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NASA to Show Technologies at Experimental Aircraft Associations AirVenture 2017

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Jul 21, 2017

Visitors to the Experimental Aircraft Associations 2017 AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin will see NASAs latest technologies from across the agency. Read full story.

NASA Recommends Safety Tips to View the August Solar Eclipse

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Jul 21, 2017

More than 300 million people in the United States potentially could directly view the Aug. 21 total solar eclipse, and NASA wants everyone who will witness this celestial phenomenon to do so safely. Read full story.

NASA Television Coverage Set for Next International Space Station Crew Launch

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Jul 21, 2017

Three new crew members for the International Space Station are scheduled to launch on Friday, July 28. Read full story.

NASA Offers Space Station as Catalyst for Discovery in Washington

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Jul 14, 2017

NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers will join industry and academia for a three-day, in-depth conversation about the International Space Station (ISS) as a catalyst for discovery during the sixth annual ISS Research & Development Conference July 17-20 in Washington. Read full story.

NASA Awards Mission Systems Operations Contract

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Jul 13, 2017

NASA has awarded a contract to Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies, Inc., of Greenbelt, Maryland, for support of mission operations systems at NASAs Johnson Space Center in Houston. Read full story.

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A Mission Without Borders NASAs Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut Project

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Jul 19, 2017

A Mission Without Borders NASAs Mission X: Train Like an Astronaut Project Read full story.

NASA Offers Space Station as Catalyst for Discovery in Washington

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Jul 14, 2017

NASA astronauts, scientists and engineers will join industry and academia for a three-day, in-depth conversation about the International Space Station (ISS) as a catalyst for discovery during the sixth annual ISS Research & Development Conference July 17-20 in Washington. Read full story.

Nineteen Years of Inspiration for the Virginia Space Flight Academy

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Jul 14, 2017

The Virginia Space Flight Academy graduated its third space camp of the year July 14 raising the number of 2017 graduates to 100 with another 100 students participating in three remaining camps at NASA Wallops. Read full story.

NASA Hosts Girls in STEM 2017

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Jul 13, 2017

NASAs Glenn Research Center in Cleveland will host its third annual Girls In STEM event on Friday, July 14, from 9 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. at Lewis Field, 21000 Brookpark Road. Girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) is an onsite event for middle school female students in 6th-8th grade who participate in summer camps. Read full story.

NASAs Johnson Space Center Begins New Podcast Series

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Jul 7, 2017

Houston, We Have a Podcast is the name of a new weekly audio show being released from the NASA Johnson Space Center. Read full story.

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Enhanced Color Panorama Above 'Perseverance Valley' on Mars

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Jul 21, 2017

Toward the right side of this enhanced-color scene is a broad notch in the crest of the western rim of Endeavour Crater on Mars. Wheel tracks in that area were left by NASA's Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity as it observed "Perseverance Valley" from above in the spring of 2017. Read full story.

Lunar Module at Tranquility Base

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Jul 20, 2017

This photograph of the Lunar Module at Tranquility Base was taken by Neil Armstrong during the Apollo 11 mission, from the rim of Little West Crater on the lunar surface. Armstrong's shadow and the shadow of the camera are visible in the foreground. This is the furthest distance from the lunar module traveled by either astronaut while on the moon. Read full story.

July 14 Solar Flare and a Coronal Mass Ejection

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Jul 19, 2017

A medium-sized (M2) solar flare and a coronal mass ejection erupted from the same, large active region of the sun on July 14, 2017. The flare lasted almost two hours, quite a long duration. The coils arcing over this active region are particles spiraling along magnetic field lines. Read full story.

NASA Evaluates How Crew Will Exit Orion Spacecraft

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Jul 18, 2017

When astronauts return to Earth from destinations beyond the moon in NASAs Orion spacecraft and splashdown in the Pacific Ocean, theyll still need to safely get out of the spacecraft and back on dry land. Using the waters off the coast of Galveston, a NASA and Department of Defense team tested Orion exit procedures on July 10-14, 2017. Read full story.

NASA Langley and the Space Race

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Jul 17, 2017

Neil Armstrong trained for the Apollo 11 mission at NASA Langley's Lunar Landing Research Facility on equipment that cancelled all but one-sixth of Earth's gravitational force. Armstrong offered perhaps the greatest tribute to the importance of his training when asked what it was like to land on the moon, replying, "Like Langley." Read full story.

