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Crew #110B Log Book for January 10, 2012

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Commander's Check-In Report

Date and time: Jan 10, 2012

Written by: April Andreas, Crew 110B, Crew Commander

Crew Physical Status: Tired, but feeling better after a Gatorade infusion

Time Departed/Returned from EVA:
EVA 1: 12:45 - 14:00 pm
EVA 2: 15:00 - 17:00 pm

Brief Narrative of Field Mission Results:

The purpose of the first day's EVA was to finalize the In-Sim Orientation EVA plan. This was good, since we'd actually gone to the wrong spot to see the gypsum fields. Taking Vernon along was helpful as well, because he helped us label some of our locations with their appropriate names.

The purpose of the second EVA was to begin scouting locations for the Geology and Chemistry EVAs. Each one of these EVAs will likely be less involved (less individual stops) than the orientation EVA.

EVA Data/Interpretations: n/a

Engineering/Hab Maintenance:
DG brought more water today and replaced the thermostat in the lab. It is now a reasonable temperature downstairs, which is much appreciated. ATV 2 was worked on with Larry, Vernon, and DG. The idle jet was clogged. After running it at idle RPM and not allowing it to turn off for quite awhile has cleared this up. We are no longer concerned with the functioning of the ATV. Some of the backpacks are having an issue recharging, and we'd like to take a look at that.

Report Transmission Schedule: As completed.

Plans for Tomorrow: Tomorrow we will work on documentation for the Geology and Chemistry EVAs.

Inventory: Good.

Support Requested: None, we are in good shape

Miscellaneous: We received a box with hotplate with instructions and new two-way radios.

Commander's Report

Date and time: 1/10/2012, 20:30 
Written by: April Andreas, Crew 110B, Commander 

We took it a little easy this morning. ATV 2 was out of commission, so Vernon decided to go down and “play” with it. Nancy, Elaine, and I worked on the documentation for the orientation EVA, and Larry and Liz cleaned washcloths in the 48-degree lab. In the afternoon, we completed work on the In-Sim Orientation for our students and Vernon, Elaine, and Larry went out to begin scouting for appropriate Geology and Chemistry missions.

Science Report

Engineering Report

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): .56%
Gasoline Tank (Full/0.75/0.5/0.25/Empty): .25%

ATV Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 2
Car Oil Quantity (# of Quarts in storage): 1

Water Status:
Outside Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 23
Trailer Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom): 2
Hab Potable Water Tank Level (inches from bottom):

Potable Water Meter Reading: 489522
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):No

Oil Checked (yes/no): NO
Tire Status: Good
Odometer at end of day: 125,608.5
Notes/Comments on Hab Car:

ATV 1 (Opportunity):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: .4 gal
Tire Status: Good - 4psi
Today's Run Time: 02:00
Season's Run Time: 49:50

ATV 2 (Spirit):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: .3 gal
Tire Status: Good - 4psi
Today's Run Time: 02:00
Season's Run Time: 41:53

Comments: After looking at ATV-2 it appears the idle jet was stopped up. After continuous running for 2 hours today and not allowing it to die at idle, it seems that the idle jet has cleared out and it is currently idling fine.

ATV 3 (Viking I):
Used: YES
Oil Checked: YES
Fuel Consumed: .4 gal
Tire Status: Good - 4Psi
Today's Run Time: 02:00
Season's Run Time: 46:35

Heating and Ventilation:
Thermostat setting upstairs (Farenheit): 68F
Actual temperature upstairs (Farenheit): 76F

Thermostat setting downstairs (Farenheit): Thermostat was replaced today.

Actual Temprature downstairs (Farenheit): 63
Computers/Networking Infrastructure: Some issues with internet
Notes/comments on internet/computers?: Internet is sporatic

General Engineering Notes/Comments: PM on diesel generator (Honey) was performed today by DG.

