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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 January, 2021

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
January 29, 2021
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 January, 2021
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 22 January, 2021.

Today: Payloads – Antimicrobial coatings: The crew touched coupons A-G (uncoated), then touched H-N, then took photos of each of the coupons.
The experiment was set up in early January and is planned to remain deployed for a period of 6 months. Boeing Environment Responding Antimicrobial Coatings tests an antimicrobial coating on several different materials that represent high-touch surfaces. Some microbes change characteristics in microgravity, which could create new risks to crew health and spacecraft systems as well as creating the possibility of contaminating other planetary bodies. The samples remain in space approximately six months then return to Earth for analysis.

Astrobee status check: The crew performed an Astrobee check in an attempt to resolve Bumble’s communication issues. This is being performed so the REGGAE data can be transferred to the ground. Astrobee supported the REGGAE investigation earlier this week. REGGAE tests capture and active removal of space debris in low-Earth orbit using materials that mimic the microscopic structures in the feet of geckos, flies, spiders and beetles that allow them to adhere to almost any surface.

CBEF reconfig: The crew continued with the CBEF reconfiguration by releasing the Control Equipment (CE) from the Drawer Interface Panel. This was done in support of the configuration “A” through “B”, which is needed to support later science. The CBEF is a JAXA subrack facility and includes an incubator with an artificial gravity generator. CBEF is housed in the Saibo (living cell) Experiment Rack with the Clean Bench.

ManD print removal: The crew removed the printed object, cleaned the extruder print nozzle, photographed, bagged & stowed the printed object. Following this, they set the power switches to the ON position to enable a post-print calibration. The Manufacturing Device enables the production of components on the ISS for both NASA and commercial objectives. Parts, entire experiments, and tools can be created on demand utilizing the MAND printer that is installed into an Express Rack locker location. MAND is capable of producing parts out of a wide variety of thermopolymers including engineered plastics.

Story Time from Space (STFS): The crew participated in STFS by reading from the book Give Me Some Space. Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the ISS. Crewmembers videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials.


Rechargeable Extravehicular Battery Assembly (REBA) Hardware Checkout: In support of the upcoming Columbus Upgrades EVA next week, crewmembers installed freshly charged REBAs and perform a series of checkouts to ensure optimum performance.

Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMU) 3006/3009 Loop Scrub, and Iodination: The crew performed EMU water loop scrubs and then acquired and tested water samples for conductivity on units 3006 and 3009. EMU Loop Scrubs are required preventive maintenance needed to remove any chemical and biological contaminants from the EMU transport loop.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Window Inspection: The crew inspected and photo documented the JEM windows. This inspection documents any contamination (smudges, particulates, etc.) or damage (scratches, cracks, etc.) there may be on any of the Window pane surfaces. Emphasis was placed on the exterior surface of the debris pane and interior surface of the Primary Pressure Pane.

Completed Task List Activities:

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

JEM Airlock Pressurization
Caution and Warning Software State Change
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation
Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) High Pressure (HP) Oxygen Valve Open
Thermal Control System (TCS) P1 Thermal Radiator Rotary Joint (TRRJ) FDIR Enable
Look Ahead Plan
Saturday, January 23 (GMT 023)

Crew is off duty today.
Sunday, January 24 (GMT 024)

Veg-03J plant check

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) On-orbit Fitcheck Verification (OFV) Extravehicular (EV)
Extra-Vehicular Activity (EVA) Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) Installation Practice
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
Monday, January 25 (GMT 025)

AC touch, Bionutrients, CBEF reconfig, CIR/ACME hardware replace, STFS

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Cuff Checklist Print
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
On Board Training (OBT) ROBoT T&C Self Study
In Flight Maintenance (IFM) External TV Camera Group (ETVCG) Assembly
Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Biomole Part 3 Stow
JEM Cell Biology Experiment Facility Alternative Reconfiguration
Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Powered Hardware Checkout
Power down BelAir WAP at NOD3 UOP3-J3 (NOD3AD4).
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation
Photo TV Port Radiator Image
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring
IMS delta file prep
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance
Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) Checkout
Antimicrobial Coatings Touch
Story Time Book GIVE ME SOME SPACE Read
JPM Window Inspection – Fwd Window
In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) LAB Low Temperature Loop (LTL) Gas Trap Plug Installation
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review Columbus
EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Deconfiguration
JPM Window Inspection – Aft Window
SAMS CU Recover
Astrobee Status Check
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Liquid Cooling Ventilation Garment (LVCG) Water Fill
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Conference
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge
Acoustic Monitor Data Transfer and Stow
Crew Dragon Tablet Sync
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Reminder for On-Orbit Fitcheck Verification (OFV)

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