NASA Breaking News

NASA Administrator Remembers Apollo-Era Astronaut Edgar Mitchell

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Feb 5, 2016

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of NASA astronaut Edgar Mitchell: Read full story.

NASA's James Webb Space Telescope Primary Mirror Fully Assembled

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Feb 4, 2016

The 18th and final primary mirror segment is installed on what will be the biggest and most powerful space telescope ever launched. The final mirror installation Wednesday at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland marks an important milestone in the assembly of the agencys James Webb Space Telescope. Read full story.

Bolden Speech Highlights State of NASA Events at Agency Centers Feb. 9

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Feb 2, 2016

NASA centers across the country are opening their doors Tuesday, Feb. 9 to media and social media for State of NASA events, including a speech from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden, and unique opportunities for a behind-the-scenes look at the agencys progress on its journey to Mars. These events follow President Obamas Fiscal Year 2017 budget Read full story.

Colorado Students to Speak Live with Space Station Commander

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Feb 2, 2016

Students from five elementary schools and five middle schools in Colorado will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working on the International Space Station at 12:35 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 4. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

NASA Space Launch Systems First Flight to Send Small Sci-Tech Satellites Into Space

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Feb 2, 2016

The first flight of NASAs new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 CubeSats to test innovative ideas along with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft in 2018. Read full story.

NASA Education News

Colorado Students to Speak Live with Space Station Commander

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Feb 2, 2016

Students from five elementary schools and five middle schools in Colorado will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working on the International Space Station at 12:35 p.m. EST on Thursday, Feb. 4. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

NASA Space Launch Systems First Flight to Send Small Sci-Tech Satellites Into Space

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Feb 2, 2016

The first flight of NASAs new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will carry 13 CubeSats to test innovative ideas along with an uncrewed Orion spacecraft in 2018. Read full story.

UPDATE: NASA Remembers Its Fallen Heroes, 30th Anniversary of Challenger Accident

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Jan 27, 2016

NASA will pay will tribute to the crews of Apollo 1 and space shuttles Challenger and Columbia, as well as other NASA colleagues, during the agency's Day of Remembrance on Thursday, Jan. 28, the 30th anniversary of the Challenger accident. NASA's Day of Remembrance honors members of the NASA family who lost their lives while furthering the cause of Read full story.

NASA to Reach for the Stars at NC Astronomy Days

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Jan 27, 2016

NASA Langley Research Center will help celebrate Astronomy Days this weekend at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. Read full story.

GPM: Making Science Fun for Kids Through Comics

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Jan 27, 2016

To get young students reading about science, NASA is trying something different. The GPM mission has launched a Japanese manga-style comic book. Read full story.

NASA Image of the Day

Sea Ice and Cloud Streets in the Sea of Okhotsk

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Feb 10, 2016

The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) instrument on NASA's Aqua satellite captured this image of cloud streets and sea ice in the Sea of Okhotsk on Feb. 8, 2016. Cloud streets are long parallel bands of cumulus clouds that form when cold air blows over warmer waters and a warmer air layer rests over the top of both. Read full story.

Feb. 9, 1995, Bernard Harris and Michael Foale Ready For a Spacewalk

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Feb 9, 2016

STS-63 astronauts Bernard A. Harris, Jr., payload commander (right), and C. Michael Foale, mission specialist (left), are ready to exit space shuttle Discovery's airlock for a spacewalk on Feb. 9, 1995. On this extravehicular activity (EVA), which lasted 4 hours and 38 minutes, Bernard Harris became the first African-American to walk in space. Read full story.

Space Station Flyover of Super Bowl 50

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Feb 8, 2016

On the evening of Feb. 7, 2016, Expedition 46 Commander Scott Kelly snapped this photo of Levi's Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif. from the International Space Station, writing, "Got to see the #SuperBowl in person after all! But at 17,500MPH, it didn't last long. #YearInSpace" Read full story.

Hubble Views Merging Galaxies in Eridanus

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Feb 5, 2016

This image, taken by the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope, shows a peculiar galaxy known as NGC 1487, lying about 30 million light-years away in the southern constellation of Eridanus. Read full story.