Journalist Report

Date and time: 10 January 2012

Written by: Nancy Ray-Mitchell 

We woke up this morning to the sounds of Grand Funk Railroad. Today was my day to pick music, but I did not play the music as LOUD as I would have liked! We ate breakfast together and discussed the plans for the day.

Liz was feeling much better today. When DG delivered the water, he brought 12 bottles of Gatorade. We all drank some Gatorade today and felt much better. DG also brought items mailed to the Hab, and he worked on the generator and thermostat downstairs. It was 48 degrees this morning downstairs, so we were happy to see him working on it! DG rocks!

Liz and Larry washed all of our cup towels in a bucket, using the end of a broom to agitate. We got a great American Gothic picture.

Vernon, Elaine, April, and Nancy re-drove the route of our in-sim orientation to confirm the accuracy of our waypoints and to take more pictures. Once back at the hab, April continued to work on the Orientation manual and sent an unofficial copy to Mission Support. Vernon cleaned the ATVs and he and Larry worked on ATV #2. Larry determined the idle jet was stopped up, but after riding it this afternoon, it cleared up and was working perfectly. Nancy took pictures for the microbiological write up guide for future MCC students to use when they come here. Liz continued working on writing and putting together the guide. Today was a non-cooking day, so most of us ate a tortilla with something on it. Peanut butter has been our good friend this week!

After lunch, Larry, Vernon, and Elaine went on a geology EVA. We videotaped and timed ourselves getting them ready…down to 40 minutes. We had a brief difficulty with a radio, or we would have gotten the time down to 30 minutes! They observed unique sedimentary structures that were symmetrical and round. They said they were not consistent with other features observed during this mission.

April, Nancy, and Liz worked on reports, sorting and resizing pictures, and putting together the orientation and biology manuals. Once the team returned from the EVA, April, Liz, and Nancy were able to assist them in removing the spacesuits in 20 minutes.

Liz and Nancy fixed a non-cooked meal of mashed potato soup. Rehydrated jalapenos, leeks, celery, tomatoes, bacon, mixed peppers, cumin, basil, corn were placed on the table for each person to add their own flavors to their soup. We do not have any pepper or crackers, or the meal would have been perfect (although the rehydrated green vegetables all look alike.)

After supper, the six of us sat at six computers to write reports and reply to emails from Mission Control.

Chef's Report 

Date and time: 10 January 2012 

Written by: Liz Mitchell, Crew 110B

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) were prepared to mark the celebration? none

2) List the foods served at today's main meal (usually the evening meal), giving full names of each.
mashed potato soup (potato flakes, butter, salt, and evaporated milk)
rehydrated celery
rehydrated jalepenoes
rehydrated corn
rehydrated leeks
rehydrated tomatoes> rehydrated mixed peppers
basil sea salt

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

4) Recipes for anything more complicated than following package directions exactly, or rehydrating.
Let 3 cups of potato flakes sit with boiling water for 5 minutes; add 1/2 cup of butter, butter, salt, and 1.5 cans of evaporated milk

5) Lessons learned (if any)
evaporated milk and butter can make any meal awesome

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

The presence of gatoraide today has made all crew members feel much, much better. We have all been adding copious amounts of salt to our food and drinking tons of gatorade today.

All crew members feel very, very strongly about the importance of having some electrolyte-replenishing drink for hydration purposes. The lack of an electrolyte-replenishing drink the previous night had left one crew member fairly ill and other crew members feeling less up to par than usual. It was bad enough that last night at 9 pm we discussed breaking sim and driving to the local grocery store to buy gatorade. DG was able to bring gatorade out to us when he was already making a stop to replenish water. As such, the ill crew member has recovered and all other crew members have reported feeling better.

Furthermore, all crew members agree the no-cooking days are frusturating. The most frusturating part is the inability to eat leftover foods. In such a physically and mentally demanding environment, crew members feel that having more freedom over their food choices helps them perform to a higher standard.