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Crew #110A Log Book for January 1, 2012

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Commander's Check-In Report

Date and time: 1 January 2012, 18:15

Written by: Julie Mason, Crew 110, Commander

Crew Physical Status: Great

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: EVA 1 9:16-11:52; EVA 2 13:15-16:45

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

Last night the crew celebrated New Years with red Martian cool-aid and an inaugural EVA to view the stars and try on the space suits.

This morning, three crew members headed out for a morning EVA to find terrain for space suit mobility tests.

This afternoon, three crew members began the team’s 3D imaging study.

When not out for an EVA, all crew members exercised in the habitat as part of the exercise study and completed the food inventory list.

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: None

Report Transmission Schedule:

Plans for Tomorrow: EVA 1—mobility study, EVA 2—3D Terrain Imaging Study, EVA 3—begin using observatory in the evening; continue scheduled habitat exercise for each crew member

Inventory: Ok

Support Requested: Requested permission to begin atmospheric study at the Musk Mars Desert Observatory

Miscellaneous: N/A

EVA 1 Report

Date and time: 1 January 17:00

Written by: Julie Mason, 110A, Commander

Time: 9:16-11:52

Crew Members: Mark Ruff, Lyndsey Bankers, Julie Mason

Site Location: 

Transit Mode: ATV and foot

Objectives: Locate suitable sites for mobility study

Results: A few potential sites were found.

Lessons Learned: TBD

Science Report (Exercise Study)

Date: 1 January 2012
Written By: Lyndsey Bankers, Mission Specialist

The goal of the exercise study is to learn about the effects of exercise on habitability and productivity of the crew. The exercises chosen for this study all utilize body weight and therefore do not require any extra equipment or space in the habitat. The exercises focus on strength and are not meant to tire the crew member out, but to ensure that each major muscle group stays strong throughout

Today was the first day of the study, and every crew member participated. The exercises included 3 sets each of 3 leg exercises, 3 ab exercises, and 2 arm exercises. Crew members thought the workout was challenging but good. Minor changes will be made to the exercises in the follow days.

Engineering Report

Date and time: 01 January, 2012, 18:30 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): 15
Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 4
Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 10
Potable Water Meter Reading: 48,460.8
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): YES
Observatory Notes/Comments: N/A

Used (yes/no): NO
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: .70 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 01:55
Season's Run Time: 44:00

ATV 2 (Spirit):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: .60 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 01:40
Season's Run Time: 37:19

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: .70 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 01:55
Season's Run Time: 40:45

Heating and Ventilation:
Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 
Upstairs furnace not turned on since new downstairs furnace was enabled
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 75 F

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 
Thermonstat is not operational, currently using a toggle switch to turn on furnace a few hours a day (7:30 – 11:30).
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 67 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: 1 January 2012, 19:00

Written by: Mark Ruff. Crew 110A, Journalist

Happy New Year from Mars! Last night, as clock hit midnight, we stepped outside for a little toast. After that, we were back inside, cleaning and, putting the finishing touches on our plans for the next day: Our first day on Mars.

The alarms started ringing at 7 AM. Stepping out of my dark cabin, I immediately found myself face-to-face with the main porthole of the upper deck, and a red-tinted brown landscape of rock and sand stretching out onto the horizon. That’s when it really sank in: for all intents and purposes, we were on Mars.

Julie, Lyndsey, and I suited up for the first EVA of the simulation. Within ten minutes, we were in the airlock, and stepping out into the cool morning air. After loading up all the gear onto the back of the ATV’s, we set out. Our objective that morning was to find and record the location of spots for a potential mobility study involving how well mountaineering equipment can be used with the spacesuits to improve mobility when crossing rough terrain.

We returned three hours later with a list of interesting sites for the mobility study, and another list of interesting spots for the crew to look at. Stepping into the hab, we worked to get out of our suits and into our normal clothes, and after some conversation, the second EVA team of Will, Sam, and Aaron headed for the airlock, leaving Lyndsey, Julie, and I in the hab to make some lunch, and do our daily exercise. Suffice to say that I haven’t felt that out of shape in a long time. Luckily, things cooled down a bit after that as we went to work finishing the food inventory that Lyndsey and Julie had started the previous night.

The second EVA crew eventually returned from their long EVA working to capture a sufficient number of 2D photographs of the surrounding terrain for later use generating a 3D model of the area. Lyndsey Julie and I cooked up a dinner of chili, freeze dried broccoli, and some brownies for dinner. Surprisingly, it went pretty well, though conventional wisdom around the dinner table seemed to be that enough hot sauce and seasoning salt can make anything taste good. We’ll see.

So now, with our second night on Mars, we’re all gathered on our computers in the common area of the hab’s upper deck, reading, working on reports, and getting ready for tomorrow. Someone’s computer is playing Up Around the Bend by CCR in the background. We’re on Mars. It’s one hell of a way to start the new year.

3D Model Project Report

Date and time: 1 January 2012, 18:35

Written by Aaron Olson, Mission Specialist

During the second day of Crew 110A’s stay at the MDRS site, Sam, Will and I started taking images around the habitat. We decided to start by pacing out 200 feet west of the habitat to establish a radius about which we are going to start taking images. We marked out points on 1 quadrant of a 200 foot radius and took pictures at several different views from theses points. We recorded the altitude, latitude and longitude of each of our imaging locations and organized them accordingly for the development of the 3D Model. We will assess the direction of the rest of the project based on the modeling results we attain tonight after processing the images. Sam, Will and I also took images of each other in our suits in order to create 3D models of each other.