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Crew #110A Log Book for January 3, 2012

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Commander's Check-In Report

Date and time: 3 January 2012, 18:33

Written by: Julie Mason, Crew 110, Commander

Crew Physical Status: Great

Time Departed/Returned from EVA: EVA 1 12:30-15:15;

Telescope EVA (Last Night): 19:30 – 00:30

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

Last night the crew imaged the Moon and Jupiter at the Musk Mars Desert Observatory. We observed Mars around midnight. The crew processed images using RegiStax 6 today.

The crew exercise study was approved by mission support. Crew members continued to exercise in the habitat while not on EVA.

During EVA 1, three crew members worked on the 3D imaging of the habitat and surround terrain.

Engineering/Hab Maintenance: None

Report Transmission Schedule:

Plans for Tomorrow: EVA 1—In the morning, the crew plans to make outreach videos for middle school and high school students. EVA 2— 3D Imaging Project. EVA 3—Observatory, Atmospheric Study

Inventory: Water supply refilled

Support Requested: None

Miscellaneous: The crew will view the Quadrantid Meteor Shower that will peak around 00:20 tonight at the Musk Mars Desert Observatory.

Before dinner tonight the team completed a food study for mission support to test different cheeses—freeze dried and non-freeze dried.

Commander's Report

Date and time: 3 January 2012 21:18

Written by Julie Mason, Crew 110A, Commander

Will, Sam, and I went out to the Musk Mars Desert Observatory last night to become familiar with the equipment and programs. After we were able to calibrate the telescope, the observatory was a moral boost for everyone. We took images of the Moon and Jupiter and viewed Mars as well.

In the morning, the crew made two loaves of bread and yogurt. Today was a cooking day, in our food study.

The first EVA continued the team’s 3D imaging study. Aaron is working on compiling a 3D image of the habitat.

A cheese package arrived today that will be part of a cheese study to compare freeze dried and non-freeze dried foods. This may be appropriate for a team from Wisconsin.

The crew was anxious about the water levels today but more water was delivered.

We decided that tomorrow morning we will work on taking outreach videos. The team often visits high schools and middle schools to do outreach for different engineering projects. It’s exciting to see the reactions of students and encourage them to follow Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields.

We are looking forward to the meteor shower tonight that should appear in the northeast and peak just after midnight. We may have to do a midnight EVA to see it.

3D Model Project Report

Date and time: 3 January 2012, 18:40

Written by Aaron Olson, Mission Specialist

During the fourth day of Crew 110A's stay at the MDRS site, Mark, Will and I continued to take images around the habitat. We have now imaged approximately 3/4 of a 200 foot radius area around the habitat. Processing of the images is taking longer than expected. We will attempt to use two computers tonight to tweak the 3D Models after "cloud" processing. Scaling of the models will be attempted tonight as well. We also took images of Mark and Will (for a second time) for their personal 3D models.

Engineering Report

Date and time: 03 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): 9
Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 36
Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 12
Potable Water Meter Reading: 48558.3
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): Yes
Tire Status: Good
Odometer at end of day: 125488.9
Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):
Used: NO
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: 0 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 00:00
Season's Run Time: 44:50

ATV 2 (Spirit):
Used: NO
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: 0 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 00:00
Season's Run Time: 37:53

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: NO
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: 0 gal
Tire Status: Good
Today's Run Time: 00:00
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): 76 F

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): Downstairs furnace was left on overnight (00:30 – 10:00).
Actual temperature downstairs (Farenheit): 64 F

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

General Engineering Notes/Comments:
~ Helmet 5 had an existing crack which has now propagated a little further
~ Spark on the stove no longer lights the burners. Manual lighting of the stove required
~ Need ATV oil for available for storage

Journalist Report

Date and time: 3 January 2012, 19:00

Written by: Mark Ruff, Crew 110a, Journalist

Carl Sagan is quoted in one of his more famous monologues as having stated that “We are an adaptable species.” Nowhere has this been more apparent to me than it has been out here so far. Today is only our 3rd day here, and yet, we seem to have established a routine. A pattern. It seems that we’re no longer fazed by the space suits, or the water-conservation, or the limited communications. It really gets to the heart of something interesting about people. Namely, when put in any situation, no matter how foreign, we accept it, and by the time the novelty has worn off, we adapt.

I say this because there is little to really be said specifically about what was done today. Without a morning EVA scheduled, we began waking around 9:00, and after a casual breakfast, Aaron, Will, and I went on an EVA to work on the Imaging study. After returning, we enjoyed some freshly baked bread and dinner, both thanks to Sam, Lyndsey and Julie. That's about it. It was a calm, laid back day of work, which to an outside observer, may even seem dull.

But in a way, that’s the point. Living on Mars isn’t going to be exactly like living on Earth, but it’s not going to be entirely different either. No matter how far you go, or how inhospitable the world outside your window is, there will always be busy days and slow days. There will always be books read, work done, and deadlines occasionally missed. That’s life, no matter what planet it’s on. Living on Mars is going to be about the little differences, because the big issues will be the same ones we’ve always dealt with. The people who go out and settle these new worlds won’t be some strange new race of super-humans. They will be people like us. With any luck, some of them will be us. In the meantime, I’m just happy to have seen it firsthand.

Chef's Report

Date: 01/03/2012 

Written by: Lyndsey Bankers, Crew 110a

1a) Today was
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?
Today was not a special day, nothing marked a celebration.

2) List the foods served at today's main meal (usually the evening
meal), giving full names of each.
Today's main meal was pasta with creamy pesto sauce, sun dried
tomatoes, and chicken.

3) List any main meal foods not finished by the crew (leftovers stored
for later use or discarded)
No leftovers.

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

5) Lessons learned
The chicken rehydrates fast.

6) Comments/questions for Kim and Jean, the food study investigators
No comments or questions