NASA Breaking News

NASA Awards Contract for Construction of New Mission Launch Command Center at Wallops Flight Facility

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Aug 28, 2015

NASA has awarded a contract to Harkins Contracting Inc. of Salisbury, Maryland, for the construction of a new Mission Launch Command Center (MLCC) at the agencys Wallops Flight Facility in Wallops Island, Virginia. Read full story.

NASA Concludes Series of Engine Tests for Next-Gen Rocket

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Aug 27, 2015

NASA has completed the first developmental test series on the RS-25 engines that will power the agencys new Space Launch System (SLS) rocket on missions deeper into space than ever before. Read full story.

NASA Television to Air Launch of Next International Space Station Crew

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Aug 26, 2015

The next three crew members bound for the International Space Station are set to launch to the orbital outpost Wednesday, Sept. 2. Read full story.

NASA Invites Student Teams to Participate in Underwater Research

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Aug 26, 2015

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to work in the deep end of spacewalk training through the Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) activity. Read full story.

NASA Science Zeros in on Ocean Rise: How Much? How Soon?

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Aug 26, 2015

Seas around the world have risen an average of nearly 3 inches since 1992, with some locations rising more than 9 inches due to natural variation, according to the latest satellite measurements from NASA and its partners. An intensive research effort now underway, aided by NASA observations and analysis, points to an unavoidable rise of several fee Read full story.

NASA Education News

NASA Invites Student Teams to Participate in Underwater Research

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Aug 26, 2015

NASA is offering undergraduate students an opportunity to work in the deep end of spacewalk training through the Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) activity. Read full story.

Send Your Name to Mars on NASA's Next Red Planet Mission

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Aug 18, 2015

Mars enthusiasts around the world can participate in NASAs journey to Mars by adding their names to a silicon microchip headed to the Red Planet aboard NASA's InSight Mars lander, scheduled to launch next year. Read full story.

NASA Awards Grants to Expand STEM Education at Minority Serving Institutions

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Aug 18, 2015

NASA's Minority University Research and Education Project (MUREP) has selected five universities for cooperative agreement awards totaling $6 million to provide educator training and expand course offerings in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Read full story.

NASA Awards Grants for Technologies That Could Transform Space Exploration

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Aug 14, 2015

NASA has selected eight university-led proposals to study innovative, early stage technologies that will address high-priority needs of America's space program. Read full story.

Texas Students Compete in Space Station Robotics Competition

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Aug 12, 2015

More than seventy Texas middle school students will watch software they developed compete in space against similar teams from a dozen different states in the national Zero Robotics competition at NASAs Johnson Space Center (JSC) on Friday, Aug. 14. Read full story.

NASA Image of the Day

Signs of Katrina Linger in the Marshes

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Aug 28, 2015

Ten years after making landfall, scars from Hurricane Katrina still linger. Read full story.

Astronaut Kjell Lindgren Corrals the Supply of Fresh Fruit

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Aug 27, 2015

NASA astronaut Kjell Lindgren corrals the supply of fresh fruit that arrived on the Kounotori 5 H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-5.) Read full story.

Stark Beauty of Supersonic Shock Waves

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Aug 26, 2015

Updating a 150-year-old German photography technique, NASA and the U.S. Air Force released what's called a "schlieren" image of the shock wave from a supersonic aircraft. Read full story.

The Lonely Mountain

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Aug 25, 2015

NASA's Dawn spacecraft spotted this tall, conical mountain on Ceres from a distance of 915 miles (1,470 kilometers). Read full story.

Sea Ice in the Greenland Sea

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Aug 24, 2015

As the northern hemisphere experiences the heat of summer, ice moves and melts in the Arctic waters and the far northern lands surrounding it. The Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) aboard NASAs Aqua satellite captured this true-color image of sea ice off Greenland on July 16, 2015. Read full story.

