Fighting aliens with ‘Space Force’ and clovers at HI-SEAS — Commander’s report: lunar day 6

Leader Musilova signing off to another night of keeping our fingers crossed that the alien dust machines will be destroyed. “Space Force” might have more luck tonight so that well be able to venture on our first moonwalk of the mission tomorrow. If not, Im sure that the crew will develop yet another fun way to keep ourselves from becoming lunatics on the moon.
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(Image credit: Courtesy of Lori Waters) These crew interactions have been a great source of inspiration for Science Communication Officer Monica Parks. She prepares the social media text and photos, which Mission Support volunteers then publish on the HI-SEAS social media pages. Monica has actually likewise been observing the crew for her research study.
Growing different types of plants has actually been another source of interruptions and positive energy for the crew. These include the Mission to Mars growing spinach using human hair experiment that the Selene III crew began, along with our long-lasting hydroponic greenhouse Lettuce Grow experiment in the environment. Crew Operations Officer Lori Waters has actually been taking care of these experiments together with Jack. Loris personal project is also focused on food crop production methods to produce nutrient-dense clovers and microgreens. The clover seeds in the ExoLab experiment, which is matched with the Magnitude.io experiment aboard the ISS, have germinated. They have a very first set of leaves showing strong development in this severe environment at HI-SEAS.

Dr. Michaela Musilova is the director of Hawaii Area Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS) program, which performs analog objectives to the moon and Mars for clinical research at a habitat on the volcano Mauna Loa. Currently, she is in command of the two-week Selene IV lunar mission and contributed this report to Space.coms Specialist Voices: Op-Ed & & Insights.

Spinach growing utilizing human hair as fertilizer, as part of the Mission to Mars competition in Slovakia arranged by Dr. Michaela Musilova. (Image credit: Courtesy of Lori Waters) In situ resource utilization (ISRU) Mission Specialist Cameron Crowells research study relies on collecting samples from the surrounding analog regolith during a moonwalk, which hasnt been possible yet due to the dust storms.
Our Crew Systems Engineer Bill OHara has actually completed much of his information event tasks in assistance of a habitat style and operations case study. This project on HI-SEAS is for the Sierra Nevada Corp., where hes a lead systems engineer. Bill has likewise completed preparations for examining lava tubes for habitability, pending the opportunity to carry out moonwalks. Like Cameron, he has actually prepared all of his equipment to be as simple to use in the field as possible, in spite of the time restrictions for moonwalks and the constraints of our analog spacesuits.
He hence focused on a preliminary brochure of the environments waste materials for mix with in situ harvested materials during moonwalks. The crew generates a considerable quantity of paper waste, however significantly less plastic waste than he prepared for.

Commanders report for the Selene IV moon mission at HI-SEAS
Lunar day 6 (March 18, 2021).
The alien dust machine– that is what the Selene IV crew has been blaming for the bad weather that we have actually been having during our analog lunar mission. Today is our 6th day on mission and we have actually hardly been able to see anything outside our window due to the enormous dust storm raging outside the environment (aka a thick fog outside the HI-SEAS environment on the volcano Mauna Loa in Hawaii)..
The crew rapidly became hesitant that such storms would happen naturally on the moon, so instead they blame aliens for this activity.

The Selene IV team celebrates St. Patricks Day throughout their lunar analog objective at HI-SEAS with green and clover shaped pancakes. (Image credit: Courtesy of Lori Waters).
All jokes aside, the real comfort that we have experienced throughout our objective has been from one another. Even though I teased my crewmembers for their enthusiasm to celebrate this celebration in style, I was extremely happy that it cheered them all up and that they worked so well together to make our time on objective even more unique.
At HI-SEAS, we have a urinal that everybody needs to utilize, regardless of gender. In this method, we safeguard the compost toilets from being “drowned” by too much liquid from the crews urine. Our Crew Engineer Jack Bryan kindly took on this undesirable task and I volunteered myself to empty the compost toilets midway through the objective.

Throughout our analog missions, teams cant leave the habitat during bad weather condition. The Selene IV crew chose to take the offensive and requested that our volunteers from the Mission Support group on Earth ask the U.S. Space Force to destroy the aliens dust machines. Our Crew Engineer Jack Bryan kindly took on this undesirable duty and I offered myself to clear the garden compost toilets halfway through the mission. These include the Mission to Mars growing spinach utilizing human hair experiment that the Selene III crew began, as well as our long-lasting hydroponic greenhouse Lettuce Grow experiment in the habitat. (Image credit: Courtesy of Lori Waters) In situ resource usage (ISRU) Mission Specialist Cameron Crowells research study relies on collecting samples from the surrounding analog regolith throughout a moonwalk, which hasnt been possible yet due to the dust storms.

The Selene IV crew chose to take the offensive and requested that our volunteers from the Mission Support group on Earth ask the U.S. Space Force to ruin the aliens dust machines. Amusing enough, a regional military base in Hawaii, which we have nicknamed “Space Force,” has really started testing their weapons near our HI-SEAS environment. While they have not yet “damaged the dust machines,” we appreciate their efforts to help us– at least that is what my crewmembers inform themselves to discover convenience from both the dust storms and the constant bombing noise that we hear originating from “Space Force.”.

Selene IV crewmembers pretend to be “airlocked” by objective Commander Musilova for misbehaving. (Image credit: Courtesy of Monica Parks) Personally, Im rather delighted that the “aliens” are implicated of making complex the conditions of our objective instead of me. A variety of previous crews used to joke that Im turning on a hidden fog maker to challenge them and make them handle being stuck indoors for long durations of time..
Throughout our analog missions, teams cant leave the environment during bad weather. This year, the weather has actually certainly been keeping the teams on their toes throughout our missions!

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