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ISS Daily Summary Report 7/20/2017

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Jul 20, 2017

66 Progress (66P) Undock: 66P undocked from Docking Compartment (DC)-1 today at 12:45 pm CDT. Deorbit burn will occur at 3:58 pm CDT with destructive re-entry at 4:35 pm CDT. Efficacy and Metabolism of Azonafide Antibody-Drug Conjugates in Microgravity (ADCs in Microgravity): With assistance from the Payload Developer this morning, the crew viewed ADC cells with a microscope and injected media into the Multiwall BioCells. Later today the crew will repeat these steps with a second set of samples. The ADCs in Microgravity investigation evaluates new antibody-drug conjugates that combine an immune-activating drug with antibodies in order to target only cancer cells, increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reducing its side effects. In microgravity, cancer cells grow in three-dimensional, spheroid structures that closely resemble their form in the human body, allowing for better drug testing. This investigation may accelerate development of targeted therapies for cancer patients. Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Camera Robot: The crew set up the JEM Camera Robot and the ground performed a set of checkout steps. This device is a free-flying camera robot that provides real time video downlink and photographs. It is expected to reduce the crew time requirements to support video recording of activities, especially at the blind spot of existing JEM internal cameras. Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) Operations: The crew pressurized the JEMAL and performed a leak check. They also gathered Handhold Experiment Platform (HXP) items to support changeout of samples on the Exposed Experiment Handhold Attachment Mechanism 1 (ExHAM 1) this Friday after the ExHAM 1 is retrieved from the JEM Exposed Facility. Sprint Ultrasound 2: For their Flight Day 90 Sprint Ultrasound 2 session, a crewmember, with support from an operator, configured the Ultrasound 2, placed reference marks on the calf and thigh of their right leg, donned the thigh and calf guides, and performed thigh and calf scans with remote 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. Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Cable Arm Rope (CAR) Flip: Use of the exercise rope during cable exercises causes a portion of the CARs to experience cyclic flexural loads during operations. To mitigate this issue, the crew removed, flipped and reinstalled the CARs. This results in the ropes being pre-stretched which will double the life of the CARs, reducing the number of ropes that need to be built, tested and flown in the future. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Antibody Conjugates Glacier Sample Removal Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Install Photo/TV Camera Mounting Assy Thermal Blanket Move Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On Locating EVA hardware and tools Sprint Ultrasound Operations – Subject Sprint Guide Donning Operator Antibody Conjugates Microscope Operations 24-hour ECG Recording (start) Antibody Conjugates Inoculation JEM Camera Robot Activation JEM Camera Robot Flight Checkout Part 2 Support 24-hour Blood Pressure Recording (start) JEM Camera Robot Deactivation MELFI -1 Dewar 3 Inventory Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference ISS HAM Service Module Pass ISS HAM Radio Power Down JEM Airlock Press Handhold Exp Platform #1 (HXP1) Item Pre-Gathering. Monitoring shutter closure on windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 Antibody Conjugates Glacier Sample Removal JEM Airlock Leak Check BEAM Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Duct Inspection and Cleaning USOS Window Shutter Close ESA Active Dosimeter Personal Storage Device Troubleshooting part 1 Antibody Conjugates Microscope Operations Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Swap Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Termination Russian Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Gather ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE. Equipment gathering for SSTV session Antibody Conjugates Inoculation MRM1-FGB Screw Clamp Tightening Handover of EVA tools for EVA No.43 from USOS Russian Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Transfer ESA Active Dosimeter Personal Storage Device Troubleshooting part 2 Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Two-Phase Flow Experiment Equipment Activation Photography of Progress 435 Docking Assembly from SM Window No. 7 while undocking from DC1 On MCC Go Mode DC1-Soyuz PEV to CLOSED position Reconfigure LAB camcorder and Dual Canon Li-Ion Battery Charger to nominal config Completed Task List Items LAB O2-Port Configuration Crew Quarters Radiation Brick Audit Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Sprint Ultrasound ops support 66P Undock Charcoal Filter Packaging Verification Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 07/21: Node 2 Bacteria Filter R&R, CIR Rack Ops, Handheld External Platform Ops Saturday, 07/22: Crew off duty, housekeeping Sunday, 07/23: Crew off duty QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron Off Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) Off [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) On Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Operate Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Standby 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 Full up Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 7/19/2017

