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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 May 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
May 14, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 May 2014
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 May 2014.

Today: 37 Soyuz (37S) Undock and Landing: Expedition 39 Commander (CDR) Wakata, Flight Engineer (FE)-4 Tyurin and FE-5 Mastracchio closed the hatches to the 37S vehicle and undocked their spacecraft from the ISS today at 5:36 p.m. CDT, marking the start of Expedition 40.
The Soyuz landed outside of Dzhezkazgan, Kazakhstan at 8:58 p.m CDT. The crew’s return completes 187 days in space. CDR Swanson, FE-1 Skvortsov and FE-2 Artemyev will operate the ISS as a three-person crew until the arrival of three additional crew members on May 28.

Salivary Markers Blood Collection: With the help of FE-5 Mastracchio, ISS CDR Swanson collected his midpoint blood collection for Salivary Markers. This sample will be returned ambient on 37 Soyuz. These samples will be used to measure markers of latent viral reactivation (a global indicator of immune impairment and infection risk) in conjunction with salivary antimicrobial proteins and immune cell functional assays. This research study will help identify if there are any risks of an adverse health event in crewmembers due to an impaired immune system. Maintaining a robust immune system during prolonged spaceflight missions (i.e., to other planets or asteroids) will be important to ensure mission success. If any impairment in immunity is found due to spaceflight, this will allow the development of appropriate countermeasures to help mitigate the risks.

Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) Removal: FE-6 Wakata removed the PCG samples from the Protein Crystallization Research Facility (PCRF) and stowed them in a canister bag for return on 37S. These samples have been in the PCRF since they were delivered to ISS on 38 Soyuz in March. High quality protein crystals can be obtained in microgravity conditions, which can provide detailed information regarding crystal structure for designing new drugs for diseases and catalysts for ecological applications.

Petri Plant Harvest: ISS CDR Swanson prepared the Maintenance Work Area (MWA) for Petri Plant harvest, and then removed the plant specimens from Petri Plates and inserted them into Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Fixation Tubes (KFTs) in preparation for return on SpaceX-3. The Petri Plants investigation focuses on the growth and development of Arabidopsis thaliana seedlings in the spaceflight environment, with a specific focus on how a root knows which direction to grow in when gravity is absent. Plants are grown in agar, a nutrient solution with a gelatin-like consistency, and exposed to light or dark conditions. Plants are harvested on-orbit, preserved with a chemical preservative, and returned to the ground for post-flight evaluation.

Remote Power Controller Module (RPCM) Trips: The RPC (N3A51B4A-A Remote Power Controller (RPC)- 17) powering the Sabatier compressor tripped this morning. Initial data review shows it was an over current trip. The specialists are reviewing the data to determine future actions. Additionally, RPCM LA1B-G RPC 3, powering Rack Flow Control Assembly for CIR, tripped open as a FET Controller Hybrid issue. After five unsuccessful attempts to reset, the RPCM was changed to close inhibited.