International Space Station Reports

ISS Daily Summary Report 08/27/15

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Aug 27, 2015

42 Soyuz (42S) Relocation: 42S will be relocated from Mini Research Module (MRM) 2 Zenith to Service Module Aft tomorrow with the undock command scheduled for 2:11 am CDT. To support the relocation timeline the 42S crew sleep shifted 5.5 hours earlier today (11:00 am CDT, 16:00 GMT). The relocation is in preparation for 44S scheduled docking to MRM 2 Zenith on September 4. 42S return to Earth is currently planned for September 11.   Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: Lindgren and Yui continued with their Flight Day 30 (FD30) Ocular Health activities performing their Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), each acting as the Crew Medical Officer (CMO) for the other. They also performed fundoscopy, again with Yui acting as CMO for Lindgren, and Lindgren as CMO for Yui. OCT is used to measure retinal thickness, volume, and retinal nerve fiber layer, and the fundoscope is used to obtain images of the retinal surface. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines. Kelly completed his FD150 Sprint ultrasound. He activated the Ultrasound machine and donned the calf and thigh reference guides. He then performed thigh and calf scans with guidance from the Sprint ground team. Ultrasound scans are used to evaluate spaceflight-induced changes in the muscle volume. The Sprint investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions. Upon completion of this study, investigators expect to provide an integrated resistance and aerobic exercise training protocol capable of maintaining muscle, bone and cardiovascular health while reducing total exercise time over the course of a long-duration space flight. This will provide valuable information in support of investigators long term goal of protecting human fitness for longer space exploration missions. Kelly and Kornienko performed their Reaction Self-Tests today. This week-long session is in advance of the sleep shift required for the 42 Soyuz relocation tonight. Reaction Self-Test aids crewmembers to objectively identify when their performance capability is degraded by various fatigue-related conditions that can occur as a result of ISS operations and time in space (e.g., acute and chronic sleep restriction, slam shifts, extravehicular activity (EVA), and residual sedation from sleep medications). Kelly and Kornienko are performing a week of sleep logging. The Sleep ISS-12 experiment monitors ambient light exposure and crew member activity, and collects subjective evaluations of sleep and alertness, to examine the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on sleep during a year-long mission on the International Space Station (ISS).   NanoRacks Multi-Gas Monitor (MGM): Lindgren stowed the MGM deployed in the Node 1 on NanoRacks Platform 2 to recharge the battery and transfer data. The Multi-Gas Monitor is the first laser sensor to continuously measure four gases that are key for crewmembers health aboard the ISS. The multiple low-power, tunable lasers train an infrared laser beam on a cabin air sample, and sensors are tuned to specific wavelengths of light to detect oxygen, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and humidity. The instrument fits in a device the size of a shoebox and detects the presence of gases in less than one second.   HTV Cargo Transfer Status: Kelly, Lindgren and Yui completed 5.5 hours of HTV-5 Cargo transfer operations today. A total of 32 hours remain to complete HTV-5 cargo operations   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Biochemical Urinalysis Self-exam for response time. Response time test (morning) Weekly Crew/GOGU Conference R/G 9716 PRT – laptop closeout ops Return of acoustic dosimeters to stowage location WHC – servicing Return of URISYS hardware to stowage location USND2 – hardware activation OTKLIK. Hardware monitoring / Radiogram 9734 Optical coherence tomography (OCT) – hardware prep SPRINT – hardware install and set-up FROST – cold pack install IMS Tag-up (S-band) Soyuz 716 up and down cargo prep / Radiograms 9646nu, 9711 CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment ops. Radiogram 9737 WHC – servicing OCT Vision Test (Subject) Optical coherence tomography (OCT) – eye scan (assist) MRM1 air vent screen cleaning (Group B). Cleaning behind Panels 405, 406 Radiogram 8393 MOTOCARD. Experiment ops. Radiogram 9735 Comm test and session from Soyuz 716 via Russian ground sites(VHF2) Optical coherence tomography (OCT) – eye scan (assist) OCT Vision Test (Subject) Soyuz 716 up and down cargo prep / Radiograms 9646nu, 9711 Replacement of Dust Filter 1, 2, MRM1 Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger Cleaning Optical coherence tomography (OCT) – hardware stow USND2 – hardware power-down HTV cargo transfer ops - tank R&R and hose in [] (- No. 1409127 (00065906R) Soyuz 716 Kentavr g-suit sizing JRNL – log entry HTV cargo transfer ops NANO – hardware stow HTV – transfer tag-up GLACIER5 – old pack swap-out HAM session from Columbus Portable breathing apparatus (PBA) and portable fire extinguisher (PFE) inspection Self-exam for response time. Response time test (evening) Eye fundoscopy – hardware setup Fundoscope – vision test Eye fundoscopy – hardware stow Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. SPRINT Ultrasound support HMS OCT/Fundoscope support OPALS antenna configuration Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 08/28: 42S relocation from MRM2 Zenith to SM Aft Saturday, 08/29: Crew off duty Sunday, 08/30: 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 Shutdown 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 […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 08/26/15

