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NASA Television to Air Major SLS Booster Test Firing Events, Media Invited

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Mar 4, 2015

The largest, most powerful booster ever built for NASA's new rocket, the Space Launch System (SLS), will fire up for a ground test at 11:30 a.m. EDT (9:30 a.m. MDT) Wednesday, March 11, at Orbital ATK Propulsion Systems’ test facilities in Promontory, Utah. Read full story.

NASA Hosts Events to Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of NACA

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Mar 3, 2015

NASA is celebrating the 100th anniversary of its antecedent, the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), with several events highlighting the historic committee’s contribution to the nation’s space program and aeronautics research. Read full story.

NASA, Honeywell Bring Hip-Hop Education Show to Northeast U.S. Schools

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Mar 3, 2015

NASA and Honeywell kicks off the spring 2015 tour of "FMA Live! Forces in Motion" Monday with shows at Talley Middle School in Wilmington, Delaware, marking the 11th year of this innovative collaboration designed to ignite students' interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Read full story.

NASA Image of the Day

Ceres Seen From NASA's Dawn Spacecraft

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Mar 6, 2015

NASA's Dawn spacecraft has become the first mission to achieve orbit around a dwarf planet. The spacecraft was approximately 38,000 miles (61,000) kilometers from Ceres when it was captured by the dwarf planet’s gravity at about 4:39 a.m. PST (7:39 a.m. EST) Friday, March 6. This image of Ceres was taken by the Dawn spacecraft on March 1, just a few days before the mission achieved orbit around the previously unexplored world. The image shows Ceres as a crescent, mostly in shadow because the spacecraft's trajectory put it on a side of Ceres that faces away from the sun until mid-April. When Dawn emerges from Ceres' dark side, it will deliver ever-sharper images as it spirals to lower orbits around the planet. The image was obtained at a distance of about 30,000 miles (about 48,000 kilometers) at a sun-Ceres-spacecraft angle, or phase angle, of 123 degrees. Image scale on Ceres is 1.9 miles (2.9 kilometers) per pixel. Ceres has an average diameter of about 590 miles (950 kilometers). Dawn's mission is managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, California, for NASA's Science Mission Directorate in Washington. Dawn is a project of the directorate's Discovery Program, managed by NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. The University of California, Los Angeles, is responsible for overall Dawn mission science. Orbital ATK Inc., in Dulles, Virginia, designed and built the spacecraft. The German Aerospace Center, the Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research, the Italian Space Agency and the Italian National Astrophysical Institute are international partners on the mission team. For a complete list of acknowledgments, http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/mission. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCLA/MPS/DLR/IDA Read full story.

Astronaut Scott Kelly Preparing for Launch on One-Year Mission

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Mar 5, 2015

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly is seen inside a Soyuz simulator at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center (GCTC), Wednesday, March 4, 2015 in Star City, Russia. Kelly, along with Expedition 43 Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and Russian cosmonaut Gennady Padalka of Roscosmos were at GCTC for the second day of qualification exams in preparation for their launch to the International Space Station onboard a Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 3:42 p.m. EST, March 27 (March 28, Kazakh time). As the one-year crew, Kelly and Kornienko will return to Earth on Soyuz TMA-18M in March 2016.Image Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls Read full story.

Island of Hawaii From the International Space Station

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Mar 4, 2015

From the International Space Station, European Space Agency astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (@AstroSamantha) took this photograph of the island of Hawaii and posted it to social media on Feb. 28, 2015. Cristoforetti wrote, "And suddenly as we flew over the Pacific... the island of #Hawaii with its volcanoes! #HelloEarth" Crewmembers on the space station photograph the Earth from their unique point of view located 200 miles above the surface as part of the Crew Earth Observations program. Photographs record how the planet is changing over time, from human-caused changes like urban growth and reservoir construction, to natural dynamic events such as hurricanes, floods and volcanic eruptions. Astronauts have used hand-held cameras to photograph the Earth for more than 40 years, beginning with the Mercury missions in the early 1960s. The ISS maintains an altitude between 220 - 286 miles (354 - 460 km) above the Earth, and an orbital inclination of 51.6˚, providing an excellent stage for observing most populated areas of the world. Image Credit: NASA/ESA/Samantha Cristoforetti Read full story.

