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Crew 103 Log Book for April 13, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Anne-Sophie Kalbfleisch Reporting

Crew Physical Status: Everybody is fine, apart from remenant from the accident, some headache but for the rest is fine.

Time Departed/Returned from EVA:

We didn't make an EVA today

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

In the morning : interruption of the mission to take two crew away from the Price hospital which is more than 100 miles away

The HSO tried to unblock the toilets by pumping water into it, it worked a little but not enough, the problem is still unsolved

The Executive Officer and I began our experiments about the algae.

We made the solution of water and trace elements where they should develop.

The Crew Engineer and the Crew Astronomer succeed in starting the robot max rover (sensitor). He walked in our station. Afterwards, we took him outside for a short walk in order to check his maneuverability.

EVA Data/Interpretations:

No EVA today

Engineering/Hab Maintenance:

No maintenance. Don Lusko had planned to come but we didn't see him.

Report Transmission Schedule:

I will send the complete Commander Report in a few minutes, just after dining.

Plans for Tomorrow:

We will try to contact Fed-ex because it's somewhat urgent now. We will continue our experience about our algae and plan an EVA for some geological research. More details about that tomorrow.


Nothing special to mention

Support Requested:

Not for the moment



Commander's Report

Anne-Sophie Kalbfleisch Reporting

Today was a special day to us because, as you may know, we came back from the hospital were two crew spend the night after our accident with the ATV. Some members of our crew came to Price's hospital with the car to take the injured crew away. Once at the MDRS, we spent some time reading our mails and had dinner. After that we began our experiences. I started my experience with the executive officer. We made a solution of distilled water and trace elements where we put our algae. Tomorrow will start the real experience with an electronic circuit covered by LEDs in order to study (for this experience rather qualitatively than quantitatively) their development. The final aim will be a stimulation of their growth and thus increased photosynthesis.

The other crew members spent some time with the robot from the Nasa, the 'max rover'. At the end he was able to travel in the station. We took him outside, not for a true EVA, but just in order to see him circulating outside. Everything went well.

Our crew engineer solved also the problem of the webcams. I perhaps forgot to mention it in the commander's check-in, sorry for that.

We're still waiting for our flycase but we are somewhat pessimistic because the customs estimated that the value of what's inside the case is too high (if I understood it well, it was not really clear). They threaten us to send it back to Belgium...

Engineering Report

Wouter de Groot Reporting


Honey (Diesel Generator) (Used? Yes/No): yes

Wendy (Gas Generator) (Used? Yes/No): no

Battery Charge Level: full

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

Actually, we don't know exactly the battery charge level. The previous commander told us that it was full and since we didn't use it, we assumed that it was full. Can you explain how to measure its level? I'm waiting for a multimeter in our fly case but since its shipment is very compromised, I don't know how to measure an electrical potential.

Fuel Status:

Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0,5 (a very little bit more)

Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0,405

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

Notes/Comments: Since we used the gasoline tank to fill the car this morning to get the crew members at Price's hospital, I think that the gasoline tank is almost empty. We asked Don Lusko to give us another tank and he said that he will do it soon.


Kitty Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): the previous commander told us not to check the oil quantity of Kitty because we have to turn the all generator off!

Honey Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): /

ATV Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): full

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

Water Status:

Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 14,5

Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 14,5

Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 8,5

Potable Water Meter Reading: 45080.0 gallons

In to GreenHab Meter Reading: /



Condition of plants in Tank 1: /

Condition of plants in Tank 2: /

Condition of plants in Tank 3: /

Greenhab Notes/Comments:

The ventilation of the green hab is off. I think it was working well when we arrived. The thermostat is at 50°F (I don't know the effective temperature but I felt it around 75°F) and only the first gas heater is working.


Telescope Used? (Yes/No): no

Observatory Notes/Comments: there's no telescope



Used (yes/no): yes

Oil Checked (yes/no): yes

Tire Status: ok

Odometer at end of day:124219,5

Notes/Comments on Hab Car: We used the car to bring two crew back from Price's Hospital

ATV 1 (Opportunity):

Used: no

Oil Checked: no

Fuel Consumed: 0

Tire Status: ok

Comments: /

ATV 2 (Spirit):

Used: no

Oil Checked: no

Fuel Consumed: 0

Tire Status: ok


ATV 3 (Viking I):

Used: no

Oil Checked: no

Fuel Consumed: 0

Tire Status: ok


ATV 4 (Viking II):

Used: no

Oil Checked: y/n

Fuel Consumed:

Tire Status:

Comments: does not work

Heating and Ventilation:

Thermostat setting upstairs (Fahrenheit): 65

Actual temperature upstairs (Fahrenheit): 72

Thermostat setting downstairs (Fahrenheit): /

Actual temperature downstairs (Fahrenheit): 69

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: internet is running well and the webcams are now online :-)

General Engineering Notes/Comments:

Health and Safety Report

Jonas Offergeld Reporting

Tuesday a crewmember was on the ATV called Opportunity.

Three crew were on EVA mission and when they were coming back at the Hab, one of them lost control of the ATV because didn't see a sharp bend just after a hill. The ATV is going off side of the road and Anne-Sophie felt of the ATV on the ground.

she was injured at the head and she felt unconscious.

There's no damage at the ATV.

The other two crew members were waiting and when they saw the remaining crew didn't follow them anymore, they turned back and brought the injured crew back to the station.

She was wearing her suit , her helmet and gloves. It happened between the Hab and the barrier.

When the crew fell unconscious, we called the ambulance service - Wayne County Dispatch at number 8003568757, which arrived 30 minutes later with the sheriff.

In expecting ambulance coming, we put the crew on mattress on the ground with the legs above the heart. We kept talking to the crew member to avoid falling unconscious one more time

Was transported by ambulance to Price Utah.

After a scan, it seems it was nothing serious, just a 2cm injury on the top of forehead, some scratches, headache and a sprained finger.


The cause of the accident are an excessive speed and a lack of experience.

We also think that complete helmet will be much better for this type of utilization.

Chef's Report

Gregory Van Roy Reporting

1a) Today was

A non cooking day

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

Nothing special today

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

BearCreek Soup Chicken Noodles, Thrive Kung Fu Chicken, Crackers, Cookies,

Kool-Aid drink mix

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

Thrive Kun Fu Chicken : left ¾ of a big can

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


5)  Lessons learned  (if any)

We checked the Joy book, as you said, to find more recipes for bread and other desserts or sweet things. We will do some pancakes and brioche tomorrow.

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

We received the missing piece for the bread-maker and it seems working well.