NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 29 November 2017 - Station Orbit Boosted

This image shows the release of the Dellingr spacecraft, which NASA specifically developed to provide high-quality science data on a small platform. Credit: Nanoracks/Larry Kepko.

The International Space Station is orbiting slightly higher today to get ready for a pair of crews swapping places on the orbital laboratory in December. A Progress 67 resupply ship docked to the rear of the station fired its engines for just over three minutes this morning boosting the orbital lab to its correct altitude for next month's crew departure and arrival.

Three Expedition 53 crew members from the United States, Russia and Italy are getting ready to return home just in time for the holidays. Commander Randy Bresnik and his cohorts Sergey Ryazanskiy from Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli from the European Space Agency are due to land Dec. 14 inside their Soyuz MS-05 spacecraft in Kazakhstan. From there, the veteran space trio will split up and return to their home space agencies about 24 hours later having just spent 139 days in space together.

Next up are three Expedition 54-55 crew members who will launch Dec. 17 for a two-day ride to the station inside the Soyuz MS-07 spacecraft. Veteran cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov from Roscosmos will be conducting his third tour aboard the orbital complex. Scott Tingle from NASA and Norishige Kanai from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency will both be starting their first missions in space. All three will spend four months orbiting Earth.

Greeting the new crew when it arrives on Dec. 19 will be Expedition 54 Commander Alexander Misurkin of Roscosmos and NASA Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Mark Vande Hei who have been in space since Sept. 12. Misurkin will open the Rassvet module's hatch where the Soyuz spacecraft will be docked and welcome the new crew members when they come flying in the station.

On-Orbit Status Report

Rodent Research 6 (RR-6): During the installation of four Rodent Habitats yesterday, the crew noticed a leak on the outside of the first two habitats. The crew successfully installed the third and fourth habitats, but were instructed to temporarily stow the first two habitats until ground teams could develop a forward plan. Earlier today, the crew cleaned the contamination from the outside of the habitats and further inspected the inside of both habitats. After confirming that no contamination was inside of the affected habitats, the habitats were deemed safe and successfully installed in the EXPRESS Rack by the crew. All four habitats will be used to support the upcoming RR-6 investigation arriving on SpaceX-13.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections (Biochemical Profile, Marrow, and Repository): A 51S crewmember conducted his return minus 15 day (R-15) breath and ambient air, blood, and urine sample collections to support the Biochemical Profile, Marrow, and Repository experiments. The samples were placed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).

The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.
Repository is a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.
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.
Circadian Rhythms: Today a crewmember instrumented himself with Thermolab Double Sensors and mounted the Thermolab Unit to his belt, and began 36 hours of monitoring for the Circadian Rhythm investigation. Circadian Rhythms investigates the role of synchronized circadian rhythms, or the "biological clock," and how it changes during long-duration spaceflight. Researchers hypothesize that a non-24-hour cycle of light and dark affects crewmembers' circadian clocks. The investigation also addresses the effects of reduced physical activity, microgravity and an artificially controlled environment. Changes in body composition and body temperature, which also occur in microgravity, can affect crewmembers' circadian rhythms as well. Understanding how these phenomena affect the biological clock will improve performance and health for future crewmembers.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Camera Robot: The crew set up and activated the JEM Camera Robot before assisting ground teams with the 5th flight checkout activity. This device is a free-flying camera robot that provides real time video downlink and photographs. It is expected to reduce the crew time requirements to support video recording of activities, especially at the blind spot of existing JEM internal cameras.

Zero Boil-Off Tank Particle Injection: The crew injected Digital Particle Imaging Velocimetry (DPIV) particles into the test section for an imaging test. Rocket fuel, spacecraft heating and cooling systems, and sensitive scientific instruments rely on very cold cryogenic fluids. Heat from the environment around cryogenic tanks can cause their pressures to rise, which requires dumping or "boiling off" fluid to release the excess pressure, or actively cooling the tanks in some way. ZBOT uses an experimental fluid to test active heat removal and forced jet mixing as alternative means for controlling tank pressure for volatile fluids.

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Configuration for Advanced Combustion via Microgravity Experiments (ACME): The crew removed and replaced a CIR manifold #2 bottle and set the CIR valve timers on the front of the optics bench to limit the amount of fuel and oxygen in the CIR Combustion Chamber. The ACME investigation is a set of five independent studies of gaseous flames to be conducted in the CIR. ACME's primary goal is to improved fuel efficiency and reduced pollutant production in practical combustion on Earth. Its secondary goal is to improve spacecraft fire prevention through innovative research focused on materials flammability.

