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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 March 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
March 9, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 March 2014
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 March 2014.

Today: Water Recovery System (WRS) Catalytic Reactor Remove & Replace (R&R): On February 24th, the Water Processor Assembly (WPA) had a fault due to a leak into the catalytic reactor (approximately 1 liter of water).
Today, Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Hopkins and FE-5 Mastracchio successfully R&Rd the catalytic reactor. In preparation for the R&R, Hopkins removed Treadmill 2 (T2) hardware and rotated the WRS1 rack to allow access to the area. The new Catalytic Reactor has been activated in preparation for a processing run later today.

Marangoni Operations: FE-6 Wakata cleaned the mirrors for the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) Infrared Imager, then installed the Marangoni Deformation 10 (MD10) Core in the MD10 Body. Tomorrow he will close out the Marangoni operations with installation of the Infrared Imager and MD10 in the FPEF. Marangoni convection is the flow driven by the presence of a surface tension gradient which can be produced by temperature differences at a liquid/gas interface. Scientists observe the flow patterns fluids to learn more about how heat is transferred in microgravity. The knowledge gained from the Marangoni experiment is applicable to the high performance heat exchangers and heat pipes, both in the space and on the earth, and for the production of high-quality crystal growth required for semiconductors and optical crystals.

Space Midge 2 Observation: Wakata set up a G1 Camcorder for observation of midge dry larvae samples that were watered 2 weeks ago. Dry larvae of the sleeping chironomid (midge) have a molecule responsible for desiccation tolerance. These larvae will be returned and examined to determine the impact of the space environment on their desiccation tolerance and their gene expression in response to the microgravity environment.

Dose Distribution Inside the International Space Station – 3D (DOSIS-3D) Measurement Completion: Mastracchio uninstalled DOSIS 3D passive detectors in the Columbus module. He then passed them to a Russian crewmember for return on the 36 Soyuz (36S) vehicle that undocks on March 10th. ESA’s DOSIS-3D payload determines the radiation field parameters absorbed dose and dose equivalent inside the ISS with various active and passive radiation detector devices, supporting creation of a concise three dimensional (3D) dose distribution map of all the segments of the ISS.

Ham Video Commissioning: Mastracchio installed the Ham video hardware in preparation for the Ham video commissioning activities this weekend. This video will complement Ham radio by providing the possibility of transmitting video via antennas installed on the exterior of the Columbus module.

Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Maneuver: The Robotics ground controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and maneuvered SSRMS from the post Orbital-1 Cygnus release park position to the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) high hover position. This was done to pre-position the SSRMS for the ISS crew offset grapple practice session on March 13th that will help them prepare for the capture of SpaceX-3 later this month. MSS performance was nominal.

Today’s Planned Tasks

HRF – Urine Collection and Analysis Operations [Complete]
HRF Saliva Sample Collection [Complete]
HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI [Complete]
REACTION – Self-reaction test [Complete]
T2 WRS1 – Rack Prep [Complete]
URAGAN. Photo Spectrum System Battery Charge (start) / r/g 3620 [Complete]
Removal of DOSIS dosimeters for handover to RS for packing in ??? 710 [Complete]
??-1 Flow Sensor Position Check [Complete]
Force Loader Test (HC-1M) r/g 4944 [Complete]
Prep for SW Updates on RS2, RS1, RS3. r/g 5029, [Complete]
HRF – Urine Collection and Analysis Operations [Complete]
Handover of DOSIS dosimeters to RS crew for packing in ??? 710 [Complete]
DOS. Kit Transfer for return to the ground [Complete]
Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
G1 – Camcorder Setup [Complete]
MIDGE – Sample Inspection (Part 2) [Complete]
RS2 Laptop Activation.r/g 5029, step 2 [Complete]
Sampling condensate water [???] upstream of ???-?2? ??? r/g 4984 [Complete]
Installation of Laptop RS2 SW Updates r/g 5029 [Complete],
Installation of Laptop RS1 SW Updates. r/g 5029, step 3 [Complete]
?? 710 Stowage Ops / r/g 4897 [Complete]
RS2 Laptop Deactivation. r/g 5029 step 3 [Complete]
Installation of Laptop RS3 SW Updates r/g 5029 step 4 [Complete]
HAM – Video Setup [Complete]
Sampling condensate water [???] upstream of ???-?2? ??? [Complete]
URAGAN. Observation and Photography using Photo Spectrum System / r/g 5021 [Complete]
??? Maintenance [Complete]
WRS-CAT – R&R [Complete]
Video Footage for the “Space Conversation” PAO event / r/g 5030 [Complete]
VIRTUAL. Set up, Conduct Experiment and Closeout Ops. r/g 4011 [Complete]
ALBEDO. Battery Charge (start) / r/g 3620 [Complete]
FPEF Conference No. 2 [Complete]
LBNP Training (PRELIMINARY) r/g 5024 [Complete]
BIORISK Removal from SM and Transfer to ?? 710 / r/g 5025 [Complete]
MATRYOSHKA-R. Prep for Return of Tritel Passive Detectors Kit / r/g 5022 [Complete]
Camcorder Setup [Complete]
Removal of top cover of Catalytic Reactor to dry free water [Complete]
HRF – Urine Collection and Analysis Operations [Complete]
HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI [Complete]
Mirror Cleanup for FPEF Experiment [Complete]
Sampling Condensate Water [???] Upstream of ??? ????-2M r/g 4984 [Complete]
?? 710 Stowage Ops / r/g 4897 [Complete]
T2 WRS1 – Return Rack back to Nominal Configuration [Complete]
CALCIUM. Photography and Transfer of Bioecologiya Cases to ?? 710 r/g 5023 [Complete]
O2 readings Adjustment on ??0501 gas analyzer. [Complete]
Second ORU Leak Check [Complete]
WRS Closeout Ops [Complete]
MD30 – Closeout Ops [Complete]
ALBEDO. Photo Spectral System (???) Prep, Imagery, Closeout Ops / r/g 5018 [Complete]
T2 WRS1 – Return Rack back to Nominal Configuration [Complete]
MD10 Installation of MD10 [Complete]
Video Camera Nominal Reconfig [Complete]
HRF Insertion of Frozen Blood Samples [Complete]
T2 Exercise Crew Hygiene [Complete]
HRF – Urine Collection and Analysis Operations [Complete]
HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
Daily Planning Conference (S-band)
G1 – Closeout Ops [Complete]
Reading REMINDER [Complete]
REACTION – Self-reaction test [Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evac
ETCS Loop A Vent Imagery
SM Panel Photo
WHC KTO replace
Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
EKON-M. Observations and photography
HMS Winscat (FE-5, FE-6)
HMS Winscat Test (FE-3)
PAO HD Event
AC Vacuum Bag R&R
36S Pre-pack [In work]
Dragon Robot Self Study [In work]
Crew Departure Prep [In work]
CSA CP Battery Check
Data Prep for Crew Return [In work]

Nominal Commanding [Complete]
SSRMS Maneuver [Complete]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 03/07: Soyuz OBT, Aniso Tubule, Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review
Saturday, 03/08: Crew day off, crew departure prep
Sunday, 03/09: Change of Command, EMU FPS Handover
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 – Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Standby
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Off
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Operate
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Normal
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full up

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