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Jul 19, 2017

Efficacy and Metabolism of Azonafide Antibody-Drug Conjugates in Microgravity (ADCs in Microgravity): The crew retrieved a BioCell Habitat, inoculation kits and ADC samples from a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI), set up hardware inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Work Volume and inoculated the Multiwall BioCells using Inoculum syringes. Later today the crew will repeat these steps with a second BioCell Habitat which begins an 11-day run. The ADCs in Microgravity investigation evaluates new antibody-drug conjugates that combine an immune-activating drug with antibodies to target only cancer cells, increasing the effectiveness of chemotherapy and reducing its side effects. In microgravity, cancer cells grow in three-dimensional, spheroid structures that closely resemble their form in the human body, allowing for better drug testing. This investigation may accelerate development of targeted therapies for cancer patients. NeuroMapping: The crew set up the Neuromapping hardware and performed tests in strapped in and free floating body configurations. During the test, the crew executed three Behavioral Assessments: mental rotation, sensorimotor adaptation, and motor-cognitive dual tasking. The investigation studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes changes to brain structure and function, motor control, or multi-tasking abilities. It also measures how long it would take for the brain and body to recover from possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from astronauts suggests movement control and cognition can be affected in microgravity. The NeuroMapping investigation performs structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and fMRI) to assess any changes that occur after spending months on the ISS. Food Acceptability: The crew completed a Food Acceptability questionnaire. The Food Acceptability investigation seeks to determine the impact on food acceptability on ISS of repetitive consumption of food currently available from the spaceflight food system. Results will be used in developing strategies to improve food system composition to support crew health and performance on long duration missions. Fine Motor Skills (FMS): The crew completed a series of interactive tasks during a FMS session. The investigation studies how the fine motor skills are effected by long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity. The goal of the investigation is to determine how fine motor performance in microgravity varies over the duration of six-month and year-long space missions; how fine motor performance on orbit compares with that of a closely matched participant on Earth; and how performance varies before and after gravitational transitions, including periods of early flight adaptation and very early/near immediate post-flight periods. JEM Wireless Access Point (J-WAP)-2 Install: The crew removed the JEM Wireless Access Port located at the JPM1A7 location and replaced it with an improved JEM Wireless Access Port (J-WAP)-2. JWAP-2 will provide JEM internal Wi-Fi capability which incorporates new radio communications standards. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Antibody Conjugates MELFI Sample Retrieve Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Removal Fine Motor Skills Experiment Test – Subject Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan Antibody Conjugates Thawing and Inoculation Preparation Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Post Exam Ultrasound 2 Guided Data Export JEM Wireless Access Point 2 Installation Antibody Conjugates MELFI Sample Retrieve Antibody Conjugates Biocells Inoculation Antibody Conjugates MELFI Sample Retrieve Antibody Conjugates Biocells Inoculation Antibody Conjugates MELFI Sample Retrieve Antibody Conjugates Biocells Inoculation Antibody Conjugates MELFI Sample Retrieve Antibody Conjugates Biocells Inoculation Food Acceptability Questionnaire – Subject Antibody Conjugates Session Cleanup Cupola Window #2 Shutter Closed -2 Physical Fitness Evaluation (on -2) Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT Setup NeuroMapping Experiment Neurocognitive Test – Subject Preventive maintenance of DC1 hatch sealing mechanisms and Progress 435 (DC1) [] hatch Health Maintenance System (HMS) – OCT Exam Removal of 305 Light Units from Progress 435 (DC1) and Stowage in Spares Kit. (Stow in 1__407_1, CTB No.4355 (00180358J)) Antibody Conjugates MELFI Sample Retrieve Progress 435 Activation, Air Duct Removal Countermeasures System (CMS) Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) iPad Downlink Health Maintenance System (HMS) – OCT Exam Connecting HDV Sony HVR-Z7E Camcorder in DC1 and starting NASA MPEG-2 application (for TV coverage of Removal of Quick Release Screw Clamps ()) On MCC Go Removal of quick-release screw clamps from DC1-Progress 435 side Video of the interface Antibody Conjugates Thawing and Inoculation Preparation Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT Stow DC1-Progress Hatch Closure Antibody Conjugates MELFI Sample Retrieve Antibody Conjugates Biocells Inoculation DC1- and Progress- Hatch Leak Check Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) in Columbus Antibody Conjugates MELFI Sample Retrieve Antibody Conjugates Biocells Inoculation Deactivation of HDV Sony HVR-Z7E camcorder and closing of NASA MPEG-2 Viewer application Changeout of Dust Filter 1-4 Cartridges in SM (1_2_224_1, bag 432-7 (00069509R). Discard the removed items. Reflect changes in IMS) Antibody Conjugates Session Cleanup Rodent Research Access Unit Clean Environmental Health System (EHS) – Rad Detector Rotate On MCC Go Removal of Quick Release Screw Clamps () Video Downlink via OCA Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. JEMRMS Maneuver to transfer Handhold Exp Platform at SPB to JEMAL Three-Day Look Ahead: Thursday, 07/20: 66P undock, Antibody Conjugates Operations, JEM Airlock Operations, Russian EVA Tool Gathering Friday, 07/21: Node 2 Bacteria Filter R&R, CIR Rack Ops, Handheld External Platform Ops Saturday, 07/22: Crew off duty, housekeeping QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron Off Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) On [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Full up Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off  Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 7/18/2017

