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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 7 November 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
November 10, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 7 November 2014
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 7 November 2014

Today: 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. In addition, Wiseman and Suraev conducted a test of the Soyuz 39S Motion Control System. The 39S crew is scheduled to undock from ISS at 6:30pm CST on Sunday, 09 November then land in the Kazakhstan northern landing zone at approximately 9:58pm CST.

Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (Sprint) Ultrasound: Wiseman, with the assistance of Wilmore completed his seventh and final (Return-7 day) ultrasound session. With remote guidance teams on the ground, ultrasound scans were taken of the calf and thigh. 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.

Quantification of In-Flight Physical Changes – Anthropometry and Neutral Body Posture (Body Measures): Gerst performed his final Body Measures session. He placed the Body Measure markers at prescribed locations and took photographs that will be downlinked to analyze the neutral body position (NBP) changes over the course of his mission. The Body Measures 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.

Saliva Collection: Gerst performed a salivary collection and inserted the sample into MELFI. The sample collections for today through Sunday are in support of his participation in the Human Research Program (HRP) experiments: Biochem Profile, Repository, and Cardio Ox.

Seedling Growth: The first of three six-day-growth sessions were completed today. Based on images downlinked, specialists are reporting an overall germination of 91% in the 7 Experiment Containers (ECs) that hydrated last Saturday. The eighth EC was stored at ambient temperature for subsequent diagnostic testing. Wilmore removed the ECs from the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS), processing the samples and placing them in MELFI for freezing and stowage until return on a later flight. Seedling Growth-2 is the second part of the Seedling Growth Experiment series and uses the plant Arabidopsis thaliana to determine the effects of gravity on cellular signaling mechanisms of phototropism and to investigate cell growth and proliferation responses to light stimulation in microgravity conditions. Seedling Growth 2 requires three EMCS runs to be performed to collect image data and frozen samples. The next run of Seedling Growth will be started on Saturday.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to an IMAX Park Position. This was done to give the ISS Crew a clear view for upcoming IMAX filming out of the Cupola windows. During this operation, the SSRMS cameras were used to survey Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA) 2 in support of planning activities for future Extra Vehicular Activities (EVAs). MSS performance today was nominal.

Remote Power Controller (RPC) Trip: Following yesterday’s RPC trip associated with the Lab Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Air Selector Valves (ASV), Flight Controllers have successfully commanded the RPC closed. After the RPC closure, one of the Air Selector Valves (ASV) did not reach the expected position. After subsequent attempts, they were able to cycle the valve successfully in the alloted time. The Ground Team still declared the ASV suspect and is recommending to replace the valve with one of the three spares on-orbit. This changeout will be scheduled in the coming days. Meanwhile, the Node 3 CDRA is operating nominally.

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

PARODONT-2. Collecting Samples
HRF – Generic Sample Operations & Sample Blood MELFI Insertion
?? 713 Motion Control System (???) Test Prior To Undocking
BIORISK. Removal from SM and Transfer to ??
PHS Evaluation Setup
??? Activation and ?? 713 ??? Collector Replacement
Periodic Health Status
SPRINT – Hardware prep and installation
MELF3 – Insert Ice Bricks
??? 424 Transfer Ops (???)
Periodic Fitness Evaluation – Nom Ops (subject)
SPRINT – Assistance with the Experiment
Periodic Fitness Evaluation – Nom Ops (assistance)
Download Pille Dosimeter Readings
BODYM – Experiment Ops
Microbial Sample Collection (Sampling for Kit 1)
Monitoring MRM1 Passive Docking System (???) Hatch Sealing Mechanism (???) and ??? 713 Active Docking Assembly [???] before hatch closure for undocking
??? 424 (DC1) Transfers and IMS Ops)
ISERV – Opening window shutters in the LAB
Transfer EDV-U to UPA WSTA for processing
Acoustic Dosimeter Stow
Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run
RGN – Initiate drain into EDV
Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Photography
??? 713 Return Cargo Ops
USND2 – Procedure Ops
RGN – Terminate drain into EDV
MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops
SPACETEX – Handover
Photography of SM interior panels (225, 226
Transfer EDV-U to UPA WSTA for processing
Space Headaches Weekly Questionnaire
SDGR2 – Experiment Ops
Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Medical kits prepack for disposal or return
Preparation for ??-21. Charging of Ekosfera Battery Pack
Completed Task List Items

CMS ARED cylinder evacuation
ATV cargo transfer ops [In work]
Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

ISS attitude handovers in support of 39S Thruster Test
SSRMS Clearing Manuever in preparation for IMAX Filming from the Cupola Windows
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 11/8: Crew off duty day, PCG removal, Change of Command Ceremony
Sunday, 11/9: 39S Undock and Landing
Monday, 11/20: Crew off duty day
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 – Standby
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 – Normal
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Full up

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