NASA Breaking News

NASA Awards Financial and Business Management Services Contract

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May 25, 2016

NASA has selected Logical Innovations, Inc., of Houston to provide financial and business management services for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer, Office of Procurement and other entities at the agency's Johnson Space Center in Houston. Read full story.

NASA Astronaut Kate Rubins Available for Interviews Before Space Station Launch

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May 24, 2016

NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will be available for live satellite interviews from Moscow on Wednesday, June 1, before her launch to the International Space Station. She will answer questions about her upcoming mission aboard the worlds only orbiting laboratory from 9-10 a.m. EDT, airing live on NASA Television and streaming on the agencys website. Read full story.

NASA Telescopes Find Clues For How Giant Black Holes Formed So Quickly

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May 24, 2016

Using data from NASAs Great Observatories, astronomers have found the best evidence yet for cosmic seeds in the early universe that should grow into supermassive black holes. Read full story.

Next SpaceX Commercial Cargo Launch Targeted for Mid-July, NASA Opens Media Accreditation

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May 23, 2016

Media accreditation now is open for the next SpaceX commercial cargo resupply services mission to the International Space Station, targeted for launch no earlier than approximately 1:32 a.m. EDT Saturday, July 16. Read full story.

NASA Televises, Hosts Events for Deployment of First Expandable Habitat on International Space Station

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May 20, 2016

The Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) will be deployed to its full size Thursday, May 26, and begin its two-year technology demonstration attached to the International Space Station. NASA Television will provide coverage of the expansion beginning at 5:30 a.m. EDT. Read full story.

NASA Education News

NASA Glenns Plum Brook Station Announces Open House Details

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May 25, 2016

NASA Glenns Plum Brook Station is having a free public open house on June 11 and 12 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Read full story.

Alabama Team Takes Top Robotic Honors

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May 24, 2016

The seventh annual Robotics Mining Competition saw engineering teams from across the nation compete to design and build the most effective robotic excavation system. Read full story.

VIDEO: ISS Astronauts Enjoy Dish Cooked Up by Students from Hampton, Virginia

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May 24, 2016

Astronauts aboard the International Space Station recently feasted on a spicy Jamaican rice and beans with coconut milk entre cooked up by a team of culinary students from Phoebus High School in Hampton, Virginia. Read full story.

Community College Students Selected to Visit Johnson Space Center

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May 23, 2016

Forty-four students from twenty-five community colleges have been selected to travel to NASAs Johnson Space Center May 22 - 25 to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars (NCAS) project. Read full story.

NASA Goddard Releases News Magazine for Young Explorers

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May 23, 2016

NASAs Goddard Space Flight Center released the first issue of its new online news magazine for young learners - NASA Next. Read full story.

NASA Image of the Day

NASA's OSIRIS-REx Spacecraft Prepared for Mission to an Asteroid

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May 25, 2016

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft is revealed after its protective cover is removed inside the Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility at Kennedy Space Center, on May 21, 2016. OSIRIS-REx, targeted for a Sept. 8 launch, will be the first U.S. mission to sample an asteroid, retrieve at least two ounces of surface material and return it to Earth for study. Read full story.

Fjord and Glacier in East-Central Greenland

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May 24, 2016

On May 19, 2016, NASA's IceBridge, an airborne survey of polar ice, crossed Greenland to fly central glacier flowlines in the east-central region of the country. This photo captures the fjord of Violin Glacier, with Nord Glacier at the upper left corner. This is IceBridge's eighth spring campaign of science flights over Arctic sea and land. Read full story.

Up and Over

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May 23, 2016

Cassini orbited in Saturn's ring plane -- around the planet's equator -- for most of 2015. Read full story.

CubeSats Deployed From the International Space Station

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May 20, 2016

CubeSats fly free after leaving the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer on the International Space Station on May 17, 2016. Seen here are two Dove satellites. The satellites are part of a constellation designed, built and operated by Planet Labs Inc. to take images of Earth from space. Read full story.

