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Crew 101 Log Book for March 13, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Tom Caillouet Reporting

Crew Physical Status: Good

Time Departed/Returned from EVA:

1500 - 1630 - Repeater Scouting

1645 - 1800 - ATV Safety Training

Number Of reports: 7 (Check In, Commander, Journalist, Engineering, 2 EVA, Chef's Report)

Brief description of Field Mission Results:

Failed to place radio repeater due to trail realignment. Successful ATV training.

Plans for Tomorrow:

EVA for repeater placement, beginning sample collection for geology and biology experiments.

Commander's Report

Tom Caillouet Reporting

It has been an eventful first day on Mars, though not one in full sim quite yet.

tantalizing smell of the salmon patties that are being cooked now Much of the effort this morning was directed towards the food study. Each crew member read through the full instructions and filled out the initial survey. Afterwards, we continued inventory and sorting efforts from yesterday. We begin the study today with a cooking day, and the doesn't make eating on Mars sound that bad.

V'Ger, but upon reaching the access roads, we found that the trails Our radio experiment, an investigation that has been running for seven years now, has been traditionally been placed on Skyline Rim for ideal coverage of the entire MDRS site. After spending the morning ensuring proper functionality, we traveled to the Rim in the ever reliable had significantly changed from previous years. After mapping out the new area, it was determined that the trail did not come within a near enough to the repeater site to carry the equipment by hand, since off-roading is explicitly forbidden in that area. In the end we returned to the Hab with the repeater equipment still in tow, but at least we captured several pictures of the awesome view on the Rim.

Upon returning to the Hab, the entire crew was put through ATV training. Each crew member took turns in demonstrating proper ATV handling and safety, and after not too long, I am confident in sending out ATV EVAs.

We also learned that our wind turbine would not be reaching the Hab due to a communications error. While the crew is disappointed to lose a heritage experiment (the wind turbine has been at the Hab for three years now), we are confident that our scientific output will still be significant.

Tomorrow, we transition to full sim. The first EVA planned is a delivery mission: repeater equipment will be placed on the less than ideal, but much more reachable, Radio Ridge. This will allow the equipment to be more easily accessed in case of electronic failure (a nagging problem in previous Georgia Tech rotations). We will also begin EVAs for sample collections for the geology and biology. The real fun is soon to start...

Engineering Report

Cody Hall Reporting


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

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

·       Battery Charge Level: not checked

o     V everstart

o     V armor plate

o     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

Fuel Status:

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

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

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



·       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): Leave it to DG


Water Status:

·        Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom):  13

·        Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 19

·        Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 11

·        Potable Water Meter Reading: 434780

Notes/Comments :


·       Condition of plants in Tank 1: very green water (can't see in tank)

·       Condition of plants in Tank 2: green plants and snails (looks like a lot of algae on top of water, can't see into tank)

·       Condition of plants in Tank 3: green plants (top of plants green, bottom brown)

·       Greenhab notes/ comments: 

Cannot attach images to this email. Will email pictures of the three tanks at a later time. 


·       Telescope Used? (Yes/no) No

 Observatory Notes:



·       Used (yes/no): Yes

·       Oil Checked (yes/no): No

·       Tire Status: Not checked, seemed fine

·       Odometer at end of day: 123688.4

·       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: no

·        Oil Checked: no

·        Fuel Consumed: none

·        Tire Status: ok

·        Comments:

ATV 3 (Viking II):

·       Used: yes, see note

·       Oil Checked: no

·       Fuel Consumed: very little, see note

·       Tire Status: ok

·       Comments: Breaks on Viking II not working, so we did not use it past startup

ATV Comments:

Heating and Ventilation:

·       Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 68

·       Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 71

·       Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 55

·       Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 64

Computers/Networking Infrastructure: 

The internet is working, but it is unusually slow today, especially this afternoon. We're fairly certain it isn't due to outages. Did we somehow go over the bandwidth limit, or could there be another reason?

Notes/comments on internet/computers?:

Will test printer tonight. Previous crew said they could not work it, but they may have not downloaded drivers and/or known were the extra ink was.

General Engineering Notes/Comments: Does the oven work? We couldn’t light it, but we admit that we may not know how to use it.

EVA 1 Report

Tom Caillouet Reporting

EVA#1: 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Crew members: All Crew Members

Location: Skyline Rim

Transit mode: V'Ger

Objective: Placement of Radio Repeater

Results: Traveled to Skyline Rim using access road from highway. Found that trails leading to the edge were substantially changed from previous years. Legal trails did not lead close enough to an acceptable repeater placement. We held discussions on placing in a less ideal

location and determined that the reduced effectiveness of the signal along with the increased risk of Skyline Rim placement (no mid-sim repair EVAs possible) made Radio Ridge a preferable location, despite it providing far less coverage.

EVA 2 Report

Tom Caillouet Reporting

EVA 2: 1645 - 1800

Location: Near the Hab

Transit Mode: ATV and Walking

Crewmembers: All Crewmembers

EVA Objectives: Crew members were to demonstrate proper ATV handling and safety to prepare for future EVAs.

EVA Results: Crew members successfully demonstrated competence in vehicle usage.

Chef's Report

Christine Redmond 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.

Salmon Patties

Green Beans

Scalloped Potatoes

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.

Salmon Patties:

2 cans of salmon

4 egg whites

dehydrated onions


2 teaspoons of dill

1/4 teaspoon pepper


5) Lessons learned (if any)

The amount of oil for each crew is not sufficient.

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

Ketchup would be nice to have at the Hab for meals like tonight's.

Journalist Report

Christine Redmond Reporting

Today crew 101 woke up with one less hour of sleep than we all would have liked. Did you know that daylight savings is observed on Mars too? We all had a busy day of final preparations prior to entering sim tomorrow morning. As health and safety officer, I ran through typical protocol checking to make sure the Hab is in safe condition. Jon and Mitesh were very busy setting up our radio equipment we will be using for the remainder of the rotation. This involved fixing a broken connection and setting up the solar panel to recharge the battery which powers the repeater. Cody spent the morning working on checking off items on our crew’s “fix it” list. Tommy was busy planning for sim and preparing our food study which each crew member started today.

Crew 101 had a very memorable afternoon. We loaded up V’ger with our radio equipment and headed to Skyline rim to set up our repeater. We ran into many road bumps (quite literally) and do to change in the path locations were unable to set up the repeater in the same location as past crews. We decided that it would be best to set up the repeater on radio ridge while in sim tomorrow. We spent the remainder of the afternoon receiving ATV training. The entire crew had a blast learning to maneuver the ATVs on the rough Martian terrain.

Tonight Christina is making salmon patties for dinner as part of our food study. Rough I know, but crew 101 will do anything to further human space exploration!