NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 5 February 2019 - Psychological Experiments

Expedition 58 Flight Engineer and astronaut Anne McClain of NASA peers into a microscope and takes photographs for the Protein Crystal Growth-16 experiment that is exploring therapies for Parkinson's disease. Credit: NASA. Date: January 3, 2019.

The Expedition 58 crew participated in a suite of psychological, biomedical and physics experiments today. The orbital residents are also getting ready to send off a U.S. cargo craft on Friday.

Astronauts Anne McClain and David Saint-Jacques collaborated today on an experiment that observes how living in a spacecraft for long periods impacts crew behavior. The duo typed personal impressions about working in space in a private journal then took a robotics test to measure cognition. The astronauts also answered a questionnaire to gather more cognitive data before going to sleep.

McClain also collected and stored biological samples for a pair of human research studies looking at physiological changes and negative effects on bone marrow and blood cells. Saint-Jacques looked at how fluid mechanics affects fuel tanks in spaceships and ocean systems on Earth.

Commander Oleg Kononenko focused his day inside the station's Russian segment. The veteran cosmonaut worked on computers, maintained life support systems and photographed Earth landmarks today.

Friday at 11:10 a.m. EST, Northrop Grumman's Cygnus space freighter will depart the station after 81 days attached to the Unity module. Robotics controllers will remotely guide the Canadarm2 robotic arm to grapple Cygnus overnight. McClain will then command the Canadarm2 on Friday to release Cygnus back into Earth orbit as Saint-Jacques backs her up and monitors the activities.

Cygnus has more to do after its release. It will begin to deploy several sets of CubeSats after it reaches a safe distance from the space station. The U.S. resupply ship will then reenter Earth's atmosphere in late February over a remote portion of the Pacific Ocean for a fiery but safe destruction.

On-Orbit Status

Marrow: This morning a crewmember collected Breath and Ambient air samples for the Marrow study. 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.

Fluid Dynamics in Space (FLUIDICS): Today a crewmember installed the Fluidics hardware and initiated the session 5 autonomous science run. The measurement of liquid displacement within a sphere in microgravity relates to a given kinematic representation of a spacecraft's fuel tank. The FLUIDICS investigation evaluates the Center of Mass (CoM) position regarding a temperature gradient on a representation of a fuel tank. The observation of capillary wave turbulence on the surface of a fluid layer in a low-gravity environment can provide insights into measuring the existing volume in a sphere.

Lab Utility Outlet Panel (UOP)-4 Cable Reconfiguration: The crew worked to transfer loads from Lab UOP4 J4 to J3 connections and installed a 120 Volts Direct Current (VDC) Power / Ethernet Cable and Cobalt Brick on J4. This allows for a network connection through Ethernet on UOP4 J4 and enables troubleshooting of Payloads Joint Station LAN data with the ZBook Network Management System Laptop.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS): On Monday evening, robotics ground controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to grapple the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) located on the U.S. Lab Payload and Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF). Once the SPDM was grappled by the SSRMS, the SPDM was commanded to release the Lab PDGF and it was maneuvered to the Mobile Base System (MBS) and where it was commanded to grapple the MBS PDGF1. Now that the SPDM is located on MBS PDGF1, it is in a good configuration for the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) survey this evening.

Completed Task List Activities:
ARED Bench Fastener Tighten

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
SSRMS Operations in support of SAGE and MUSES Survey (Ongoing)

Two-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 02/06

Lighting Effects log and Cognition tests (NASA)
Standard Measures Questionnaire (NASA)
Repository urine collection (NASA)
Actiwatch Spectrum PLUS chk (NASA)
BCM Questionnaire (NASA)
Blood collections (CSA/JAXA)
WMS-MMS data transfer (NASA)
FLUIDICS sessions 2&3 (ESA)

Cygnus Egress and Return Preparation

Thursday, 02/07

Slingshot Installation (NASA)
POLAR 3&4 installation (NASA)
WORF laptop reconnect (NASA)

Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Release Session
Node 1 Nadir CBM Control Panel Assembly (CPA) Installation
Pressure Management Device (PMD) Equipment Setup and Power and Data connections

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

Marrow Breath And Ambient Air Sample Collection - Subject
Reminder Behavorial Core Measures ROBoT-r Testing
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Training Review
Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos website and social media
URAGAN. Observations and photography
SCENARIO. Observation and photography using the camera
RS ISS Module Photos
ECON-M. Observation and photography
Progress 440 [AO] Cargo Transfers and IMS Ops
Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry Subject
Checkout of Virus Definition File Update on Auxiliary Computer System (ВКС) Laptops and Report
HRF Generic Urine Collection For Lighting Effects Female
COLUMBUS Deck 1 and 2 clean-up
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE. HAM Radio Session with Amur State University in Blagoveshchensk
Pressurization of Elektron-VM Liquid Unit before Activation
Fluidics hardware installation
JEM Airlock Press
VIZIR. Experiment Ops using СКПФУ P/L
JEM Airlock Leak Check
Fluidics hardware installation
HRF Generic Urine Collection Female
Elektron-VM Signal And Command Matching Unit (БССК) R&R
Fluidics Run 1 execution
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA) 1 Inter Module Ventilation (IMV) Cleaning
Plug-in Plan LAB Utility Outlet Panel 4 Receonfiguration
On MCC GO Mating Elektron-VM БССК telemetry connector
Current stabilizer СТ-64 and БССК R&R
HRF Generic Urine Collection Female
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
Behavioral Core Measures Journals Entry
Fluidics Power OFF
Behavioral Core Measures Journals Entry
СОЖ maintenance
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
MERLIN EXPRESS Rack Relocation
Quarterly Maintenance of Central Post Laptop, start test 1
HRF Generic Urine Collection Female
MERLIN 3 Desiccant Insert
Scheduled Quarterly Maintenance of Central Post Laptop, end test 1 and start test 2. Creating reports
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
MELFI 1 Ice Brick Insert 2
Robot Startup
Contingency Water Container - Iodinated (CWC-I) Degas
Quarterly Maintenance of Central Post Laptop, start test 3
CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup
Behavioral Core Measures ROBoT-r Testing
Behavioral Core Measures Cognition Testing HRF PC 1
Preparing for Troubleshooting FGB Power Supply System and СУБК devices
Emergency RS ISS VHF-1 Comm Checkout from USOS
Scheduled Quarterly Maintenance of Central Post Laptop, end test 3 and start test 4
Behavioral Core Measures Cognition Testing HRF PC 1
Behavioral Core Measures ROBoT-r Testing
Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
Hematocrit. Hardware Setup
Quarterly Maintenance of Central Post Laptop, End of test 4 and Closeout Ops

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