NASA Breaking News

NASA Awards Contract for Information Technology Support Services

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Sep 29, 2016

NASA has awarded its Goddard Information Technology Integration Support Services (GITISS) contract to Business Integra, Inc. of Bethesda, Maryland. Read full story.

NASA, China to Collaborate on Air Traffic Management Research

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Sep 28, 2016

NASA and the Chinese Aeronautical Establishment (CAE) have signed a memorandum of understanding to cooperate on aeronautics research that will advance air transportation automation for U.S. and Chinese aviation operations in China. Read full story.

NASA Television to Provide Coverage of European Mission Comet Touchdown

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Sep 28, 2016

NASA Television and the agencys website will air the conclusion of ESAs (European Space Agencys) Rosetta mission from 6:15 to 8 a.m. EDT Friday, Sept. 30, with NASA commentary, interviews and analysis of the successful mission. Read full story.

Thomas Zurbuchen Named Head of NASA Science Mission Directorate

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Sep 27, 2016

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden has named Thomas Zurbuchen as the new associate administrator for the Science Mission Directorate at the agencys headquarters in Washington, effective Monday, Oct. 3. Read full story.

NASAs Hubble Spots Possible Water Plumes Erupting on Jupiter's Moon Europa

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Sep 26, 2016

Astronomers using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope have imaged what may be water vapor plumes erupting off the surface of Jupiter's moon Europa. This finding bolsters other Hubble observations suggesting the icy moon erupts with high altitude water vapor plumes. Read full story.

NASA Education News

NASA iTech Fosters Technology Needed for Journey to Mars

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Sep 21, 2016

NASA is seeking innovative technology for the agencys future exploration missions in the solar system and beyond, including the Journey to Mars, from other U.S. government agencies, academia, the aerospace industry and the public through the new iTech initiative. Read full story.

Childhood Cancer Patients to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station

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Sep 15, 2016

Patients from The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working on the International Space Station at 3:55 p.m. EDT on Friday, Sept. 16. Read full story.

Napa Students to Speak to Space Station Astronaut Alum

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Sep 12, 2016

Students at Vintage High School in Napa, California, will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut living and working aboard the International Space Station at 1 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 14. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agencys website. Read full story.

NASA Awards Scholarships and Fellowships to 14 Graduate Students

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Sep 9, 2016

Gaining real world experience in their field is one of the most important opportunities a student can have while in school. One of the goals of NASAs Office of Education is to support exceptional college and university students with those opportunities. Read full story.

NASA Awards Grants to Inspire Mars Generation of Explorers, Scientists

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Sep 6, 2016

NASA is awarding approximately $3 million in grants to three informal education organizations to help inspire the next generation in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers as the agency progresses on its Journey to Mars. Read full story.

NASA Image of the Day

Testing the James Webb Space Telescope Pathfinder

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Sep 29, 2016

In this photograph taken on Sept. 1, 2016, the James Webb Space Telescope Pathfinder structure has been configured for the Thermal Pathfinder Test at NASA Johnson Space Center's giant thermal vacuum chamber, called Chamber A. The Pathfinder is a test version of the structure that supports the telescope. Read full story.

'Pandora's Cluster' Seen by Spitzer

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Sep 28, 2016

This image of galaxy cluster Abell 2744, also called Pandora's Cluster, was taken by the Spitzer Space Telescope. Read full story.

Water Swirls, Gulf of St. Lawrence

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Sep 27, 2016

Orbiting above eastern North America, a crew member on the International Space Station photographed a dense pattern of eddies in the Gulf of St. Lawrence. Caught briefly in the Suns glint point, reflections off the water surface show an interlinked mass of swirls and eddies in the shallow water north of Prince Edward Island. Read full story.

Tectonically Active Planet Mercury

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Sep 26, 2016

New NASA-funded research suggests that Mercury is contracting even today, joining Earth as a tectonically active planet. Images obtained by NASAs MESSENGER spacecraft reveal previously undetected small fault scarps cliff-like landforms that resemble stair steps. Read full story.

