NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 February 2019 - Virtual Reality Filming

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 February 2019 - Virtual Reality Filming.

The Expedition 58 crew continued filming in virtual reality onboard the International Space Station today.

The orbital residents also conducted behavior tests and eye checks throughout Thursday while preparing for the first U.S. commercial crew vehicle mission.

NASA astronaut Anne McClain logged into specialized software for a test session with the Behavioral Core Measures study. The neuropsychological test measures cognition as an astronaut conducts simulated robotic activities on a laptop computer.

Afterward, she joined Canadian Space Agency (CSA) astronaut David Saint-Jacques for eye checks in the Harmony module at the end of the day. The two swapped Crew Medical Officer roles and scanned each other's eyes using optical tomography coherence gear. Both astronauts started the day with a standard vision test in the Destiny lab module reading characters from an eye chart.

Saint-Jacques then set up a virtual reality camera in the cupola, the station's "window to the world." The high-tech space footage will be used to create a short cinematic, immersive film for audiences on Earth. The CSA astronaut also activated a camera to capture imagery for the Meteor space-based observation study.

The astronauts are also counting down to Sunday's arrival of the first U.S. commercial crew vehicle on the SpaceX DM-1 mission. The uncrewed SpaceX Crew Dragon will launch from Kennedy Space Center at 2:49 a.m. EST Saturday. McClain and Saint-Jacques will greet the Crew Dragon after it docks to the Harmony module's International Docking Adapter Sunday around 6 a.m.

On-Orbit Status Report

Bio-Monitor: A crew conference was held between the Bio-Monitor Team and David Saint-Jacques to discuss his experience on the 48-hour recording session with the Bio-Monitor Instrument. Although the ISS is equipped with health and life sciences research tools, the existing instrumentation for continuous and simultaneous recording of several physiological parameters is lacking. To tackle this issue, the Bio-Monitor Commissioning activity tests the Bio-Monitor facility; a wearable garment capable of monitoring relevant physiological parameters for up to 48 hours in a non-invasive and non-interfering way. The physiological parameters which can be monitored consist of heart rate, respiration rate, ECG (Electrocardiogram), skin temperature, peripheral blood oxygen saturation, etc.

Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Fan Cable Swap: The crew attempted to perform troubleshooting on the right work volume fan in the LSG. The goal was to reconfigure the cables to allow the faulty unit to be narrowed to either the right fan itself or right fan inverter. Unfortunately, the LSG was not able to be powered up nominally during the later activities and the troubleshooting was not able to be completed. The ground teams are assessing a forward plan. The LSG is a sealed work area that accommodates life science and technology investigations in a "workbench" type environment. Due to its larger size design, two crew members can work in the LSG simultaneously.

Node 2 Smoke Detector Repair Attempt: The crew attempted to repair a damaged wire associated with Node 2 Smoke Detector 1. The frayed wired was discovered during routine housekeeping in December. Further investigation determined that the frayed wire affected the Built-In Test (BIT) function of the Smoke Detector. After today's crew activity, Flight Controllers activated the Smoke Detector, however the BIT failure signature was still present. This redundant smoke detector has since been deactivated, while teams work on a forward plan.

Completed Task List Activities:
Equipment Lock Preparation Part 1A

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
Nominal Ground Commanding

Look Ahead:
Friday, 03/01 (GMT 060):

Payloads:
EML Lens switch
Plasma Kristal-4 fam
PCG temp controller closeout
Team Task Switching

Systems:
SpX-Demo1 Ingress Review and Conference
Saturday, 03/02 (GMT 061):

Payloads:
No payload activities

Systems:
SpX Demo-1 Launch at 01:49 AM CT

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

In-Flight Maintenance Node 2 Area Smoke Detector Wire Repair
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Setup
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Stow
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Swap
Behavioral Core Measures Cognition Testing HRF PC 1
Behavioral Core Measures Journals Entry
Behavioral Core Measures ROBoT-r Testing
Crew Handover Conference
Health Maintenance System (HMS) - OCT2 Exam - Operator
Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT2 Setup
Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT2 Stow
Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT2 Exam - Subject
Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT2 Prep
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Questionnaire
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Test
ISS Experience Cupola Setup
ISS Experience Hardware Relocate
ISS Experience Hardware Stow
JEM System Laptop Terminal Reboot
Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Fan E-Box Cable Swap Part 1
Life Sciences Glovebox (LSG) Fan E-Box Cable Swap Part 2
METEOR Hardware Check and Activation
METEOR Laptop Reboot
Team Task Switching Experiment Survey
Installation of Wide Band Comm System (ШСС) Equipment in the SM (Installation of Instrument Panels)
TV System deactivation and closeout ops
Camcorder setup and activation for TV broadcast

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