NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 September 2015

Astronaut Scott Kelly posted this photo of Spain taken from the International Space Station on Instagram with the caption, “Color palette of the #Spanish coast is an appealing morning view. #GoodMorning from @ISS! #YearInSpace #colors #colorful. #earth #space #spacestation #iss #morning”. View the best pics taken by the One-Year Crew. Credit: Scott Kelly/NASA.

One-Year Crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko just completed the half-way point of their 342-day mission. The duo, who are scheduled to come home March 3, 2016, are participating in numerous life science experiments.

Scientists from around the world want to learn how the human body adapts to long-term space missions so NASA can prepare for the Journey to Mars. Read more about the One-Year Crew's midway point.

Kelly and Kornienko participated in the Fluid Shifts study Wednesday morning performing ultrasound scans on themselves. The long-running human research program explores brain pressure and visual impairment some astronauts have experienced due to microgravity affecting the direction of fluids in their bodies.

Kelly later joined Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui transferring cargo to and from Japan's "Kounotori" H-II Transfer Vehicle-5 (HTV-5) resupply ship. The HTV-5 will end its mission at the International Space Station Sept. 28 when it will be robotically released from the Harmony module for a fiery destruction over the Pacific Ocean.

On-Orbit Status Report

Fluid Shifts Imaging Measurements with Russian Chibis: Today, Kelly, Kornienko and Volkov, with remote guidance from a ground team, each used a Russian Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure - LBNP) device during ultrasound measurements of arterial and venous measures of the head and neck, cardiac, ophthalmic and portal vein, and tissue thickness of lower and upper body. 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 under investigation to support development of preventative measures against a lasting change in vision.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock Preparation for JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (JSSOD) #4 Launch: Yui, in concert with a ground team, depressed and vented the JEM Airlock in support of the deploy of two JSSOD satellites this Thursday, September 17th. The first satellite is designed to observe the Ultraviolet (UV) spectrum during the Orionid meteor shower in October. The second satellite, sponsored by the University of Brasilia and the Brazilian government, focuses on meteorological data collection.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Internal Thermal Control Systems (ITCS) Fill: As part of routine maintenance, Lindgren setup and used the Fluid System Servicer (FSS) Fluids Control Pump Assembly (FCPA) to refill the JEM Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) and Low Temperature loop (LTL) accumulators. After FSS operations were complete, he drained and purged the FSS FCPA and ITCS Jumpers.

Resupply Stowage Platform (RSP) Transfer: Kelly and Yui transferred the RSP Rack from the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) to H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) today. Once the RSP was transferred, the crew restowed all the items that were moved as a result of the RSP Rack transfer activity.

Columbus Trash Gather: Yui gathered European Space Agency (ESA) items located within the Columbus module and staged them for future disposal on HTV-5.

Russian Treadmill (БД-2): The Russian crew reported that БД-2 was experiencing hardware issues. Photos have been downlinked for ground analysis. Russian crew will use Treadmill-2 (T2) while БД-2 is down.

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

FLUID SHIFTS. Comm Configuration to Perform the Experiment
On MCC Go БМП Ф2 absorption cartridge cycling
JEM Thermal Control System LTL & MTL refill
FLUID SHIFTS. PAO Video Equipment Setup and Activation
SSIPC Flight Director and ISS Crew Conference
FLUID SHIFTS. [РБС] Activation for Ultrasound Equipment
FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Setup and Activation in the SM
JEMAL Depressurization
FLUID SHIFTS. CHIBIS Setup
FLUID SHIFTS. Providing Assistance with CHIBIS & GAMMA-1.
PL - Photography of CDR During CHIBIS Ultrasound Examination
FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound Examination in the SM
FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound Examination Assistance
FLUID SHIFTS. CHIBIS Closeout Ops
FLUID SHIFTS. Providing Assistance with CHIBIS & GAMMA-1.
FLUID SHIFTS. CHIBIS Setup
IDENTIFIKATSIYA. ИМУ-Ц Measurement Data Copying to the Laptop
J-TCA - TCA L Gas Trap Manual Valves Reconfiguration
FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Setup in the SM
JEM Thermal Control System LTL & MTL Refill. Closeout Ops.
FLUID SHIFTS. Providing Assistance with Ultrasound 2 Scanning.
FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 Scanning with Operator's Assistance
MRM1-FGB Interface Screw Clamps Tightening
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Data dump from БСПН via RSS1
FLUID SHIFTS. CHIBIS Closeout Ops
On-Orbit Hearing Assessment with EARQ Software
JEM A/L Ventilation
HRF- Urine Sampling Hardware Setup
FLUID SHIFTS. [РБС] Deactivation
On-Orbit Hearing Assessment with EARQ Software
FLUID SHIFTS. Hardware Stow Prep After the Scanning in the SM
VELO-3 Exercise
On MCC Go RS3 Crew Commanding.
JEM A/L Ventilation - Verification of Completion.
FLUID SHIFTS. CCFP Installation in the SM.
HTV Cargo Transfer
MAGVEC - Data Copying
RS3 - КЦП2 - ЦВМ - [ТВМ] Commanding and Data Exchange Test.
VIZIR. Experiment Session
FLUID SHIFTS. Hardware Transfer.
FSS-PWR - Hardware Stowage
On MCC Go RS3 Crew Commanding.
ARED Prep prior to RSP Rack Transfer from PMM to HTV [Deleted, not required]
ISS Crew Orientation
FLUID SHIFTS. Voltage Converter Cable Routing.
WHC Cabinet Removal. [Deleted, not required]
RSP Stowage Rack Transfer
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Data Dump from БСПН via RSS 1
FLUID SHIFTS. US-invertor Connection to [СУБА].
FLUID SHIFTS. Deactivate КСПЭ and Close SSC Apps
CONTENT. Experiment Session
HTV Cargo Transfer
JPM - TCA L Valve Manual Reconfiguration
FLUID SHIFTS. Return to Nominal Comm Config
Photography and Video Shooting of Life On-Orbit
RSP Stowage Rack Transfer
Daily Electrocardiography
Private Medical Conference
Blood Pressure Daily Recording
Columbus HAM Radio Session
ARED Reconfig following Completion of RSP Transfer from PMM to HTV [Deleted, not required]
CIR - Upper Rack Doors Opening
ALGOMETRIYA. Experiment Session
WHC Cabinet Installation [Deleted, not required]
ALGOMETRIYA. Photography during the Experiment Session
CIR - Hardware Removal and Transfer
AQM cartridge R&R
IMS Update
HTV Cargo Transfer
ISS Crew Orientation
CIR - Upper Rack Doors Closing
СОЖ Maintenance HTV5 Hardware Gather
БД-2 Exercise, Day 3
VZAIMODEYSTVIYE-2. Experiment Session
HTV Cargo Transfer
WinSCAT Psychological Assessment
HTV - Cargo Transfer Conference

Completed Task List Items
None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Solar Array Maximum Power Test

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 09/17: Fluid Shifts, HTV Cargo Ops, Sprint Ultrasound, LAB1P5 Cleanout, JSSOD #4 Deploy
Friday, 09/18: Fluid Shifts, HTV Cargo Ops, MSS Locker Remove, WRS Recycle Tank Changeout
Saturday, 09/19: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty

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 - Shutdown
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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