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Aug 26, 2015

Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: Lindgren and Yui initiated their Flight Day 30 (FD30) Ocular Health performing vision tests, tonometry, blood pressure measurements, and answering a vision questionnaire. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines. Kelly participated in Interactions-2 which is a Russian experiment in which both 1-Year mission crewmembers are participating. The goal of the investigation is to study the patterns of intra- and inter-group (interaction with Mission Control Center (MCC)) dynamics during the long-term spaceflight of an international crew. Kelly and Kornienko performed their morning Reaction Self-Test and will perform another session prior to sleep. This week-long session is in advance of the sleep shift required for the 42 Soyuz relocation later this week. Reaction Self-Test aids crewmembers to objectively identify when their performance capability is degraded by various fatigue-related conditions that can occur as a result of ISS operations and time in space (e.g., acute and chronic sleep restriction, slam shifts, extravehicular activity (EVA), and residual sedation from sleep medications). Kelly and Kornienko are performing a week of sleep logging. The Sleep ISS-12 experiment monitors ambient light exposure and crew member activity and collects subjective evaluations of sleep and alertness to examine the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on sleep during a year-long mission on the ISS.   Plant Rotation: Yui removed samples from the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) following the completion of the Plant Rotation Run 4 session. He took photos of the Plant Rotation Chamber and downlinked for ground evaluation. Many species of climbing plants grow upward in a spiraling shape, a process known as circumnutation. Plant organs, such as stems, leaves, and roots also grow in a spiraling, helical shape. This spiraling process can take many forms, including very tight loops and broad curves. The Plant Rotation experiment verifies the hypothesis that this type of plant growth requires gravity.   Circadian Rhythms: Lindgren concluded his 36-hour Circadian Rhythms measurement, doffing the Thermolab sensors and instrumentation belt and answering a short questionnaire about caffeine intake. Circadian Rhythms investigates the role of synchronized circadian rhythms, or the biological clock, and how it changes during long-duration spaceflight. Researchers hypothesize that a non-24-hour cycle of light and dark affects crewmembers circadian clocks. The investigation also addresses the effects of reduced physical activity, microgravity and an artificially controlled environment. Changes in body composition and body temperature, which also occur in microgravity, can affect crewmembers circadian rhythms as well. Understanding how these phenomena affect the biological clock will improve performance and health of future crewmembers.   