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Family Statement Regarding Service Arrangements for Capt. Eugene A. Cernan

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Jan 17, 2017

A funeral service for Capt. Eugene A. Cernan, who passed away Monday at the age of 82, will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. CST on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at St. Martins Episcopal Church, 717 Sage Road in Houston. Read full story.

NASA Hosts Facebook Live to Mark Success, Future of New Horizons Mission

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Jan 17, 2017

Members of NASAs New Horizons team will discuss the achievements of the first encounter with Pluto and look ahead to the missions next exploration of the Kuiper Belt during a Facebook Live event at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 19 -- the 11th anniversary of the spacecrafts launch. Read full story.

Iowa Students to Speak to NASA Astronaut on the International Space Station

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Jan 17, 2017

Students from Oskaloosa and Mt. Ayr Community Schools in Iowa will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station at 10:25 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 19. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

NASA Administrator Reflects on Legacy of Last Man to Walk on Moon

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Jan 16, 2017

The following is a statement from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden on the passing of Gemini and Apollo astronaut Gene Cernan: Read full story.

Family Statement Regarding the Passing of Apollo Astronaut Eugene Cernan, Last Man to Walk on the Moon

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Jan 16, 2017

The following is a statement released on the behalf of Gene Cernans family: Read full story.

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NASA Hosts Facebook Live to Mark Success, Future of New Horizons Mission

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Jan 17, 2017

Members of NASAs New Horizons team will discuss the achievements of the first encounter with Pluto and look ahead to the missions next exploration of the Kuiper Belt during a Facebook Live event at 4 p.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 19 -- the 11th anniversary of the spacecrafts launch. Read full story.

Iowa Students to Speak to NASA Astronaut on the International Space Station

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Jan 17, 2017

Students from Oskaloosa and Mt. Ayr Community Schools in Iowa will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station at 10:25 a.m. EST on Thursday, Jan. 19. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

Atlanta Students to Speak to NASA Astronaut on Space Station

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Jan 9, 2017

Students at The Lovett School in Atlanta will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station at 9 a.m. EST on Tuesday, Jan. 10. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

NASA Marshall to Host FIRST Robotics Kick-Off Event Jan. 7 at USSRC; Media Invited

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Jan 5, 2017

More than 350 area students are expected to attend the 2017 FIRST Robotics Kick-Off event Jan. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to noon, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The event, to be held in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration, is hosted by the USSRC, as well as NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Read full story.

Kennedy Space Center Counts Down to Santa's Toy Delivery Mission

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Dec 20, 2016

NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida is counting down to support Santa Claus during his annual mission to deliver toys and other presents to children around the world. Read full story.

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NASA Astronaut Shane Kimbrough on Jan. 13 Spacewalk

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Jan 17, 2017

Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough of NASA at work outside the International Space Station on Jan. 13, 2017, in a photo taken by fellow spacewalker Thomas Pesquet of ESA. The two astronauts successfully installed three new adapter plates and hooked up electrical connections for three of the six new lithium-ion batteries on the station. Read full story.

Crescent Jupiter with the Great Red Spot

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Jan 13, 2017

This image of a crescent Jupiter and the iconic Great Red Spot was created by a citizen scientist (Roman Tkachenko) using data from Juno's JunoCam instrument. Read full story.

Well-Preserved Impact Ejecta on Mars

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Jan 12, 2017

This image of a well-preserved unnamed elliptical crater in Terra Sabaea, is illustrative of the complexity of ejecta deposits forming as a by-product of the impact process that shapes much of the surface of Mars. Read full story.

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson's 7th Spacewalk

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Jan 11, 2017

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson's 7th Spacewalk Read full story.

Rocky Mountains From Orbit

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Jan 10, 2017

Expedition 50 Flight Engineer Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency photographed the Rocky Mountains from his vantage point in low Earth orbit aboard the International Space Station. He shared the image with his social media followers on Jan. 9, 2017, writing, "the Rocky mountains are a step too high even for the clouds to cross." Read full story.