The NACA Spirit Captured, 1945

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Mar 3, 2015

In this 1945 photo, test pilots (from left) Mel Gough, Herb Hoover, Jack Reeder, Steve Cavallo and Bill Gray stand in front of a P-47 Thunderbolt. The photo was taken at the then-named Langley Memorial Aeronautical Laboratory, which was a research facility for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, or the NACA. The NACA was the main institutional basis for creating NASA in 1958. On March 3, 1915 – one hundred years ago -- the U.S. Congress established the NACA in order "to supervise and direct the scientific study of the problems of flight with a view to their practical solution."  From humble beginnings with a $5000 budget, no paid staff and no facilities, the NACA won the Collier trophy five times. Its researchers made critical contributions to victory in World War II, spawned a world-leading civil aviation manufacturing industry, propelled supersonic flight, supported national security during the Cold War, and laid the foundation for modern air travel and the space age. Learn more about the 100th anniversary of the founding of the NACA at www.nasa.gov/naca100. Image Credit: NASA Read full story.

Astronauts Complete Series of Three Spacewalks

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Mar 2, 2015

On Sunday, March 1, Expedition 42 Flight Engineer Terry Virts and Commander Barry "Butch" Wilmore ventured outside the International Space Station for their third spacewalk in eight days. Virts and Wilmore completed installing 400 feet of cable and several antennas associated with the Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles system known as C2V2. Boeing’s Crew Transportation System (CST)-100 and the SpaceX Crew Dragon will use the system in the coming years to rendezvous with the orbital laboratory and deliver crews to the space station. Virts (@AstroTerry) tweeted this photograph and wrote, "Out on the P3 truss. #AstroButch handing me his cable to install on the new antenna. #spacewalk" Image Credit: NASA Read full story.

International Space Station Reports

ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/05/15

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Mar 5, 2015

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD):  The final 2 CubeSats were successfully deployed overnight which concludes deployment activities for this increment. A total of 16 satellites have been deployed. Airway monitoring:  The crew reviewed information to familiarize themselves with the Airway Monitoring experiment.  Specialists on the ground were available to answer crew questions. To prepare for Friday’s measurements, Cristoforetti and Virts prepared the airlock by removing equipment, transferring and setting up Airway Monitoring hardware and configuring a video camera. The primary goal of the Airway Monitoring experiment is to determine how gravity and microgravity influence the turnover of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the lungs.  During future manned missions to the Moon and to Mars, airway inflammation due to toxic dust inhalation is a risk factor. Since dust may cause airway inflammation and since such inflammation can be monitored by exhaled NO (Nitric Oxide) analysis the present study is highly relevant for astronaut health in future space programs. TripleLux-B: Cristoforetti performed troubleshooting steps on Monday to recover smoke detection in the Biolab facility. She removed & replaced (R&R) an Exchangeable Standard Electrical Module (ESEM) board in the Biolab that was suspected to be the issue, however, this did not solve the smoke detector problem. Today she R&Rd the unit with a refurbished ESEM board. When the rack was reactivated, the outlet tripped which is a new signature. A forward plan is being worked for next week’s planned activities. Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Diagnostics/Robot Micro Conical Tool (RMCT) 1 Troubleshooting: In preparation for the Pump Module relocation scheduled for March 6-7, yesterday Ground Controllers positioned the SPDM and stowed RMCT2. They engaged launch locks on RMCT1 and successfully released its collets. The collets were cycled open and back to close one time for data collection.  Following review of preliminary data, the robotics team determined that having the launch locks engaged was affecting the data so no further cycles were performed.  Ground teams will plan further data collection activities.  Today’s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. MORZE. Measuring Bioimpedance Using SPRUT-2. / r/g 8175 HRF Urine Sample Collection ТК 715 Kazbek Fitcheck Vozdukh Deactivation MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE  r/g 8171 TPLXB activities  Periodic fitness assessment –nominal ops (subject) Crew Departure Prep Acoustic Dosimeter Setup for Static Measurements Measuring the gap of the Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (JSSOD) Separation Mechanism CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 8041 WRS – Recycle Tank Fill End of EMU purification cartridge regeneration AIRMON. Airlock prep for monitoring ТК 714 Packing with Hardware for Disposal / r/g 8096 Study of cardiovascular system under graded physical load on VELO IDENTIFIKATSIYA. r/g 8177 Parameter settings for МRМ2 ТВУ update to Version 03.04.01. r/g 8166 NAPOR-mini РСА. БЗУ-М SW update r/g 8185 MRM2 [ТВУ] with New SW Version Restart,  r/g 8166 Report Soyuz 714 loading completion / r/g 8096 MELF3 – ice-pack install Med ops CBT AIRMON. Procedure review Inventory and Stowage conference MRM2 ТВУ SW Upgrade, / r/g  8166 MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings / r/g 8172 HMS – food questionnaire Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT) Charging GoPro HERO3 Camcorder Battery – start AIRMON. Equipment Stow Vozdukh Activation Comm Config for MRM2 HRF Urine Sample Collection МИМ2 Multifunction Indicator Panel (МПИ) Activation. Comm reconfig to nominal Electrical measurements in Soyuz 715 Descent Module r/g 8186 AIRMON. P/TV. Video Set Up Closing USOS Window Shutters HRF – sample insertion in MELFI AIRMON. Camera and Hardware setup HRM data transfer from iPad ISS server MORZE. Closeout ops / r/g 8175 WRS – Recycle Tank Fill [Aborted] Airway Monitoring Tagup CMS HRM iPad download [Aborted] Audiogram reading with EARQ Post-PE hygiene ops PAO [Aborted] Charging GoPro HERO3 Camcorder Battery – end Airway Monitoring PMC [Aborted] Video camera GoPro HERO3 setup and Adjustment for ТК 714 Descent Operation CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 8041 AIRMON. Hardware Deactivation  Completed Task List Items N2 IDA cable prep ARED grip install Emergency NH3 Measurement kit photo Moon Imaging Stowage Relocate Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Airway Monitoring Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 03/06: Airway Monitoring payload activities, OBT Soyuz Drill, crew departure prep Saturday, 03/07: Crew off duty Sunday, 03/08: Crew off duty QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:                               Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh On [СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On [СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby 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 – 03/04/15

