NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 August 2015


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 25 August 2015.

The crew opened the hatches today to Japan's fifth "Kounotori" resupply ship (HTV-5) and began unloading new supplies and science gear. The station residents also studied human research and reviewed changes to emergency procedures.

The HTV-5 arrived Monday morning carrying cargo and science for the crew and external experiments to be attached to the Kibo laboratory module. The external research gear includes the CALET dark matter study, the NanoRacks External Platform and a flock of 14 CubeSats.

One-Year crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are 151 days into their mission. The duo participated in research today looking at the long-term effects of microgravity on the human body. They collected blood and urine samples for the Fluid Shifts study which observes physical changes to an astronaut's eyes during a space mission.

On-Orbit Status Report

HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV)5 Activities: Following yesterday's successful capture and berthing, today the crew completed vestibule outfitting, opened the HTV hatch and installed Portable Fire Extinguishers, breathing apparatuses and handrails prior to ingressing the vehicle and completing 3-hours of cargo transfer. Later in the day the crew participated in a post-capture debrief with ground teams.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Last night, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to extract the External Platform (EP) from the HTV5 Unpressurized Logistics Carrier (ULC). The EP was then maneuvered to the handoff position at which point the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) Ground Controllers maneuvered the JEMRMS to grapple the EP Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF). The Robotics Ground Controllers then released the SSRMS from the EP Power and Video Grapple Fixture (PVGF) and maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position. Early this morning, the JEMRMS Ground Controllers installed the EP on JEM Exposed Facility (JEF) Exposed Facility Unit 10 (EFU10) and then removed the Calorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) from the EP and installed it on JEF EFU9. The SSRMS was then walked from the Node 2 Power and Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) to the Mobile Base System (MBS) PDGF #4. The SSRMS was then used to pick up the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from the Lab PDGF. MSS performance today was nominal. Later today, the Mobile Transporter (MT) will be moved to Worksite 7 and the SPDM will be used to open HTV Exposed Facility Units (HEFU) 1 and 2.

Human Research Program (HRP) Operations:

Kornienko began his Flight Day (FD) 150 Fluid Shifts Before, During and After Prolonged Space Flight and Their Association with Intracranial Pressure and Visual Impairment (Fluid Shifts) Dilution Measurements. Upon wakeup he collected baseline saliva, blood and urine and inserted them into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, he performed more urine, blood, and saliva collections, inserting those samples into MELFI as well. The Dilution Measurements are the first part in the series of FD150 Fluid Shifts measurements. The next step in the Fluid Shifts experiment is the Baseline Imaging portion, occurring for both Kornienko and Kelly the week of August 31. The third portion of the Fluid Shifts experiment involves utilization of the Russian Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure - LBNP) during ultrasound measurements which will occur during the second week of Increment 45. Fluid Shifts 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 investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage.

Kelly performed his FD150 Cognition. Individualized Real-Time Neurocognitive Assessment Toolkit for Space Flight Fatigue (Cognition) is a battery of tests that measures how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance. Cognition includes ten brief computerized tests that cover a wide range of cognitive functions, and provides immediate feedback on current and past test results. The software allows for real-time measurement of cognitive performance while in space.

Kelly and Kornienko performed their morning Reaction Self-Test and another session prior to sleep. This week-long session is in advance of the sleep shift required for the 42 Soyuz relocation later this week. Reaction Self-Test aids crewmembers to objectively identify when their performance capability is degraded by various fatigue-related conditions that can occur as a result of ISS operations and time in space (e.g., acute and chronic sleep restriction, slam shifts, extravehicular activity (EVA), and residual sedation from sleep medications).
Kelly and Kornienko are performing a week of sleep logging. The Sleep ISS-12 experiment monitors ambient light exposure and crew member activity, and collects subjective evaluations of sleep and alertness, to examine the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on sleep during a year-long mission on the International Space Station (ISS).

NanoRacks Multi-Gas Monitor (MGM): Lindgren deployed the MGM in Node 3 today. The MGM is the first laser sensor to continuously measure four gases that are key for crewmembers' health aboard the ISS. The multiple low-power, tunable lasers train an infrared laser beam on a cabin air sample, and sensors tuned to specific wavelengths of light detect oxygen, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and humidity. The instrument fits in a device the size of a shoebox and detects the presence of gases in less than one second.

CALorimetric Electron Telescope (CALET) Video Survey: Yui captured video of the installation of CALET as it was moved from the HTV-5 EP to the JEM EFU #9. CALET is an astrophysics mission that searches for signatures of dark matter and provides the highest energy direct measurements of the cosmic ray electron spectrum to observe discrete sources of high energy particle acceleration in our local region of the Galaxy. CALET addresses many outstanding high-energy astrophysics questions such as the origin of cosmic rays, how cosmic rays accelerate and travel across the galaxy and the existence of dark matter and nearby cosmic-ray sources.

