NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 5 May 2016

The very bottom tip of Africa is imaged here as captured by the crew of the International Space Station on April 3rd, 2016. South Africa’s capitol Cape Town is located at the bottom left of this beautiful Earth picture captured on a sunny day. Credit: NASA.

Expedition 47 continues exploring how the lack of gravity affects astronauts and technology to help NASA plan longer missions farther out into space. Meanwhile, the Canadian Space Agency's robotic arm, Canadarm2, has been maneuvered into position before it releases the SpaceX Dragon on Wednesday.

The crew set up the Fluid Shifts experiment again today utilizing a specialized body suit. The suit measures fluid movements between the upper and lower body. These fluid shifts have been known to increase head pressure potentially affecting a crew member's eyesight.

Surface and air samples were taken today inside the International Space Station to study the diversity of microbes on the orbital lab. Hardware was also set up to download imagery taken for the Strata-1 study which is exploring how soil from other planetary bodies might behave. That research may help scientists design future spacesuits and space gear.

SpaceX is getting ready for the release and splashdown of its Dragon cargo craft on May 11. The 57.7-foot Canadarm2 robotic arm is inspecting Dragon's thermal protection system and will grapple the spacecraft later today.

On-Orbit Status Report

Fluid Shifts Operations In the Service Module: With operator assistance from the ground team, crewmembers continued the third week of the Fluid Shifts experiment run completing a Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission (DPOAE) test, Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) exam, Tonometry exam, and a Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP) test. The Fluids Shift investigation is divided into three one-week segments: Dilution Measures, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging using the Russian Chibis Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP) device. The experiment measures how much fluid shifts from the lower body to the upper body, in or out of cells and blood vessels, and determines the impact these shifts have on fluid pressure in the head, changes in vision and eye structures.

Microbial Observatory-1 Operations: The first of three Microbial Observatory -1 sample collections this week were completed today when the crew took surface and air sample collections using various devices in multiple locations of the ISS. The investigation monitors the types of microbes present on ISS over a one-year period. Samples are returned to Earth for further study, enabling scientists to understand the diversity of the microbial flora on the ISS and how it changes over time.

Strata-1 Data Transfer: The Strata SD cards were replaced and the data was transferred for transmission to the ground. The experiment will run for a year and investigate 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 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.

NanoRack Platform-2 Modules Removal: NanoRack Modules 20 and 22 were removed from NanoRack Platform-2. Both NanoRack modules are parents of 4 sub-experiments. The NanoRack Platform is a multipurpose research facility on board the International Space Station (ISS).NanoRack Platforms support NanoRacks Modules in the CubeSat form factor by providing power and data transfer capabilities to operate investigations in microgravity.

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.

Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPs) Inspection: The crew audited the PEPs hardware to verify that the emergency response equipment is in the expected location and is free of damage. Among the items that were inspected were Water Mist Portable Fire Extinguishers (PFEs), Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA) including Quick Don mask Assemblies (QDMAs) and Pre-Breathe Masks.

Dragon Cargo Transfer Status: The crew has completed 38:40 hours of cargo transfer with ~6 hours of transfer remaining to be completed.

Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA1)/Node 1 Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Reconfiguration: Following up on the crew's activity yesterday to reposition the Node 1 Overhead Starboard diffuser vanes so the air flows away from the PMA, today the crew covered the IMV diffuser at NOD1OS4 with Gray Tape and constructed a cone around the diffuser section of PMA1 ducting such that air is redirected back towards the RS. The airflow between the segments is being limited in order to optimize CO2 removal throughout the ISS.

Robotics operations: Ground controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) in order to gather imagery of defects which had been intentionally created on the SpX-8 Thermal Protection System (TPS). This was to demonstrate the viability of performing and noticing a defect for future crew vehicles. Then the ground team grappled the SpX-8 dragon capsule in preparation for unberth and release scheduled for May 11.

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

RSS1 laptop BRI data download / r/g 2052
FLUID SHIFTS. Comm configuration for the experiment / r/g 9995
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (start) r/g 1595
FLUID SHIFTS. Gathering and Connecting Equipment for TV coverage
HAM radio session from Columbus
Remove and Replace EDV-U Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC)
BRI log download from RSS1
FLUID SHIFTS. OCT Hardware setup in SM
IDENTIFICATION. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop / r/g 1589
24-hour ECG Monitoring (termination) / r/g 2107
Inspection of Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA) and Portable Fire Extinguisher (PFE)
WRS Recycle Tank Fill
NANO Platform-2 Modules Removal
СОЖ Maintenance
24-hour BP monitoring (terminate) / r/g 2108
FLUID SHIFTS. Connecting OCT Laptop to RS BRI and HRF PC to ППС-26 (in place of RSE-Med) r/g 2158
FLUID SHIFTS. CCFP Activation and Settings Adjustments in RS
RS ISS Module Photos (FGB) / r/g 2114
FLUID SHIFTS. Operator Assistance with Chibis and Gamma-1 r/g 2157
FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Setup / r/g 2157
FLUID SHIFTS. TONO Hardware setup in SM
DRAGON Transfers
FLUID SHIFTS. Gathering Data in SM
FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Closeout Ops / r/g 2157
FLUID SHIFTS. Copying Data from CCFP/DPOAE devices and their deactivation in RS
FLUID SHIFTS. Disconnecting of Laptop OCT, HRF and connecting RSE-Med r/g 2159
FLUID SHIFTS. Restore nominal comm config
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (end) and start backup r/g 1595
FLUID SHIFTS. Crew Onboard Support System (КСПЭ) Hardware Deactivation and Closing Applications on ЦП SSC
MICROBS1. Sample Collection, Part 1
WRS Recycle Tank Fill
DRAGON Transfers
SSC 5 and 16 Config for ROBoT Ops
Inspection and Photography of SM windows No.2, 13, 14 / r/g 2156
RADIOSKAF. Tomsk-TPU 120 Nanosatellite Setup r/g 2160
STRATA SD Card Changeout
RADIOSKAF. Photo/Video р/g 2160
VIZIR. Experiment Ops with СКПФУ Hardware r/g 2125
RADIOSKAF. VHF (Kenwood D700) Transceiver Setup to Broadcast r/g 2160
Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
WRS Maintenance
PAO Hardware Setup
Crew Prep for PAO
ARED Exercise
PAO Event
OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588
CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 2155
T2 treadmill Software Update Big Picture Words Review
IMS Delta File Prep
Optional Exercise (Sprint)
WRS Maintenance
CMOS CB-2 Flash
URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment / r/g 2161
IMS and Stowage Conference
DOSETRK Questionnaire Completion
COGNITION Experiment Ops and Filling Questionnaire
COGNITION Experiment Ops and Filling Questionnaire
FLUID SHIFTS. Experiment Reminder
RADIOSKAF. Hardware Power Off / r/g 2160

Completed Task List Items
LS1 laptop stow

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
MSS ops
C2V2 checkout
Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 05/06: RR CASIS ops, Nano Racks Module 9 ops, Fluid Shifts, Microbial sample collect
Saturday, 05/07: Crew off duty, housekeeping
Sunday, 05/08: Crew off duty, Polar 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) - 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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