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NASA to Make Announcement About First Mission to Touch Sun

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May 26, 2017

NASA will make an announcement about the agencys first mission to fly directly into our suns atmosphere during an event at 11 a.m. EDT Wednesday, May 31, from the University of Chicagos William Eckhardt Research Center Auditorium. The event will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

NASA to Air Launch of Next International Space Station Resupply Mission

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May 25, 2017

NASA commercial cargo provider SpaceX is targeting its eleventh commercial resupply services mission to the International Space Station for 5:55 p.m. EDT Thursday, June 1. Launch coverage will begin on NASA Television and the agencys website at 5:15 p.m., followed by the post-launch news conference at 7:30 p.m. Read full story.

A Whole New Jupiter: First Science Results from NASAs Juno Mission

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May 25, 2017

Early science results from NASAs Juno mission to Jupiter portray the largest planet in our solar system as a complex, gigantic, turbulent world, with Earth-sized polar cyclones, plunging storm systems that travel deep into the heart of the gas giant. Read full story.

James Webb Space Telescope Available for Media Viewing at NASAs Johnson Space Center

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May 24, 2017

Media are invited to NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston to view the James Webb Space Telescope and talk to experts about upcoming cryogenic vacuum tests at 10:15 a.m. CDT Wednesday, May 31. Read full story.

NASA Acting Administrator Statement on Fiscal Year 2018 Budget Proposal

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May 23, 2017

The following is a statement from NASA acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot on the Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal released Tuesday. Read full story.

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NASA Hosts Media Day for Small Spacecraft Technology and Announcement of Cube Quest Challenge Winners

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May 25, 2017

Media are invited to learn about NASAs small spacecraft technology development and upcoming launches, and to talk to finalists in the agencys $5 million Cube Quest Challenge on Thursday, June 8, at 9 a.m. PDT at the NASA Ames Conference Center at Moffett Field, California. Read full story.

NASA to Discuss FY2018 Budget Proposal, Provide Virtual Tours of Centers

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May 22, 2017

NASA will hold a series of events May 23, highlighting the agencys Fiscal Year 2018 budget proposal, including a televised State of NASA address by acting Administrator Robert Lightfoot and Facebook Live virtual tours of NASAs 10 centers, where innovation is enabling exploration and discovery. Read full story.

NASA Brings the International Space Station Experience to Emerald City

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May 19, 2017

NASA is traveling to the Seattle area May 22-25 to highlight and share the accomplishments, potential and opportunities for research onboard the International Space Station (ISS). Read full story.

Utah Students to Speak to NASA Astronauts on International Space Station

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May 17, 2017

Utah students will speak with NASA astronauts living and working aboard the International Space Station at 12:40 p.m. EDT Friday, May 19. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

University Students to Evaluate Designs in NASAs Astronaut Training Pool

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May 17, 2017

Thirty-one student teams from across the country will test their designs in simulated microgravity this year as part of NASAs Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) activity. Read full story.

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Close-up View of Neutron Star Mission's X-Ray Concentrator Optics

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May 26, 2017

A new NASA mission, the Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER), is headed for the International Space Station to observe one of the strangest observable objects in the universe. In this photo, NICERs X-ray concentrator optics are inspected for dust and foreign object debris that could impair functionality once in space. Read full story.

Sequence of Juno Spacecraft's Close Approach to Jupiter

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May 25, 2017

This sequence of enhanced-color images shows how quickly the viewing geometry changes for NASAs Juno spacecraft as it swoops by Jupiter. The images were obtained by JunoCam. Read full story.

May 24, 1962 - Scott Carpenter on the Way to Mercury-Atlas 7 Launch Site

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May 24, 2017

Astronaut Scott Carpenter walks to the launch site to begin the Mercury-Atlas 7 (MA-7) mission on May 24, 1962. Carpenter's Aurora 7 capsule lifted off aboard an Atlas rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 7:45 a.m. EST, May 24. Carpenter was the fourth American in space and second American to orbit Earth. Read full story.

NASAs Mars 2020 Rover Artists Concept

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May 23, 2017

This illustration depicts NASA's Mars 2020 rover on the surface of Mars. The mission, targeted for launch in July/August 2020, takes the next step by not only seeking signs of habitable conditions on Mars in the ancient past, but also searching for signs of past microbial life itself. Read full story.

