NASA ISS On-orbit Status 24 April 2013

Status Report From: NASA HQ
Posted: Wednesday, April 24, 2013

image International Space Station (ISS) Management Center (IMC) Daily Summary Report
Increment 35 Operations - Stage 35-6
04/24/13 4:00 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)
114/21:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)

New Status:
51 Progress (51P) Launch: 51P launched at 5:12 am CDT. Ascent was nominal and the vehicle reached orbital insertion at 5:21 am CDT. All appendages except Kurs-A antenna АСФ2 were deployed. Telemetry shows the АСФ2 antenna remains in its fully stowed position. The Russians are troubleshooting in the hopes of deploying the antenna. A decision from the Russians as to whether or not to attempt docking on Friday is expected on Thursday; all other Progress systems are performing nominally.

Onboard Training (OBT) Emergency Simulation: Ground teams and all 6 crewmembers participated in the OBT with the crew using the onboard simulator and practiced steps required in the event of an onboard fire. Following this activity the crew conducted conference with the ground trainers in Houston and Moscow to review the event. The goal is to make communication between ground and crew as realistic as possible during these events.

Robonaut Operations: Marshburn reviewed a video, set up the Node 2 camcorder and deployed and attached the Taskboard in preparation for the start of a two day session of Taskboard and Tele-ops. The Robonaut Tele-operation System is used to demonstrate the ability to effectively control Robonaut from the ISS. The research objective is to evaluate this control method in terms of its ability to perform tasks as well as measure the time necessary to complete the defined tasks. This capability will need to be developed to support future operations of Robonaut in the EVA environment as well as certain Intravehicular Activity (IVA) situations. Marshburn will conduct another TeleOps session tomorrow.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-3: Cassidy finished Sample 4, mixed Sample 5 and took test photos this morning of the BCAT-3 experiment. The Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School (EarthKAM) software has been configured to take photos automatically for 7 days starting today, once per hour for 3 days, then once every 2 hours for the last 4 days. The BCAT experiment studies nano-scale particles dispersed in liquid, known as a colloidal suspension, commonly found in such commercial commodities as paint, electronic polishing compounds and food products. These suspensions will have the unique property that the particles will phase separate (like oil and water) and the particles will self-assemble into crystals that interact strongly with light (like opal). Photographing these samples in microgravity allow the measurement of these processes while avoiding the effects of particle sinking due to gravity. This study will allow the development of new insights into this important material process.

Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan: Hadfield, acting as Crew Medical Officer (CMO), set up the equipment and performed an eye ultrasound exam on Cassidy. This exam is part of nominal medical testing on ISS crewmembers and will be performed as a suite of eye exams this week, including Tonometry scheduled for tomorrow and Panoptic scheduled on Friday to gather information on intraocular pressure and eye anatomy.

Thermolab Instrumentation for Circadian Rhythms: Hadfield attached Thermolab sensors and mounted and powered on the Thermolab unit in the belt which he will wear for the next 36 hours. Circadian Rhythms objective is to get a better understanding of alterations in circadian rhythms in humans during long-term space flights. Such knowledge will not only provide important insights into the adaptations of the human autonomic nervous system in space over time, but also has significant practical implications by helping to improve physical exercise, rest and work shifts as well as fostering adequate workplace illumination in the sense of occupational healthcare in future space missions.

Previous Status (04/23/13)
Columbus Water On Off Valve 7 (WOOV7) Remove and Replace (R&R): During a WOOV8 R&R on January 18, 2013, the crew observed that WOOV7 was notably contaminated from condensation deposits. This morning Commander (CDR) Hadfield pre-gathered required tools and with assistance from Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Marshburn, removed and replaced the contaminated unit with a new type of WOOV with an improved design.

Capillary Flow Experiments (CFE)-2 Interior Corner Flow (ICF)-9 Operations: Following yesterday's hardware setup, Marshburn performed the 4th of 10 planned runs of this experiment. He is scheduled to perform the 5th run Friday. CFE is a suite of fluid physics experiments that investigates how fluids translate across surfaces in microgravity. The results aim to improve current computer models that are used by designers of low gravity fluid systems and may improve fluid transfer systems for water on future spacecraft.

Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS) Experiment (BASS): Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS) Experiment (BASS): Cassidy completed the 4th of 13 sessions planned for this experiment. He is scheduled to perform the 5th session Friday. BASS examines the burning and extinction characteristics of a wide variety of fuel samples in microgravity and will guide strategies for extinguishing fires in microgravity. BASS results contribute to the combustion computational models used in the design of fire detection and suppression systems in microgravity and on Earth.

Vascular Experiment: Hadfield performed a blood draw, processed the samples and stowed them in the Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). This activity is performed twice per increment. The Vascular experiment investigates the effects of long-duration spaceflight on the cardiovascular system of astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS). The changes brought by this unique environment could impact the vascular system and accelerate the stiffening of blood vessels that parallels the aging process.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Window Inspection: Marshburn and Cassidy performed a JEM window inspection during which they documented contamination (smudges, particulates) and damage (scratches, cracks) that were on the window pane surfaces. Emphasis was placed on the exterior surface of the debris pane and interior surface of the pressure pane.

