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Crew 100B Log Book for March 6, 2011

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Commander's Check-In Report

Balwant Rai reporting

Experimental Status: All the medical, habitability, astrobiological and food experiments began today as scheduled. We had been taught special massages and exercises. our rover engineer completed her third experiment.

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: Four EVAs performed

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: As per EVA reports

The meals today were good since it was a non-cooking day

EVA’s: We completed four successful EVA’s.

Number Of reports: 2 science reports, 1 engineering report, 1 journalist report, 4 EVA reports and 1 chef report.

Plan for tomorrow: will begin medical experiments will be followed by habitability again on all crew members. Interpretation of the Sun by means of the radio telescope will also be done. The study of the rover’s maneuverability as well as the potential use of the drone, weather pending will take place. Another emergency EVA (enacted) will be performed for all crew members to be prepared to react in case of real emergency as planned by myself in rotation here in MDRS crew 78 before in 2009. One will be on foot, and one will use the ATV’s. Tomorrow will be a cooking day.

Commander's Report

Balwant Rai Reporting

Today we started the day continuing medical experiments and our habitability experiment.

The crew’s medical health will continue to be monitored by our health and safety officer for the remainder of our stay here on Mars. Breakfast was satisfying. Our crew had their saliva samples taken (via Versi Sal 1 from Oasis Diagnostics), vital parameters monitored (via the Zephyr Bioharness), and their heart rate variability measured (via NERV Express 4.2 software). I also performed the cognitive study (via CogState Research software) on all crew members, as well. We performed an emergency rescue experiment for all crew members to be well aware of their tasks and react in well time to avoid confusions and time waste.

Our crew scientist continued to work through problems with starting observations of the sun via the radio telescope. Our rover engineer completed her third experiment. Four EVA’s were performed to sites of interest. Today is a non-cooking day.Our astronomer continued her experiments well. Human machine , Medical, habitability and astrobiological experiments will be taken into account, also, the rover experiment and the radio telescope experiments will be performed.

Engineering Report

Matthieu Ansart 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): between 0.75 and 0.5

· Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.35

· Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 1 containers full



· 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): 15

· Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): Empty

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

· Potable Water Meter Reading:

Notes/Comments : No leak after the using of the heat water today


· Condition of plants in Tank 1: green water

· Condition of plants in Tank 2: green plants and snails

· Condition of plants in Tank 3: green plants

· Greenhab notes/ comments: Tank 2 full


· 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: 123973

· Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):

· Used: Yes

· Oil Checked: No

· Fuel Consumed:Replaced

· Tire Status: Good

· Comments

ATV 2 (Viking I):

· Used: Yes

· Oil Checked: No

· Fuel Consumed: Replaced

· Tire Status: Good

· Comments:

ATV 3 (Viking II):

· Used: Yes

· Oil Checked: No

· Fuel Consumed:Replaced

· Tire Status: Good

· Comments:

Heating and Ventilation:

· Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 66

· Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 70

· Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 55

· Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 60

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?:

General Engineering

1. Notes/Comments:

Science Report (Medical Rescue)

Balwant Rai and Jasdeep Kaur Reporting

JBR study of medical Rescue during EuroMoonMars – MDRS Crew 100 B ILEWG Euro Moon Mars crew.

Since it is expected that throughout a mission to Mars, astronauts will live for 2 years in microgravity conditions, optimal nutritional programs and physical counter-measures to prevent body mass and functional alterations need to be taken into account. During long duration space flights such as Mars missions, astronauts are prone to many physiological changes such as loss of bone mass, muscle strength, and cardiovascular fitness. Maintenance of these factors and putting them under control is important requisite; so, we planned the EVA for medical rescue for all crew members, so they are prepared in advance to act in state of emergency. The complexity of examining an injured astronaut in his space suit has previously been discussed. During an EVA to obtain geological samples an astronaut could slip and something is required to pull back astronaut for safety reason, also if astronaut is not on a height, it can injure ankle, so 2 EVAs were conducted, one for ankle injury and other for falling from height and crew members really enacted extremely well to figure out results. Ankle injury EVA proved out good with positive results, while, bipod EVA needs to be modified, that is bipod needs a pulley to have easier grab and to cause minimum injury to marsonaut.

Results and lesson learned: From this experiment, its concluded that there was too much drag in a bipod, which is not sufficient to undertake this process without causing any injury to marsonaut, so, a pulley is must to be fitted on to bipod in rescue process, to be on safer side.

Mission support Help: If we can be provided a pulley to be fixed on bipod, it could certainly help us in building a important tool in rescue process for marsonauts.