Mycological Evaluation of Crew Exposure to ISS Ambient Air (MYCO): Upon wakeup, Kelly performed the MYCO sampling, collecting nasal cavity, pharynx, saliva and skin samples. MYCO evaluates the risk of inhaling microorganisms and their adhesion to the skin to determine which fungi act as allergens on the ISS. Analysis focuses on microflora, particularly fungi sampled from subjects, which may cause opportunistic infections and allergies if their immunity is compromised on the ISS.   Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to position Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Arm 2 to open H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) Exposed Facility Unit 1 (HEFU1) and HEFU2 on the HTV5 External Platform (EP). During the first attempt to grasp the HEFU1 Micro-Square Fixture (MSF), Orbit Replaceable Unit (ORU) Tool Changeout Mechanism 2 (OTCM2) hung up on the MSF.Robotics Ground Controllers were able to free OTCM2 and back SPDM Arm 2 away. The next attempt to grasp the HEFU1 was successful and HEFU1 was opened. OTCM2 then released the HEFU1 MF and the SSRMS and the SDPM were maneuvered to a park position. HEFU2 will be opened on August 29 as part of the Superconducting sub-Millimeter-wave Limb-Emission Sounder (SMILES) transfer operations.   42S Relocation From Mini Research Module (MRM)2 Zenith to Service Module (SM) Aft Preparation: Earlier today the 42S Thruster Test was successfully completed. Kelly completed Systems Operations Data File (SODF) deploy to replace emergency books and cue cards. He stowed discarded books and cards for return on a future SpaceX flight. The 42S crew performed On-Board Training (OBT) to prepare for 42S redock.   HTV5 Cargo Transfer Status: Lindgren and Yui completed 4 hours of HTV-5 Cargo transfer operations today. A total of 36 hours remain to complete HTV-5 cargo operations.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. IMMUNO. Saliva Sample (Session 1). / r/g 9727 Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (morning) IMMUNO. First stress test, questionnaire data entry. / r/g 9727 Closing USOS Window Shutters MYCO – Morning Sample Collection IMMUNO. Blood Sample (finger) / r/g 9727 IMMUNO. Blood Sample Ops. / r/g 9727 MYCO – Sample MELFI Insertion IMMUNO. Equipment Stow / r/g 9727 Acoustic Dosimeter Setup for FE-2, FE-6 COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops / r/g 9713 ISS Crew / SSIPC FD Conference HMS Visual Testing Activity Photography and Downlink of DC1 shell surface behind panels 201 and 202 via OCA / r/g 9729 Vision Questionnaire Soyuz 716 Activation (MRM2) / Ascent and Descent HMS Visual Testing Activity Soyuz 716 MCS () Test Before Relocation r/g 9720 ECLSS Recycle Tank Remove and Replace UDOD. Experiment Ops. / r/g 9721 Vision Questionnaire Ocular Health (OH) Blood Pressure Operations Ocular Health (OH) – Tonometry Test Setup Ocular Health (OH) Blood Pressure Operations Hardware prepack for return and disposal via 716 / r/g 9646, 9711 Ocular Health (OH) – Tonometry Test (Operator) Ocular Health (OH) – Tonometry Test Ocular Health (OH) – Tonometry Test (Operator) Ocular Health (OH) – Tonometry Test Ocular Health (OH) – Stow Tonometry Hardware IPAD Unpack CRHYT – Hardware Removal HTV Transfers Ops Preventive maintenance of MRM2 - Hatch […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 08/25/15

