NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 August 2015

(Clockwise from top) The Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft is docked to the Zvezda service module. The ISS Progress 60 spacecraft is docked to the Pirs docking compartment. The Soyuz TMA-17M spacecraft is docked to the Rassvet mini-research module. Japan’s “Kounotori” HTV-5 is berthed to the Harmony module. Credit: NASA.

International Space Station Expedition 44 Commander Gennady Padalka of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Flight Engineers Scott Kelly of NASA and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos docked their Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft to the orbiting laboratory's Zvezda service module at 3:30 a.m. EDT. The crew members undocked from the Poisk module at 3:12 a.m.

The move of the Soyuz spacecraft clears the Poisk module for the arrival of Expedition 45 crew member Sergei Volkov of Roscosmos, and visiting crew members Andreas Mogensen of ESA (European Space Agency) and Aidyn Aimbetov of the Kazakh Space Agency. They are scheduled to launch to the station in a Soyuz spacecraft designated TMA-18M at 12:37 a.m. Wednesday (10:37 a.m. Baikonur time), Sept. 2 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

This will be the first time since November 2013 that nine crew members will be aboard the station simultaneously. Mogensen and Aimbetov will return to Earth with Padalka on Saturday, Sept. 12 in the Soyuz TMA-16M that was just relocated. In March 2016, the arriving Soyuz TMA-18M will return with Volkov, as well as one-year mission crew members Kelly and Kornienko, who arrived on station in March to begin collecting biomedical data crucial to NASA's human journey to Mars.

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On-Orbit Status Report

42 Soyuz (42S) Relocation: Overnight, 42S was successfully relocated from Mini Research Module (MRM) 2 Zenith to Service Module Aft. The relocation was performed in preparation for 44S scheduled docking to MRM 2 Zenith on September 4. 42S return to Earth is currently planned for September 11. The 42S crew continued sleep shifting, going to bed at 9:30 am CDT (1430 GMT).

Microbe IV: Lindgren collected air and surface samples in different locations of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) using the Particle Counter and the Surface, Water and Air Biocharacterization Air Sampling Device (SWAB ASD). Additional samples using an adhesive sheet were collected and stored in MELFI for return on a future flight. The Microbe IV experiment aims to research microbial dynamics in a crewed habitat in space which is vital for safe and healthy long duration space habitation. Human and microbes have a close relationship and research on this relationship in a space habitation environment is critical for success in long-duration mission.

Human Research Program (HRP) Operations:

- Yui and Lindgren completed their Flight Day (FD) 30 Ocular Health activities today, performing both ocular and cardiac ultrasounds. The ultrasound images will be used to identify changes in globe morphology, including flattening of the posterior globe, and document optic nerve sheath diameter, optic nerve sheath tortuosity, globe axial measurements, and choroidal engorgement. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.

- Kelly and Kornienko performed their morning Reaction Self-Test and another session prior to sleep. 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 continue 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 ISS.

Kobairo Microgravity Measurement Apparatus (MMA) Removal: In preparation for the Mouse Habitat Unit installation and checkout scheduled next week, Yui removed the MMA Remote Sensor Unit (RSU) and MMA Triaxial Acceleration Assembly (TAA) from the Kobairo Rack. The JAXA MHU, delivered on HTV5, is JAXA's unique facility for rodent research consisting of 12 mouse cages with life support system, environment controlling system and observation system. The MHU is attached to the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) and has a centrifuge that enables experiments to be performed on microgravity and artificial gravity simultaneously.

NanoRacks Multi-Gas Monitor (MGM): Lindgren deployed the MGM in the Lab on EXPRESS Rack 8. 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 are 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.

HTV Cargo Transfer Status: Kelly, Lindgren and Yui continued HTV-5 Cargo transfer operations today.

