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Crew 102 Log Book for April 3, 2011

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Commander's Check-In Report

Franco Carbognani Reporting

Crew Physical Status: good except for one crew, cold is improving but now have most probably an eye infection.

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: No EVA

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

EVA Data/Interpretations:

Rock Samples analysis ongoing

Engineering/Hab Maintenance:

Main generator running fine after provisional fixes

Today strong winds have blown away the Hab hatch. It has been put back in position and secured with 8 bungee cords as suggested by Joshua.

Downstairs heating is not working. The furnace serving is stopped and is reporting an error. Tried some on/off cycles with no success.

Plans for Tomorrow:

At 10:00 AM a filming crew from Arte Television will arrive on-site. We will brief with them and  define filming details.

One crewmember, accompanied with at least another crew member will go out of sim to reach the nearest open medical clinic in Bichnell to check for his eye as warmly reccomended by the Medical Officer (Dr Czarnik).

Short EVA around the Hab dedicated to corrosion inspection and sample collection for optical microscopy analysis

Proceeding on bringing back gray water system after having filled the Trickle Reservoirs

Continue on ongoing psychological and physiological studies.

Support Requested:

Don Lusco for:

1) Final fixes on power generator.

2) Fix downstairs furnace

Commander's Report

Franco Carbognani Reporting

Day characterized by very strong and cold winds.

This morning we have been waken up around 7 by a loud sound. It was the Hab hatch being, indeed, blown away by the wind. Luckily it was still attached to a yellow strap and lying reversed on the roof.

Profiting of a moment of low wind we have been able to put it back in position and we have added another strap for better securing it in place.

As soon this emergency was over, while temperatures were quickly dropping we soon understood that the downstairs heating was not working.

Again, probably because of the wind, the furnace serving downstairs is stopped and is reporting an error.

We have been and we are in touch with Mission Support in order to better understand / alleviate the problem.

The radiotelescope calibrator we are missing may have slight chances to arrive onsite within our rotation.

Green Hab: We have pumped gray water tank into the straining tank until the Trickle Reservoirs has been filled.

Mood of the crew is good.

Unfortunately, one crewmember has probably added an eye infection to his cold but  still holding strong (and pushing the Commander for having back filled his questionnaires...)

The Crew is looking forward for the visit, tomorrow, of a French Television documentary team.

Engineering Report

Franco Carbognani Reporting


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

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

Battery Charge Level:

Notes/Comments (include how many generator runs, approximately when, and any times you needed to turn the generator on/off):

Kitty provisional repair seems holding. The cooling fan is running smoothly as the whole Kitty engine.

Fuel Status:

Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.63

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

Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.60



Kitty Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 4/4

Honey Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 0/4, to be refilled

ATV Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): all 4/4

Car Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 3/4

Water Status:

Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 14

Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 17

Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 30

Potable Water Meter Reading: 44493,8

In to GreenHab Meter Reading:


Water heater leaking problem: by limiting the heating time we have seen no recurrence of the problem on the last 3 days


Condition of plants in Tank 1:

Condition of plants in Tank 2:

Condition of plants in Tank 3:

Greenhab Notes/Comments:

Gray Water System: The Trickle Reservoirs are now filled with gray water


Telescope Used? (Yes/No):No

Observatory Notes/Comments:

Boxes containing the telescope mount and controller are ready into the Observatory in order to be handed over to Don Lusco



Used (yes/no): no

Oil Checked (yes/no):yes

Tire Status: good

Odometer at end of day: 123775.7

Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):

Used: no

Oil Checked: n

Fuel Consumed: none

Tire Status: inflated


ATV 2 (Spirit):

Used: no

Oil Checked: no

Fuel Consumed: none

Tire Status: inflated

Comments: this ATV does not start

ATV 3 (Viking I):

Used: no

Oil Checked: n

Fuel Consumed: none

Tire Status: good


ATV 4 (Viking II):

Used: no

Oil Checked: n

Fuel Consumed: none

Tire Status: good


Heating and Ventilation:

Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 74

Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 73

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit):not relevant

Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 60

Heating and Ventilation Notes/Comments:

Downstair furnace not working and reporting an error. On/Off cycles have not solved the problem

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?:

General Engineering Notes/Comments:

Today strong winds have blown away the Hab hatch. It has been put back in position and secured with 8 bungee cords.

Science Report (Corrosion Inspection of the Hab)

Angeliki Kapoglou Reporting

Comparison of the corroded MDRS parts to the American Society for Metals (ASM) Corrosion Standards confirmed that four different types of corrosion have been initiated at the outside structure of the Hab.