Hubble Views a Colorful Demise of a Sun-like Star

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Sep 23, 2016

This star is ending its life by casting off its outer layers of gas, which formed a cocoon around the star's remaining core. Read full story.

International Space Station Reports

ISS Daily Summary Report 09/28/2016

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Sep 28, 2016

Marangoni Experiment (Dynamic Surf 3): Overnight another run of the Marangoni experiment occurred in the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF). The Dynamic Surf investigation is part of a series of JAXA experiments studying Marangoni convection driven by the presence of surface tension gradients produced by a temperature difference at a liquid/gas interface. By observing and understanding how a silicone oil liquid bridge moves, researchers can learn about how heat is transferred in microgravity and ultimately drive the design and development of more efficient fluid flow based systems and devices. Hard to Wet Surfaces: FE-6 performed the sample processing, setup of the Sample Module, and initiated automated photography of the samples. Throughout the day, FE-5 and FE-6 periodically remixed the samples before finally downlinking the days photographs and stowing the experiment. The Hard to Wet Surfaces (Eli Lilly-Hard to Wet Surfaces) investigation studies how certain materials used in the pharmaceutical industry dissolve in water while in microgravity. Results from this investigation could help improve the design of tablets that dissolve in the body to deliver drugs, thereby improving drug design for medicines used in space and on Earth. Group Combustion Module (GCM) Installation: Today, FE-5 continued with day 2 of installation and preparation for the GCM experiment.FE-5 installed the Combustion Chamber (CC) that the crew assembled yesterday and the Gas Bottle Unit (GBU) Air into the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Work Volume. The Elucidation of Flame Spread and Group Combustion Excitation Mechanism of Randomly-distributed Droplet Clouds (Group Combustion) investigation by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) tests a theory that fuel sprays change from partial to group combustion as flames spread across a cloud of droplets. In the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (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. Sound Level Meter (SLM) Survey: Today FE-6 performed SLM acoustic measurements. The Node 3 diagnostic SLM survey plan called for eightsets of measurements, encompassing various Node 3 Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA) fan speeds andRheostat Air Mix Valve (RAMV) settings with the Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Distillation Assembly (DA) and Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Pump either on or off depending on the portion of the survey plan being worked, totaling52 SLM measurements. In addition, standard SLM measurements of the US Lab and Service Module (SM) were taken. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Fine Motor Skills Experiment Test – Subject Hard To Wet Surfaces Sample Processing -NOC. Execution experiment Multi Omics FOS Stow Hard To Wet Surfaces D2Xs Battery Charge Multi Omics FOS Preparation Ghost Camera Setup for Modal Test Hard To Wet Surfaces Sample Remix. Sound Level Meter (SLM) Setup and Operations Hard To Wet Surfaces Sample Remix. ENERGY Big Picture Words Reading ENERGY Equipment Pre-gather Strata Card Changeout Hard To Wet Surfaces Sample Remix Sound Level Meter (SLM) Data Transfer ISS air pressurization from Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject Personal CO2 Monitor Power Cycle Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis Greetings Video Recording XF305 Camcorder Setup Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber (CC) Install Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab Modal Test Hardware Unstow Air Heater Fan [] 64P PROGRESS checkout IWIS Install for Modal Test Group Combustion Module (GCM) Gas Bottle Unit Air (GBU) Install maintenance Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record HARD TO WET SURFACES CAMERA RESTART Completed Task List Items JAXA Report Part 6 (Active) Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. N3 system reconfigurations for SLM measurements RPCM AL1A4A_B and LAD62B_A Firmware Update Three-Day Look Ahead: Thursday, 09/29: BEAM Ingress and Modal Test, Energy setup Friday, 09/30: Energy Experiment, PGT TAK Data Gather Saturday, 10/01: Finemotor Skills, Hard to Wet Surfaces, Energy Conclude 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 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Reprocess Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 09/27/2016

