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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 11 March 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
March 12, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 11 March 2015
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 11 March 2015.

Expedition 42 Commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, and Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova of the Russian Federal Space Agency landed their Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft in Kazakhstan at approximately 10:07 p.m. EDT. Russian recovery teams are helping the crew exit the Soyuz vehicle and adjust to gravity after their stay in space.
The trio arrived at the International Space Station on Nov. 23, 2014, and spent more than five months conducting research and technology demonstrations. Wilmore, Samokutyaev and Serova spent 167 days aboard the space station and clocked almost 71 million miles during their time in space.

Wilmore now has logged 178 days in space during two missions, the first of which was on space shuttle mission STS-129 in 2009. Samokutyaev now has spent 331 days in space on two flights, the first of which was on Expedition 27/28 in 2011. This was Serova’s first flight into space.

The station now is occupied by Expedition 43 Commander Terry Virts of NASA, Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA and Anton Shkaplerov of the Russian Federal Space Agency. They will remain aboard the station to continue research and maintenance until the remainder of the Expedition 43 crew arrives later this month.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko and Gennady Padalka, are scheduled to launch from Baikonur, Kazakhstan, March 27 U.S. time (March 28 Kazakh time). Kelly and Kornienko will spend a year aboard the complex collecting valuable biomedical data that will inform future deep space, long-duration missions.

On-Orbit Status Report

40 Soyuz (40S) Undock and Landing: 40S undocked at 5:45pm CDT today bringing Wilmore, Serova and Samokutyaev back to Earth. Landing occurred at 9:07pm in Kazakhstan. The ISS will be in 3-crew operations until 42S docking on May 28.

Biolab Troubleshooting (TripleLux-B): Cristoforetti performed troubleshooting to recover smoke detection in the Biolab facility. She removed & replaced (R&R) two Exchangeable Standard Electrical Module (ESEM) boards in the Biolab to verify there is no damage to board connectors and Biolab interface after removal and prior to installation. Photos were downlinked for evaluation by ground teams and it was determined that the problem is the smoke detector. An R&R is scheduled for next Monday.

Treadmill 2 (T2) Six-Month Inspection: Virts performed this regularly scheduled maintenance today. He cleaned closeout panels, inspected threadbelt slats, screws and snubber cup liner and vacuumed the rack space and filter screen.

Node 2 Port IDA Control Panel Installation: Cristoforetti installed the International Docking Adapter (IDA) Control Panel, IDA Control Panel bracket, and cover on the NOD2P0-11 closeout panel. The Port IDA Control Panel will control IDA1 which will be installed at N2 Forward during SpX-7.

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

HRF – Sample Collection and Prep for Stowage
Start BSA Battery Charge
?? 714 Stowage Ops for Return.
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
HRF – Blood collection assistance
Verification of ??-1 Flow Sensor Position
HRF Blood Draw
CASKAD. Deactivation of TBU No.02
HRF – Blood collection assistance
T2 – 6-month inspection
CASKAD. Transfer of Bioreactor and Insertion into Anabioz Thermostat.
TPLXB. Hardware Retrieval
TPLXB. Preparation for EC Assembly
BIOPLENKA (BIOFILM). Transfer to Soyuz 714
CASKAD. Transfer of Anabioz hardware for return to the ground.
TPLXB. Retrieval of Culture Tube from GLACIER and Transfer to Glovebox
SALMARK – Survey Completion
?2 – Unmanned Activation and Checkout (ACO)
Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Medical kits prepack for disposal or return
Photography of [??] and cargo kits for return before ?? 714 undocking from ISS
?? 714 Transfers Status Report
TPLXB. Transfer of Triplelux EC from incubator to TCU 2
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
Photography of the external surface of Soyuz 714 [??] ?? hatch cover
Closing USOS Window Shutters
ISS HAM – Radio Deactivation
Downlink photo of external surface of Soyuz 714 [??]-?? after completion of return cargo stowage
AIRMON – Hardware Reconfiguration
HRF Closeout Ops
??? 714 [??] cooldown ops prior to descent
HRF Closeout Ops
Soyuz 714 Activation, Comm Check from Soyuz 714
Take to ??: r/g 8182, 8220 + r/g 8227
Comm config for ?? 714 Undocking and Descent
Setup and Activation of ???? Equipment for Hatch Closure TV coverage from MRM2
??-MRM2 Hatch Closure. Hatch Closure TV Coverage
?? 714- MRM2 hatch leak check
Biolab – board exchange [Aborted]
MPEG TV Downlink “Hatch Closure from MRM2?
SALMARK – Survey Completion
Node 2 – Port International Docking Adapter (IDA) – Installation of Control Panel (ICP)
???? hardware Deactivation and Closing Applications on ?? SSC
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV [Aborted]
Closing window shutters 6,8,9,12,13,14
TEPC Transfer
?? 714 Ops; Undocking and Descent Ops
AIRMON – Hardware Reconfiguration
Filling (separation) of EDV from ??? 424 Rodnik ??2 tank for Rodnik system or EDV-SV
Switching MRM2-?? PEV to CLOSED position
ISTOCHNIK-M. Activation of ?? 714 TLM Recording.
??? 714 Comm reconfig for nominal ops after landing
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Soyuz undock commands
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 03/12: Crew sleep day
Friday, 03/13: JEM A/L leak check, MELFI3 cold box inspect
Saturday, 03/14: 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”) – Off
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) – 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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