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Aug 25, 2015

HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV)5 Activities: Following yesterdays successful capture and berthing, today the crew completed vestibule outfitting, opened the HTV hatch and installed Portable Fire Extinguishers, breathing apparatuses and handrails prior to ingressing the vehicle and completing 3-hours of cargo transfer. Later in the day the crew participated in a post-capture debrief with ground teams.   Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Last night, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to extract the External Platform (EP) from the HTV5 Unpressurized Logistics Carrier (ULC). The EP was then maneuvered to the handoff position at which point the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) Ground Controllers maneuvered the JEMRMS to grapple the EP Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF). The Robotics Ground Controllers then released the SSRMS from the EP Power and Video Grapple Fixture (PVGF) and maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position. Early this morning, the JEMRMS Ground Controllers installed the EP on JEM Exposed Facility (JEF) Exposed Facility Unit 10 (EFU10) and then removed the Calorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) from the EP and installed it on JEF EFU9. The SSRMS was then walked from the Node 2 Power and Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) to the Mobile Base System (MBS) PDGF #4. The SSRMS was then used to pick up the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from the Lab PDGF. MSS performance today was nominal. Later today, the Mobile Transporter (MT) will be moved to Worksite 7 and the SPDM will be used to open HTV Exposed Facility Units (HEFU) 1 and 2. Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: Kornienko began his Flight Day (FD) 150 Fluid Shifts Before, During and After Prolonged Space Flight and Their Association with Intracranial Pressure and Visual Impairment (Fluid Shifts) Dilution Measurements. Upon wakeup he collected baseline saliva, blood and urine and inserted them into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, he performed more urine, blood, and saliva collections, inserting those samples into MELFI as well. The Dilution Measurements are the first part in the series of FD150 Fluid Shifts measurements. The next step in the Fluid Shifts experiment is the Baseline Imaging portion, occurring for both Kornienko and Kelly the week of August 31. The third portion of the Fluid Shifts experiment involves utilization of the Russian Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure LBNP) during ultrasound measurements which will occur during the second week of Increment 45. Fluid Shifts investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage. Kelly performed his FD150 Cognition. Individualized Real-Time Neurocognitive Assessment Toolkit for Space Flight Fatigue (Cognition) is a battery of tests that measures how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance. Cognition includes ten brief computerized tests that cover a wide range of cognitive functions, and provides immediate feedback on current and past test results. The software allows for real-time measurement of cognitive performance while in space. Kelly and Kornienko performed their morning Reaction Self-Test and another session prior to sleep. This week-long session is in advance of the sleep shift required for the 42 Soyuz relocation later this week. Reaction Self-Test aids crewmembers to objectively identify when their performance capability is degraded by various fatigue-related conditions that can occur as a result of ISS operations and time in space (e.g., acute and chronic sleep restriction, slam shifts, extravehicular activity (EVA), and residual sedation from sleep medications). Kelly and Kornienko are performing a week of sleep logging. The Sleep ISS-12 experiment monitors ambient light exposure and crew member activity, and collects subjective evaluations of sleep and alertness, to examine the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on sleep during a year-long mission on the International Space Station (ISS).   NanoRacks Multi-Gas Monitor (MGM): Lindgren deployed the MGM in Node 3 today. The MGM is the first laser sensor to continuously measure four gases that are key for crewmembers health aboard the ISS. The multiple low-power, tunable lasers train an infrared laser beam on a cabin air sample, and sensors tuned to specific wavelengths of light detect oxygen, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and humidity. The instrument fits in a device the size of a shoebox and detects the presence of gases in less than one second.   CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) Video Survey: Yui captured video of the installation of CALET as it was moved from the HTV-5 EP to the JEM EFU #9. CALET is an astrophysics mission that searches for signatures of dark matter and provides the highest energy direct measurements of the cosmic ray electron spectrum to observe discrete sources of high energy particle acceleration in our local region of the Galaxy. CALET addresses many outstanding high-energy astrophysics questions such as the origin of cosmic rays, how cosmic rays accelerate and travel across the galaxy and the existence of dark matter and nearby cosmic-ray sources.   On-Board Training (OBT) Emergency Review: All 6 crew members participated in this OBT to review emergency response during the upcoming direct handover timeframe. They specifically covered 6 crew with a Soyuz on SM Aft and MRM1; 9 crew timeframe; and 6 crew with a Soyuz on MRM1 and MRM2.   Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test SLEEP Questionnaire FLUID SHIFTS – Saliva Test FLUID SHIFTS – Urine Sample Collection FLUID SHIFTS – Urine Sample MELFI Insertion FLUID SHIFTS – Blood Sampling FLUID SHIFTS – Galley Water Collection and Tracer Ingestion Ops FLUID SHIFTS – Centrifuge Setup JEMRMS – RLT2 Activation GoPro HERO3 Video camera Setup and Adjustment for Operation during 716 Descent […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 08/24/15

