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Crew #110A Log Book for December 31, 2011

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Commander's Check-In Report

Date and time: 31 December 2011, 18:00

Written by: Julie Mason, Crew 110, Commander

Crew Physical Status: Good

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: 15:23 - 16:45

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

Three crew members explored the area surrounding the habitat with ATV 1, 2, & 3. Areas for 3D imaging were found. After the first three crew members returned, the three remaining crew members explored the area surrounding the habitat. Areas for 3D imaging were found.

Food inventory will be completed tonight. Cooking days will be assigned. EVA and crew exercise times will be scheduled.

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: None

Report Transmission Schedule: Will start tomorrow

Plans for Tomorrow: EVA 1 Mobility Study, EVA 2 3D Imaging Study

Inventory: Ok

Support Requested: None

Miscellaneous: None

Engineering Report

Date and time: 31 December, 2011, 19:00 MST

Written by Will Yu, Crew 110A, Chief Engineer.

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

Fuel Status:
Diesel (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): .75
Propane Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): .75
Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): .75

ATV Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 0
Car Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): N/A

Water Status:
Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 18
Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 4
Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 10
Potable Water Meter Reading: 48,408.8
Into GreenHab Meter Reading: N/A

Condition of plants in Tank 1: N/A
Condition of plants in Tank 2: N/A
Condition of plants in Tank 3: N/A

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

Used (yes/no): YES
Oil Checked (yes/no): NO
Tire Status: Good
Odometer at end of day: 125488.8
Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: .67 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 01:25
Season's Run Time: 42:05

ATV 2 (Spirit):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: .67 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 01:25
Season's Run Time: 35:39

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: .67 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 01:25
Season's Run Time: 38:50

Heating and Ventilation:
Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 
Upstairs furnace no turned on since new downstairs furnace was enabled
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 70 F

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 
Thermonstat is not operational, currently using a toggle switch to turn on furnace a few hours a day (Not used today).
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 66 F

Computers/Networking Infrastructure:
Notes/comments on internet/computers?:

General Engineering Notes/Comments:
~ Out of water in trailer water tank
~ Garbage needs to be removed from trailer
~ Need ATV oil for available for storage

Journalist Report

Date and time: 31 December 2011 19:20

Written by: Mark Ruff, Crew 110A, Crew Journalist

I got to Mars by way of Denver International. My name is Mark Ruff, and I’m the Mission Journalist for Crew 110 of the Mars Society’s Mars Desert Research Station. Joining me for a week on Mars are my crewmates and fellow Wisconsin Badgers: Mission Specialists Aaron Olson and Lyndsey Bankers, Chief Engineer William Yu, Health and Safety Officer Sam Marron, and Commander Julie Mason.

Arriving in Grand Junction, CO on December 30th, 2011, we started gathering at the airport, and then again at the hotel. Aaron had flown in a day early, while Lyndsey, Julie and I flew in around noon. Sam and Will later met us at the hotel a few hours later. After a quick meal we set about organizing and getting ready. Stopping off at a nearby grocery store, we bought everything we were not able to bring from home, and made our final preparations for the morning.

At 7:30 AM this morning, things really started to get interesting, with Julie and Lyndsey pulling up in a rented SUV, immediately dubbed “The Tank”. However, as seems a common problem, what initially appeared to be a massively oversized beast of a vehicle soon seemed woefully inadequate for 6 crew and their gear. The situation predictably became more ridiculous after collecting our supplies for the week in Hanksville, UT.

However, after loading up the truck and no small amount of searching for the road we would take to the station, we found ourselves driving down a dirt road, clutching our supplies, hoping we’d taken the right turn. Then, as we rounded a small corner, without warning, came the welcome sight of research station. Waiting for us on the front step, we met Crew 109. Excited to see us, they quickly took us inside and began briefing us on the Hab, rovers, and the procedures we would be using for the next week. The briefings were short, but thorough, as Crew 109 laughed about learning many lessons here the hard way, warning us that living out here with the same 6 people for a week would drive us all a little crazy, the way they claim it had for them. (Seeing as Sam’s Psychology experience is rather limited, we remain hopeful that this is not the case). After wishing us well and ensuring that we understood everything we would need, Crew 109 bid farewell to the station that had been their home for the last two weeks, taking one last picture on the steps of the habitat, and departing in “The Tank”. It was official. We were on our own.

After settling in and unpacking our gear, we took the opportunity to take the ATV’s out, 3 at a time, to get a feel for the area we would spend the next week studying. After parking the ATV’s for the night, we stepped into the hab and closed the airlock doors, taking a moment to recognize that the next time most of us used them, we would be in spacesuits.

Settling in for the night, Sam started working on some chili for the group, while the rest of us went to work on our reports. With a discussion going in the background about our home team of Wisconsin’s chances in the upcoming Rose Bowl, I’m currently struggling not to make a “Badgers in space” joke. Maybe Crew 109 was right.

3D Model Project Report

Date and time: 31 December 2011, 18:15

Written by Aaron Olson, Mission Specialist

The purpose of the 3D modeling project is to explore the ability to create a 3D model of the surrounding area of the MDRS habitat with Autodesk’s 123D Catch, a free online program that utilizes “the cloud” to compute 3D models from arrays of images. Such a model could be used by future researchers at MDRS to plan robotic traverses and could also be shared online through Youtube and Google Earth when completed.

During the first day of Crew 110A’s stay at the MDRS site, each crew member became acclimated to using the ATVs . Using the ATVs will be critical in getting to areas necessary to capture images for the 3D model. The equipment to be used for the project (camera, tripod, ATVs) were all checked out and are fully functional are ready to go for Day 2.