NASA Breaking News

NASA Awards Contract to Increase Water Recovery on Space Station

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Jun 28, 2016

NASA has selected Paragon Space Development Corporation, a small business headquartered in Tucson, Arizona, to develop a system that will increase the rate of water recovery from the urine of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Read full story.

NASA TV News Conference, Media Availability With Next Space Station Crew

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Jun 28, 2016

NASA astronaut Shane Kimbrough and two Russian crewmates will answer questions about their upcoming mission on the International Space Station at a news conference, and be available for one-on-one interviews, Thursday, July 7, at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston. The 2 p.m. EDT news conference will air live on NASA Television and stream on th Read full story.

NASA's Space Launch System Booster Passes Major Milestone on Journey to Mars

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Jun 28, 2016

A booster for the most powerful rocket in the world, NASAs Space Launch System (SLS), successfully fired up Tuesday for its second qualification ground test at Orbital ATK's test facilities in Promontory, Utah. This was the last full-scale test for the booster before SLSs first uncrewed test flight with NASAs Orion spacecraft in late 2018, a key Read full story.

NASA TV to Air Russian Cargo Ship Movement at Space Station

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Jun 24, 2016

A Russian cargo ship currently docked to the International Space Station will undock for a short test flight on Friday, July 1. NASA Television coverage will begin at 1:15 a.m. EDT. Read full story.

NASA Brings Journey to Mars and Beyond to ESSENCE Festival

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Jun 24, 2016

Visitors to the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans will have a chance to explore the universe through a range of activities, including first-ever festival stage presentations, during NASA Week, a celebration of space exploration to be held June 29-July 3, in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival, which begins June 30. Read full story.

NASA Education News

Marshall, U.S. Space & Rocket Center to Host Jupiter Jam June 29

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Jun 27, 2016

NASAs Marshall Space Flight Center and the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, both in Huntsville, Alabama, will host a Jupiter Jam on June 29, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., in the Davidson Center for Space Exploration. Read full story.

NASA Brings Journey to Mars and Beyond to ESSENCE Festival

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Jun 24, 2016

Visitors to the 2016 ESSENCE Festival in New Orleans will have a chance to explore the universe through a range of activities, including first-ever festival stage presentations, during NASA Week, a celebration of space exploration to be held June 29-July 3, in conjunction with ESSENCE Festival, which begins June 30. Read full story.

UPDATE: NASA to Discuss, Broadcast Booster Test for Space Launch System Rocket

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Jun 23, 2016

The booster for the world's most powerful rocket, NASA's Space Launch System (SLS), which will power the agencys astronauts on the journey to Mars, will fire up for a major ground test at 10:05 a.m. EDT (8:05 a.m. MDT) Tuesday, June 28, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems test facilities in Promontory, Utah. Read full story.

NASA Uploads App for Apple TV

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Jun 21, 2016

Apple TV? Theres a NASA app for that. Read full story.

NASA Awards Grants for University Research and Development Programs

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Jun 16, 2016

NASA is awarding approximately $8 million to 11 schools across the country for research and technology development projects in areas critical to the agencys mission. Read full story.

NASA Image of the Day

Booster Test for Space Launch System Rocket

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Jun 28, 2016

The second and final qualification motor (QM-2) test for the Space Launch Systems booster is seen, Tuesday, June 28, 2016, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems test facilities in Promontory, Utah. During the Space Launch System flight the boosters will provide more than 75 percent of the thrust needed to escape the gravitational pull of the Earth. Read full story.

Juno on Jupiter's Doorstep

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Jun 27, 2016

NASA's Juno spacecraft obtained this color view on June 21, 2016, at a distance of 6.8 million miles (10.9 million kilometers) from Jupiter. Juno will arrive at Jupiter on July 4. As Juno makes its initial approach, the giant planet's four largest moons -- Io, Europa, Ganymede and Callisto -- are visible. Read full story.