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ISS Daily Summary Report 1/16/2017

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Jan 16, 2017

Japanese-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer-6 (J-SSOD-6) Deployment: Today four deployers, holding six satellites, were grappled by the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) and deployed. J-SSOD #6 is the first enhanced J-SSOD, which is able to launch twice the amount of satellites when compared to previous deployers. Photos of each satellite deployment were taken by the crew from the Cupola. J-SSOD #6 jettisoned the following experiments in the sequence below: 1st Deployment FREEDOM (1U): Demonstrate a de-orbit devices using a thin-film unfolding mechanism in space WASEDA-SAT3 (1U): Image projection on the surface of a drag chute with a micro-projector ITF-2 (1U): Builds a network for people using satellite data 2nd Deployment EGG (3U): Demonstration to unfold a toroidal infallible structure for aeroshells 3rd Deployment AOBA-Velox-III (2U): A demonstration of Pulsed Plasma Thruster 4th Deployment TuPOD (3U): Deployment of two TubeSat daughter satellites The J-SSOD facility provides a reliable, safe and economically viable means of deploying research small satellites into Earth orbit. Atmospheric and surface monitoring, radio communications testing, and small object and sample return to the ground for testing and analysis are all potential candidates for this facility. Fluid Shifts – Dilution Measures: The crew initiated the Return – 45 (R45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measures activities for the last 48S subject. The subject collected 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, the crew performed more urine, blood, and saliva collections, inserting those samples into MELFI as well. The crew also configured for tomorrows Baseline Imaging in the USOS. Fluid Shifts is divided into three experiment portions Dilution Measures, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes. Because the head ward 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. Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Zero Robotics Dry Run: The crew set up the SPHERES hardware and executed a dry run for the Zero Robotics competition scheduled for January 27, 2017. The SPHERES Zero Robotics investigation establishes an opportunity for high school students to design research for the ISS. As part of a competition, students write algorithms for the SPHERES satellites to accomplish tasks relevant to future space missions. The algorithms are tested by the SPHERES team and the best designs are selected for the competition to operate the SPHERES satellites on board the ISS. Capillary Flow Experiment-2 (CFE-2): The crew prepared a CFE-2 Vane Gap vessel for testing by partially disassembling the vessel, creating special conditions on the vane, and re-assembling the vessel using the Maintenance Work Area (MWA). Because liquids behave differently in space than they do on Earth, containers that can process, hold or transport them must be designed to work in microgravity. The CFE-2 furthers research into the control of liquid behavior aboard spacecraft through wetting and container geometry. Vane Gap experiments identify the critical geometric wetting conditions of a vane structure that does not quite meet the container wall a construct used in various fluid systems aboard spacecraft such as fuel tanks, thermal systems and water processors for life support. The results of these tests may be used to improve the capability to quickly and accurately predict how related processes such as passive separation of gases from liquids in the absence of gravity occur. Group Combustion: The crew conducted leak checks on JAXAs Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) containing the Group Combustion experiment. The crew checked the Gaseous Nitrogen (GN2) supply line and the air supply line of the Combustion Chamber for leaks. The Group Combustion investigation tests a theory that fuel sprays change from partial to group combustion as flames spread across a cloud of droplets. In the MSPR in the Kibo module, droplets of decane, a component of gasoline or kerosene, are arranged randomly on thin-fiber lattice points, and the flame and droplet positions and temperature distribution are measured as the flame spreads. Microgravity blocks convection, which on Earth would quickly disperse the droplets and combustion products before such measurements could be made. Galley Rack Outfitting: Today, the crew continued with Galley Rack Outfitting. They rotated the NOD1P4 rack and installed a Galley Power Supply, Galley Control Panel and will route the Galley Food Warmer power supply. H-II Transfer Vehicle 6 (HTV) Cargo Operations: Over the weekend the crew completed 5 hours and 30 minutes of loading trash onto the HTV vehicle. Ground specialist estimate the crew will need another 4 hours and 30 minutes of cargo operations to complete the vehicle loading. HTV is scheduled to unberth from the ISS on Friday 27-January-2017. Treadmill 2 System (T2) Status: Over the weekend ground specialists were able to uplink and apply the GUI Service Pack successfully, and have since resync-ed the CLU with the GUI. Earlier today the crew disconnected the breakout cable, returned T2 to its nominal configuration and completed a nominal T2 exercise session. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Friday evening, at the completion of EVA 39, the Robotics Ground Controllers mated the Mobile Base System (MBS) Payload and ORU Accommodation (POA) umbilicals to the HTV6 Exposed Pallet (EP) and applied payload power to it. They also performed the uncaging of the Spare Camera, Light, and PTU Assembly (CLPA) installed during the EVA on the Mobile Transporter Relay Assembly (MTRA) wedge and performed successful checkouts on the Spare CLPA camera unit. Saturday, the Robotics Ground Controllers stowed three Nickel-Hydrogen (NiH2) batteries, 2 batteries were from SPDM and 1 from the Enhanced ORU Temporary Platform (EOTP), on the HTV6 EP. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Fluid Shifts Saliva Baseline Collection Fluid Shifts Urine Collection Fluid Shifts MELFI Insertion Operations Fluid […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 1/13/2017