May 19, 2000, Early Morning Liftoff of Atlantis on STS-101 Mission

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May 19, 2016

Flames from the solid rocket boosters lit up the clouds of smoke and steam trailing behind shuttle Atlantis on May 19, 2000, as it lifted off on mission STS-101. It was the shuttle program's third space station assembly flight, and first space flight for astronaut Jeff Williams, currently aboard the station as a member of the Expedition 47 crew. Read full story.

International Space Station Reports

ISS Daily Summary Report 05/24/16

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May 24, 2016

Marrow: Upon waking this morning, the crew took breath and ambient air samples for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Marrow experiment which investigates the effect of microgravity on human bone marrow. It is believed that microgravity, like long-duration bed rest on Earth, has a negative effect on bone marrow and the blood cells that are produced in the marrow. The extent of this effect and its recovery are of interest to space research and healthcare providers on Earth.   Rodent Research (RR-3) Inventory Audit: The crew continued auditing the remaining RR-3 equipment and supplies. The audit follows the completion of RR-3 operations last week. Ocular Health (OH) Cardiac Operations: The crew began the first of two Ocular Health sessions planned for the week by using a Tonometer on an eye simulator before conducting Tonometry exams. They also performed blood pressure measurements using the Cardiolab (CDL) Holter Arterial Blood Pressure (BP) Unit with guidance from the Ocular Health ground team. Crew members’ bodies change in a variety of ways during space flight, and some experience impaired vision. The Ocular Health investigation gathers data on crew members’ visual health during and after long-duration space station missions. Tests monitor microgravity-induced visual impairment, as well as changes believed to result from elevated intracranial pressure. The investigation will measure how long it takes for crew members to return to normal after they return to Earth.   Cardio Ox Ultrasound Operations: With remote guidance from the Cardio Ox ground teams, the crew conducted an ultrasound scan after attaching the Electro Cardiogram (ECG) Electrodes and marking the arteries followed by blood pressure measurements using the Cardiolab Holter Arterial Blood Pressure Unit. The goal of the Cardio Ox investigation is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis risk in astronauts. Twelve crewmembers provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15 and 60 days after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries are obtained at the same time points as well as through 5 years after landing as an indicator of cardiovascular health. Micro-Gravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Video Upgrade Equipment (VUE) Setup: The crew upgraded MSG video equipment by replacing the current MSG video drawer with the new High Definition (HD) video drawer before installing two HD video monitors that will be used with the new video drawers.   Dose Tracker: The crew 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.   Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) Preparations: The crew removed the Node 3 (N3) Aft Hatch Positive Pressure Relief Valve (PPRV) Sample Port Cap and pressurized N3 to BEAM vestibule to 5psi. An 8-hour leak check is currently in work. The crew also reviewed updates to emergency procedures and key points that were emphasized during BEAM training. In preparation for BEAM viewing, Robotics Ground Controllers walked off the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to the Lab Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF). External robotics: Today, the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) was walked off from Node2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) to Lab PDGF, and manuevered to the BEAM viewing position in preparation for BEAM deployment later this week.   Cygnus cargo operations: 36 hours and 50 minutes of cargo work have been completed, with an estimate of 8 hours and 20 minutes remaining to complete all Cygnus (OA-6) cargo operations.     Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. MARROW Air Samples Collection MORZE. Examination using SPRUT-2 device HMS equipment config before intraocular test COSMOCARD. Closeout ops / r/g 2311 VIZIR. battery charge / r/g 2320 HMS vision test COSMOCARD. Preparing for and Starting 24-hr ECG Recording / r/g 2335 HMS vision test HMS vision questionnaire OH – blood pressure measurement EDV (KOV) fill (separation) for ELEKTRON or EDV-SV. Fill from Progress 432 Water Tank r/g 2129 MORZE. Psychophysiological survey: testing, centering, SENSOR HMS vision questionnaire RR- samples retrieval from MELFI OH – blood pressure measurement Soyuz #720 Samsung Tablets Charging – init HMS Tonometry CMO assist CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment ops r/g 2333 USND2 hardware activation HMS Tonometry Test – subject SOZh Maintenance CARDOX prep ops CARDOX- ultrasonic survey Progress #432 - deinstall, data download to Laptop r/g 2272 DOSETRK- data download CARDOX-ultrasonic survey assist RR – Habitat Stow Review RR- hardware inventory GREAT START. Experiment prep / r/g 2322 Health Maintenance System (HMS) Tonometry Test Stow GREAT START. Educational Session and Video Shooting on DUBRAVA Experiment r/g 2322 Checking of Camcorder Setup for Photo/TV CARDOX- blood pressure measurement MORZE. Psychophysiological Survey: Strelau Test USND2- hardware deactivation GREAT START. Concluding Ops / / r/g 2322 VIZIR. Charging Infrared Receiver () battery – terminate / r/g 2320 COL Ethernet Cable Disconnect Checking Camcorder Setup for Photo/TV MPCC Laptop Power Connect BEAM Deployment OBT MPCC – 2 Laptop Activation to LAN Network . Observation and Photography Using Photo Hardware r/g 2336 ESA weekly crew conference Soyuz #720 Samsung Tablets Charging – terminate USOS window shutters closing PAO crew prep PAO Event Soyuz #719 Samsung Tablet Charging – init MORZE. Psychophysiological Survey: Kettle Test WRM water balance placeholder Countermeasures System (CMS) Sprint Exercise Optional MSG- hardware stow after video shooting Sync RS Photo Cameras with on-board time / / r/g 1594 Fan Test Activation noise level control. 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ISS Daily Summary Report 05/23/16