A Test Version of the Booster for NASA's New Rocket

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Jun 24, 2016

A test version of the booster for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System, will fire up for the second of two qualification ground tests at 10:05 a.m. EDT (8:05 a.m. MDT) Tuesday, June 28 at prime contractor Orbital ATK's test facility in Promontory, Utah. NASA Television will air live coverage of the booster test June 28 beginning at 9:30 a.m. Read full story.

Hubble Sees New Dark Spot on Neptune

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Jun 23, 2016

New images obtained on May 16, 2016, by NASA's Hubble Space Telescope confirm the presence of a dark vortex in the atmosphere of Neptune. This full visible-light image shows that the dark feature resides near and below a patch of bright clouds in the planet's southern hemisphere. Read full story.

Pervasive Ice Retreat in West Antarctica

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Jun 22, 2016

Along the Bellingshausen Sea coast of West Antarctica, ice has been retreating inland being lost to the sea. Scientists knew this, but they lacked a full picture of the scale. Now a team of researchers has compiled a Landsat-based data set and found that such losses have been going on for at least the past four decades. Read full story.

International Space Station Reports

ISS Daily Summary Report 06/27/16

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Jun 27, 2016

Ultrasonic Background Noise Test (UBNT): The crew replaced batteries and transmitted data by closing out the Station Support Computer (SSC’s) Distributed Impact Detection System (DIDS) software and removing the UBNT hardware. UBNT detects high-frequency sounds generated by hardware on the U.S.-built portions of the ISS. Identifying sources of noise will aid in development of a leak locating system which would detect the high-pitched sound of air leaking through a pressurized wall. To detect leaks, the system would have to differentiate between harmless background sounds and a potentially dangerous air leak. LAB Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Mass Spectrometer Assembly (MSA) Troubleshooting: In December 2014, the crew installed new Orbital Replacement Units ORU1, ORU2, and ORU8 in the Lab MCA. When the Lab MCA was restarted, there was no communication with ORU2. Today the crew attempted to isolate the problem to either ORU2 or the connector it mates with on the MCA drawer. The crew reported no visible damage to either side of the ORU2 connector interface.He performed resistance checks on sockets on the drawer side connector saver and found that four of the sockets tested had lower than expected resistances. To address one potential cause of this problem, the crew replaced ORU4, the Low Voltage Power Supply, and repeated the resistance check on the previously failed sockets. The resistances of the sockets did not change so the original ORU4 was reinstalled. The rack has been closed out with ORU2 and ORU8 uninstalled. Teams are meeting to discuss the forward plan. The Node 3 MCA is operating nominally. Remote Power Controller RPCM LA2A3B-G RPC 2 Trip: This morning the RPC that provides power to the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) Primary Power feed tripped. At the time of the trip, ground teams were activating FIR for science operations. The crew reported no smoke odor and Compound Specific Analyzer Combustion Products (CSA-CP) readings were zero. A current spike high enough to trigger an RPC trip was not visible in the 50 Hz Direct Current to Direct Current Converter Unit (DDCU) current data, however, it is possible that the current spike was rapid enough to not be sampled at 50 Hz. After analysis of the system showed that the suspect components would be isolated if the main power feed was not used, the rack was successfully repowered using the auxiliary power feed. The auxiliary power feed will allow the MicroChannel Diffusion to achieve their science goals, and troubleshooting on the main power feed will occur after that payloads objectives are complete. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. -8. Configuration Setup -8. Body Mass Measurement r/g 2639 -8. Closeout Ops USOS window shutter close Window cover close #6,8,9,12,13,14 r/g 6965 On MCC GO Regeneration of 1 Micropurification Cartridge (start) TM750 video camera battery charge Sprint Exercise, Optional TORU OBT r/g 2638, 2642 + 2642 UBNT. Locate Ultrasonic Background Noise Test Battery (UBNT) IFM Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Troubleshooting UBNT. AA batteries swap IFM Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Troubleshooting WRS Maintenance Auxiliary Laptop Anti-Virus Update / r/g 8247 VIZIR. Experiment Ops with Hardware r/g 2643 Transfer of 61 HDD from USOS / r/g 2641 Preventive maintenance of DC1 hatch sealing mechanisms and Progress 431 [] hatch VIZIR. Experiment Photography / r/g 2644 Progress 431 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops / r/g 2584 Maintenance IMS Delta File Prep WRS Maintenance Exercise Data Downlink via OCA Progress 431 (DC1) Stowage Completion Report r/g 2234, 2315, 2435, 2512, 2584 UBNT. Hardware Stowage On MCC GO 1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end) Preparing for Antivirus scan on Auxiliary Computer Laptops / r/g 8247 Completed Task List Items PL CTB move Polar4 locker prep SSC11, SSC13 battery swap USOS stowage consolidate PiP PS120 secure Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Nominal ground commanding Three-Day Look Ahead: Tuesday, 06/28: TM750 camcorder battery charge & recording, 3D Printing hardware gather/experiment setup/coupon retrievals Wednesday, 06/29: CBEF Incubator Unit cleaning, Mouse habitat IU installation, MSPR VRU SSD replacement Thursday, 06/30: SPHERES Docking Port test/maintenance run QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) On [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 06/24/16