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Jan 13, 2017

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #39: Kimbrough and Pesquet opened the Joint Airlock external hatch at 5:22 am CST in order to perform US EVA #39 (Lithium Ion Battery Remove & Replace (R&R) EVA #2). The EVA installs adapter plates and relocates Channel 1A Nickel Hydride (NiH2) batteries to complete the installation of the new Lithium Ion batteries. The primary objectives for the EVA are as follows: Retrieve Adapter Plate E and F from the Express Pallet (EP) Install Adapter Plate F in Slot 6 Relocate Battery 4 to Adapter Plate F Install Adapter Plate E in Slot 4 Retrieve and Install Adapter Plate D in Slot 2 Fasten H1 Bolts on Li-Ion Batteries in Slots 1 and 5 The crew ingressed the airlock with a final Phase Elapsed Time (PET) for the EVA of 05:58 hours. In addition to the primary objectives, all get-ahead tasks were also completed as follows: Node 3 Shields Bundle #3 Temp Stow Mobile Transporter Relay Assembly (MTRA) Camera Light Pan and Tilt Assembly (CLPA) Swap Latching End Effector (LEE) A Worksite Interface Fixture (WIF) Adapter R&R S0 aft to Z1 forward (Rats Nest) Photo Mapping Secure Solar Array Blanket Boxes (SABB) Restraints Relocate Shields Bundle #2 to Node 3 Channel 1A batteries have been activated and are healthy. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. RELAKSATSIYA. Hardware Setup. EVA COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) USOS Window Shutter Close Extravehicular Activity (EVA) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation ISS crew and (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment. -2 Kits Inventory Audit RELAKSATSIYA. Observation RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Purge Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Prebreathe Hardware stowage for disposal in Progress 433 (DC1) and IMS updates TIMER. Battery Charge Crewlock Depress Crewlock Post Depress Crewlock Egress T2 Ethernet Check maintenance S4 Battery R&R 1A Worksite Preparation S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plates Retrieval S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plate F Installation Audit of FGB interior panel latches Hardware stowage for disposal in Progress 433 (DC1) and IMS updates S4 Battery R&R 1A Battery 4 Relocate S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plate E Installation TIMER. Experiment setup and initiation of video recording S4 Battery R&R Battery Adapter Plate D Retrival & Installation VIZIR. Experiment Ops. US EVA, Cleanup and Crewlock Ingress TIMER. Experiment Ops Video Termination and Cleanup EVA Get-Ahead Tasks EVA Glove Photo Setup A/L Ingress Delta file prep Crewlock Repress Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Crewlock Repress EVA PET end FLUID SHIFTS Big Picture Overview Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Activities Return to nominal comm configuration after US EVA EVA Glove Photo Downlink Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Disassembly Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) GoPro Downlink Completed Task List Items EVA NOD3 Shield Pack EVA Tool Config MSG-MLC Power Check SSC17 Check Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Channel 1A Battery activation and checkout Untie Channel 1A and 1B Three-Day Look Ahead: Saturday, 01/14: EVA Debrief, EVA Camera Disassembly, Airlock Deconfig, EMU Recharge Sunday, 01/15: Crew Off Duty Monday, 01/16: Capillary Flow, Fluid Shifts, SPHERES Dry Run, JSSOD Satellite Deploy, Galley Power Supply, EVA Tool Stow QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron On 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 Idle 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 1/12/2017