Floating Hills on Pluto's Sputnik Planum

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Feb 4, 2016

The nitrogen ice glaciers on Pluto appear to carry an intriguing cargo: numerous, isolated hills that may be fragments of water ice from Plutos surrounding uplands. These hills individually measure one to several miles or kilometers across, according to images and data from NASAs New Horizons mission. Read full story.

International Space Station Reports

ISS Daily Summary Report 02/10/16

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Feb 10, 2016

Burning and Suppression of Solids – Milliken (BASS-M): Today Kopra completed the fifth set of BASS-M operations, preparing and testing five different samples with ground assistance from the Principal Investigator. The BASS-M investigation tests flame-retardant cotton fabrics to determine how well they resist burning in microgravity. Results benefit research on flame-retardant textiles that can be used on Earth and in space. Circadian Rhythms: Peake configured and donned the Armband Monitor and Thermolab sensors and belt for his Flight Day 30 Circadian Rhythm session. He will wear the monitors for 36 hours and then doff and download the data on Friday. Circadian Rhythms investigates the role of synchronized circadian rhythms, or the biological clock, and how it changes during long-duration spaceflight. Researchers hypothesize that a non-24-hour cycle of light and dark affects crewmembers circadian clocks. The investigation also addresses the effects of reduced physical activity, microgravity and an artificially controlled environment. Changes in body composition and body temperature, which also occur in microgravity, can affect crewmembers circadian rhythms as well. Understanding how these phenomena affect the biological clock will improve performance and health for future crewmembers. Sprint Ultrasound: Kelly assisted Kopra in performing his Flight Day 60 thigh and calf ultrasound scans today. Ultrasound scans are used to evaluate spaceflight-induced changes in the muscle volume. The Sprint investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions. Upon completion of this study, investigators expect to provide an integrated resistance and aerobic exercise training protocol capable of maintaining muscle, bone and cardiovascular health while reducing total exercise time over the course of a long-duration space flight. This will provide valuable information in support of the long term goal of protecting human fitness for even longer space exploration missions. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3003 Fan Pump Separator Remove and Replace (R&R): As part of a two day activity, Kelly and Peake removed the failed FPS from EMU 3003 today and replaced it with a new pump. Tomorrow, the crew will finalize the installation by performing pump priming and preparing the EMU for a return to service checkout. The FPS being removed had failed to start up on December 19th during a Liquid Cooling and Ventilation Garment (LCVG) fill activity.