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Mar 4, 2015

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD):  Wilmore performed visual inspection of NRCSD secondary latches, confirming their configuration after extension and retraction. He also took photos and downlinked to ground teams for review.  Four CubeSats were successfully deployed overnight. The last 2 CubeSats are scheduled for deploy tonight.  Microbial Observatory:  Virts held a crew conference with the Microbial Observatory payload developer and performed surface and air sampling using various devices in multiple locations to characterize the types of microbial populations on ISS.  Each location was photographed prior to sample collection and files downlinked for review by ground teams. The samples will be returned on 40S for ground analysis.  ISS Microbial Observatory-1 will continue monitoring the types of microbes that are present on ISS. Over a 1 year period, surfaces of ISS U.S. Destiny will be wiped to collect microbes growing on the surface and air samples will be taken 4 times. After the samples are returned to Earth, a molecular analyses of the RNA and DNA will be conducted to identify the specific microbes that are present to understand the microbial flora diversity and how it changes over time. Airway Monitoring:  Cristoforetti deployed and configured equipment in the US Airlock to support Airway Monitoring activities scheduled for Friday. The primary goal of this experiment is to determine how gravity and microgravity influence the turnover of Nitric Oxide (NO) in the lungs.  During future manned missions to the Moon and to Mars, airway inflammation due to toxic dust inhalation is a risk factor. Since dust may cause airway inflammation and since such inflammation can be monitored by exhaled NO (Nitric Oxide) analysis the present study is highly relevant for astronaut health in future space programs. Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Status: UPA continues to process urine nominally following yesterday’s Fluids Control and Pump Assembly (FCPA) Remove & Replace (R&R).  40S Transfer Operations: Wilmore prepacked US items to be loaded into 40S. This is in preparation for 40S undock and landing next week. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Earlier today Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and performed the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) diagnostics.  They then released the SPDM from Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF)2, maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the SPDM away from the MBS and stowed Robot Micro Conical Tool (RMCT)2 in the SPDM Tool Holder Assembly (THA)).  Later today Ground Controllers will grasp RMCT1 with SPDM Orbit Replaceable Unit (ORU) Tool Changeout Mechanism (OTCM)2 and perform a checkout of this RMCT.  Finally the Ground Controllers will release RMCT1 and set up the SSRMS and SPDM for the start of the Pump Module (PM) Flight Releasable Attachment Mechanism (FRAM) Swap on 06 February. Today’s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. HRF Blood Sample Collection MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake Removal of resistors from ТБУ-В thermostat and stowage in Soyuz 714. CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor Portable O2 Monitor (POM) Battery Charge Initiation Acoustic Dosimeter Setup for FE-2 and FE-4 KHIMIYA OBRAZOVANIYE. Tagup on Kits for Return Crew Departure Prep MICROBS1-CREW-CONF Periodic Fitness Evaluation – Nom Ops Microbial Observatory-1 Sample Collection (Part 1) HRF Blood Collection Hardware Stowage HRF – Hardware Setup Equipment Prep for MRM2 Terminal Computer [ТВУ2] Firmware Upgrade CUBESAT – Photos to Inspect Secondary Latch of NanoRacks Cubesat MRM2 [ТВУ] SW Version 03.04.01 image transfer from media to КЦП2 via Laptop RS3 BIOCARD. Experiment Ops CUBESAT – Photos to Inspect Secondary Latch of NanoRacks Cubesat Microbial Observatory-1 Sample Collection (Part 2) WRS – Recycle Tank Fill ТК 714 Descent OBT and conference for return equipment list and stowage IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop US EVA Tool Stow Test activation of Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System Emergency Vacuum Valves Microbial Observatory-1 Sample Collection (Part 3) PTV – Charger Battery Swap D2Xs photo camera reconfig after US EVA  SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD Prepack of US items to be loaded into ТК Soyuz 714 EML – Gas Valves Closing WRS – Recycle Tank Fill HMS Defibrillator Inspection Deploy PS-120 JUNCTION BOX in Air Lock FMK Deployment Ops Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations US EVA Tool Stow MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake MPEG2 Multicast Test after BRI Reboot. Crew configuration for Emergency VHF-1 Comm Checkout from USOS over US ground sites VIZIR. Experiment Ops. Return to nominal comm configuration СТТС Configuration for MRM2 Hardware prepack for return and disposal on ТК 714 Replacement of modified Multifunction Indicator Panel (МПИ) in MRM2 Prepack of US items to be loaded into ТК Soyuz 714 Comm reconfig for nominal ops PTV – Charger Battery Swap EMU – Conductivity Test WHC Flush Water Tank Fill IMS Delta File Prep SEISMOPROGNOZ. Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) iPad File Transfer HRF – Hardware Setup MORZE. Preparation Ops Terminate EMU METOX Regeneration OTKLIK. Equipment Check. CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor Start EMU Metox Regeneration Portable O2 Monitor (POM) Battery Deactivation TV Greetings  Completed Task List Items 58P unpack Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. CubeSat deploys MSS powerup SPDM diagnostics SPDM unstow RMCT checkout (In work) MSS PM FRAM relocation maneuver (In work)  Three-Day Look Ahead: Thursday, 03/05: Airway Monitoring AirLock prep, EVA tool stow, 40S prepack Friday, 03/06: Airway Monitoring AirLock activities, OBT Soyuz Drill, crew departure prep Saturday, 03/07: Crew off duty QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:                               Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh On [СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On [СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Normal Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up   Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/03/15

