NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 18 July 2016

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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 18 July 2016.

Traveling about 250 miles over Chile near the city of Santiago, the unpiloted ISS Progress 64 Russian cargo ship docked at 8:20 p.m. EDT to the Pirs Docking Compartment of the International Space Station.

The Expedition 48 crew will now prepare for the second of two back-to-back cargo deliveries with the arrival of SpaceX's ninth commercial resupply services mission for NASA on Wednesday, July 20. Dragon is on its way to the station with nearly 5,000 pounds of supplies and science investigations. Live coverage of the rendezvous and capture on July 20 will begin at 5:30 a.m. on NASA TV, with installation coverage set to begin at 9:45 a.m.

On-Orbit Status Report

64 Progress (64P) Launch: 64P launched successfully from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Saturday at 4:41PM CDT with nominal ascent. Docking is scheduled for this evening at 7:22PM CDT.

SpaceX (SpX)-9 Launch: SpX-9 launched successfully on Sunday at 11:45PM CDT. Capture is scheduled on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:00AM CDT with berthing approximately 3.5 hours later. Ingress will occur on Thursday, July 21.

EarthKAM Service Module (SM) De-activation Removal: Over the weekend, Russian crewmembers shut down the EarthKAM payload components before disconnecting and stowing the equipment, concluding a week of imagery sessions in the SM. The objective of Sally Ride EarthKAM is to integrate Earth images with inquiry-based learning to enhance curricula in support of national and state education standards; to provide students and educators the opportunity to participate in a space mission and to develop teamwork, communication, and problem solving skills; to engage teams of students, educators, and researchers in collaborative investigations using remotely-sensed data; and to incorporate the active use of Web-based tools and resources in support of the learning process.

Marrow Blood, Breath, and Ambient Air Sample Collection: The crew completed the blood collection double spin overviews this weekend to prepare for scheduled Marrow activities today and tomorrow. Upon waking this morning, the crew measured the effects of microgravity-induced marrow fat accumulation on red and white blood cell metabolism using breath and ambient air samples to measure carbon monoxide concentration. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Marrow experiment investigates the effect of microgravity on human bone marrow. It is believed that microgravity, like long-duration bed rest on Earth, has a negative effect on bone marrow and the blood cells that are produced in the marrow. The extent of this effect and its recovery are of interest to space research and healthcare providers on Earth.

Human Research Program (HRP) Blood and Urine Collection: The crew collected blood and urine samples and stowed them into the Minus Eighty-degree Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The samples will be used to support the HRP: Biochem Profile, Repository, and Cardio Ox investigations.

Cardio Ox Overview: In preparation for Cardio Ox operations planned for tomorrow, the crew will review reference material for ultrasound scanning activities and blood pressure measurements. Crewmembers provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15 and 60 days after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries are obtained at the same time points, as well as through 5 years after landing, as an indicator of cardiovascular health.

Mouse Epigenetics Setup Operations: The crew continued setup activities for the Mouse Epigenetics experiment by replacing MSPR VRU SSD installed in Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Video Compression and Recording Unit (VRU). The Mouse Epigenetics investigation studies altered gene expression patterns in the organs of male mice that spend one month in space, and also examines changes in the DNA of their offspring. Results from the investigation identify genetic alterations that happen after exposure to the microgravity environment of space.

Strata-1 Card Change-out: Four Strata secure digital (SD) cards were replaced and the data was downlinked. The Strata-1 experiment investigates the properties and behavior of regolith on small, airless bodies. Regolith is the impact-shattered "soil" found on asteroids, comets, the Moon, and other airless worlds, but it is different from soil here on Earth in that it contains no living material. Strata-1's goal is to give us answers about how regolith behaves and moves in microgravity, how easy or difficult it is to anchor a spacecraft in regolith, how it interacts with spacecraft and spacesuit materials, and other important properties.

Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through video documenting observations of life onboard ISS providing insight related to human factors and habitability. The Habitability investigation collects observations about the relationship between crew members and their environment on the International Space Station. 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.

Fine Motor Skills: A series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet were completed over the weekend for the Fine Motor Skills investigation. This investigation is critical during long-duration space missions, particularly those skills needed to interact with technologies required in next-generation space vehicles, spacesuits, and habitats. Crew fine motor skills are also necessary for performing tasks in transit or on a planetary surface, such as information access, just-in-time training, subsystem maintenance, and medical treatment.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Separator Plumbing Assembly (SPA) Samples: Last week the crew configured the system with the SPA output disconnected to obtain distillate samples for return to ground to better understand the recent UPA high conductivity. The UPA will continue to process in this configuration for at least a week. A longer term configuration to connect a CWC-I to the SPA output is in work.

Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Pump Separator Remove & Replace (R&R): On July 11, the WHC Check Separator fault light illuminated. Subsequent troubleshooting steps led ground teams to conclude that the separator, which has been in operation since January of this year, was at its end of life. Today the Check Separator fault light illuminated again and the crew was directed to R&R the unit. After completion of that activity, the WHC was successfully recovered and is go for nominal use.

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

MARROW - Air Samples Collection
REMINDER2 - Reading Reminder
МО-8. Body Mass Measurement. H/W set up
Body Mass Measurement. / R/G 2809
HRF. Centrifuge activation and Blood Samples Collection FE-5
МО-8. Close-out Ops
HRF- Blood Sample Collection (assistance)
CETNTRIFUGE1 CONFIGURATION
WSTA Fill
KORREKTSIA. Taking food and liquids (medicine) registration in flight log / R/G 2811
HRF - Centrifuge 2 Configuration
HRF- Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
HRF. Urine Samples Collection
HRF- Blood Samples Removal and Stowage in Preparation for Cold Stowage Insertion
HRF- Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
PRODUTSENT. ТБУ-[В] No. 02 Thermostat Setup / R/G 2804
HRF- Close-out Ops
HRF- Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
WSTA Fill
Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
Synchronization of RS Still Cameras with Station Time / R/G 1594
CALCIUM. Experiment Session Ten / R/G 2808
HRF - Urine Collection
HABIT- Habitability Walk-through Video
XF305 Camcorder Setup
MSPR VRU SSD Replacement
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
ALGOMETRIA. Experiment Ops/ R/G 2805
ISS HAM Columbus Pass
MELF1 Monitoring
Recommendations on Monitoring Progress 433 Docking to ISS. / R/G 2812
USOS Window Shutter Close
Strata Payload Memory Card Replacement
On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software
VOZDUKH AVK Valves Functional Closure Test
WRS - Distillate Sample Inspection
WSTA Fill [Aborted]
CSA-CP Extended Maintenance
HABIT- Camcorder Setup
KORREKTSIA. Taking food and liquids (medicine) registration in flight log / R/G 2811
CARDOX - Familiarization with measurements Procedure

Completed Task List Items
None

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

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 07/19: Personal CO2 Monitor recalibration/data collection, Human Research sample collections, CardioOx/Ultrasound, Dragon transfer conference
Wednesday, 07/20: SpX-9 berth, Dragon Vestibule outfitting, Circadian Rhythms
Thursday, 07/21: Dragon ingress, Mouse Epigenetics reconfig and setup, Heart Cell CO2 insert, NanoRacks Module 9 hardware retrieval, Polar and DCB transfers

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) - Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Full Up

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