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. NEIROIMMUNITET. Saliva Test Morning Inspection, Laptop RS1(2) Reboot RSS 1, 2 Reboot NEIROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops Calf Volume Measurement Aurora Hardware Closeout Stop discharging Orlan-MK 2nd Battery Pack 8253 No.126499192 (b/c 00068691R, stow 1_2_221_1) and start discharging the 3rd Battery Pack No.126499193 (b/c 00068692R, 1_2_221_1) Acoustic Dosimeter Operations and RS Crew Handover – Day 3 BASSM – Preparation Operations Part 1 Video Footage of Greetings ESA Weekly Crew Conference USND2 – Hardware Activation Environmental Health System (EHS) – Relocation of Intravehicular Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter (IV-TEPC) USOS Window Shutter Close NAPOR-miniRSA. MRC and HRC S/W Upgrade WRS Water Sample Analysis CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops Preparation for Progress 431 (DC1) - Test Laptop FS1 S/W Upgrade SPRINT – Hardware prep and installation SPRINT – Operator Assistance with the Experiment EMU Fan Pump Separator (FPS) R&R VIRU. Battery Charge SPLANH. Terminate EGEG Recording. Closeout Ops SPLANH. Photography of the Experiment Ops MATRYOSHKA-R Photos Galvanic isolation test between power buses of thermal container - No.06 and its enclosure SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module () HDD (start) Study of veins in lower extremities TOCA Data Recording USND2 – Hardware Deactivation EMU Fan Pump Separator (FPS) R&R Separation of EDV (KOV) No. 1162 for Electron system. For separation use EDV No.1199 EKAM-Node2 – Camera Lens Change Water Transfer to EDV from Progress 431 (DC1) H2O Tank1 and N2O Tank1 Bladder Compression BASS Soot Removal Maintenance BASSM – Experiment start SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module () HDD (end) BASSM – BASS Hardware Installation and Test BASSM – Experiment end VIRU. Software Update VIRU. Hardware Setup for Relaksatsiya Experiment PAO hardware setup. Tagup with specialists / See OPTIMIS Viewer for Procedure TV Conference with the Organizers of 108 minutes Music Festival (Ku + S-band) VIRU. Hardware parameter adjustment for Relaksatsiya Experiment Tagup with specialists VIRU. Earth Observation for Relaksatsiya Experiment Sprint Portable Pulmonary Function System (PPFS) Partial Setup VIRU. Closeout Ops and Hardware Teardown after Relaksatsiya Experiment Thermolab – Instrumentation Ops for Circadian Rhythms VIRU. Fill out and Downlink VIRU Log Sheet Verification of -1 Flow Sensor Position SPLANH. Diet Restrictions Reminder On MCC GO Closeout Ops after Progress 431 (DC1) Rodnik H2O Tank1 Bladder Compression Completed Task List Items Sidekick Charging Sidekick Laptop Deploy   Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Nominal System Commanding Three-Day Look Ahead: Thursday, 02/11: EVA FPS R&R Part 2, Ocular Health, SPRINT, NanoRacks Multi-Gas Monitor Deploy, Col Desiccant Module R&R, PEPS Inspection, SSRMS Walkoff Friday, 02/12: SPRINT, Microbe-IV Sample Collection, FPS Pack and Tool Stow, SkinB, BASS-M Saturday, 02/13: Crew Off Duty, Weekly Cleaning QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) On [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Override Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Normal Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Full Up Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off   Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 02/9/16

