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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 20 March 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
March 23, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 20 March 2015
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti photographed the March 20 solar eclipse from a window on the International Space Station. Credit: ESA/NASA.

Commander Terry Virts was the maintenance man Friday as he inspected windows and checked for dust buildup in vents inside the Destiny lab module. Virts also conducted more plumbing work, replacing a recycle tank in the Water Recovery System.
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti was in Europe’s Columbus lab module continuing her week-long science activities in the BioLab. She ran the TripleLux-B experiment using the BioLab’s glovebox for the second time this week to study cellular mechanisms that cause impairment of immune functions in microgravity.

Read more about the TripleLux-B experiment

Back on Earth, three new crew members are at the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, waiting to join Expedition 43. Soyuz TMA-16M Commander Gennady Padalka and One-Year crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are preparing for launch on March 27. Kelly and Kornienko will stay in space until March 2016. Padalka will return to Earth on Sept. 11.

Read more about the One-Year Crew

On-Orbit Status Report

Gene, Immune and Cellular Responses to Single and Combined Space Flight Conditions-B (TripleLux-B):

Today Cristoforetti initiated the first of two TripleLux-B runs. The second run will be scheduled for next week. She placed the thawed Experiment Container (EC) Handling Mechanism (HM) in the BioLab (BLB) rotor and activated the rotor. TripleLux compares the mechanisms of vertebrate and invertebrate cells at a cellular level which causes impairment of immune functions in microgravity through induction of gene activation, phagocytosis (ingestion of foreign material), and DNA repair in vertebrate and invertebrate immune cells. TripleLux-B examines the immune function of the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis), hemocytes (cellular component of invertebrate blood), compared to rodent macrophages (white blood cells responsible for eating foreign material) to function in microgravity.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Window Inspection: Virts performed inspection and photo documentation of the JEM windows. Emphasis was placed on the exterior surface of the debris pane and interior surface of the pressure pane. Inspections were performed during both day and night passes and the crew reported no dirt or debris were observed.

Water Recovery System Recycle Tank Remove & Replace (R&R): Virts completed this planned maintenance to R&R the recycle tank in the WRS.

Lab Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Cleaning: Virts completed inspection and photo documentation of dirt buildup on and inside the Lab IMV diffusers and inlet.

Columbus (COL) Centralized Cabin Filter (CCF) R&R: Cristoferetti gathered equipment and R&Rd the High Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) CCF in the COL Cabin Heat Exchanger (CHX).

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

??-8. Config set-up
Body Mass Measurement
??-8. Closeout Ops
ISS crew and ???? (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference
ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation
IMS Tagup
TPLXB. Hardware Retrieval
JPM Window Inspection Procedure Review
TPLXB. Preparation for EC Assembly
JEM Window Inspection P/TV Setup
[????] Replacement.
RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement
TPLXB. Retrieval of Culture Tube from GLACIER and Transfer to Glovebox
TPLXB. Thawing of Culture Tube and Assembly of EC
JPM window opening – Part 1
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
IFM – IMV – Fan Cleaning
HRF1 – Preparation
TPLXB. Transfer of Triplelux EC from incubator to TCU 2
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
JPM window opening – Part 2
TPLXB. Hardware Stowage
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
JPM Window Inspection Image Downlink
ESA Monthly Flight Management Conference
RGN REC-TNK – Removal of depress hose for nominal operations
HRF1 – Upload Completion
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
??? Maintenance
Gathering tools needed for (HEPA) Filter R&R
RGN – Initiate Drain into TUBSS
Columbus Centralized Cabin Filter (CCF) R&R
TVS MPEG2 Multicast Streaming Test Prior to ?? 716 Docking.
RGN – Terminate Drain to TUBSS
RRM. Hardware Assembly
OTKLIK. Hardware Check
Ground Robotics On-Board Trainer (ROBoT) Setup
Restow tools used for (HEPA) Filter R&R
IMS Delta File Prep
Crew handover conference
Flight Director / ISS Crew Conference
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

42S docking video test
ROBoT startup
Battery 2B2 reconditioning
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 03/21: Crew off duty, housekeeping
Sunday, 03/22: Crew off duty, Triplelux
Monday, 03/23: Dragon OBT, Eye Exam, HRF Blood Collection
QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – Off
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) – Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full Up

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