NASA Breaking News

Space Station Module Relocation Makes Way for Commercial Crew Spacecraft

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May 22, 2015

The International Space Station Program will take the next step in expanding a robust commercial market in low-Earth orbit when work continues Wednesday, May 27, to prepare the orbiting laboratory for the future arrival of U.S. commercial crew and cargo vehicles. NASA Television will provide live coverage of the activity beginning at 8 a.m. EDT. Read full story.

NASA TV to Air Announcement of Instruments for Europa Mission

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May 21, 2015

NASA will announce on Tuesday, May 26, the selection of science instruments for a mission to Europa, to investigate whether Jupiter’s icy moon could harbor conditions suitable for life. Read full story.

Critical NASA Research Returns to Earth Aboard U.S. SpaceX Dragon Spacecraft

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May 21, 2015

SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 12:42 p.m. EDT Thursday with almost 3,100 pounds of NASA cargo from the International Space Station, including research on how spaceflight and microgravity affect the aging process and bone health. Read full story.

NASA, Canadian Agency Renew Agreement to Reduce Aviation Icing Risks

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May 21, 2015

NASA and the National Research Council (NRC) of Canada have renewed a partnership agreement to continue critical research in the area of aircraft engine icing. Read full story.

NASA Announces Opportunities to Advance ‘Tipping Point’ and Emerging Space Technologies

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May 21, 2015

NASA announced Thursday two opportunities for public-private partnerships to achieve the agency’s goals of expanding capabilities and opportunities in space. Through both solicitations, NASA is seeking industry-developed space technologies that can foster the development of commercial space capabilities and benefit future NASA missions. Read full story.

NASA Education News

NASA Invites Universities to Submit Innovative Early-Stage Technology Proposals

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May 21, 2015

NASA is seeking proposals from universities for early stage technology development that will support the agency's long-term plans for human exploration of Mars and scientific study of our solar system and beyond. Read full story.

NASA’s CubeSat Initiative Aids in Testing of Technology for Solar Sails in Space

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May 20, 2015

With help from NASA, a small research satellite to test technology for in-space solar propulsion launched into space Wednesday aboard an Atlas V rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, as part of the agency’s CubeSat Launch Initiative. Read full story.

Complete Winners and Awards for 2015 NASA Student Launch

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May 18, 2015

NASA has announced the winners of the 2015 NASA Student Launch challenge. Read full story.

NASA Names Winners of Student Launch Challenge

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May 18, 2015

For the third year in a row, Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee has been named the winning team in the NASA Student Launch challenge, earning the $5,000 prize. Read full story.

NASA Challenges Designers to Construct Habitat for Deep Space Exploration

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May 16, 2015

NASA and the National Additive Manufacturing Innovation Institute, known as America Makes, are holding a new $2.25 million competition to design and build a 3-D printed habitat for deep space exploration, including the agency’s journey to Mars. Read full story.

NASA Image of the Day

Coronal Loops Over a Sunspot Group

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May 22, 2015

The Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) instrument on NASA's Solar Dynamics Observatory images the solar atmosphere in multiple wavelengths to link changes in the surface to interior changes. When AIA images are sharpened a bit, such as this AIA 171Å channel image, the magnetic field can be readily visualized through the bright, thin strands that ar Read full story.

SpinSat Investigation Tests New Technology, Returns Data

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May 21, 2015

Equipment and data from the SpinSat investigation returns to Earth today, May 21, 2015, with splashdown of the sixth SpaceX cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station. This Nov. 28, 2014 photograph by NASA astronaut Terry Virts captures the predeploy of SpinSat, which was launched into orbit from the station. Read full story.

The Advance of Hubbard Glacier

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May 20, 2015

This image, acquired by the Operational Land Imager (OLI) on Landsat 8, shows Hubbard Glacier on July 22, 2014. Read full story.

Journey to Space in a Vacuum Chamber

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May 19, 2015

Supporting the testing of electric propulsion and power systems, VF-5 has the highest pumping speed of any electric propulsion test facility in the world. Read full story.

Mount St. Helens at 35

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May 18, 2015

On May 18, 1980, Mount St. Helens gave way to a cataclysmic flank collapse, avalanche, and explosion that killed 57 people and displaced many others. The event dramatically reshaped the volcano and surrounding land in southwest Washington. Read full story.

