Thursday, November 01, 2018

Mission 6 Habitat Video

The crew of Mission 6 prepared a short video of their activities in the habitat.


Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Meet the crew of Mission 6. Part 3

Anamika

Anamika was born in India, and she is an international student at UND, Space Studies Department. She is a second-year masters student with a concentration in Space Engineering. She completed her undergraduate degree in the field of Computer Science and Engineering from JECRC, Jaipur. After graduating, she worked as a Software Engineer for about 5 years in Bigdata domain before coming to UND. Mission VI is a 14-day mission where the crew is conducting 7 EVAs and gathering data for 14 different experiments. The Plant Production module experiments include the use of amended Martian regolith (biomass waste compost from a previous mission) to simulate In Situ Resources Utilization (ISRU) to study plant growth. This is her first mission inside the ILMAH and she is very excited to be a part of it. For this mission, Anamika is overseeing the engineering operations of the habitat and taking care of the Plant Production experiments. She is working on automation and monitoring of the Plant Production module for future long-duration missions to Mars and beyond. She enjoys traveling, reading books, painting and watching space movies in her spare time. Anamika looks forward to pursuing her Ph.D. in Systems Engineering and working in the space industry in her future career. If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the mission feel free to email her at AnamikaATund.edu


Meet the crew of Mission 6. Part 2

Laura Banken

Born in Minneapolis, Minnesota Laura Banken earned her BS in Biochemistry and Biology at St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN. She is currently enrolled in the Space Studies Master’s program at the University of North Dakota with a concentration in Planetary Sciences. This is Laura’s first mission with the Inflatable Lunar Martian Analog Habitat (ILMAH) and her second closure study. Between her undergraduate and graduate years Laura has worked on over 8 research projects in the fields of genetics, biochemistry and microbiology. She is extremely excited to be applying her investigative background to the more than 21 experiments that will be conducted during the course of Mission VI. 
When not participating in closure studies, Laura works at Medtronic, a medical device manufacturing company. After completing her Master’s degree she hopes to obtain her Ph.D researching astrobiology. In her spare time Laura enjoys traveling and spending time in the north woods of Minnesota. Feel free to reach out to her at laura.I.bankenATgmail.com 

 

Meet the crew of Mission 6. Part 1

Michael Castro, MD, Mission Commander

Michael Castro was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Palm Bay, Florida when he was 9. He started at the University of Florida then transferred to Florida Tech where he graduated with a B.S in applied mathematics while also getting his private pilot certification. After graduating from med school in 2012, he was selected as a reserve crew member for Hi-Seas mission III in Hawaii 2014 and then the flight engineer for Hera campaign-2 mission 1 at JSC in Houston in 2015. When Dr. Castro is not simulating missions on Mars, he enjoys traveling the earth, exercising, judo and movies with his father and brother, who are also MDs.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

MISSION 6 STARTS


On October 10, 2018 Mission 6 started with three crewmembers. The two-week mission includes veteran of Mission 5 Dr. Mike Castro, MD as Commander, Laura Banken and Anamika.
UND Today published a story of the start of the mission on the following link:
http://blogs.und.edu/und-today/2018/10/space-walks-on-earth/

Mission Patch by Nelio Batista
 
 
Mission 6 Crew

Mission 5 Highlights


Mission 5 Highlights

In the following link is a presentation with the highlights of Mission 5.

Mission 5 Completed

In May 14, 2018 Mission 5 was completed successfully.
Attached are some photos of the reception of the crew at the Department of Space Studies.






Friday, May 11, 2018

Balloon Launch. Mission V. Deployment.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yR5cZDxrk1I

Drone pilot: Jordan Krueger.

EVA Balloon Launch. Drone View

Drone pilot: Jordan Krueger

Meet the crew, Part 3. Nelio Nelio Batista, mission engineer.



Hello Everyone!

