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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 September 2013

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
September 7, 2013
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 September 2013
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 6 September 2013.

Spinal Ultrasound Scan Operations: Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Nyberg with FE-5 Parmitano’s assistance, performed her second of three Spinal Ultrasound Scan sessions for her stay onboard the ISS.
This investigation aims to characterize microgravity-associated spinal alterations during and after spaceflight using in-flight ultrasound. Results from this research will provide data to enhance crew health for long duration space missions

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT) C1 Partial Setup in Japanese Experiment Module (JEM): FE-3 Cassidy set up the BCAT-C1 Slow Growth Sample Module, checked the configuration of the D2Xs Camera and SB-800 Flash Unit. He then homogenized the cuvette sample and took photographs after mixing in preparation for BCAT-C1 operations in the JEM. The BCAT-C1 experiment studies nano-scale particles dispersed in liquid, known as a colloidal suspension, commonly found in such commercial commodities as paint, electronic polishing compounds and food products. These suspensions have a unique property which makes the particles phase separate then self-assemble into crystals that interact strongly with light. Photographing these samples in microgravity allows the measurement of these processes while avoiding the effects of particle sinking due to gravity. This study allows the development of new insights into this important material process.

Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review: FE-4 Yurichikhin, Parmitano and Nyberg conducted a review of general emergency response instructions and assessed roles and responsibilities in the event of an onboard emergency.

Soyuz Onboard Training (OBT): Commander (CDR) Vinogradov, FE-2 Misurkin, and FE-3 Cassidy took part in a Soyuz OBT in preparation for their return next Tuesday, 10 September (CDT). The training covered a review of preliminary undocking and descent data as well as a walkthrough of the descent timeline (from Soyuz activation through post-landing activities) using the Neptune-ME control panel.

Photo TV (P/TV) HTV Re-entry Photo Camera Setup: Cassidy configured 3 Nikon D3s cameras and set them up in the Cupola for photography of HTV 4 re-entry planned for Saturday, 07 September.

DIAPASON: Parmitano setup the Diapason instrument in the Lab for a test run. The experiment studies nano-particles migration and capture achieved by very small thermal gradients. The particles range from 2 nm to 1 micron. This range allows the monitoring of combustion-generated pollution, the analysis of hostile environments, and the identification of atmospheric contaminants on-board ISS.

Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Ops: Overnight, Robotic Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and maneuvered the SSRMS to the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) High Hover position which will be the start position for the ISS Crew’s offset grapple practice session on Monday September 09, 2013. The team also uplinked MSS Orbital-Demonstration 1 (Orb-D1) configuration files to the ISS. MSS performance today was nominal.

Today’s Planned Tasks

PROK – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
USOS Window Shutter Close [Complete]
Gathering ?2/??2 Samples [Complete]
?? 708 ???? No. 2 Test Before Undocking[Complete]
IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ???-? Micro-Accelerometer Data to HDD for return [Complete]
Gathering water packets and adapters for SM water sampling. [Complete]
Resist Tubule Calibration Chamber Retrieval Part1 [Complete]
Post-Flight water collection from SRV-K Warm. Micro In-Flight water collection from SVO-ZV. [Complete]
BIODEGRADATSIYA. Sample collection from structure surfaces and photography. [Complete]
Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Setup And Power On [Complete]
Micro In-Flight water collection from SRV-K Warm and SRV-K Hot. [Complete]
?? 708 ??? Activation [Complete]
?? 708 Descent OBT. [Complete]
SPINAL – Ultrasound Scan Operations[Complete]
Resist Tubule Calibration Chamber Retrieval Part2[Complete]
Inspection of Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA) and Portable Fire Extinguisher (PFE)[Complete]
IMS Tagup[Complete]
Performing only coliform analysis on Micro In-Flight samples from SRV-K Warm, SRV-K Hot, and SVO-ZV.[Complete]
Binary Colloid Alloy Test – C1 Initialization and Photography of SFU Samples[Complete]
IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ???-? Micro-Accelerometer Data to HDD for return (closeout) [Complete]
Gather a spare FCPA in preparation for component replacement next week.[Complete]
Assessment of ??? MU Removal.[Complete]
USND2 – Close-out Ops and Stowage[Complete]
ISERV – Opening window shutters in the LAB [Complete]
Reading ???? ????-4? Data [Complete]
Food Frequency Questionnaire[Complete]
?? 708 Packing with Hardware for Disposal[Complete]
PROK – Diet Log [Complete]
Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review[Complete]
?? 708 Stowage Ops [Complete]
HRF Rack 2 Gas Delivery System And Portable Pulmonary Function System Photos[Complete]
BCATC1 Hardware Setup Photo[Complete]
Food Frequency Questionnaire [Complete]
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) HV01 Valve Open [Complete]
CALCIUM. Photograph, Process and Downlink Photos[Complete]
Crew Departure Prep[Complete]
??-1 Flow Sensor Position Check
ATV – ISS Air Repress (start). [Complete]
DIAPASON – Hardware Setup and Activation[Complete]
Photo Camera Setup[Complete]
??? Maintenance[Complete]
DIAPASON – Equipment Stow[Complete]
IMS Update [Complete]
Crew Departure Prep[Complete]
SHD – Weekly Questionnaire[Complete]
ATV – ISS Air Repress (terminate) [Complete]
On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ[Complete]
DOS3D – Removal of Passive Dosimeters[Complete]
DOS. Kit Transfer for return to the ground[Complete]
DOS – Handover of Passive Dosimeters to Russian Crew[Complete]
Columbus Front Deck Cargo Restow[Complete]
Gathering ?2/??2 Samples [Complete]
Photo Camera Setup[Complete]
Gathering ?2/??2 Samples [Complete]
Binary Colloid Alloy Test – C1 Intervalometer Change 1[Complete]
Task List

ARED Cylinder Evacuation
Data Prep for Return (CDR)
Data Prep for Return (FE-2)
??? replace
Prepare reports for Roskosmos web-site
URAGAN. Observation and photography
EKON-M. Observation and photography
34S US Prepack [In Work]
Data Prep for Return (FE-3) [In Work]
Crew Arrival Prep
Cygnus Trash Prep [Complete]
SpX3 crew preference repack

34S Thruster Test [Complete]
Standard Ground Commanding [Complete]
Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 9/07: Housekeeping and Crew off duty
Sunday, 9/08: Crew off duty
Monday, 9/09: Cygnus Rendezvous OBT, CIR Micro Ops, MCA R&R

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – On
[???] 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 – Off
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Stop
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Stop
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Warmup

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