NASA Breaking News

NASA TV to Broadcast Dragon Departure from International Space Station

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May 5, 2016

After delivering almost 7,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station, including the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM), the SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft is set to leave the orbital laboratory with valuable science research and return to Earth on Wednesday, May 11. NASA Television will provide live coverage of Dragon's departure Read full story.

NASA Makes Dozens of Patents Available in Public Domain to Benefit U.S. Industry

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May 5, 2016

NASA has released 56 formerly-patented agency technologies into the public domain, making its government-developed technologies freely available for unrestricted commercial use. In addition to the release of these technologies, a searchable database now is available that catalogues thousands of expired NASA patents already in the public domain. Read full story.

NASA to Announce Latest Kepler Discoveries During Media Teleconference

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May 4, 2016

NASA will host a news teleconference at 1 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 10 to announce the latest discoveries made by its planet-hunting mission, the Kepler Space Telescope. Read full story.

NASA to Provide Coverage of May 9 Mercury Transit of the Sun

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May 3, 2016

NASA is inviting media and viewers around the world to see a relatively rare celestial event, with coverage of the Monday, May 9 transit of the sun by the planet Mercury. Media may view the event at NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Read full story.

NASA Welcomes New Director for its Jet Propulsion Laboratory

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May 2, 2016

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the selection of Michael Watkins as the new director of the agencys Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California. Read full story.

NASA Education News

NASA Astronauts to Call Chicago Area Students from International Space Station

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May 2, 2016

Students from 11 schools in South Holland, Illinois, will have the opportunity to speak with two NASA astronauts currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 11:55 a.m. EDT Thursday, May 5. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

NASA Dedicates Facility to Mathematician, Presidential Medal Winner

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Apr 28, 2016

NASA will commemorate the many contributions of retired mathematician Katherine Johnson to Americas space program during a building dedication ceremony at 2 p.m. EDT Thursday, May 5 -- the 55th anniversary of Alan Shepard's historic rocket launch and splash down, which Johnson helped make possible. The ceremony will air live on NASA Television and Read full story.

Space Station Scientists, Astronauts to Visit North Carolina; Available for Interviews

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Apr 28, 2016

NASA astronauts and scientists will visit the Research Triangle Region in North Carolina May 3-6 to share the accomplishments and opportunities for research aboard the International Space Station. Read full story.

NASA Selects American Small Business, Research Institution Projects for Further Development

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Apr 27, 2016

NASA has selected 399 research and technology proposals from 259 American small businesses and 42 research institutions that will enable NASA's future missions into deep space, while also benefiting the U.S. economy. The awards have a total value of approximately $49.7 million. Read full story.

NASA Glenn Celebrates 75 Years of Exceptional Technology Achievements at Technology Day 2016

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Apr 27, 2016

NASAs Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will celebrate a legacy of innovation and explore its role in NASAs Journey to Mars at Technology Day 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Tuesday, May 24 in the hangar at Glenn. The event and parking are free. Registration is required. Read full story.

NASA Image of the Day

May 5, 1961, Alan Shepard in Spacesuit Before Mercury Launch

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May 5, 2016

Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr., in his silver pressure suit with the helmet visor closed, prepares for his Mercury Redstone 3 launch on May 5, 1961. Shepard's Freedom 7 Mercury capsule lifted off at 9:34 a.m. and flew a suborbital trajectory lasting 15 minutes and 22 seconds. He became the first American to fly into space. Read full story.

Many Fantastic Colors

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May 4, 2016

The Nili Fossae region, located on the northwest rim of Isidis impact basin, is one of the most colorful regions of Mars. This region is ancient and has had a complicated geologic history, leading to interesting structures like layered bedrock, as well as other compositions. Read full story.

Space Station Flyover of Morocco

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May 3, 2016

Expedition 47 Flight Engineer Jeff Williams of NASA captured this detailed photograph from the International Space Station during a daytime flyover of Morocco on May 2, 2016. Williams shared the image to social media and asked, "Reptile scales, or incredible and rugged geology in Morocco?" Read full story.