International Space Station Reports

ISS Daily Summary Report – 05/25/2015

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May 25, 2015

Fluid Shifts Before, During and After Prolonged Space Flight and Their Association with Intracranial Pressure and Visual Impairment (Fluid Shifts):  Kelly and Padalka performed a system test of the Ultrasound in the Service Module.  The crew configured the ultrasound, laptop, and video, and with assistance from the ground remote guider, then performed an ultrasound scan.  This test of capability is to verify capability in advance of the Fluid Shift ultrasound operations when the crew uses the Lower Body Negative Pressure (Chibis) suit next week.  This week, the crew will be performing their baseline data collections in the United States On-orbit Segment (USOS).  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. Marangoni Deformation 30 (Dynamic Surf-3):  Cristoforetti set up the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) Dynamic Surf-3 core and body.  She then configured the Dynamic Surf-3 cassette, installed it into the core and body.  The assembly was then installed into the FPEF.  Cristoforetti completed the Dynamic Surf-3 setup activities on Wednesday, with the ground checkout activities later that night. The Dynamic Surf investigation is part of a series of JAXA experiments that Marangoni convection driven by the presence of surface tension gradient as produced by a temperature difference at a liquid/gas interface. Fluid convection observations of a silicone oil liquid bridge that is generated by heating the one disc higher than the other within the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF). By observing and understanding how such fluids move researchers can learn about how heat is transferred in microgravity, and ultimately drive the design and development of more efficient fluid flow based systems and devices.  The objective of scientific research on Marangoni convection utilizing microgravity is to make clear the flow transition phenomena from steady to oscillatory, chaotic, and finally turbulent flows. Therefore, it is important to understand an underlying principal of Marangoni convection. The findings and knowledge obtained through the space experiment is applied to industrial processes, as well as fluid physics. Handhold Experiment Platform (HXP) Installation: This week the crew and ground controllers will be installing the HXP on the JEM Exposed Facility (JEF).  Today, ground controllers used the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) to retrieve the Small Fine Arm (SFA).  On Tuesday, the JEM Airlock (JEMAL) outer hatch will be opened and slide table extended for the SFA to grapple the HXP and install on one of the handrails of the JEF.  The HXP is composed of several exposure experiments which will remain attached to the JEF for approximately one year, collecting data on material interactions to long duration space exposure. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Loop Scrub:  Virts configured EMU suits 3003 and 3010 for today’s activities.  He then successfully initiated ionic and particulate filtration (scrubbing) on both suits.  