Slim Crescent of Ice

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May 22, 2017

The low angle of sunlight along the slim crescent of Saturn's moon Enceladus. Read full story.

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ISS Daily Summary Report 5/25/2017

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May 25, 2017

Grasp Commissioning: To complete commissioning for the Grasp investigation hardware, Pesquet performed tasks in a seated position. Grasp is intended to provide insight into how the central nervous system integrates information from different sensory modalities encoded in different reference frames to coordinate movements of the hand with objects in the environment. Performed on the ISS, in conjunction with a series of experiments performed on the ground, Grasp explores the interaction between all of the various sensory cues. NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) #12 Deploy: A total of 17 cubesats will be deployed from NRCSD #12. Nine CubeSats were successfully deployed today. The remaining 8 will be deployed tonight and tomorrow. All 17 are from the QB50 constellation of CubeSats that are provided by countries around the world. The constellation aims to study the upper reaches of Earths atmosphere over a period of 1 to 2 years. The QB50 satellites conduct coordinated measurements of the thermosphere, a poorly studied and previously inaccessible zone of the atmosphere. The project monitors different gaseous molecules and electrical properties of the thermosphere to better understand space weather and its long term trends. OsteoOmics: A crewmember will fixate BioCells in two Biocell Habitats today and then inserted the samples into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). This completes the fourth and final week of OsteoOmics operations. Crewmembers experience bone loss in orbit, stemming from the lack of gravity acting on their bones. OsteoOmics investigates the molecular mechanisms that dictate this bone loss by examining osteoblasts, which form bone, and osteoclasts, which dissolvebone. Improved understanding of these mechanisms could lead to more effective countermeasures to prevent bone loss during space missions and in a wide range of disorders on Earth. This may lead to better preventative care or therapeutic treatments for people suffering bone loss as a result of bone diseases like osteopenia and osteoporosis, or for patients on prolonged bed rest. Body Measures: Today a 50S subject performed the Body Measures Flight Day 184 session. The crewmember, with assistance from a trained operator, collected Body Measures data after configuring still and video cameras. NASA is collecting in-flight anthropometric data to assess the impact of physical body shape and size changes on suit sizing. Still and video imagery is captured and a tape measure is used to measure segmental length, height, depth, and circumference data for all body segments (chest, waist, hip, arms, legs, etc.) from astronauts before, during and after their flight missions. Robotics On-Board Trainer (RoBOT): The crew performed a session of this training during which they completed a 30 meter approach, two Capture Point hold runs and 2 meter runs. This activity was in preparation for SpX-11 capture currently scheduled for June 4. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Yesterday evening Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and walked the Space Station Robotic Manipulator System (SSRMS) from Mobile Base System (MBS) Power and Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) 4 to Node2 PDGF.They then translated the Mobile Transporter (MT) from work site (WS) 6 to WS4. MSS is now in configuration for the SpX-11 Crew Offset Grapples tomorrow. Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) N21B4A_B Trip: Remote Power Controller (RPC) 2 on RPCM N21B4A_B tripped overnight. The RPC supplies power to the Node 2 Starboard Audio Terminal Unit (ATU) 1. An alternate ATU on the port side of Node 2 is still available for voice, caution and warning tones if needed. Preliminary review of telemetry did not indicate an overcurrent condition. Today, ground teams attempted to reclose the RPC without success. Teams are continuing to assess their forward plan. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva sample collection Biochemical Urine Test NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops URISYS Hardware Stowage Body Measures Equipment Gather EHS Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis Final unloading of Soyuz 735 container 11732.005217-0 Body Measures Experiment Operations – Subject NanoRacks CubeSat Deployment Photos Body Measures Experiment Operations – Operator Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber (CC) gas supply line Leak Check 1 RFID Reader Relocate Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth OsteoOmics Fixation Operations Replacement of IELK, [] funnels (M) and (F) in Soyuz 733 and Soyuz 735. Seat liner and p/l container replacement Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record OsteoOmics MELFI Insertion 1 NanoRacks CubeSat Deployment Photos OsteoOmics MELFI Insertion 1 Habitability Narrated Task Video Setup – Subject HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer HRDL Cable Move Habitability Narrated Task Video End – Subject HRF UCB Stow and Retrieval On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 1 Reconnecting SM KURS-P cables from MRM2 port Antenna Feeder to DC1 port antenna feeder Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Sensor PT1 maintenance Loading container 11732.005217-0 with return items IMS Update European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) Air Mix Supply Module Replacement European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) Gas Valve Open Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber (CC) gas supply line Leak Check 2 Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Sensor PT2 Robotics Onboard Training (ROBoT) Session for Dragon Manufacturing Device Feedstock Canister, Extruder Exchange EHS Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject Completed Task List Items Veggie 03 Pillow Watering and Photo Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Filter Remove and Replace (R&R) with Fan Filter Cleaning In-flight Maintenance Steady State Light Module Galley Rack Re-label Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. JEMRMS/NanoRacks deploy Dragon RoBOT ops Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 05/26: OBT Dragon Offset Grapple, EVA loops scrub/conductivity tests, OBT Soyuz drill Saturday, 06/27: Crew off duty, housekeeping Sunday, 06/28: 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) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 5/24/2017