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Jan 12, 2017

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparation: Today the crew performed final preparation for EMU EVA #39 (Channel 1A Battery R&R). Hatch open is scheduled tomorrow, Friday January 6th at 12:10 GMT (6:10 CST). Earlier today the crew completed the pre-EVA health status exams, final EVA tool configuration and procedure reviews. Ground specialists and the crewmembers participated in a conference to discuss any final questions. Finally, the crew prepared the Equipment lock for the EVA. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Robotics Ground Controllers completed all battery moves in preparation for Fridays EVA. Last night, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Body and Arm2 as required to stow the Robotic Offset Tool (ROST) in the SPDM Tool Holder Assembly (THA). They then maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM Body and Arm2 as required to remove the Nickel-Hydrogen (NiH2) battery from slot 2 on the 1A Integrated Electronics Assembly (IEA). Finally the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM to a park position. Currently SPDM is holding three NiH2 batteries (one on each arm plus another on Enhanced ORU Temporary Platform). These batteries will be moved to the EP post-EVA. Due to some issues encountered yesterday with SPDMs ROST tool, ground teams were unable to secure the H1 bolts on the Li-Ion batteries in slot 1 and 5, so the EV crewmembers will be picking that up as an EVA task, similar to what we did in last weeks EVA. Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Laptop Hard Drive Replacement: Today the crew replaced the MSG hard drive and successfully completed the software installation. On GMT 009 the MSG laptop that supports the Packed Bed Reactor Experiment (PBRE) lost communication. Over the last few days the crew checked the cables, rebooted the laptop, and reset the hard drive before declaring it failed and replacing the hard drive. The MSG is fully operational and there was no loss of science or data to the PBRE. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Biochemical urine test, Sample collection Biochemical urine test, Sample Measurements Biochemical urine test, Closeout Ops KORREKTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Collection of Blood Samples KORREKTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing using Plasma-03 centrifuge Insertion of Russian experiments blood samples into MELFI KORREKTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Handover to USOS for MELFI Insertion Periodic Health Status (PHS) Pre EVA Examination Setup RELAKSATSIYA Hardware Setup Periodic Health Status (PHS) Pre EVA Examination Photograph Ceres, then stow Ceres and Cataliss. Pre-EVA Periodic Health Status Examination – Stow Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment. PELLE Data Download & placement before EVA maintenance RELAKSATSIYA. Observation. Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Audit. RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal. Maintenance activation of Atmosphere Purification System Emergency Vacuum Valves [ ] from the Sparest Kit (004173R, 1_3_321_1, white bag II-1/256-1, enclosure for [] (007223R) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Conference Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) /Group Combustion Module (GCM) Component Deactivation ISS HAM Service Module Pass Extravehicular Activity (EVA) iPad Contingency Procedures preparation Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire Audit of FGB interior panel latches Exchange Hard Drive for MSG Laptop computer Audit of cables in space behind SM panels 228 and 229. Equipment Lock (E-LK) Preparation Station Support Computer (SSC) 6 and 17 Reload Preparation MSG MLC Software Load Initiate water transfer from CWC-I to Cleaning FGB Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger () Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3 Terminate water transfer from CWC-I to INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops Replacing filters in FGB 1, 2 Dust Collectors (1_4_419_1, bag 429-21 (00068135R)). Discard de-installed items. Reflect changes in IMS Delta file prep RELAKSATSIYA. Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment (initiate) Completed Task List Items Node 3 Axial Shield Bundle Build EVA Tool Configuration Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow Biomolecule Sequencer Sample Stop Payload NAS Reboot Strange Tool Bag Stowage Reconfiguration Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. HTV heater error troubleshooting Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 01/13: S4 Battery R&R EMU EVA Saturday, 01/14: EVA Debrief, EVA Camera Disassembly, Airlock Deconfig, EMU Recharge Sunday, 01/15: Crew Off Duty QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron On 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 Idle 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 1/11/2017