The Dew Drop of Saturn

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May 2, 2016

The water-world Enceladus appears here to sit atop Saturn's rings like a drop of dew upon a leaf. Even though it appears like a tiny drop before the might of the giant Saturn, Enceladus reminds us that even small worlds hold mysteries and wonders to be explored. Read full story.

James Webb Space Telescope's Golden Mirror

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Apr 29, 2016

Inside the clean room at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, the golden James Webb Space Telescope is viewed from overhead with its secondary mirror booms stowed. In the next few months, engineers will install other key elements, and take additional measurements to ensure the telescope is ready for space. Read full story.

International Space Station Reports

ISS Daily Summary Report 05/04/16

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May 4, 2016

Fluid Shifts Baseline Imaging Using Chibis in the Russian Segment: The crew began operations for the third and final week of the Fluid Shifts experiment by performing data collections while wearing the Chibis Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP) device. The Fluids Shift investigation is divided into three one-week segments: Dilution Measures, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging using the Russian Chibis Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP) device. The experiment measures how much fluid shifts from the lower body to the upper body, in or out of cells and blood vessels, and determines the impact these shifts have on fluid pressure in the head, changes in vision and eye structures. Rodent Research-3 (RR-3) Transfer and Bone Densitometer Scans: Following yesterdays grip strength operations, today the crew transferred the rodents from their habitats, configured Ultrasound 2, and performed bone densitometer scans with support from ground teams. This is one of three sessions planned this week that studies the molecular and physical changes to the musculoskeletal system that occur in space. Results will expand scientists understanding of muscle atrophy and bone loss in space while testing an antibody that has been known to prevent muscle wasting in mice on Earth. Microbial Observatory-1 Review: In preparation for upcoming Microbial Observatory -1 operations, the crew reviewed reference material and videos before discussing sample collection procedures with the payload developer. The Microbial Observatory-1 investigation monitors the types of microbes present on ISS over a one-year period. Samples are returned to Earth for further study, enabling scientists to understand the diversity of the microbial flora on the ISS and how it changes over time.   AMS external survey: Last night, Robotics Ground Controllers successfully completed a survey of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) payload from various angles to understand the state of the payload as well as to obtain detailed views of the payload. This evening, controllers will translate the Mobile Transporter (MT) from Work Site 2 (WS2) to WS4. The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) will then walk off to Node 2 to perform Dragon Thermal Protection System (TPS) inspection and re-grapple in preparation for unberth on May 11.   Treadmill 2 (T2) software update: Ground teams updated the software on the T2. The regularly scheduled exercise session on T2 after the update was performed nominally.   Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA1)/Node 1 Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Reconfiguration: Following the PMA1/Node 1 IMV reconfiguration activity on Monday, data indicated that air exchange is still occurring between the Russian segment and the USOS. Today, to limit the air exchange through the PMA, the crew repositioned the Node 1 Overhead Starboard diffuser vanes so the air flows away from the PMA. Additionally, the crew will be reconfiguring the stowage in the PMA to direct the air coming out of the PMA grille toward the Russian Segment. The airflow between the segments is being limited in order to optimize CO2 removal throughout the ISS. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. FLUID SHIFTS. Comm configuration for the experiment / r/g 9995 FLUID SHIFTS. Gathering and Connecting Equipment for TV coverage FLUID SHIFTS. Activation of for Ultrasound Equipment / r/g 2133 FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Setup and Activation in SM Rodent Research (RR) Camcorder Setup FLUID SHIFTS. Assistance with Chibis and Gamma-1 r/g 2136 FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Setup / r/g 2136 Rodent Research (RR) Animal transfer to MSG and back Rodent Research (RR) Blood Samples Retrieval from MELFI Replacement of 1, 2 Dust Filter cassettes and cleaning 1, B2 fan screens in MRM2 Rodent Research (RR) Experiment Ops Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Scan, Operator 1 FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Scan, Subject Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan 1, 2 Dust Filter Replacement and MRM1 Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger () Cleaning FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Closeout Ops / r/g 2136 Rodent Research (RR) Camcorder Setup Gathering and connecting SM-AGAT-U52 charger r/g 2130 Verification of -1 Flow Sensor Position 24-hour ECG Monitoring (start) / r/g 2107 24-hour BP monitoring (start) / r/g 2108 MICRO10 SABL 2 Rack Doors Open Complete the Dose Tracker application Rodent Research (RR) Habitat Transfer FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Setup / r/g 2135 FLUID SHIFTS. Operator Assistance with Chibis and Gamma-1 r/g 2135 FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Setup and Activation in SM 1, 2 Dust Filter Replacement and 1, 2 Fan Grille Cleaning in DC1 FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Scan, Test Subject FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Scan, Operator Vacuum Cleaning of 1 and 2 air ducts in DC1 FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Closeout Ops / r/g 2135 SPHEROIDS. Temperature Check FLUID SHIFTS. Deactivation of and USND / r/g 2134 Soyuz 720 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Initiate Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Initiate Rodent Research (RR) Habitat Transfer Rodent Research (RR) Experiment Ops FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Stowage in SM Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan FLUID SHIFTS. CCFP hardware, HRF Laptop in SM PMA1 airflow redirect [Deferred] Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Cleaning of TVS LIV voltage converter vent grille Maintenance VIZIR. Experiment Ops with Hardware r/g 2125 FLUID SHIFTS. Installation of cable assembly for voltage converter r/g 2131 FLUID SHIFTS. Hardware Handover to USOS Cleaning FGB 1 Circulation Fan Screens FSL Optical Adapter Cable removal and restoring EDR and FSL connections Rodent Research (RR) Experiment Ops FLUID SHIFTS. Connecting US-invertor to FLUID SHIFTS. Crew Onboard Support System () Hardware Deactivation and Closing Applications FLUID SHIFTS. Restore nominal comm config CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 2119 USND2 Verification of devices and camcorder configuration WHC EDV-U R&R Rodent Research (RR) Habitat Transfer Reconfigure LAB camcorder and Dual Canon Li-Ion Battery Charger to nominal config MICROBS1 Procedure Review CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 2118 MICROBS1 Crew Conference Soyuz 720 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Terminate Flushing for Condensate Water Recovery System r/g 2121 Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Terminate C2V2 Voice Check Completed Task List Items WHC KTO replace Ground Activities All activities were completed otherwise noted. RR ops support C2V2 checkout Nominal ground commanding Three-Day […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 05/03/16