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May 24, 2017

OsteoOmics: The crew fixated BioCells in Biocell Habitat 1 inserted the sample into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). Crewmembers experience bone loss in orbit stemming from the lack of gravity acting on their bones. OsteoOmics investigates the molecular mechanisms that dictate this bone loss by examining osteoblasts, which form bone, and osteoclasts, which dissolvebone. Improved understanding of these mechanisms could lead to more effective countermeasures to prevent bone loss during space missions and in a wide range of disorders on Earth. This may lead to better preventative care or therapeutic treatments for people suffering bone loss as a result of bone diseases like osteopenia and osteoporosis, or for patients on prolonged bed rest. NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) #12: The crew brought the JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) Airlock (JEMAL) Slide Table (ST) into the ISS and replaced the NRCSD #11 Quad deployers with the NRCSD #12 deployers. The ST was then retracted into the JEMAL which was depressurized and vented. These activities are in preparation for the planned deployment of CubeSats from the NRCSD #12 over the next two days. Grip Commissioning: As part of the ongoing commissioning for the Grip investigation hardware, a crewmember performed tasks in a supine position. Grip tests how the nervous system takes into account the forces due to gravity and inertia when manipulating objects. Results from this investigation may provide insight into potential hazards for astronauts as they manipulate objects in different gravitational environments, support design and control of haptic interfaces to be used in challenging environments such as space, and provide information about motor control that will be useful for the evaluation and rehabilitation of impaired upper limb control in patients with neurological diseases. Fine Motor Skills: The crew completed a series of interactive tasks during a session of FMS which studies how fine motor skills are effected by long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity. The goal of the investigation is to determine how fine motor performance in microgravity trends/varies over the duration of a six-month and year-long space mission; how fine motor performance on orbit compare with that of a closely matched participant on Earth; and how performance trends/varies before and after gravitational transitions, including periods of early flight adaptation and very early/near immediate post-flight periods. On-Board Training (OBT) Dragon Rendezvous Review: The crew performed proficiency training on the Dragon mission profile, rendezvous crew procedures, and crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding the vehicle. This training is in preparation for planned SpaceX-11 launch on June 1 and berthing to ISS on June 4. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Reminder 2 CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection Reminder 2 Fine Motor Skills -8. Configuration Setup REMINDER – ESA ACTIVE DOSIMETER MOBILE UNIT SWAP Body Mass Measurement CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection 25 Minutes – Subject NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample. Psychological Test (morning) CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection – Operator KORREKTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Collection of Blood Samples NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing (smear) KORREKTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Processing venous blood sample using Plasma-03 centrifuge CSA Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Configure Insertion of Russian experiments blood samples into MELFI CSA Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude Environmental Health System (EHS) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Collect [Aborted] CSA Generic Sample MELFI Insertion CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow Fine Motor Skills Experiment Test – Subject -8. Closeout Ops Fine Motor Skills Experiment Test – Subject MORNING PREPARATION WORK XF305 Camcorder Setup JAXA PCG Canister Bag CBEF Micro-G Installation JEM Airlock Press Routine Maintenance of H2O [], Air Pressure [], and Drainage [ ]Valves in SM Rodnik Tanks Pille Dosimeter Readout after US EVA JEM Airlock Leak Check TV Conference with the Participants of Space Science Week in Izhevsk (Ku + S-band) JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side Nikon still camera sync with station time NEUROIMMUNITET. Psychological Test NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Swap ISS Crew departure preparation ISS HAM Radio Power Up ESA Weekly crew conference GRASP Big picture reading OsteoOmics Fixation Operations ZBOOK Hard Drive Installation GRASP additional set-up in seated configuration Environmental Health System (EHS) Coliform Water Processing EHS Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Analysis [Aborted] JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side JEM Airlock Depressurization OsteoOmics MELFI Insertion 1 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Debrief NEUROIMMUNITET. Hair Samples Collection Equipment Stowage under Soyuz 733 center seat. Completion Status Report Note 7 Hardware prep for PAO event. Video and audio signals check Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Air Lock Deconfiguration ESA Monthly Management Conference Inspection and photography of instrumentation block ( ), 31 and FGB 349 Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record [Aborted] JEM Airlock Vent Audit of RS ISS Docking And Internal Transfer System items Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth JEM Airlock Vent Confirmation On-Board Training (OBT) Dragon OBT Conference On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Rendezvous Review Verification of -1 Flow Sensor Position OsteoOmics Saline Kit Relocate URISIS Hardware Setup On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Robotics Review Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. MT translation from WS6 to WS4 Dragon OBT Support CubeSat Deployer Swap Support Three-Day Look Ahead: Thursday, 05/25: Body Measures, OsteoOmics, GRASP, Dragon RoBOT OBT, OGS Sensor R&R Friday, 05/26: OBT Dragon Offset Grapple, EVA loops scrub/conductivity tests, OBT Soyuz drill, GRASP Saturday, 06/27: Crew off duty, housekeeping 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 Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Operate 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 5/23/2017

