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Crew 100B Log Book for March 11, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Balwant Rai Reporting

Crew Physical Status: Excellent

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: as per EVA report

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

Brief description of Field Mission Results

Today was our last full day of our mission.

We spent the day completing the  saliva experiment  and packing the ROVER , writing the summary report and cleaning the Habitat for the upcoming  crew: 101 Georgia Tech Crew.

During the afternoon there was time for one last EVA to explore Mars. Tonight we will have a relaxing night, discussing our experience and  exchanging pictures to have beautiful MARS memories all the way back to Earth.

Plans for Tomorrow:  Prepare the briefing we are supposed to give to the upcoming crew. Enjoy our last moments at the Red planet.

Commander's Report

Balwant Rai Reporting

Today everybody is getting really emotional as it's our last day on MARS and this time we have developed good understanding and friendship with each other.. Crystal.. THE PERFECT BREAD MAKER, Rachel.. OUR CUTEST PAL, Mathiew... ALWAYS GOT BROKEN HELMET and had to click pictures every time and ran to make the most of it... Jasdeep.. Always tried to cook something and it turned out really large.. Quentin.. OUR ROCKSTAR AND ALWAYS HAPPY MAN ON MARS, ME............. I WILL MISS YOU ALL FROM BOTTOM OF MY HEART.

We really worked as a team functioning together and of course looking for rats. We are going to miss the best parts in MARS.. the ATVs, the Rover and cutest Drone. Specially the sound of pump will always be missed as it was a part and parcel of our life on MARS and we were very well adapted to it. Now maybe we will miss it in our daily schedule. We are really happy to have had the most memorable time of our life here.

Something we'll always remember when we are back home is the TOILETS... no buckets anymore, no dishwashing and our favorite foods and cola will be on high demand for few days as we reach home. I will always remember the time spent here with all beautiful members of my crew... so co-operative and adorable. We just made another family on MARS.

Tomorrow it will be time to welcome the 101 crew, to their absolute new home for the next 2 weeks. I hope they will make the most of this opportunity. This is Balwant Rai , Commander of Crew 100A, Signing off.

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): full

· Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.30

· Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.5 container 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): 2/3

· Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 6

· Potable Water Meter Reading: 434114

Notes/Comments :


· 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:


· 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: ok

· Comments:

ATV 2 (Viking I):

· Used: Yes

· Oil Checked: no

· Fuel Consumed: Replaced

· Tire Status: ok

· Comments:

ATV 3 (Viking II):

· Used: Yes

· Oil Checked: no

· Fuel Consumed: Replaced

· Tire Status: ok

· Comments:

Heating and Ventilation:

· Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 68

· Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 75

· Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 55

· Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 64

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?:

General Engineering

1. Notes/Comments:

Chef’s Report

Crystal Latham Reporting

1a) Today was a 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.

Baked White Bread

Pepporoni-Chicken Pizza, and Indian Mixed Vegetables with Tofu Pizza

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.


Make dough

Sauce: Onions, tomatoes, a little tomato powder, Basil, Oregano

Toppings (meat): Rehydrated Chicken, pepperoni, and melted cheddar cheese, with a little cheese powder

Toppings (veggie): Tofu, peas, cabbage, broccoli, onions, select spices

5) Lessons learned (if any)

A pizza pan is needed, as well as some sort of cooking spray would be useful. Also, the amount of oil for each crew is not sufficient. (Crisco just isn’t the same, and is not good for cooking stuff on the stove).

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

Perhaps some grated parmesan for each crew, as well as more oil for each crew.

Journalist Report

Crystal Latham Reporting

Today was crew 100B’s last full day on Mars, and it was great. The crew finished up remaining research and prepared the HAB for the arrival of crew 101 from Georgia Tech.

Our stay on Mars has been filled with ups and downs (mostly ups), but the whole crew had an enjoyable experience that will be remembered by each and every member for days and years to come. The crew learned that living with five strangers for two weeks, in the harsh environment and living conditions of Mars, is very possible. The crew found that living very meagerly is also very attainable; we sure didn’t starve here on Mars.

Our next few days back on Earth will be full of getting used to a normal bed, and being able to flush a toilet. The crew will also have to get used to not hearing a water pump at all hours of the day as well as enjoying the ability to walk around outside without a space suit.

Friendships have been made during our stay here on Mars that are likely to continue, even after the crew goes their separate ways, oceans apart. We will always have the pictures, videos, and our own t-shirts to remember it by. With members of the crew from France, India, and the U.S., many customs and ideas were shared between these diverse cultures. From learning what our names looked like in Hindi and Punjabi, to learning a bit of French, and learning some interesting American cultural tidbits, like “I’m on a Boat” and “That’s what she said” the crew had a pleasant experience on Mars.

The Mars Desert Research Station is an important step in human exploration of Mars, and all of crew 100B is looking forward to the day that living on Mars is a reality