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Mar 3, 2015

Nanoracks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD): Overnight, 4 Dove satellites were successfully launched from Deployers 5 and 6. Two additional deploys are scheduled for this evening.  Cardio Ox: The Crew set up and configured ultrasound hardware.  Cristoforetti acted as Crew Medical Officer (CMO) to support Wilmore’s return minus 15 days (R-15) Cardio Ox session.  With guidance from the Cardio Ox ground team, ultrasound scans and blood pressure measurements were performed on Wilmore. The objective of Defining the Relationship Between Biomarkers of Oxidative and Inflammatory Stress and the Risk for Atherosclerosis in Astronauts During and After Long-duration Spaceflight (Cardio Ox) is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis in astronauts. Twelve crewmembers will provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15 and 60 days after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries will be obtained at the same time points, as well as through 5 years after landing, as an indicator of cardiovascular health. Aniso Tubule:  Cristoforetti prepared an Aniso Tubule sample by injecting water into an Aniso sample chamber and stowed the sample chamber into MELFI cold stowage.  This begins Run #9 which will continue for 9 days. The crew removed the sample from run #8 from the Microscope Scanning Stage and stowed.  Experimenters will examine growth modifications of Arabidopsis hypocotyls and the changing orientation of cortical microtubule under microgravity conditions in space. Scientists will further observe changes in dynamics of cortical microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins by observing Arabidopsis hypocotyls and microtubule-associated proteins with a fluorescence microscope. Astro Palate:  Virts retrieved a special Astro Palate prepackaged meal, consumed as his midday meal and completed the Mood and Food Consumption/Satisfaction Questionnaires.  Factors Contributing to Food Acceptability and Consumption, Mood and Stress on Long-Term Space Missions (Astro Palate) studies the relationship among emotions, mood, stress and eating during spaceflight. The study explores ways to minimize stressful aspects of the eating situation so that individuals consume more food and are better satisfied with it. Additionally, the experiment examines ways to use eating itself to reduce the stress or negative moods that crewmembers might normally experience in flight.  Post Extravehicular Activity (EVA):  USOS crew members and ground teams conducted a debrief to discuss last Sunday’s successful EVA.  The crew completed loop scrubs and Airlock deconfiguration. Fluids Control and Pump Assembly (FCPA) Remove & Replace (R&R):  In response to Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) failure that occurred on February 17th, this morning Wilmore R&Rd the FCPA. Ground teams have since reactivated the system and have started a process cycle without issue. 40 Soyuz (40S) Return Prep/ISS Reboost using 58 Progress (58P):  Earlier this morning, Mission Control Center-Moscow (MCC-M) performed an ISS reboost to complete the ISS phasing for 40S landing in the southern zone next week.  The initial test burn using 58P was successfully performed last Thursday. Today’s Planned Activities All activities are completed unless otherwise noted. Verification of antivirus scan results on Auxiliary Computer System (ВКС) laptops Sokol Suit Leak Check in ТК 714 Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) High Pressure Oxygen Temporary Bypass Configuration EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance. Acoustic Dosimeter Setup for FE-1 and FE-5 TPLXB – Hardware Retrieval TPLXB – Preparation for EC Assembly Replacement of urine receptacle (МП) and filter-insert (Ф-В) in АСУ. LBNP Exercise Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Fluids Control and Pump Assembly (FCPA) ORU R&R TPLXB – Retrieval of Culture Tube from GLACIER and Transfer to Glovebox TPLXB – Thawing of Culture Tube and Assembly of EC CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor Crew Departure Prep BAR.  Experiment Ops EMU Water Sample Drying Sokol Space Suits Drying out EMU vent loops  EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance. WRM Condensate Pumping Start Sampling condensate water [КАВ] before СРВ-К2М Gas-liquid mixture filter (ФГС) to drink bags  ANISO –  Sample Setup SPLANH. Blood Biochemistry Analysis Repeat ANISO WRM Condensate Pumping Terminate SPLANH. Closeout Ops Sampling condensate water [КАВ] upstream of СРВ-К2М БКО  TPLXB –  Transfer of Triplelux EC from incubator to TCU 2 Post-Exercise Hygiene Procedure USND2 – Hardware Activation CARDOX – Preparation Steps and Hardware Setup AP-MOOD – Preparation Ops Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position AP-SAL – Preparation Ops Sampling condensate water [КАВ] before СРВ-К2М БКО – sampler swap. HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion TPLXB –  Hardware Stowage Routine Maintenance of КН, КВ, and КД Valves in SM Rodnik Tanks Terminate Drying of Suits 1,2 Start Drying Spacesuit 3 and Set Up the 1st Pair of Gloves for Drying Terminate IODINATION of EMUs CARDOX Ultrasound Ops CARDOX – Experiment Ops AP-MOOD – Closeout Ops Finish drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the  second pair ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE CARDOX. Blood Pressure Operations AP-SAL – Closeout Ops Terminate drying the second pair of gloves Replacement of BRI configuration file HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion Pre-pack cargo items for return or disposal on ТК 714 CARDOX. Blood Pressure Operations EVA Debrief Terminate IODINATION and reconfigure the EMUs for dryout USND2 – Close-out Ops and Stowage Sampling Condensate Water [КАВ] before СРВК-2М БКО HRF – Hardware Setup Finish Drying the 3rd suit, Start Drying the 3rd Pair of Gloves Crew Departure Prep Buttoned EMU Dryout Crew Departure Prep Crew handover conference Terminate drying the 3rd pair of gloves Stow suits and gloves after drying Hardware prepack for return and disposal on ТК 714 EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance. Bringing Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) to Nominal Configuration CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor Air Lock Deconfig after EVA WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV Terminate EMU METOX Regeneration Start EMU Metox Regeneration Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities are completed unless otherwise noted. UHF Activation in support of EMU Loop Scrub CubeSat Deploys PEP R11.1 Software load onto Payload MDMs Three-Day Look Ahead: Wednesday, 03/04: 40S prepack, IDA ethernet cable install, Soyuz OBT Thursday, 03/05: Airway Monitoring AirLock prep, EVA tool stow, 40S prepack Friday, 03/06: […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/02/15

