Author Archives: wilsonzak
A couple new media pieces
http://material.fm/lifeonmars/ Interview about us on BBC radio 4. We are about 8 minutes in apparently http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b05r3w3l
Print my Martian Designs
I’ve begun to upload a few of the objects I’ve designed to thingiverse so that others can download and print them. I’ve stared with the items I think are most widely usable in normal life and I’ll be adding a some more over the next week and as new things come up. https://www.thingiverse.com/zakw/designs
Article in The New Yorker
New article about HI-SEAS and human exploration. http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2015/04/20/moving-to-mars
Playing with some new photo stitching software (Microsoft Image Composite Editor) which finally allowed me to give a good overall view of the habitat interior.
Well this has been a long time coming (162 days to be exact) but we finally did a video tour of our habitat. http://youtu.be/ZOyI9EKLnSk Some photos of my room to go along with it:
Building model rockets at the office
This one is for you Peter. Now I just need a recipe for homemade solid rocket fuel.
3D Printing Update and homemade bao
As I’ve become more comfortable with the capabilities of my 3D printer I’ve increased to complexity of the objects I print. A few examples from the past month or so. About half are of my design and half are downloads from Thingiverse.com. Thus far I’ve really enjoyed working in this area. Gears and gearboxes Toys […]
120 days down, 120 to go
The half way point of the mission is today (and we are now the longest Mars analog mission done in North America). It is pretty hard to believe. Due to all the research projects going on here many of my activities are tracked (I’ve also tracked some on my own out of personal interest). A […]
Meet our fish, Blastoff McRocketboots
The votes are in and counted: Blastoff McRocketboots – 27.9% of the vote (congratulations to Heather Stoneham’s kindergarten class) Marvin – 12.8% Rover – 9.3% Total votes: 122 Not a bad looking house if you ask me.
Having a 3D printer can make you do stupid things
The crew has been rotating though various crew roles (engineer, scientist, executive officer). I’m currently the XO so that puts me in charge of checking in with mission support a few times a day and general scheduling/logistics stuff. This afternoon one of my tasks was updating the toilet schedule for the second half of the […]