Later during biocidal maintenance (iodination), EMU 3010 was unable to establish sufficient cooling water flow to complete the process.  Iodination maintenance was successfully performed on EMU 3003.  A water sample was obtained to determine the effectiveness of the filtering. A portion of this water sample will used for a conductivity test and the remaining water will be sent to the ground for chemical analysis. Ground Teams are currently planning to perform a Fan Pump Separator change out on EMU 3010 during the first week of June. Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Preparation:  In preparation for the upcoming PMM relocation, Kelly has secured PMM Rack hardware and stowage.  In addition, he gathered vestibule outfitting hardware for Node 1 Nadir and Node 3 Forward ports later in the day.  PMM relocation from Node 1 Nadir to Node 3 Forward is planned for Wednesday, May 27th starting at 4:30am CDT.   Today’s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. MORZE. Bioimpedance  measurements with use of SPRUT-2 device. Tag-up with the specialists CORRECTSIA. Food and liquids (medical preparations) ingestion to be registered in the log.    [ ВКС] laptops antivirus base update ARED – wire ropes lubrication JEMRMS bus monitor cable installation EMU suits backpack change out WRS – processing  tank fill out from EDV container  PUMA device routine test check out JEMRMS manipulator bus monitor activation and start up [Aborted] EMU 3003 suit and   EMU 3010 cooling loop cleaning  initiation MORZE. Psychophysiological Evaluation  обследование :Tsentrovka f tests SENSOR WRS – Water Samples Analysis  Final operations prior to PMM hatches closure KARDIOVEKTOR. Experiment run. Tag-up with the specialists if required FS- Set up of hardware in SM FLUID SHIFTS. Set up and connection of hardware for TV  Footage   (Ku+S-band) JEM – Start of gas mixture delivery. FLUID SHIFTS. Communication  assets configuration for experiment run   JEMRMS Arm monitoring – termination [Aborted] Life on the Station. Photo and video coverage EMU-H2O – conductivity test FLUID SHIFTS.USDN Connection in SM FS-installation of hardware in SM  Node3  forward hatch area clearing Water sampling after  EMU suit cooling loop scrubbing MD30 – Task Familiarization LBNP Exercise  (PRELIMINARY) – Assistance FS- Ultrasound  survey in SM  LBNP Exercise  (PRELIMINARY) Tag-up with the specialists EMU-H2O – conductivity test XF305- Installation of video camera MD30- Preparation for the experiment Run FS- Hardware Disassemble in SM with photo footage  Harmful contaminants measurement with the use of CMS в СМ Installation of shunting plugs on [СтМ ТКГ №425(АО)]. Re-stowage of the bags with the plugs   EMU Suit Cooling Loop scrub –  Iodination FLUID SHIFTS. Disconnecting  Ultrasound P\L   FLUID SHIFTS.   КСПЭ  hardware  Deactivation and Closing Application on  SSC ЦП FS- Transfer of hardware for stowage from SM  TOCA – Data Recording  TOCA –  WWB replacement FLUID SHIFTS. Return to nominal Comm  Configuration CORRECTSIA. Food and liquids (medical preparations) ingestion to be registered in the log Installation of inserts for easy opening of SM interior panel locks (panel 437) (Kit with structural elements (004890R, ФГБ1ПГО_4_427_1, CTB No.1112 […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 05/22/15