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Mar 2, 2015

Crew Off Duty Day: The USOS crew was off duty following yesterday’s successful Extravehicular Activity (EVA). Nanoracks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD): Today, 2 Dove satellites were successfully launched from Deployer #2 and an additional 2 Dove satellites were launched from Deployer #4. Two separate deploys are scheduled for this evening. NeuroMapping:  Virts connected the control pad to the Human Research Facility (HRF) laptop and launched the NeuroMapping application. He completed the Mental Rotation I Test, the Sensorimotor Adaptation Test, the Dual Task Test while tethered, and the Mental Rotation II Test while free-floating. He then exited the application, closed all windows, shut down HRF PC1, disconnected the Control Pad, and stowed the hardware.  Spaceflight Effects on Neurocognitive Performance: Extent, Longevity, and Neural Bases (NeuroMapping) studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes changes to the brain, including brain structure and function, motor control, and multi-tasking, as well as measuring how long it takes for the brain and body to recover from those possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from crewmembers returning from a long-duration spaceflight suggests that movement control and cognition are affected in microgravity. The NeuroMapping investigation utilizes structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and FMRI) to assess any changes to crewmembers after a six-month mission on the ISS. TripleLux-B:  Cristoforetti was scheduled to unstow and gather tools and perform the Triplelux-B activity. Due to an issue with the Biolab smoke detector failing to initialize, she Removed & Replaced (R&R) an Exchangeable Standard Electrical Module (ESEM) board in the Biolab that was suspected to be the issue. However, this did not fix the problem and TripleLux activities were aborted for the day. Teams are working a troubleshooting plan. Today’s Planned Activities All activities are completed unless otherwise noted. MORZE. Bioimpedance Analysis using SPRUT-2 CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor  Hardware prepack for return and disposal on ТК 714 Greasing of ARED Wires MORZE. Psychophysiological Evaluation: Tsentrovka, SENSOR Tests NeuroMapping Neurocognitive Test Operations – Subject Acoustic Dosimeter Setup for CDR and FE-6 Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Evaluation Setup Collecting condensate water samples from СРВ-К2М before Gas-Liquid Mixture Filter (ФГС) into Russian Samplers – start  TPLXB – Unstow [Aborted] Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination – Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination – Subject URAGAN. VSS Health Check TPLXB – Preparation of Glovebox [Aborted] Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination – Subject Connecting КЛ-153М to MRM1 TVS CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops Periodic Health Status (PHS) Post EVA Examination – Crew Medical Officer (CMO) TPLXB – Retrieval of EC HM from GLACIER and Transfer to Glovebox [Aborted] TPLXB – Insertion of EC HM into Glovebox [Aborted] ISS HAM – HAM Radio Power up Post-EVA crew health status – data transfer Crew Departure Prep Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV-SV Kentavr Suit Fit Check TPLXB. EC Installation for characterization PAO Setup Virus Definition File Update On Auxiliary Computer System Laptops Pille Dosimeter Reading Post US EVA PAO Preparation WRS – Water Sample Analysis PAO Event Hardware prepack for return and disposal on ТК 714 MORZE. Psychophysiological Evaluation: Cattell Test TPLXB. Transfer of EC HM Interface from Glovebox to TCU 2 [Aborted] TPLXB. Hardware Stowage [Aborted] БРП-М water sampling to drink bags / Life Support System (СОЖ) SVO-ZV water sampling to Russian drink bags / Life Support System (СОЖ) MORZE. Psychophysiological Evaluation: Strelau Test Crew Departure Prep MORZE. Psychophysiological Evaluation: SUPOS Test IMS Delta File Prep MORZE. Closeout Ops Exercise Data Downlink Terminate EMU Metox Regeneration TOCA Data Recording CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor Start EMU METOX Regeneration Closure of outer covers on SM windows 6,8,9,12,13, and 14  for ISS Reboost SPLANH. Preparation for Experiment Closing USOS Window Shutters Completed Task List Items WHC-KTO-Replace    WHC EDV-Y R&R ATV5 EDV Relocate COL-FDIR-Photo COL-Stow and Trash Ground Activities All activities are completed unless otherwise noted. CubeSat Deploys 2 and 3 METOX Regeneration  Three-Day Look Ahead: Tuesday, 03/03: EVA debrief/loop scrub/AirLock reconfig, Cardio-Ox ultrasound, 40S undock prep, FPMU R&R Wednesday, 03/04: 40S prepack, IDA ethernet cable install, Soyuz OBT Thursday, 03/05: Airway Monitoring AirLock prep, EVA tool stow, 40S prepack QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:                               Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh On [СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On [СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Stop Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up   Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/01/15

