NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 February 2019 - Researching Fluid Physics

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 February 2019 - Researching Fluid Physics.

The astronauts onboard the International Space Station continued exploring today how living in space affects their minds and bodies. The Expedition 58 crew also researched fluid physics and prepared a resupply ship for its departure.

Anne McClain of NASA collected blood and urine samples this morning for the Repository physiology study. She spun the samples in a centrifuge then stowed them in a science freezer. She later took a cognition test in support of the Lighting Effects experiment that seeks to improve health and wellness.

Canadian Space Agency astronaut David Saint-Jacques along with McClain answered a pair of questionnaires in support of the Standard Measures and Behavioral Core Measures psychology studies. He also wrapped up a physics study observing the mechanics of fluids in hardware that represents a spacecraft fuel tank.

McClain will be in the cupola Friday at 11:10 a.m. EST and release the U.S. Cygnus resupply ship from the Canadarm2 robotic arm. Saint-Jacques will back her up Friday and monitor the cargo vessel's departure. The duo is finalizing packing, will install a small satellite deployer in Cygnus then close the hatches on Thursday.

Over in the station's Russian segment, Commander Oleg Kononenko of Roscosmos worked on power supply and battery maintenance in the Zarya module. The long-serving cosmonaut also researched crew psychology and studied radiation exposure.

On-Orbit Status

Fluid Dynamics in Space (FLUIDICS): Today a crewmember attempted to run the last two science sessions (2&3) however, an anomaly occurred with the science hardware during run #2. Run #3 was aborted from the timeline until further investigation by the ESA ground teams. 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.

POLAR: Today a crewmember installed the POLAR 3 and 4 units into the Japanese Module. Polar is a Cold Stowage managed facility that provides transport and storage of science samples at cryogenic temperatures (-80ºC) to and from the ISS.

NG-10 Cygnus Departure Prep: Today the crew performed final egress and hatch closure of Cygnus S.S. John Young ahead of its planned un-berth and release on Friday GMT 039 at 16:10 (10:10 CT). Tomorrow the crew will be installing the Install SlingShot deployer and Ubiquitylink payload onto the Cygnus hatch prior to the final Node 1 Nadir close out activities later in the day.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS): Today, robotics ground controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to perform a survey of the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) and Multiple User System for Earth Sensing Facility (MUSES) payloads. After the survey was completed, the SSRMS and SPDM were maneuvered to stow the SPDM on the Mobile Base System (MBS) Payload and Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) #2. After the SSRMS released the SPDM, the SSRMS was maneuvered onto the Node2 PDGF. Finally, SSRMS released the MBS PDGF #4 and was maneuvered to grapple the Cygnus Power and Video Grapple Fixture (PVGF) in preparation for Cygnus un-berth and release this Friday.

Common Communications for Visiting Vehicle (C2V2) Very High Data Rate (VHDR) Testing: Today teams began C2V2 testing that will be ongoing through Friday. The purpose of this testing is to help collect data concerning the Reed Solomon errors that occurred during NG-9 Cygnus mission. During today's testing, both C2V2 receivers maintained signal lock where the errors occurred previously.

Completed Task List Activities:
Cygnus Cargo Operations
IFM ISS Pin Kit Audit

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
Cygnus Departure Prep

Two-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 02/07

Payloads:
Lighting Effects log (NASA)
Slingshot Installation (NASA)
WORF laptop reconnect (NASA)

Systems
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

Friday, 02/08

Payloads:
Lighting Effects log (NASA)
Actiwatch data d/l (NASA)
Meteor H/D Swap (NASA)
MELFI 1-3 Icebrick insert (NASA)

Systems
Regenerative ECLSS Recycle Tank Drain and R&R
Node 1 CBM de-mate and Cygnus Release
SAFER Test Module Checkout

Saturday, 02/08

Payloads:
ISS Experience Node 2 Astronaut Log (NASA)

Systems:
None

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

Actiwatch Plus Evaluation Display Check
Behavioral Core Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
COLUMBUS Deck 2 restow
CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Operator
CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection 25 Minutes Subject
CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow
CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Configuration
CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
CSA Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
Acrobatics in Space
Record video of 1 orbit of Earth for CSA outreach
Record video for CSA about physical activity in space
Water in Space - Q&A
Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Rotation and Closeout
Cygnus Egress
Cygnus/Node 1 Vestibule Configuration for Demate - Part 1
Environmental Health System (EHS) Coliform Water Processing
Environmental Health System (EHS) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Collect
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Analysis
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Training Review
Fluidics Closeout Activities
Fluidics Ending of data copy and T61p Laptop stowage
Fluidics Run 2 preparation
Fluidics Run 2 execution
Fluidics Run 3 execution
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
HRF Generic Urine Collection Female
HRF Generic Urine Collection Stow
Delta file prep
ISS Experience Message Review
JEM Regenerative Heat Exchanger (RHX) Water Wipe
JAXA Sample MELFI Insertion
Lighting Effects Cognition Test 1 HRF PC 1
Lighting Effects Cognition Test 2 HRF PC 1
Lighting Effects Cognition Test 3 HRF PC 1
Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry Subject
MELFI 3 Ice Brick Insert 2
Microbial Monitoring System Data Transfer
Microbial Monitoring System MWA Preperation
MORNING PREPARATION WORK
Gather Vestibule Outfitting Kit (VOK)
NOD1D1 Restow
Standard Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
WHC KTO REPLACE
SCENARIY. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment
Photographing of RS modules.
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
Hematocrit Test
Hematocrit Hardware Stowage
MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Tritel P/L and data downlink. Tagup with specialists as necessary
Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
Replacement of CO2 Filter Unit ИК0501
СОЖ maintenance
ТГК 71P transfer operations
Air Heater Fan (БВН) Screen Maintenance in Soyuz 741
Diagnostics of FGB СУБК instruments 11М156М
Preparation for replacing FGB Power Supply System Battery 800А (АБ5) module. Viewing video for R&R Ops
Diagnostics of FGB Power Supply System Filter Units (БФ-2) and Main Bus Assembly (БСШ-2)

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