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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 September 2016

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
September 23, 2016
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 September 2016
Japanese astronaut Takuya Onishi is at work inside the U.S. Destiny laboratory module. Credit: NASA.

Astronauts Kate Rubins and Takuya Onishi are continuing more eye checks today in the middle of day-long orbital plumbing work. Commander Anatoly Ivanishin packed trash in a resupply ship and researched a variety of Earth and space phenomena.
Rubins and Onishi scanned each other’s eyes today using an ultrasound. Doctors on the ground assisted the duo and will use the data to determine how living in space affects vision and the shape of the eye. The pair also participated in the Story Time From Space video series for children demonstrating simple physics experiments.

Onishi spent most of his day replacing parts such as sensors and valves in the bathroom, or the Water and Hygiene Compartment, located in the Tranquility module. Rubins analyzed the quality of the station’s water supply and sampled for microbes, silica and organic material.

Ivanishin, a veteran cosmonaut on his second station mission, is getting the Progress 63 cargo craft ready for departure next month. He transferred cargo and trash to and from the resupply ship then updated the station’s inventory management system. The commander also spent some time exploring new ways to monitor natural disasters, how the digestive system adapts in space and detecting orbital debris and micrometeoroid impacts on the station.

On-Orbit Status Report

Story Time From Space: FE-6 completed the video recording that was started yesterday that demonstrates how a balance scale can be used to exhibit balance in microgravity. Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the ISS. Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related children’s books in orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Crew members videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials.

Water Monitoring Suite – Microbial Monitoring System (WMS-MMS): FE-6 performed two MMS runs today. Both runs were obtained from the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) water analysis sample bag, and analysis will be performed on ISS unfiltered water. The first utilized a low DNA concentration pouch, the second the high DNA concentration pouch. The WMS is a set of hardware that monitors microbes, silica and organic material in the water supply on the ISS. The hardware ensures crew members can test and monitor the safety of their water supplies on future space missions, especially on long-duration missions to Mars, asteroids or other destinations where Earth-based testing would be difficult or impossible.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Hydraulic Components Remove & Replace (R&R): The crew performed preventive maintenance to R&R the urine valve block, urine lines, urine pressure sensors and WHC flush water tank empty pressure sensor.

Ocular Ultrasounds: FE-5 and FE-6 assisted each other in performing routine medical eye imaging ultrasound. The ultrasound images will be used to identify changes in globe morphology and document optic nerve sheath diameter, optic nerve sheath tortuosity, globe axial measurements, and choroidal engorgement.

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

In Flight Maintenance Starboard Crew Quarters Light Installation
JAXA Video Taking Part 6
Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations
EHS Carbon Dioxide Monitor Data Download
SPLANKH. SPLANHOGRAF Setup, Initiate EGEG Recording
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) Hard Drive (start)
Story Time from Space Balance Demonstration
Story Time From Space Historical Photo
In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Tool Gather
Progress 432 [AO] Stowage Ops with IMS Support
Microbial Monitoring System MWA Preparation
Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Water Hydraulics Components R&R
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
Microbial Monitoring System Sample Setup
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Intravehicular Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter (IV-TEPC) Relocate
Increment 49 Safety Video Follow-Up
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ)
SPLANKH. Terminate EGEG Recording. Closeout Ops
Microbial Monitoring System Sample
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) HDD (end) and start backup
?3 Fan Screen Cleaning in MRM2
Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill
OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring
Verification of ??-1 Flow Sensor Position
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan
??? maintenance
IMS Delta File Prep
Ultrasound 2 Guided Data Export
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Post Exam
Microbial Monitoring System Sample Setup
Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
Microbial Monitoring System Sample
Microbial Monitoring System Data Transfer

Completed Task List Items
EVA Tool Stow Part 4
CO2 Monitor Data Download
Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) Procedure Review
MWA Preparations for CFE Experiment

Ground Activities
All activities were completed otherwise noted.
Data bus characterization Test (LB_PMCU_2 and LB_PMCU_4)
Battery 2B1 Capacity Test

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 09/23: Plant RNA, Cubesat Deployer Removal from MPEP, HRF Resupply, Lab MCA Pumpout
Saturday, 09/24: Weekly Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty, Finemotor test
Sunday, 09/25: 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 – Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
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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