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Crew 104 Log Book for April 23, 2011

Photos of the day

Commander's Check-In Report

Jon Clarke Reporting

Crew Physical Status:: good

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: no EVAs

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:: crew arrived during the day, cleaned Hab, unpacked personal gear, food, Had preliminary briefing.

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: carried out by crew 103

Report Transmission Schedule: Just commander's check in, fuller report transmission will commence for 24th

Plans for Tomorrow:: unpack research gear, plan operations., safety, comms, ATV training.

Inventory: Food supplies picked up, one box had been attacked by rodents while at the store, immediately binned.  Suggestion for next year is that food be packed in plastic pins in the shop.

Support Requested: None specific, various items highlighted by emails

Chef's Report

Sarah Thompson Reporting

Day 1: Vegetable Curry


5 cups Basmati rice with lentils
10 cups water
1/2 packet Tamarind rice spice mix
8 shelf-stable ready made vegetable curry packets (2 each of 4 different curries)
1 jar mild lime pickle
1 packet ready-made popadoms


1. Put out lime pickle and popadoms for people to eat as a starter -- no prep required.
2. Put rice and water into large pot, cover tightly and boil for 20 minutes on stove top, reducing heat as necessary
3. Fill 4 bowls with each of the 4 curries, then microwave each bowl twice for 2 minutes each time, stirring in between

Total prep time about half an hour


This was a very quick meal put together to feed people who had just traveled a long way and who weren't going to be terribly forgiving of a long wait for food. From comments received, it went down extremely well.

Journalist Report

Sarah Thompson Reporting

Crew Changeover

We arrived in two groups -- most of us around lunchtime, followed by Carol and David in the evening. The day was largely taken up with unpacking and cleaning, the latter mostly a consequence of a rather dirty and extremely smelly Hab inherited from the previous crew. Trust me, you don't want details about that. You really don't.

In a bit of spare time in the afternoon before Carol arrived, we had a chance to take a brief tour of the environment around the Hab.