NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 May 2016

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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 May 2016.

SpaceX and NASA managers are targeting July 16 for the launch of the ninth Dragon commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station. Meanwhile, U.S. and Russian spaceships are being packed for upcoming departures in June and July from the orbital lab.

The crew also began preparing the vestibule space between BEAM - the Bigelow Expandable Activity Module - and the rest of the station for Thursday's expansion activities, by pressurizing the area and performing leak checks.

Dragon will lift off atop a Falcon 9 rocket from Florida carrying supplies, science gear and one of two international docking adapters. The adapters will allow future commercial crew vehicles from Boeing and SpaceX to dock. The first adapter will be attached to the station's Harmony module in August by a pair of spacewalkers.

The Orbital ATK Cygnus private space freighter is due to be the next spaceship to leave the station when it is released June 14. Expedition 47 will end four days later when Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra and Tim Peake undock and return to Earth inside the Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.

Back inside the station, a pair of crew members participated in blood pressure and vision checks for the Ocular Health study. Another astronaut conducted ultrasound scans today helping scientists explore the likelihood of clogged arteries, or atherosclerosis, occurring on long-term space missions.

On-Orbit Status Report

Marrow: Upon waking this morning, the crew took breath and ambient air samples for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Marrow experiment which 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.

Rodent Research (RR-3) Inventory Audit: The crew continued auditing the remaining RR-3 equipment and supplies. The audit follows the completion of RR-3 operations last week.

Ocular Health (OH) Cardiac Operations: The crew began the first of two Ocular Health sessions planned for the week by using a Tonometer on an eye simulator before conducting Tonometry exams. They also performed blood pressure measurements using the Cardiolab (CDL) Holter Arterial Blood Pressure (BP) Unit with guidance from the Ocular Health ground team. Crew members' bodies change in a variety of ways during space flight, and some experience impaired vision. The Ocular Health investigation gathers data on crew members' visual health during and after long-duration space station missions. Tests monitor microgravity-induced visual impairment, as well as changes believed to result from elevated intracranial pressure. The investigation will measure how long it takes for crew members to return to normal after they return to Earth.

Cardio Ox Ultrasound Operations: With remote guidance from the Cardio Ox ground teams, the crew conducted an ultrasound scan after attaching the Electro Cardiogram (ECG) Electrodes and marking the arteries followed by blood pressure measurements using the Cardiolab Holter Arterial Blood Pressure Unit. The goal of the Cardio Ox investigation is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis risk in astronauts. Twelve 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.

Micro-Gravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Video Upgrade Equipment (VUE) Setup: The crew upgraded MSG video equipment by replacing the current MSG video drawer with the new High Definition (HD) video drawer before installing two HD video monitors that will be used with the new video drawers.

Dose Tracker: The crew completed entries for medication tracking. This investigation documents the medication usage of crew members 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.

Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) Preparations: The crew removed the Node 3 (N3) Aft Hatch Positive Pressure Relief Valve (PPRV) Sample Port Cap and pressurized N3 to BEAM vestibule to 5psi. An 8-hour leak check is currently in work. The crew also reviewed updates to emergency procedures and key points that were emphasized during BEAM training. In preparation for BEAM viewing, Robotics Ground Controllers walked off the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to the Lab Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF).

External robotics: Today, the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) was walked off from Node2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) to Lab PDGF, and manuevered to the BEAM viewing position in preparation for BEAM deployment later this week.

Cygnus cargo operations: 36 hours and 50 minutes of cargo work have been completed, with an estimate of 8 hours and 20 minutes remaining to complete all Cygnus (OA-6) cargo operations.

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

MARROW - Air Samples Collection
MORZE. Examination using SPRUT-2 device
HMS - equipment config before intraocular test
COSMOCARD. Closeout ops / r/g 2311
VIZIR. СКПИ battery charge / r/g 2320
HMS - vision test
COSMOCARD. Preparing for and Starting 24-hr ECG Recording / r/g 2335
HMS - vision test
HMS - vision questionnaire
OH - blood pressure measurement
EDV (KOV) fill (separation) for ELEKTRON or EDV-SV. Fill from Progress 432 Water Tank r/g 2129
MORZE. Psychophysiological survey: testing, centering, SENSOR
HMS - vision questionnaire
RR- samples retrieval from MELFI
OH - blood pressure measurement
Soyuz #720 Samsung Tablets Charging - init
HMS Tonometry CMO - assist
CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment ops r/g 2333
USND2 - hardware activation
HMS Tonometry Test - subject
SOZh Maintenance
CARDOX - prep ops
CARDOX- ultrasonic survey
Progress #432 АСН-К deinstall, data download to Laptop r/g 2272
DOSETRK- data download
CARDOX-ultrasonic survey - assist
RR - Habitat Stow Review
RR- hardware inventory
GREAT START. Experiment prep / r/g 2322
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Tonometry Test Stow
GREAT START. Educational Session and Video Shooting on DUBRAVA Experiment r/g 2322
Checking of Camcorder Setup for Photo/TV
CARDOX- blood pressure measurement
MORZE. Psychophysiological Survey: Strelau Test
USND2- hardware deactivation
GREAT START. Concluding Ops / / r/g 2322
VIZIR. Charging СКПИ Infrared Receiver (ИКП) battery - terminate / r/g 2320
COL Ethernet Cable Disconnect
Checking Camcorder Setup for Photo/TV
MPCC Laptop Power Connect
BEAM Deployment OBT
MPCC - Р2 Laptop Activation to LAN Network
УРАГАН. Observation and Photography Using Photo Hardware r/g 2336
ESA - weekly crew conference
Soyuz #720 Samsung Tablets Charging - terminate
USOS window shutters closing
PAO - crew prep
PAO Event
Soyuz #719 Samsung Tablet Charging - init
MORZE. Psychophysiological Survey: Kettle Test
WRM - water balance placeholder
Countermeasures System (CMS) Sprint Exercise Optional
MSG- hardware stow after video shooting
Sync RS Photo Cameras with on-board time / / r/g 1594
ВОЛ Fan Test Activation - noise level control.
On MCC Go listen to the noise level from activated Lira Cooling Fan (ВОЛ) near pan
Camcorder Setup Checking for Photo/TV
Video-Recording of Greetings r/g 2342
Microgravity Science Glovebox Video Drawer Exchange
WRM - water balance placeholder
Personal Hygiene Items (СЛГ) Inventory r/g 2343
Cargo Transfer from Cygnus
MSG- video hardware install
MORZE. Psychophysiological Survey: SUPOS Test
Cargo Transfer from Cygnus
Node 3 Aft Hatch Positive Pressure Relief Valve (PPRV) Sample Port Cap Removal
MORZE. Concluding ops
IMS Delta File Prep
Soyuz #719 Samsung Tablet Charging - init
Node 3 Aft - vestibule repress and leak check
OBT ISS CMO)Computer Based Training (CBT)
MORZE. Experiment setup r/g 2332
ARED Photo/Video Stow
MSG - glovebox activation
Cygnus - cargo transfer tagup
Crew Choice Event

Completed Task List Items
None

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

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 05/25: BEAM vestibule outfitting, EHS SM water collect/MCD, CFM process, RR habitat stow, Ocular Health
Thursday, 05/26: BEAM leak check, inflation, deploy, EMCS water pump tube install, Cygnus cargo transfer
Friday, 05/27: Vascular Echo ultrasound, Ocular Health, Cygnus cargo transfer

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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