NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 14 November 2016

The Soyuz rocket is rolled out by train to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos, and ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet will launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan the morning of November 18 (Kazakh time.) All three will spend approximately six months on the orbital complex. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls).

The rocket that will launch the next crew to the International Space Station rolled out to its launch pad today at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. On orbit, the three Expedition 50 crew members are conducting human research, measuring radiation levels and wrapping up Cygnus cargo operations.

Veteran space travelers Peggy Whitson of NASA and Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos along with space newcomer Thomas Pesquet from ESA are in Kazakhstan getting ready for their mission in space. Their Soyuz MS-03 rocket stands at its launch pad counting down to a launch Thursday at 3:20 p.m. EST. The new crew members will take a two-day trip to the orbital complex where they will live and work until May.

Shane Kimbrough, NASA astronaut and Expedition 50 Commander, is nearing the end of Cygnus cargo transfers as he readies the resupply vehicle for its Nov. 21 release from the Unity module. Afterward, Cygnus will stay in space a few more days to release a set of tiny weather satellites and conduct the Saffire-II spacecraft fire study.

Cosmonaut Andrey Borisenko, who is on his second space station mission, logged his food and medicine intake today for the Morze hormone and immune experiment. Kimbrough handed Flight Engineer Sergey Ryzhikov a collection of radiation detectors that only monitor neutrons and will be processed for the RaDI-N experiment.

On-Orbit Status Report

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N) Retrieval: Today a USOS crewmember retrieved all 8 of the Space Bubble Detectors that were deployed last week around the International Space Station (ISS) for the RaDI-N experiment, and handed them 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.

Telescience Resource Kit (TReK) Laptop Setup: In support of the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, the crew setup the TReK Demonstration laptop and relocated the high definition camcorder to allow the conference attendees to view their images real-time from the Trek laptop on the ISS. TReK is a suite of software applications and libraries that can be used to monitor and control assets in space or on the ground. This week, the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition will present a three day event engineered to highlight the intersection points between terrestrial industries and the aerospace community.

Orbital ATK (OA)-5 Cargo Operations: The crew performed 3.5 hours of Cygnus cargo transfer operations today, thus completing all of the Cygnus cargo operations. Following today's transfer operations the crew participated in a conference with ground specialists. Ground teams are assessing photos of the vehicle to verify the final configuration.

Emergency Book Updates: The crew made pen and ink (redline) edits into the six hard copy Emergency (EMER)-1a books. These changes reflect new operations following the ISS Server1 transition to Zbook that was completed last week. The EMER-1a books contain crew response to Depress, Fire and the equipment to be retrieved prior to isolating a module.

Station Support Computer (SSC) Guacamole Service Pack Transition: Today, ground controllers deployed the Guacamole service pack on the SSC client laptops. This service pack provides software updates and additional functionality, including applications for the European Space Agency (ESA) EveryWear payload. The EveryWear application allows for connecting remote "wearable" sensors, allowing for physiology data collection for both science research and medical purposes.

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

MORZE. Taking food and liquids (medicine) registration in flight log
Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Checkout Part 2
BIMS. Operator Assistance During the Experiment
BIMS. Experiment Ops.
UDOD. Experiment Ops with DYKHANIYE-1 and SPRUT-2 Sets.
Water Recovery System Waste Water Tank Drain Termination
UDOD. Photography during Experiment Ops
Changeout of ПФ1, ПФ2 Dust Filters (ТГК433ГрО_з2_КII-1). Discard de-installed items. Update IMS and Cleaning В1, В2 Fan Screens in DC1
Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
PFS PuFF Calibration Syringe Maintenance
MORZE. Psychophysiological Evaluation: Cattell Test
Telescience Resource Kit Laptop Setup
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill
Systems Operations Data File (SODF) Emergency Book Update
MORZE. Taking food and liquids (medicine) registration in flight log
Cleaning FGB ЦВ1 Circulation Fan Screens
Filling (separation) of ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron or ЕДВ-СВ.
Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations
MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements.
СОЖ maintenance
В3 Fan Screen Scrubbing in DC1
Radi-N Detector Retrieval/Readout
Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons Hardware Handover
MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors from USOS.
Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations
MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements.
Activity with Progress 433 Air Heater Fan (БВН)
MORZE. Experiment Setup
Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
Delta file prep
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill
КОНТУР-2. P/L Assembly Setup on panel 418
MORZE. Taking food and liquids (medicine) registration in flight log

Completed Task List Items
Veggie 03 Pillow Watering (Completed Monday)
HRF Ultrasound 2 USB Drive Swap (Completed Saturday)
OA-5 Flag Photograph (Completed Saturday)
JEM CTB Location Confirmation (Completed Saturday)

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Battery 4B3 Reconditioning
SSRMS SPDM Stow

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 11/16: TOCA Analysis, Ipad Air 2 Deploy, Cygnus Depart OBT, Server 2 Deploy
Thursday, 11/17: 49S Launch, DoseTrack, STRATA Card, Cygnus Egress, Winscat
Friday, 11/18: Cygnus Vestibule Demate, Node 1 CPA Install, RWS Setup

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