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May 3, 2016

Rodent Research-3 (RR-3) Transfer and Grip Strength Operations: The crew transferred rodents from their habitats to the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and completed grip strength measurements. Operations were completed ahead of schedule and was the first time on-orbit use of the Grip Meter. This was the first of three RR-3 sessions conducted this week that will study the molecular and physical changes to the musculoskeletal system that happen in space. Results will expand scientists understanding of muscle atrophy and bone loss in space while testing an antibody that has been known to prevent muscle wasting in mice on Earth.   Fluid Shifts Baseline Imaging in the Russian Segment Preparation: The crew gathered and transferred hardware from the US Segment to the Russian Segment and configured Ultrasound 2 hardware in the Service Module to support Fluid Shifts data collections while the crewmember is wearing Chibis Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP) device. Fluids Shift is divided into three one-week segments: Dilution Measures, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging using the Russian Chibis. The experiment measures how much fluid shifts from the lower body to the upper body, in or out of cells and blood vessels, and determines the impact these shifts have on fluid pressure in the head, changes in vision and eye structures.   Plant Gravity Sensing-3 (PGS-3) Closeout: Following yesterdays successful PGS-3 Sample Fixation operations, today the Chemical Fixation Apparatus samples were inserted into the Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) in preparation for return on SpaceX-8. This concludes a two week Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) PGS-3 experiment run which studies whether plants grown in microgravity conditions can sense the changes in the gravitational acceleration and the concentrations of calcium in plant cells changes. Gravity is a critical environmental factor affecting the morphology and functions of organisms on Earth. Radiation Dosimeter inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N): After retrieving the RaDI-N hardware from the Russian crewmember, the USOS crew deployed all 8 Space Bubble Detectors in various locations in the ISS for the Radi-N2 experiment. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) investigation is conducted by measuring neutron radiation levels while onboard the ISS. RaDI-N uses bubble detectors as neutron monitors which have been designed to only detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation. Dose Tracker: The crew configured the Dose Tracker app and completed entries for medication tracking. 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.   Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through video documenting observations of an area or activity providing insight related to human factors and habitability. The Habitability investigation collects observations about the relationship between crew members and their environment on the ISS.   Intra-module Ventilation (IMV) Reconfiguration: Yesterday, in an effort to reduce ppCO2 levels, ground commanding was performed to implement split ventilation between the USOS and Russian segments. The system has not yet reached a steady state, however, ppCO2 is trending lower than the Node 3 CDRA/Vozdukh combination was able to support in the previous configuration. Teams continue to monitor CO2 closely as they characterize the new configuration.   Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) Survey: Robotics Ground Controllers are currently making preparations to survey the AMS using various cameras from various Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS)/Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) positions. The survey is being performed to understand the state of the payload as well as to obtain detailed views of the payload. Following the survey SPDM will be stowed on Mobile Base System 2 (MBS 2) and SSRMS will be maneuvered to a translate configuration.   Dragon Cargo Transfer Status: The crew has completed ~34.5 hours of cargo transfer with ~13.5 hours remaining to be completed.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Verification of anti-virus scan results on Auxiliary Computer System [] laptops / r/g 8247 ESA Weekly Crew Conference Rodent Research (RR) Camcorder Setup Observation and photography using Photo Equipment / r/g 2137 Monitoring hardware activation / r/g 2116 ENERGY Closeout Ops PGS3 SMPL Sample Insertion into MELFI MRM1 Fan Screen Cleaning (Group C) / Ventilation and Air Conditioning System [] PGS3 SMPL Sample Transfer from MELFI Complete the Dose Tracker application – Subject PILOT-T. Preparation for Experiment / r/g 2122 RS ISS Module Photos (DC1, MRM1, MRM2) / r/g 2114 Rodent Research (RR) Animal transfer to MSG and back Rodent Research (RR) Measurement Ops Rodent Research (RR) Animal transfer to MSG and back PILOT-T. Experiment Ops / r/g 2122 Rodent Research (RR) Measurement Ops FLUID SHIFTS. USOS H/W Gathering PILOT-T. Experiment Ops / r/g 2123 Rodent Research (RR) Animal transfer to MSG and back Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 2000 FLUID SHIFTS. H/W Transfer to RS FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Setup in SM Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations FLUID SHIFTS. Connecting Ultrasound Equipment to / r/g 2127 HABIT Video Recording PILOT-T. Closeout Ops / r/g 2123 HABIT Preparing for the experiment PAO Hardware Setup HABIT Procedure Review Water Resource Management (WRM) Initiate Condensate Sampling Disconnecting data cable from BRI / r/g 2126 Crew Prep for PAO DOSETRK Data Export PAO Event Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Tank Drain Preventive Maintenance of FS1 Laptop (Cleaning and rebooting) Handover / r/g 1023 MATRYOSHKA-R. Gathering and Initialization of Bubble-Dosimeter Detectors r/g 2117 Preventive Maintenance of FS1 Laptop (Cleaning and rebooting) / r/g 1023 Water Resource Management (WRM) Terminate Condensate Sampling BRI Cleaning (monthly) Handover / r/g 1841 DRAGON Transfers BRI Monthly Maintenance r/g 1841 Rodent Research (RR) Camcorder Setup Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Tank Drain Part 2 RADIN Handover of detectors to USOS for deployment MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeters to USOS / r/g 2117 RADIN Dosimeter Deployment MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter detector initialization and deployment for exposure r/g 2117 WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV HABIT Camcorder Setup Experiment Ops with Hardware r/g 2125 Copy and Downlink Data / r/g 2116 HABIT Video Recording […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 04/29/16