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May 23, 2017

External (EXT) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM)-1 R&R Extravehicular Activity (EVA): With IV support from Thomas Pesquet, today Peggy Whitson (EV1) and Jack Fischer (EV2) performed a 2 hour 46 minute EVA to Remove & Replace (R&R) the EXT MDM-1 that failed on Saturday, May 20th. While Whitson performed the EXT MDM R&R, Fischer installed the Lab Nadir External Wireless Communications (EWC) Antennas that were deferred from the last EVA. Solar Array Battery 3A1 Temperatures On 5/22/17, Battery 3A1 average temperatures peaked above 25C for three concurrent orbits due to high solar beta, with a maximum average temperature peak of 25.6C. Per Flight Rule, ground controllers terminated the use of the battery string by turning the Battery Charge Discharge Unit (BCDU) 3A1 converter off and commanding the Fault Isolator (FI) open. There is no impact to downstream loads in this configuration Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. External Wireless EVA Inhibit ISS HAM Radio Power Down EVA COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Verify off USOS Window Shutter Close Extravehicular Activity (EVA) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation Comm configuration for EVA Regeneration of Micropurification Unit () 2 Cartridge (start) Recharging Soyuz 733 Samsung PC Battery ISS Crew departure preparation Update BRI Configuration File to Version 6.3 Recharging Soyuz 735 Samsung PC Battery Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Purge LBNP Training (PRELIMINARY) Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Prebreathe Soyuz 733 IRIDIUM phone recharge, setup, start charge (1_2_224_1, 0.5 1017 (002857J), Soft Container (00044322R)) Soyuz 733 Recharging IRIDIUM Phone battery charge status Prebreathe in EMU - water sampling to drink bags Soyuz 733 IRIDIUM phone recharge, terminate charge Equipment Stowage under Soyuz 733 center seat Note 7 Sampling condensate water [] before -2 Gas-liquid mixture filter () to drink bags, end Crewlock Depress - water sampling to Russian drink bags Crewlock Egress Terminate Soyuz 735 Samsung PC Battery Charge (as necessary) Replace Failed EXT MDM Install Lab EWC Antennas KORREKTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake Collecting condensate water samples [] up to -2 , equipment setup, sampler installation Crewlock Ingress Crew Departure Prep MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Strelau Test Crewlock Ingress Soyuz 735 IRIDIUM phone charge EVA Glove Photo Setup Crewlock Pre Repress Soyuz 735 IRIDIUM phone charge, terminate charge, teardown of the setup Stow: 1_2_224_1, 0.5 1017 (002857J), Soft Container (00044322R) Crewlock Repress Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Activities Collecting condensate water samples [] upstream of -2 , sampler replacement Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Activities Return to nominal comm configuration after USOS EVA EVA Glove Photo Downlink Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Image Downlink Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) GoPro Downlink Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Disassembly External Wireless Instrumentation System (EWIS) Network Control Unit (NCU) Enable MORZE. Closeout Ops KORREKTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Experiment setup Terminate Soyuz 733 Samsung PC Battery Charge (as necessary) Sampling condensate water [] upstream of -2 , removing sampler, equipment disassembly OsteoOmics Saline Kit Relocate Meteor Shutter Open Completed Task List Items Veg-03 Plant Water/Photo iPad Certificate Verification Grasp Big Picture [from tomorrows timeline] Dragon Rendezvous CBT [from tomorrows timeline] Dragon Robotics review [from tomorrows timeline] Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. System commanding in support of EVA High Beta monitoring Three-Day Look Ahead: Wednesday, 05/24: Dragon OBT Conf, OsteoOmics, Cubesat Deployer Swap, EVA Debrief, Airlock deconfig Thursday, 05/25: Body Measures, OsteoOmics, GRASP, Dragon RoBOT OBT, OGS Sensor R&R Friday, 05/26: OBT Dragon Offset Grapple, EVA loops scrub/conductivity tests, OBT Soyuz drill, GRASP 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 Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Operate 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 5/22/2017