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Feb 9, 2016

Mycological Evaluation of Crew Exposure to ISS Ambient Air (Myco): Shortly after wakeup, Kelly took body samples for the Myco investigation and then inserted them into a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for return to Earth. Analysis of the samples will focus on microflora, particularly fungi, which may cause opportunistic infections or allergies if a crewmembers immunity is compromised on the ISS. Aurora: Kopra set up a camera in a Cupola window to capture images of auroras. A second aurora opportunity is scheduled for Thursday. Multi-Omics: Peake completed sampling and a questionnaire today for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics investigation. The Multi-omics analysis of human microbial-metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem (Multi-omics) investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts immune function, by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the gut microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system. Biomarkers for immune dysfunction during the crewmembers time on the ISS could be useful for the health management of astronauts Cardio Ox: Kopra and Peake performed their Flight Day 60 (FD60) Cardio Ox ultrasound and blood pressure measurement sessions. The goal of Cardio Ox is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis risk in astronauts. Twelve crewmembers provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15 and 60 days after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries are obtained at the same time points, as well as through 5 years after landing, as an indicator of cardiovascular health. Dose Tracker: Kopra and Peake completed entries for medication tracking on an iPad today. This investigation documents the medication usage of crew members before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The data are expected to either support or counter anecdotal evidence of medication ineffectiveness during flight and unusual side effects experienced during flight. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics (PK) or pharmacodynamics (PD) is occurring during missions. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Maintenance: Today, Peake temporarily installed EMU 3005 on the forward EMU Don/Doff Assembly (EDDA). Once installed, he performed a dump and fill of the EMUs feed water tanks in order to satisfy maintenance requirements for on-orbit stowage. After the dump and fill activity was complete, he removed EMU 3005 from the EDDA and placed it in storage within the Crew Lock. Fan Pump Separator Remove and Replace (R&R) Tool Gather: Kelly gathered required tools in support of tomorrows EMU 3003 FPS R&R. The FPS had failed to start up on December 19th during a Liquid Cooling and Ventilation Garment (LCVG) fill activity. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Yesterday afternoon, Robotic Flight Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) and Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) into position for the Mobile Transporter (MT) translation. The MSS was then powered down and the MT was successfully moved from Worksite (WS)-2 to WS-4. This move will be followed by a SSRMS walk off to the Node 2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) on Thursday in preparation for Cygnus unberth February 19th. Fine Motor Skills: Kopra completed sessions of the Fine Motor Skills experiment today. During the experiment he performed a series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet. This investigation was the fine motor skills study to measure long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity.   Ocular Health Testing: Today Kelly, Peake, Volkov, and Kornienko performed their Return minus 30 day (R-30) Ocular Health activities. They completed tonometry and vision testing, measured blood pressure, and completed a vision questionnaire. Volkov completed a fundoscopy to obtain images of the retinal surface, a vision test and a vision questionnaire. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in the ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. MYCO – Morning Sample Collection MO – Experiment Ops Morning Inspection. SM (Caution & Warning Panel) Test Ocular Health Reminder NEIROIMMUNITET. Saliva Collection and Questionnaire Filling out MO – Sample Insertion into MELFI MYCO – Sample Insertion into MELFI MO – Hardware stowage Ocular Health Reminder MO – Questionnaire Completion MORZE. Measuring Bioimpedance using SPRUT-2 Acoustic Dosimeter Reminder MORZE. NEIROIMMUNITET. CORRECTSIYA. Blood Sample MORZE. CORRECTSIYA. Venous blood sample processing using Plasma-03 centrifuge NEIROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing (smear) NEIROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing using Plasma-03 centrifuge OCT Hardware Setup CORRECTSIYA. Closeout Ops Photo/TV Battery Charge Initiation MORZE. NEIROIMMUNITET. CORRECTSIYA. Handover to USOS for MELFI Insertion Terminate the 1st Orlan-MK 8253 Battery Pack discharge No.126499191 (b/c 00068690R, stow 1_2_221_1) and start discharging the 2nd pack No.126499192 (b/c 00068691R, 1_2_221_1) RUEXP – MELFI Insertion of Samples Post-EVA SM and DC1 reconfig to nominal RGN – recycle tank drain into EDV Fine Motor Skills – Test Acoustic Dosimeter Operations and RS Crew Handover Day 2 Eye Examination USND2 – Hardware Activation CARDOX – Setup Ops MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Tsentrovka, SENSOR Tests Post-EVA SM and DC1 reconfig to nominal Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Proficiency Training Flushing Multi-Filtration Unit () Prior to its installation in -2 MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: SUPOS Test CARDOX – Scanning MORZE. Closeout Ops MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings CARDOX – Measurements IMS Delta File Prep) CARDOX – Doffing and Stowage Ops Eye Examination USND2 […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 02/8/16