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Apr 29, 2016

Energy Operations: The crew completed the 8th day of a 10 day European Space Agency (ESA) Energy experiment run by collecting ISS tap water samples taken from the Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) and body samples. This investigation will help determine the crewmembers energy requirements for long-term space flight. Energy also measures adaptations in the components of total energy expenditure of crewmembers so that an equation to determine energy requirements during space flight may be derived. Such knowledge of is of a great importance to ensure health, good performance and the overall success of a mission, and also ensures adequate exercise load and cargo allotments for food during space flight.   Multi-purpose End-To-End Robotic Operations Network (METERON) Supervisory Control Test: Using the Rover Control Software, the crew successfully controlled the Bridget Rover located in London, England from a computer onboard the ISS. The ESA investigation supports the implementation of a space internet, examines the benefits of controlling surface robots in real time from an orbiting spacecraft, and investigates how best to explore a planet through a partnership between humans and robots. This is of importance in planning future human exploration missions to Mars and feeds into Earth-based technologies such as handling radioactive material. Wet Lab Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) SmartCycler Session 3: The crew completed the third of four Wet Lab RNA SmartCycler sessions by conducting the validation operations and processing a cell sample to extract the RNA. Following the RNA extraction, the samples will be placed into the SmartCycler for data collection. The Wet Lab RNA SmartCycler is a research platform for conducting real-time quantitative gene expression analysis aboard the ISS. The system enables spaceflight genomic studies involving a wide variety of biospecimen types in the unique microgravity environment of space. Cell Mechanosensing- 3(CMS-3) Closeout: The crew completed closeout activities by removing the memory card and disassembling Microscope components from the Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack Work Volume (MSPR WV). The CMS-3 microscope observations were completed last week.   Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through video documenting observations of an area or activity providing insight related to human factors and habitability. The Habitability investigation collects observations about the relationship between crew members and their environment on the ISS. Observations can help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required, and whether a missions duration impacts how much space crew members need.   Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations/HTV-6 Get-ahead Tasks: Yesterday evening Robotics Ground Controllers successfully completed all 1A battery bolt operations. Additional attempts will be made this evening to release Battery 3A1-2 bolt with a higher torque as recommended by engineering teams. Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Reconfiguration: To maintain ppCO2 below 3.0 mmHG using a single CDRA (N3 or Lab) without having to also use Amine Swingbed, 2nd CDRA or LiOH canisters, the crew completed reconfiguration of Node 1 IMV to set up for the planned IMV split with the Russian segment.The actual ventilation split will be performed on Monday following crew wake via ground commanding. Monitoring of ppC02 will take place on each segment to find the stabilization levels on both USOS and Russian segments. If required, a backout of the ventilation split can be accomplished by commanding to the IMV fan and valve with no crew intervention required. Teams will meet after Mondays split activities to review initial results.   Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) Radio Frequency (RF) Checkout Day 5: C2V2-A RF Checkout test F and C2V2 B test A were successfully completed with all objectives met. In todays test, C2V2-A successfully sent GPS Auxiliary Data (GAD), Broadcast Auxiliary Data (BAD), Audio, sent a command on the forward link and received cyclic telemetry, encrypted Pass Thru telemetry, and Audio on the return link. This pass also included a successful voice check on Space to Ground 2 (S/G2) between the Electronic Systems Test Laboratory (ESTL) andthe crew. In test A, C2V2-B successfully sentFILLdata to ESTL on the forward link.   LS1 Server Status: Yesterday, the LS-1 server shell was replaced using the previous hard drive resulting in file system corruption. The old drive was re-installed in the old shell and displayed evidence of frozen applications. A replacement shell and drive were installed and a manual restore was performed. The LS1 server is back on the domain and performing nominally.   Treadmill 2 (T2) Inspection: The crew inspected the two bottom Snubbers, re-tapeed the Y-axis isolators, checked all four Snubber Arms for signs of free play and inspected the Bungee Shackle Key Mount witness marks. This is routine monthly maintenance.   Dragon Cargo Transfer Operations: The crew has completed 31:45 hours of cargo transfer. Approximately 17 hours remain to be completed.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. HRF Sample cold stowage insert HRF Blood Collection Operator HRF Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration ENERGY Diet Log of Breakfast Daily Planning Conference (S-band) ISS crew and (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference / r/g 2077 HRF Blood sample removal in preparation for cold stowage insertion HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion DUBRAVA. Observation and Photography using [] hardware. r/g 2103 SmartCycler (SCYC) Operation with Samples SmartCycler (SCYC) Sample Transfer ISS-HAM Radio Session with students VIZIR. Experiment setup and start r/g 2102 HRF Closeout Ops ENERGY – Water Sampling Replacement of FGB Dust Collector 1, 2 Filters ENERGY Urine Sample Collection DRAGON Transfers CMS3 Experiment Ops Greetings Video Footage / r/g 2101 IMS Tagup SmartCycler (SCYC) Session 2 Overview Camcorder setup to capture -2 exercise / r/g 2071 Download Pille Dosimeter Readings / r/g 2094 SM Ventilation Subsystem Preventive Maintenance SmartCycler (SCYC) Experiment Ops On MCC Go Testing -2 Treadmill. -2 Exercise, Day 3 Dragon Cargo Operations Conference Removal of Video Equipment Used to capture -2 Exercise and Downlink the file / r/g 2071 IMV Reconfiguration SmartCycler (SCYC) Hardware Ops SmartCycler (SCYC) Video downlink MSPR ELT CARD memory card installation. Laser Eye Protection Disk Removal from Cupola windows Part 3 C2V2 Voice Check VIZIR. Closeout Ops r/g 2102 […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 04/28/16

