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Crew 98 Log Book for January 21, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

Crew Physical Status: Excellent

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: 1 PM-5 PM

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: Scouting mission for locating an appropriate sundial spot; outreach (photo) mission.

EVA Data/Interpretations: EVA number 4; sundial place located, and construction started.

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: DG visited the hab with his team and started extensive repairs.

Report Transmission Schedule: Intended by 8 PM.

Plans for Tomorrow: Finishing construction of the sundial.

Inventory: Replacement ATV cover ordered from amazon.com

Support Requested: DG will return, so things are in good hands.

Miscellaneous: -

Commander's Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

After watching 'Supernova' and keeping to praise Haritina for her 'scovergi' (Romanian tortillas), which apparently will enter the MDRS recipe book, we went to bed, and woke up - as usual - rather late. This is absolutely OK with the commander - as long as everybody does their job, he is totally happy!

We had breakfast - tortillas with salami - then Haritina finished writing-up her recycling proposal and sent it to the powers-that-be. The captain then left the base with Dragos and Haritina, on a long EVA, aimed at locating an appropriate place for building a sundial. Romanians have a multi-millenary sundial tradition - the one built by our ancestors the Dacians is still standing in Sarmizegetusa.

We left the hab on good hands - Iulia (NOT Lulia!, her name begins with I, and translates as July) and Betty tended to their science samples, while DG came with a team and performed extensive hab repairs with no EVA suit!

Back to the captain and his away team - we located a suitable sundial spot not far from the hab and started to build it - we hope to finish it tomorrow. Then back at the hab, where we'll soon enjoy some kung-fu chicken.

Jerry has not been seen today, and we hope that Planet Mars won't be known as Planet Mouse. On a personal note, the commander saw the mouse problem coming - when packing his bags for the MDRS, his cat sneaked in and was, unfortunately, chased away.

Engineering Report

Haritina Mogosanu Reporting


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

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

Battery Charge Level:?
29.8 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


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): 12

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

Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 8

Potable Water Meter Reading: 411356



Condition of plants in Tank 1: plants dead please advise

Condition of plants in Tank 2: very poor

Condition of plants in Tank 3: improving

Greenhab notes/ comments:


Telescope Used? (Yes/no) no

Observatory Notes:


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

ATV 1 (Opportunity):
Used: y/n y
Oil Checked: y/n y
Fuel Consumed: filled
Tire Status:checked

ATV 2 (Spirit):
Used: y/n y
Oil Checked: y/n y
Fuel Consumed:replaced
Tire Status:checked

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: y/n n
Oil Checked: y/n n
Fuel Consumed: replaced
Tire Status: not checked
Comments: started

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

Heating and Ventilation:

Thermostat setting upstairs (Fahrenheit): 58
Actual temperature upstairs (Fahrenheit): 76

Thermostat setting downstairs (Fahrenheit): 55
Actual temperature downstairs (Fahrenheit): 66

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: all OK

General Engineering
1. Notes/Comments:
DG came today and made major repairs to the plumbing and the insulation as you may know.
2. We have ordered a replacement for the lost ATV cover.

EVA 4 Report

Haritina Mogosanu Reporting

Time: 16.00-18.20

Crew Members: Haritina Mogosanu, Dragos Bratasanu, Virgiliu Pop

Site Location: N38.406694,-110.791155 (this is the site for the sundial)

We took the pictures along the track that goes out in the road.

Transit Mode: ATV and on foot

1. determine a location for a sundial made of rocks placed on the ground.
2. outreach - photo session


Location determined and construction started
Pictures taken

Lessons Learned:
First EVA for me, still under the impression that I am on Mars for real. I loved it.

Journalist Report

Dragos Bratasanu Reporting

Today the ROMARS team members went out on a long EVA. It was my first EVA and I found it very difficult to breathe in the astronaut suit and even more difficult to take pictures through the helmet.

We went hiking on the mountains to discover a place to build a sun dial. After a long walk we found a spot not far from the hab and we decided to build the clock the following days. We just drew the circle and set up the center and tomorrow we will complete the clock with boulders - the hours.

Our mission biologist spent all day in the laboratory and she is very happy because her bacteria finally grew up.

Tonight I will go with Haritina to set up North for the sun dial and to photograph the Small Dipper. For the moment our Captain Cook is giving a performance in the kitchen.

We also ordered a new ATV cover; it should arrive next week.

Cook's Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

1a) Today was
- a non-cooking day

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 (usually the evening meal), giving full names of each.
- Evening meal – Kung-Fu chicken

3) List any main meal foods not finished by the crew (leftovers stored for later use or discarded
- We decided to underestimate our cooking needs, rather than overestimate them – so we cook for 4 rather than 6 (we are 5), then snack if still hungry. We DID discard the food leftover in Tupperware by the previous crew.

4) Recipes for anything more complicated than following package directions exactly, or rehydrating.
- Rehydrating day, so not applicable.

5) Comments/questions - none