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May 22, 2017

External (EXT) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM)-1 Failure: On Saturday EXT MDM-1 experienced an anomaly. Attempts to recover the MDM remotely were unsuccessful. Ground Teams configured EXT MDM-2 as primary and set up systems for the next worse failure per established Flight Rules. An IMMT was held Sunday and directed Team 4 to assess the feasibility of performing an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) to remove and replace (R&R) the failed unit. Team 4 recommended an EVA tomorrow, May 23rd. Today, the crew prepared for the EVA by configuring and auditing EVA Tools, reviewing procedures, performing an Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge, and configuring the Airlock. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Yesterday Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to perform a video and imagery survey of the Latching End Effector B (LEE-B) snare cables using the P1 Upper Outboard (UPOB) External High Definition Camera (EHDC). Once the survey was completed the Ground Controllers maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position. The plan was to walk the SSRMS off Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 4 (PDGF4) onto the Node 2 PDGF but it was decided to delay this until after the External Multiplexer/Demultiplexer 1 (EXT-MDM 1) EVA. Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N): After retrieving the eight Space Bubble Detectors from the Russian crew, the USOS crew deployed the detectors in Node 3 for the Radi-N2 experiment. The Canadian Space Agencys RaDI-N investigation uses the bubble detectors to measure neutron radiation levels in the ISS. Grip Commissioning: The crew deployed Grip hardware in the Columbus module central aisle. With support from a second crew member, they attached a chair on a seat track and the first crewmember performed commissioning tasks in the seated configuration. The Grip investigation tests how the nervous system takes into account the forces due to gravity and inertia when manipulating objects. Results may provide insight into potential hazards for astronauts as they manipulate objects in different gravitational environments, support design and control of haptic interfaces to be used in challenging environments such as space, and provide information about motor control that will be useful for the evaluation and rehabilitation of impaired upper limb control in patients with neurological diseases. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Personal Data Prep for Return MAG3D Extra Crew time Transfer of Thermal Protection Jackets [] from Soyuz 733 Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Reminder for EVA In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation MORZE. SPRUT-2 examination. Specialist conference Inspect [-] [-] connection behind ASU panel 139, [2], [4], [5] behind [] panel 454 and the transparent 5182-03 hose running from [] to [] SPLANH. Photography during the science operation MORZE. Psychophysical examination. adjustment, SENSOR On MCC Go 1 absorption cartridge cycling (start) Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring Fluid Shifts Ultrasound 2 Data Export Alternate MATRYOSHKA-R. Memory card prep for return and BUBBLE dosimeter initialization KORREKTSIYA. Liquid and food (medicine) intake parameter logging Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons Hardware Handover MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE dosimeter