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Feb 8, 2016

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Troubleshooting: Peake successfully performed troubleshooting steps for the accessibility issue that has prevented mating of a hose between the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) ELF and the Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) for cooling. He connected the cooling water hose between the MTL connection on the MSPR2 and the ELF. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and solidify materials employing containerless processing techniques that use the electrostatic levitation method with charged samples and electrodes. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved. Burning and Suppression of Solids – Milliken (BASS-M): Today Kopra completed the fourth set of BASS-M operations, preparing and testing five different samples with ground assistance from the Principal Investigator. The BASS-M investigation tests flame-retardant cotton fabrics to determine how well they resist burning in microgravity. Results benefit research on flame-retardant textiles that can be used on Earth and in space. Ocular Health Testing: Kelly and Kornienko performed their Return minus 30 day (R-30) Ocular Health activities. They completed tonometry and vision testing, measured blood pressure, and completed a vision questionnaire. Volkov completed a fundoscopy to obtain images of the retinal surface, a vision test, and a vision questionnaire. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines. Multi-Omics: Peake completed the second sampling on Saturday for JAXAs Multi-Omics Investigation. The Multi-omics analysis of human microbial-metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem (Multi-omics) investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts immune function, by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the gut microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system. Biomarkers for immune dysfunction during the crewmembers time on the ISS could be useful for the health management of astronauts. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Preparation: In preparation for EMU 3003 Fan Pump Separator changeout scheduled to start this Wednesday, Kelly removed EMU 3008 from the Aft EMU Don/Doff Assembly (EDDA) then installed EMU 3003 in its place. Later, Kelly and Kopra reviewed the procedure associated with the Fan Pump Separator changeout activity.   Orbital ATK (OA)-4 Cargo Operations: The crew transferred trash into the Cygnus vehicle today in preparation for the vehicles unberth from ISS on February 19th. Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) Demonstration: Over the weekend, the Robotics Team completed their three day activity to validate the robotic transfer of battery style Orbital Replacement Units (ORU) prior to the delivery of new ISS batteries on HTV-6. On Friday evening, the team successfully removed the MBSU from the Flight Releasable Attachment Mechanism (FRAM) structure and temporarily stowed it on the Enhanced ORU Temporary Platform (EOTP) before returning the MBSU back to the FRAM. On Saturday, the demonstration concluded when the MBSU/FRAM was moved back to its home on Express Logistics Carrier 2. One issue was encountered during the demonstration which prevented the SPDM from grasping the Robotic Offset Tool (ROST) in order to remove it from its holster for use. Robotics team accomplished the bolt loosening task using the OTCM instead. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. SLEEP – Questionnaire CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake Acoustic Dosimeter Setup – Day 1 Ocular Health (OH) – Tonometry Test Configuration PILOT-T. Preparation for the Experiment Installation of - Charger No.13010004 (009709R, 1_2_221_1, Soft Container 422-6 (00062719R) for Orlan Battery HMS – Visual Testing Activity BASSM – Preparation Operations Part 1 on MCC GO Mating Telemetry Connector to - Multi Omics (MO) – Saliva Collection Equipment Setup PILOT-T. Experiment Ops Vision Test – Questionnaire Completion HMS – Vision Test Set up the First Orlan-MK 8253 Battery Pack 126499191 (/ 00068690R, 1_2_221_1) for Discharge and Start Discharging the First Pack Columbus Stowage and Consolidation Ocular Health (OH) – Blood Pressure Operations Pressurization of Elektron-VM Liquid Unit before Activation. Tagup with specialists for opening Elektron 2 Ocular Health Experiment – Tonometry Test Vision Test – Complete Questionnaire Ocular Health Experiment – Measurements with Holter Arterial BP Unit – Test Subject MYCO – Familiarization Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) – Payload Partial Removal CBEF- Hardware Setup Ocular Health Experiment – Tonometry Test Mouse Habitat Unit (MHU) – Connecting Camcorder Post-Tonometry Stowage PILOT-T. Closeout Ops XF305- Camcorder Setup MSPR2 – Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Troubleshooting HMS – Vision Test Vision Test – Complete Questionnaire MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Cattells Test PK4- Hard Drive Installation Exercise Data Downlink via OCA Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Proficiency Training MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Strelau Test Environmental Health System (EHS) – Disconnecting RAD Detector from SSC12 Photography of Plume Impingement and Deposit Monitoring Unit () Position on MRM2 through SM Window No.13 (after EVA-42) BASSM – Experiment Start FSL Rack Fiber Optical Connector Troubleshooting [Deferred] VEGGIE-01 Water Syringe Transfer in MELFI CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake EarthKAM – Setup and Hardware Activation in Node 2 EMU Backpack Replacement Post-EVA Tool Re-stow, IMS Ops HRF2- Photography EMU Fan Pump Separator (FPS) R&R Procedure Review MORZE. NEIROIMMUNITET. CORRECTSIYA. Experiment Setup Fundoscope Exam Subject Preparation Cygnus Cargo Operations HABIT- Questionnaire Completion Fundoscope Setup for Exam Preparation for Stereo Macro-Photography of EV Hatch 2 Windows in MRM2 (Preparation for the Activity, Procedure and R/G Review) Fundoscope – Eye Examination Maintenance Stereo Macro-photography of EV Hatch 2 Windows in MRM2 Equipment Stowage after Fundoscope Eye Imaging JRNL- Journal Entry Evening Work Prep INTERACTION -2. Experiment Ops Video Footage of Greetings Cygnus – Cargo Operations Tagup CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake NEIROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample Ocular Health Reminder SPLANH. Diet Restrictions Reminder Ocular Health Reminder Completed Task List Items Crew Choice Event for YouthSparks […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 02/5/16