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Sep 27, 2016

Group Combustion Module (GCM) Installation: Today, FE-5 with the assistance of FE-6, started the first of two days of installation and preparation for the GCM experiment. The crew began with assembly of the GCM attaching cameras and the Fuel Supply Syringe. Following GCM setup, the crew then began configuration of the Combustion Chamber attaching the necessary valves and filters. The GCM will then be installed into the Combustion Chamber. The Elucidation of Flame Spread and Group Combustion Excitation Mechanism of Randomly-distributed Droplet Clouds (Group Combustion) investigation by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) tests a theory that fuel sprays change from partial to group combustion as flames spread across a cloud of droplets. In the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (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. Hard to Wet Surfaces: FE-6 performed the battery charging activities for the Hard to Wet Surfaces payload. Later today, the crew will verify the configuration and field of view of the camera used to collect data of the payload. The Hard to Wet Surfaces (Eli Lilly-Hard to Wet Surfaces) investigation studies how certain materials used in the pharmaceutical industry dissolve in water while in microgravity. Results from this investigation could help improve the design of tablets that dissolve in the body to deliver drugs, thereby improving drug design for medicines used in space and on Earth. Marangoni Experiment (Dynamic Surf 3): Last week ground controllers performed an Image Processing Unit (IPU) video check and determined the front cover fasteners required tightening. FE-5 performed the tightening over the weekend and subsequent IPU checks confirmed a good configuration to resume Dynamic Surf operations. Last night, ground controllers initiated the first of two overnight of the Marangoni sessions in the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF). The Dynamic Surf investigation is part of a series of JAXA experiments studying Marangoni convection driven by the presence of surface tension gradients produced by a temperature difference at a liquid/gas interface. By observing and understanding how a silicone oil liquid bridge moves, researchers can learn about how heat is transferred in microgravity and ultimately drive the design and development of more efficient fluid flow based systems and devices. Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Latching End Effector (LEE) Survey: Today, Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and maneuvered the SSRMS to the survey position for LEE B. The EHDC was then used to survey the LEE Snare cables as it was done last Monday, but with different points of view and optimizing the lighting conditions for still imagery. SSRMS performance today was nominal. Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) Replacement: This morning the crew changed out the Urine Hose and Receptacle that was installed yesterday, recovering WHC functionality. Yesterday, after the crew replaced the Urine Hose and Receptacle as part of regularly scheduled maintenance, the WHC Pump Separator unexpectedly continued to run after the crew closed a urine valve. After cycling the valve, the Pump Separator did turn off. WHC is approved for use at this time. JEM ORU Transfer Interface (JOTI) and Robotics External Leak Locator (RELL) Installation on Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (A/L) Slide Table: FE-6 ingressed Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 (PMA2), retrieved the JOTI hardware, and installed the JOTI on the JEM A/L Slide Table. Afterwards, the crew installed the Robotics External Leak Locator (RELL) onto the JOTI, and retracted the Slide Table inside the JEM A/L. RELL is a technology demonstration designed to locate external ISS ammonia (NH3) leaks. Prior to using it for locating actual leaks, an on-orbit test needs to be performed to understand the background environment of ISS and how that affects leak locating. This on-orbit test will be scheduled later in Increment 49. Todays Planned Activities All activities completed unless otherwise noted. WHC Urine Receptacle (UR) and Insert Filter (IF) Remove and Replace XF305 Camcorder Setup Group Combustion Module (GCM) Familiarization Group Combustion Module (GCM) Setup MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run. Node 2 Endcone Unstow PMA2 Ingress MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copy and Downlink Data Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber (CC) Setup VIZIR. Experiment set up and start using P/L. PMA2 Stowage Retrieval PMA2 Surface Inspection for Condensation PMA2 Egress Group Combustion Module (GCM) Install Node 2 Endcone Unstow Group Combustion Module (GCM) Install Support Water Recovery System Waste Water Tank Drain Init (Deferred) BEAM (Bigelow Expandable Activities Module) Modal Test Review Water Recovery System Waste Water Tank Drain Termination (Deferred) Filling (separation) of () for Elektron or - JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side Personal CO2 Monitor Power Cycle Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Calibration Check Structures and Mechanisms JEM ORU Xfer I/F and Robo Ext Leak Locator Installation Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test Maintenance VIZIR. Closeout Ops. JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side Download Pille Dosimeter Readings Exercise Data Downlink via OCA Hard To Wet Surfaces Set Up Check Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Calibration Check Data Record Personal CO2 Monitor Power Cycle Personal CO2 Monitor iPad Application Restart Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities completed unless otherwise noted. Robotics Ground Control for SSRMS LEE Survey Three-Day Look Ahead: Wednesday, 09/28: Combustion Module Installation and Checkout, Finemotor Skills, Hard to Wet Surfaces Thursday, 09/29: BEAM Ingress and Modal Test Friday, 09/30: Energy Experiment, WSTA Fills 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) […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 09/26/2016

