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Crew 99 Log Book for January 31, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Donna Viola Reporting

Crew Physical Status: good

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: 10:15-12:10, 13:55-14:30, 14:55-16:10

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: sample collection for
microbial fuel cell project and endolith study; visited geology site;
tested EVA planner

EVA Data/Interpretations: as per EVA reports

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: see engineering report and earlier
emails; pictures of Greenhab plants, broken EVA suits; wind damage

Report Transmission Schedule: Engineering, EVA #3, EVA #4, Journalist,
Commander’s, Chef's; by 8:30pm

Plans for Tomorrow: to be decided

Inventory: n/a

Support Requested: n/a

Miscellaneous: n/a

Commander's Report

Donna Viola Reporting

Today was our first full day in sim, so of course we had to start things off on the right foot with the day’s designated chefs, Kevin and myself, making a batch of banana/walnut/chocolate chip pancakes.

After that, it was off to the EVA room to prep for our first trip of the day, where Heidi, Kevin, and I collected soil sample for our primary microbial fuel cell experiment and several samples of endolithic organisms for my own project, then stopped to take some geology measurements on the way back. In the meantime, Andie taught Sukrit how to work the EVA mission planner while Max worked on some repairs on the microbial fuel cell. After lunch, Andie and Sukrit set off to climb Cougar Hill while testing the EVA mission planner.

A very
brief EVA, with daylight still to burn, they requested permission to embark on an ATV mission to the north with Heidi. High winds in the late afternoon kept the engineers hard at work, and when the team finally gathered back at the hab for the evening, the whistling winds outside made us very glad that we were safely inside, not facing the harsh Martian environment with naught but a spacesuit.

Dinner was
another adventure – the team was craving pizza, so Kevin and I found a recipe for pizza dough using the bread machine. It was our first foray into the world of cooking with freeze-dried ingredients, and though the tomato powder sauce and “cheese blend” looked less than appetizing, we plowed forward – to find that the baking sheets in the kitchen don’t actually fit in the oven!

After transferring the pizzas
to smaller trays, the final product looked less like an Italian favorite and more like some strange breed of Martian that had wandered onto our dinner plates - though the team was amicable about it and still claimed that it tasted terrific.

All in all, a successful day on

Engineering Report

Kevin Newman Reporting


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

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

· Battery Charge Level:

o 10.62 V everstart

o 12.39 V armor plate

o 14.56 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 is well. Don stopped by for an oil change. Especially windy today, and a panel of the generator shed was blown off. It has been repaired and secured.

Fuel Status:

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

· Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty):83%

· Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): Horizontal raised drum EMPTY. Three 5-gallon containers full.


DG brought us more ATV oil today.


· 10 quarts of 5w-20 on hand

· 1 gallon of 15w-40

· Kitty Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): Leave it to DG

· Honey Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): Leave it to DG

· ATV Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 6 quarts on the engineering work bench

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

Water Status:

· Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 17

· Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 1/5

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

· Potable Water Meter Reading: 415154



· Condition of plants in Tank 1: Nothing

· Condition of plants in Tank 2: Ok

· Condition of plants in Tank 3: Good

· Greenhab notes/ comments:

o See pictures sent earlier today 


· Telescope Used? (Yes/no) No

Observatory Notes:



· Used (yes/no):No

· Oil Checked (yes/no): No

· Tire Status: Not checked

· Odometer at end of day: 123596.3

· Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):

· Used: Yes

· Oil Checked: Yes

· Fuel Consumed: Replaced

· Tire Status: Checked, filled

· Comments:

ATV 2 (Spirit):

· Used: Yes

· Oil Checked: Yes

· Fuel Consumed: Replaced

· Tire Status: Checked, filled

· Comments:

ATV 3 (Viking I):

· Used: No

· Oil Checked: No

· Fuel Consumed: None

· Tire Status: Not Checked

· Comments:

ATV 4 (Viking II):

· Used: Yes

· Oil Checked: Yes

· Fuel Consumed: Replaced

· Tire Status: Checked, Filled

· Comments:

Heating and Ventilation:

· Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 70

· Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 68

· Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 65

· Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 63

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: All good
General Engineering

1. Notes/Comments:
Clear Skies!


Heidi Beemer Reporting

EVA # 3

Time: 10:00-12:00

Crew Members: Heidi  Beemer, Donna Viola, Kevin Newman

Site Location:  N 38.39203, W 110.79058  and N38.49201  W 110.79058

 Transit Mode: ATV

Objectives: Collect our first MFC soil sample, Collect endolith samples and stop at a possible Martian shelter location for data collection on the way back.

Results: We collected our first MFC soil sample at a river bed of the above coordinates. Donna collected two endolith samples and one hypolith sample for her experiment. RMR data was collected at the sandstone over hang off of Lowell rd for future investigation of a possible shelter location.

Lessons Learned: Do not leave the bag carrying your samples on the ground and walk 500 m away from it. You will have to go back and get it.


Andie Gilkey Reporting

Time: 13:57-14:31

Crew Members: Andie Gilkey, Sukrit Ranjan

Site Location:  UTM: 518300 4250500

Transit Mode: Walking

Objectives: To see how closely the mission planner calculates total distance traveled, astronaut energy expenditure, and EVA time.

Results: First mission planner experiment complete. Successfully measured total distance traveled, astronaut heart rate, and EVA time.

Lessons Learned: Winds are challenging. Move slowly when windy.


Heidi Beemer Reporting

Time: 15:00-16:10 Jan 31 2011

Crew Members: Heidi Beemer, Andie Gilky, Sukrit Ranjan

Site Location:  Lith Canyon Road

Transit Mode: ATV

Objectives: Explore limitations of an ATV EVA and locate accessible roads.  

Results: Roads found. Scientific fun was had.  

Lessons Learned: Just because your ATV is not starting does not mean you are stranded. It just means you are not in Neutral. When the ATV is in gear it will not start.

Journalist Report

Sukrit Ranjan Reporting

Today, crew 99 started its science mission! We started the day with stupendous chocolate-chip-banana-walnut pancakes, prepared by chefs Donna and Kevin. After breakfast, we dispatched Heidi, Donna and Kevin on EVA to take soil samples for our Microbial Fuel Cell (MFC). Max stayed back to prepare the MFC, while Sukrit and Andie prepared for the first round of tests on the Mission Planner tool. After a bracing lunch of chili and tortillas, Sukrit and Andie went on EVA to Cougar Hill to do a first test of the Mission Planner. They were later joined by Heidi for an ATV survey of the north for further follow-up. Team LAMBDA ended the day with a highly experimental pizza prepared by our master chefs. A satisfying meal later, LAMBDA settled back for an evening of personal work and preparation for the morrow. Another satisfying day on Mars!

Cook's Report

Kevin Newman Reporting

1a) Today was

-A 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.

- Oven baked pizza

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)

- 1 cup leftover tomato sauce

4)  Recipes for anything more complicated than following package

directions exactly, or rehydrating.

 - Pizza dough made in bread maker as per directions

Tomato sauce added from tomato powder

Cheese added from cheese blend

Dehydrated Mushrooms


Baked in oven at 340 degrees for 15 min

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

- The two flat baking sheets are too large to fit in the oven.