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, 
David and Jen arrive in hire car from Salt Lake City late pm. 

Goto Day 01

Sun 27 Jan
 Hab familiarization and activity work: Click here to expand...

Preparation 
- Crew familiarize with Hab internal systems, operational and non-operational equipment. 
Briefing by Shannon and maintenance team. 
- Tidy pantry and kitchen. 
 
Activity work 
- Maintaining and improving Green Hab food production. 
- Inventory of Hab mechanical and electrical equipment. 
- Developing recipes using space storable food. 

Goto Day 02

Mon 28 Jan
 Preparation for filming and activity work: Click here to expand...

Preparation 
- Preparation for Seven Network Australia 
- Testing rover for Seven Network Australia filming 
 
Activity work 
- Bread making on Mars. 
- Maintaining and improving Green Hab food production. 

Goto Day 03

Tue 29 Jan
 Outreach 1 - Filming: Click here to expand...

Activity work 
Outreach 1: Seven Network Australia filming 
- In sim EVA for film crew 
- Filming Green Hab food production 
- Filming Rover operation   

Goto  Day 04  

Wed 30 Jan
 ½ rest day and activity work: Click here to expand...

Preparation 
- Testing of Raman and Ocean Optics spectrometers for projects. 
- Visit Goblin Valley 
 
Activity work 
- Maintaining and improving Green Hab food production. 
- Inventory of Hab mechanical and electrical equipment. 

Goto Day 05 

 Thurs 31 Jan  
 Sample collection: Click here to expand...

- Out of sim EVA 2 miles south of Hab in the morning. 
- Assemble the Quadcopter for project work. 
 
Project work 
- Investigation of rock coatings applicable to MSL. 
- Raman and reflectance spectrometer analysis of Gale Crater analog samples. 
- Collection of samples for Curiosity test bed analyses and organic extraction trials. 
 
Activity work 
- Maintaining and improving Green Hab food production. 
- Inventory of Hab mechanical and electrical equipment. 
- Developing recipes using space storable food. 

Goto Day 06

Fri 1 Feb
 Planetary protection, quadcopter and sample collection: Click here to expand...

Preparation 
Preparation of dust suits 
 
Project Work 
- Application of risk analysis for planetary protection. 
- Flight testing an image-mapping quadcopter. 
- Investigation of rock coatings applicable to MSL. 
- Collection of samples for Curiosity test bed analyses and organic extraction trials. 
 
 
Activity work 
- Bread making on Mars. 
- Developing recipes using space storable food. 

Goto Day 07

Sat 2 Feb
 Antipodes, Quadcopter and sample collection: Click here to expand...

Preparation 
Prepare Rover 
 
Project Work 
- Austrian Antipodes project: Field relay for Austrian Mars mission analog.-  In Sim EVA 
- Flight testing an image-mapping quadcopter. 
- Investigation of rock coatings applicable to MSL. 
- Collection of samples for Curiosity test bed analyses and organic extraction trials. 
- Application of risk analysis for planetary protection. 

Goto Day 08

Sun 3 Feb
 Planetary protection and Quadcopter; Click here to expand...

Visit Hanksville
 
Project Work 
- Application of risk analysis for planetary protection. 
- Flight testing an image-mapping quadcopter. 
- Comparison of geological observations using a rover with ground truth observation. 
 
Activity work 
- Developing recipes using space storable food. 
- Inventory of Hab mechanical and electrical equipment. 
- Maintaining and improving Green Hab food production. 
- Outreach 2: New Zealand schools. 

Goto  Day 09  

Mon 4 Feb 
 Dust and sample collection: Click here to expand...

In sim- EVA 
 
Project work 
- Investigation of dust suits and quantifying dust transfer. 
- Investigation of rock coatings applicable to MSL. 
- Collection of samples for Curiosity test bed analyses and organic extraction trials. 
 
Activity work 
- Bread making on Mars. 
- Developing recipes using space storable food. 
- Maintaining and improving Green Hab food production. 
- Outreach 2: New Zealand schools. 

Goto Day 10

Tues 5 Feb
 Drilling a Mars analog mudstone and gypsum site: Click here to expand...

In sim- EVA 
 
Project work 
- Investigation of dust suits and quantifying dust transfer. 
- Collection of samples for Curiosity test bed analyses and organic extraction trials. 
 
Activity 
- Bread making on Mars. 
- Developing recipes using space storable food. 
- Maintaining and improving Green Hab food production. 
- Outreach 2: New Zealand schools. 

Goto Day 11

Wed 6 Feb
 Antipodes, School Outreach & Dust: Click here to expand...

Preparation 
Transport of Jen Blank to Salt Lake City Airport 
In sim- EVA 
 
Project work 
- Investigation of dust suits and quantifying dust transfer. 
 
Activity 
- Developing recipes using space storable food. 
- Outreach 2: New Zealand schools.

Goto Day 12 

Thurs 7 Feb
 Review of project work: Click here to expand...

The project work is reviewed. 
 
Activity work 
- Bread making on Mars. 
- Developing recipes using space storable food. 
- Outreach 2: New Zealand schools. 

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 
Goto  Day 15

Proposed EVAs

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

 

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EVA No.
Location
COORDINATES
Elevation
Description
Comments
Transit Mode
1HAB RIDGE  informal non-sim EVA to the hab ridgerecommend as first EVAon foot
2COWGATWaypoint 167: 12 S 520350/ NAD 42470771346

photographic and sample gathering (rocks) 1/2

for the varnishpressurised rover
3

Phobos Peak PHBPK

Waypoint 137: 12 S 519390/ NAD 42501831431photographic ATV, on foot
4

Lith Canyon

 

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
5

Kissing Camel Ridge

KSCRNG - Kissing Cammel Range - Waypoint 326
Inverted Channel at 12 S 519000 /NAD 4249500

Desert Varnish

Site 1 top of ridge

Site 2 pass with track

 pressurised rover to 248, on foot
6Antipodes sample collectionengineering bay MDRS  optionalon foot
7

Coal Mine Road

via Factory Bench

and the San Raphael Swell (?)

 



12s 0508255 UTM 4257618

12s 0505430 UTM 4260801

 

1430

1450

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
8Goblin 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 CanyonGypsum

 

 

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.