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Crew 101 Log Book for March 14, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Tom Caillouet Reporting

Crew Health: Good

EVAs and Times: EVA 3 13:30 - 15:50

Number of Reports: 5 (Commander, Engineering, Journalist, Chef, 1 EVA, Science Report)

Field Results: Radio repeater successfully placed on Radio Ridge

Plans for Tomorrow: EVAs evaluating radio range, beginning geology experiment

Commander's Report

Tom Caillouet Reporting

After waking up this morning still feeling quite ill, the day only seemed to go upward. Fortunately a large quantity of water and some food has left me in better health, and Christina appears completely recovered from symptoms she was experiencing yesterday. Hopefully the crew's health will continue to be good throughout the remainder of the rotation.

Most of the day was spent focusing on our first in-sim EVA: placing the radio repeater. After yesterday's failed attempt to set up the equipment on Skyline Rim, it was determined that Radio Ridge, a much closer and much lower location, would provide a decent enough location for set up. Jon and Mitesh spent much of the morning verifying radio performance again, but technical issues resulted in a much longer than anticipated EVA preparation time, about two hours. The crew finally embarked at 1330, but with only two active radios amongst the four crew members. The repeater was successfully deployed, and the full team returned around 1600. Being the first real EVA, there were many lessons learned (as detailed in the EVA report), and another EVA is being planned to improve the antenna height. However, the overall results are positive, and our most phyiscally demanding EVA has been completed.

The crew has been relaxing since then with episodes of the Twilight Zone (a favorite show of my previous rotation, Crew 79) and Firefly. It is a non-cooking day, which compliments our shifted eating schedule caused by the long EVA time. Should the crew get hungry, we have several meals to choose from (just add water!), but most of us seem far more interested in sleep.

Engineering Report

Cody Hall Reporting


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

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

· Battery Charge Level:

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): 0.75

· 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): 19.5

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

· Potable Water Meter Reading: 435036

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:

Internet still bad. Cannot attach pictures.


· 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: 123688.4

· Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):

· Used: no

· Oil Checked: no

· Fuel Consumed: none

· 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: no

· Oil Checked: no

· Fuel Consumed: none

· Tire Status: ok

· Comments:

ATV Comments: Noticed 4th ATV next to others while doing Engineering Report. It was uncovered when we saw it, so we covered it. As of writing, do not know anything further about this.

Heating and Ventilation:

· Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 68

· Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 73

· Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 55

· Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 64

Notes/Comments: There are two thermostats upstairs. The previous crew said they did not know which one worked, but I suspect there may just be two systems if both are present. Is this correct?

Computers/Networking Infrastructure: barely working, see comment

Notes/comments on internet/computers: internet going in and out. Extremely slow when working

General Engineering


EVA 3 Report

Jon Kosh Reporting

EVA Time:1330 - 1550

Crewmembers: Jon, Mitesh, Cody, Chrissy

EVA Procedure: Transport radio repeater equipment to the top of Radio Ridge. Crew journalist Chrissy took pictures while Mitesh, Cody, and I carried equipment. Maintained radio contact with remaining crewmembers at the Hab. 

EVA Results: A radio repeater was placed at top of Radio Ridge with telescoping antenna extended to approximately 10 feet. 

Lessons Learned: Previous Georgia Tech crews placed the radio repeater at the top of Skyline Ridge - which is accessible by a fifteen minute long drive using V'ger out of sim. This year, it was found in the first EVA that roads led either too far north or too far south of the habitat. Therefore, this is the first time a GT crew has placed the repeater this close to the Hab and while under sim. 

For an activity as involved as on-foot equipment transport (primarily uphill), this EVA required thorough preparation and equipment check. The EVA was slow to start today as crews suited up for the first time and the radio communications crewmembers struggled to figure out placement of radios and experienced trouble adjusting radio settings. Clearly, a radio operation refresher was needed. Additionally, the crew, being fully suited and ready to depart, still had to prepare equipment needed for travel (tape down dangling wires and gather tools required, etc). It would have been a much quicker egress if Mitesh and I had prepared repeater equipment and radios the night before for quick access as we suited up.

Another EVA is planned to acquire the GPS coordinates at the repeater site and increase the height of the repeater. Another possible EVA involving relocation of the repeater to Olympus Mons of Phobos Peak is under heavy consideration.

Chef's Report

Cody Hall 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.

Mesquite BBQ Rice and Beans with Chicken

Dehydrated Sweet Corn

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

Mesquite BBQ Rice and Beans with Chicken

Dehydrated Sweet Corn

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


5) Lessons learned (if any)

Crew does not like the Mesquite BBQ Rice and Beans with Chicken. The mesquite flavoring does not taste very good. The corn was good, though.

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

Same as lessons learned.

Journalist Report

Christine Redmond Reporting

Crew 101 had a very active first day in sim! Today’s EVA involved setting up the radio repeater on top of radio ridge. This was a challenging EVA which took more time than any of us were anticipating. This EVA involved two separate trips between radio ridge and the Hab. Four of us headed out on this EVA while Tommy and Christina stayed back at the Hab to communicate with us via radio. Suiting up took us much longer than we had anticipated. We could only get one of the radios to work fully, while the second one worked partly allowing the astronaut to speak but with fuzzy reception from base. Usually all astronauts participating on the EVA have a radios on them. Since we were all staying together and only two roles needed communication we headed out with the equipment we had working.

Climbing up the ridge in full suit with two car batteries, the case and the antenna was extremely challenging.  Luckily as journalist, my only responsibility was to carry up a camera! It was fun taking pictures though it may not have been fun at the time for Jon, Cody and Mitesh but it will definitely be fun for them to look back on the pictures! After we reached the top of the ridge we had to turn back down to carry up the solar panel. Mitesh and Jon took care of this part since they were responsible for setting up the equipment. Cody and I headed back into the Hab to brush off the dust for our contamination study and depressurize. Jon and Mitesh spent a few more hours out there setting up the equipment. Once they arrived back at the Hab the entire crew was ready for a relaxing evening. Crew 101 had a great day and is very excited for the days to come!