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Feb 5, 2016

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock Pressurization and Leak Check: Kelly opened the JEM Airlock inner hatch and extended the Slide Table into the JEM. Peake then removed Cyclops from the Slide Table and stowed it for future use. Russian Pilot-T Experiment: Kelly performed a session of the Russian experiment Pilot-T today. The goal of Pilot-T is to improve methods and develop equipment to assess and predict crewmember performance reliability during the execution of complex operator tasks (such as piloting a space vehicle or controlling transport and robotic equipment on the surface of a spacecraft) during various stages of long-term spaceflight. Education Payload Operation (EPO): Peake recorded a video message encouraging and inspiring pupils and schools that are taking part in the Education Resource Office United Kingdom (ESERO-UK) Primary School Project. The recording is part of the European Space Agencys (ESA) Principia mission to support education activities for 500 primary schools around the UK. Reaction Self Test: Kelly and Kornienko completed sessions today for the Reaction Self Test investigation after they woke in the morning and prior to their sleep period. Reaction Self Test helps crewmembers objectively identify when their performance capability is degraded by various fatigue-related conditions that can occur as a result of ISS operations and time in space (e.g., acute and chronic sleep restriction, slam shifts, extravehicular activity (EVA), and residual sedation from sleep medications). Orbital ATK (OA)-4 Cargo Operations: The crew transferred trash into the Cygnus vehicle today. An estimated 6 hours remain to complete the trash loading. Cygnus is scheduled to unberth from ISS on February 19th.   Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) Demonstration: Today is the second day of 3 days of activities designed to validate robotic transfer of battery style Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) prior to the delivery of new ISS batteries on HTV-6. A successful demonstration will allow planners to reduce the number of EVAs to install the batteries. Yesterdays activities to move the MBSU Flight Releasable Attachment Mechanism (FRAM) to Enhanced ORU Temporary Platform (EOTP) side 2 were successful. However ground controllers were unable to use the ORU Tool Changeout Mechanism (OTCM) to grasp the Right-hand Off-Set Tool (ROST) so the MBSU secondary bolt operations were completed using the OTCM. Today the ground will remove the MBSU from the FRAM structure and temporarily stow the MBSU on EOTP side 3 before returning the MBSU back to the FRAM. Tomorrow the demonstration will conclude when the MBSU FRAM is moved back to its home on Express Logistics Carrier 2. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. ISS crew and (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference JEMAL – Slide Table extension CYCLOPS – Experiment Ops Operations with EXPOSE-R P/L, Test Air Tight Containers, and [] containers after EVA-42 PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment JEM Airlock (JEM AL) Troubleshooting Preparation PILOT-T. Experiment Ops CYCLOPS – Experiment Ops JEM Airlock (JEM AL) Troubleshooting Closeout Fine Motor Skills – Test JEMAL – Slide Table Retraction Tagup after EVA-42 EPO – Recording Project Soyuz 718 Samsung Tablet Recharge – Initiate PILOT-T. Experiment Ops Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT) Food Frequency Questionnaire Stow Earlier Installed Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Log out of SSC12 in preparation for remote Radiation Detector ops by the ground PILOT-T. Closeout Ops Orlan-MK Equipment Pre-pack for Stowage and Disposal after EVA On MCC GO 429 and Interface Leak Check CIR – Upper Rack Doors Open CIR – Hardware Removal and Relocation Food Frequency Questionnaire IMS Tagup Removal of Portable Repress Tank () No.17 from SM [] and stowage EVA Video Data Downlink from Glisser-M CIR – Hardware Removal and Relocation VEG-01 – Plants Photo Soyuz 718 Samsung Tablet Recharge – terminate CIR – Upper Rack Doors Close - Hatch Opening HABIT – Experiment Ops EPO – Experiment Ops On MCC GO - Hatch Opening Installation of Quick Release Screw Clamps on SM Aft side Progress 429 (SM Aft) Deactivation, Air Duct Installation EXPOSE-R. Cable Demate PAO Event with a 1 Year Mission crew EPO Hardware Stow Maintenance SHD – Weekly Questionnaire Reaction Self-Test (Sleep) Completed Task List Items PDH2 T/S Setup SSC10 Shell Swap   Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Nominal System Commanding SPDM MBSU Demo Day 2 Three-Day Look Ahead: Saturday, 02/06: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty, SPDM MBSU Demo Day 3 Sunday, 02/07: Crew off Duty Monday, 02/08: Ocular Health, ELF QD Troubleshooting, BASS-M, EMU Swap, Cargo Ops, FPS Procedure Review, MT Translate to WS-4 QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron Off Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) Off [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) On Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Override Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Full Up Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off   Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 02/4/16