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May 23, 2016

Marrow: Upon waking this morning, the crew took breath and ambient air samples for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Marrow experiment which investigates the effect of microgravity on human bone marrow. It is believed that microgravity, like long-duration bed rest on Earth, has a negative effect on bone marrow and the blood cells that are produced in the marrow. The extent of this effect and its recovery are of interest to space research and healthcare providers on Earth. Auxin Transport Run #2: The crew conducted the first day of the second Auxin Transport experiment run by gathering hardware and retrieving the samples from the Minus Eighty Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) before preparing and installing the samples into the Cell Biology Experiment Unit (CBEF) for incubation. The incubation process takes 3 days and will be followed by fixation, sampling and closeout on day 4. This Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) investigation clarifies the role of auxins in pea and corn seedlings grown in microgravity, leading to new insight into how gravity, or the lack of gravity, affects plant development. This study may contribute to increasing the efficiency of plant cultivation in plant factories. The data obtained from the second experiment run will provide evidence of spaceflight alterations in auxin polar transport and endogenous levels of auxin, resulting in automorphogenesis.   Rodent Research (RR-3) Audit and Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Cleanup: Following the completion of RR-3 operations last week, the crew audited the remaining RR-3 equipment and supplies. They also removed the hardware and cleaned the Life Science Ancillary Hardware (LSAH) in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). MSG Video Upgrade Equipment (VUE) Hardware Gather and Overview: In preparation for upcoming MSG Video Upgrade Equipment (VUE) setup, the crew gathered and powered the hardware and routed video signals using the HD Video Drawer Graphical User Interface (GUI). Ground teams then successfully performed a two hour checkout of the recording functions of the drawer.   Telescience Resource Kit (TReK) Hardware Set Up: Today the crew set up the TREK Demonstration hardware, but was unable to install the flight demonstration software load due to communication issues with the network attached storage (NAS) at the planned rack location. After changing the Ethernet routing to the WORF rack; connectivity was verified but subsequent file transfer attempts resulted in a series of errors on the laptop. The crew took photos of the errors and was asked to stand down for the day. The ground teams are assessing the error messages. TReK is a suite of software applications and libraries that can be used to monitor and control assets in space or on the ground. Material Science Laboratory (MSL) Calibration Cartridge Insertion: The crew inserted the calibration cartridge of MSL Batch 2B for calibration. The MSL can accommodate one Furnace Insert (FI) at a time for experiment processing. Two ESA-developed FIs are presently available:the Low Gradient Furnace (LGF) and the Solidification and Quenching Furnace (SQF). Sample-Cartridge Assemblies (SCAs) for science programs.   Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) Preparations: In preparation for vestibule outfitting activities and inflation, today the crew completed the following: Installation of N3 BEAM laptop cable to allow BEAM laptop connection to N3 Aft bulkhead and BEAM sensor systems, Verification that the BEAM Deployment Controller passes BIT check prior to deployment, Emergency procedure refresher On-Board Training (OBT) session (all 6 crewmembers).   Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Last Friday, Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and performed Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Latch End Effector (LEE) checkouts. They then maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to stow SPDM on Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2). While SPDM LEE was capturing MBS PDGF2, SSRMS Force and Moment Sensor (FMS) Coarse Characterization was performed. SSRMS was maneuvered to translate configuration and the Mobile Transporter (MT) was translated to Worksite 6 (WS6).   Cygnus Cargo Operations: The crew has completed approximately 31.5 hours of cargo transfer operations with approximately 15 hours of transfer remaining.   62 Progress (62P): On Sunday, the crew reported seeing flakes of a substance floating away from 62P and provided photographs of the small white particles. Moscow worked with the crew over the course of the day to check the pressure of the air reserve section of Rodnik tank -2. Since Thursday evening, Moscow has observed lower than expected readings from this section of the tank.The Russian crew took readings from that tank with a manual pressure gauge and confirmed that it is at a lower pressure and the telemetry is accurate. The main section of the tank is currently full of urine for disposal and is in an unpressurized section of 62P. No change in operations is being recommended at this time. Moscow will continue to monitor tank telemetry and will ask the crew to check occasionally with the manual gauge. Undock is planned for July 5.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. HRF urine sampling HRF sample insertion into MELFI HRF blood sampling (subject) HRF blood sampling (assistant) HRF centrifuge config 1 HRF centrifuge config 2 AUT hardware prep for stowage HRF sample insertion into MELFI AUT samples extraction from MELFI [-2] reactor filter R&R / r/g 2316 MSG hardware prep for stowage ARED photo/video setup RR camcorder install KOSMOKARD. 24hr electrocardiogram recording prep + init / r/g 2311 RR equipment inventory VIZIR. battery charge init / r/g 2320 HRF blood samples extraction and refrigeration prep HRF sample insertion into MELFI Record [] service data from RSS1 / r/g 2052 [-1] air sampling in SM and FGB r/g 2312 On MCC Go Post-deactivation ELEKTRON purge Photo-TV camcorder setting c/o HRF urine sampling AUT R2 water sampling HRF sample insertion into MELFI Equipment transfer for removal to DC1 Progress #431, IMS updates / r/g 2234, 2315 Rodent access unit retrieval Rodent access unit cleanup HRF post-sampling equipment […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 05/20/16

