NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 9 March 2017

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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 9 March 2017.

Today - Fluid Shifts Chibis Measurements, Day 1: The 48S crew member performed the first of two days of operations in the Russian Segment conducting the Return minus 45 day (R-45) Fluid Shifts operations.

The subject donned the Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP/Chibis) device while the operator, with ground support in Moscow, assisted in the medical monitoring. Additionally, while the subject was in the LBNP and experiencing the negative pressure (pulling the fluid feetward), the Crew Medical Officer performed Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP) and Ultrasound measurements. Prior to ultrasound measurements, the ISS was unable to lock onto Tracking and Data Relay Satellite System-275 (TDRSS-275) resulting in a delay to data collections. Teams estimate that 80% of required images were collected due to the communication issues and the Principle Investigators are determining if the remaining 20% needs to be collected. Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that investigates the causes of severe and lasting physical changes to astronauts' 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 investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage.

JEM Airlock (JEMAL) Operations: The crew repressed the JEMAL, performed a leak check, then removed the NanoRack Cubesat Deployer (NRCSD) from the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP). The crew then installed the Handhold Experiment Platform (HXP) on the MPEP and the JEMAL was depressed in advance of the return of Exposed Experiment Handhold Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM)-1 later this increment. The NanoRack deployer will return on SpX-10 for refurbishment and reflight.

Manufacturing Device: Following a ground commanded print, the crew removed, photographed, labeled and stowed a 3 Dimensional (3D) printed item. They then cleaned the extruder print nozzle to prepare for a second print. The Manufacturing Device -Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) enables the production of components on the ISS for both NASA and commercial objectives. Parts, entire experiments, and tools can be created on demand utilizing the AMF that is installed into an Express Rack locker location. The AMF is capable of producing parts out of a wide variety of thermopolymers including engineered plastics.

Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL) Reboot: Overnight, the MSL facility experienced a reboot and went into safe mode as designed but further processing of the current Solidification along an Eutectic Path in Ternary Alloys (SETA) cartridge will not be possible. The SETA cartridge had processed 9 out of the 92 millimeters long sample in the solidification phase of its run and cannot be re-processed after reaching this point. The MSL team commanded a controlled cooldown of the facility per standard procedures. The facility reboot is something that has been seen in the past, and ground teams are evaluating further steps. There are currently 2 remaining cartridges on-board for processing in MSL.

Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)3 Depressurization: The crew used the Manual Pressure Equalization Valve (MPEV) Internal Sampling Adapter (ISA), Vacuum Access Jumper (VAJ), Multimeter and ISA Scopemeter Pressure Probe to depress PMA3. The initial 30 minute gross leak checked passed and an eight day fine leak check is in progress. Following these activities all items that were temp stowed to access PMA3 were re-stowed in the Node 3 Endcone.

Orbital 7 (OA-7) On-board Training (OBT): In preparation for OA-7 berth, currently planned for March 23, the USOS crew completed this OBT with support from ground teams. The crew reviewed capture procedure, mission profile overview, rendezvous crew procedures and interfaces for monitoring/commanding Cygnus. They also practiced a 30 meter approach and 2 Capture Point hold runs.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers installed the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) Payload on the Enhanced ORU Temporary Platform (EOTP). The SPDM then released the payload and the SSRMS with the SPDM were maneuvered to a park position. Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE) removal from ELC is planned Friday evening. MSS performance was nominal.

Today's Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

ENERGY Diet Log of Breakfast
Fluid Shifts Ultrasound Service Module Power On Preparation
JEM Airlock Press
Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
Energy Urine Sample Collection
ENERGY Water Sample
СОЖ maintenance
JEM Airlock Leak Check
Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow
Energy Urine Sample Collection
Meteor Hard Drive Swapout
FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Setup
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
ASEPTIC. Dismantling Glovebox-S Hardware S/N 02.
USB Jumpdrive Return and PPS1 Reconfiguration
Fluid Shifts Ultrasound Service Module Scan - Operator
FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound Scan in SM, Subject
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Removal from the MPEP
FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Closeout Ops
EML Gas Valves Closing
Fluid Shifts Ultrasound Service Module Stow
Fluid Shifts HRF PC CCFP Service Module Setup
Installation of water tank into Orlan-MKC No.4.
Refill configuration setup Refill Orlan-MKC No.4 water system.
Fluid Shifts Ultrasound Hardware Transfer
Handhold Exp Platform Adapter installation
Photography of Plume Impingement and Deposit Monitoring Unit (БКДО) position on MRM2 through SM window No.13, - Preparation
Refill of water tank in Orlan-MKC No.4
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
Photography of Plume Impingement and Deposit Monitoring Unit (БКДО) position on MRM2 through SM window No.13
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Separator Plumbing Assembly (SPA) Contingency Water Container-Iodine (CWC-I) Connection
Photography of Plume Impingement and Deposit Monitoring Unit (БКДО) position on MRM2 through SM window No.13, Closeout Ops
JEM Airlock Depressurization
APEX-04 MELFI Sample Insertion
Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 (PMA 3) Depress
24-hour BP recording (terminate)
DC1 БСС (Spacesuit Interface Unit) Checkout.
VIZIR. Experiment Ops.
ENERGY Diet Log of Lunch
Combined Orlan-MKS No.4 and БСС cooling loop separation in DC1.
On-Board Training (OBT) Cygnus Conference
Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
ESA Weekly crew conference
ISS HAM Service Module Pass
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
Dragon Cargo Transfer Operations
PingMaster SW Upgrade to connect to OTKLIK BRI
Cleaning Fluid System by using Degassing Pump Unit (БОС) in ПхО.
On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Review
OTKLIK. Connecting OTKLIK hardware to BRI. Gain Level Adjustment.
Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 (PMA 3) Leak Check
JEM Airlock Vent
Orlan ORUs Ops, Orlan-MKC No.4 Inspection after setup.
ISS HAM Video Power Up
JEM Airlock Vent Confirmation
Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Fill
T2 Crew Orientation
IMS Update
Flight Director/ISS CREW CONFERENCE
Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill [Aborted]
ENERGY Diet Log of Dinner

Completed Task List Items
None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Solar Array Maximum Output Test
UPA PCPA pumpdown

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 03/10: Rodent Research procedure review/equipment gather, Fluid Shifts, Cygnus OBT
Saturday, 03/11: Rodent Research operations, Auxin Transport equipment gather/run #4
Sunday, 03/12: Rodent Research operations

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 - Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 - Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab - Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) - Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) - Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Full Up

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