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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 10 April 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
April 13, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 10 April 2015
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 10 April 2015.

Today: Ocular Health: Virts and Cristoforetti completed their Return-30 day (R-30) Ocular Health activities today. They each performed ocular ultrasounds and Virts performed a cardiac ultrasound.
This week’s Ocular Health sessions were shared payload and medical requirements. Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections: Kelly collected blood, urine, and cheek swab samples in support of Biochemical Profile, Twins Study, and Cardio Ox experiments. Following collection, samples were inserted into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).

The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.

Twins Study is an integrated compilation of ten different studies led by multiple PI’s at multiple centers. The studies take advantage of a very unique opportunity to look at the effects of space travel on identical twins, one of whom experiences space travel for one year; the other mains earth-bound for that same year. The study looks at changes in the human body in the fields of genetics, psychology, physiology, microbiology, and immunology.

Cardio Ox is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis in astronauts. Crew members provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, three sessions while in space, and again post-flight. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries will be obtained at the same time points, as well as through 5 years after landing as an indicator of cardiovascular health.
Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (Sprint) Volume of Oxygen Utilized (VO2) Exercise Session: Kelly performed his Sprint exercise session on the Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS). He donned Electrocardiogram (ECG) electrodes, Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) hardware, and Portable Pulmonary Function System (PPFS) calibrations, then executed the VO2 protocol. The Sprint investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions. Upon completion of this study, investigators expect to provide an integrated resistance and aerobic exercise training protocol capable of maintaining muscle, bone and cardiovascular health while reducing total exercise time over the course of a long-duration space flight. This will provide valuable information in support of investigator’s long term goal of protecting human fitness for even longer space exploration missions.

SpaceX-6 (SpX-6) Preparations: Today, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) on the Prime String and performed the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Brake and Joint Diagnostics and Latching End Effector (LEE)-B Checkout and Setup. Next they powered up the MSS on the Redundant String and repeated the SSRMS Brake and Joint Diagnostics and LEE-B Checkout and Setup. The Robotics Ground Controllers then maneuvered the SSRMS such that the S1 Lower Outboard Camera could be used to verify that the LEE-B Snare Cables were correctly configured. These activities were performed to check out the SSRMS in preparation for the capture of the SpX-6 Dragon on GMT 105 (15 Apr 15). The Robotics Ground Controllers then maneuvered the SSRMS to the SpaceX High Hover position and are currently supporting the Visiting Vehicle Officer Robotic Workstation (RWS) camera calibration and overlays camera zoom test. MSS performance today so far has been nominal.

Node 3 (N3) Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Fault and Recovery: This morning the N3 CDRA faulted due to Air Selector Valve (ASV) 106 not transitioning between valve positions at the expected rate. Following the fault, ground teams individually commanded ASV 106 to move between valve positions. The commanding to ASV 106 was successful. N3 CDRA was recovered and is currently performing as expected. ASV 106 was replaced on March 24th, 2015. There are 2 spare ASVs available on board.

Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustible Products (CSA-CP) Checkout: During this morning’s CSA-CP checkout of the units that arrived on 42S the crew reported parameters still out of range. The crew has re-stowed the units to continue off-gassing before deploying the units for operations.

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

TWIN – Sample Collection and Prep for Stowage
TWIN – Urine Sample Collection
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
HRF Blood Draw
HRF Blood Sample Collection (operator)
SPRINT – Hardware Power On
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 8358
HRF Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
ISS crew and ???? Weekly Conference (S-band) / r/g 8451
TV Greeting High Definition (HD) Event Setup / See OSTPV for Procedure
HRF – Blood Sample Collection Closeout Ops
USND2 – Hardware activation
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
Test Comm Session in HD. as necessary
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
OTKLIK. Hardware Check / r/g 8408
Ultrasound – Scanning Prep
SPRINT – Experiment Ops (Subject)
Ultrasound Scanning
Ultrasound Scanning (Operator)
PAO Event Dedicated to the Cosmonautics Day
HRF2 Data Management Unit File Update
TWIN – Equipment stowage
24-hour BP Monitoring (end) r/g 8462
Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion (CSA-CP) Checkout Part 2 [Aborted]
TWIN – Urine Sample Collection
CARDIAC Ops Operator
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
Connecting DC1 Kurs-P Antenna Feeder to SM ?2-??? container r/g 6896
Deactivation of Crew Onboard Support Kit (????)
Fan Screen Cleaning (group C) r/g 8393
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
EXPRSX – Software Loading
IMS Delta File Prep
MERLIN – Software Load
ISS Repress Using Air from ??? 424 (DC1) ???? Section 2 – start
IMS Tagup (S-band)
ISS Repress from ??? 424 (DC1) ???? Section 2 -terminate
VIRU. Software Update
ALGOMETRIA. Experiment Ops / r/g 8481
SCD – Hardware Temperature Check
SPRINT – Partial Stow
RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement
VIRU. Hardware Setup for Relaksatsiya Experiment. / r/g 8479
Robotic Workstation (RWS) Display and Control Panel (DCP) Powerup
RGN – Initiate drain into EDV
VIRU. Hardware parameter adjustment for Relaksatsiya Experiment / r/g 8479
Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Food Frequency Questionnaire
MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops [Aborted]
Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run. / r/g 8482
USND2 – Hardware Deactivation
RGN – Terminate drain into EDV
VIRU. Earth Observation Relaksatsiya Experiment. / r/g 8479
TWIN – Urine Sample Collection
VIRU. Closeout Ops and Hardware Teardown after Relaksatsiya Experiment. / r/g 8479
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops [Aborted]
KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copy and Downlink Data / r/g 8482
IMS and Stowage Conference
On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ / See OSTPV for Procedure
MRM1 Fan Screen Cleaning (group B) r/g 8393
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
TWIN – Urine Sample Collection
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
SPRINT – Closeout Ops
HRF Blood Collection Hardware Stowage
Camcorder Setup to View LAB Robotic Workstation (RWS) Monitor 3
Dust Collector Filter Changeout r/g 8393
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 8358
Flight Director / ISS Crew Tagup
COGN – Battery Test
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Battery 4B2 and 1B2 Capacity Test [In Work]
SSRMS maneuver to Dragon high hover
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 04/11: Crew off duty, Moon Photos, PWS PS troubleshooting
Sunday, 04/12: Crew off duty
Monday, 04/13: SpX-6 launch, PAO with Russian President, Crew holiday (Russian Cosmonautics Day)
QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

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

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