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

SLEEP - Questionnaire
Laptop RS1(2) Reboot
Reaction Self-Test. Reaction Time Test (morning)
CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake
Photography of the external surface of ТК 716 СА hatch cover
Closing window shutters 6,8,9,12,13,14
Soyuz 716 Activation and Comm check from Soyuz 716 (via SG2)
Comm Config before Soyuz 716 Relocation from MRM2 to SM Aft
Downlink photo of external surface Soyuz 716 СА-БО hatch cover before relocation
TK- MRM2 Hatch Closure prior to Soyuz 716 relocation
ТК 716- MRM2 Hatch Leak Check
Mpeg2 Multicast Test via Ku-band (Activation/Deactivation of TV data and Mpeg2 Multicast controls)
СОЖ maintenance
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download Data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) Hard Drive (Start)
Soyuz ODF Procedure Ops. Kazbek Fit Check Activation of GoPro cameras in [СА] and БО.
Activation of TV and MPEG2 Multicast TV Encoder
Activation of mpeg2 multicast video recording mode
Photography of Soyuz 716 Docking Assembly ШРС4 connector through SM Window No.26 During Relocation and Photo Downlink
Soyuz 716 (42S) Relocation from MRM2 to SM Aft
Soyuz ODF Procedure Ops. Soyuz СА-БО Leak Check. Setup Space Suit 1 and 2 for drying
Comm config after Soyuz 716 Relocation
Reset СО-ТК PEV to CLOSED position
MICB - Sample Photos
Switching ПрК-ТК PEV to ELECTR CONTR mode
HTV Transfers Ops
Closing Applications and Downlink of MPEG2 Multicast video via OCA
ТК 716 - SM Aft I/F Leak Check
MICB - Start Air Sampling
IMS Delta File Prep
ТК-SM Aft hatch opening after relocation
USND2 - Hardware activation
Acoustic Dosimeter Stow
Installation of Quick Release Screw Clamps on SM Aft side
Comm reconfig for nominal ops after ТК 716 relocation
Terminate Drying of Suits 1,2
Photo of a trace left by the Docking Mechanism Probe on the SM АСП-О Receiving Cone after TK 716 Relocation
Start drying spacesuit 3 and set up the 1st pair of gloves for drying
MICB - Replacement of air filters
Downlink of Docking Cone Internal Surface Photos via OCA
Ocular Ultrasound scan - Equipment setup
TK 716 Deactivation after Relocation (without Gas Analyzer deactivation)
MICB - Filter installation in MELFI
Ultrasound Scan
Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
Finish drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the second pair
Preventive Maintenance of SM АСП-О Sealing Mechanism and ТПК 716 hatch cover
TK 716 Deactivation after Relocation (without Gas Analyzer deactivation)
Ocular Ultrasound scan - Data Backup
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (end) and start backup.
HMS - Food Frequency Questionnaire
Ultrasound Scan
JRNL - Journal Entry
Terminate drying the second pair of gloves
MICB - Filter Removal
Ocular Ultrasound scan - Closeout Ops
Ocular Ultrasound scan - Data Backup
ISS HAM Radio Power Up
MICB - Filter installation in MELFI
ОН - Cardiac Scan
Crew conference with FOD management
Ocular Health (OH) - Operator assistance
Finish Drying the 3rd suit, Start Drying the 3rd Pair of Gloves
SHD - Questionnaire
CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food Intake (Medicine)
Terminate drying the 3rd pair of gloves
Stow suits and gloves after drying
Reaction Self-Test. Reaction Time Test (evening)
ОН - Cardiac Scan (Subject)
Ocular Health (OH) - Operator assistance
iPAD File Transfer
KOBAIRO - Hardware Removal
XF305 Camcorder Settings Adjustment
SHD - Questionnaire
USND2 - Hardware Deactivation
NANO - Experiment Ops
HTV5. Transfers Ops
HTV - Cargo Transfer Tagup

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

USOS System commanding associated with 42S Relocation
HMS Ultrasound support
OH Cardiac ops support

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 08/29: Crew off duty
Sunday, 08/30: Crew off duty
Monday, 08/31: MSPR-2 Rack Transfer, Fluid Shifts, Neuro Mapping, CBEF Micro-G door replace, ISS Reboost

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) - Stop
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) - Normal
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Full Up

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