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Sol Summary – November 19th

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Sol Summary Report (SSR):

Sol# 57

Person filling out report: Annalea Beattie

Summary Title: A routine but lovely day.

Mission Status: On track

Sol Activity Summary:

Busy today. We began the day with a short EVA meeting after the daily briefing and did some thinking about where we are up to and reiterated what needs to happen in the last month of our mission, in terms of EVAs.  In the afternoon Jon and I went out to sample hypoliths, four quadrats later and we were back for afternoon tea. It was a really great EVA for me, happy to be outdoors on such a gorgeous, sunny day and Claude-Michel adjusted my suit and helmet so well that it felt light and comfortable.

Jon then unpacked some new furniture for the lab. Anu and Anastasiya spent most of the afternoon processing hypolith samples in the laboratory and Alex and Yusuke went on an EVA for lichen sampling. Claude-Michel tended plants most of the day. This afternoon Alex ran a group discussion human factors meeting for the University of Karlsruhe in Germany. I wrote a bit of my blog – this next one is all about the science. Report writing, now beef stew for dinner.

No yoga, too busy, 🙁 maybe tomorrow.

Reports Submitted to CapCom:

  1. Sol Summary- Annalea
  2. Phrase of the Day – Anu
  3. EVA narrative – Jon
  4. Food Report – Claude Michel
  5. Pictures -YES
  6. Photo of the Day -Yusuke

MDRS lessons:

Outside you have to be physically strong and inside, emotionally. (Anu)

Plans for tomorrow: Day off tomorrow, its my birthday!

Crew Physical Status: Very well.

Weather: Sunny and chilly.

Anomalies: Suddenly, a turkey arrived for Thanksgiving! That is unusual.

Picture of the Day – November 19th

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Hypolith EVA

Hypolith EVA

EVA Narrative – November 19th

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Jon Clarke



Annalea thinking about where to set up the next hypolith study site.

Annalea and I this afternoon went on a short EVA to complete some tasks left over from yesterday.  These were all to do with sampling and documenting hypoliths.  The site as an interesting one, located on an active fan with gravels eroded from the higher parts of the landscape being deposited in pebbly lobes.


Alluvial fan in Google Earth imagery

It’s challenging documenting hypoliths in the field, and uncomfortable work while wearing the suits.  Neck strain is considerable, and it is painstaking and tedious.  The return is only evident in the statistical variation in abundances across the landscape, which requires analysis back in the hab.  We may not look for hypoliths on Mars, although the microenvironments that hypoliths live in also exist there, but doing this kind of detailed field work, despite the limitations of working in suits, is essential for understanding what astronauts will be able to accomplish there.


The barren surface of the fan, the pebbles sheltering many hypolith colonies

The site proved exceptionally rich in hypoliths compared to other locations we have seen. So now, as we process and compare the data, we must think of possible explanations and test them.  Only then will we know if we have enough data and a coherent story for publication.

Recipe for Ohagie

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ohagie-from-the-top ohagie-presentation

Food Report for the 19th of November 2016.

Ohagie : (for your sugar addicted friends that want a desert instead of a meat)

900g of Kidney beans.
400g of sugar.
½ tbsp of salt.
Rice, a lot of rice around 6 cup of rice.


Making the Bean Paste
Step MtBP – 1 :  In a large pan boil all the kidney beans with water.

Step MtBP – 2 :  The water will change color because of the beans. Remove the water and boil more water with the kidney beans in. You should boil the bans in this water for 2 hours.

Step MtBP – 3 : Redo Step MtBP – 2 3 more times. The more you change the water the less coloration they water will take less and less color.

Step MtBP – 4 : Once the beans are cooked, mashed them and add the sugar and salt. You should mash them until all the ingredients are well mixed.

Making the Rice
Step MtR – 1 : In a pressure cooker add all the rice with the same volume of water.

Step MtR – 2 : Once the steam is trying to find a way out of the cooker, let it cook for 15 minutes and then let it rest for another 15 minutes.

Building the Ohagi
Step BtO – 1 : Take a small ball of rice and shape, using your hands, an egg. Like a sushi.

Step BtO – 2 : Cover the ball of rice with the bean paste. The ball should be almost completely cover.

Step BtO – 3 : Serve your guest that sticky balls of rice,  and let them eat it.

I really like Mochis. This dish reminded me of them and are very different abut also similar at the same time. The bean paste is very sweet, so everyone should like them. It like a desert, a sweet that you can eat as a meal.

As always please try this at home. Very little supervision is require, and to eat. Please enjoy.

Crew Photos – November 19th

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Alexandre and Yusuke circled climbing Phobos Peak

Alexandre and Yusuke circled climbing Phobos Peak


Annalea looking in to the Lab

Annalea looking in to the Lab


Annalea thinking about hypoliths

Annalea thinking about hypoliths




Storm on the horizon

Storm on the horizon


Through the Science Lab window

Through the Science Lab window


Upper fan

Upper fan