NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 May 2016


NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 May 2016.

Today: Rodent Research-3 (RR-3) Bone Densitometer Scans: Following the completion of ten bone densitometer scans earlier this week, the crew transferred the rodents from the habitats, configured Ultrasound 2, and have conducted the remaining ten bone densitometer scans with support from ground teams.

This is the final of three planned sessions this week to study the molecular and physical changes to the musculoskeletal system that happen in space. Results will expand scientists' understanding of muscle atrophy and bone loss in space while testing an antibody that has been known to prevent muscle wasting in mice on Earth.

Microbial Observatory-1 Operations: Microbial Observatory -1 sample collections scheduled this week were completed when the crew took surface and air samples using various devices in multiple locations and photographing each location prior to sample collections. 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.

Fluid Shifts Closeout Operations in the Service Module: Following yesterday's successful completion of Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emission (DPOAE) and Cerebral Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP) tests, today crewmembers completed the Fluid Shifts experiment run by de-configuring the CCFP analyzer and the DPOAE hardware after performing a data transfer in the Service Module (SM). 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.

NanoRack Module 9: The fourth NanoRack Module 9 experiment session was completed earlier this morning. The crew activated, deactivated, and shook the mixture tubes to facilitate the experiment. Module-9 is a collection of student research projects utilizing the NanoRacks Mixsticks. Student teams from across the United States design their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. The investigation consists of several science experiments flown in a NanoRacks Module on board the ISS.

Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA1)/Node 1 Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Reconfiguration: Following PMA1/Node 1 IMV reconfiguration on Monday, data indicated we were still getting air exchange with the Russian Segment (RS). Yesterday the crew covered the IMV diffuser at Node 1 Overhead Starboard 4 and constructed a cone around the diffuser section of PMA1 ducting resulting in air being redirected back to the RS to limit the air exchange through the PMA. Overnight, significant separation was observed with an increase in RS ppCO2 (peak ~3.7 mmHg) and a decline of the USOS 24-hour average. Teams will continue monitoring CO2 at multiple locations throughout ISS.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Conductivity: Ground teams are monitoring recent erratic conductivity data from the UPA distillate that triggered the system to reprocess during yesterday's run, affecting the total distillate production. Today's two process cycles appeared to be nominal. Teams will continue monitoring UPA performance over the weekend and evaluate potential cause for the high conductivity and its erratic signature.

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

P/TV Configure additional camcorder in LAB for HD downlink
Food Frequency Questionnaire
Rodent Research (RR) Animal transfer to MSG and back
Rodent Research (RR) Retrieval from MELFI
FLUID SHIFTS. Comm configuration for the experiment / r/g 9995
FLUID SHIFTS HRF Rack 1 Ultrasound 2 activation and checkout
Rodent Research (RR) Experiment Ops
Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
FLUID SHIFTS Ultrasound 2 Data Export
FLUID SHIFTS. Gathering and Connecting Equipment for TV coverage
NANO Viewing OBT materials for MODULE-9
NANO MOD9 Ops, Session 4
Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
FLUID SHIFTS. Connecting OCT Laptop to RS BRI and HRF PC to ППС-26 (Instead of RSE-Med) r/g 2169
Rodent Research (RR) Camcorder Setup
Counter Measure System (CMS) Harmful Contaminant Measurements in SM / r/g 2174
Audit of Docking and Internal Transfer System (ССВП) Accessories, Kits / r/g 2166
FLUID SHIFTS. CCFP Activation and Settings Adjustments in RS
FLUID SHIFTS. TONO Hardware setup in SM
FLUID SHIFTS HRF 1 Ultrasound 2 Rack Deactivation
FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Setup / r/g 2168
FLUID SHIFTS. Operator Assistance with Chibis and Gamma-1 r/g 2168
Rodent Research (RR) Habitat Transfer
FLUID SHIFTS. Gathering Data in SM, Test Subject
FLUID SHIFTS. Gathering Data in SM, Operator
T2 Treadmill, Software Update Big Picture Words Review
СОЖ Maintenance
FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Closeout Ops / r/g 2168
FLUID SHIFTS. Crew Onboard Support System (КСПЭ) Hardware Deactivation and Closing Applications
FLUID SHIFTS. Copying Data from CCFP/DPOAE devices and their deactivation in RS
Preparation for SM Window Inspection and Photography r/g 2167
SPHEROIDS. Temperature Check
MICROBS1 Sample Collection Part 2
BAR. Experiment Ops / r/g 2172
Rodent Research (RR) Habitat Transfer
FLUID SHIFTS. Disconnecting of Laptop OCT, HRF and Connecting RSE-Med r/g 2170
Rodent Research (RR) Experiment Ops
Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
FLUID SHIFTS. Disconnecting US converter from СУБА / r/g 2171
Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
FLUID SHIFTS. Restore nominal comm config
Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
FLUID SHIFTS. Final Gathering
FLUID SHIFTS. Hardware Handover to USOS
Rodent Research (RR) Post-Experiment Hardware Stowage
FLUID SHIFTS. Reconnecting HRF2 Laptop
Rodent Research (RR) Experiment Ops
FLUID SHIFTS. Hardware Stowage
Inspection and Photography of SM Windows 06, 07 ,08, 09, 26 / r/g 2167
HAM radio session from Columbus
MICROBS1 Sample Collection, Part 3
Rodent Research (RR) Habitat Transfer
Reconfigure LAB camcorder and Dual Canon Li-Ion Battery Charger to nominal config
URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment / r/g 2173
P/TV Camcorder Power Off and Stowage
MSG power off
SHD. Weekly Questionnaire

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Fluid Shifts ops support
RR ops support
Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 05/07: Crew off duty, housekeeping
Sunday, 05/08: Crew off duty
Monday, 05/09: Dragon OBT, CUCU/CCP checkout, RR habitat restock, Space Pup, Sprint

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 - 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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