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Crew 99 Log Book for January 29, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Donna Viola Reporting

Crew Physical Status: Excellent

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: n/a

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: n/a

EVA Data/Interpretations: n/a

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: none

Report Transmission Schedule: Commander's report, engineering report, by 8:30pm

Plans for Tomorrow: ATV practice in the morning, begin sim by afternoon; first EVAs to learn how to work in spacesuits

Inventory: Currently doing inventory of food picked up from Hanksville

Support Requested: none


Commander's Report

Donna Viola Reporting

After several months of anticipation and planning, the six alumni of the 2010 NASA Ames Academy were reunited in Grand Junction, CO.

After picking up the rental car and running a few errands, the team was off to MDRS, excited to embark on their two-week journey to "Mars"! Throughout the drive, the team admired the scenery, snapping photos as the miles rolled past. Finally, we arrived in Hanksville, picked up some of our food from the Bull Mountain Market, and set off down Cow Dung Road.

Before we knew it, civilization disappeared and we rounded a corner to see the Hab appear before us. The Romanian crew welcomed us, and after a round of introductions, proceeded to show us all around our new home. After lunch, prepared by the scientists of Crew 98, we completed the crew changeover tasks and took the obligatory photos as the Romanians handed over the Hab to our crew of American students. We then watched our Romanian friends ride off back towards Earth, and found ourselves alone at the Hab, wondering, "What next?"

We took some time to settle into our staterooms and catch up on emails while the engineers went on their rounds for the first time. Afterwards, we took a trip into Hanksville to retrieve the rest of our food and to enjoy our last meal on "Earth" - complete with some of Stan's famous milkshakes!

Finally, we returned to the Hab - and were awestruck at our first views of the night sky! Though the pictures from Crew 98 were spectacular, there's nothing like seeing the real thing with your own eyes! Tonight, we will finish the inventory of our food supplies and discuss our plans for the next two weeks, and will most likely finish off the night with some stargazing.

Engineering Report

Kevin Newman Reporting


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

Honey (Gas Generator) (Used? Yes/No): No

Battery Charge Level:

10.61 V everstart

12.38 V armor plate

14.3 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

1 Kitty restart for demonstration

Should the generator also be charging the batteries?

Fuel Status:

Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty):1/3

Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty):25%

Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty):1/3 vertical drum


How to measure the horizontally mounted raised gasoline tank?


Kitty: 8’’, no warning level on dipstick. Is 8’’ ok?

Honey: 1cm, which is too low, please advise.

10 quarts of 5w-20 on hand

1 gallon of 15w-40

Don’t know which oil is for which generator

Kitty Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage):?

Honey Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage):?

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

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

Water Status:

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

Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 1/2

Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 12

Potable Water Meter Reading: 414410


Quickguide says to close Hab potable water tank valve during the night. Previous crew said this is not necessary. Please advise.


Condition of plants in Tank 1: nothing there

Condition of plants in Tank 2: well… there is something green growing!

Condition of plants in Tank 3: Good, in fact the best shape I have ever seen tank 3.

GreenHab notes/ comments:

Spoonful of bacteria added to each trickle reservoir

Aerator moved from tank 3 to tank 2

Would you like me to send pictures of the tanks?


Telescope Used? (Yes/no) Yes!

Observatory Notes: It’s awesome!



Used (yes/no):Yes

Oil Checked (yes/no): Yes

Tire Status: Not checked

Odometer at end of day: 123596.3

Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

Washer fluid reservoir nearly empty

ATV 1 (Opportunity):

Used: Yes

Oil Checked: Yes

Fuel Consumed: Filled

Tire Status: Checked, one filled, all screw caps missing


ATV 2 (Spirit):

Used: Yes

Oil Checked: Yes

Fuel Consumed: replaced

Tire Status: Checked, one filled, missing 2 screw caps


ATV 3 (Viking I):

Used: No

Oil Checked: Yes

Fuel Consumed: Replaced

Tire Status: Checked


ATV 4 (Viking II):

Used: Yes

Oil Checked: Yes

Fuel Consumed: Replaced

Tire Status: Checked, two filled


Heating and Ventilation:

Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 70

Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 78

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 67

Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 67

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: All good

General Engineering

1. Notes/Comments: