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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 11 June 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
June 12, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 11 June 2014
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 11 June 2014

Smoke in Service Module (SM) Update: Yesterday the Russian crew reported smoke and a burning smell coming from the Water Dispensing and Heating Unit (???-?).
The unit was subsequently dismantled, bagged, and stowed in the Progress. There was a spare unit onboard so earlier today, Flight Engineer (FE)-4 Artemyev performed a leak check and installed the unit which was later activated. The crew inspected the old unit but did not find anything off nominal.

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: Commander (CDR) Swanson replaced the igniters, needles, fiber arm, and fuel reservoirs in the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) in support of FLEX-2 operations. FLEX-2 tests are scheduled to resume tomorrow. FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. The FLEX-2 experiment studies the rate and manner in which fuel is burned, the conditions that are necessary for soot to form, and the way in which a mixture of fuels evaporate before burning. The results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding how fires behave in space and will provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels.

Skin-B Sample Collection: FE-6 Gerst conducted his first Skin-B data collection using the Tewameter probe to measure the skin barrier function; the Visioscan Camera to measure skin surface topography; and the Corneometer probe to measure skin hydration. The Skin-B experiment will improve understanding of skin aging, which is slow on Earth but very much accelerated in space. This will also provide insights into the aging process in other (similar) bodily tissues in general. The data could help in determining impact on astronauts on future missions to the Moon and Mars for example where environmental conditions are more challenging.

Cardio Ox Ultrasound Operations: With FE-5 Wiseman as an operator, Gerst collected ultrasound data for the Cardio Ox investigation. The goal of 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 risk in astronauts. Twelve crewmembers provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15, and 60 days after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries are obtained at the same time points, as well as through 5 years after landing, as an indicator of cardiovascular health.

Ocular Health Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT): With Swanson as an operator, Gerst collected baseline data for the OCT part of the Ocular Health investigation. OCT measures retinal thickness, volume, and retinal nerve fiber layer. The 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.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3003: In preparation for EMU 3003 checkout scheduled for tomorrow, Gerst removed the Short EMU Launch Enclosure (SLE) hardware and using components from EMUs 3003 and 3005, resized the suit for Swanson.

Today’s Planned Tasks

RSS1,2 Reboot / r/g 1009 [Complete]
Laptop RS1(2) Reboot / Onboard Computer System (???) [Complete]
SM ??? [Caution & Warning Panel] Test / Manual Controls [???] [Complete]
USND2 – Hardware activation [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference [Complete]
CARDOX – Preparation Steps and Hardware Setup [Complete]
Orlan Suit No. 4 Backup Bladder Leak Check [Complete]
CIR – Video Setup and Rack Doors Open [Complete]
CIR Front End Cap Open [Complete]
Orlan No. 5 Height Adjustment r/g 5822 [Complete]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
WRS Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
MDCA Hardware Replacement [Complete]
Spacesuit and ??? (Orlan interface unit) leak checks and valve tests [Complete]
SKNB – Connect to laptop and data downlink [Complete]
VIRTUAL. Experiment Ops r/g 5790 [Complete]
Orlan Suit No. 5 Backup Bladder Leak Check [Complete]
Orlan suit No. 4 Height Sizing r/g 5822 [Complete]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
Spacesuit and ??? (Orlan Interface Unit) Leak Checks and Valve Tests [Complete]
CARDOX – Configure and start the experiment [Complete]
CARDOX. Ultrasound Operations, Part 1 [Complete]
Study of Cardiovascular System Under Graded Physical Load on VELO. [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
CARDOX – Experiment Ops [Complete]
CARDOX. Blood Pressure Operations [Complete]
PROK -Equipment Setup [Complete]
Equipment Setup / ORLAN MK OPS r/g 5822 [Complete]
Journal Entry [Complete]
Surface Sampling And Analysis (T+5) [Complete]
?3 Fan Screen Cleaning in MRM2 [Complete]
Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification [Complete]
CIR Front End Cap Close [Complete]
Ocular Health (OH) OCT Setup [Complete]
TOCA Data Recording [Complete]
CIR – Rack Doors Close [Complete]
Waste Water Bag Changeout [Complete]
USND2 – Ultrasound 2 Hardware Power Off [Complete]
??? ??-3? Oxygen Tank Pressure Check [Complete]
DC1 ??-3? Oxygen Tank Pressure Check [Complete]
RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement [Complete]
Ocular Health (OH) – Subject [Complete]
Ocular Health (OH) – operator [Complete]
Review Airlock Ops Procedure per RODF “EVA from DC1?. r/g 5847 [Complete]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
RGN – Initiate drain into EDV [Complete]
Ocular Health (OH). Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Stowage [Complete]
EVA – EMU 3003 Configuration [Complete]
RGN – Terminate drain into EDV [Complete]
Glisser-M Equipment Preparation for EVA-38 Video Ops. r/g 5848, 5849 [Complete]
Cleaning ventilation system screens on FGB interior panels (116, 231, 316, 431) [Complete]
MELFI1. Ice Brick Insertion into MELF1 [Complete]
Clean the Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) cone screen assembly located in PMA1. [Deferred]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ [Complete]
Record File Transfer from ???-?? to RSS1 / r/g 5845 [Complete]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
PEPS – PBA photo [Deferred]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evac
WHC KTO replace
Roscosmos Report
Roscosmos photos
Uragan photo
BASS ops overview
BASS single TL ops parts 1,2,3
Crew handover
CFE ICF5 ops parts 1,2,3
EMU LLB Auto-Init
EMU LLB SSC Relocate
IFM MOOT restow
ISERV h/w upg cam mem [Complete]
JPM HD assessment
NOD3 PEPS assessment
ODF CTB reconfig

Nominal commanding
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 06/12: SPRINT, Resist Tubule Clean Bench install, EMU 3003 post launch checkout
Friday, 06/13: Cardio Ox Ultrasound, Resist Tubule Sample Insert, EMU 3003 dump/fill, CCAA Heat Exchanger R&R
Saturday, 06/14: Crew off duty
QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – On
[???] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Override
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Stop
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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