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Aug 24, 2015

HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV)5 Capture/Berthing: Yui and Lindgren captured HTV5 using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) at 5:29 am CDT this morning. Next the Robotics Ground Controllers used the SSRMS to maneuver the HTV5 into position to support the inspection of the HTV5 Passive Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) and then maneuvered the HTV5 to and install it on the Node-2 Nadir Active CBM at approximately 8:44 am CST.Kelly and Lindgren then performed the CBM capture/Abolt, vestibule pressurization and outfitting parts 1 and 2. The Robotic Ground Controllers have ungrappled the HTV5 and maneuvered the SSRMS to grapple the HTV5 External Platform (EP). Robotic Ground Controllers have reconfigured the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) from the Hot Backup Configuration to a nominal operations configuration and powered down the MSS. Overnight Robotics Ground Controllers will extract the EP from the HTV and handoff to the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Remote Manipulator System (RMS). Tomorrow morning the crew will perform Vestibule Outfitting part 3, CPA removal and ingress. Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: Kelly and Kornienko performed their morning and pre-sleep Reaction Self Tests. This week-long session is in advance of the sleep shift required for the 42 Soyuz relocation later this week. Reaction Self-Test helps crewmembers objectively identify when their performance capability is degraded by various fatigue-related conditions that can occur as a result of ISS operations and time in space (e.g., acute and chronic sleep restriction, slam shifts, extravehicular activity, and residual sedation from sleep medications). Kelly and Kornienko are performing a week of sleep logging. The Sleep ISS-12 experiment monitors ambient light exposure and crew member activity and collects subjective evaluations of sleep and alertness. It examines the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on sleep during a year-long mission on the ISS. Remote Power Controller Module (RPCM) LAD62B-A RPC 12 (Lab CDRA ASV) Trip: Over the weekend the RPCM LAD62B-A that provides power to the Lab Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Air Selector Valves (ASV) tripped multiple times. This RPCM was replaced on 24-July-2015. This is the first time the RPC 12 has tripped since the RPCM was replaced. RPC 12 has been tripping intermittently since April 1, 2014 while the Lab CDRA is On or in Standby. The replacement of the RPCM was to remove a leg of the fault tree. RPC 12 has been closed and Lab CDRA is currently in standby. It is available for use as needed. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Self-Reaction Test. Historical Documentation Photos Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (morning) Self-Reaction Test. Photo Documentation -8. Configuration Setup Body Mass Measurement RWS Configuration Setup -8. Closeout Ops PCS Verification Closing USOS Window Shutters Acoustic Dosimeter Setup HD Camcorder Set-up Robotic Workstation (RWS) Cupola Crew Restraint (CCR) Installation HTV Approach Monitoring Conference with Search and Rescue Team () Regeneration of 1 Micropurification Cartridge (start) Collecting condensate water samples from -2 before Gas-Liquid Mixture Filter () into Russian Samplers start r/g 9695 Photography in MRM1 for -108/109 digital unit installation feasibility assessment / r/g 9694 UDOD. Experiment Ops. / r/g 9688 HTV Approach Monitoring Hardware prepack for return and disposal on 716 / r/g 9646 Surface samples from SM equipment and structures / r/g 9686 SSRMS HTV Grapple Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Power up Node 2 – Port CBM Pre-mate Status Verification Soyuz 716 Sokol Suit Leak Check HAM radio session from Columbus Video downlink from LAB (end) CALET H/W setup for video acquisition Sokol Suit Drying – Set up Suits 1 and 2 for Drying [Aborted] HTV – Hardware Command Panel (HCP) Inhibit and Stow Node 2 CBM – Capture and Acquire Bolts WRS – Recycle Tank Fill Video of greetings r/g 9696 Removal of Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) WRS – Recycle Tank Fill Relocate cargo items from unauthorized RS stowage locations r/g 9687 Connecting TV Camera -153 to MRM1 TVS / r/g 9693 Condensate tank dump to CWC (end) Testing MPEG-2 TV Transmission via Ku-band HTV/N2 – Vestibule Pressurization and Leak Check Terminate Drying Suits 1, 2 [Aborted] Start Drying the 3rd Space suit and Set Up the 1st t Pair of Gloves for Drying [Aborted] FS – Urine Collection Hardware Setup ARED – Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation CALCIUM. Experiment Session 11. / r/g 9685 Finish drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the second pair [Aborted] Node 2 Nadir/HTV Vestibule Outfitting, Part 1 Exercise Data Downlink / r/g 6797 Terminate drying the second pair of gloves [Aborted] SOZh maintenance RWS Cupola Crew Restraint (CCR) Removal WRM – Water Consumption Balance, place holder Photo of SM window 2 exterior after EVA-41 cleaning / r/g 9703 Finish drying the 3rd suit, start drying the 3rd pair of gloves [Aborted] Thermolab – Instrumentation Ops for Circadian Rhythms Terminate drying the 3rd pair of gloves [Aborted] Stow suits and gloves after drying [Aborted] 1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end) Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (evening) Completed Task List Items Air quality survey COL ziplock stow P/TV external inspection from JEM Short Duran Mission prep: generic gather, MOBIPV gather, P/TV gather, video gather Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. HTV5 capture/berthing Three-Day Look Ahead: Tuesday, 08/25: HTV5 ingress, HTV5 cargo transfer, OBT emergency delta review, NanoRacks Multi-Gas Monitor Deploy 1 Wednesday, 08/26: Ocular Health, Capillary Beverage, 42S redocking training Thursday, 08/27: Ocular Health, HTV cargo transfer, PEPS Inspect 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 Shutdown Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process 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 08/21/15