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Apr 28, 2016

Fluid Shifts (FS) Baseline Imaging Operations: With guidance from the ground teams, crewmembers continued supporting the second week of FS operations by conducting an Ultrasound 2 scan and eye exams using the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) hardware. Fluids Shift is divided into three one-week segments: Dilution Measures, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging using the Russian Chibis Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP) device. The experiment measures how much fluid shifts from the lower body to the upper body, in or out of cells and blood vessels, and determines the impact these shifts have on fluid pressure in the head, changes in vision and eye structures. Cell Mechanosensing- 3 (CMS-3) Closeout: Following completion of microscope observations last week, the crew completed closeout activities by removing the Thermal Container from the Microscope in Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack Work Volume (MSPR WV). The investigation identifies gravity sensors in skeletal muscle cells to develop countermeasures to muscle atrophy. Scientists believe that the lack of mechanical stress from gravity causes tension fluctuations in the plasma membrane of skeletal muscle cells which changes the expression of key proteins and genes and allows muscles to atrophy.   Strata Payload Activation: The crew configured and activated Strata-1 in the US LAB. Strata-1 investigates the properties and behavior of regolith on small, airless bodies. Regolith is the impact-shattered “soil” found on asteroids, comets, the Moon, and other airless worlds, but it is different from soil on Earth in that it contains no living material. Strata-1’s goal is to provide answers about how regolith behaves and moves in microgravity, how easy or difficult it is to anchor a spacecraft in regolith, how it interacts with spacecraft and spacesuit materials, and other important properties. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations/HTV-6 Get-ahead Tasks: Robotics Ground Controllers are currently performing 1A battery operations. The first bolts torque has been successfully released. Engineering and robotics teams are working a forward plan for battery 3A2-2 H1 bolt completion including increasing the maximum commanded torque. Additional attempts are tentatively scheduled tomorrow. Inadvertent Time Tag Command during 4A3 Battery Reconditioning: During 4A3 battery reconditioning operations this morning, a time-tagged command executed after the time tag queue had been cleared.The executed command was the Battery Charge Discharge Unit (BCDU) Fault Isolator Closed command. After the error was discovered, a BCDU Fault Isolator Open command was executed to correct. There were no impacts to the vehicle.Data will be evaluated following 4A3 battery reconditioning completion on May 4 to determine if there was any impact to the reconditioning effort. Human Research Facility (HRF) Resupply: The crew restocked HRF supplies and trashed expired and limited life items.