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May 22, 2015

Ocular Health (OH): Virts and Cristoforetti completed their Return (R)-30 OH today.  They each performed ultrasounds of their eye with the assistance of the other crewmember acting as a Crew Medical Officer (CMO).  Virts, again with Cristoforetti as his CMO, performed an ultrasound echocardiogram. 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. Biolab Microcassette Review: Cristoforetti removed the distribution and cleaning (D&C) cassette from the Biolab Microscope.  She then removed all syringes from the Biolab Automatic Ambient Stowage (AAS) Standard Insert and then installed it into the AAS compartment.  The Microcassette, containing data from the TripleLux-A experiment, will be returned on 41 Soyuz for ground specialists to analyze the data.  Triplelux-A uses a rat macrophage cell line to investigate and compare the ability of macrophages to kill pathogens under normal gravity and microgravity conditions.  The goal is to gain a better understanding of immune suppression in spaceflight. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Loop Scrub:  Kelly configured EMU Suits 3005 and 3010 for today’s loop scrubbing activity. He then initiated the ionic and particulate filtration (scrubbing) and conducted biocidal maintenance (iodination) on EMU 3005 and Airlock cooling water loops. An issue was detected with cooling on EMU 3010, therefore scrubbing was not performed on that suit.  Water samples were obtained after the loop scrub activity to determine the effectiveness of the filtering.  A portion of this water sample will used for a conductivity test and the remaining water will be sent to the ground for chemical analysis. Ground Teams are investigating the cooling issue with EMU 3010.  Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and walked the Space Station Remote Manipulator (SSRMS) off Node 2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) onto the Lab PDGF. After completing the walk off, the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the SSRMS to Node3 Forward survey start position and reconfigured both arms of Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) in preparation of Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) relocation next Wednesday. MSS performance today was nominal. Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Slow Fill Troubleshooting – Over the past few weeks, it has taken significantly longer than expected to transfer pretreated urine from an EDV to the WSTA.  Today the crew performed troubleshooting steps to attempt to correct the issue.  They first transferred pretreated urine using the Russian compressor to determine if the pressure supply is the cause of the slow transfer.  This had no effect on the transfer rate.  They then back-flowed pretreated urine from the WSTA into an EDV to attempt to clear any air bubbles or blockage that could be restricting flow through the filter of the EDV transfer hose.  A subsequent WSTA fill initially showed improvement for the first 5-10% of the fill but then returned to the prior slow fill rate.  Ground teams will continue to troubleshoot the issues.  International Docking Adapter (IDA)1 Control Panel Checkout:  Virts performed a checkout of the IDA1 Control Panel.  The IDA1 Control panel was installed earlier in the increment and will be used during the IDA1 install EVA, currently planned later this year.   Today’s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Biochemical Urine Test URISYS Hardware Stowage ISS crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference ECLSS Recycle Tank Remove and Replace Fine Motor Skills – Experiment Ops CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake Replacing РТ-50-1М No.10 (А210) device with the new unit No.П3001010. Take pictures before and after replacement of device behind panel 129. (Dispose of the old No.93030030 (001839R) unit via Progress 425. Update the IMS). OTKLIK. Hardware Check Preparing for Photography of SM and DC1 Window Glass (Procedure and r/g review) Audit of Water Supply Equipment [СBО] in ПрК and FGB Ultrasound 2 Scan Photography of SM window 01,12 and DC1 EV2 glass and photo downlink Ultrasound 2 Data Export WRS – Recycle Tank Fill EMU cooling loop scrub. HMS. Ultrasound 2 – Post-Scanning Ops Biolab – Hardware Ops PROBOY. RSЕ1 Laptop Ops. Tagup with specialists PROBOY. Penetration Simulator Ops. Tagup with specialists CARDIAC Ops Demating РТ-50-1М TLM Connectors from БКС РТ-50-1М No.10 (А210) R&R. Tagup with specialists HMS. CARDIAC Ops, Operator EVA. Retrieval of EVA water sample adapter Partial drain of the UPA WSTA into EDV 960 to troubleshoot the WSTA slow fills Setup of N2 camcorder to downlink view of IDA Control Panel lights for ground assessment Node 2 Forward IDA Control Panel checkout prior to usage of ICP during IDA1 EVA Installation Biolab – Hardware Ops IMS Tagup (S-band) WRS – Recycle Tank Fill EMU cooling loop scrub Ultrasound 2 Power Down PAO hardware setup PAO Event During A Year Long Mission  ESA Weekly Crew Conference РТ-50-1М No.10 (А210) R&R. Tagup with specialists WRS – Recycle Tank Fill CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake PROBOY. Copy and Downlink Data Audit of Water Supply Equipment [СBО] in ПрК and FGB Biolab – Equipment setup for the experiment SLT Laptop Hard Drive Swap CMS – ARED Quarterly Maintenance VIZIR. Experiment Ops EMU – Cooling Loop Maintenance –  EMU Reconfig RGN REC-TNK – Removal of depress hose for nominal operations On MCC Go Mating РТ-50-1М TLM Connectors to БКС Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Food Frequency Questionnaire EMU – Long Dryout РТ-50-1М No.10 (А210) R&R – Closeout Ops. Take pictures after replacement of device behind panel 129. (Dispose of the old No.93030030 (001839R) unit via Progress 425. Update the IMS). Tagup with specialists WRS – Recycle Tank Fill IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop RGN – Initiate drain into EDV EMU cooling loop scrub. Biolab – Tool Stowage EHS – IV-TEPC Transfer IMS tagup WRM – Water Consumption Balance, place holder Russian Hardware Restow СОЖ Maintenance VZAIMODEISTVIYE-2. Experiment Ops Flight […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 05/21/2015