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Aug 21, 2015

H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-5 Capture and Berth Readiness Status: The Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) is in position. All required HTV and ISS system checkouts have been successfully completed. Capture is currently planned for ~5:55 am CDT Monday. Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: Ocular Health: Kornienko completed the ultrasound portions of his Flight Day (FD) 150 Ocular Health activities. With Padalkas assistance he executed a cardiac ultrasound, and with Padalka as the operator, he performed an ocular ultrasound. The ultrasound images will be used to identify changes in globe morphology, including flattening of the posterior globe, and document optic nerve sheath diameter, optic nerve sheath tortuosity, globe axial measurements, and choroidal engorgement. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Fluid Shifts Before, During and After Prolonged Space Flight and Their Association with Intracranial Pressure and Visual Impairment (Fluid Shifts): Kelly began his FD 150 Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements today. Upon wakeup he collected baseline saliva, blood and urine and inserted them into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, he performed more urine, blood, and saliva collections and inserted those samples into MELFI as well. The Dilution Measurements are the first part in the series of FD150 Fluid Shifts measurements which investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronauts eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage. Try Zero-Gravity-Asia Education Payloads Operations (EPO): Yui set up several experiments to demonstrate and promote the understanding of space and microgravity. Video of the different experiments will be downlinked and distributed. The various experiment themes were proposed by various Asian countries.   Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) Closeout: Yui performed closeout steps following the ground software load in preparation for the Dynamic Surf-3 experiment. The investigation is part of a series of JAXA experiments addressing Marangoni convection driven by the presence of surface tension gradient as produced by a temperature difference at a liquid/gas interface. Fluid convection observations of a silicone oil liquid bridge that is generated by heating the one disc higher than the other within the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) are also performed. By observing and understanding how such fluids move, researchers can learn how heat is transferred in microgravity, and ultimately drive the design and development of more efficient fluid flow based systems and devices. Extravehicular Activities (EVA) Pistol Grip Tool (PGT) Torque Analyzer Kit (TAK) Data Gather: Lindgren completed this 6-month requirement for all on-orbit PGTs. He installed the TAK on the PGTs and recorded PGT output torque data for ground analysis. On-Board Training (OBT) Robotics On-Board Trainer (ROBoT): The USOS crew completed a session of this training during which they completed three capture point hold runs which allows free drift timing practice, malfunction response, and nominal rate approaches. They also practiced two meter approaches. This activity is in preparation for HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV)5 capture and berthing planned for next Monday, August 24.   