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Sep 26, 2016

Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP)/Small Fine Arm Attachment Mechanism (SAM) removal: FE-5 retracted the Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) slide table into the module and removed the MPEP and SAM. Tomorrow, the crew will ingress Pressurized Mating Adapter-2 (PMA2) to retrieve the JEM ORU Transfer Interface (JOTI) and install it on the Slide Table to support the Robotics External Leak Locator (RELL). Lab Window Inspection and Cleaning: Today, the crew inspected the Lab Window for contamination and damage. This inspection attempts to document any contamination or damage there may be on any of the Window pane surfaces. After the inspection, the crew cleaned the inboard surface of Lab Window Primary Pressure Pane. The cleaning is being performed to enhance the optics for the METEOR Payload installed in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF). Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Quarterly Maintenance: Today, the crew completed regularly scheduled ARED maintenance. They greased the Vibration Isolation System (VIS) rails and rollers and inspected the X-rotation dashpots and main arm bearings. In addition, the crew performed an ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation that was scheduled for later this week. Cygnus Capture On-board Training (OBT): FE-5 and FE-6 participated in a conference with ground specialist to discuss the overall Cygnus (OA-5) capture training plan. FE-5 and FE-6 reviewed the capture procedure, Backaway Cue Card and Capture Cue card. Finally the crew performed the computer based training (CBT) review of the OA-5 mission profile, rendezvous crew procedures and interfaces for monitoring and commanding Cygnus. OA-5 is scheduled to arrive at the ISS in October. Story Time from Space: Over the weekend, FE-6 recorded the reading of two books, The Rhino Who Swallowed a Storm and Rosie Revere, Engineer, as part of Story Time from Space. Story Time consists of reading seven childrens books with space/science/cooperation themes as an advocacy Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) and Literacy project. The Story Time project provides an opportunity to deliver ISS research content to communities that have not previously been engaged in the space program. Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) Routine Maintenance: The crew performed a change out of the WHC UR and insert filter. Following the change out, WHC exhibited some off nominal signatures. The crew performed initial troubleshooting steps, and will continue troubleshooting tomorrow to regain functionality of the WHC. In the meantime, the crew will use the [ACY]. Todays Planned Activities All activities completed unless otherwise noted. Multi Omics Saliva Operations -8. H/W set up EKON-M. Observations and photography Multi Omics Saliva sample MELFI Insertion Body Mass Measurement – BMMD Multi Omics Question MO-8 equipment stowage Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill XF305 Camcorder Setup JEM Airlock Slide Table Extension to JPM Side BAR. Performing experiment JEM Airlock Capture Mechanism Release MPEP Removal from SAM SAM removal from JEM Airlock Slide Table Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Quarterly Maintenance JEM Airlock Slide Table Retraction from JPM Side Robot Startup Lab Window Inspection Photo/TV Camera Setup On-Board Training (OBT) Cygnus Conference On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Review MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops Kulonovskiy Kristall H/W setup On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Rendezvous Review Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Ops Tagup with specialists Meteor Partial Removal LAB Window Inspection Review LAB Window Inspection MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) Lab Window Cleaning LAB Window Inspection Cleanup Kulonovskiy Kristall – Data Copy and Downlink Meteor Partial Installation ELEKTRON purge after deactivation maintenance Personal CO2 Monitor Donn Completed Task List Items Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus Sample Insert/Retrieve [Completed Sunday] Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations [Completed Sunday] Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow [Completed Sunday] Swap Station Support Computers (SSCs) 5 & 17 for ROBoT [Completed Sunday] ROBoT Software Startup [Completed Sunday] Story Time Book Rhino Read [Completed Sunday] Story Time Book Rosie Read [Completed Sunday] ZBook Server Location Assessment [Completed Sunday] WHC Urine Receptacle and Insert Filter R&R BEAM IMV Coupling Verification AQM Relocate Water Sample Reclaim JAXA Video Taking Part 6 (Active) Ground Activities All activities completed unless otherwise noted. N3 MCA Zero Calibration Lab MCA Activation Three-Day Look Ahead: Tuesday, 09/27: PMA2 Ingress, JOTI/RELL Installation in JEMAL Slide Table Wednesday, 09/28: Finemotor Skills, Hard to Wet Surfaces Thursday, 09/29: BEAM Ingress and Modal 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 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Reprocess Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 09/23/2016