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May 20, 2016

Rodent Research-3 (RR-3) Operations: The crew completed operations on 5 more rodents, performing bone densitometry measurements, then transferring the rodents to the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) for sample processing. Todays operations conclude this session of RR activities. The next activities are tentatively planned following SpaceX-10 arrival. This investigation 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.   Meteor Software Image Loads: Software load was successfully completed using an uplinked image that was copied to the laptop versus using DVDs as originally planned. However, due to a Window Observational Research Facility (WORF) Space Station Power Control Module (SSPCM) inverter trip, the hardware setup could not be completed. Laptop power will remain on to enable the payload developer to exercise command capabilities and the payload 3 power switch will remain off while ground teams work to resolve the issue. Meteor is a new ISS payload with the objective to fly a visible spectroscopy instrument to the ISS to observe meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. Since the parent comets or asteroids for most of the meteor showers are identified, the study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids. The plan is to operate Meteor for 2 years in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF).   Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Last night Robotics Ground Controllers (ROBO) powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to grapple and unstow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2). While releasing SPDM from MBS PDGF2, SSRMS Force and Moment Sensor (FMS) Coarse Characterization was performed. The SSRMS, while holding SPDM, was then maneuvered to perform the RapidScat payload video survey. ROBO will return SPDM to the Mobile Base System (MBS) and translate the Mobile Transporter (MT) to Worksite 6. Systems Operations Data File (SODF) Updates: The crew incorporated a new hatch diagram schematic reflecting Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) on Node 3 Aft in the emergency procedures. This is in preparation for next weeks planned BEAM vestibule outfitting and inflation operations.   ARED status: Yesterday, the crew reported a loud noise during ARED exercise. Ground investigations and on-orbit troubleshooting determined that the right hand ARED rope had come off of its pulley and this resulted in overload of the left hand rope, causing its pulley to jump several teeth. Today, the crew reset the right hand rope and adjusted it, recovering ARED nominal operations.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Collection / r/g 2306 Morning Inspection, Laptop RSS1,2 Reboot / r/g 1460 RS1(2) Reboot / Onboard Computer System Morning Inspection. SM (Caution & Warning Panel) Test NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops / r/g 2306 NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sampling. Stress-Test (Session 1) r/g 2307 CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Blood Sample / r/g 2307 CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing using Plasma-03 centrifuge / r/g 2307 NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing (smear) r/g 2307 CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Handover to USOS for MELFI Insertion / r/g 2307 RUEXP Blood Sample Insertion into MELFI / CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops / r/g 2307 JEM Airlock Slide Table extension to JEF side NEUROIMMUNITET. Hair Sample / r/g 2307 ISS crew and (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference (S-band) / r/g 2263 IMS Tagup (S-band) / r/g 2304 Rodent Research (RR) Node 2 Camcorder Settings Adjustment Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) - exchange on the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272 HAM radio session from Columbus Transition of JEMRMS Small Fine Arm Attachment Mechanism (SAM) to Softdock position Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Adjustment Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588 Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops r/g 2302 Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion NEUROIMMUNITET. Psychological Testing / r/g 2307 MOTOCARD. Operator Assistance with the Experiment / r/g 2301 Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops METEOR Hardware Setup and Configuration Maintenance Diagnostics of FGB instruments 11156 r/g 2279 Rodent Research Closeout Ops Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module () HDD (start) r/g 2224 JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JEF side Diagnostics of FGB Power Supply System -2 Filter Unit and -2 Main Bus Assembly r/g 2280 Deactivation of RLT2 Laptop Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) - exchange on the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272 Downlink of P/L Server and memory log files via RSS1 / r/g 2303 EMERGENCY Book updates URAGAN. Observation and Photography using [] hardware r/g 2300 Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module () HDD (end) and start backup r/g 2224 Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 2000 METEOR Setup Checkout Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Comm config for conference from MRM1 / Communications System Cygnus Cargo Operations 1-7 Lamp Replacement in MRM1 r/g 2278 Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) - exchange on the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272 Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Cleaning FGB Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger () Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3 Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration Comm reconfig for nominal ops / Communications System Rodent Research (RR) Post-Experiment Hardware Stowage Progress 431 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops / r/g 2234 CONTENT. 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ISS Daily Summary Report 05/19/16

