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Crew #110A Log Book for January 2, 2012

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Commander's Check-In Report

Date and time: 2 January 2012, 18:00

Written by: Julie Mason, Crew 110, Commander

Crew Physical Status: Great

Time Departed/Returned from EVA 1: 9:15-11:15; EVA 2 11:50-14:45

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

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

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

When not out for an EVA, crew members who wanted to partake, exercised in the habitat.

This evening three crew members will go out to the Musk Mars Desert Observatory to begin the atmospheric study.

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: The habitat is nearly out of water.

Miscellaneous: N/A

EVA 2 Report

Date and time: 1/2/2012 18:00

Written by: Mark Ruff,  Crew 110a, Crew Journalist/Mission Specialist

Time: 9:15 - 11:15

Crew Members: Sam Marron, Will Yu, Mark Ruff

Site Location: Hab Area, Lowell Highway

Transit Mode: ATV

Objectives: Scout locations and train participants in the donning of equipment for the potential mobility study

Results: Several potential locations for the mobility study were found, and crew were instructed in preparation and use of several pieces of mountaineering equipment.

Lessons Learned: TBD

EVA 3 Report

Date and time: 2 January 18:30

Written by: Julie Mason, Crew 110A, Commander

Time: 9:16-11:52

Crew Members: Aaron Olson, Lyndsey Bankers, Julie Mason

Site Location: Within 250 ft of habitat

Transit Mode: Foot

Objectives: Measure distances for 3D images, continue imaging hab and surrounding terrain

Results: Collected half of the images for main 3D model. Model will be worked on tonight in the hab.

Lessons Learned: Marking points along a constant radius on uneven ground took more time than expected.

Engineering Report

Date and time: 02 January, 2012, 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): 12
Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 4
Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 6
Potable Water Meter Reading: 48,508.4
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: NO
Fuel Consumed: .70 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 00:50
Season's Run Time: 44:50

ATV 2 (Spirit):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: NO
Fuel Consumed: .60 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 00:34
Season's Run Time: 37:53

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: NO
Fuel Consumed: .70 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 00:50
Season's Run Time: 41:35

Heating and Ventilation:
Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 
Upstairs furnace not turned on since new downstairs furnace was enabled
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 77 F

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): 
Downstairs furnace was left on overnight (23:30 - 11:30)
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 64 F

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

General Engineering Notes/Comments:
~ Some of the crew members had difficulty to sleeping due to low temperatures on the previous night. This led to the decision to leave the furnace on overnight. Downstairs temperature was 60 degrees in the morning.
~ Low water in trailer water tank
~ Garbage needs to be removed from trailer
~ Need ATV oil for available for storage

Journalist Report

Date and time: 2 January 2012, 19:00

Written by: Mark Ruff, Crew 110A, Journalist

Having spent our first day on Mars getting our bearings and figuring out exactly how we would live and work in this environment, today we really started getting down to business. The alarms started going off at 7:30 AM, revealing a groggy crew. Some oatmeal and a few pots of coffee later, Sam, Will and I went out in the morning to scout some locations for the mobility study. Upon returning to the hab, we worked on donning mountaineering harnesses while wearing the spacesuits.

After coming back in from a morning on EVA, we made some lunch and while Julie, Lyndsey, and Aaron went out to work on the 3D imaging study. In general, it was a pretty laid back day. However, while we may have all been working on our separate projects, as a crew of Wisconsin Badgers, we all had the same thought in the back of their minds: the Rose Bowl.

We sat down to dinner, watching hopefully as E-mail updates slowly filtered in, keeping us appraised of every point and penalty. While limited bandwidth prevented us from watching the game itself, the experience seemed to solidify what we were doing out here. This was Mars, and we were on our own out here. No matter how much someone on Mars may wish to be connected to home, they can only hope to observe from a distance.

Still, it’s a small price to pay.

Chef's Report

Date: 02 January 2011 

Written by Will Yu, Crew 110A, Chef

1a) Today was a non-cooking day

1b) Was today a special day celebrated at the main meal with special food or activity? If so, what was special about today and what food(s) or activities were prepared to mark the celebration?

Yes, the Wisconsin Badgers were playing in the Rose Bowl during the main meal. We listen to the game on the radio as we ate the meal. It was a hard fought, high scoring game, but the in the end the game did not go our way.

2) Backpacker's Pantry Beef & Broccoli Stir Fry, rehydrated potato slices, no special beverages

3) Minimal amount of stir fry and potato leftovers were discarded

4) All food prepared were simply rehydrated

5) No lessons learned

6) No additional comments or questions

3D Model Project Report

During the third day of Crew 110A’s stay at the MDRS site, Lyndsey, Julie and I continued to take images around the habitat. We have now imaged approximately 1/2 of a 200 foot radius area around the habitat. After starting the processing of the images last night, we came to the conclusion that we will need to take additional photos to patch up missing areas in our 3D models. We also took images of Julie and Lyndsey for their personal 3D models