NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 21 April 2017

©NASA

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 21 April 2017.

Today: Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements: The 49S subjects completed their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities today, collecting saliva, blood and urine and inserting them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer.

Throughout the day, the crew will perform more collections, storing them in MELFI as well. Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment divided into Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut's eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is being evaluated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and to prevention of eye damage.

JAXA Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) #12 Installation and Execution: The crew installed and configured the JAXA PCG#12 canisters in JEM Ryutai rack. This experiment will run until removal for return on 49S. The two canisters contain a total of 47 protein samples that were prepared by Russian and Japanese researchers from universities, national research institutes, and the private sector. The purpose of this activity is to obtain high quality protein crystals in the microgravity environment at a constant temperature for about 6 weeks. Results may contribute to the development of drugs for multidrug-resistant bacteria, Alzheimer's disease, muscular dystrophy and periodontitis. They will also aid in the development of a blood substitute and biosensor.

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Arrival Preparations: In preparation for OA-7 capture and berthing this Saturday, the crew completed the following:

Reviewed Cygnus attached phase configuration, hardware, and stowage.
Relocated Portable Computer System (PCS) and cables from Japanese Experiment Module Pressurized Module (JPM) Utility Outlet Panel (UOP) to the Lab UOP.
Completed a Robotics Onboard Trainer (RoBOT) session to practice Capture Point hold runs and 2 meter runs.
Today's Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
EKON-M. Observations and photography
Fluid Shifts Saliva Urine, and Blood Baseline Collection
Fluid Shifts MELFI Insertion Operations
Fluid Shifts Galley Water Collection Tracer Ingestion Operations
Fluid Shifts Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
MELFI Overview OBT
Repair CWC-I attached to UPA SPA.
KASKAD. ТБУ-В #02 thermostat connection and activation to +26 °С.
Cygnus Capture Review
FAGEN. ТБУ-В №4 thermostat activation to +4 °С
Soyuz 735 Transfers and IMS Ops
Pressurization of Elektron-VM Liquid Unit before Activation
On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Attached Phase Operations review.
COSMOCARD. Preparing for and Starting 24-hr ECG Recording
Fluid Shifts Urine Collection Mid
Cygnus Cargo Operations Review
KRISTALLIZATOR. PCG kits transfer from Soyuz 735, Inspection, and Handover to USOS
KRISTALLIZATOR. Photo of PCG Kits Handover
Fluid Shifts MELFI Retrieve Insertion Operations
JAXA Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) Installation
CONSTANTA-2. Transfer and Setup in ТБУ-В No.04 at +4 deg C
Progress 435 (DC1) Stowage Ops with IMS Support
Fluid Shifts Blood 3-Hour Collection
Fluid Shifts Blood Collection - Operator
FAGEN. Kit Transfers from Soyuz 735
FAGEN. Setup of MSK kit No.06 in ТБУ-В No.4 thermostat at +4 deg C and MSK kit No.07 kit on SM panel 328, photography
Fluid Shifts Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
Fluid Shifts Saliva 3-Hour Collection
Fluid Shifts MELFI Retrieve Insertion Operations
Cygnus Capture Review
CASKAD. Transfer of Anabioz P/L from Soyuz 735. Bioreactor Setup in Thermostat at +26 deg C. Photography
STRUKTURA. Transfer of Hardware from Soyuz 735
Fluid Shifts Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude
STRUKTURA. Process Activation and Placement
STRUKTURA. Photo during the Experiment and at Exposure Location
Fluid Shifts MELFI Retrieve Insertion Operations
CEVIS Crew Handover
CALCIUM. Transfer of Calcium- Э Kits from Soyuz 735 and Setup in MRM1
CALCIUM. Experiment Session 1
T2 Crew Handover
Fluid Shifts Saliva 5-Hour Collection - Subject
Photo of a scuffmark left by the Active Docking Assembly Probe on the MRM2 Active Docking Assembly (АСП) Receiving Cone
Fluid Shifts MELFI Retrieve Insertion Operations
Fluid Shifts Blood Collection Conclude Stow
Download docking cone internal surface photos to OCA
Fluid Shifts Urine Collection End - Subject
Fluid Shifts MELFI Insertion Operations
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
NanoRacks Microscope-3 Procedure Review
On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 2
Installation and Testing Voltage Converter ПН28-120 in RS
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
PCS Laptop Relocate
Soyuz 735 Transfers and IMS Ops
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
ISS Crew Orientation
Ghost camera setup in Cupola
Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
Fluid Shifts Urine Collection Stow
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
Progress 435 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops
Health Maintenance System (HMS) - ESA Nutritional Assessment
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
IMS Update
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill

Completed Task List Items
Veggie 03 Pillow Watering and Photo
Lab Aft Hatch Stowage Latch Troubleshooting

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Cygnus OBT support
Fluid Shifts support

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 04/22: Cygnus capture/berth/ingress
Sunday, 04/23: Crew off duty
Monday, 04/24: Polar (4) transfers, Emergency Roles/Responsibilities Review, OBT Cygnus emergency review, Cygnus cargo transfer ops

QUICK ISS Status - Environmental Control Group:
Component - Status
Elektron - Off
Vozdukh - Manual
[СКВ] 1 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV1") - Off
[СКВ] 2 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV2") - Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab - Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 - Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab - Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Standby
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

Please follow SpaceRef on Twitter and Like us on Facebook.