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May 21, 2015

SpaceX-6 Dragon Departure:  Overnight, the crew disconnected both power jumpers, installed the Center Disk Cover, and closed Node 2 Nadir Hatch.  They then successfully depressurized and pressure checked the Node 2/Dragon vestibule.  Dragon was unberthed from the Node 2 Nadir docking port and subsequently released by the crew utilizing the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) at 6:04am CDT this morning.  Dragon splashdown was in the Pacific Ocean landing zone at 11:42am CDT. The Recovery team has Dragon safely on the recovery boat and they are heading to port. Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) Advanced Colloids Experiment (ACE)-Microscopy-3 (M3):  Virts accessed the FIR Light Microscopy Module (LMM) and removed the Auxiliary Fluids Container (AFC) that housed the ACE-M3 sample.  He removed the sample and using the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-3 magnet mixed the samples prior to returning the sample to the LMM.  ACE-M3 research involves the design and assembly of complex three-dimensional structures from small particles suspended within a fluid medium. These so-called self-assembled colloidal structures are vital to the design of advanced optical materials. In the microgravity environment, we will study the relation between particle shape, crystal symmetry and structure, a fundamental issue in condensed matter science. BCAT-Low Gravity Phase Kinetics Platform (KP) Intervelometer Change:  Cristoforetti changed the camera battery, transferred images to a laptop for ground controllers to downlink, and then set the D2Xs intervalometer.  The BCAT-KP experiment aims to help materials scientists develop new consumer products with unique properties and longer shelf lives. Colloids are mixtures of small particles distributed throughout a liquid, which include milk, detergents and liquid crystals. Gravity affects how the particles clump together and sink, making the International Space Station an ideal platform to study their fundamental behaviors. Columbus Solid State Drive Installation:  Kelly removed the two Columbus Video Cassette Recorders (VCR) from the starboard end cone then replaced them with two newer design Solid State Drive (SSD) recorders. The newer SSD recorders will provide additional recording capability without the use of Hi-8 tapes. During cable connection portion of the activity, the crew encountered issues with connector clearances. Ground teams are investigating the problem.   Today’s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Medical Ops OBT Dragon/Node 2 Vestibule Depress Morning Inspection. SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) Test Reading Reminder for Fine Motor Skills Second FIR Rack Doors Open ACE – Sample Prep On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ Columbus Stowage Items Relocation ACE – Sample Prep Video Monitor 1 (VMN1) Removal from Installation Location Fine Motor Skills – Experiment Ops Closing window shutters 6,8,9,12,13,14 Node 2 – Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Demate Crew Command Panel (CCP) Cable Route and Checkout Medical Kit Audit Installation of inserts to ease opening of SM interior panel locks – Preparation steps. Unstow kit with structural elements (004890R, ФГБ1ПГО_4_427_1, CTB No.1112 (004106J) Life On The Station Photo and Video Installation of inserts for easy opening of SM interior panel locks (panel 338) BCAT-D2XS – Battery Charge Initiation ACE – Sample Prep FIR Rack Door Close Installation of Camcorder in the LAB at LAB RWS 3 to monitor RWS commanding from the ground. Adjust LAB RWS monitor 3 to a maximum brightness to be able to see graphics via camcorder. RWS – Configuration WRS – Recycle Tank Fill Video Footage of Greetings Preparation for SSRMS Dragon Release from Node 2 Nadir SSRMS Dragon Release from Node 2 Nadir and Departure Monitoring Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT) Medical Kit Audit Installation of inserts for easy opening of SM interior panel locks (panel 322) Life On The Station Photo and Video On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ Transfer of two Video Cassette Recorders from Columbus BCAT – Battery Replacement and Photo Downlink Installation of new Solid State Drive (SSD) Gathering equipment to replace device РТ-50-1М No.10 (А210) RWS Teardown Crew Command Panel (CCP) Cable Routing Carrier Rack Rotation to gain access to VDPU Installation of inserts for easy opening of SM interior panel locks (panel 234) Carrier Rack Reconfig after VDPU Installation  – Assistance (Part 1) Installation of new VDPU IMS Delta File Prep Photo documentation of HRM harness ops Installation of inserts for easy opening of SM interior panel locks (panel 320) Video Downlink End VIZIR. Experiment Ops Carrier Rack Reconfig after VDPU Installation RWS Monitor Video Downlink to See Graphics via Camcorder Carrier Rack Reconfig after VDPU Installation – Assistance (Part 2) WRS – Recycle Tank Fill [Aborted] VMN1 Reinstallation Columbus Stowage Items Relocation VZAIMODEISTVIYE-2. Experiment Ops URISYS Hardware Setup CUCU Deactivation Completed Task List Items WHC-KTO-REPLACE Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. System commanding associated with Dragon departure Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 05/22: Ocular Health, EVA Loop Scrub, Biolab Microscope cassette removal Saturday, 05/23:  Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty Sunday, 05/24: Crew Off Duty  QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:                               Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On [СКВ] 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 Shutdown Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up   Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 05/20/15

