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Crew #108 Log Book for December 11, 2011

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Commander's Check-In Report

Date and time:

11 December 2011

Written by :

Charlotte Poupon, Crew 108, Commander

Crew Physical Status:

All right

Time Departed/Returned from EVA:

EVA # 16 / 09:35 to 11:34

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

N/A

EVA Data/Interpretations:

To go back to the dinosaur place and find more samples. Usha, astrobiolgist will document it later.

Engineering/Hab Maintenance:

Engineers made to Mission Control the lists of all their previous repairs.

Report Transmission Schedule:


All reports by 22:00.

Plans for Tomorrow:


We'll start the exercices mentionned sooner.

Inventory:

N/A

Support Requested:

N/A

Miscellaneous:

Commander's Report

Date and time: 

11 December 2011

Written by : 

Charlotte Poupon, Crew 108, Commander

Text:

The morning EVA was satisfying for those participating.

As the light measurement is on The Station Leader (as industrial designer running this experiment) couldn't leave the hab more than one hour (data to be collected every hours).

The afternoon was dedicated to personal jobs and investigation, and also about common thoughts, specifically about how to enhance communication between mission control. That will be documented later on.

Also Engineers worked on the hand signals during EVA and it can be a great contribution for the coming operation, even for other crew.


Science Report (Geology)

Date:

11 December 2011

Written by: Ashley Dale, Crew 108, Engineer

Exemplar strata of the Mancos Shale, Dakota Sandstone and Cedar Mountain formation, Morrison formation and Summerville formation as defined by G. H. Davis identified within 5 km of MDRS.

Examples of all paleo-geologic features as defined by Crew 43 in MDRS Expedition Guide confirmed. (Mars analog) hematite concretions as published by Battler, Clarke and Coniglio (2006) were located at coordinates as defined by Crew 30 and 86 along Radio Ridge (A.K.A. Skyline Rim) south of the Hab.

Highly similar, although smaller, hematite concretions in a light-coloured sandstone were collected at a promising spot during EVA 6. Correlation between this find and those along Radio Ridge not yet established. Two separate EVAs to Dinosaur Valley with the primary objective of finding hematite concretions have been unsuccessful.

BuddyBot Report 3

Date:

11 of december 2011

Written by : 

Charlotte Poupon, Crew 108, Commander, industrial designer, mother of buddy bot


Lotto and Poupon made another try of the rover after removing parts of
it to make it lighter, and also change the direction to be a front-wheel drive.
It turns to be much more efficient even if it still doesn't like hills and bumps (and it was its mission !).

Lessons learned:

To build a proper martian rover to explore around the Hab, the drive should be 4 wheels one

- We can consider 3-wheels in triangle (by 4) to improve its ability
to drive over medium rocks.

- The engine torque must be really efficient

- All the gear must be optimized to insure a lower weight

Engineering Report

Date and time: 

11 December 2011, 18:35

Written by: 

Mike Lotto, Crew 108, Engineer

Generator/Electricity:

Did you have any electricity outage? (Yes/No): No

Fuel Status:

Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.375
Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.75
Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): 0.75
Notes/Comments:

Oil:

ATV Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 1.25
Car Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 1.25

Water Status:

Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 7.5
Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 0.5
Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 10
Potable Water Meter Reading: Unknown
In to GreenHab Meter Reading: Offline
Notes/Comments:

GreenHab:

Condition of plants in Tank 1: Offline
Condition of plants in Tank 2: Offline
Condition of plants in Tank 3: Offline
Greenhab Notes/Comments: GreenHab is offline this season.

Observatory:

Telescope Used? (Yes/No): No
Observatory Notes/Comments:

Transportation:

Hab Car (NOT RENTAL)
Used (yes/no): Yes
Oil Checked (yes/no): No
Tire Status: Good
Odometer at end of day: 125464 miles
Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):
Used: No
Oil Checked: Yes
Fuel Consumed: 0 gallons
Tire Status: Good
No. of hours ridden since last oil change (HH:MM): 03:07
Comments:

ATV 2 (Spirit):
Used: No
Oil Checked: Yes
Fuel Consumed: 0 gallons
Tire Status: Good
No. of hours ridden since last oil change (HH:MM): 01:11
Comments:

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: No
Oil Checked: Yes
Fuel Consumed: 0 gallons
Tire Status: Good
No. of hours ridden since last oil change (HH:MM): 03:07
Comments:

Heating and Ventilation:

Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 65
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 69

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 55
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 47

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:

Notes/comments on internet/computers?: None

General Engineering Notes/Comments: None

Journalist Report

Date and time: 

11 December 2011

Written by:

Michael LeClair, Crew 108, XO

It is interesting to see how after only a little time, as our sights progressively look farther along the horizon, we continue to grow inwards. The Hab feels more like home every day; we are more comfortable in our metal and fabric skins. 

We woke to a cloudless sky; later a return trip to Dinosaur Valley for continued scientific inquiry. Signs of primitive life were discovered and cataloged. In the afternoon samples were examined, various repairs continued, BuddyBot 2.0 tested and time serenely spent indoors.

Improvements to Information and Communication Systems were discussed in depth. End of rotation is approaching far too quickly.

Chef's Report

Date and Time: 

11 December 2011, 18:10

Written by: 

Usha Lingappa, Crew 108, Astrobiologist

1a) Today was
-a non-cooking day

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

-santa fe rice and beans
-tortillas
-velveeta cheese

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

-a small amount of rice & beans

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

-sliced cheese, rice and beans were wrapped in tortillas.

5) Lessons learned

-none

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

-none