
Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 6
Potable Water Meter Reading: 411074



Condition of plants in Tank 1: plants dead please advise
Condition of plants in Tank 2: very poor only 4 plants left
Condition of plants in Tank 3: improving

Greenhab notes/ comments:


Telescope Used? (Yes/no) yes
Observatory Notes:


Used (yes/no):Yes
Oil Checked (yes/no):No
Tire Status:not checked
Odometer at end of day:-123188
Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):
Used: yes
Oil Checked: yes
Fuel Consumed: filled
Tire Status: checked
Comments: tires inflated

ATV 2 (Spirit): yes
Used: yes
Oil Checked: yes
Fuel Consumed:filled
Tire Status:checked
Comments: tires inflated

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: y/n n
Oil Checked: y/n n
Fuel Consumed: replaced
Tire Status:checked
Comments: tires inflated

ATV 4 (Viking II):
Used: y/n n
Oil Checked: y/n y
Fuel Consumed: replaced
Tire Status checked
Comments: started

Heating and Ventilation:
Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 54
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 77

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 53
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 62

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: all ok

General Engineering
Trouble with opening the Trailer Potable Water Tank in the morning, most probably because of freezing. Will retry later.

Science Report (Biology)

Beatrice Gilea Reporting

Time: 13:00 - 17:00

Crew Members: Dragos Bratasanu, Iulia Jivanescu, Beatrice Gilea

Site Location:
1. N 38deg 25min 35sec
W 110deg 47min 0.3sec

2. N 38deg 25min 0.1sec
W 110deg 46min 54sec

Transit Mode: ATV

Objectives: Collect rock and soil samples and bring them to the Hab for microbiological analysis

Results: Samples not yet analysed

Lessons Learned: It was very difficult to climb the mountain while wearing the EVA suit.

Science Report (Geology)

Iulia Jivanescu Reporting

Time: 13.00-17.00

Crew Members: Beatrice Gilea, Dragos Bratasanu , Iulia Jivanescu

Site Location: N 38deg 25 min 35 sec
W 110 deg 47 min 03 sec

N 38deg 25min 01 ec
W 110deg 46min 54sec

Transit Mode: ATV

Objectives: Analyze similar geomorphological processes that occur on Mars (ripple marks) with the ones that occur in the MDRS area and collect samples of soil and rock.

Results: Samples were not yet analysed.

Lessons Learned: It was very difficult to climb a mountain wearing the EVA suit.

Journalist Report

Dragos Bratasanu Reporting

The day started today with a brief planning of our team for the movie we plan to make here. We have already discussed with a friend back in Romania who's a director of photography and he will do the editing upon our return.

After writing my press articles for the media in Romania, I switched and took up both the engineer and photographer role and went out on an EVA with our scientists. We discovered a wonderful mountain which we named after the President and CEO of the Romanian Space Agency, Dr. Marius Piso. The climb was very difficult but in the end we managed to get through it.

The EVA lasted for about four hours and now our astronomer is cooking traditional Romanian food with the supplies provided at the Hab. We would have liked for you all Mission Support to join on for dinner.

EVA 3 Report

Beatrice Gilea Reporting

Time: 13:00 - 17:00

Crew Members: Iulia Jivanescu, Dragos Bratasanu, Beatrice Gilea

Site Location:
1. N 38deg 25min 35sec
W 110deg 47min 0.3sec

2. N 38deg 25min 0.1sec
W 110deg 46min 54sec

Transit Mode: ATV

1. We went to search for an unnamed mountain in order to name it after a Romanian space personality

2. Rock and soil sampling

We named the mountain "Mount Piso". We climbed the mountain and took pictures of it and collected samples.

Lessons Learned:
It was very difficult to climb the mountain wearing the EVA suit.

Cook's Report

Haritina Mogosanu Reporting

1a) Today was
- a cooking day 1b) Was today a special day celebrated at the main meal with special food or activity?

Today we talked about home and how much we miss bread, which is a very important part of our Romanian dietary intake. Darius, the Persian emperor wished to invade Dacia (our ancient country name) about 2000 years ago and he could not move his armies through the wheat fields he encountered. More than that, Romania was considered the granary of Europe in between the two word wars. We do eat bread! 

I said that if they wish, I know how to make bread. Everyone was very excited and I came up with the better option, to make scovergi. (They are very much like pita-bread). They are made of the same dough we use for bread but fried in the frying pan with or without butter.

2) List the foods served at today's main meal (usually the evening meal), giving full names of each.

Carrot sautee,
“French” fries (only that they had a round shape),
peas and sweetcorn with chicken and mushrooms all from freeze dried.
No special beverage

3) Foods left over or discarded:
Leftover peas/corn/chicken dish that we stored for tomorrow.

4) Recipes for anything more complicated than following package directions exactly, or rehydrating.
Carrot sauté:
Martian garlic dust fried until golden in oil. Add the carrots, water, and a dust of salt and leave to simmer.
Towards the end add one or two teaspoons of sugar. Enjoy

Peas and corn and chicken with mushrooms
Add boiling water to peas, corn and mushrooms in a pot. Add three spoons of olive oil (or any oil) and let them simmer.
For the last half hour we added the dehydrated chicken and let it simmer for the excess water to evaporate. Added a little salt and stirred.
The quantities are not relevant as you can add the ingredients in any quantity.

Scovergi (Romanian flatbread)
500g flour (about 4.5 cups)
1 sachet (1 tbsp) dry yeast
½ t. sugar, to feed the yeast
1 t. salt
300 mL water (about 1 and 1/6 cups) warm but not hot
vegetable oil and/or butter for frying (optional)

Add yeast, salt, sugar and 1 tablespoon flour to 100 mL warm water, mix well and allow yeast to activate for 10-15 minutes
Mix yeast solution with the remaining flour and water. Knead until dough is no longer sticky. Cover and allow to rise 1 hour or until doubled in volume.
(Or make dough in the bread maker on the dough setting)
Cut the dough into 6 to 10 equal pieces. Stretch each piece into a circle about 1/4" thick (6-7 mm).
If a filling is desired, put the filling in the middle of the round piece, fold it in half, and press hard all around the edges with the tines of a fork to make a strong seal and an attractive pattern.
The traditional filling is a crumbly cheese. Meat or fish fillings can also be used.
Bake dough rounds in an ungreased non-stick frying pan until puffed and browned in spots, turning over to cook both sides (for pita-like scovergi).
Or fry dough rounds or filled scovergi in 1/4" of oil or mixed oil and butter until golden brown, turning over to cook both sides.
Notes: Scovergi are best eaten right away. Plain ones are good with jam or honey.
One internet recipe has fresh or freeze dried herbs (dill, chives) incorporated into the dough. Try to eat your scovergi the same day they are made because they get hard or stale within 24 hours.

5) Comments/questions

I love this oasis soap it takes out the most difficult spots.

I don’t really cook, the only thing that I ever successfully made is tripe soup.