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May 20, 2015

Double Cold Bag (DCB) Packing:  Virts and Kelly packed the +4 degrees Celsius (°C) DCB with conditioned Ice Bricks and samples from Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI)-2 and -32°C DCBs with Ice Bricks and frozen samples from MELFI-3.  The +4°C DCB will be returning with Cell Shape and Expression, CASIS PCG-3, Nematode Muscles, and NanoRacks Module-53 samples.  The -32°C DCB will be returning with frozen HRP samples.  Once packed, the DCBs were placed in Dragon prior to hatch closure. SpaceX-6 Departure Preparations:  This morning, the crew completed final cargo loading. Later, they configured Dragon’s pressurized segment for departure and closed its hatch.  Once the Dragon hatch was closed, they configured the Node 2 vestibule by removing Air Revitalization System (ARS) and data jumpers then installed the Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assemblies (CPAs). SpaceX-6 unberth activities are scheduled to start this evening at 11:30pm CDT and Dragon release at ~6:04am CDT Thursday morning utilizing the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS). Node 3 Forward 2 Stowage Removal:  In preparation for Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) relocation next week, Virts removed stowage from the Node 3 Forward location. PMM relocation from Node 1 nadir to Node 3 forward is planned for Wednesday, May 27th.   Today’s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Dragon – Transfers Ops Rendezvous and Prox Ops Program (RPOP) –  Adjustment Anemometer Handover from USOS to RS Activity with IVA Tools СТТС Configuration for MRM1 Dragon Transfer Ops Preparing for measuring air flow using anemometer Velocicalc 9565 in MRM1 and on SM Power Supply System units. Tagup with specialists Velocicalc 9565 Anemometer Setup for Operation. Tagup with specialists WRS – Recycle Tank Fill Measuring air flow using anemometer Velocicalc 9565 in MRM1 and on SM Power Supply System units. Tagup with specialists Dragon Transfer Ops RELAKSATSIYA Hardware Setup CEVIS Exercise Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Proficiency Training Dragon Cargo Operations Conference RELAKSATSIYA Comm reconfig for nominal ops Makita Tool Battery Cycling – Hardware Prep СОЖ Maintenance RELAKSATSIYA Closeout Ops Makita battery pre-charge installation Dragon Transfer Ops Makita charge monitoring Anemometer Handover from RS to USOS WRS – Recycle Tank Fill Work Maintenance Area Setup in DC1. Transfer to DC1 and Activation of Orlan suit No.5.Tagup with DRAGON – Dragon Egress in Preparation for Departure Makita Tool battery discharge Dragon – Hatch Closure Dragon Vestibule Configuration for Demate Recovery of Measuring System ИК-0702М in Orlan Suit No. 5. Tagup with specialists Installation of Node 2 Nadir CBM Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Water Supply Hardware Audit [СBО] Installation of Makita tool battery for charging Monitor Makita Tool battery charge Recovery of space suit No.4 left sleeve for nominal operations Powerup of Cupola and LAB Robotic Workstation (RWS) Display and Control Panel (DCP) Orlan Suit No.5 and No.4 Closeout Ops Installation of Camcorder in the LAB at LAB RWS 3 to monitor RWS commanding from the ground Closing USOS Window Shutters End Makita Tool battery charge, log charge time into the table, remove battery from the charger, stow equipment IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop БД-2 Exercise, Day 1 IMS Delta File Prep UDOD. Copy and Downlink Data CASKAD. Thermostat Deactivation and Equipment Transfer to [CA]  Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Node 2 Nadir CBM Preparations for Demate Dragon Prop and GNC Equipment Checkout Starboard TRRJ Video Survey Three-Day Look Ahead: Thursday, 05/21: SSRMS walk off, Dragon N2 vestibule demate/depress, Dragon unberth/landing, ACE M-3 sample prep, COL stowage relocate Friday, 05/22: Ocular Health, EVA Loop Scrub, Biolab Microscope cassette removal Saturday, 05/23:  Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:                               Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off [СКВ] 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 Shutdown Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up   Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 05/19/15

