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Crew 101 Log Book for March 21, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Tom Caillouet Reporting

Crew Health: Good.

EVAs and Times: None - high winds and chance of rain canceled EVAs for the day.

Number of Reports: 4 (Commander, Engineering, Journalist, Chef)

Field Results: N/A.

Plans for Tomorrow: What was originally planned for today: Morning EVA to check status of radio repeater after a day of high winds. Afternoon EVA to test radio coverage on road to radio ridge (early scouting suggests limited range).

Commander's Report

Tom Caillouet Reporting

We woke this morning to the entire Hab shaking from high wind speeds. We had expected bad weather, but it still wasn't the most pleasant thing to get up to. The gusts were enough to cause a bit of chaos around the Hab.

A few pieces of metal siding, some boxes, and the roof from the generator area were strewn about outside, so we spent some time cleaning up. The winds died down for several minutes of the time, but never long enough to get an EVA going. We'll have to have the comms EVAs planned for today tomorrow, and there will be an extra one to check the status of our much more wind-worn radio equipment on the ridge.

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): 0.5



• Kitty Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): Changed/replaced by 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): 17

• Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): full, DG refilled last night

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

• Potable Water Meter Reading: 437454

Notes/Comments :


• Condition of plants in Tank 1: unchanged

• Condition of plants in Tank 2: more duckweed

• Condition of plants in Tank 3: water level unchanged, noticed a little bit of duckweed growing along with hiacinths

• 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: 123688.4

• Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):

• Used: no

• Oil Checked: no

• Fuel Consumed: none

• Tire Status: ok

• Comments:

ATV 2 (Spirit):

• Used: no

• Oil Checked: no

• Fuel Consumed: none

• Tire Status: ok

• Comments:

ATV 3 (Viking I):

• Used: no

• Oil Checked: no

• Fuel Consumed: none

• Tire Status: ok

• Comments

ATV 4 (Viking II):

• Used: no

• Oil Checked: no

• Fuel Consumed: none

• Tire Status: ok

• Comments:

ATV Comments: lost one ATV cover to the wind. The other covers are currently sitting inside the Hab.

Heating and Ventilation:

• Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 72

• Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 69

• Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 68

• Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 62


Computers/Networking Infrastructure: working

Notes/comments on internet/computers:

General Engineering Notes/Comments: Roof covering generators blew off and over the hill next to the generators towards the Hab. It is currently lying upside down where it was found, with plenty of rocks on top of it to hold it down.

The wind has been pretty serious here, but the only known issues are the ATV cover and engineering roof. The rest of the Hab seems to be sound.

Science Report

Christina Graves Reporting


Science objectives for the day is to begin DNA isolation from soil samples collected thus far (8 in al) using the E.Z.N.A. Soil DNA kit (Omega).

Materials and Equipment:

1. water bath set to 70C

2. centrifuge

3. 1.5 mL centrifuge tubes

4. 15mL centrifuge tubes

5. 95% ethanol for sterilization

Preparation and Procedure:

The water bath was set to 70C. 80mL 95% ethanol was added to SPW Wash Buffer. It should be noted that the kit calls for 96-100% (absolute) ethanol; however, only 95% was available.

For each sample (8), 500mg of glass beads were added to a 15mL centrifuge tube. To this, 1g of soil sample and 1mL SLX Mlus Buffer was added. Solutions were shaken for 5 minutes to lyse samples [note: protocol calls for vortex, but this was unavailable].

100uL Buffer DS was then added and shaken to mix [note: protocol again calls for vortex].

The samples were then incubated for 10min at 70C, and shaken once during the incubation.

The next step called for a centrifuge, which was found to be harboring a lose centrifuge tube. The centrifuge tube down in the centrifuge was extracted, but something seems to be wrong with the rotor itself.

Checked the fuse - it is in good order. Will look for a broken connection or burned out wire.

Incubator was set to 37C, and plates (left out on table top on 032011) were transferred. Waiting for some colonies to grow!

