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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 November 2013

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
November 15, 2013
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 November 2013
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 November 2013

Today: Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument (SODI) Experiment Preparation: Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Hopkins reviewed SODI setup procedures, activated the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) facility and set up the SODI core hardware and experiment-specific hardware in the MSG Work Volume.
These activities allow performance of an optical checkout prior to the installation of the SODI Diffusion Coefficient in Mixtures (DCMix) Cell Array after its arrival on the 53 Progress (53P) vehicle. The main purpose of SODI DCMix is the measurement of diffusion coefficients of selected ternary mixtures, taking advantage of the reduced gravity environment available on board the ISS.

Ocular Health (OH) Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Test and Fundoscope Examination: FE-5 Mastracchio, performing as Crew Medical Officer (CMO), completed an OCT test of FE-6 Wakata Flight Day 10 OH session. Wakata later applied drops in both of his eyes to dilate them. Mastracchio conducted a Fundoscope eye examination with remote guidance from ground experts. 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 the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent postflight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies and clinical practice guidelines.

Reversible Figures Experiment: Hopkins completed his third session, and Wakata completed his first session, of Reversible Figures in free floating conditions. Each subject performs this activity at least four times during their stay on board. European Space Agency’s (ESA’s) Reversible Figures experiment investigates whether the perception of ambiguous perspective-reversible figures that can normally be seen to change in perspective or orientation is affected by microgravity. A comparison will be made of the perceived reversals during visualization of the figures in crewmembers that occurs before, during and after long-term exposure to microgravity. It is expected that measurable, perceptual differences will provide insight into human cognitive-perception dynamics in the microgravity environment of the ISS and in normal gravity on Earth.

On-Board Training (OBT) Review: The 37 Soyuz (37S) crew reviewed OBTs associated with emergency mask equipment. Using training hardware, the 37S crew practiced emergency mask don and purge techniques. Then later in the day, ISS Commander (CDR) Kotov joined the 37S crew to review the emergency equipment onboard the ISS. These OBTs are a nominal training exercises that are conducted by new ISS crew members.

Conjunction with Object 28862 (CZ-4B Debris) Status: Ground teams received updated tracking data for a possible conjunction with Object 28862 (CZ-4B Debris). The conjunction is no longer a concern and no corrective actions are needed. Object 28862 (CZ-4B Debris) is a rocket body from a Chinese “Earth Resources” satellite (ZIYUAN-2 3) launched on a Long March 4B rocket on November 6, 2004 from Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in the northern Shanxi province.

Today’s Planned Tasks

SM ??? (Caution & Warning Panel) Test [Complete]
Laptop RS2(1) Reboot [Complete]
KHROMATOMASS. Experiment Setup [Complete]
KHROMATOMASS. Saliva and Blood Collection [Complete]
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Test Setup [Complete]
SODI. Procedure Review [Complete]
FGB Dust Collector ??1, ??2 Filter Replacement [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Restart and Monitor Tritel Hardware [Complete]
SODI. Hardware Setup [Complete]
Regeneration of ??? ?2 Micropurification Cartridge (start) [Complete]
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Subject [Complete]
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Assistance [Complete]
KHROMATOMASS. Closeout Ops and Photography [Complete]
MSG – Visual inspection [Complete]
Study of cardiac bioelectric activity at rest. Tagup with specialists (S-band) [Complete]
CIR – Equipment Stow [Complete]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Equipment Stowage [Complete]
SODI. Hardware Setup without Cell Array [Complete]
Recording of TV- Greetings [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Photography of the experiment ops [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings [Complete]
SEINER. Photo Spectral System (???) Battery Charge (start) [Complete]
Cleaning ???4 (Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger) ??-7 Fan Screen [Complete]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
??-1 Flow Sensor Position Check [Complete]
Emergency Mask Familiarization Training [Complete]
RVF. Experiment Protocol Execution [Complete]
SEINER. Observation and Photography using Photo Spectral System (???). [Complete]
OBT ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization [Complete]
Terminate discharge of the 2nd 825?3 Pack and remove the 2nd Pack from discharge [Complete]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
Test activation of Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System Emergency Vacuum Valves [Complete]
RVF. Experiment Protocol Execution [Complete]
PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
VZAIMODEISTVIYE Experiment Ops [Complete]
Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
PAO Event [Complete]
Ocular Health (OH) – Hardware Setup [Complete]
VZAIMODEISTVIYE. Experiment Ops [Complete]
IMS and Stowage Conference [Complete]
Ocular Health (OH) – Prep [Complete]
On MCC ??? 420 / DC1 Interface Leak Check. Tagup with specialists (S-band) [Complete]
Ocular Health (OH) – CMO [Complete]
Ocular Health (OH) Exam [Complete]
Ocular Health (OH) – Equipment Stowage [Complete]
Crew Discretionary Conference
Open DC1-?? transfer hatches [Complete]
On MCC Go ??-??? Hatch Opening. Tagup with specialists (S-band) [Complete]
??? 420 Deactivation, Air Duct Installation [Complete]
??? ?2 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (termination [Complete])
Reading REMINDER [Complete]
MERLIN – Reading Reminder [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evacuation
Roscosmos Video Recording
???-? R&R
KTO Replace
ECON-M. Observations and Photography
URAGAN. Observations and Photography
Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
Cygnus Pregather [In Work]
D2X Camera Sensor Cleaning
SSC4 Wired Transition
SSC7 Wired Transition [Complete]

Nominal Commanding [Complete]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 11/15: Crew handover/orientation, Ocular Health, SSOD install/prep, J-4K encoder c/o
Saturday, 11/16: Crew Off Duty
Sunday, 11/17: Crew Off Duty
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 – Off
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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