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Jul 18, 2017

Capillary Structures: The crew set up hardware for the Capillary Structures investigation, then performed a stability assessment and transferred the hardware to the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). Life-support systems on the ISS require special equipment to separate liquids and gases including rotating or moving devices that could cause contamination if they break or fail. This investigation studies a new method using structures of specific shapes to manage fluid and gas mixtures. It also studies water recycling and carbon dioxide removal, benefitting future efforts to design lightweight, more reliable life support systems for future space missions. Crew Autonomous Scheduling Test (CAST): The crew completed the final of five CAST sessions today. They scheduled their work day for this coming Thursday using an iPad, Playbook and a list of scheduling priorities. On Thursday they will execute their scheduled plan utilizing Playbook. They also completed a survey of this session. Space missions beyond low-Earth orbit require new approaches to daily operations between ground and crew to account for significant communication delays. One approach is increased autonomy for crews, or Autonomous Mission Operations. The CAST investigation analyzes whether crews can develop plans in a reasonable period of time with appropriate input, whether proximity of planners to the planned operations increases efficiency, and if crew members are more satisfied when given a role in plan development. Rodent Research-5 (RR-5) Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for Osteoporosis: The crew performed injections of the RR-5 mice in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). Because spaceflight has significant and rapid effects on the musculoskeletal system it is important to investigate targeted therapies that could ameliorate some of the detrimental effects of spaceflight. The NELL-1 drug being studied in the RR-5 investigation has the potential to slow or reverse bone loss during spaceflight.The Bone Densitometer device measures the density of minerals in bone. Quantitative measures of bone loss in mice during orbital space flight provide data for the development of countermeasures for human crewmembers, as well as for bone-loss syndromes on Earth. JEM Smoke Detector Cleaning: The crew cleaned JEM Cabin Smoke Detector B using a Connector Cleaner Tool Kit and N2 Cartridge to supply bursts of N2 to remove particles. This routine maintenance is performed in order to keep the Smoke Detectors working properly and preventing inadvertent alarm trips. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. JEM Airlock Depressurization XF305 Camcorder Setup Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) Gas Bottle Unit Air (GBU) Retrieval Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) Gas Bottle Unit Air (GBU) Installation Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Two-Phase Flow Experiment Equipment Deactivation Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) Nitrogen gas QD connection JPM Cabin Smoke Detector B Cleaning TV Session with the participants of Pan-Russian Youth Science School (Ku + S-band) Locating EVA hardware and tools. Conference with EVA specialists Crew Autonomous Scheduling Test – Self Scheduling Session #5 CAST Historical Photo Crew Autonomous Scheduling Test – Questionnaire Charging GoPro HERO3 Camcorder Battery (6) from Soyuz 735, start JEM Airlock Vent JEM Airlock Vent Confirmation Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Initiation On MCC Go ISS Repress with N2 from Progress 435 (DC1) Section 2 (start) Emergency RS ISS VHF-1 Comm Checkout from USOS Rodent Research Node 2 Camcorder Video Setup Rodent Research 5 Injection 4A Rodent Research MELFI Retrieve 4 Rodent Research MELFI Retrieve 8 On MCC Go ISS N2 repress from Progress 435 (DC1) Section 2 (terminate) Rodent Research MELFI Retrieve 5 Rodent Research 5 Injection 4A Soyuz 735 IRIDIUM Phone Recharging, Start Recharge (1_2_224_1, CTB 1017 (002857J), Soft Container (00044322R)) Soyuz 735 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Battery Status Check Soyuz 735 IRIDIUM Phone Charge, Terminate Charge, Teardown of the Setup (equipment stowage location) Charging GoPro HERO3 Camcorder Battery (6) from Soyuz 735, end Final Progress 435 (DC1) Stowage Ops with IMS Support. Stowage complete call down Countermeasures System (CMS) VELO Exercise session Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Setup Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Prep Health Maintenance System (HMS) CMO – Fundoscope Health Maintenance System (HMS) Eye Exam – Fundoscope Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Tear Down and Stow Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. JEMAL Depress Support Three-Day Look Ahead: Wednesday, 07/19: Eye Imaging and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Antibody Conjugates Operations Thursday, 07/20: 66P undock, Antibody Conjugates Operations, JEM Airlock Operations, Russian EVA Tool Gathering Friday, 07/21: Node 2 Bacteria Filter R&R, CIR Rack Ops, Handheld External Platform Ops QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron Off Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) On [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Full up Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off  Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 7/17/2017

