NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 May 2016

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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 May 2016.

The International Space Station completed its 100,000th orbit early this morning after its first component, the Zarya cargo module, launched Nov. 20, 1998. That is over 2.6 billion miles traveled, nearly the distance from Earth to Neptune (2.9 billion miles), or ten round trips from Mars to Earth.

A few hours after the station reached this morning's orbital benchmark, a several types of Cubesats were deployed from the Kibo lab module's airlock. More Cubesats will deployed through Wednesday contributing to a wide variety of research designed by students and scientists.

The crew is measuring the grip strength of mice today for the Rodent Research experiment. That study is exploring an antibody used on Earth that may prevent the weakening of muscles and bones in space.

A laptop computer is being readied ahead of next week's expansion of the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM). The computer will monitor sensors and prepare for upcoming BEAM operations.

On-Orbit Status Report

Rodent Research-3 (RR-3) Transfer and Grip Strength Operations: The crew transferred rodents from their habitats to the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and successfully performed grip strength measurements on all 20 rodents. The crew also installed hardware and restocked supplies in the MSG to prepare for other RR-3 operations planned for the remainder of the week. The investigation studies the molecular and physical changes to the musculoskeletal system that happen in space. Results will expand scientists' understanding of muscle atrophy and bone loss in space while testing an antibody that has been known to prevent muscle wasting in mice on Earth.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer #7 (NRCSD 7) Deployment Operations: NRCSD 7 successful deployed the MinXSS and CADRE satellites from Silo 8 at 5:05 AM CDT and STMSat-1, NODeS 1, and NODeS 2 satellites from Silo 7 at 9:20 AM CDT today via ground commanding. Today completes the first of three consecutive days of deployment operations planned for the week. NRCSD 7 contains 17 satellites comprised of MinXSS, CADRE, STMSat-1, 2 NODes, 8 Doves, and 4 LEMUR satellites. The NRCSD is a commercially operated small satellite deployer from the ISS, maximizing full capabilities of each airlock cycle of deployments.

Station Support Computer (SSC) for Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) Laptop Preparation: The crew deployed the BEAM laptop that will be used to operate sensors in the BEAM module in Node 3. The laptop was configured to the Load Image Client (LIC) mode to prepare for upcoming BEAM operations.

Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through video documenting observations of an area or activity providing insight related to human factors and habitability. The investigation collects observations about the relationship between crew members and their environment on the ISS. Observations can help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required, and whether a mission's duration impacts how much space crew members need.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Suit Maintenance: The crew performed maintenance tasks on EMU 3003 and EMU 3010 including an EMU swap, water tank dump and fill, a loop scrub, a post-loop scrub water sample, and an EMU conductivity test. Forward work includes additional cooling loop maintenance and EMU dryout.

Treadmill 2 (T2) Graphic Interface Unit (GUI) Software Issues: Last Thursday, the crew reported several issues with the T2 Graphic User Interface (GUI) software which was updated on May 4. A FIT was held and recommended software configuration changes to work around the issues. Parameters in the software were updated on Friday afternoon to disable nuisance warning messages and minimize the slowing and/or stopping of the T2 caused by Command and Logic Unit (CLU) to GUI communication issues. Since the software updates were implemented, initial crew feedback has been positive.

Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Status: During a process cycle on Thursday night, the stationary bowl temperature in the Distillate Assembly (DA) dropped enough to activate thermostatically-controlled heaters which caused the condenser pressure to increase. The UPA was taken to standby. Due to continued concerns regarding elevated conductivity and precipitation events, a FIT was held and one of the recommendations was to R&R the brine filter which was completed today. The UPA will remain down and the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) will remain configured to internal EDV. An Advanced Recycle Filter Tank Assembly (ARFTA) R&R as well as conversion of the WHC to alternate pretreat have been planned for tomorrow.

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

JEMRMS RLT2 Activation
Extension of Slide Table in JEMAL and Opening Outer Hatch
CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2241
On MCC Go Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
EMU backpack replacement
JEMRMS Releasing SAM Latching Arm to prepare Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
Rodent Research (RR) Node 2 Camcorder Settings Adjustment
Auxiliary Laptop Anti-Virus Update / r/g 8247
PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment.r/g 2236
HABIT Preparing for the experiment
Progress 431 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops / r/g 2234
COL HD VCA1 Camera Assembly Activation in High Definition Mode
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Full Water Tank Dump and Fill
ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation
Progress 432 (Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops (to provide access to АСН-К hardware) / r/g 1812
PPS2 Outlet switch ON
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops r/g 2236
KUB6 Centrifuge Check after Installation
SPHEROIDS Disconnect and Stow KUB6
Start EMU cooling loop scrub
Retracting Slide Table in JEMAL and closing Outer Hatch
PPS1 Outlet switch ON
KUB5. Centrifuge Check
SPHEROIDS Disconnect and Stow KUB5
COL High Definition Video Camera Assembly 1 Switch to SD Mode
CubeSat Deployment Photos
Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back
DAN. Experiment Ops r/g 0119
DAN. Experiment Operator Assistance / r/g 0119
Rodent Research (RR) Measurement Ops
Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back
Rodent Research (RR) Measurement Ops
EMU Cooling Loop Scrub Terminate
EMU Conductivity Test
Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back
HABIT Procedure Review
CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2241
SM Ventilation Subsystem Preventive Maintenance. Group C
Brine/urine transfer from EDV-U to Progress 432 (SM Aft) Rodnik H2O Tank1 / r/g 2232
BRI data download to RSS1 laptop / r/g 2052
Replacement of urine receptacle (МП) and filter-insert (Ф-В) in АСУ
[АСУ] Activation after replacement / Life Support System СОЖ
RED Dragon Camera Setup to support CubeSat Ops
SSC for BEAM Laptop Deploy
Rodent Research Rodent Research CASIS Setup
CubeSat Deployment Photos
Maintenance Closures of Vozdukh Valves
RED Dragon camera power OFF.
EMU Cooling Loop Post Scrub Reconfig
PILOT-T. Experiment Ops r/g 2237
SSC for BEAM Laptop Load Image Client (LIC) mode
ARED pin search
Sprint Exercise Optional
ARED pin R&R
СОЖ Maintenance
WRM - condensate transfer (init)
UPA Brine Filter Gather
PILOT-T. Closeout Ops r/g 2237
UPA Brine Filter R&R
ECLSS - Recycle Tank R&R
IMS Delta File Prep
EMU Reconfiguration
IMMUNO. Preparing Saliva-Immuno Kit for the experiment / r/g 2238
WRM - condensate transfer (term)
URISYS Hardware Setup r/g 2235
EMU Long Dryout
Stow Syringes used in Н2О Conductivity Test
Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
On MCC Go БМП Ф1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end)
Preparing for Antivirus scan on Auxiliary Computer Laptops / r/g 8247
CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2241

Completed Task List Items
ESA PAO Couture recording
ESA PAO Pioneer recording
EVA tool stow [Active]
EPO-GV student questions part 1

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
EMU loop scrub support
CubeSat deploy
RR support
Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 05/17: RR, THC IMV flow measure, camera setup for NanoRacks Cubesat deployer, Circadian Rhythms
Wednesday, 05/18: RR, WHC hardware gather/pre-treat tank R&R, NRCSD Cubesat deploy
Thursday, 05/19: RR, Sprint Ultrasound, Circadian Rhythms

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 - 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) - 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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