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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 November 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
November 7, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 November 2014
n the final days of his Blue Dot mission, ESA astronaut Alexander Gerst gets a glimpse of Earth from space from the ISS Cupola. Credit: ESA.

Today: Muscle Atrophy Resistive Exercise System (MARES) Battery Removal and Replacement (R&R): Wilmore R&Rd the failed MARES battery followed by a battery status check using the A31p Laptop and battery monitoring Crew Guided Procedure.
MARES is an ESA physiological research facility that is designed to carry out research on musculoskeletal, biomechanical, and neuromuscular human physiology. The results of this research will provide a better understanding of the effects of microgravity on the muscular system and an evaluation of the countermeasures designed to mitigate muscle atrophy. Research performed utilizing the MARES facility is important for long-duration space exploration, as well as for better understanding muscle disorders and rehabilitation methods used on Earth.

Body Measures Equipment Gather: Gerst gathered the hardware required to execute his final session of Body Measures on Friday. This experiment increases the quantity of in-flight anthropometric data (body measurements) gathered to assess the impact of physical body shape and size changes on suit sizing. This study will involve collecting anthropometric data using digital still and video imagery and a tape measure to measure segmental length, height, depth, and circumference data for all body segments from astronauts for pre-, post-, and in-flight conditions.

Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (Sprint): Wiseman completed his final SPRINT session. This experiment will start again in Increment 43. Today’s session utilized the Portable Pulmonary Function System (PPFS) to monitory the Volume of Oxygen (VO2) during Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS) exercise. Sprint 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. Tomorrow, Wiseman will be performing his final Sprint ultrasound session prior to his return on November 9.

Ocular Health: Wilmore, with assistance from Gerst, performed his first eye ultrasound session (Launch+30 day) in support of Ocular Health. Ocular Health protocols call 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.

39S Nominal Departure Drill #2: In preparation for 39S undock scheduled for Sunday, November 9th CST, Suraev, Gerst, and Wiseman performed On Board Training (OBT) Soyuz Drill #2. As part of this training, they reviewed preliminary undocking and descent data, worked through the descent timeline (from Soyuz activation through post-landing activities) using the Neptune-ME control panel.

39S Crew Departure Preparations: Wiseman and Gerst continued to pack their personal items in preparation for their return to earth. The packed items will be returned via Soyuz 39, SpaceX-4, and SpaceX-5.

Remote Power Controller (RPC) Trip: Today, the RPC which provides power to the Lab Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) air selector valves, tripped open. Ground Teams are reviewing telemetry in order to determine the forward plan for troubleshooting and whether or not the RPC can be re-closed. Meanwhile, the Node 3 CDRA is operating nominally.

Today’s Planned Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Morning Inspection. Laptop RS1(2) & RSS2 Reboot / r/g 1009,
Morning Inspection. SM ??? (Caution & Warning Panel) Test / Manual Controls
HRF – Generic Sample Operations
HRF Ops: MELFI Retrieval and Insertion Operations
Acoustic Dosimeter Ops
?? 713 Descent OBT. / r/g 7103, 7110
??? 424 (DC1) Transfers and IMS Ops
RS Lights Audit (SM, MRM1, MRM2, DC1) / r/g 7111
Charging GoPro HERO3 Camcorder Battery – start / r/g 7102
SPRINT – Power up and Warm up
??-1 Flow Sensor Position Verification
Rodent Research Experiment. Rodent Research Sample Transfer from +4 deg C cold Dewar to -95 deg C cold stowage
BODYM – Gather equipment in preparation for Body Measurements data collection operations
COL – Clearing COL1D3 items
SPRINT Experiment Ops
LBNP Exercise (PRELIMINARY). / r/g 7104
Assisting with LBNP Exercise / r/g 7104
MARES – Battery Replacement
Preparation for ??-21. Charging of Ekosfera Battery Pack r/g 7107
MARES – Vibration Isolation Frame Installation Support
ISTOCHNIK-M. Test Activation of Hardware. / r/g 7105
MATRYOSHKA-R. Gathering and Initialization of Bubble-Dosimeter Detectors. / r/g 7113
MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter detector initialization and deployment for exposure. / r/g 7113
RADIN – Dosimeter Installation
Video camera GoPro HERO3 setup and Adjustment for Operation during ?? 713 Descent
??? 424 (DC1) Transfers / ??? 424 Transfer Ops [???] + r/g 7018, 7034
AMINE – Screen Cleaning
??? 424 (DC1) Transfers and IMS Ops
??0501 Gas Analyzer ?2 readings adjustments. U= 2.77V.
MARES – Disconnecting from PUI
VZAIMODEISTVIYE. Experiment Ops / r/g 7112
SPRINT-PPFS – Equipment Stowage
Crew Departure Prep
Ultrasound 2 – Scanning
Space Headaches Weekly Questionnaire
MARES – EPM A31p Laptop Stowage
XF305 – Camcorder Setup
Installing Water Canister Bag for Crystall Experiment
COL – Re-stow items into COL1D3 rack
Clean Bench (CB) Closeout Prep
Flight Director / ISS Crew Tagup
Terminate EMU METOX Regeneration
SPRINT – Hardware Deactivation and Closeout
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Deactivate backup S-Band String 1
Lab CDRA Deactivation [Aborted]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 11/7: Sprint Ultrasound, Body Measures, Seedling Growth
Saturday, 11/8: Crew off duty day, PCG removal, Change of Command Ceremony
Sunday, 11/9: 39S Undock and Landing
QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – On
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – On
[???] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Fail
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Stop
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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