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Mar 1, 2015

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) 31:  Wilmore and Virts accomplished all planned objectives and one get-ahead task within a Phased Elapsed Time (PET) of 5 hours 38 minutes.  Cristoforetti and Shkaplerov assisted during suit donning and doffing activities.  The Joint Airlock egress took place at 5:52am CST and post EVA hatch closure at 11:27am CST.   Objectives accomplished during today’s EVA are as follows: P3 C2V2 Boom, Antenna, and Retro-Reflector Install S3 C2V2 Boom, Antenna, and Retro-Reflector Install Lab MMOD Shield Removal, C2V2 Cable Route and Connect to Lab Deploy and Connect P3 C2V2 Cable C and D Deploy and Connect S3 C2V2 Cable A and B Get-ahead task: GTEC Bag Retrieval Today’s Planned Activities All activities are completed unless otherwise noted. PBA – Relocation for USOS EVA Photo/TV EVA Camera Test ISS HAM RADIO Power Off US EVA – EVA CUCU Deactivation Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) High Pressure Oxygen Bypass Configuration EVA – In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation USOS EVA Comm Config CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake EVA –  In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) High Pressure Nominal Configuration (O2) EMU Prep for EVA Pre-Breathe in EMU VELO Exercise, Day 2 Crew Lock Depress Post Depress and A/L Egress C2V2 Installation MMOD Shield Removal СОЖ Maintenance. SM and FGB СВО, СГО, АСУ СПКУ Counter, POTOK Air Purification System Data Calldowns MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake C2V2 Cable Routing Crew Lock Ingress MORZE. Prep Ops Oximeter Removal Configuration for EMU Glove Photography Crew Lock Pre-Repress Crew Lock Repress Post-EVA Activities CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor Return to nominal comm configuration after USOS EVA MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake EVA Camera Reconfig EMU Glove photos downlink Start EMU Metox Regeneration Reading Reminder SPLANH. Experiment Timeline Review Installation of Software Version 4.0 On RSE-MED Laptop Inventory Audit Personal Hygiene Articles (СЛГ) and Sleep Bag Inserts (СПМ) Preparation of reports for Roscosmos site ECON-M. Observation and Photography URAGAN. Observation and Photography SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group А  Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities are completed unless otherwise noted. System commanding associated with EVA 31 Three-Day Look Ahead: Monday, 03/02:  Post EVA PHS, NMAP, Metox Regen, USOS Crew Day Off Tuesday, 03/03:  40S Crew Departure Prep, FCPA R&R, Crew Handover Conference, EMU Loop Scrub Wednesday, 03/04: IDA Ethernet Install, EVA Metox Regen, EMU Water Conductivity Test, Airway Monitoring Hardware Deploy, Emergency VHF Checkout, CardioOX QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:                               Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh On [СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On [СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Stop Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up   Read full story.