NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 12 September 2018 - Japan's HTV-7 Spacecraft Launch Rescheduled to Friday

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 12 September 2018 - Japan's HTV-7 Spacecraft Launch Rescheduled to Friday.

JAXA's (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) launch of its HTV-7 resupply ship to the International Space Station has been rescheduled to Friday.

U.S. time. Meanwhile, the Expedition 56 crew members focused on life science and sent down imagery and video of Hurricane Florence on Wednesday.

Mission controllers in Japan have rescheduled the HTV-7's launch to Friday at 4:59 p.m. EDT (5:59 a.m. Sept. 15 Japan standard time) due to weather in the Pacific. The JAXA cargo craft is now planned to deliver over five tons of food, fuel, crew supplies and new science gear to the station Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7:25 a.m.

In space, four Expedition 56 astronauts teamed up throughout Wednesday to study how living in space affects microbes living inside the gastrointestinal system of rodents. Results will help doctors devise plans and treatments to keep astronauts healthy on long-term missions in outer space.

In the Atlantic, Hurricane Florence is headed for the east coast of the United States and forecasted to gain strength before landfall early Friday. As the orbital lab flew 250 miles above the category four storm this morning, the crew took the opportunity to capture photo and video of Florence.

On-Orbit Status Report

H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-7 Launch Delay: Due to an unfavorable weather forecast for tomorrow's HTV launch attempt, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has delayed the HTV-7 launch to Friday, 14 September at 20:59 GMT (15:59 CT) with capture on Tuesday, 18 September at 11:25 GMT (06:25 CT).

Rodent Research-7 (RR-7): The crew completed the first of two days of rodent operations for the RR-7 investigation. Crewmembers will perform bone densitometer scans, blood draws, fecal pellet collections, and sampling operations. The RR-7 investigation examines how the space environment affects the community of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract of mice (also known as the microbiota). It also looks at microgravity's effects on multiple physiological systems known to affect the microbiota, including the gastrointestinal, immune, metabolic, circadian, and sleep systems. These studies should help explain mechanisms underlying interactions between these systems and the role of the microbiota in these interactions.

Time Perception in Microgravity: The crew perform a session for ESA's Time Perception in Microgravity investigation today. The accurate perception of objects in the environment is a prerequisite for spatial orientation and reliable performance of motor tasks. Time is fundamental to motion perception, sound localization, speech, and fine motor

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons (RADI-N2): Today a USOS crewmember retrieved eight bubble detectors from deployed locations inside the Japanese module (JPM1D5) and hand them over to a Russian crewmember, who will process all the detectors in the Bubble Reader.

Food Acceptability: Crewmember performed the questionnaire. The Food Acceptability investigation seeks to determine the impact of repetitive consumption of food currently available from the spaceflight food system. Results are used in developing strategies to improve food system composition to support crew health and performance on long duration missions.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle Remove and Replace (R&R): The crew removed and replaced the WHC Urine Receptacle and Insert Filter. After replacement, a functionality test of the WHC was performed and the WHC was declared operational.

Public Affairs Office (PAO) Live Event: Serena participated in a live Educational PAO event with Poudre High School in Fort Collins, Colorado. A graduate from Poudre, Serena spoke with 100 to 300 students currently enrolled in various levels of physical science classes. Today's event will be incorporated into a culminating activity centered around science and experimental design in space.

Node 3 Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Activation and Data Gather: Yesterday afternoon, ground controllers powered up the Node 3 MCA to checkout the newly installed ORU 2 (S/N F0007) that was installed on 27 August. Controllers gathered data for approximately one hour and performed a Full Calibration while rapid sampling air from Node 1; teams are currently reviewing and interpreting the data collected during yesterday's testing and this morning's Zero Calibration.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Li-Ion Battery Data Logging: The crew terminated a second charging Autocycle of two EMU Long Life Batteries-2 (LLB-2s) with data logging. By analyzing data from these two Autocycles, ground experts will be able to better understand the charge and discharge capacities of these new and improved LLB-2 batteries as well as compare charging system performance between the on-orbit and ground based systems. Data gathered during the first Autocycle show that the first set of LLB-2 batteries charged last week are a GO for EVA and charged as expected.

Completed Task List Activities:
None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
Material Science Research Rack (MSRR) Leak Check
N3 MCA Calibrations

Two-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 09/13:

Payloads
Microbial Tracking-2 Saliva Collection
Rodent Research 7 Sampling
Food Acceptability
Tropical Cyclone setup and event

Systems
HTV-7 OBT

Friday, 09/14:

Payloads
BCAT Camera Activities
Meteor System Disk recovery
CAL Fiber cable troubleshoot
Time Perception Survey
Plant Habitat Science Carrier #2 install
Tropical Cyclone Hardware uninstall

Systems
HTV-7 ROBoT Session 2
N2 Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Installation and Checkout

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

Rodent Research Animal Transfer
Rodent Research Operations 1A
Visual and technical inspection of Potok-150MK Air Scrubbing Device in SM.
ISS HAM Service Module Pass
In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) and Insert Filter (IF) Remove and Replace
Rodent Research Bone Densitometer Scan
Rodent Research Operations 1B
Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Power Cycle
Rodent Research MELFI Insert
Rodent Research Bone Densitometer Scan
СТТС configuration for MRM1
SEPARATSIYA - Flushing Centrifugal Multi-Purpose Vacuum Distiller (ЦМВД) and Urine Circulation Loop. Auto distillation of water with pre-treat solution.
Environmental Health System (EHS) - Coliform Water Sample Analysis 44 +/- 4 hours post processing
Rodent Research Operations 1B
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
Rodent Research MELFI Insert
Rodent Research Bone Densitometer Scan
Rodent Research Operations 1B
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB) Terminate
Rodent Research Centrifuge Setup
Vozdukh checkout for temporary vacuum line via [АВК БМП].
Rodent Research Centrifuge Configure
Rodent Research MELFI Insert
HRF Centrifuge Spin Conclude
Rodent Research Bone Densitometer Scan
Rodent Research Operations 1B
СОЖ Maintenance
Rodent Research MELFI Insert
Rodent Research Bone Densitometer Scan
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
Rodent Research Animal Transfer
Rodent Research Operations Review
PROBOY. RSЕ1 Laptop Ops.
PROBOY. Penetration Simulator Ops.
Binary Colloidal Alloy Test - Battery Changeout
Cleanup of Columbus Cabin
Rodent Research MELFI Insert
Time experiment science
Rodent Research Operations 1B
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) - JEM
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) EDV-Y Swap
Rodent Research MELFI Insert
Rodent Research Centrifuge Configure
Columbus Cabin Restore
Rodent Research Operations 2A
Rodent Research Operations 2B
HRF Centrifuge Spin Conclude Final
MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements.
PROBOY. Copy and Downlink Data
Rodent Research MELFI Insert 3
PROBOY. Copy and download data to memory card.
Radi-N Detector Retrieval/Readout
Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons Hardware Handover
MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeters from USOS
Food Acceptability Questionnaire
MATRYOSHKA-R.BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and reading data
IMS Delta file prep
Teardown the PS-120 Junction Box and stow, and reconfigure A/L UOP
WORF Laptop Connect
Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Termination
Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination

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