On-Board Training (OBT) Emergency Review: All 6 crew members participated in this OBT to review emergency response during the upcoming direct handover timeframe. They specifically covered 6 crew with a Soyuz on SM Aft and MRM1; 9 crew timeframe; and 6 crew with a Soyuz on MRM1 and MRM2.

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

Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test
SLEEP Questionnaire
FLUID SHIFTS - Saliva Test
FLUID SHIFTS - Urine Sample Collection
FLUID SHIFTS - Urine Sample MELFI Insertion
FLUID SHIFTS - Blood Sampling
FLUID SHIFTS - Galley Water Collection and Tracer Ingestion Ops
FLUID SHIFTS - Centrifuge Setup
JEMRMS - RLT2 Activation
GoPro HERO3 Video camera Setup and Adjustment for Operation during ТК 716 Descent r/g 9715
Regeneration of БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
Node 2 Nadir/HTV Vestibule Outfitting, Part 2
FLUID SHIFTS - Blood Sample Transfer
FLUID SHIFTS - Sample MELFI Insertion
COSMOCARD. Preparation Ops. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording
Acoustic Dosimeter Setup
SVO-ZV water sampling to Russian drink bags
Node 2 Nadir CBM Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Removal
WRS Water Sample Analysis
Collecting condensate water [КАВ] samples from [СРВ-К2М] up to Gas-Liquid Mixture Filter (ФГС) to Russian Sampler - end
Charging GoPro HERO3 Camcorder Battery - start
SYN_MUSCL - Documentation Photo
Hardware prepack for return and disposal on ТК 716
Collecting condensate water samples [КАВ] up to СРВ-К2М БКО - configuration setup, sampler installation
TROPICYC - Procedure Review
Node 2 Nadir/HTV Vestibule Outfitting, Part 3
FLUID SHIFTS - Urine Sample Collection
MYCO - Big Picture
FLUID SHIFTS - Sample MELFI Insertion
FLUID SHIFTS - Blood Sampling
FLUID SHIFTS - Blood sample collection operator
FLUID SHIFTS - Saliva Test
FLUID SHIFTS - Centrifuge Setup
Sampling condensate water [КАВ] upstream of СРВ-К2М БКО - sampler replacement
FLUID SHIFTS - Sample MELFI Insertion
Orthostatic Stability Evaluation with LBNP.
Evaluation of Orthostatic Stability with LBNP (assistance)
Collect Air Samples Using АК-1М Sampler in HTV-5
HTV Hatch Opening and Ingress
HTV Ingress
FLUID SHIFTS - Blood Sample Transfer
FLUID SHIFTS - Sample MELFI Insertion
БРП-М water sampling to drink bags
FLUID SHIFTS - Samples Cleanup Ops
Hardware prepack for return and disposal on ТК 716
FAGEN. ISS No.4 Sample Fixation and Setup on SM panel 428
FAGEN. Kit Photography
CALET - Obtaining video with XF305 camcorder
TOCA Data Recording
CONTUR-2. Hardware Installation on panel 418
FLUID SHIFTS - Saliva Test
PHS Evaluation Setup
FLUID SHIFTS - Sample MELFI Insertion
CONTUR-2. Experiment Session Ops.
Periodic Health Status
Periodic Health Status (PHS) Data Entry and Hardware Stowage
FLUID SHIFTS - Sample MELFI Insertion
Charging GoPro HERO3 Camcorder Battery - end
CALET - Terminate Video
COL - Hardware Removal
Delta Emergency Response Review after HTV-5 arrival
Review changes to Emergency response associated with the upcoming crew rotation operations
Pre-pack hardware for return and disposal on Soyuz 716.
Sampling condensate water [КАВ] upstream of СРВК-2М БКО - removing sampler, setup teardown
RWS Teardown
HTV Transfers Ops
Installation of Version 4.0 SW on new HDD
Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) No.1192 (ФГБ1ПГО_1_106, ATV-5 delivery) for Elektron or EDV-SV
PGS2 Setup in MELFI
СОЖ maintenance
STEM - Stowage
WRS - Recycle Tank Fill
IMMUNO. Setting up Saliva-Immuno kit for experiment
NANO - Experiment Ops
HTV - Cargo Transfer Tagup
JRNL - Journal Entry
OBT - On-Board Training HTV OBT post capture Conference
COGN - Experiment Ops and Filling Questionnaire
COGN - Documentation Photo
БМП Ф2 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end)
Termination of charging of the Samsung tablet computer from Soyuz 716
Self-Reaction Test (evening)

Completed Task List Items


Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Robotics Operations
MT Translate from WS 5 to WS7 [Planned later this evening]

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 08/26: Ocular Health, Capillary Beverage, 42S redocking training

Thursday, 08/27: Ocular Health, HTV cargo transfer, PEPS Inspect

Friday, 08/28: 42S relocation from MRM2 Zenith to SM Aft

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") - On
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) - Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Full Up

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