NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 13 July 2016

NASA astronaut Kate Rubin (left), tries her first meal aboard the International Space Station along with Expedition 48 crew member Roscosmos cosmonaut Anatoly Ivanishin. Credit: NASA.

The Expedition 48 crew is getting ready for next week's arrival of a pair resupply ships. The station residents are also continuing space research benefitting life on Earth and future crews.

The first cargo craft due next week is the Progress 64 (64P) resupply ship and will launch Saturday at 5:41 p.m. EDT. The 64P will take a two-day trip, or 34 Earth orbits, and dock Monday at 8:22 p.m. to the Pirs docking compartment.

SpaceX will launch its ninth commercial cargo mission Monday at 12:44 a.m. delivering the first of two international docking adapters. The Dragon cargo craft will also be carrying new science gear to enable DNA sequencing and a bone loss study. Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineers Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi are setting up communications gear and training for the robotic capture of Dragon when it arrives early Wednesday.

Back inside the orbital lab, the six station residents continued ongoing human research to understand how living in space affects the human body. A Russian experiment looked at how weightlessness affects blood flow in the carotid artery. A U.S. study is exploring the efficacy of medicine, symptom relief and side effects during long-term space missions.

On-Orbit Status Report

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N) Retrieval: A USOS crewmember retrieved all 8 of the Space Bubble Detectors that were deployed last week around 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. RaDI-N uses bubble detectors as neutron monitors which have been designed to only detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation.

3D Printer Removal: Following two weeks of successful 3D printer operations, the crew disassembled the 3D Printer in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and stowed the hardware. A total of 34 coupons were printed including calibration, tensile, compression, and layer specimen coupons. The 3D Printing In Zero-G experiment demonstrates that a 3D printer works normally in space. A 3D printer extrudes streams of heated plastic, metal or other material, building layer on top of layer to create three dimensional objects. Testing a 3D printer using relatively low-temperature plastic feedstock on the ISS is the first step toward establishing an on-demand machine shop in space, a critical enabling component for deep-space crewed missions and in-space manufacturing.

Space Headaches: The crew completed the final daily European Space Agency (ESA) Space Headaches questionnaire for this week. The Space Headaches questionnaire provides information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crew members in space. Headaches during space flight can negatively affect mental and physical capacities of crewmembers which can influence performance during a space mission.

Dose Tracker: The crew completed entries for medication tracking. This investigation documents the medication usage of crewmembers before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The data is expected to either support or counter anecdotal evidence of medication ineffectiveness during flight and unusual side effects experienced during flight. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics (PK) or pharmacodynamics (PD) is occurring during missions.

Dragon On-Board Training (OBT) and Preparation: In preparation for SpX-9 arrival planned for July 20, the USOS crew practiced a 30 meter approach, two Capture Point hold runs and two meter runs. They also installed the Crew Command Panel (CCP) and activated the Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Communication Unit (CUCU).

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

EarthKAM Experiment in SM Battery Changeout
SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) Test / Manual Controls
RSS 1, 2 Reboot / r/g 1460
CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2769
EHS MCD - In-flight Microbiology Water analysis and data recording
Counter Measure System (CMS) Harmful Contaminant Measurements in SM / r/g 2782
ISS Crew/SSIPC (Space Station Integration And Promotion Center) Conference
CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops r/g 2777
ARED Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
ECLSS/TCS1 Rack Tilt Down
ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation
СОЖ Maintenance
ECLSS/TCS1 Rack Tilt Down (assistance)
3DP Hardware Stowage
OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588
DAN. Experiment Operator Assistance / r/g 2780
DAN. Experiment Ops r/g 2780
Soyuz 731 Transfers and IMS Ops / r/g 2734
JPM Smoke Detector Cleaning
ECLSS/TCS1 Rack Tilt Up
IDENTIFICATION. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop / r/g 1589
ECLSS/TCS1 Rack Tilt Up (assistance)
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
EarthKAM Experiment in SM Camera lens swap
DOSETRK Questionnaire Completion
JPM Smoke Detector cleaning, Closeout Ops
PAO Hardware Setup
Crew Prep for PAO
Filling MRM2 Thermal Mode Control System [СО1Р] compensator with coolant from SM [СОТР] КОБ2 compensator r/g 2771
PAO Event
EarthKAM Experiment in SM Battery Changeout
CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2769
Soyuz 731 Transfers and IMS Ops / r/g 2734
OBT Dragon Rendezvous Procedures Review
Crew OBT, Crew Medical Officer (CMO), Computer Based Training
OBT Dragon Rendezvous Procedures Review
SM [СОТР] КОБ1, КОБ2 Coolant Refill using refill set r/g 2771
MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements r/g 2781
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
CALCIUM. Experiment session 3 / r/g 2776
RADIN Retrieval of Radi-N detectors
MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors from USOS r/g 2781
RADIN Handover of RADI-N Detectors to RS
MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements r/g 2781
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
WRM Ops Placeholder
IMS Update
Photo/TV Camcorder Setup
CUCU Activation
HABIT Viewing Introduction Video
HABIT Data Recording to iPad
CUCU Check
WRM Ops Placeholder
CCP Stow for Crew Sleep
SHD Weekly Questionnaire
EarthKAM Experiment in SM Battery Changeout
CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 2769

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Dragon OBT support
CUCU ops
Nominal ground commanding.

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 07/14: Emergency Book update, Dragon OBT, Heart Cells hardware setup, STRATA card changeout, EarthKAM ops
Friday, 07/15: Emergency Roles & Responsibilities review, MSPR VRU SSD replace, Dragon OBT Offset Grapple/debrief conference, GLACIER2 dessicant pack swap
Saturday, 07/16: 64P launch, crew off duty, housekeeping

QUICK ISS Status - Environmental Control Group:
Component - Status
Elektron - On
Vozdukh - Manual
[СКВ] 1 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV1") - Off
[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) - Norm
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Full Up

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