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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 March, 2021 – EarthKAM Setup

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
March 5, 2021
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 March, 2021 – EarthKAM Setup
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 March, 2021 - EarthKAM Setup.

Today: Payloads – Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle Schools (EarthKAM): A crewmember performed a setup and activation of the EarthKam hardware in Node-2.
EarthKAM allows thousands of students to photograph and examine Earth from a space crew’s perspective. Using the Internet, the students control a special digital camera mounted on-board the ISS. This enables them to photograph the Earth’s coastlines, mountain ranges and other geographic items of interest from the unique vantage point of space. The EarthKAM team then posts these photographs on the Internet for viewing by the public and participating classrooms around the world.

Real-Time Protein Crystal Growth-2 (RTPCG-2): The crew printed out the Screening/Production Plate Recipe Cards and temp stowed them near Node 2 MWA. RTPCG-2 demonstrates new methods for producing high-quality protein crystals in microgravity. Previous work has shown that microgravity produces high-quality protein crystals that can be analyzed to identify possible targets for drugs to treat disease. RTPCG-2 produces high-quality protein crystals for up to eight proteins for detailed analysis back on Earth.

Space Automated Bioproduct Laboratory (SABL): The crew installed the SABL-3 Guide Rail and Short Tray in preparation for RTPCG-2 ops. The SABL supports a wide variety of investigations in the life, physical and material sciences with a focus on supporting research of biological systems and processes. It has over 23 liters of temperature-controlled volume with LED lighting for scientific hardware and investigations. It can be fitted to provide 5% CO2 (or any required concentration of CO2) for cell cultures or other types of investigations and has two USB 2.0 ports and two Ethernet LAN connections. It also has switchable 28VDC and 5VDC power supplies for investigation use.


Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: The crew completed several activities in preparation for the ISS Upgrades III EVA. First, the crew installed Rechargeable EVA Battery Assemblies (REBAs), Long Life Batteries (LLBs), and Metal Oxide (METOX) cartridges into EMUs 3009 and 3015. Next, the crew completed a debrief conference for the IROSA Prep EVA from this past weekend. Then the crew participated in a Robotics Procedure conference. Finally, the crew reviewed ISS Upgrades III EVA procedures and Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) animations. The ISS Upgrades III EVA (United States On-orbit Segment EVA 72) is scheduled for Friday, March 5th.

Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Water Sample: The crew obtained water samples from the OGS Recirculation Loop for return-to-ground analysis. The Water Recovery System (WRS) reclaims wastewater from both the crew’s urine and humidity condensate from USOS modules. This water, once processed, is used to feed the OGS system and needs to be maintained within certain parameters to ensure optimum system performance. The water samples taken from the OGS Recirculation Loop will be returned to the ground for microbial growth analysis and to ensure parameters are within limits on-orbit.

OGS Hydrogen (H2) Sensor Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) Remove & Replace (R&R): The crew performed an R&R of the OGS H2 sensor and cleaned the associated Avionics Air Assembly (AAA) inlet. The H2 sensor R&R is routine maintenance activity and is necessary due to nominal degradation of the H2 sensor materials over time. Following today’s R&R, ground specialists will be conducting a checkout of the new sensor.

Completed Task List Activities:

Today’s Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Rad Detector Flight Software Commanding
ISS Experience ZCam Removal from JEMAL (IN WORK)
OGS Activation (IN WORK)
Look Ahead Plan

Tuesday, March 2 (GMT 061)

BioAnalyzer checkout and stow (CSA)
Ribosome Proofing CBEF Humidifier Install (JAXA)
AWP HRF2 setup and data d/l (NASA)
RTPCG2 Plate loading (NASA)
PBRE Water Inspect (NASA)
A-HOSS hardware setup (NASA)
BPA (Brine Processor Apparatus) cable install (NASA)
SERFE sample process (NASA)
AC Photo (NASA)

Dragon Tablet Sync
EVA Procedure Review & Procedure Conference
EVA Tool Configuration
EMU Resize
EMU H2O Recharge
BEAM Ingress and Hardware Stow
Wednesday, March 3 (GMT 062)

AstroPi SD card Swap (ESA)
DOSIS Dostel-1 install (ESA)
FACET Cell Install to SCOF and cable connect (JAXA)
Spaceborne Computer Install (NASA)
AC Touch (NASA)
BPA power cable routing (NASA)
LSG WV stow (NASA)
TangoLab T/S (NASA)

EVA Ammonia & ECWS OBT
EVA Procedure Conference
EVA Tool Configuration
EVA Cuff Print
IMV Flow Measure
WHC Piping R&R
WHC Manual Fill
Thursday, March 4 (GMT 063)

Hunch tape Lap Ops (NASA)
Mochii Power vac check (NASA)
HRF-1 sply Inventory (NASA)
SERFE Analysis and Cold stowage insert (NASA)
ISS Exp Z-cam Cupola (NASA)
Food Acceptability (NASA)
EarthKam Node 2 lens change (NASA)
BPA Power cable install (NASA)
LSR H2O QD unpack and stow (ESA)
PBRE water inspect (NASA)

EVA Procedure Review & Conference
EVA Tool Configuration & Audit
EVA Equipment Lock Preparations
Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Installation of [????] filter in SM [PO] working compartment next to ??-??? hatch
EPM Power Distribution ESEM Switch SMSC
Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Manual Fill
COL Desiccant Audit
Polar Tray Relocate
ASTRORAD Vest Hardware Stow
EarthKAM Node 2 Setup and Activation-Russian activities
Real-time Protein Crystal Growth Payload Review
Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Installation
Real-time Protein Crystal Growth Recipe Card Print
Space Automated Bioproduct Lab 3, Short Tray Insert
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB)/Metal Oxide (METOX) Installation
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
Internal Wireless Instrumentation System (IWIS) Service Module (SM) Remote Sensor Unit (RSU) Check
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Debrief for US EVA
ASEPTIC. Retrieve SURFACE ?17.2, 17.3 and VOZDUKH ?17.2 devices from thermostat. External inspection of Nutriculture medium in the devices.
Pille Dosimeter Readings take down after USOS EVA
Robotics ProcedureConference
ASEPTIC. Photography of post-incubation samples, data transfer to HD for return
Filling (separation) of ??? (???) for Elektron or ???-??
Antimicrobial Coatings Touch
Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Water Sample
USB Flash Drive removal from ICF
Charging EVA Camera D4 Battery
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
Try to accommodate ???2 block of ISS RS SM [???] broadband system in Soyuz 747 [CA] descent module
ISS HAM Service Module Pass
Extra Vehiculare Activity (EVA) Post-EVA Glove Photos and Downlink
ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software Review
Prep of GoPro cameras, SM-GLS-U02 (2 items) and SM-AGAT-U55 (2 items) batteries charging setup
Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Hydrogen Sensor R&R Part 1 & 2
Pistol Grip Tool (PGT) Battery Charge Initiation
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) QD Training Review (DEFERRED)
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
HRF Veg Subject Operations Profile of Mood States Short Form Questionnaire
GoPro SM-GLS-U02 (2 items) charging terminate
??? Laptops Antivirus software refresh and checkout

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