Today’s Planned Tasks

SM ??? (Caution & Warning Panel) Test [Complete]
Laptop RS1(2) Reboot [Complete]
RSS1,2 Reboot / r/g 1009 [Complete]
HRF – Sample Collection and Prep for Stowage [Complete]
HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
??? Laptops Antivirus Scan Check and Status Report / r/g 5201 [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
HRF Blood Draw [Complete]
HRF – Blood collection assistance [Complete]
37S Return Stowage / r/g 5266, 5463nu [Complete]
Setup of GoPro HERO3 cameras in 37S ?? / r/g 5570 [Complete]
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Complete formatting 32Gb Flash-card. / r/g 5629 [Complete]
JAXA – PCG Removal [Complete]
Disconnecting ??-153? TV camera from MRM1 TVS / r/g 5635 [Complete]
Petri Plant OBT [Complete]
KRISTALLIZATOR. Joint Packing, Acceptance of PCG kits, Transfer to ?? for Return / r/g 5630 [Complete]
KRISTALLIZATOR. Photo of PCG Kit Handover / r/g 5631 [Complete]
PETRI – Preparation Ops [Complete]
37S Return Stowage /r/g 5266, 5463nu [Complete]
Setup of GoPro HERO3 cameras in 37S ?? / r/g 5570 [Complete]
PETRI – Plant Harvest [Complete]
Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron from ??? 427 Tank 1. / r/g 5638 [Complete]
CONYUGATSIYA. Removal of Recomb-K from Thermostat and Transfer to ?? / r/g 5632 [Complete]
BIOEMULSIYA. Removal from thermostat (+4 ?) and transfer to ?? / r/g 5633 [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
IMS Update [Complete]
PETRI – Work Light Disassembly [Complete]
Journal Entry [Complete]
VEG – Daily Plant Check [Complete]
USOS Window Shutter Close [Complete]
Photo of 37S ?? and returning stowage / r/g 5463nu [Complete]
Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
37S loading completion report / / r/g 5266, 5463nu, 5526 [Complete]
Closing window shutters No. 6,8,9,12,13,14 / r/g 5451 [Complete]
Photography of the external surface of 37S ?? hatch/manhole door / r/g 0284 [Complete]
ISS HAM – Radio Activation [Complete]
?? ?? External Surface Hatch/Manhole Door Photo Downlink / r/g 0284 [Complete]
Comm Reconfig for 37S undocking and descent [Complete]
Soyuz 711 Activation. 37S Comm Check via S/G2 / r/g 5587 [Complete]
Take to 37S / r/g 5614 [Complete]
HRF – Hardware Stowage [Complete]
37S Comm Check via S/G2 [Complete]
CONYUGATSIYA. Thermostat Removal / r/g 5639 [Complete]
Setup and Activation of Crew On-orbit Support System (????) Equipment for Hatch Closure TV coverage from MRM1 and TV signal monitoring / r/g 5637 [Complete]
TV coverage of ?? 711-MRM1 Hatch Closure / r/g 5637 [Complete]
37S – MRM1 Hatch Closure. Hatch Closure MPEG2 TV coverage / r/g 5637 [Complete]
?? 711- MRM1 hatch leak check [Complete]
T2 Monthly Inspection [Complete]
Deactivation of ???? Equipment after Hatch Closure Coverage from MRM1 and closing applications on CP SSC / r/g 5637 [Complete]
37S ODF Ops; Undocking and Descent Ops [Complete]
SALMARK – Data Entry [Complete]
Photography of ??? 711 Docking Assembly from DC1 EV2 window after Separation from ISS / r/g 5640
JRNL – Journal entry [Complete]
Reconfigure MRM1-?? PEV to CLOSED position [Complete]
ISTOCHNIK-M Preparation For Measurements. / r/g 5634 [Complete]
IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ???-? micro-accelerometer data to laptop / r/g 5186 [Complete]
PETRI – MELFI Urine Sample Insertion [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
ISTOCHNIK-M. Activation of 37S TLM Recording. / r/g 5634
ISTOCHNIK-M Closeout Ops / r/g 5634
Comm reconfig for nominal ops after 37S landing [Complete]
ISS HAM – Radio Activation
Task List

37S US prepack [Complete]
ARED Cylinder Evac
Crew departure prep (CDR) [Complete]
Data prep return (CDR) [Complete]
Data prep return (FE-4)
Data prep return (FE-5) [Complete]
P/TV Hardware Questions
WHC KTO Replace
Roscosmos Report
Uragan Photo
Ekon Photo
MOOT restow
No Skid Tap Audit
CTB 1048 Relocate
NOD3 PEPS assessment

Nominal commanding
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 05/14: Crew sleep, Crew Handover conference
Thursday, 05/15: Resist Tubule, Veg-01, WRM water balance
Friday, 05/16: Space PUP, Biotube Micro transfer, Dragon ROBoT OBT, Glacier transfer to Dragon
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 – 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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