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Jul 17, 2017

Body Measures: On Saturday, a crewmember completed the Body Measures Flight Day 244 session with assistance from a trained operator. NASA is collecting in-flight anthropometric data to assess the impact of physical body shape and size changes on suit sizing. Still and video imagery is captured and a tape measure is used to measure segmental length, height, depth, and circumference data for all body segments (chest, waist, hip, arms, legs, etc.) from astronauts before, during and after their flight missions. Magnetic 3 Dimensional (Mag 3D) Cell Culturing: With assistance from the Payload Developer, on Saturday the crew used a microscope and will use it again today to view Magnetic 3D Biocells. Today they fixated the BioCells and inserted them into a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). Cell cultures in space spontaneously grow in three dimensions, which results in characteristics more representative of how cells grow and function in living organisms. But in microgravity, routine manipulation of cell cultures is challenging. This investigation uses magnetized cells and tools to make it easier to handle cells and cultures, and to improve the reproducibility of experiments. This approach also makes it possible to generate two-dimensional cultures as controls, and to determine whether biological events in these monolayer cultures result from gravity or substrate attachment. Human Research Program (HRP): A crewmember collected Flight Day 240 blood and urine samples over the weekend and today for Biochem Profile, Repository and Cardio Ox investigations. An ultrasound was also performed today for Cardio Ox. The Biochem Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. Repository is a storage bank that is used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time under controlled conditions. This archive of bio samples will be used as a resource for future spaceflight related research. By collecting Cardio Ox ultrasound and ECG data, along with blood and urine samples, scientists are trying to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis in astronauts. ISS Safety Video Survey: The crew recorded video of the interior volume of the ISS to allow ground teams to assess the current vehicle configuration and identify any safety concern. This survey is performed approximately every 6 months to identify ventilation blockage, flammability hazards, verify emergency egress paths, and confirm access to fire ports and safety equipment. Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS) Clicking Noise: Over the weekend the crew reported a clicking noise coming from the CEVIS. In 2011, crew reported a similar clicking noise from CEVIS that was determined to be a spring on a rod within the Inertial Vibration Isolation System (IVIS) boxes that makes a clicking noise as it engages with the throw mass (used to stabilize CEVIS during exercise). Further on-orbit troubleshooting indicated that CEVIS is providing expected workload and the clicking noise is intermittent and very likely the same issue that was seen in 2011.CEVIS is GO for exercise and the crew will monitor for any changes in operations. There are no spare IVIS boxes on orbit, however there is a spare ready to be launched if needed. Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) Electronics Unit (EU) Failure: Today the Brayton Motor of MELFI-1 in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) was powered down as part of a planned activity to power MELFI-1 from its auxiliary power feed for better power balance during the upcoming high beta angle period. When attempts were made to bring the Brayton Motor back up, the commands failed. A retry was attempted along with a power cycle of the rack with no success.The EU was determined to be failed so the crew performed an R&R with no impacts to the science samples in MELFI. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Gas Bottle Unit (GBU) Valve Close Pressurization of Elektron-VM Liquid Unit before Activation ECLSS Recycle Tank Leak Check HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion 025 56 replacement in 2 by - unit in FGB ARED Maintenance from last inspection HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Conclude Stow Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On Cardio Ox Ultrasound Preparation Cardio Ox Ultrasound Scan – Subject Cardio Ox Historical Documentation Photography Cardio Ox Ultrasound Scan – Operator Cardio Ox CDL Holter Arterial BP Measurement – Subject Cardio Ox CDL Holter Arterial BP Hardware Doff – Subject Transfer of brine from USOS and urine from - to 66P (DC1) Rodnik Water Tank 2 HRF Generic Urine Collection Stow TOCA Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis USOS Window Shutter Close Magnetic 3D Cultures MELFI Sample Retrieve Check that Window Shutters 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 are closed Magnetic 3D Cultures Microscope Operations Temperature and Humidity Control (THC) Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA) Swap N2 Refill of 66P (DC1) Section 2 External Wireless Communication (EWC) Nadir Antenna Connection Magnetic 3D Cultures Biocells Fixation MPEG-2 TV Downlink Test via KU-band prior to Soyuz 736 Docking FAGEN. Fixation of samples from [MCK] No.4 and setup in SM. Photography. - Thermostat No.4 deactivation Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Water Container () Remove and Replace Magnetic 3D Cultures MELFI Sample Insertion Photo/TV Additional Camcorder Setup Telescience Resource Kit Laptop Setup Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record Video Survey of the ISS Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Test Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Questionnaire On MCC GO ELEKTRON purge after deactivation MELFI Ice Brick Insert Completed Task List Items 51S Crew Arrival Prep [Completed GMT 196] ARED Follow-Up Maintenance from last inspection [Completed GMT 197] Photographs of these FGB locations [Completed GMT 197] Housekeeping Procedure Print [Completed […] Read full story.