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Jan 11, 2017

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparation: Today, the USOS crew continued preparing tools that will be used during Fridays EVA, which will support the upgrade from Nickel Hydride Channel 1A batteries to Lithium Ion batteries. The crew verified that the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFERs) are functional, and configured two cameras that will be used during the EVA. The crew also performed a final EVA procedure review. US EVA #39 is scheduled for Friday, January 13th with Joint Airlock Egress occurring at ~6:15am CST. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Yesterday and overnight (GMT 010-011), the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Body and Arm1 as required to use SPDM Arm1 to remove the 1A-3 Nickel-Hydrogen (NiH2) battery from its slot in the 1A Integrated Electronics Assembly (IEA). They then maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM as required to use SPDM Arm2 to unstow a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery from slot F of the H-II Transfer Vehicle 6 (HTV6) Exposed Pallet (EP) and install it in slot 3 of the 1A IEA. Next they unstowed the Robotic Offset Tool (ROST) from the SPDM Tool Holder Assembly (THA) and attempted to fasten the H1 bolt of the 1A slot 5 battery, but the ROST socket was not able to engage the H1 bolt. An activity will be added to allow EVA crewmembers to fasten this H1 bolt during the upcoming EVA. To back away the ROST from the H1 fixture, pull force needed to be increased up to 70 N. Then, the same attempt was performed on 1A slot 1 and after pushing with a higher force (110 N) when fastening with the ROST socket, the H1 bolt was successfully bolted. However, when trying to pull the ROST away from H1 fixture with the maximum force allowed (110 N), ROST stayed stuck on the fixture and forces and moments sensed were not expected. After multiple attempts to pull it off, ROST was finally released after unfastening slightly the ROST Socket. Finally the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM to a park position. Biomolecule Sequencer (BMS) Sample Stop: On Monday, the crew initiated the final BMS run off of the tasklist. Today, the crew completed the 48-hour sample session. To complete the analysis the crew captured a screenshot of the Surface Pro 3, then downlinked the image to the ground for the BMS team to evaluate. The goals of the BMS experiment are to provide a proof-of-concept for the functionality and evaluate crew operability of a DNA sequencer in a space/microgravity environment. The capability for sequencing of DNA in space could provide for a better ability to identify microbes in real-time, instead of requiring sample return and ground based analysis. Human Research Collections: This morning the crew continued their urine collection and performed a blood collection in support of several Human Research experiments today. Samples for the Biochemical Profile, Repository, and Cardio Ox were collected and stowed in Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. Repositoryis a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions. Cardio Ox determines 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 in astronauts. Cardio Ox Ultrasound: In addition to fluid collections, todays Flight Day 60 (FD60) Cardio Ox session included ultrasound and Electrocardiogram (ECG) measurements. With scanning assistance from a Crew Medical Officer (CMO) and ground remote guidance specialists, the crew donned ECG electrodes, and marked the Carotid and Brachial arteries to make locating them easier when scanning. By collecting ultrasound and ECG data, paired with blood and urine samples, scientists are trying 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. Habitability Narrated Task: In support of the Habitability experiment, the crew performed a narrated video of nominal on-orbit tasks which give unique insight into the day in the life of an ISS crew member. Todays narrated video was of meal preparation, including using the food warmer, reconstituting drinks and setting up eating areas. Observations documented through an iPad application help characterize the ways crew members live and work in microgravity, and how their interactions with their environment might require different layouts, additional space, or other alterations to future manned space vehicles. Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N): After retrieving the RaDI-N hardware from the Russian crewmembers, a USOS crewmember deployed eight Space Bubble Detectors around the ISS for the Radi-N2 experiment. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) RaDI-N investigation will be conducted by measuring neutron radiation levels while onboard the ISS. RaDI-N uses bubble detectors as neutron monitors which have been designed to only detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation. External (EXT) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) Upgrade: The crew configured a new Enhanced Processor and Integrated Communications (EPIC) EXT MDM by removing two circuit cards from a donor MDM and installing them, plus an additional spare card, into the spare EXT MDM. The MDM Front Cover was then exchanged for an EXT MDM Ethernet Cover. EPIC MDMs feature faster processors, increased memory, and an Ethernet port for data output, allowing for the simultaneous operation of a greater number of experiments. The upgraded EXT MDM is scheduled to be installed […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 1/10/2017