My name is Nelio Batista I'm from Uberlândia-MG-Brazil, I'm Biomedical Engineering undergrad senior.
Since I was a kid my dream was always to be an astronaut and work for NASA. Since I got here in USA as an international student, I had wonderful opportunities to join in space projects and also help on habitat final adjustments and to propose biomedical experiments to the previous Mission(ILMAH IV).
In this mission I'm testing the concept of "How can the Fast prototyping systems like a 3D printer can help astronauts on Mars". I used a 3D printer to create a type of CubeSat to be launched in a High altitude Balloon carrying sensors. I'm loving this mission and this environment, I could stay here FOREVER! Hahaha

To come here to USA I had my flight cancelled by the Hurricane Maria but I was so decided to come and start pursuing my dreams that amazing things happened! Recently, I came from NASA Ames where I'm participating in a project to build a mockup to test concepts of a Mars Drill.

I also joined UND rocket team where I got a great opportunity to practice my engineering skills in the NASA Rocket Competition between more than 40 other US Universities at Marshall Spaceflight Center in Alabama, where we won the 2nd prize on the best website category.

Well, that's it for now! If you would like to know more about me or need a supporting word, feel free to send me a message to nelio.batistadonasci(AT)ndus.edu

Ad Astra!
Tchau!!(bye in portuguese)

Wednesday, May 09, 2018

Meet the crew, Part 2. Michael Castro, MD.



Michael Castro was born in Chicago, IL and moved to Palm Bay, Florida when he was 9. He started at the University of Florida then transferred to Florida Tech where he graduated with a B.S in applied mathematics while also getting his private pilot certification. After graduating from med school in 2012, he was selected as a reserve crew member for Hi-Seas mission III in Hawaii 2014 and then the flight engineer for Hera campaign-2 mission 1 at JSC in Houston in 2015. When Dr. Castro is not simulating missions on Mars, he enjoys traveling the earth, exercising, judo and movies with his father and brother, who are also MDs.

Monday, May 07, 2018

WDAZ Coverage of Mission V

Meet the Crew, Part 1. Prabhu Victor, Mission V Commander.





 
My name is Prabhu Victor and I am the mission commander for mission V of the Inflatable Lunar/Mars Analog Habitat (ILMAH). Mission V is a 14-day mission where we are conducting 7 EVA’s and gathering data for 12 different experiments. This is my second mission inside the ILMAH while my first mission was in Oct 2017 where I participated as a mission commander for mission IV of the ILMAH. I’m from Eden Prairie, Minnesota and my background is in Electrical Engineering and I’m currently a grad student at the Space Studies Dept. at UND. I also work at Northrop Grumman in the Grand Sky facility near Grand Forks. For this mission, I’m overseeing the operation of the habitat and the two modules. I helped with the integration of the plant and EVA module to the main module of the ILMAH. I’m curious to see how well the different systems of the habitat operate together and note how the integration could be improved. I’m looking forward to working with the plant module and help make the process for growing plants more automated. The plant module has been updated with drip feeding and hydroponic systems to provide the water and nutrients to the variety of plants currently growing. I’d like to see how this upgrade in automation helps with the process of growing the plants compared to mission IV where the plants had to be manually watered and provided nutrition’s several times a day. I hope you enjoy learning about our experience and EVA’s throughout this mission! If you had any questions or would like to learn more about the mission feel free to email me at prabhu.victor(AT)und.edu. 

Saturday, May 05, 2018


Day 3, and a second EVA.

The crew is getting more practice into the suitport undocking

Nelio and Michael are ready to go

Exiting the airlock
 
Prabhu leaving the suitport
 
Crew during EVA

DAY 2, FIRST MISSION 5 EVA

On May 3rd, the crew performed their first EVA to start familiarization with the space suits.

Trying the suits

Joseph Clift assisting the crew during the EVA

 
Dr. Gloria Leon (Space Psychologist, Univ. of Minnesota) visiting during the EVA. Crewmember Michael Castro, MD is inside the suit.

 
Nelio Nascimento (Brazil) and Michael Castro, MD salute in front of the camera.



Wednesday, May 02, 2018

Some highlights of Day 1 of Mission V


Here are some photos of the Mission 5 crew entry into the habitat.

 
Crew and mission support before start of Mission 5.
 