ISS Daily Summary Report 7/14/2017

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Jul 14, 2017

Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) Operations: Today the crew brought the JEMAL Slide Table into the JEM from the Airlock and replaced the Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) on the Slide Table with the Handhold Experiment Platform (HXP) Adapter. The HXP Adapter will support the Exposed Experiment Handhold Attachment Mechanism 1 (ExHAM 1) operations planned for next week. Fluid Shifts: The crew will perform baseline imaging activities this week for the Fluid Shifts investigation. With one of them performing as an operator, ultrasound imaging will be taken of blood vessels at various body locations. Additional data will be obtained from tests for Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission (DPOAE), and a Tonometry examination will be performed. Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that 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 part of the investigation to support a possible intervention. Results from this study may help in development of preventative measures against eye damage and lasting changes in vision. Todays Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Removal Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Two-Phase Flow Experiment Equipment Deactivation XF305 Camcorder Setup JEM Camera Robot Setup MDLT Relocation Biolab Reference Experiment Container Installation XF305 Camcorder Setup Nikon D5 02Camera Test JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Removal COSMOCARD. Preparing for and Starting 24-hr ECG Recording Dose Tracker iPad Configuration Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject Patch cable removal from position 305, Deinstallation of fan, installation of -2 on position 305 Station Support Computer (SSC) Server-1 Vent Cleaning Fluid Shifts OCT Baseline Setup Fluid Shifts Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On Handhold Exp Platform Adapter installation Fluid Shifts CDL Holter Arterial BP Hardware Don – Subject Fluid Shifts Ultrasound Baseline Scan – Subject JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side Fluid Shifts Ultrasound Baseline Scan – Operator Deinstallation of 800 unit from position 105. Tagup with specialists Installation of 800 unit on position 105. Tagup with specialists On MCC Go ISS O1 Repress from Progress 435 (DC1) Section 1, initiate Fluid Shifts CCFP Baseline Test – Subject On MCC Go ISS O2 Repress from Progress 435 (DC1) Section 1, terminate CALCIUM. Experiment Session 9 Fluid Shifts OCT Baseline Exam Fluid Shifts DPOAE Baseline Test – Subject JEM Camera Robot Stow Fluid Shifts OCT Baseline Stow Food Acceptability Questionnaire – Subject Fluid Shifts Tonometry Baseline Setup Fluid Shifts Tonometry Baseline Exam Fluid Shifts CDL Holter Arterial BP Hardware Doff Alternate – Subject Fluid Shifts Tonometry Baseline Stow Completed Task List Items Acoustic Dosimeter Transfer & Stow Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Support of JEMAL Operations Three-Day Look Ahead: Saturday, 07/15: Housecleaning, Crew Off-Day. Sunday, 07/16: Crew Off-Day. Monday, 07/17: Magnetic 3D Cultures, ISS Safety Video Survey, ARED Cable Replacement QUICK ISS Status Environmental Control Group: Component Status Elektron Off Vozdukh Manual [] 1 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV1) On [] 2 SM Air Conditioner System (SKV2) Off Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Standby Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Full up Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off  Read full story.

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