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Crew 98 Log Book for January 23, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting
Crew Physical Status: Excellent

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: 16:00-18:30

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: As per the EVA report

EVA Data/Interpretations: As per the EVA report

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: Haritina cleaned the EVA helmets, removed some scratches, and patched them with silicone.

Report Transmission Schedule: Intended by 8:30 PM.

Plans for Tomorrow: Will be decided in the morning.

Inventory: -

Support Requested: -

Miscellaneous: Sunday on Mars, so we took it easy.

Commander's Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

It's Sunday on Mars, so we decided to take it easy. The previous night, we did some stargazing and then we watched '2001: a Space Odyssey' going to bed thinking: "My God - it's full of stars!"

This morning after a VERY late start, we had brunch, then we did some maintenance. Haritina cleaned the EVA helmets and patched them with silicone; the captain removed the last old microphone from them, and now they are as good as new (we exaggerate, of course).

Dragos, Iulia and Betty went on an EVA, and reacted positively to Captain Cook's proposal of having Chinese food for the night. We called the dish 'Yang Liwei Chicken'.

Apart from Jerry-the-Mouse, we did not encounter any Martians today - the three-legged creature seen in the lab is not a Triffid - it's Dragos' tripod.

Engineering Report

Dragos Bratasanu Reporting


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

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

Battery Charge Level:?
29.4 V everstart
34.7 V armor plate
40.3 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): 0.31 - PLEASE ADVISE ON THE LEVEL OF THE PROPANE (what is the minimum value that it should reach)

Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty):1 containers full x 5 gallons 1 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):3 gal

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

Car Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage) -

Water Status:

Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 10

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

Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 9

Potable Water Meter Reading: 412110



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:

Please send a new shipment if plants for aquatic tank 1 as they were all dead. Also, aquatic tank 2 needs some reinforcements.


Telescope Used? (Yes/no) no

Observatory Notes:


Used (yes/no): Yes
Oil Checked (yes/no):No
Tire Status:not checked
Odometer at end of day:-123199
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:refilled
Tire Status:checked

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: y/n n
Oil Checked: y/n n
Fuel Consumed: refilled
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 (Farenheit): 65
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 69

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 55
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 58

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: - Mission Support Center web camera not working - work in progress to fix it.

General Engineering

EVA 12 Report

Beatrice Gilea Reporting

Time of EVA: 16:00-18:00

Crew Members: Iulia Jivanescu, Dragos Bratasanu, Beatrice Gilea

Site Location: Origin N 38.405278 W 110.78333 (sundial site visited yesterday) Reconaissance mission

Transit Mode: ATV

Objectives: 1. Look for sand dunes

Results: Photographed sand dunes

Lessons Learned: Very hard to drive with the backpack on.

EVA 13 Report

Beatrice Gilea Reporting

Time: 20:00-21:00

Crew Members: Iulia Jivanescu, Dragos Bratasanu, Beatrice Gilea, Haritina Mogosanu

Site Location: Musk Observatory

Transit Mode: On foot

Objectives: Photo shoot

Results: Photographed the sky

Lessons Learned: It is very difficult to see while wearing the helmets.

Journalist Report

Dragos Bratasanu Reporting

It seems that although in the desert, away from civilization, the biological clocks of our crew worked perfectly and announced a wonderful Sunday. The members slept in late today and spent the day to catch up with writing, reading and some relaxation time. Iulia and Beatrice watched SF movies and the commander prepared his post-mission trip. In the evening we went out on a short EVA with the ATVs and enjoyed a perfect sunset in the American desert. Work begins tomorrow early in the morning.

Cook's Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

1a) Today was
- a cooking day

1b) Was today a special day celebrated at the main meal with special food or activity?
- No. Tomorrow will be a national holiday celebrating the union of the Romanian Principalities (1859), but mixing Wallachian and Moldavian food is not possible here (where is the corn flour for ‘Mamaliga’ – Polenta?)

2) List the foods served at today's main meal (usually the evening meal), giving full names of each.
- Morning meal: We woke up VERY late, so we did not have a proper breakfast (it’s Sunday). We had a brunch instead.Beverages: coffee and tea.
- Brunch: Haritina made us some ‘azimi’ (unleavened bread tortillas) – we ate them with processed cheese (the crew) and with a can of chili (the captain). Just by chance, a truck passing by the hab dropped some cans of beer and a bag of chips; we could not let them go to waste, so we ate them.
- Evening meal: Yang Liwei Chicken.

3) List any main meal foods not finished by the crew (leftovers stored for later use or discarded)
- None

4) Recipes for anything more complicated than following package directions exactly, or rehydrating.
- Remember yesterday’s chicken who crossed the road to get dehydrated and shipped to Mars? We ate it tonight and named the dish for China's first taikonaut.

Recipe: Yang Liwei chicken.
Fry some rehydrated onions in ghee and peanut butter. Mix in some powdered ginger and some soy sauce. Meanwhile, rehydrate freeze-dried chicken, dehydrated leeks, dehydrated mixed peppers, sweet corn and mushrooms. Add these to the fried mixture. Adjust seasonings by adding hot sauce, sesame oil, and more soy sauce to taste.

Serve over cooked spaghetti

5) Comments/questions:
- Haritina and I were supposed to do some food inventorying - yet got way too busy with fixing the EVA helmets, so we'll do it tomorrow ...