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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 May 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
June 1, 2015
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 May 2015
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 29 May 2015

The Expedition 43 crew is wrapping up the remodeling of the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) at its new location on the forward port of the Tranquility module. The station residents also participated in maintenance and experiments exploring the long-term effects of living in space on the human body.
Commander Terry Virts and One-Year crew member Scott Kelly are finalizing configuration tasks in the PMM after Wednesday’s relocation from the Harmony module. Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti was working in Europe’s Columbus lab module on advanced microgravity plumbing tasks.

One-Year crew member Mikhail Kornienko teamed up with Flight Engineer Gennady Padalka for the Fluid Shifts experiment studying how upper and lower body fluid shifts affect a crew member’s brain pressure and vision. Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov worked throughout the station’s Russian segment on orbital maintenance.

Over the weekend the crew the six-member international crew will have time to relax, exercise and talk to family members.

On-Orbit Status Report

Fluid Shifts Baseline Imagery Collection: Kornienko performed his Flight Day 45 baseline imaging for the Fluid Shifts experiment. With Padalka as the onboard imager and ground remote guidance, ultrasound imaging was taken of arterial and venous measures of the head and neck, cardiac, ophthalmic and portal vein, and tissue thickness of lower and upper body. Additional measurements using the Cerebral and Cochlear Fluid Pressure (CCFP), Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), ESA’s Cardiolab (CDL) Holter Arterial Blood Pressure Device, and Intraocular Pressure (IOP) using the tonometer were taken as well. The imagery session was within the 10 day requirement following last week’s dilution measurements. Next week, both Kelly and Kornienko will be performing the same measurements in the Service Module using the Lower Body Negative Pressure (Chibis) device. Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage.

Columbus (COL) Water On-Off Valve (WOOV)6 Removal and Replacement (R&R): Cristoforetti replaced the COL InterFace Heat Exchanger (IFHX) WOOV6. Express Rack 3 was tilted down in order to perform the R&R. Inspection of WOOV6 in April 2013, during WOOV7 replacement, revealed minor corrosion/contamination signs but no operational failures. In August 2014, WOOV6 failed to reach end position during valve cycling but was successfully recovered by direct commanding attempts from COL-CC. Since then the valve has been left in the operational open position. If WOOV6 were to get stuck in the open position, IFHX Low Temperature Loop (LTL) water side hydraulic isolation would not be possible in the event of a water leak.

Tonometer Troubleshooting: Kelly with ground assistance performed troubleshooting of the tonometer following the intermittent readings from the tonometer during his Fluid Shifts session yesterday. Kelly used the tonometer and the eye tonometry simulator to reattempt data collection. Images of the hardware were sent down for ground teams to evaluate prior to the Fluid Shifts Tonometry session for Kornienko later in the day.

Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Post Relocation Outfitting: Kelly installed an Intermodular Ventilation (IMV) Valve on the Node 3 Forward Port Bulkhead to provide PMM with return ventilation. In addition, Kelly and Virts installed new PMM location-code based labels for Fire Ports, Standoffs and Racks to match the ISS coordinate system with PMM at Node 3 Forward.

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

FS – Hardware Setup
Fluid Shifts – Donning Holter Arterial BP – Subject
ISS crew and ???? (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference (S-band)
IMS Tagup (S-band)
Solution Crystallization Observation Facility (SCOF) Cable Connection
JEM – CGSE Gas Supply Stop
Installation of inserts for easy opening of SM interior panel locks (panel 429). Structural Elements Kit (004890R, ???1???_4_427_1, CTB No.1112 (004106J))
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
Installation of inserts for easy opening of SM interior panel locks (panel 433). (Kit with structural elements (004890R, ???1???_4_427_1, CTB No.1112 (004106J))
Inspection of Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA) and Portable Fire Extinguisher (PFE)
Node3 IMV Valve Installation
Fluid Shifts – Baseline Scan – Subject
Life On The Station Photo and Video
Fluid Shifts – Scan Operator
RGN – Initiate drain into EDV
Removal of Force Loader [??-1?] Control Unit.
SCOF – Cable Reconfiguration
RGN – Terminate water drain into EDV
Payload CTB Audit
??0501 Gas Analyzer ?2 readings adjustments. Uout =2.8 V.
PAO Hardware Setup
Cleaning ??1 and ??2 Air Ducts in DC1 WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
Crew Prep for PAO
PAO Event
VCA1 setup and adjustment in Columbus
Express Rack 3 Preparation and Tilt Down
Columbus WOOV6 (Water ON OFF Valve) Replacement
RGN REC-TNK – Remove depress hose for nominal operations
USND2 – Hardware Deactivation
Inspecting RS Structural Elements Shell Surfaces using ???-2? device.
PMM Relabel
Soyuz 716 Kazbek Fit Check
Preparing for downlink RS shell structural element surface inspection data
OTKLIK. Hardware Check
Installation of inserts for easy opening of SM interior panel locks (panel 430). Structural Elements Kit (004890R, ???1???_4_427_1, CTB No.1112 (004106J))
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
Fluid Shifts – Tonometer Exam
IMS Delta File Prep
MPCC Laptop deactivation and deinstallation
PK4 – Familiarization. Conference with Investigator (as necessary) / See OSTPV for Procedure
Express Rack 3 Tilt Up
Flight Director / ISS Crew Tagup
Crew conference with Astronaut Office [Aborted]
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted

JEMRMS Operations
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 05/30: Housekeeping, Off Duty
Sunday, 05/31: Off Duty
Monday, 06/01: FPS Procedure Review and Tool Gather, Microbiome Surface Sampling
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 – Shutdown
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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