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Sep 23, 2016

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) Removal: FE-5 removed the NanoRack deployer from the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) Slide Table, following the successful deployments of 8 DoveSat satellites last week. The next use of the JEMAL will be for Robotics External Leak Locator (RELL), which aims to demonstrate that commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) products can be adapted for effective spacecraft external leak location. In the near future, such instruments may be further developed not only to find leaks but also verify repairs have effectively fixed them. Plant Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Regulation Harvest: FE-6 performed the second harvest of the Plant RNA Regulation experiment by removing the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) Seed Cassettes from EMCS Rotors A and B stowing them in an EMCS Cold Stowage Pouch. The removed cassettes were then stowed in MELFI. Compared to plants grown on the ground, plants grown in space experience broad changes in gene expression, which affects how they grow and develop. The Plant RNA Regulation investigation studies the first steps of gene expression involved in development of roots and shoots. Scientists expect to find new molecules that play a role in how plants adapt and respond to the microgravity environment of space, which provides new insight into growing plants for food and oxygen supplies on long-duration missions. MultiOmics Collection: FE-5 performed sampling in support of the JAXA MultiOmics experiment. Various samples are 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 MultiOmics 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). Lab Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Return to Operations: Today, the crew installed a vacuum hose to a component of the MCA, allowing the component to be pumped down to vacuum. This is required to return the Lab MCA to an operational state. Last week, the crew attempted unsuccessfully to install the vacuum hose from an adjacent rack to the Rack Interface Panel (RIP) located on the rack containing the MCA. There were interference issues on the adjacent rack which prevented installation of the hose. An alternative rack location was identified, and the crew successfully installed the vacuum hose from this new location to the rack containing the MCA. The MCA has been pumped down to vacuum, and the crew reconfigured the MCA for nominal operations. A calibration of the MCA will be scheduled at a later time. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Removal from the MPEP Columbus Video Camera Assembly 1 Adjustment Plant RNA Regulation/European Modular Cultivation System Experiment Container Removal Rotor A RELAKSATSIYA. Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment Plant RNA Regulation/European Modular Cultivation System Rotor A Sample Processing Life On The Station Photo and Video Plant RNA Regulation/European Modular Cultivation System MELFI Sample Insertion Plant RNA Regulation/European Modular Cultivation System Experiment Container Removal Rotor B Plant RNA Regulation/European Modular Cultivation System Rotor B Sample Processing JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side Plant RNA Regulation/European Modular Cultivation System MELFI Sample Insertion Plant RNA Regulation/European Modular Cultivation System Reference Experiment Container Installation 1, 2 Dust Filter Replacement and 1, 2 Fan Screen Cleaning in DC1. Recycle Tank Drain 1, 2 Dust Filter Replacement and MRM1 Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger () Cleaning. Lab Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Jumper Install Meteor Install On Board Training WSTA Fill Atmosphere Revitalization System (ARS) Lab Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Jumper Install De-Mating of MagVector Umbilicals from COL1F2 UIP European Modular Cultivation System Gas Valve Close Opening of Lab MCA Hand Valve 01 HRF2 Supply Kit Resupply Pressurizing Elektron-VM Liquid Unit Mating of MagVector Umbilicals from COL1F2 UIP Multi Omics Sample Operations Multi Omics Sample MELFI Insertion Stow equipment per Stowage Note. RELAKSATSIYA Hardware Setup. Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) Front Cover Troubleshooting Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire Closure of Lab MCA Hand Valve 01 RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment. Lab Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Jumper Teardown RELAKSATSIYA. Observation RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities were completed otherwise noted. Battery Capacity Testing (Channel 2B-1) Lab MCA Pumpdown Three-Day Look Ahead: Saturday, 09/24: Weekly Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty, Finemotor test Sunday, 09/25: Crew Off Duty Monday, 09/26: ARED Quarterly Maintenance, Lab Window Inspect, Remove MPEP from JEMAL Slide Table 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 Manual Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Process Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 09/22/2016

