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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 March 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
March 16, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 March 2015
The Soyuz TMA-14M spacecraft is seen as it lands with Expedition 42 commander Barry Wilmore of NASA, Alexander Samokutyaev of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) and Elena Serova of Roscosmos near the town of Zhezkazgan, Kazakhstan on Thursday, March 12, 2015. NASA Astronaut Wilmore, Russian Cosmonauts Samokutyaev and Serova are returning after almost six months onboard the International Space Station where they served as members of the Expedition 41 and 42 crews. Photo Credit: NASA/Bill Ingalls.

Today: Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) Activation: Virts pressurized and then perform a leak check of the JEMAL. These tasks were performed in advance of operations on March 25 to remove the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) and Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP)/Small Fine Arm Attachment Mechanism (SAM) from the slide table.
Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI)-3 Cold Box Inspection: Cristoforetti performed regular maintenance on MELFI-3 located in the LAB1S1 rack. She inspected cables for corrosion and applied Braycote 601 where needed.

Aniso Tubule Closeout (Roles of Cortical Microtubules and Microtubule-associated Proteins in Gravity-Induced Growth Modification of Plant Stems): Cristoforetti deactivated the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) and removed the Aniso Tubule Run 9 from the Aquatic Habitat (AQH) Microscope. The next Aniso Tubule Run begins with the insertion into MELFI on March 27. This investigation seeks to understand the mechanisms that plants use in growing stems of the correct thickness to support them against gravity. Microtubules, part of a plant cell’s molecular skeleton, align themselves with the local gravity field and thus produce short, thick bodies in hypergravity. This research will germinate Arabidopsis hypocotyls in space and use a fluorescence microscope in the Kibo module to analyze the directions taken by tubules in the stem just below the leaves of new seedlings.

Ocular Exam: Virts performed an eye exam using the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) hardware and software. This exam is part of a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers.

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

JEMAL – Pressurization
ISS HAM – HAM Radio Power up
IMS Tagup (S-band)
RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement
Inspection of Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA) and Portable Fire Extinguisher (PFE)
Purging Elektron-VM Liquid Unit (??) after Shutdown
JEMAL – Leak Check after Pressurization
MELF3 – Deactivation of Thermostat
Replacement of ????-1? (?407)
Mating Telemetry Connectors of ????-1? (A407)
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
CEVIS Isolator Checkout
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
Installation of NANORACK Locker Door Panel
Terminate BSA Battery Stowage Assembly Maintenance Cycle
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
OTKLIK. Hardware Check / r/g 8240
PAO Event
RGN REC-TNK – Remove depress hose for nominal operations
MSPR – Closeout Ops
ANISO – Closeout Ops
IMS and Stowage Conference
Columbus Portable Power Supply #1 outlet J01 switch off
Force Loader Test (HC-1M) / r/g 8241
Private Exercise Conference (PEC)
OCT Setup
WRS – Payload Water Reservoir (PWR) Fill
RGN – Initiate drain into EDV
OCT Setup
RGN – Terminate drain into EDV
OCT Exams
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

MELFI3 to standby/reactivation
OGA Shutdown [In work]
Lab IFHX Heater PPL Load
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 03/14: Crew off duty, housekeeping duties
Sunday, 03/15: Crew off duty
Monday, 03/16: OGA H2 Sensor R&R, Biolab Smoke Detector R&R, N1 IMV fan cleaning
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 – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Standby
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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