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Crew 98 Log Book for January 24, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

Crew Physical Status: Excellent

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: Several EVAs performed

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: Solar clock partially built; science mission.

EVA Data/Interpretations: As per the EVA report

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: Another visit from DG, the friendliest Martian ever.

Report Transmission Schedule: Intended by 8 PM.

Plans for Tomorrow: We will take GRIVEI the Rover on a mission.

Inventory: Haritina and the commander performed a freeze-dried food inventory.

Support Requested: DG is taking care of the plumbing.

Miscellaneous: -

Commander's Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

As usual, today's report begins with the events of yesterday evening - after the comm window. We once again went out to perform some naked-eye astronomical observations, and Dragos took some amazing photos. The commander of the RoMars Expedition recommends him for a Martian Pulitzer!

We then went to bed, and the commander woke up with the smell of fried eggs, ham and mushrooms (Betty and Iulia woke up earlier to prepare the breakfast and go on EVAs with Haritina, the Sundial Maker).

The same scientists who cooked us breakfast then took Dragos (who wrote his article for the 'Adevarul' newspaper) on yet another adventurous EVA, to be inscribed with letters of gold in the MDRS-ian Chronicles. At the time the commander is writing this report, the two young ladies are down in the lab, analyzing the samples. What a crew!

Did the commander sit idle? No - while the away team was on the mission, Haritina and he went to the attic and cataloged the freeze-dried supplies. Haritina then went to the Musk Observatory, and Captain Virgil once again became Captain Cook.

We absolutely had to have Romanian food today, as it's a national celebration back on Earth - so the captain made a nice polenta ("Mamaliga'), with beef stew and cauliflower. That's about it for today - if the skies are merciful, we'll see the Milky Way once again.

Engineering Report

Haritina Mogosanu Reporting


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

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

Battery Charge Level:?
29.6 V everstart
34.6 V armor plate
40.5 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

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


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):where is it?

Water Status:

Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 11

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

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

Potable Water Meter Reading: 412500



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) yes

Observatory Notes:


Used (yes/no):Yes
Oil Checked (yes/no):No
Tire Status:not checked
Odometer at end of day:-123203
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 (Farenheit): 65
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 72

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 55
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 63

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: Eva CAM reset
Please advise: The filter from one of the outside webcams make the picture very blurry. Is that ok with you?

General Engineering
1. Notes/Comments:
DG was here again and made major repairs to the plumbing and the insulation as you may know. He will be back tomorrow to fix the telescope.

EVA 14 Report

Iulia Jivanescu Reporting

Time: 08.55-09.05

Crew Members: Beatrice Gilea, Haritina Mogosanu

Site Location: sundial site

Transit Mode: on foot

Objectives: check that 09.00 hr was aligned with the stone for accurate time

Results: 9 o'clock stone aligned.

Lessons Learned: it is difficult to move heavy stones.

EVA 15 Report

Iulia Jivanescu Reporting

Time: 09.55-10.05

Crew Members: Haritina Mogosanu, Iulia Jivanescu

Site Location: sundial site

Transit Mode: on foot

Objectives: check that 10.00 hr was aligned with the stone for accurate time

Results: 10 o'clock stone aligned.

Lessons Learned: It is difficult to move heavy stones while wearing the EVA suits.

EVA 16 Report

Iulia Jivanescu Reporting

Time: 16.00-18.20

Crew Members: Beatrice Gilea, Dragos Bratasanu, Iulia Jivanescu

Site Location:







Transit Mode: ATV

Objectives: Collect samples of soil and rock; take pictures of geomorphologic features.

Results: Samples were analysed for pH and temperature revealing that bacteria can survive. The microbiological analysis is in process. geomorphologic features at MDRS are compared with the ones on Mars.

Lessons Learned: Long EVAs are exhausting.

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?
- Yes. On January 24th, 1859, Wallachia and Moldavia entered into a personal union under Prince Alexandru Ioan Cuza, paving the way for the birth of the modern Romanian State.

2) List the foods served at today's main meal (usually the evening meal), giving full names of each.
- Morning meal: Omelette from dehydrated eggs, with a serving of processed cheese, with mushrooms and bacon (courtesy of Iulia and Betty), accompanied by bread made at the bread making machine, courtesy of Haritina.
- Lunch: The captain and Haritina remained at the Hab, while the remainder of the crew went on an adventurous EVA. The two home-stayers ate the following: the captain, some bacon and bread, with a desert of dried prunes; Haritina ate only the desert. The away-team took with them a huge helping of "rabdari prajite" ("fried patience") - a Romanian specialty dating from Communist times, having the same recipe as a North Korean lunch. Basically, they ate nothing.
- Evening meal: "Mamaliga Cuza" (Polenta Cuza)

3) List any main meal foods not finished by the crew (leftovers stored for later use or discarded) (Example: 2 servings potato soup stored; 2 servings rice burned/inedible, discarded)
- None

4) Recipes for anything more complicated than following package directions exactly, or rehydrating.
- Polenta Cuza. Hydrate one cup of diced onions, and fry them in ghee, with salt or soy sauce according to taste. Hydrate two cups of roast beef, then add them to the onions; mix well, and let them fry on very low heat. Meanwhile, make gravy out of two gravy packs; once it is made, mix it with the onions and beef, add some black pepper, and let it simmer. Make some polenta out of cornmeal and water, boiled on low heart. Separately, hydrate some cauliflower. Serve hot.

5) Comments/questions for Kim and Jean, the food study investigators
- Freeze-dried foods and ingredients inventory performed.