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Feb 4, 2016

Node 3 Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Repair: Kelly and Kopra replaced the Fan Motor Controller (FMC) on the Node 3 CDRA which had failed on January 19th. In addition to the FMC change out, the crew took advantage of the CDRA configuration and also replaced a faulty Secondary Heater Controller, an Air Selector Valve 104, and cleaned the Node 3 Avionic Rack Air Assembly. Following the repair, ground controllers successfully reactivated the unit.   Habitability: Today Kopra recorded a narrated task video of his activities to remove and replace the Node 3 Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Heater Controller, Motor Controller and CO2 Selector Valve. He captured details such as hardware and tool interface issues, volume needed to perform the task, or other human factors concerns for task performance. The Habitability investigation results will be used to assess the relationship between crew members and their environment in order to better prepare for future long-duration spaceflights to destinations, such as near earth asteroids and Mars. Observations recorded during 6 month and 1 year missions can help spacecraft designers determine how much habitable volume is required, and whether a missions duration impacts how much space crew members need.   ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Stow: Peake received USOS tools from Volkov that were used as part of yesterdays Russian Segment EVA. Once the tools were transferred, he stowed the items within the US Airlock. Among the items transferred were Tethers, Radio Frequency Camera Assemblies, Helmet Interchangeable Portable Lights, and Rechargeable EVA Battery Assemblies.   Potable Water Dispenser Sample Analysis: Peake visually analyzed water samples within Coliform Detection Bags and Microbial Capture Devices (MCDs) after 48 hours of incubation. The samples had been obtained from the USOS and RS water dispensers on Tuesday. The samples will be returning to the ground by way of Soyuz 44 next month.   Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) Demonstration: Ground controllers began 3 days of activities designed to validate robotic transfer of battery style Orbital Replacement Units (ORUs) prior to the delivery of new ISS batteries on HTV-6. A successful demonstration will allow planners to reduce the number of EVAs to install the batteries. This afternoon, controllers are using the SPDM to move the spare MBSU Flight Releasable Attachment Mechanism (FRAM) from Express Logistics Carrier (ELC)-2 to the Enhanced ORU Temporary Platform (EOTP) on SPDM. Controllers will then use the Right-hand Off-Set Tool (ROST) to unfasten the MBSU secondary bolt. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Gathering CDRA Kits Columbus Stowage Consolidation – Part 3 of 3 EPO – Review Video Demonstration Photo/TV CDRA Node 3 Video Setup Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Removal Unstow of EPO and Classroom Videos Demonstrations (CVD) items MELFI – Retrieval of Ice Bricks Position JEM Camcorder for a view of CDRA activities CDRA R&R Node1 Camcorder Settings Adjustment Post-EVA Orlan Debrief With Specialists EXPOSE-R. Copy and Downlink Data Deinstall US TV cameras, Lights, and REBA power supply from Orlan No.4 and No.6 HABIT. Overview Video Handover of US EVA Tools to the USOS after RS EVA 42 Post-EVA Pille Dosimeter Reading ISS HAM Radio – Radio Power up Drying Orlan-MK Water Feed Line Portable Computer System (PCS) Hard Drive (HD) Swap and Image Orlan Feedwater Bladder Refill Post-EVA Medical Kits Restow EVA – RS EVA Tool Stowage HABIT – Launching the Application Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) CO2 Selector Valve (ASV) Remove and Replace On MCC Go Progress 431 Cygnus Cargo Operations Orlan-MK Drying – start HABIT – End Task Digital Media Setup DC1 – Hatch Opening CSA PAO Recording and Downlink (Marrow P/L) On MCC GO - Hatch Opening Installing Quick-Release Screw Clamps on DC1 side 431 (DC1) deactivation, air duct installation INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 1316 Environmental Health System (EHS) Microbial Capture Device (MCD) – In-flight Microbiology Water Analysis and GMT Day 33 Data Recording Orlan-MK Drying (switching to a backup fan) On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ CIR – Post-Experiment Hardware Stowage Maintenance HAM radio session from Columbus HABIT – Hardware Setup Orlan-MK Drying – terminate BRI log download from RSS1 Setting up Orlan and for storage mode Completed Task List Items None   Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Nominal System Commanding SPDM MBSU Demo Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 02/05: Cygnus cargo operations, remove Cyclops from JEM slidetable, CIR stow and bottle replace, EPO classroom videos, PILOT-T, SPDM MBSU Demo Saturday, 02/06: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty, SPDM MBSU demo Sunday, 02/07: Crew off Duty QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron Off Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) Off [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) On Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Fail Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Idle Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Shutdown Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Full Up Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off  Read full story.

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