Crew Quarters Light Replaced Yesterday the crew swapped the dim Lamp Housing Assembly (LHA) in Crew Quarters 1 with another that had been turned off to conserve it as a spare. 12 spare LHAs will arrive on HTV5. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. TV session with Prime Minister of the Russian Federation FLUID SHIFTS – Saliva Sample Collection HRF Urine Sample Collection FLUID SHIFTS – Sample MELFI Insertion FLUID SHIFTS – Urine Sample Collection HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion FLUID SHIFTS – Sample MELFI Insertion FLUID SHIFTS – Blood Collection FLUID SHIFTS – Blood sample collection operator FLUID SHIFTS – Sample Processing FLUID SHIFTS – Centrifuge Setup Prep for TV PAO coverage / r/g 9678 Downlink of MPEG2 Video Greetings r/g 9678 FLUID SHIFTS – Blood Sample Transfer FLUID SHIFTS – Sample MELFI Insertion Camcorder Setup to View LAB RWS Monitor 3 Close-out ops after TV conference Inventory Audit and Assessing Condition Of Main and Spare Quick Release Screw Clamps In SM r/g 9677 MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops KULONOVSKYI KRISTALL. Experiment Ops. / r/g 9680 IMS Tagup (S-band) Tropical Cyclone P/L Closeout Ops FPS Tool Stowage FLUID SHIFTS – Sample MELFI Insertion UDOD. Experiment Ops. / r/g 9679 SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance r/g 8393 MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops / Communications System KULONOVSKYI KRISTALL. Hardware Teardown / r/g 9680 KULONOVSKYI KRISTALL. Data Transfer to Hard Drive / r/g 9680 FLUID SHIFTS – Blood Collection FLUID SHIFTS – Blood sample collection operator FLUID SHIFTS – Centrifuge Setup FLUID SHIFTS – Sample MELFI Insertion FPS Tool Stowage RWS Powerup FLUID SHIFTS – Blood Sample Transfer FLUID SHIFTS – Sample MELFI Insertion TRY ZERO G Experiment Ops CARDIOLAB HEMATOCRIT Centrifuge Checkout Swap condensation collection from the Lab Condensate Tank to the WPA WW tank while the Sabatier Jumper is installed WRM. Condensate Pumping Initiation FS – Saliva Sample Collection FLUID SHIFTS – Sample MELFI Insertion FLUID SHIFTS – Urine Sample Collection USND2 – Activation of Ultrasound Hardware and Camcorder OH-CARDIAC – Preparation FLUID SHIFTS – Sample MELFI Insertion Ocular Health – Cardiac and Blood Pressure Operations (Subject) WRM. Condensate Pumping Terminate Ocular Health – Cardiac and Blood Pressure Operations (Operator) CONTUR-2. Hardware Installation on panel 418 FPEF – Connector Removal Ocular Health – Closeout Ops CONTUR-2. Experiment Session Ops. / r/g 9675 Ocular Health – Data Export GREAT START. Preparation for the Experiment Ops / r/g 9671 OBT – HTV Capture OBT GREAT START. Video of the Experiment Ops / r/g 9671 SPHERES – Hardware Stow after the experiment Transfer of IVA Tissue-Equivalent Proportional Counter (IV-TEPC) On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ GREAT START. Closeout […] Read full story.

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