Today's Planned Tasks
• CRHYT - Crew Reminder [Complete]
• RSS1, RSS2 Reboot / r/g 1009 step 1 [Complete]
• Reboot Laptop RS2(1) [Complete]
• SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) Test [Complete]
• EKAM Battery Swap [Complete]
• Hematocrit Test [Complete]
• Hematocrit Hardware Stowage [Complete]
• SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. [Complete]
• ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Verification / SM r/g 1550 [Complete]
• EXPRESS-3 ARIS Rack Umbilical Mate [Complete]
• СО2 Filter Unit (БФ) Replacement. Install No. 139 [Complete]
• EVA tool stow, update IMS / r/g 2157 [Complete]
• EKAM Lens Change [Complete]
• ISS Emergency Response OBT. Tagup with specialists (S-band) [Complete]
• ISS Emergency Response OBT Crew Conference [Complete]
• JRNL - Journal Entry [Complete]
• On MCC Go ISS О2 Repress from ТКГ 418 СрПК section 2 (start) [Complete]
• Video Footage for Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Tax Administration Forum / r/g 2170
• BCAT - Experiment start [Complete]
• SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group А [Complete]
• NANORACK Data Collection [Complete]
• ROBONAUT - Experiment Procedure Review and Video Viewing
• CB - Setup [Complete]
• ROBONAUT - Camcorder Setup [Complete]
• ISS О2 Repress from СрПК ТКГ 418 Section 1 (terminate) [Complete]
• VIRU. Software Upgrade. r/g 2168 [Complete]
• R2 - Panel Installation
• ISS Emergency Drill Conference (S-band) [Complete]
• Robonaut Hardware Assembly [Complete]
• Ultrasound 2 Setup [Complete]
• EKAM Battery Swap
• Ultrasound - Scanning Prep [Complete]
• Ultrasound 2 Scan Ops - Subject [Complete]
• Ultrasound 2 Scan Ops - CMO [Complete]
• ROBONAUT- MPC Setup [Complete]
• MAI-75 Hardware Test r/g 2167 [Complete]
• Ultrasound Scanning [Complete]
• Removal of ТГК 418 (DC1) Docking Mechanism, Installation of hatch tool (СО1_14_ВПС4, case (005501R)) on the front of the hatch. [Complete]
• ТКГ 418 (DC1) docking mechanism removal, installation of two hatch tools on the front side [Complete]
• Robonaut Power Up [Complete]
• MAI-75 Hardware Test. r/g 2167 [Complete]
• Ultrasound Data Transfer
• BCAT3 Camera Checkout [Complete]
• Filling EDV (KOV) lid 1000 for Elektron from ТКГ 418 БВ2 / r/g 2035 [Complete]
• Perform separation using backup EDV (KOV) [Complete]
• PROK Kit Prep [Complete]
• Study of veins in lower extremities / r/g 2154
• Clean Bench (CB) Functional Check [Complete]
• СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
• Photography of FGB Interior panels in Hygiene Ops Area / r/g 2159
• Ultrasound 2 Scan Ops - Subject1 [Complete]
• Ultrasound Data Transfer [Complete]
• Ultrasound - Stowage [Complete]
• Thermolab - Instrumentation Ops for Circadian Rhythms [Complete]
• Collecting SM and FGB Air Samples Using АК-1М Sampler r/g 2156 [Complete]
• SM Air Sampling for CO using ИПД Samplers / SM СКДС, r/g 2156 [Complete]
• VIRU. Battery Charge (start) / r/g 1845 [Complete]
• IFM - СНТ Test [Complete]
• Robonaut Power Down [Complete]
• ROBONAUT - Camcorder Configuration [Complete]
• BCAT Reminder [Complete]
• REMINDER - ProK [Complete]
• BCAT - Camera Battery Changeout
• EKAM Battery Swap

Task List
• CEO ops [Complete]
• IMS edit
• RGN WSTA fill
• SSC data gather (FE-6)
• SSC data gather (CDR) [Complete]
• Tool stow
• WHC KTO replace
• Roscosmos Report
• HMS-FFQ-FE-3 [Complete]
• HMS-FFQ-CDR [Complete]
• ProK diet config [Complete]
• 33S US prepack [In Work]
• COL trash gather 1 [Complete]
• COL trash gather 2 [Complete]
• Data prep return CDR [In Work]
• Data prep return FE4
• Data prep return FE6 [In Work]
• EVA RGB process review [In Work]

• Nominal Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 4/25: EMU loop scrub, Robonaut, Reaction Self Test, Viable
Friday, 4/26: 51P dock, IFM CHT test, ITCS jumper fill, BASS, Space Headaches
Saturday, 4/27: Crew day off

QUICK ISS Status - Environmental Control Group:
Off until 4/26
[СКВ] 1 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV1")
[СКВ] 2 - SM Air Conditioner System ("SKV2")
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA)
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA)

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