NanoRacks Vuze (One Strange Rock) Camera Handheld Operations in the Cupola: The crew used the NanoRack Vuze camera to record 3-Dimensional 360-degree videos inside of the ISS. The crew used the handheld camera in the Cupola to capture long corridor footage to give the viewer a 3D perspective of floating through the ISS. National Geographic Channel-Virtual Reality Educational Video for Television Series-"One Strange Rock" (One Strange Rock Virtual Reality) is a 10-part series that transports a virtual reality camera to the ISS for recording of a National Geographic special on the Earth as a natural life-support system. Crew aboard the ISS record a series of virtual reality pieces for incorporation into a larger documentary about natural history and the solar system. Each episode features a different crewmember and addresses different topics using next generation virtual reality technology to raise awareness about the Earth system and the space program.

Meteor Grating Configuration and Hard Drive Exchange: The crew removed and replaced the hard drive and changed diffraction gratings in the Meteor camera located in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF) payload volume. The Meteor payload is a visible spectroscopy instrument with the primary purpose of observing meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. Since the parent comets or asteroids for most of the meteor showers have been identified, the study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids.

Sabatier Removal for Return: Today, the crew returned the OGS Rack Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) flow to the pre-Sabatier configuration and functionality. The Sabatier unit will be returned on SpaceX-13 in January for refurbishment.

Dragon Robotics On-Board Trainer (RoBOT): In preparation for SpX-13 berthing currently scheduled for December 10th, the crew completed Robotics training consisting of a simulated 30 meter approach, two Capture Point hold runs and 2-meter runs.

67P Reboost: Today, ground controllers commanded a reboost of the ISS using engines on 67Progress. This was a nominally planned reboost and configured the station's orbit for SpaceX-13 arrival and the 51S/53S crew rotation.

Robotics operations: Last night, ground controllers performed steps to check out the Force Moment Sensor (FMS) on Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM). Due to the previous night's anomaly, the grasping task was not attempted, but all other tasks were completed successfully.

Cygnus cargo operations: The crew has continued cargo operations to fill the OA-8 Cygnus capsule with disposal cargo. A total of 72 hours 15 minutes have been spent on cargo operations so far this mission. It is estimated that slightly over one hour of cargo operations remain.

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

Marrow Breath And Ambient Air Sample Collection - Subject
ARED Photo/TV Reminder
HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Double Spin Collection
HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Double Spin Configuration
HRF Generic Urine Collection Male - Subject
Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Power Up
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude
Acoustic Monitor Battery Swap
Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Subject
In Flight Mainteance (IFM) Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Rack Reconfig
Scheduled monthly maintenance of Central Post Laptop. Laptop log-file downlink via OCA.
СОЖ Maintenance
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Preparation for the experiment.
СО [ВСО] Fan replacement in ГЛ2106 gas analyzer
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Operator Assistance in Preparation for the Experiment
Rodent Research 6 Habitat Locate and Inspection
Deactivation of ТБУ-В No.04 Thermostat
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment Ops on БД-2 Treadmill (Individual Strategy Test)
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout operation (Operator)
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout Ops Tagup with specialists
Rodent Research Habitat Install
JEM TEPC SSD Remove and Replace
Preparing for Troubleshooting FGB Power Supply System and СУБК devices, ODF and R/G review.
Monitoring shutter closure on windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14
HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup
Pre-pack cargo items for return or disposal on Soyuz 736
Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold #2 Bottle Replacement
Robot Startup
NanoRacks Microbial Growth Experiment Imagery
Robotic Workstation (RWS) Setup
In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) Sabatier Removal - Final QD Mate
Combustion Integrated Rack Valve Timer Set
USOS Window Shutter Close
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
Zero Boil-Off Tank Particle Injection
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) in Columbus
On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 1
Video Recording of Greetings
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow
Audit of Personal Hygiene Articles
Crew Departure Prep
Meteor Hard Drive Diffraction
Probiotics Item Gathering
NanoRacks Vuze Camera - Handheld Video Recording
NanoRack Vuze Photo
In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) Sabatier Removal - NOD3O1 Closeout
In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) NOD3O1 Alcove Stowage Replace
Countermeasures System (CMS) Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Conclude
Internal Sampling Adapter (ISA) Pressure Probe Test
Robotics Work Station (RWS) Display and Control Panel (DCP) Switch Checkout
Replacement of ПФ1, ПФ2 Dust Filters and Cleaning В1, В2 Fan screens in MRM2
Circadian Rhythms Instrumentation w. Armband
Photo T/V (P/TV) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Setup
NanoRacks Vuze SD Card Removal from SSC
Acoustic Dosimeter Setup Day 1
Marrow Breath And Ambient Air Sample Setup - Subject
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
TIMER. Battery Charge

Completed Task List Activities
RGR - SpaceCom 2017 Award Recipient Greeting
OA-8 Cargo Environment Sensor Data Download

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
67P reboost

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 11/30: HRF blood and urine sample collections, MAS and SSK sampling, Cygnus release OBT, Dragon Offset Grapple OBT, Plant Habitat Sound Level Measurements
Friday, 12/01: Max CEVIS, Sabatier Return, ZBOT Hardware Stow, Circadian Rhythms
Saturday, 12/02: Weekly Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty

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 - Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) - Shutdown
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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