The Mission Logs are telling the story of TasMars 2013. Every day, the crew must fill in and send to Mission Support of Mars Society a number of reports. Writing them is not only one of the most important parts of the mission but at the same time, a very time-consuming task!
About the Crew Reports @Mars Desert Research Station
Every day, the crew stationed at MDRS must submit the following reports:
- Commander check-in report
- Commander Report
- Engineering Report
- Health and Safety Report
- Journalist Report
- GreenHab Report
- EVA Report
You will see all of these completed under each day of activity.
MDRS 2012-2013 Field Season Mission Support COMMS Procedures
Mars Society has setup procedures by which all crews report their undertakings and schedule every day, as well as any problems that may arise during the day such as accidents or engineering issues.
These procedures are to be followed anytime a crew is in residence at MDRS, whether or not the crew is in sim.
|Summary of the daily schedule|
Sat 26 Jan
Arrival to MDRS: Click here to expand...
Melanie and Emma arrive by MS Van from Grand Junction early pm,
Goto Day 01
Sun 27 Jan
Hab familiarization and activity work: Click here to expand...
Goto Day 02
Mon 28 Jan
Preparation for filming and activity work: Click here to expand...
Goto Day 03
Tue 29 Jan
Outreach 1 - Filming: Click here to expand...
Goto Day 04
Wed 30 Jan
½ rest day and activity work: Click here to expand...
Goto Day 05
Thurs 31 Jan
Sample collection: Click here to expand...
- Out of sim EVA 2 miles south of Hab in the morning.
Goto Day 06
Fri 1 Feb
Planetary protection, quadcopter and sample collection: Click here to expand...
Goto Day 07
Sat 2 Feb
Antipodes, Quadcopter and sample collection: Click here to expand...
Goto Day 08
Sun 3 Feb
Planetary protection and Quadcopter; Click here to expand...
Goto Day 09
Mon 4 Feb
Dust and sample collection: Click here to expand...
In sim- EVA
Goto Day 10
Tues 5 Feb
Drilling a Mars analog mudstone and gypsum site: Click here to expand...
In sim- EVA
Goto Day 11
Wed 6 Feb
Antipodes, School Outreach & Dust: Click here to expand...
Goto Day 12
Thurs 7 Feb
Review of project work: Click here to expand...
The project work is reviewed.
Goto Day 13
Fri 8 Feb
Clean up of Hab: Click here to expand...
Antipodes, Hab is cleaned up, equipment stored and reports completed.
Goto Day 14
Sat 9 Feb
Hab Hand over: Click here to expand...
Hab is handed over to crew MDRS124
The following EVAs are suggested to be performed by crew 123 TasMars.
Watch the updates on the Mission Dashboard!
Coordinates at MDRS are to be reported in UTM NAD 27 CONUS
|1||HAB RIDGE||informal non-sim EVA to the hab ridge||recommend as first EVA||on foot|
|2||COWGAT||Waypoint 167: 12 S 520350/ NAD 4247077||1346|
photographic and sample gathering (rocks) 1/2
|for the varnish||pressurised rover|
Phobos Peak PHBPK
|Waypoint 137: 12 S 519390/ NAD 4250183||1431||photographic||ATV, on foot|
LTNE - Waypoint: 245 12 S 518909/ NAD 4256534
LTMP - Waypoint: 244 12 S 519307/ NAD 4256284
LWLT - Waypoint: 248 12 S 519442/ NAD 4255945
|photographic, varnish? samples||pressurised rover|
Kissing Camel Ridge
|KSCRNG - Kissing Cammel Range - Waypoint 326|
Inverted Channel at 12 S 519000 /NAD 4249500
Site 1 top of ridge
Site 2 pass with track
|pressurised rover to 248, on foot|
|6||Antipodes sample collection||engineering bay MDRS||optional||on foot|
Coal Mine Road
via Factory Bench
and the San Raphael Swell (?)
12s 0508255 UTM 4257618
12s 0505430 UTM 4260801
sample gathering (rocks) 2/2
Site 1 boulders off cliff of Ferron Sandstone
Site 2 weathered siltstone, plant fossils and gypsum veins in Mancos Shale exposed in creek
Site 3 “glass valley” – scattered gypsum veins in soil
|pressurised rover and on foot|
|8||Goblin Valley||Photographic/ non sim|
Be aware that Gobin Valley is a tourist site in the NP, so lots of people and not samples, plus a stiff fee to go in.
Wild Horse canyon is good too, and not far from there. It’s free but still a reserve so no sampling.
|Wild Horse Canyon||Gypsum|
An easy day would be great. It’s about 30 minutes from Hanksville and 10 minutes between them. Say a couple of hours at Goblin valley to explore it thoroughly, and then lunch and another couple of hours at Wild Horse Canyon.
They are good places to view the deeper stratigraphy below what you see at MDRS – the Curtis (shallow marine) Entrada (fluvial, tidal to aeolian) and Navajo (sand dunes) formation. Plus good look at active barchanoid sans dunes on the way in. There are bedded limestones and gypsum in the Curtis as well.