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Crew 99 Log Book for February 11, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Donna Viola Reporting

Crew Physical Status: good

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: EVA #25, 14:15-14:45

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results: n/a

EVA Data/Interpretations:

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: Problems with Spirit; see engineering report

Report Transmission Schedule: engineering, commander's. Summary report should be completed by the end of the day.

Plans for Tomorrow: Finish packing, cleaning; crew changeover

Inventory: None

Support Requested: Spirit currently out of commission; we understand that DG will be looking at it at his earliest convenience.

Miscellaneous: We are currently cleaning the Hab from top to bottom in preparation for changeover tomorrow.

Commander's Report

Donna Viola Reporting

Well, this is it - our last full day on "Mars". We spent most of the morning and early afternoon compiling our summary report, which should be ready to go by tonight. Everyone got the chance to write about their own projects - and boy, did we get a lot of work done over the last two weeks! The biggest challenge is fitting all our information into a mere 2000 words! Sukrit and Max have also continued their efforts to get the telescope and its programming operational; those guys have put a ton of time into the Musk Observatory!

We've spent most of the evening cleaning the Hab and packing up in preparation for tomorrow's crew changeover. We're also hoping to do some observing tonight, with everyone taking turns looking through the telescope - but only when our chores are done! I can't believe how quickly these last two weeks have flown past. It's almost surreal to think that, by Monday, I'll be back at school, sitting in class and daydreaming about the desert - but, as always, this has been incredible experience, and I know we'll all be heading home with some great memories.

This is Crew 99, signing off.

Engineering Report

Kevin Newman Reporting


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

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

·          Battery Charge Level: Checked by DG

o    10.59 V everstart

o    12.37 V armor plate

o    13.32 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 good

Fuel Status:

·          Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.85

·          Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.67

·          Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 14 Gallons



·          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): 12

·           Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 5/6 Full

·           Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 7

·           Potable Water Meter Reading: 419269



·          Condition of plants in Tank 1: Nothing

·          Condition of plants in Tank 2: Ok

·          Condition of plants in Tank 3: Good

·          Greenhab notes/ comments:


·          Telescope Used? (Yes/no) Yes

 Observatory Notes:



·          Used (yes/no): No

·          Oil Checked (yes/no): No

·          Tire Status: Not checked

·          Odometer at end of day: 123611.6

·          Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):

·          Used: Yes

·          Oil Checked: No

·          Fuel Consumed: Replaced

·          Tire Status: Filled

·          Comments:

 ATV 2 (Spirit):

·           Used: Yes

·           Oil Checked: No

·           Fuel Consumed: Replaced

·           Tire Status: Low

·           Comments: Spirit sustained an injury today and she is not feeling well. According to the rider, she was not turning easily during a left turn and hit a rock with the front right tire, then flipped onto its right side. Thankfully the rider was not injured! Upon flipping Spirit to its upright position, we noticed that the rear left wheel was not rotating properly, as the tire appeared to wobble as it moved forward. I believe the rear axle is bent on the left side. Pictures are included here and a video was taken to demonstrate the wobble motion. The video is more than 17MB, so I will try uploading it after midnight. Please advise.

ATV 3 (Viking I):

·          Used: No

·          Oil Checked: No

·          Fuel Consumed: None

·          Tire Status: Filled

·          Comments:

ATV 4 (Viking II):

·           Used: Yes

·           Oil Checked: No

·           Fuel Consumed: Replaced

·           Tire Status: Filled

·           Comments:

Heating and Ventilation:

·          Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 70

·          Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 78

·          Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 65

·          Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 68

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: All is well

General Engineering

1. Notes/Comments: N/a

Journalist Report

Sukrit Ranjan Reporting

Day 14: our last day on Mars! It really flew by, both the rotation, and the day. We looked up from writing reports to discover it was 5:30?! How did that happen?

After we finished writing reports and talking about our time here, we switched to cleaning and making the Hab awesome for the ILEWG EuroMoonMars team. We hope you like it guys -- we cleaned for hours! The Hab was thick with dust as we dusted, swept, scrubbed and cleaned.

The astronomers had another couple of tries at getting the software at the Musk Observatory updated and the control systems working. After a satisfying dinner of Santa Fe black beans and rice, with tons of hot sauce (mm, mm!) , we returned to cleaning.

That done, we are filling out our final sets of reports and studies, and look forward to taking advantage of our last night on Mars together. Star party or movie night? Decisions, decisions...