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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 October 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
October 23, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 October 2015
A U.S. spacesuit is pictured inside the Quest joint airlock.

The crew started their day checking out Cubesat gear and researching a wide variety of science to benefit humanity on and off Earth. Later, two astronauts tried on their spacesuits to ensure a good fit before next week’s spacewalk.
Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren were in the Kibo lab module Thursday morning inspecting and photographing a small satellite deployer mechanism. The mechanism failed to eject a pair of Cubesats two weeks ago and payload controllers are troubleshooting the issue.

During the afternoon, the duo got back together inside the U.S. Quest airlock and tried on the spacesuits they will wear on spacewalks scheduled for Oct. 28 and Nov. 6. They were assisted inside the airlock by Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui and cosmonaut Sergey Volkov. Yui will guide the spacewalkers and operate the 57.7 foot Canadarm2 robotic arm during the spacewalks.

More human research took place today as the crew looked at brain adaptation and cognitive performance on the space station. The crew also explored sleep disturbances and changes in cardiac and respiratory behavior during long-term missions.

On-Orbit Status Report

NanoRack Cubesat Deployer 6 (NRCSD#6) Door Secure: Kelly and Lindgren secured the doors of NRCSD #6 Deployer #6 inside the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock with loading latches and tape to prevent an inadvertent deploy of the two cubesats in that deployer that could not be launched.

Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Video Troubleshooting: Yui performed additional troubleshooting steps for problems experienced during the checkout of multiple video downlinks for the CBEF. He installed multiple video cables between the CBEF and Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack 2 (MSPR2) rack in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).

Neuromapping: Yui completed his Flight Day 90 NeuroMapping Neurocognitive test on a Human Research Facility (HRF) laptop. The Neuromapping experiment studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes any changes to the brain, including brain structure and function, motor control, and multi-tasking; as well as measuring how long it takes for the brain and body to recover from those possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from crewmembers returning from a long-duration spaceflight suggests that movement control and cognition are affected in microgravity.

Microbiome Investigation: Lindgren and Yui completed survey questionnaires as part of their Flight Day 90 session of the Microbiome investigation. Microbiome investigates the impact of space travel on both the human immune system and an individual’s microbiome (the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body at any given time).

Sleep Log: Kelly recorded a Sleep Log entry today. The Sleep ISS-12 experiment monitors ambient light exposure and crew member activity and collects subjective evaluations of sleep and alertness. The investigation examines the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on sleep during a year-long mission on the ISS.

Cognition: Kornienko performed his Flight Day 206 session of the Cognition experiment. This is his seventh of eleven sessions. Individualized Real-Time Neurocognitive Assessment Toolkit for Space Flight Fatigue (Cognition) is a battery of tests that measure how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance. Cognition includes ten brief computerized tests that cover a wide range of cognitive functions, and provides immediate feedback on current and past test results. The software allows for real-time measurement of cognitive performance while in space.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Mobility Unit (EMU) On-Orbit Fit Verification (OFV): Kelly and Lindgren with assistance from Yui and Volkov conducted an EMU OFV to confirm the correct sizing of suits 3003 and 3010. In support of today’s OFV, they recharged the EMU Feedwater Tanks and conducted communication and data checks with Mission Control Center Houston. Kelly and Lindgren are scheduled to perform the ISS Upgrades EVA next week on Wednesday, October 28th.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Last night, robotics controllers powered up the MSS and used the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to stow the Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) Multi-Function Tool (MFT). The stowing of this tool was postponed following the shoulder/yaw joint invalid position anomaly experienced on October 8th on SPDM Arm 2. The MFT stow activity was performed with Arm 2 in Degraded Joint Operations mode. Tonight, robotics controllers will use the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and SPDM to perform an imagery survey of the RapidScat payload. Following the survey, they will stow the SPDM, then walkoff the SSRMS to Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF)3 in preparation for next week’s Latching End Effector (LEE) B lube.

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

Biochemical Urine Test
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
Reminder – On-Orbit Fitcheck Verification (OFV)
Biochemical Urine Test
URISYS Hardware Stowage
On MCC Go Regeneration of ??? ?1 Micropurification Cartridge
BIOME – Questionnaire
USOS EVA Equipment Lock Prep
DAN. Experiment Ops
Soyuz 717 Kazbek Fit Check
Saving personal data from RSK1 Laptop prior to installation of the new SW version
CBEF – Hardware Removal
WRM – Water Consumption Balance, place holder
UDOD. Experiment Ops with DYKNANIYE-1 and SPRUT-2 Sets
OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring
???? Configuration for MRM1
?1 ??1 Testing in MRM1
UDOD. Photography of the Experiment Ops
HAM radio session from Columbus
Tropical Cyclone Closeout Ops
CBEF – Disconnect Cable
Filling EDV from Progress 429 (SM Aft) ??1Tank
CUBESAT – Securing the Door
EMU Water Refill
Restoring Nominal Comm Configuration
Preparing for Replacement of 800? Battery Module No.4 in SM
Saving personal data from RSK1 Laptop prior to installation of the new SW version
Terminate EMU METOX Regeneration
Soyuz 718 Samsung Tablet Charge
HMS – Food Frequency Questionnaire
Saving personal data from RSK1 Laptop prior to installation of the new SW version
TV Conference with Zvezda TV Channel Correspondent
NMAP – Test Ops
PAO Event
EMU On-orbit Fitcheck Verification
Soyuz 718 Samsung tablet charging
Installation of SW Version 4.1 on station Laptop RSK1
??? 429 (SM Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops
Assistance to US crew in EMU On-Orbit Fitcheck Verification
PROBOY. Experiment Ops
Soyuz 717 Samsung Tablet Charge
??? Maintenance
HAM radio session from Columbus [Deferred]
WHC – Full Fill
WRM – Water Consumption Balance
Soyuz 717 Samsung tablet charging
Cognition – Experiment Ops
On MCC Go Regeneration of ??? ?1 Absorption Cartridge
Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
ECON-M. Observation and Photography
URAGAN Observations and Photography
IMS Delta File Prep

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
UHF Activation in support of EMU OFV

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 10/23: 43S OBT Drill, EVA Procedure Review, Microbiome, VHF Emergency Checkout, DOUG Review
Saturday, 10/24: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty
Sunday, 10/25: Crew Off Duty

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – Off
[???] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Shutdown
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full Up

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