NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 12 June 2018 - Spacewalk Set for Thursday


NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 12 June 2018 - Spacewalk Set for Thursday.

NASA astronauts Ricky Arnold and Drew Feustel are set to go on their third spacewalk together this year on Thursday at the International Space Station.

Their new Expedition 56 crewmates Serena Auñón-Chancellor and Alexander Gerst are training today to support the two spacewalkers.

Arnold and Feustel will begin Thursday's spacewalk at 8:10 a.m. to install new high definition cameras to support upcoming commercial crew missions from SpaceX and Boeing to the orbital laboratory. The first uncrewed test missions are planned to begin later this year. The cameras will provide improved views of the commercial crew vehicles as they approach and dock to the station. NASA TV will provide complete live coverage of the 211th space station spacewalk starting at 6:30 a.m.

Auñón-Chancellor and Gerst, who just arrived at the station on Friday, will assist the spacewalkers on Thursday. Gerst will help the spacewalkers in and out of their spacesuits. Auñón-Chancellor will operate the Canadarm2 robotic arm. The duo practiced today on a computer the robotics procedures necessary to maneuver a spacewalker to and from the worksite on the starboard side of the station's truss structure.

Arnold and Feustel had some extra time today to work on science and maintenance activities. Arnold worked with the Microgravity Science Glovebox to troubleshoot a semiconductor crystal growth experiment. Feustel performed some plumbing work in the Tranquility module before relocating a pair of incubator units to support new experiments being delivered on the next SpaceX Dragon cargo mission. Finally, the duo readied the Quest airlock and their spacesuits for Thursday morning's spacewalk.

On-Orbit Status Report

Solidification Using Baffles in Sealed Ampoules (SUBSA): Today, the crew troubleshot the SUBSA experiment that is currently located in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). The crew removed the sample ampoule, which was lodged inside the chamber bore. Additional troubleshooting is being discussed among the ground teams. The objective of the SUBSA investigation is to advance understanding of the processes involved in semiconductor crystal growth. It offers a gradient freeze furnace for materials science investigations that can reach 850°C. Samples are contained in transparent quartz or ceramic ampoules with high definition video imaging available in real-time along with remote commanding of thermal control parameters.

Grip: The crew completed the second of three dynamic seated GRIP operations. ESA's Grip investigation tests how the nervous system takes into account the forces due to gravity and inertia when manipulating objects. Results from this investigation may provide insight into potential hazards for astronauts as they manipulate objects in different gravitational environments, support design and control of haptic interfaces to be used in challenging environments such as space, and provide information about motor control that will be useful for the evaluation and rehabilitation of impaired upper limb control in patients with neurological diseases.

Multi-Omics: Immediately upon awakening, a crewmember collected and processed saliva samples prior to inserting the samples into a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Multi-omics analysis of human microbial-metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem (Multi-Omics) investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts' immune function, by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the gut microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system.

Marrow: A crewmember collected blood samples for their Flight Day 5 session of CSA's Marrow today. Air samples were also collected to support the Marrow investigation. Marrow looks at the effect of microgravity on bone marrow. It is believed that microgravity, like long-duration bed rest on Earth, has a negative effect on the bone marrow and the blood cells that are produced in the bone marrow.

External Wireless Communication System (EWC) Ethernet Cable Connection: This morning, the crew routed and installed an Ethernet cable in the US Lab needed to activate the EWC system scheduled for installation during Thursday's US Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #51 Node 2 External Wireless Communications (EWC). Mating this cable to the J14 Gore Panel allows for a checkout of the system while the crew are outside of ISS.

EVA Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session: Today the crew tasked with providing Intravehicular (IV) Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) support during Thursday's US EVA #51 Node 2 EWC performed a robotics procedure review and an On-Board Training (OBT) session using ROBoT. ROBoT is an on-orbit version of the ground-based Dynamics Skills Trainer (DST) that simulates robotics operations with graphical feedback.

Today's Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Multi Omics Saliva Operations
Multi Omics Saliva sample MELFI Insertion
Multi Omics Saliva Stow
Multi Omics Question
CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection
Photo TV Battery Charge Initiation
CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
Solidification Using Baffles in Sealed Ampoules Sample Troubleshooting
CSA Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow
COSMOCARD. Closeout Operations
GRIP science performance in seated position
Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Checkout Part 2
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection
Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Pre-Treat Tank Remove & Replace
Check the Results of [BKC] Laptops Antivirus Scanning and Report
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cuff Checklist Print
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
Rodent Research Locker Relocate
Lab External Wireless Communication System (EWC) Ethernet Cable Connection
Space Automated Bioproduct Lab 1 and 2 Unit Relocate
Photo TV Battery Charge Swap
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
CALCIUM. Session 3 of the Experiment
Casablanca 2 Server Ethernet Cable Move
Rodent Research Locker Relocate
Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
Photo/TV XF305 Camcorder Deploy and Trash
ISS Crew Orientation
СОЖ maintenance
Glacier Ice Brick and Cold Block Inserts
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Equipment Lock Preparation Part 1
CEVIS Handover Video Review
PAO Preparation
Photo TV Battery Charge Swap
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config Columbus Setup
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) in Columbus
Respiratory Support Pack (RSP) - Checkout
Robotics Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
On-board Training (OBT) EVA Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
MELFI Dewar Inventory
COL1F2 Cargo Transfer Bag (CTB) Relocate
MELF2 Dewar3 Cleanout Part 1
Photo TV Battery Charge Deactivation

Completed Task List Activities:

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
MCC-H Step Up
Lab MCA Zero Calibration

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 06/13: EVA Prep (Tool Config, Procedure Review/Conf, Equipment Lock Prep), RFID Tag, GRIP, EML Sample Chamber, Debrief, PROX activation
Thursday, 06/14: EVA 51 (N2 EWC power and Ethernet cable routing from Lab to N2, Install WIF #16 and #17 Booms with HD Camera and EWC Connections, CP3 Light R&R, CP3 HD Camera R&R, CATS Door Closure)
Friday, 06/15: Post EVA (EVA tool stow, EVA Debrief, EMU Water Recharge), GRASP, Acoustic Monitoring Survey

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 - Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 - Standby
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab - Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Idle
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) - Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) - Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Off

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