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May 19, 2015

USOS Crew Reduced Duty Day: Today was a reduced duty day for the USOS Crew as a result of sleep shifting in preparation for SpaceX-6 departure on Thursday, 21 May 2015. Fluid Shifts Before, During and After Prolonged Space Flight and Their Association with Intracranial Pressure and Visual Impairment (Fluid Shifts): Kornienko begun his Flight Day (FD) 45 Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements today, with the assistance of Padalka as his Crew Medical Officer (CMO).  Upon wakeup he collected baseline saliva, blood and urine and inserted them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer.  Throughout the day, he performed more urine, blood, and saliva collections, inserting those samples into MELFI as well.  The Dilution Measurements are the first part in the series of FD45 Fluid Shifts measurements. Next week, Kelly and Kornienko will be performing their Baseline Imaging using the ultrasound.  The third portion of the Fluid Shifts experiment involves utilization of the Russian Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure – LBNP) during ultrasound measurements.  Fluid Shifts 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. Ocular Health: Virts with Cristoforetti as his CMO, and ground remote guidance, performed his Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) exam to measure retinal thickness, volume, and retinal nerve fiber layer as required for his Return-30 (R-30) Ocular Health sessions.  Later in the day, he executed his fundoscope exam to obtain images of the retinal surface, again with Cristoforetti and ground assistance.  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. Commercial Orbital Transport Services (COTS) UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Checkout:  In preparation for the upcoming SpaceX-6 departure, Kelly worked with ground teams to activate the CUCU System and successfully performed a Crew Command Panel (CCP) checkout. CUCU provides a command and telemetry communications link between ISS and Dragon during free flight operations in the vicinity of ISS.   Dragon Cargo Transfer Operations: Today, Cristoforetti continued with Dragon cargo operations.  The crew has approximately 3 hours of SpaceX-6 cargo operations remaining. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Robotics Flight Controllers walked the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) off of worksite 4 Mobile Remote Servicer (MRS) Base System Power and Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) 1 to the Node2 PDGF. Once the walk off was complete, they commanded the SSRMS to grapple Dragon in preparation for Thursday’s unberth and release.   In conjunction with today’s operations, Flight Controllers also performed a checkout of Latching End Effector A (LEE-A), and performed commissioning on the SSRMS Gear Box Limping (GBL) feature.  The LEE-A checkout gathered additional data on latching currents since the LEE-A was lubricated on Extravehicular Activity (EVA) 30 in February.  The GBL feature produces greater arm compliance than passive limping, and is intended to reduce the required rigidization force to capture a fixed grapple fixture.  Later today the Robotics Ground Controllers will maneuver LEE-B to grapple the SpaceX-6 Dragon Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF) ready for Dragon unberth and release on GMT 141 (21 May 15). They will also perform an initial checkout of GBL on LEE-B during this operation. Today’s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. FLUID SHIFTS WRS – Recycle Tank Fill WRS Water Sample Analysis OCT Exam ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation Makita Tool Battery Cycling – Hardware Prep Greasing exposed ARED wires Installation of Makita tool battery for charging  Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Makita battery charge monitoring OCT Equipment Stowage VELO Exercise, Day 4 Audit of Personal Hygiene Articles TOCA Data Recording Installation of Makita tool battery for charging Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations Monitor Makita Tool battery charge PROBOY. RSE1 Laptop Software Update for PROBOY Experiment. Water Recovery System (WRS): WPA Waste Water Tank Offload into CWC Monitor Makita Tool battery charge End Makita Tool battery charge, log charge time into the table, remove battery from the charger, stow equipment PROBOY. RSЕ1 Laptop Ops. Tagup with specialists PROBOY. Penetration Simulator Ops. Tagup with specialists PAO Event POLAR Procedure Review Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) No.1162 (00063575R, ФГБ1ПГО_1_110) from SM Rodnik БВ2 for Elektron Dragon Transfer Ops Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT) СОЖ Maintenance Private Medical Conference Dragon Cargo Operations Conference POLAR1 Transfer and Installation POLAR2 Transfer Audit of SM Laptop Power Supply PROBOY. Copy and Downlink Data Fundoscope Prep WRS – Recycle Tank Fill IMS Delta File Prep CUCU Check Fundoscope – Eye Exam Fundoscope – Closeout Ops and Stowage RELAKSATSIYA. Relaksatsiya P/L Battery Charge Completed Task List Items COL Toolbox Pictures Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. CUCU Checkout MSS walk off from worksite 4 MBS PDGF 1 to Node2 PDGF then grapple Dragon. [In Work]  Three-Day Look Ahead: Wednesday, 05/20: Double Cold Bag pack in Dragon, N3 stowage removal, Dragon egress/vestibule config for demate/N2 CPA install Thursday, 05/21: SSRMS walkoff, Dragon N2 vestibule demate/depress, Dragon unberth/landing, ACE M-3 sample prep, COL stowage relocate Friday, 05/22: Ocular Health, EVA Loop Scrub, Biolab Microscope cassette removal QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:                               Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On [СКВ] 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 Shutdown Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Process Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off […] Read full story.

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