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Jun 24, 2016

Multi-Omics: The crew checked the remaining Fructooligosaccharide (FOS) packages and stowed the Fructooligo Bag for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics investigation. The Multi-Omics analysis of human microbial-metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts immune function by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the gut microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system. Expedite the Processing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack-3 Laptop Computer (ELC) Operations: The EXPRESS Laptop Release 10 disk was removed from the EXPRESS Rack-3 Laptop and installed in the EXPRESS Rack-5 Laptop in preparation for upcoming European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) maintenance activities. Packed Bed Reactor Experiment (PBRE) Hardware Stow: Following completion of 4 weeks of PBRE operations, the crew spent the majority of his day de-configuring and stowing the PBRE hardware. The PBRE was used to study the behavior of gases and liquids when they flow simultaneously through a column filled with fixed porous media. The porous media or packing can be made of different shapes and materials and are used widely in chemical engineering as a means to enhance the contact between two immiscible fluid phases (e.g., liquid-gas, water-oil, etc.). Packed columns can serve as reactors, scrubbers, strippers, etc. in systems where efficient interphase contact is desired, both on Earth and in space. The next operations are planned for this December. ISS Maneuver to Solar Attitude: Yesterday the ISS performed a CMG attitude maneuver to a slightly biased attitude that allows the Solar payload on Columbus to maintain visibility of the sun. ISS will stay in the Solar attitude until June 27. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run r/g 2630 CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops r/g 2633 EXPRESS Rack 5 CLS Laptop Release 10 disk Insert DUBRAVA. Observation and Photography using VSS / r/g 2634 Multi Omics (MO) Equipment Stowage Starry Night Photos through Soyuz 720 [CA] window plane II / r/g 2628 CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops r/g 2632 Countermeasures System (CMS) Sprint Exercise, Optional Packed Bed Reactor Experiment (PBRE) Operations Overview IMS tagup (S-band) / r/g 2629 URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment / r/g 2631 Packed Bed Reactor Experiment (PBRE) Equipment Stowage KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copy and Downlink Data / r/g 2630 KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Hardware Teardown / r/g 2630 URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment / r/g 2631 Progress 432 [AO] Transfers and IMS Ops / r/g 1812, 1832 Cleaning vent screens on FGB interior panels 116, 316, 231, 431 IMS Delta File Prep Maintenance MSG Hardware Deactivation Completed Task List Items iPAD cert update [Active] Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Nominal ground commanding Three-Day Look Ahead: Saturday, 06/25: Crew off duty, housekeeping Sunday, 06/26: Crew off duty Monday, 06/27: Lab MCA Connector Troubleshooting, Ultrasonic Background Noise Test 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 Idle 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 06/23/16