Chef's Report

Jon Kosh Reporting

1a) Today was a cooking day!

1b) Was today a special day celebrated at the main meal with special

food or activity?

Yep! Raj asked us to celebrate the Indian Festival of Holi-so we did!

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

Chicken Tikka Masala

Naan (Indian Flatbread)

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

small portion of main dish

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



1 cup yogurt

1 tablespoon lemon juice (country made instant lemonade and vinegar)

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper

1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger

4 teaspoons salt, or to taste

3 dehydrated chicken breasts (cut into bite-size pieces)

1 tablespoon butter (we used ghee)

1 teaspoon cayenne pepper

2 teaspoons ground cumin

2 teaspoons curry

3 teaspoons salt, or to taste

1 (8 ounce) can tomato sauce

1 cup heavy cream (3 parts plain yogurt and 1 part milk)

1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


In a large bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, 2 teaspoons cumin,cinnamon, cayenne, black pepper, ginger, and 4 teaspoons salt. Stir in chicken, cover, and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preheat a grill for high heat.

Lightly oil the grill grate. Thread chicken onto skewers, and discard marinade. Grill until juices run clear, about 5 minutes on each side. Melt butter in a large heavy skillet over medium heat. Saute garlic and jalapeno for 1 minute. Season with 2 teaspoons cumin, paprika, and 3 teaspoons salt. Stir in tomato sauce and cream. Simmer on low heat until sauce thickens, about 20 minutes. Add grilled chicken, and simmer for 10 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter, and garnish with fresh cilantro.



2 tablespoons warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)

1 teaspoon white sugar

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast

1/4 cup warm milk

1/4 cup plain yogurt, room temperature

4 tablespoons melted butter

3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking powder


Put warm water in a small bowl, add sugar and yeast and stir until

dissolved. Set aside for 5-10 minutes or until it foams.

Blend in the warm milk, yogurt and melted margarine. In a large bowl,

mix flour, salt, baking powder and poppy seeds. Pour in the yeast/milk

mixture all at once and work it into the flour, using your hands.

Continue mixing, adding flour or water as needed, until the mixture

leaves the sides of the bowl.

Knead for 6 to 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in a

lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and let

stand in a warm place to rise for about 4 hours or until doubled in


Preheat oven to 550 degrees F (285 degrees C) or your oven's highest

setting and set a rack in the lower third of the oven. Place a large

pizza pan or iron griddle on the rack and preheat. Also preheat the


Punch the dough down and knead briefly. Divide into six pieces and

shape them into balls. Place them on an oiled plate and cover with

lightly oiled plastic wrap. Let balls rest for 10 to 15 minutes. Roll out and stretch each ball until it is about 10 inches long and 5 inches wide. Remove the pizza pan from the oven, brush with oil and place one of pieces of bread on it. Bake at 550 degrees F (285 degrees C) for about 4 to 5 minutes until bread is puffed and has brown spots, then transfer to a wire rack, returning pizza pan to oven to keep hot. Place bread under broiler until 'charcoal' dots appear on the surface. Wrap finished bread in a towel while baking the remaining loaves. (If your pizza pan is big enough, try baking two loaves at the time.)

5) Lessons learned (if any)

-instant lemonade + vinegar is a decent substitute for lemon juice

-it may be possible to substitute heavy cream for yogurt, sugar, and milk

-dehydrated chicken (already precut into little bits) mixed with

yogurt can not be filtered out for later cooking

-64 ounces in a gallon. 4 quarts to a gallon. 16 ounces in a quart.

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

Journalist Report

Christine Redmond Reporting

Today was a quiet day on Mars. Crew 101 was grounded due to a severe wind storm. Luckily Raj was able to keep us entertained on this otherwise slow day. Today is a cook day so the windy conditions has allowed us to take full advantage of our cook day. Christina and Tommy made bread and Mitesh and Jon are cooking us a special Indian dinner.

We are all anxious to get back to work tomorrow.