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. CORRECTSIYA. Blood Collection r/g 2091 CORRECTSIYA. Venous blood sample processing using Plasma-03 centrifuge / r/g 2091 CORRECTSIYA. Sample Handover to USOS for MELFI Insertion / r/g 2091 RUEXP – Blood Sample Insertion into MELFI ENERGY Diet Log of Breakfast JEMAL Slide Table extension FLUID SHIFTS. OCT Setup FS-OCT-BL SETUP Baseline OCT Setup DRAGON Transfers Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Payload Closeout Ops CORRECTSIYA. Closeout Ops / r/g 2091 FINEMOTR Experiment Ops FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Power On FLUID SHIFTS Donning CardioLab Holter, Subject CORRECTSIYA. Questionnaire Photos / r/g 2091 FLUID SHIFTS Baseline Ultrasound Scan, Subject Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Stow Operations CIR Hardware Setup OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588 JEMRMS Hardware Checkout FLUID SHIFTS Scanning Operator Assistance SPHEROIDS Copying KUBIK 6 Data to EDR Intermodular TORU Test with Mated Progress 431 (DC1) r/g 2096 SPHEROIDS Taking KUBIK 6 Temperature Data SPHEROIDS Copying KUBIK 6 Data to EDR Medical Kit Audit / r/g 2056 Changeout of Replaceable Condensate Removal Lines [] r/g 2056 Retracting Slide Table in JEMAL and closing Outer Hatch JEMRMS Equipment deactivation FLUID SHIFTS CCFP Baseline Test, Subject METERON Onboard Training Laser Eye Protection Disk Removal from Cupola windows Part 2 Periodic Fitness Evaluation – Nom Ops (subject) FLUID SHIFTS Assisted Test, Subject FLUID SHIFTS Baseline Test, Operator FLUID SHIFTS DPOAE Baseline Test, Subject FLUID SHIFTS Hardware Power Off and Stow FLUID SHIFTS Tonometry Baseline Setup FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Hardware Power Off FLUID SHIFTS Baseline Test, Operator FLUID SHIFTS Tonometer Test, Subject FLUID SHIFTS Doffing CardioLab Holter, Subject FLUID SHIFTS. Tonometry Equipment stow FLUID SHIFTS CCFP Baseline Stowage RSS1 laptop BRI data download / r/g 2052 DRAGON Transfers THERM Closeout Ops ENERGY Diet Log of Lunch SPHEROIDS. Temperature Check. URAGAN. [] R&R and Test Photography r/g 2095 Changeout of Replaceable Condensate Removal Lines [] r/g 2056 Pre-packing EDV 1240 shell for return / r/g 2093 WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV Crew Prep For PAO PCO2M Interface Check PAO Snapchat [Deferred] Maintenance Water Recovery System (WRS): Payload Water Reservoir (PWR) Fill 1 SmartCycler (SCYC) Battery Check HRF Blood collection setup Vacuum cleaning ventilation grille on FGB interior panels (201, 301, 401) IMS Delta File Prep WRS-PWR-Reservoir Fill (PWR) DRAGON Transfers HRF2 Supply Kit Resupply Dragon Cargo Operations Conference ENERGY Diet Log of Dinner Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. 1A battery bolt ops Nominal ground commanding Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 04/29: SmartCycler, METERON, ENERGY, MSPR Microscope closeout, N1 reconfig Saturday, 04/30: Crew off duty; housekeeping Sunday, 05/01: Crew off duty   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 Standby 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 Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up   Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 04/27/16