handover to USOS Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE dosimeter initialization and deployment for exposure Fluid Shifts Ultrasound 2 Data Export Alternate Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review Pille Sensor prep for USOS EVA SPLANH. [] recording term and closeout Specialist conference MORZE. Psychophysical examination. adjustment, SENSOR sampling from -2 down to using ROS samplers – init ISS Crew departure preparation Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Audit. JPM Window Shutter Close Adjusting protective suit ISS HAM Service Module Pass Conference of specialists with returning crew Robotic Workstation (RWS) Lab Setup KORREKTSIYA. Liquid and food (medicine) intake parameter logging Photo TV GoPro Setup FAGEN. MSK #6 sample fixing and deployment in SM, photography [] niche and payload container stow under 49S central seat. Refer to comment 7 Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Conference Extravehicular Activity (EVA) iPad Contingency Procedures preparation FGB interior panel grids vacuuming (panels 201, 301, 401) Delta file prep CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth Equipment Lock (E-LK) Preparation Evening Preparation Work LAB BelAir Wireless Access Point (WAP) Verification ISS HAM Radio Power Down On MCC Go 1 absorption cartridge cycling (end) Reminder 1 Fine Motor Skills KORREKTSIYA. Liquid and food (medicine) intake parameter logging Completed Task List Items Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Swap [Completed GMT 140] PAO EduTECH recorded downlink message [Completed GMT 140] Veggie 03 Pillow Watering and Photo [Completed GMT 140] Cygnus Saffire and Cargo Photo take [Completed GMT 141] EESA PAO items pregather for OA-7 disposal [Completed GMT 141] ESA Active Dosimeter Area Monitoring Mobile Unit Stow [Completed GMT 141] Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Termination [Completed GMT 141] Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Airlock Unstow [Completed GMT 141] Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Termination [Completed GMT 141] Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cuff Checklist Print [Completed GMT 141] Portable Onboard Computers (POC) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software Review [Completed GMT 141] US EVA EXT MDM Procedure Review [Completed GMT 141] EVA IDA Cable Stow [Completed GMT 141] EMU Long Life Battery (LLB)/Metal Oxide (METOX) Installation [Completed GMT 141] Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB) Terminate [Completed GMT 141] Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Initiation [Completed GMT 141] Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Powered Hardware Checkout [Completed GMT 141] EVA RET Inspection [Completed GMT 141] Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue GN2 Check [Completed GMT 141] Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring [Completed GMT 141] Google Street View Cupola Photo Operations [Completed GMT 141] HRF Ultrasound 2 Battery install [Completed GMT 141] HRF Ultrasound 2 Remove Swap [Completed GMT 141] JEM Stowage Consolidation Follow-up [Completed GMT 141] USB Jumpdrive Restow at MagVector Front Panel [Completed GMT 141] Optional Microscopy Session [Completed GMT 141] OA-7 Trash Gather [Completed GMT 141] Charging EVA Camera D4 Battery [Completed GMT 141] Photo/TV EVA Camera Configuration [Completed GMT 141] Veggie 03 Pillow Watering and Photo [Completed GMT 141] Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 5/19/2017

