NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 March 2016

Gantry towers surround the Progress 63 rocket at its launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Credit: RSC Energia.

A Russian resupply ship left the International Space Station this morning and will be quickly replaced Saturday afternoon. In the meantime, the Expedition 47 crew went about its full schedule of advanced space science and orbital lab maintenance.

The Progress 61 (61P) cargo craft undocked this morning from the Zvezda service module loaded with trash. It is headed for a fiery disposal Friday, April 8th, over the Pacific Ocean. The 61P will be replaced after the Progress 63 (63P) spaceship launches Thursday at 12:23 p.m. EDT/4:23 p.m. UTC. The 63P will dock to the same Zvezda port Saturday at 2 p.m. with more than 3 tons of food, fuel and supplies. Both launch and docking activities will be covered live on NASA Television.

NASA astronauts Tim Kopra and Jeff Williams explored how working in space affects detailed, interactive tasks when using a touch-based computer tablet. Kopra then helped familiarize Williams with station systems and operations. Earlier in the day, British astronaut Tim Peake assisted Williams for ultrasound scans of his arteries for the Cardio Ox experiment.

Veteran station cosmonauts Yuri Malenchenko and Oleg Skripochka continued researching how international crew members interact with each other and ground controllers from around the world. First-time cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin explored plasma features in the Earth's ionosphere. He also joined Malenchenko for the Biocard heart study.

The next cargo craft after the 63P will be the SpaceX Dragon when it arrives on April 10. This will be the first time since February 2011 six spacecraft are attached to the space station. The Orbital ATK Cygnus is the newest spacecraft installed at the station's Unity module port after being captured Saturday.

On-Orbit Status Report

61 Progress (61P) Undock: 61P undocked from the Service Module (SM) aft port today at 9:14 AM CDT. The deorbit burn is scheduled for Friday, April 8 at 8:30AM CDT following a non-ISS related, free-flight experiment planned for April 3-7.

Fine Motor Skills: Kopra, Peake, and Williams each completed a session of the Fine Motor Skills experiment when they performed a series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet. Williams took documentary photos of crewmembers positioned in front of the iPad performing the Fine Motor Skills test before transferring and downlinking the photos. This investigation is the first fine motor skills study to measure long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth's gravity.

Sprint Ultrasound 2 Operations: Kopra performed the Sprint VO2 Portable PFS hardware setup including power, data, front panel, and gas connections from a temporary stow deployed position. Williams connected the Video Power Converter to a Human Research Facility (HRF) Rack and powered on the Ultrasound 2. Sprint VO2 is a test that measures oxygen uptake, ventilatory threshold, and other physiological parameters for evaluation of Sprint exercise prescription. It uses the Portable Pulmonary Function System (PFS), CEVIS, PFS Gas Cylinders, Mixing Bag System (MBS), and multiple other pieces of hardware. Ultrasound scans are used to evaluate spaceflight-induced changes in the muscle volume.

NanoRacks Module-48 Imagery: Williams took videos and photos of the NanoRacks Module-48 and its contents. NanoRacks Module-48 is a collection of educational materials from Japan Manned Space System (JAMSS) including promotional/printed materials, seeds, and photographs put together by students. Williams will take pictures of the photos to document their presence on orbit. Some of the material will be trashed, however, the seeds will be round tripped and used for educational outreach.

Cardio Ox: Williams, with Peake as the operator, performed Cardio Ox ultrasound session. Williams attached the Electrocardiogram (ECG) Electrodes, marked the arteries, and performed ultrasound scanning with operator assistance and remote guidance from ground teams. The goal of Cardio Ox 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.

Dose Tracker: Peake, Williams, and Kopra configured the Dose Tracker application and 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.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Exposed Facility Unit (EFU) Adapter, Global Positioning System (GPS)/Wheel Demo Unit Preps: Williams installed the high rate data link to the Ethernet converter for the EFU Adapter. Peake depressurized the JEM Airlock (JEMAL), performed a leak check and confirmed JEMAL venting. Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency's (JAXA's) EFU Adapter is a new type of JEM exposed facility platform used as an interface between JEM EFU and up to 2 payloads.

Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Maintenance: Kopra completed this yearly scheduled maintenance to apply Braycote to the forward frame guide pins and mounting block bushings. This activity is scheduled to ensure that CEVIS can be rotated to the stowed position.

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

Initiate drain from the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (start) r/g 1595
CARDOX - Material Review
RGN - Initiate drain into EDV
ELECTRONIC NOSE. Experiment Ops / r/g 1804
ENERGY Experiment Conference
MOTOCARD. Hardware check. r/g 1806
Fine Motor Skills - Experiment Ops
FINEMOTR - Photography
ENERGY - Hardware Gathering
DOSETRK - Data Export
On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ
WRS Water Sample Analysis
Soyuz 720 Samsung Tablet Recharge - initiate
USND2 - Hardware Activation
JEMAL - Depress and Vent
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
CARDOX - Setup Ops
Fine Motor Skills - Test
CARDOX - Scanning
CARDOX - Battery Installation
24-hour ECG Monitoring (start) / r/g 1798
CARDOX - Measurement Ops
Preparation to remove failed ЗУ1Б and replace with ЗУ1А / r/g 1801
Checkout of Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion (CSA-CP)
CARDOX - Equipment removal
Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
Making assessment whether Power Switching Unit БСК-1#10Ю=А457 can be replaced r/g 1800
24-hour BP Monitoring (start)
Soyuz 720 Samsung tablet charge - end
MAR - Hard Drive Installation into EPM laptop
Closing window 6,8,9,12,13,14 shutters / r/g 6965
Common Gas Supply Equipment (CGSE) Gas Bottle Unit CO2 R&R
Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
USND2 - Hardware Deactivation
TOCA - TOCA Analyzer Data Recording
Installation of EFU adapter HRDL to Ethernet adapter
Closing USOS Window Shutters
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (end) and start file compression r/g 1595
JEMAL - Verifying depressurization complete
WRS - Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
JEM Airlock Depressurization and Vent Confirmation
Health Maintenance System (HMS) - ISS Medical Accessories Kit (IMAK) Unpack
СОЖ Maintenance
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
Preparation and Photography of Progress 429 Docking Assembly from SM Window No.26 during undocking from SM Aft / r/g 1803
INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops r/g 1805
Switch ПрК-ТК PEV to CLOSED position
MAR - EPM Rack Hard Drive Installation
ISS Safety Video
Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge - Initiate
Complete the Dose Tracker application - Subject
ALGOMETRIA. Experiment Ops / r/g 1808
PAO Hardware Setup
Crew Prep for PAO / r/g 1797
TV Conference with NTV Channel Correspondent / r/g 1797
Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge - terminate
Monthly Inspection of T2 Treadmill System
CEVIS Monthly Maintenance
Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
NANO - Photo/Video
SPRINT - Hardware Setup
Video Footage of Greetings / r/g 1807
HRF2 - Supply Kit Inventory
DOSETRK - Questionnaire
Search for ODF "Ascent & Descent" in Soyuz 720 ЗСП recess and report results to MCC
INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 1802
ISS HAM Radio Power Up
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
61P undock
JEMAL depress, leak check, venting
Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 03/31: 63P launch, SPRINT VO2 ops, EMU swap, ENERGY Ops, Dragon OBT
Friday, 04/01: ENERGY ops, SPRINT VO2 ops, EVA loop scrub
Saturday, 04/02: 63P dock, ENERGY ops, crew off duty, weekly housekeeping

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 - Override
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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