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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 2 April 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
April 3, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 2 April 2015
All six Expedition 43 crewmembers are gathered in the Destiny laboratory on board the International Space Station on Mar 30, 2015 after an emergency procedures training period. The six members include Russian cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko (top left), Anton Shkaplerov, Gennady Padalka, NASA Astronaut Scott Kelly, ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (bottom left), and Expedition 43 commander US astronaut Terry Virts. Credit: NASA.

Medical science and training took a significant portion of the Expedition 43 crew’s schedule Thursday. The newest three crew members are getting used to their new home on orbit. Finally, the International Space Station boosted its orbit.
Several crew members participated in eye checks for the Ocular Health study as scientists study how microgravity affects vision during long duration missions. The newest trio to join Expedition 43 trained to prepare for a medical emergency while also familiarizing themselves with station systems.

A docked ISS Progress 58 space freighter fired its engines boosting the space station’s orbit by eight-tenths of a mile. The reboost readies the station to receive the new ISS Progress 59 supply ship when it launches and docks April 28.

On-Orbit Status Report

FLame Extinguishment Experiment-2JAXA (FLEX-2J) Preparations: Virts prepared the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) for the FLEX-2J activities scheduled later in the Increment. To access the Low Light Level (LLL)-Ultraviolet (UV) Imaging Package, he rotated the CIR Optics Bench then secured the LLL-UV Imaging Package on the Maintenance Work Area (MWA). He then installed the LLL-Infrared (IR) filter in the Imaging Package and reinstalled the updated Imaging Package back into the CIR Optics Bench, returning the CIR to the nominal configuration. FLEX-2J studies the interactions of flames on the ignition (or non-ignition) and motion of millimeter-sized droplets. The experiment operates in the CIR and consists of a linear array of droplets, several of which are fixed, while the others are free to move along the support fiber. The fixed droplets are ignited and the resulting flame spread and motion of the droplets are observed with the CIR diagnostic cameras.

Ocular Health (OH): Kelly and Kornienko performed Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) with assistance from Crew Medical Officers (CMOs), Padalka assisting Kornienko and Cristoforetti assisting Kelly. Following the OCT, Kelly and Cristoforetti performed a Free Float OCT exam to test the capability before performing an OCT during the Fluid Shifts experiment in the Service Module. Specialists are evaluating the result of the free float exam. Later this afternoon, Kelly and Kornienko will collect retinal images using the fundoscope with direction from remote guiders on the ground. 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.

On Board Training (OBT) Crew Health Care System (CHeCS) Drill: The 42S crew completed this OBT which is a review of procedures, hardware and communication methods necessary to manage a medical emergency on the ISS. Emergency medical equipment wZ deployed and the crew practiced CPR positioning to refresh familiararity with the procedure should it be required.

Microbial Capture Device (MCD) Coliform Water Sample Analysis: The crew completed in-flight microbiology water analysis and data recording from water samples taken on Tuesday. This activity is conducted following a 48 hour incubation period.

ISS Reboost: A reboost using the 58P thrusters was completed to set up phasing requirements for 59P 4-orbit rendezvous and docking scheduled for April 28. Burn duration was 3 minutes, 3 seconds with a Delta-V of 0.40 meters/second.

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

SLEEP – Complete Questionnaire
??-8. Configuration Setup
TWIN – Sample Collection and Prep for Stowage
Body Mass Measurement
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
??-8. Closeout Ops
Ocular Health (OH) – OCT Setup
BIOSIGNAL. Temperature check in Cryogem-03
Ocular Health – OCT Exam
BRI Log Dump from RSS1
ESA Weekly Crew Conference
CIR – Session Review
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
WRS Maintenance
CIR – Hardware Installation
COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
?3 Fan Screen Cleaning in DC1
CIR – Experiment Setup
Ocular Health – OCT Exam
CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops Tagup with specialists
CIR – Rack Doors Open
CIR – Bench Setup
Fluid Shifts – Experiment Ops
Replacement of ??025 (??1?, ??2?) of ????2-12 Memory Device (???) – prep.
Fluid Shifts – Assistance with the Experiment
CIR – Hardware Reconfiguration
Demating telemetry connectors on ????2-12 Memory Device (???)
Replacement of ??025 (??1?, ??2?) on Static Storage Unit (???) for ????2-12.
Ocular Health (OH) – Equipment Stowage
Stem Cell Differentiation (SCD) – Hardware Temperature Check
Mating ????2-12 [???] TLM-connectors
Air Heater Fan (???) Screen Cleaning in ?? 715
CIR – Experiment Ops
Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Nutritional Assessment (ESA)
Transfer of Thermal Protection Jackets [???] from ?? 715 to ISS
Closing USOS Window Shutters
CIR – Rack Doors Close
Familiarization with onboard computer network.
Water Analysis and Processing
CIR – Post-Experiment Hardware Stowage
Closure of outer covers on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13 and 14 for ISS Reboost
SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group ?2
WHC Fill
??? Maintenance
Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion (CSA-CP) Checkout
CheCS Drill
Glacier 4 Desiccant Pack Swap
IMS and Stowage Conference
WRS Maintenance
IMS Delta File Prep
Intraosseous (IO) Device Kit Modification
Sprint VO2 Kit Operations
Ocular Health – Fundoscope Installation and Checkout
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
Replacement of ??-50-1? Device No.5 (?205)
Ocular Health – Fundoscope Prep
CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
Fundoscope – OCT Exam
OH – Closeout Ops and Stowage
Flight Director / ISS Crew Tagup
Completed Task List Items

Laptop Battery Swap
Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 04/03: Ocular Health, ER7 cable connection, Rodent Research s/w load, JEM IMV Flow measurements
Saturday, 04/04: Housekeeping, Twin Study
Sunday, 04/05: 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 – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Standby
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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