Specifically atmospheric, pitting, crevice and filliform corrosion have been identified. 6xxx series alloys while being protected from uniform corrosion, are very keen on localized pitting, resulting in accelerated dissolution of the underlying metal. If the attack initiates on an open surface, it is called pitting corrosion but at an occluded site, it is called crevice corrosion. These closely related forms of localized corrosion can eventually lead to accelerated failure of the structural components by perforation or by acting as an initiation site for cracking. One the other hand, filiform corrosion is a superficial attack of the surface and normally mainly a cosmetic problem as it is a thread-like form of corrosion that occurs under organic coatings like painting as in MDRS case. The source of initiation is usually a defect or mechanical scratch in the coating.

All the photos from the corroded parts will be included at the final report.

Analyzing the corrosion products is a critical process in determining exactly the physical root causes of the problem. For that reason, corrosion products were removed. Then the specimens were rinsed with distilled water, dried in air and examined by optical microscopy.

Unfortunately the MDRS microscope is not suitable for this kind of examination so the collected samples will be examined again after the end of the mission to validate the results and verify corrective actions.

Suggestions and future work.

All corrosion findings should be immediately and fully removed. Even a small point of corrosion can became the starting point for new corrosion and further deterioration of the structure strength. Any rework should involve the cleaning and stripping of all the corroded area, removal of the corroded products and restoration of the surface protective film. Also painting of the metallic structure is a final measure taken to ensure as best as possible a durably protected surface condition. Hence, after cleaning and converting the native aluminum surface (via anodizing or chemical conversion) various types of paints can be applied. Since paints are devised for protecting metal surfaces, it is broadly believed that all paints have an anti-corrosion effect. But this is not the case. All oil-based paints, for example, are not anti-corrosion paints. They are merely decorative paints which protect the metal surface partially against the climatic corrosion but fail to stand against the drastic. I would like to suggest a more specific paint and restoration technique but it was not feasible to access the materials’ specification used for the MDRS structure, although I asked multiple times for them. The Mars Society should find a better way of archiving the vast amount of construction specifications, reports, and data collected on all of its simulated Mars missions. As it stands now, it is difficult for each crew to build upon previous crews' work because the information is not very accessible.

Chef's Report

Kavya K.Manyapu Reporting

1a) Today was a cooking day

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

Last sunday on the red planet

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

Indian Roti

Chicken Curry

Pinto bean curry

Jeera Rice (Cumin Rice)

Franco da Fettuccini

Potato real chips

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

All food was consumed

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

Chicken Curry

-Boil Oil

-Add cumin, cloves, cinnamom, bay leaves, coriander whole

-Onions fry and add water

-add salt

-add chicken and boil in the previous mixture

-add pepper/chilli powder, ginger, cumin powder

-add water

-add tomato dried and powder

-let boil

-add 2 tbsp yougurt

-add more spies according

-cook well

jeera rice

-add rice, water in proper ratios

-add 1 tbsp of oil for every 1 cup rice

-add whole cumin

-add bay leaves

-add cloves

-add cardomon

-boil/cook rice


-add whole wheat flour

-add water to make proper dough

-also add 1 tbsp of yougurt

-add oil

-roll the dough in small quantities into a circle and fry them with oil/butter like a tortilla

5) Lessons learned

Crew enjoys cooking days and resents non-cooking days

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

Can we also have garlic powder

Journalist Report

Kavya Manyapu Reporting

Today was a special Sunday for Crew 102 as it is their last Sunday on the red planet. Hence the crew celebrated this day with really good Italian food made by F.Carbognani as well as some delicious Indian food prepared by K.Manaypu.

The weather here is very unpredictable as it was really warm yesterday versus cold and ugly windy today. This morning for Crew 102 started off with a loud noise. The Hab hatch was blown away because of the strong winds. Immediately the crew fixed the roof with a temporary solution with the direction from the mission support. The rest of the day was spent analyzing data that was collected during the previous EVAs for geology (K.Manyapu), biology (L,Vimercati) , bio erosion (Y.Brodsky) and corrosion (A.Kapoglou). The Safety and Health officer, J.Deaton, was diagnosed with an eye infection either because of dust here on the red planet or a splash of gray water into his eyes couple of days ago. He will be treated tomorrow by the flight surgeon. Apart from the busy schedule, the crew has been preparing for their visit by the French Television network called ARTE tomorrow who will be filming and making a documentary of Crew 102 on MDRS. The crew is sure enjoying its time on the red planet.

Stayed tuned for more.