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May 19, 2016

Rodent Research-3 (RR-3) Operations: The crew has completed operations on 15 rodents. They are scheduled to perform operations on 5 rodents today and 5 more tomorrow which will conclude this session of RR activities. The crew will perform bone densitometry measurements and then transfer the rodents to the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) for sample processing. This investigation 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.   Sprint Ultrasound 2 Operations: The crew set up a camera and video, configured Ultrasound 2, placed reference marks on the calf and thigh of the right leg, donned Sprint (Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study) thigh and calf guides, and performed thigh and calf ultrasound scans with guidance from the Sprint ground team. Ultrasound scans are used to evaluate spaceflight-induced changes in the muscle volume. The Sprint investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions.   Thermolab Deinstrumentation for Circadian Rhythms: Following completion of a 36-hour measurement, the crew removed the double sensors and the Thermolab Unit before cleaning and stowing the equipment for European Space Agencys (ESAs) Circadian Rhythm experiment. The objective of the experiment is to get a better understanding of alterations in circadian rhythms in humans during long-term space flights. Such knowledge will provide important insights into the adaptations of the human autonomic nervous system in space over time as well as significant practical implications by helping to improve physical exercise, rest and work shifts and ensuring adequate workplace illumination.   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 will help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required, and whether a missions duration impacts how much space crew members need.   Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Status: Yesterday, 2 attempts to start the Distillation Assembly (DA) faulted out due to DA belt slippage. A subsequent attempt resulted in completion of a successful UPA process run. Another process run is now in progress.   Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Status: Following yesterdays crew report of a loud noise during cable exercise, the ARED remains no-go for cable exercise but is go for bar exercise. Engineering teams met today and will recommend actions to restore full functionality.   Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Later today Robotics ground controllers will use the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to unstow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) and perform a video survey of the RapidScat payload.   Cygnus Cargo Transfer Status: The crew has completed approximately 26 hours of cargo transfer with approximately 21.5 hours remaining to be completed.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sampling. Stress-Test (Session 1) r/g 2294 SPLANH. Preparation and Initiate EGEG Recording r/g 2288 CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Blood Sample / r/g 2294 USND2 Hardware Activation NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing (smear) r/g 2294 CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing r/g 2294 CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Handover to USOS for MELFI Insertion / r/g 2294 RUEXP Blood Sample Insertion into MELFI CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops / r/g 2294 SPRINT Ultrasound Scan Operations Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) - exchange from the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272 SPRINT Assistance for the test Rodent Research (RR) Node 2 Camcorder Settings Adjustment CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2291 Circadian Rhythms Thermolab Deinstrumentation CIR Hardware Setup Soyuz 719 IRIDIUM phone charge, setup, start charge Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops Soyuz 719 IRIDIUM phone charge, battery charge status Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Adjustment Soyuz 719 IRIDIUM phone charge, terminate charge Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Crew Prep for PAO/ r/g 2293 Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion TV Session with Ivanovo Schoolchildren r/g 2293 Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration BRI data download to RSS1 laptop / r/g 2052 Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops Soyus 720 IRIDIUM phone charge, start charge Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) - exchange on the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272 Soyuz 720 IRIDIUM phone charge, battery charge status SPLANH. Termination of EGEG Recording and Closeout Ops r/g 2288 Soyuz 720 IRIDIUM Phone charge, terminate charge, teardown the setup, closeout ops WRS. Recycle Tank Fill from EDV Installation of METEOR flashcard drive SPLANH. Photography of the Experiment Ops / r/g 2289 Rodent Research Closeout Ops Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion USND2 Hardware Deactivation NEUROIMMUNITET. Psychological Testing / r/g 2294 Cygnus Cargo Operations ESA Weekly Crew Conference NEUROIMMUNITET. Hair Sample / r/g 2294 Circadian Rhythms, Data Downlink Circadian Rhythms, Close-out Ops and Stowage On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ Soyuz 720 Kazbek Fit Check Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back Maintenance CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2291 Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) - exchange on the Laptop during the test r/g 2272 Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan OTKLIK. Sensor functional test and point of impact coordinate accuracy check r/g 2281 Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion WRS, Recycle Tank Fill from EDV Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan IMS Delta File Prep Food Frequency Questionnaire Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion PAO Hardware Setup Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Crew Prep for PAO Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion PAO Event Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration Rodent ResearchRodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops Cygnus Cargo Operations Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back Rodent Research Closeout Ops […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 05/18/16