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Jun 23, 2016

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) #1-2 Operations: Following the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) Small Fine Arm (SFA) retrieval and detachment of 14 ExHAM #1 samples from the Handhold Experiment Platform last week, today the new samples were installed. ExHAM #1-2 is the first return and sample exchange mission of the 1-year exposed ExHAM #1 which contain 17 samples and 14 will be returned on SpX-9. ExHAM is a cuboid mechanism equipped with a fixture on the upper surface for grappling by the JEMRMS SFA, and has components on the under surface for attaching the ExHAM to the handrail on the JEM Exposed Facility. Microchannel Diffusion Glacier Sample Retrieve and Diffusion Plate Changeout: Samples were retrieved from the Glacier and temporarily stowed to allow the samples to thaw. The Diffusion Plate in the LMM (Light Microscopy Module) AFC (Auxiliary Fluids Container) was removed and exchanged with another plate. Microchannel Diffusion takes advantage of microgravity to study interactions of medicine, biology, computer science and many other fields that benefit from nanotechnology at slightly larger scales, providing a new understanding of particle flows at the nanoscale. Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew completed a Habitability session by recording and submitting 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 can help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required, and whether a missions duration impacts how much space crew members need. Microbial In-Flight Water Operations: On Tuesday the crew collected water samples to determine water quality onboard the ISS with the focus on microbial and coliform detection. Today he visually analyzed Coliform Detection Bags and Microbial Capture Devices following the required 48 hours of incubation. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. SPLANKH. EGEG Prep and Recording (start) r/g 2608 SEISMOPROGNOZ. Transfer of Data from Hard Drive (start) r/g 2224 Closure of USOS Window Shutters Coolant Refill of the MRM2 Thermal Control System [] Accumulator from the Accumulator of SM [] Internal Thermal Loop 1 r/g 2615 EHS MCD. Onboard Water Processing and GMT 175 Data Recording Coolant Refill of the Accumulator of SM [] Internal Thermal Loop 1 Using Refill Tools Set r/g 2615 WRS. Recycle Tank Fill from a EDV R&R of Filters on 1 and 2 Dust Collectors in the FGB EMU Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration (end) Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) MDE. Samples Retrieval and Temp Stow Maintenance. Filling of SM Rodnik -1 Tank with Disinfectant r/g 2624 FIR. Rack Doors Opening LMM. Microchannel Diffusion Plate R&R IMS Delta File Prep/ Inventory Management System Coolant Refill of the DC1 Thermal Control System [] Accumulator from the Accumulator of SM [] Internal Thermal Loop 2 r/g 2615 SPLANKH. EGEG Recording (end). Closeout Ops r/g 2608 FIR. Closure of Rack Doors Coolant Refill of the Accumulator of SM [] Internal Thermal Loop 2 Using Refill Tools Set r/g 2615 XF305 Camcorder Setup Handhold Exp Platform #1 (HXP1) Items Gathering JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side Handhold Experiment. Sample Attachment on Platform 1(HXP1) URAGAN. Observation and Photography with VSS Hardware / r/g 2620 BAR. Leak Detector Checkout r/g 2617 JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side OTKLIK. Sensors Functional Check and Point of Impact Accuracy Check. Part 1 r/g 2619 Habitability iPad App Update HABIT. Questionnaire Hardware Setup for a PAO Event SEISMOPROGNOZ. Transfer of Data from Hard Drive (end) and Archiving (start) r/g 2224 Crew Preparation for the PAO Event PAO Event IMS Conference Countermeasures System Sprint Exercise Optional OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588 Completed Task List Items iPAD cert update [Active] Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Nominal ground commanding Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 06/24: JEMAL pressurization, leak check, PBRE hardware stow Saturday, 06/25: Crew off duty, housekeeping Sunday, 06/26: 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) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 06/22/16

