NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 10 May 2016

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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 10 May 2016.

The SpaceX Dragon cargo ship is ending its stay tomorrow at the International Space Station. The commercial cargo craft has been packed with about 3,700 pounds of cargo, spacewalk gear and biological samples for analysis on Earth.

Astronauts Tim Peake and Jeff Williams will be at the controls of the Canadarm2 robotic arm when the command to release Dragon is given at 9:18 a.m. EDT/1:18 p.m. UTC. Dragon will parachute to a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean a few hours later for recovery by SpaceX personnel. NASA TV will televise the release and departure activities starting at 9 a.m.

While the astronauts in the U.S. segment loaded Dragon, their Russian counterparts conducted research exploring diverse fields such as physics, biology and human research. They researched how space radiation affects materials that simulate human tissue for the long-running Matryeshka study. The crew also looked at how the space environment affects a crew member's carotid artery and immune system.

On-Orbit Status Report

SPHEROIDS De-installation: SPHEROIDS experiment containers were removed from KUBIK 6 and the Minus Eighty Degree Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) before being transferred and packed into the SPHEROIDS launch bags for return on SpX-8. Incubation and data transfer has been completed for all samples according to schedule. The SPHEROIDS experiment investigates the effects of microgravity on endothelial cell function with respect to blood vessel formation, cellular proliferation, and programmed cell death. Results could help in the development of potential countermeasures to prevent cardiovascular deconditioning in astronauts and improve knowledge of endothelial functions on Earth.

Radiation Dosimetry inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N) Retrieval: The USOS crew retrieved all 8 of the Space Bubble Detectors that were deployed last week in the ISS for the Radi-N experiment and handed them over to the Russian crewmember to be processed in the Bubble Reader. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) RaDI-N investigation measures neutron radiation levels while onboard the ISS and uses bubble detectors as neutron monitors which have been designed to only detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) High Quality Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) Removal: The PCG-Canister Bags were removed from the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) and the Protein Crystallization Research Facility (PCRF) before being stowed for return on SpX-8. The JAXA PCG-Demo investigation crystallizes proteins using the counter-diffusion technique and permeation method that minimizes impurities, forming high-quality crystals for use in medical studies and ecological applications.

Multi-Omics Operations: The crew supported the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics investigation by collecting human samples and inserting them into MELFI. The investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts' immune function by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system.

Dose Tracker: The crew completed entries for medication tracking. This investigation documents the medication usage of crew members before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities.

Node 2 Nadir (N2N) Control Panel Assembly (CPA)-2 J5 Cable Remove & Replace (R&R): The crew successfully R&Rd the N2N Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) CPA-2 J5 cable with a spare cable flown on OA-4. This cable harness connects the latch controller, latch actuator, and position sensors for CPA-2 Latch 2. This R&R could only be completed as an Intravehicular Activity (IVA) during a N2N berthed vehicle phase as the cable is between the visiting vehicle and the ISS. Damage to the backshell of the cable was reported by the crew last year during SpX-6 departure vestibule outfitting.

Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA1)/Node 1 Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Reconfiguration: Russian Segment and USOS split ventilation remains in effect. The Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) was moded to 60% production to increase the O2 partial pressure. USOS 24-hour average is 3.17 mmHg. Teams will continue to monitor CO2 at multiple locations throughout ISS.

SpX-8 Dragon Departure Prep: Today, the crew completed Dragon packing, egress and closed its hatch. Following hatch closure, the crew completed installation of the four Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Control Panel Assemblies (CPAs) at the Node 2 Nadir vestibule. Ground teams then completed associated activation and checkout of the CBM. Departure activities will continue tomorrow with the removal of power and data jumpers, Node 2 Nadir hatch closure, vestibule depress, and subsequent unberth. Dragon release is scheduled for 8:21am CDT tomorrow.

Today's Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

SPHEROIDS Deinstallation of 4 experiment containers from KUBIK 6
Double Cold Bag (DCB) Packing
RADIOSKAF. Photo/Video r/g 2186
RADIOSKAF. VHF (Kenwood D700) Transceiver Setup and Activation to Broadcast Mode r/g 2185
SPHEROIDS Retrieval of 4 containers from MELFI
SPHEROIDS Container packing
ПФ1-4 Dust Filter Cartridge Replacement in SM
DRAGON Transfers
Progress 432 (Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops / r/g 1812, 1832
JAXA Protein Crystal Growth canister removal
DAN. Experiment Ops r/g 0119
DAN. Experiment Operator Assistance / r/g 0119
Retrieval of JAXA Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) Ice Bricks
JAXA Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) Sample Pack
DAN. Experiment Photos / r/g 2179
Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Initiate
DRAGON. Transfers
RSS1 laptop BRI data download / r/g 2052
DRAGON. Transfers
Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
COL- DC Troubleshooting
KUBIK 5 Centrifuge Insert Circlip Recovery
KUBIK5 Interface Plate Removal
KUBIK5 Centrifuge Installation and Recovery
KUBIK5 Centrifuge Insert Installation
Dragon Center Stack Transfers
Soyuz 720 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Initiate
Symbolic Activity Preparation / r/g 2183
Comm Subsystem [СТТС] routine maintenance
Headset Audit / r/g 2178
СОЖ Maintenance
Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
VIZIR. Experiment Ops with СКПФУ Hardware r/g 2187
WRS Water Sample Analysis
Comm Subsystem [СТТС] routine maintenance (LF path, Comm Panels, and VHF receiver test)
Headset Audit / r/g 2178
Multi Omics (MO) Sample Collection
Installation of Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA)
Multi Omics (MO) Sample Insertion into MELFI
Multi Omics (MO) Equipment Stowage
MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements r/g 2180
Dragon Egress in Preparation for Departure
Complete the Dose Tracker application, Subject
NAPOR-mini RSA. Cleaning Onboard Memory Storage БЗУ-М vents / r/g 1906
Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Terminate
RADIN Retrieval of Radi-N detectors
RADIN Handover of RADI-N Detectors to RS
MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors from USOS r/g 2180
DOSETRK Questionnaire Completion
MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements r/g 2180
Installation of Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA)
Soyuz 720 Samsung tablet charge, end
IMS Delta File Prep
TOCA Data Recording
VHF2d test from SM (using primary СТТС sets )
Robotic Workstation (RWS) Display and Control Panel (DCP) Powerup in Cupola and LAB
INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 2181

Completed Task List Items
None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Dragon departure prep
Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 05/11: SpX-8 unberth/splashdown, METEOR s/w image load, Sprint, Spheroids data copy
Thursday, 05/12: JSSOD M removal/Cubesat deployer insert, Rodent Research, Neuro Mapping
Friday, 05/13: USOS crew off duty as payback for working Russian Victory Day holiday on Monday, May 9

QUICK ISS Status - Environmental Control Group:
Component - Status
Elektron - On
Vozdukh - Manual
[СКВ] 1 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV1") - On
[СКВ] 2 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV2") - Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab - Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 - Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab - Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) - Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) - Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Full Up

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