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May 19, 2017

Fluid Shifts: A 50S crewmember performed their Flight Day (FD) 180 Fluid Shifts Chibis operations in the Russian Segment. They donned the Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP/Chibis) device while the operator, with ground support in Moscow, assisted in the medical monitoring. While the subject was in the LBNP and experiencing the negative pressure (pulling the fluid feetward), the USOS crewmember took measurements for Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP), a Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission (DPOAE) test, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), and a Tonometry examination. Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage. NeuroMapping: The crew set up the Neuromapping hardware and executed testing in both a strapped in and free floating body configuration. During the test, the crew completed three Behavioral Assessments: mental rotation, sensorimotor adaptation, and motor-cognitive dual tasking. The NeuroMapping investigation studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes changes to the brain, including brain structure and function, motor control, and multi-tasking abilities. It also measures how long it would take for the brain and body to recover from possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from astronauts suggests movement control and cognition can be affected in microgravity. The investigation performs structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and fMRI) to assess changes that occur after spending months on the ISS. Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA) 3 Operations: Following this weeks operations, the crew restowed hardware and installed the PMA retention net to keep the Androgynous Peripheral Assembly System (APAS) hatch operational envelope clear of stowage. The crew then closed the PMA 3 hatch. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Operations: Following last weeks EVA #42, the crew performed suit maintenance including scrubbing and iodination of EMU and Airlock cooling water loops. A water sample was taken for subsequent conductivity testing which was also completed today. Control Moment Gyroscope (CMG) Ground controllers successfully completed the five year CMG gimbal maintenance on CMG3 and CMG4. The gimbal maintenance is a 360-degree rotation of the inner gimbals to redistribute the lubricant amongst the gear teeth and to change the wear pattern of the CMG torquer gear train. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. FLUID SHIFTS. Comm configuration for the experiment FLUID SHIFTS. Gathering and Connecting Equipment for TV coverage ECLSS Recycle Tank Drain Fluid Shifts OCT Service Module Setup Alternate Max CEVIS Exercise Video Setup. Return equipment conference. FLUID SHIFTS. Connecting PDU, OCT Ethernet, and HRF in lieu of RSE-Med FROST2 Troubleshoot Fluid Shifts OCT Service Module Power On PMA3 Ingress Temperature Survey CONTROL. Switching Indicator-ISS P/L measuring modes Max CEVIS Exercise Video Stow Crew Earth Observation Shutter Close IMS Tagup Fluid Shifts CCFP Service Module Configuration NeuroMapping Experiment Neurocognitive Test Video – Subject Hardware prepack for return and disposal on Soyuz 733 Fluid Shifts DPOAE Service Module Setup FLUID SHIFTS. Don Chibis FLUID SHIFTS. Assistance during Operation with CHIBIS and GAMMA-1M. Fluid Shifts Tonometry Service Module Setup Fluid Shifts Experiment Service Module Data Collection RGN Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill FLUID SHIFTS. Doff Chibis Fluid Shifts CCFP DPOAE Service Module End Glisser inventory audit EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation Fluid Shifts Tonometry Service Module Stow Fluid Shifts OCT Service Module Power Off FLUID SHIFTS. Disconnecting PDU, OCT, and connecting RSE-Med FLUID SHIFTS. De-route US inverter from and cable assembly Fluid Shifts OCT Service Module Stow Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) /Group Combustion Module (GCM) Component Deactivation Photo TV Soyuz Imagery Fluid Shifts CCFP HRF PC Service Module Stow RGN Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill FLUID SHIFTS. Deactivation of Equipment and Closing Applications on Central Post SSC FGB () Vacuum Cleaning USOS Window Shutter Close Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Removal FLUID SHIFTS. Restoring nominal comm config Fluid Shifts Hardware Final Gather Fluid Shifts Hardware USOS Transfer LBNP Training (PRELIMINARY) Tagup with specialists LBNP () training (preliminary) Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Post Scrub Cooling Loop Water (H2O) Sample PMA3 Cargo Restow Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Iodination Complete packing of SCU 1009 for return on 49S MERLIN 5 Desiccant Removal Installation of the right crank lock spring and replacement of bushings on VELO. maintenance Long Duration Sorbent Testbed Status Check. RGN Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Conductivity Test Fluid Shifts HRF PC 3 Reconnect Fluid Shifts OCT Laptop US Lab Setup Crew Departure Prep Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3 Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup Tightening Soyuz 733 QD Screw Clamps Fluidics laptop installation PAO Preparation Verification of the content on the Fluidics Data Hard Drive and LTU Stow Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab Node 2 Zenith Center Disk Cover Install MRM1-FGB Screw Clamp Tightening RGN Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill Node 2 Zenith Hatch Seal Inspection PMA 3 desiccant installation Node 2 Zenith Hatch Close Fluid Shifts Hardware Stow Meteor Shutter Open EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Deconfiguration Stow Syringes used in H2O Conductivity Test Completed Task List Items COL PWS SW Load WHC KTO Replacement MD Print Removal and Stow Veg03 Plant Water/Photo WRS WW sample Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. EMU maintenance support JEMRMS maneuver SSRMS walkoff to PDGF3, MT translate to WS6 Three-Day Look Ahead: Saturday, 05/20: Crew off duty, housekeeping Sunday, 05/21: Crew off duty Monday, 05/22: CubeSat quad deployer swap, Magnetic 3D Cultures culture prep, COL Bays 1,2,3 cleanup, CardioOx Ultrasound QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) Off [] 2 SM […] Read full story.

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