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Jan 10, 2017

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: The crew continued with preparations for the second Battery Upgrade EVA. Today, the crew utilized Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software to review the translation paths during the upcoming EVA, followed by a conference with ground specialists to answer any questions. Ground teams continued to monitor the discharge of the Channel 1A batteries. The second of the two EVAs to replace the Channel 1A/3A batteries is scheduled Friday, January 13th. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Yesterday and overnight (GMT 009-010), the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Body and Arm2 as required to unstow the Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery from slot E of the H-II Transfer Vehicle 6 (HTV6) Exposed Pallet (EP) and installed it in slot 5 of the 1A Integrated Electronics Assembly (IEA). They then removed the 1A-1 NiH2 battery from its slot on the 1A IEA and stowed it in slot C of the HTV6 EP. Next they unstowed the Li-Ion battery from slot D of the HTV6 EP and installed it in slot 1 of the 1A IEA. Finally the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM to a park position. Multi-Omics Collections: This morning the crew performed sampling in support of the JAXA Multi-Omics experiment. Various samples were collected and stowed in MELFI four times throughout the crews on-orbit duration in addition to a questionnaire and ingestion of fructooligosaccharide (FOS). The objective of Multi-Omics is to understand the gut ecosystem of astronauts in the space environment, especially focusing on the immune dysfunction, and to evaluate the impact of fructooligosaccharide (FOS). Lighting Effects Meter Reading: Today the crew setup and configured the Light Meter hardware and took readings in various locations across the ISS. The measurements were taken using light from the legacy General Luminaire Assemblies (GLAs), the upgraded Solid State Lighting Assemblies (SSLAs), ambient light from the Cupola, and a dark reading with lights off in a specified module. The Lighting Effects experiment hopes to better quantify and qualify how lighting can effect habitability of spacecraft. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights. Human Research Collections: A crewmember performed Flight Day 60 urine collections in support of several Human Research experiments today. Samples for the Biochemical Profile, Repository, and Cardio Ox were collected and stowed in Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. Repositoryis a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions. Cardio Ox determines 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 in astronauts. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. HRF Generic Urine Collection HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations Membrane Filter-Separator () water fill. Photo TV GoPro Battery Charging Multi Omics Fecal Sample Operations UPA Brine Filter Gather DAN. Experiment Operator Assistance Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Brine Filter Changeout Fine Motor Skills Experiment Test Multi Omics Fecal Sample MELFI Insertion Multi Omics Fecal Stow Multi Omics Item Gathering Fine Motor Skills Experiment Test – Subject On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test RELAKSATSIYAHardware Setup. WSTA Fill 1, 2 Fan Screen Cleaning in DC1 HRF Generic Urine Collection Hardware stowage for disposal in Progress 433 (DC1) and IMS updates HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval Insertion Operations RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment. RELAKSATSIYA. Observation. Crew reseats current MSG hard drive. RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal. Photo TV GoPro Setup Photodocumentation of the EPO Pesquet Ceres Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Resize HRF Generic Urine Collection HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup PAO Preparation Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab Checkout of -2 Pilots Sight and Comm Interfaces. Cleaning fan screens on FGB interior panels (116, 316, 231, 431) Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill ESA Weekly crew conference Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review Checkout of the Wide Angle Vertical Sight (). Filling (separation) of () for Elektron or -. Filling and Separation of - No.1162 (00063575R, 1_1_109) from No.1263 (00058344R, 1_1_109). Scheduled PUMA Checkout. maintenance Portable Onboard Computers (POC) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software Review Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Conference Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Installation HRF Generic Urine Collection Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Powered Hardware Checkout HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval Insertion Operations Charging EVA Camera D4 Battery HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup RELAKSATSIYA. Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment (initiate) Completed Task List Items SSC-6 Connect [Completed Saturday] EMU Resize [Completed Sunday] EVA Procedure Review [Completed Sunday] MSL-SQF Sample Cartridge MPC Verification [Completed Sunday] JEM Camera Audio Configure [Completed Sunday] COL1O2 Cleanup [Completed Sunday] Express Rack Drawer M1 Audit [Completed Sunday] SSC-8 Vent Clean [Completed Sunday] EHDC Wanted Poster [Completed Sunday] Super Bowl Messages [Completed Sunday] EXT MDM Hardware Gather [Completed Monday] Retrieve Biomolecule Sequencer Flow Cell from MELFI […] Read full story.

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