 
Michael Castro, Prabhu Victor and Nelio Nascimento

 
Media specialist interviewing Prabhu Victor

 
Media specialist interviewing Michael Castro, MD

 
Crew ready to enter habitat

 
Final photos before start of the mission

 
Nelio Nascimento closes the habitat door
 

MISSION 5 STARTED

At 1:15PM CST today, the new crew of Mission 5 entered to the habitat for their two-weeks mission.
The crewmembers are:

 
From left to right, Nelio Nascimento, Biomedical Engineer from Brazil, Prabhu Victor, Commander (who previously served as crewmember of Mission 4), and Michael Castro, MD who is the mission medical officer and is a veteran of a NASA HERA analog mission.
 

MISSION 5 STARTS TODAY!

Today, May 2nd a new two-week mission starts at the ILMAH.
Three crewmember will be performing an array of experiments and simulated operations.

Monday, October 30, 2017

Looking back


Mission IV of the ILMAH concluded on Wednesday October 25, 2017. Prabhu Victor, Stefan Tomovic and Joseph Clift exited the habitat at 11 AM. They explained the purpose of the mission as well their experience during it to the press who waited outside for their arrival. Here’s some of the highlights.

The crew had an assortment of interesting food during their stay inside the hab.

The crew made their own bread with a bread maker for PBJ sandwiches.

 

Here they are having a breakfast of eggs and sausages.

 

Stefan overestimates his egg flipping skills early in the morning.

 

The crew incorporated many of the plants they grew in the plant module in their meals for fresh greens.

Tortillas with lunch meat, salsa and arugula that was harvested in the plant module.

 

Salad with Hab grown greens and tuna.

 

Mission IV also incorporated fully vegan meals prepared by the Herbivorous Butcher company. The viability of vegan foods were examined since in future space travel, food will mostly be plant based. This is because plants can be grown easier in a closed loop environment and less space whereas livestock would require a lot more space.

 


 
Here are different vegan meals that was prepared by the Herbivorous Butcher. Top Left: Enchiladas, Top Right: Frittatas, Bottom Left: Potato O’Brien, Bottom Right: Rice and Beans.

 

Here are also some pictures of the crew keeping themselves busy.

The crew is doing a video chat with a 5th grade classroom and answering their questions about space travel and the mission.

Stefan and Prabhu complete the polygraph test to see how stress affects us as the mission goes on.

 

The crew take a break from the experiments and watch some Rick and Morty.

 

Stefan getting some light reading in before turning in for bed.

 

The crew is taking care of the plants and planting new seeds.

 

Finally, the crew posing by the Mission IV flag after they exited from the ILMAH after the 14-day mission.

 

 


Here are the crew behind the scenes that helped with the mission and worked long nights to make it happen! Starting from the left: Jennifer Russel, Devi Dina, Nanette Valentour, Kayla Daniels, Anamika Pandey, Peter Henson, Rakesh Balaji, Denise Buckner, Taren Wang, Pablo de Leon, Nelio Batista, Reece Lindquist and our Lead Mission Control Travis Nelson. Big thanks from the crew to them for all their hard work and enthusiasm!

EVA 7 (first Night EVA)


Tuesday Oct 24, EVA 7

EVA 7 was the only night EVA done during mission IV in the ILMAH! The main objective of the EVA was to locate and observe the moon and Saturn using a telescope. The telescope would be controlled remotely through CAPCOM (Stefan) from inside the hab.


The EVA team had to wait until the telescope was calibrated to be able to get good photos of the Moon and Saturn.

 

However, it was too cloudy in the night to get a good visual of the night sky so we moved on to the next objective. The EVA team then began to evaluate the effectiveness of the visibility of the NDX-2AT suit lights. Prabhu and Joe had to note the farthest distance they could see with the suit lights and relay it back to CAPCOM. They also had to walk to the farthest spot they could see and then check to see if they can still see the habitat from where they were.

 
After the suit lights visibility test, the EVA team then got to plant the flag for mission IV in the ILMAH. This concluded the last EVA for 14-day mission inside ILMAH!


Joe(Blueberry) and Prabhu (Tangerine) posed for the cameras after they planted the flag for mission IV