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Sep 22, 2016

Story Time From Space: FE-6 completed the video recording that was started yesterday that demonstrates how a balance scale can be used to exhibit balance in microgravity. Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the ISS. Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related children’s books in orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Crew members videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials. Water Monitoring Suite – Microbial Monitoring System (WMS-MMS): FE-6 performed two MMS runs today. Both runs were obtained from the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) water analysis sample bag, and analysis will be performed on ISS unfiltered water. The first utilized a low DNA concentration pouch, the second the high DNA concentration pouch. The WMS is a set of hardware that monitors microbes, silica and organic material in the water supply on the ISS. The hardware ensures crew members can test and monitor the safety of their water supplies on future space missions, especially on long-duration missions to Mars, asteroids or other destinations where Earth-based testing would be difficult or impossible. Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Hydraulic Components Remove & Replace (R&R): The crew performed preventive maintenance to R&R the urine valve block, urine lines, urine pressure sensors and WHC flush water tank empty pressure sensor. Ocular Ultrasounds: FE-5 and FE-6 assisted each other in performing routine medical eye imaging ultrasound. The ultrasound images will be used to identify changes in globe morphology and document optic nerve sheath diameter, optic nerve sheath tortuosity, globe axial measurements, and choroidal engorgement. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. In Flight Maintenance Starboard Crew Quarters Light Installation JAXA Video Taking Part 6 Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations EHS Carbon Dioxide Monitor Data Download SPLANKH. SPLANHOGRAF Setup, Initiate EGEG Recording SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module () Hard Drive (start) Story Time from Space Balance Demonstration Story Time From Space Historical Photo In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Tool Gather Progress 432 [AO] Stowage Ops with IMS Support Microbial Monitoring System MWA Preparation Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Water Hydraulics Components R&R Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis Microbial Monitoring System Sample Setup Environmental Health System (EHS) – Intravehicular Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter (IV-TEPC) Relocate Increment 49 Safety Video Follow-Up Health Maintenance System (HMS) Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ) SPLANKH. Terminate EGEG Recording. Closeout Ops Microbial Monitoring System Sample SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module () HDD (end) and start backup 3 Fan Screen Cleaning in MRM2 Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring Verification of -1 Flow Sensor Position Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan maintenance IMS Delta File Prep Ultrasound 2 Guided Data Export Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Post Exam Microbial Monitoring System Sample Setup Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record Microbial Monitoring System Sample Flight Director/ISS CREW CONFERENCE Microbial Monitoring System Data Transfer Completed Task List Items EVA Tool Stow Part 4 CO2 Monitor Data Download Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) Procedure Review MWA Preparations for CFE Experiment Ground Activities All activities were completed otherwise noted. Data bus characterization Test (LB_PMCU_2 and LB_PMCU_4) Battery 2B1 Capacity Test Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 09/23: Plant RNA, Cubesat Deployer Removal from MPEP, HRF Resupply, Lab MCA Pumpout Saturday, 09/24: Weekly Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty, Finemotor test Sunday, 09/25: 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 Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Process Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  Read full story.

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