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Crew 98 Log Book for January 26, 2011

Photos of the day





Commander's Check-In Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

Crew Physical Status: Good


Time Departed/Returned from EVA: As per the EVA report.


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


EVA Data/Interpretations: As per the EVA report


Engineering/Hab Maintenance: -


Report Transmission Schedule: Intended by 8 PM - commander's check-in, commander's report, chef's report, and engineering report. The EVA report will arrive a little bit later.


Plans for Tomorrow: Will be decided in the morning.


Inventory: ATV cover has been replaced by a new one we purchased from amazon.com. We are still missing the Motorola radio, and if not found in due time, we will replace that as well with a new one.


Support Requested: -


Miscellaneous: -



Commander's Report

Virgiliu Pop Reporting

The virtual visitors who had the curiosity to watch the webcams which opened the MDRS hab to the world this morning, were able to see the silhouette of a bearded man making pancakes for his valiant crew. It's cooking day here on Mars, and Virgil changed yet again into Captain Cook - to the joy of the RoMars team.


Let's jump time, not subject, and let's talk a bit about this evening, when the same captain prepared Chinese food out of dehydrated minced beef duly labeled 'Crew 98'. No, our stay at the MDRS is not about eating and eating and again eating - but the food study is a part of the simulation, and we are happy to share with the world how omelets are cooked in Martian gravity.


We have invited the 99-ers to lunch when they will arrive to replace us this Saturday (in the MDRS tradition) - they are in for a Romanian treat, this time cooked by the ladies!


Other than this, the lady scientists went on yet another EVA under the brilliant sun Mars shares with the Earth, and returned at dusk. The same lady scientists are eager to watch tonight's moon through the binoculars just acquired by a crew member. We are in a confined environment, and Iulia just caught the astronomy bug from Haritina.


Nothing else to report. Good night, Earth, wherever you are (apparently, just opposite Mars, behind the Sun).


Engineering Report

Haritina Mogosanu Reporting

Generator/Electricity:


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


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


Battery Charge Level:?

29.6 V everstart

34.4 V armor plate

40.2 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):1/2


Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty):28%


Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty):1 containers 3/4 x 5 gallons


Notes/Comments:


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): 8


Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 4/5


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


Potable Water Meter Reading: 41324


Notes/Comments:


GreenHab:


Condition of plants in Tank 1: plants dead


Condition of plants in Tank 2: duckweed is coming up strongly


Condition of plants in Tank 3: improving


Greenhab notes/ comments:


Observatory:


Telescope Used? (Yes/no) yes


Observatory Notes: installed an extra very small shelf into holes previously made opposite the desk for eyepiece storage whilst doing visual observations.


Transportation:


Hab Car (NOT RENTAL)

Used (yes/no):Yes

Oil Checked (yes/no):No

Tire Status:not checked

Odometer at end of day:-123254

Notes/Comments on Hab Car:


ATV 1 (Opportunity):

Used: y/n y

Oil Checked: y/n y

Fuel Consumed: filled

Tire Status:checked

Comments:


ATV 2 (Spirit):

Used: y/n y

Oil Checked: y/n y

Fuel Consumed:replaced

Tire Status:checked

Comments:


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

Comments:


Heating and Ventilation:

Thermostat setting upstairs (Fahrenheit): 67

Actual temperature upstairs (Fahrenheit): 76


Thermostat setting downstairs (Fahrenheit): 55

Actual temperature downstairs (Fahrenheit): 68


Computers/Networking Infrastructure:


Notes/comments on internet/computers?: ok


General Engineering

1. Notes/Comments:


Science Report (Biology)

Beatrice Gilea Reporting

Time: 16.00-18.00

Crew Members: Beatrice Gilea, Haritina Mogosanu, Iulia Jivanescu

Site Location:
38.401625-110.787584
38.451459-110.787917

Transit Mode: ATV

Objectives: collect soil and rock samples

Results: samples not yet analysed

Lessons Learned: shorter EVAs are nicer

Science Report (Geology)

Iulia Jivanescu Reporting

Time: 16.00-18.10


Crew Members: Beatrice Gilea, Haritina Mogosanu, Iulia Jivanescu


Site Location:

38.401625-110.787584

38.451459-110.787917


Transit Mode: ATV


Objectives: take soil samples and analyze them for pH and temperature; sample them for the Biologist. take pictures of the environment.


Results: Samples were analysed for pH and temperature revealing that bacteria can survive. geomorphological processes at MDRS are compared to the ones occuring on Mars.


Lessons Learned: shorter EVAs are nicer



EVA 18 Report

Iulia Jivanescu Reporting

Time: 16.00-18.10

Crew Members: Beatrice Gilea, Haritina Mogosanu, Iulia Jivanescu

Site Location:
38.401625-110.787584
38.451459-110.787917

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. geomorphologic features at MDRS are compared with the ones on Mars.

Lessons Learned: shorter EVAs are nicer


Cook's Report

Beatrice Gilea Reporting

1a) Today was

- a cooking day, yay!


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

- Morning meal: Pancakes, american style, with maple syrup or nutella.

- Lunch: Nothing, the pancakes were very filling.

- Evening meal: Taikonaut's Treat, recipe to follow


3) List any main meal foods not finished by the crew (leftovers stored for later use or discarded)

- None


4) Recipes :

- Pancakes. Wake-up early, make yourself a cup of coffee, then mix in a bowl some (yes, Captain Cook never uses measures; measures use Captain Cook) dehydrated eggs, dehydrated milk, dehydrated water, flour, baking soda, and sugar. Add water, stir well. Heat some butter on a frying pan. Pour the mix, then cook until Gordon Brown. Serve hot, with Nutella or syrup.


- Taikonaut treat: Find a bag of dehydrated hamburger meat labeled 'crew 98'. Fry some sesame seeds, then make 'Yang Liwei Chicken', replacing the chicken with the above beef. Rejoice.


5) Comments/questions for Kim and Jean, the food study investigators

- Soy sauce about to run out; we no longer have dehydrated raspberries.


Note from food study coordinator: Pancake recipe from Web using powdered milk and eggs

Adapted from http://selfreliantsisters.blogspot.com/2010/02/4-blender-pancake-recipes.html

1 cup milk (translation for powdered milk is 3 TBSP milk and 1 cup water)
1.5 cups white or whole wheat flour, or a mixture (or 200g)
2 eggs (2 TBSP powdered eggs + ¼ cup water)
2 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp salt
2 TBSP salad oil
2 TBSP honey or sugar

Mix dry ingredients together.
Mix in wet ingredients until smooth.
(Can also be made in blender) Let batter rest a few minutes to thicken. Pour out batter into pancakes onto a hot greased griddle or large frying pan.
Flip pancakes when bubbles rise to the top of the pancake and pop.