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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 November 2013

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
November 25, 2013
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 November 2013
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 November 2013.

Today: Countermeasures System (CMS) Periodic Fitness Evaluation (PFE): Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Mastracchio with assistance from FE-3 Hopkins, performed his PFE today. PFEs monitor crewmembers’ overall fitness levels, to ensure that cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health and performance is satisfactory.
The activity consists of performing a graded exercise test on the Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS).

Circadian Rhythms: FE-6 Wakata completed his first 36 hour Circadian Rhythms session. The ESA Circadian Rhythms experiment examines the role of synchronized circadian rhythms (the human body’s 24 hour light-dark cycle) and its maintenance during long duration spaceflight. Understanding how changes in body composition, body temperature regulation and physical activity affect circadian rhythms will support development of enhancements for performance and health care of future crewmembers.

Ocular Health (OH) Cardiac and Ocular Ultrasounds: Wakata performing as the Crew Medical Officer, assisted Hopkins in preparing for and conducting ocular and cardiac ultrasound scans as part of Hopkins’ Flight Day 60 OH session. Remote guidance was provided by ground experts to ensure proper positioning and data collection. These ultrasounds are used to identify changes in ocular globe morphology, including flattening of the posterior globe, and document optic nerve sheath diameter, optic nerve sheath tortuosity, globe axial measurements, and choroidal engorgement. Researchers believe that 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.

4K Camera Checkout: Wakata set up and performed the second part of the checkout of JAXA’s 4K camera in the Cupola. The checkout was performed in preparation for JAXA’s 4K live PAO event scheduled for December 4,2013. During that event, video images from the Cupola of the ISON Comet will be captured using the 4K Ultra High Definition System.

AnisoTubule Experiment: Wakata performed activities to support JAXA’s Aniso Tubule experiment. He then retrieved the seeds he had watered 4 days previously and placed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) to simulate a winter season for the plants. He exposed the seeds to light for approximately 8 hours and then place them in a light proof bag. The Aniso Tubule experiment investigates the roles of cortical microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins in gravity-induced growth modification of plant stems

Sprint Ultrasound Scans: Mastracchio supporting as the operator, conducted the first Sprint ultrasound scans of Wakata’s thigh and calf, with remote guidance from the ground team. The Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (Sprint) investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions.

Today’s Planned Tasks

HRF Sample Collection [Complete]
Reaction Self Test [Complete]
PROK – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
HRF Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI [Complete]
HRF – Sample Photography [Complete]
HRF Blood Draw [Complete]
ISS crew and ???? (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference [Complete]
HRF – Centrifuge Configuration [Complete]
HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude [Complete]
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
PFE Video Setup [Complete]
IMS Tagup [Complete]
Periodic Fitness Evaluation [Complete]
TORU OBT. [Complete]
????1, ????2 Dust Filter Replacement (FGB1PGO 4 419 1, 28B Area Enclosure) Cancel in IMS and MRM1 ??? Cleaning [Complete]
Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Activation [Complete]
JAXA 4K Camera Checkout 2 Prep [Complete]
SCOF Cables Connection [Complete]
HRF Blood Collection Hardware Stowage [Complete]
Stowage of Equipment Used for PFE Video Shoot [Complete]
Ocular Health and Cardiac Operations [Complete]
EXPRESS Rack 8 Laptop HDD Swap [Complete]
ANISO – Container Retrieval from MELFI [Complete]
ANISO – Light Treatment [Complete]
EXPRESS Rack 8 Laptop SW load [Complete]
OH – Assistance in performing cardiac scan and blood pressure measurement [Complete]
Circadian Rhythms Sensewear Activity Monitor and Thermolab Stowage [Complete]
SHD – Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
EXPRS8 – Sequential Network Data Flow Monitor SW load [Complete]
On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ [Complete]
EMCS – Laptop Software Load [Complete]
Ultrasound Scan – Prep [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
Ultrasound Scan [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and readings [Complete]
Ultrasound Data Export [Complete]
GLACIER3 – Payload Application Load [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Photography of the Experiment Ops [Complete]
Retrieval of Radi-N dosimeters from deployed locations [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeters from USOS [Complete]
RADIN – Hardware Handover to the Russian Crew [Complete]
On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and readings [Complete]
Ultrasound Scanning – Closeout Ops [Complete]
SPRINT – Experiment Ops [Complete]
PROK – Diet Logfile and PH Logsheet Photography [Complete]
HRF – Stow Urine Collection Equipment [Complete]
SHD – Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
SPRINT-GUIDE – Assistance with placing reference marks [Complete]
Comm Subsystem [????] routine maintenance (LF path, Comm Panels, and VHF receiver c/o) [Complete]
??? ????-4? gas analyzer checkout [Complete]
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
Station Support Computer 13 (SSC13) Reload Preparation [Complete]
IMS Update [Complete]
Inventory and Cargo Placement Conference [Complete]
Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
4K Camera Data Downlink – start [Complete]
4K JAXA Camera Playback – end [Complete]
ANISO – Sample Insertion [Complete]
USND2- Close-out Ops and Stowage [Complete]
TDRS 172 – Voice Check [Aborted]
Flight Director/ISS Crew Tagup [Complete]
Reaction Self Test [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evacuation
Roscosmos Video Recording
KTO Replace
???-? R&R
Wearing Test Of Penguin-3M Suit With Load Measuring System (???)
Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
URAGAN. Observations and Photography
ECON-M. Observations and Photography
PEPS Inspection
JAXA Video
SM Printer Troubleshooting
Cygnus ROBOT Self Study [In Work]

Nominal Commanding [Complete]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 11/23: Weekly Cleaning, JAXA 4K Camera Checkout 2, Crew Off Duty Day
Sunday, 11/24: Crew Off Duty Day
Monday, 11/25: JAXA 4K Camera Prep, Body Measures, Biolab, Express Rack 2 Maintenance
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 – Off
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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