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May 18, 2016

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) NanoRacks Cubesat Deployer #7 (NRCSD 7) Deployment: This morning, operations which began Monday were completed with the deployment of four Dove satellites and four LEMUR-2 satellites. All satellites were deployed on time as commanded. The empty deployer will be returned to the JEM Airlock.   Rodent Research-3 (RR-3) Operations: Yesterday the crew completed operations on 5 rodents. They performed operations on 5 more rodents today and are scheduled for 5 each day for the remainder of the week. The crew performed bone densitometry measurments and then transferred the rodents to the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) for sample processing. This investigation 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.   Environmental Health System (EHS) Microbial Air and Surface Sampling: The crew took surface and air samples for microbial analysis using the Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) with Petri Dishes. The EHS monitors the atmosphere for gaseous contaminants from nonmetallic materials off-gassing, combustion products, and propellants, microbial contaminants from crewmembers and Station activities, water quality, acoustics, and radiation levels.   Dose Tracker: The crew completed entries for medication tracking today. This investigation documents the medication usage of crew members before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The data 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 Habitability investigation collects observations about the relationship between crew members and their environment on the International Space Station. Observations during the 1-year mission, as well as 6-month missions, can help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required, and whether a missions duration impacts how much space crew members need. LAB Forward (Fwd) Starboard (Stbd) Inter-Module Ventilation (IMV) Cleaning: During the IMV reconfig it was discovered that this fan is not performing as expected, most likely due to Foreign Object Debris (FOD). Today the crew inspected and cleaned the fan and silencer inlets. The crew subsequently used the Velocicalc tool to take flow measurements in the Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA) 1, Airlock (AL), Node 1 (N1), Cupola, Oxygen Generation System (OGA) rack and Node 2 (N2) ventilation inlets and outlets as part of system health monitoring.   Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED): The crew reported a loud banging noise during ARED rope exercise. They determined that the right cable arm rope was off its guides and the exercise rope did not retract as far as it should. The ARED is go for bar exercises but no-go for rope exercises. Ground teams are assessing the problem. Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) fault: The UPA experienced a fault, likely due to belt slippage inside the distillation assembly. The Waste Hygiene Compartment (WHC) has been configured to use its internal EDV while ground teams assess recovery of the UPA. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 2283 Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT) COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops r/g 2262 CubeSat Deployment Photos Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Equipment Removal DOSETRK Questionnaire Completion BIOCARD. Operator Assistance During the Experiment / r/g 1907 BIOCARD. Experiment Ops r/g 1907 Manufacturing Device Removal and stowage WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV Rodent Research (RR) Node 2 Camcorder Settings Adjustment DOSETRK Questionnaire Completion HABIT Data Recording to iPad Camcorder setup to capture T2 exercise Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back Study of cardiovascular system under graded physical load on Cycle Ergometer Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Adjustment Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Stow Video Equipment to capture T2 Exercise Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops r/g 2275 Russian Joint Research (RJR) Collecting Surface Samples using SSK DOSETRK Crew Conference Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion In Flight Maintenance (IFM) LAB Forward Starboard Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Fan Cleaning MOTOCARD. Operator Assistance with the Experiment / r/g 2274 Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops Maintenance Rodent Research Closeout Ops Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion IMV Flow Measurement HABIT Video Recording CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 2283 WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV Laptop preparation and - Progress 432 (Aft) Test Configuration Setup On MCC Go: Changeout of Elektron purification column assembly () Install No.1507074 r/g 2234 Russian Joint Research (RJR) ISS Microbial Air Samples HABIT Task Video End Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Private Medical Conference Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Wet Lab RNA SmartCycler Payload Teardown Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Verification of -1 Flow Sensor Position Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Experiment setup / r/g 2284 IMS Delta File Prep Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back Surface Sample Kit (SSK) Collection/Incubation Rodent Research Closeout Ops Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion Private Medical Conference CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 2277 SPLANH. Preparation for Experiment / r/g 2273 Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) Kit Sample Collection Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3 CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 2283 NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Collection / […] Read full story.

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