Science Report (Human Factors)

Balwant Rai and Jasdeep Kaur reporting

JBR study of assessing Group Interactions in a Mars Simulation: MDRS Crew 100 B ILEWG Euro MoonMars crew

International enormous concerns in psycho-social performance and issues of group and inter-group interactions for space crews has increased as focus has shifted towards human mission to Mars. Marsonauts will be very tough, ingenious, and well organized, but other important factors such as danger, frustration, relentless scrutiny, homesickness and many other stressors will lead to deteriorating performance, personal unhappiness, and interpersonal conflicts. This project is based on the concept that marsonauts act as both individuals and members of group and they function most cohesively and cooperatively in a group if they identify the importance to work as a team. The assessments were made on objective and subjective grounds. Preliminary results of this study might give more information in selection of crew for mission to mars.

EVA 25 Report

Rachel Dompnier Reporting

EVA #25, 1:40 to 3:30 pm

Crew Members: Matthieu Ansart, Quentin Bourgès, Rachel Dompnier

Site Location: behind the Hab

Transit Mode: Foot

Objectives: Use the drone to choose the good way for the rover to reach a target into a labyrinth.

Results: Thanks to the drone the target is easily reached. Lesson learned: Always charge all the batteries before beginning an experiment. Use bigger stones to make the wall of the labyrinth because the rover is heavy and break it easily.

EVA 26 Report

Crystal Latham Reporting

EVA #26: 10:50 am to 11:15 am

Crew members: Balwant Rai, Matthieu Ansart, Rachel Dompnier, Crystal Latham

Location: On a hill near the Hab

Transit mode: Foot

Objective: to practice the emergency procedure for someone who has an ankle injury while on an EVA

Results: We were able to quickly and efficiently treat the person with an “ankle injury” and successfully bring them back to the Hab.

Lessons learned: As per science report (medical).

EVA 27 Report

Jasdeep Kaur Reporting

EVA # 27, 16:00-17:15

Crew Members: Rachel Dompnier, Matthieu Ansart, Quentin Bourges, Jasdeep Kaur, Balwant Rai

Transit Mode: Pedestrian for 5 crew members

Objectives: To build up a well co-ordinated rescue procedure with a bipod to pull marsonaut while falling (ENACTED by crew members).

Results: 5 crew members were selected. From this experiment, its concluded that there is too much drag in a bipod,which is not sufficient to undertake this process without causing any injury to marsonaut ,so, a pulley is must to be fitted on to bipod in rescue process, to be on safer side.

Lessons Learned: As per medical report.

EVA 28 Report

Quentin Bourges Reporting

EVA#28 05:30 pm to 06:20 pm

Crew members: Rachel Dompnier, Matthieu Ansart, Quentin Bourges

Location: in the vicinity of the Hab

Transit mode: ATVs

Objective: Exploration of planet Mars

Results: We managed to find some new shortcuts that may be useful for next crews.

Lesson learned: It may be simple but when you stall with the ATV for any reason, you should always check that the short circuit button hasn’t been triggered. Otherwise you will stay for a long time before you can figure out what is not working.

Chef’s Report

Matthieu Ansart Reporting

1a) Today was a non-cooking day

1b) Was today a special day celebrated at the main meal with special food or activity?


2) List the foods served at today's main meal (usually the evening meal), giving full names of each.

Dry chicken, beans and rice

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


4) Recipes for anything more complicated than following package directions exactly, or rehydrating.


5) Lessons learned (if any)


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


Journalist Report

Crystal Latham Reporting

It is mission day nine here on Mars and crew 100B has been very busy. Crew 100B is participating in many experiments. Many of the experiments being done are medical in nature, and take up the majority of our time spent here on Mars. The rest of our time is filled with EVA’s, eating, and sleeping. Every now and then the chance for some recreational time occurs, but this is not very often.

Today, a few crew members continued working on getting the rover and drone working efficiently. There are still some speed bumps in this process, but hopefully by the end of the week the rover and drone will be working effectively. The chief scientist is continuing her work with the radio telescope. It seems there was a large solar burst today, but it occurred prior to sunrise here on Mars.

Two of the EVA’s today centered on the task of imitating how an emergency EVA would function. The first involved a response to a crew member on EVA with an ankle injury. The second involved a crew member falling down a steep incline, with no way to climb out. Both were successful, however, more planning for these types of scenarios needs to be done prior to a real mission on Mars.

Tonight, the crew is looking forward to a good non-cooked meal. Yesterday, we had our first real success with the bread maker. Tomorrow the crew hopes to bake some cookies, which will be a nice reward for all the hard work we plan on doing then.