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Jun 22, 2016

Cygnus Re-entry: Cygnus re-entry burn was completed today at 7:45 AM CDT following unberth last Tuesday, June 14. The NRCSD-E deployment planned for yesterday succeeded in deploying four of five LEMUR satellites. Several additional attempts were made to deploy the final satellite, but were not successful. Orbital-ATK has confirmed via imagery that the deployers doors did not open. Prior to unberth, the ReEntry Breakup Recorder- Wireless (REBR-W) was configured to activate upon sensing deorbit loads and transmit data automatically. The REBR team has not received data as expectedas of the writing of this report. REBR is a cost-effective system that rides a re-entering space vehicle, records data during the re-entry and breakup of the vehicle, and returns the data for analysis. Understanding how vehicles behave during atmospheric reentry gives future spacecraft developers unique information that can enhance design efficiencies and safety. Dose Tracker: The crew completed entries for medication tracking on an iPad 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 can help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required and whether a missions duration impacts how much space crew members need. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Maintenance: The crew spent most of his day performing the following activities to dump and fill EMU 3005, 3008 feedwater tanks to satisfy maintenance requirements for on-orbit stowage. Due to previous EMU off-nominal conditions, steps were included for trend tracking: Obtain a feedwater sample from EMU 3005 water tanks for future ground analysis. Initiate ionic and particulate filtration of the EMU and Airlock cooling water loops. Iodinate EMU Ion Filters and complete a 2-hour EMU iodination. Obtain a 250 mL sample of EMU cooling loop water to determine the effectiveness of the Ion Filter in scrubbing EMU and Airlock cooling water. 10 mL of the water sample will be used for a conductivity test. The remainder of the water will be returned to ground for chemical analysis. Determine a conductivity measurement for EMU water samples. Each sample will be measured once and two readings will be recorded from the Liquid Conductivity Meter display. Regenerate Metal Oxide (Metox) canisters by baking out CO2 in the Metox Regenerator oven. Station Support Computer (SSC) service pack installation: Ground controllers installed a new service pack on the SSCs onboard ISS. Node 3 MCA anomaly: This morning, Node 3 MCA experienced an ion pump current spike and shut down. A system restart recovered the MCA functionality. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. SPLANH. Preparation and Initiate EGEG Recording r/g 2607 JSL Password Update On MCC Go SM Rodnik H2O Tank 1 shell compression / r/g 2614 DOSETRK Questionnaire Completion Closing window 6,8,9,12,13,14 shutters / r/g 6965 Closing USOS Window Shutters Soyuz 720 Samsung Tablet Recharge, initiate HABIT Video of the Experiment SM, DC1, MRM2 [] 1, 2 loops Coolant Refill using refill set, Locating Equipment and R/G Review r/g 2615 WRS Water Sample Analysis Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Full Water Tank Dump and Fill MATRYOSHKA-R. FGB Bag Inventory Audit, Photography r/g 2613 EMU Feedwater Sample Maintenance Soyuz 720 Samsung tablet charge, end EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance, Initiate SPLANH. Termination of EGEG recording and Closeout Ops0 r/g 2607 COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops / r/g 2600 Initiate EMU Cooling Loop Scrub Part 1 SPLANH. Preparation for Experiment / r/g 2608 Start EMU cooling loop scrub Greetings Video Footage / r/g 2609, 2610 EMU Conductivity Test Vacuum cleaning ventilation grille on FGB interior panels (201, 301, 401) On MCC Go Urine transfer from EDV-U to Progress 432 Rodnik H2O Tank 2 / r/g 2616 TOCA Data Recording Countermeasures System (CMS) Sprint Exercise, Optional Manometer (-316) efficiency check and On MCC Go Progress 431 (DC1) H2O Tank 2 pressure monitoring / r/g 2618 EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance, Reconfiguration INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 2611 Start EMU METOX Regeneration INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 2612 Stow Syringes used in 2 Conductivity Test Completed Task List Items iPAD cert update [Active] Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. EMU ops support Nominal ground commanding Three-Day Look Ahead: Thursday, 06/23: Habitability, Microchannel Diffusion plate changeout Friday, 06/24: JEMAL pressurization, leak check, PBRE hardware stow Saturday, 06/25: Crew off duty QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) On [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 06/21/16