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Apr 27, 2016

Energy Operations: The crew completed day six of the ten-day European Space Agency (ESA) Energy experiment run by collecting ISS tap water samples taken from the Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) and body samples. This investigation will help determine the crewmembers energy requirements for long-term space flight. Energy also measures adaptations in the components of total energy expenditure of crewmembers so that an equation to determine the energy requirements of crewmembers during space flight may be derived. Such knowledge of energy requirements is of a great importance to ensure health, good performance and the overall success of a mission, and also contributes to ensure adequate exercise load and cargo allotments for food during space flight.   Fluid Shifts Baseline Imaging Operations: With guidance from the ground teams, crewmembers began the second week of operations for Fluid Shifts by configuring Ultrasound 2 and performing an Ultrasound scan before conducting Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP) measurement tests. Fluids Shifts is divided into three one-week segments: Dilution Measures, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging using the Russian Chibis Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP) device. The experiment measures how much fluid shifts from the lower body to the upper body, in or out of cells and blood vessels, and determines the impact these shifts have on fluid pressure in the head, changes in vision and eye structures. Genes in Space: The crew completed the final of four planned sessions of the Genes in Space experiment by retrieving the miniPCR sample tubes from the Glacier, configuring the hardware in the Maintenance Work Area (MWA), and processing the samples in the miniPCR. The investigation is a winning student-designed experiment to test whether the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) can be used to study deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) alterations aboard the ISS. Spaceflight causes many changes to the human body, including alterations in DNA and a weakened immune system. Understanding whether these two processes are linked is important for safeguarding crew health, but DNA technology that can track these changes is relatively untested in space. NanoRack Module 9 Operations: The third of five NanoRacks Module 9 experiment sessions was completed today. The crew activated, deactivated, and shook the mixture tubes to facilitate the experiment. Module-9 is a collection of student research projects utilizing the NanoRacks mix sticks. Student teams from across the United States designed their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. The experiments include the Staphylococcus Epidermidis in Microgravity, Evaporation Investigation, Operation Germination of Cottonseeds, and Rust Formation in Microgravity.   Fine Motor Skills: A series of interactive tasks was completed for this investigation which is the first fine motor skills study to measure long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity.   Dose Tracker: The crew configured the Dose Tracker app and completed entries for medication tracking. 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 is 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.   Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through video documenting observations of an area or activity providing insight related to human factors and habitability. The investigation collects observations about the relationship between crew members and their environment on the ISS. Observations can help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required, and whether a missions duration impacts how much space crew members need.   Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Demonstration (JSSOD) Microsat DIWATA #1 (M-1) Deploy: Earlier this morning the crew opened the outer hatch and extended the Slide Table (ST) to the JEM Exposed Facility (JEF) in preparation for JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) grapple and deployment of the JSSOD M-1 satellite. Satellite deployment was completed successfully. The crew then retracted the ST and closed the hatch. Microsat is a 50-kg-class microsatellite named DIWATA-1 (meaning fairy in Filipino). It is the first microsatellite owned by the Philippine government with Filipino engineers involved in its development. The satellite will observe Earth and monitor climate changes.   Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations/H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-6 Get-ahead Tasks: The robotics ground controllers continued with Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) operations to retract the secondary bolts (H1), breaking torque on the primary bolts (H2), and re-torqueing the primary bolts to a lower setting on the S4 batteries. All 3A battery bolts are complete except for battery 3A2-2 H1 bolt. Engineering and robotics teams are working a forward plan for battery 3A2-2 completion including whether the maximum commanded torque can be increased. The arm is now in position to support 1A battery operations scheduled to begin tomorrow.   Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) Radio Frequency (RF) Checkout Day 3: C2V2-A RF checkout test D was completed. C2V2-A sent Global Positioning System (GPS) Auxiliary Data (GAD) to the simulated Visiting Vehicle (Electronic System Test Laboratory) on the forward link. Ground teams verified health and status telemetry from the Visiting Vehicle on the return link.   Remote Power Controller Module (RPCM) LA2B_A Remote Power Controller (RPC) 4 Trip: RPCM LA2B_A RPC 4 tripped today. This RPC powers the Rack Flow Control Assembly (RFCA) for EXPRESS Rack 2 (ER2). The RFCA was open at the time of the trip, so coolant is still flowing to the rack and there is no immediate impact to ER2 operation or Payloads in the rack. Review of the 50 Hz data dump indicates that this was an overcurrent trip of 3.5 +/ 0.2 amps which met the RPC Trip Limit. The RPC is currently open with closed command inhibited. Ground teams are investigating the cause of the trip.   Dragon Cargo Operations: As […] Read full story.

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