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Jun 21, 2016

NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer- External (NRCSD-E) Operations: Following Cygnus unberth last week, today NRCSD-E conducted post departure satellite deployments prior to Cygnus re-entry tomorrow, June 22. This set of cubesats includes 3 deployment silos containing a total of 5 LEMUR satellites. Two out of three silos (four out of five satellites) were successfully deployed. The Orbital team downlinked and reviewed imagery to ascertain why one of the CubeSats did not deploy. Further troubleshooting is ongoing. The LEMUR satellites are equipped with payloads to provide two primary data products: AIS Data (Maritime Domain Awareness) and GPS-RO Data (Weather). NRCSD-E is a mechanical separation system for small U-class satellites designed specifically to interface with the Orbital-ATK Cygnus cargo resupply vehicle. It consists of an array of up to six individual 6U deployers contained within one mechanical housing that releases the CubeSats from Cygnus after it has completed its primary mission and departed the ISS. Multi-Omics Operations: The crew supported the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics investigation by collecting saliva samples and inserting them into the Minus Eighty-degree Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts immune function by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Swap: In preparation for tomorrows loop scrub activities, the crew retrieved EMUs 3005 and 3008 from the Crewlock and temp stowed them. He then removed EMU 3010 from the forward EMU Don/Doff Assembly (EDDA) and installed EMU 3008. He removed EMU 3003 from the aft EDDA and installed EMU 3005. Microbial In-Flight Water Operations: The crew performed analysis of water samples collected earlier to determine water quality onboard the ISS. The focus was on microbial and coliform detection. On-Board Training (OBT) 46 Soyuz (46S) Emergency Drill: The crew completed an emergency egress drill for proficiency in the event of an ISS emergency requiring crew departure. The OBT is scheduled after 12-14 weeks aboard the ISS and once every two and one half months thereafter. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Multi Omics (MO) Saliva Sample Collection Biochemical Urine Test r/g 2583 Multi Omics (MO) MELFI Sample Insertion Multi Omics (MO) Equipment Stowage Biochemical Urine Test r/g 2583 Multi Omics (MO) Questionnaire Completion URISYS Hardware Stowage JEMRMS Activate and Start Bus Monitor JEMRMS RLT2 Laptop Activation JEMAL Slide Table (ST) Extension to JEF Side COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops / r/g 2579 Maintenance Closures of Vozdukh Valves Work Prep Verification of -1 Flow Sensor Position URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment / r/g 2598 WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV RELAKSATSIYAHardware Setup r/g 2599 EMU backpack replacement Maintenance COSMOCARD. Preparing for and Starting 24-hr ECG Recording / r/g 2600 RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment r/g 2599 JEMAL Slide Table Retraction JEMRMS USB Memory Stick Virus Check RS Photo Cameras Sync Up to Station Time / r/g 1594 JEMRMS Deactivation of RLT2 Laptop RELAKSATSIYA. Observation r/g 2599 Countermeasures System (CMS) Sprint Exercise, Optional RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal r/g 2599 URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment / r/g 2598 Stopping JEMRMS Arm Bus Monitoring JEMRMS Data Transfer ISS Emergency Descent OBT r/g 2596 PAO Hardware Setup Crew Prep for PAO PAO Event SPLANH. Preparation for Experiment / r/g 2597 IMS Delta File Prep Habitability Walk-Through Video Reminder SPLANH. Diet Restrictions Reminder / r/g 2595 Completed Task List Items iPAD cert update [Active] Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. EMU ops support Nominal ground commanding Three-Day Look Ahead: Wednesday, 06/22: EMU 3005, 3008 water maintenance/loop scrub Thursday, 06/23: Habitability, Microchannel Diffusion plate changeout Friday, 06/24: JEMAL pressurization, leak check, PBRE hardware 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 Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Norm Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  Read full story.

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