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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 June 2017 – Studying Cardiac Biology

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
June 26, 2017
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 June 2017 – Studying Cardiac Biology
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 June 2017 - Studying Cardiac Biology.

The Expedition 52 trio worked throughout Friday on human research studying cardiac biology and the microbes that live on humans. Tiny satellites inside the International Space Station were also investigated for future remote or autonomous use in space.
NASA astronaut Jack Fisher collected microbe samples from his body and stowed them inside a science freezer for later analysis on Earth. He also activated an ultrasound and scanned his legs for the Vascular Echo study that is exploring how veins and arteries adapt during a spaceflight mission.

Three-time station crew member Peggy Whitson retrieved stem cell samples for observation to determine if living in space speeds up the aging process. Whitson then set up the SPHERES Halo experiment that is exploring the possibility of using satellites to clean up space debris and assemble objects such as space telescopes and habitats.

Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin worked in the station’s Russian segment maintaining life support systems. The veteran cosmonaut also explored pain sensation in space then wrapped up the work day with Earth photography documenting human and natural impacts across the globe.

On-Orbit Status Report

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Halo: The crew completed a test session for the SPHERES Halo investigation. For this investigation the ISS fleet of SPHERES satellites are upgraded to enable each satellite to communicate with six external objects concurrently, supporting testing of new control and remote assembly methods. Results may be used to support remote or autonomous servicing of retired, obsolete, or failed satellites that otherwise eventually become space debris. SPHERES Halo also supports research into future assembly of space habitats including large telescopes and exploration vehicles that may be too difficult and costly to launch from Earth but could be assembled in orbit.

Microbial Tracking-2 (MT-2): The crew collected surface and air samples at different locations and a saliva sample and placed them inside a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) in support of the Microbial Tracking-2 investigation. MT-2 monitors the different types of microbes that are present on ISS over a 1 year period. After the samples are returned to Earth, a molecular analysis of the RNA and DNA will be conducted to identify the specific microbes that are present on ISS in order to understand the microbial flora diversity on the ISS and how it changes over time.

Vascular Echo Ultrasound: Ultrasound scans of a crewmember’s neck, torso, heart, and back of the knee were taken today. The crewmember donned Electrocardiogram (ECG) electrodes and with remote guidance assistance from the ground, collected ultrasound measurements. They donned leg cuffs for several hours and repeat the ECG and ultrasound measurements. This Canadian Space Agency (CSA) investigation examines changes in blood vessels and the heart while the crew members are in space, and again upon their return to Earth. The results could provide insight into potential countermeasures to help maintain crew member health.

Cardiac Stem Cells: In support of the ongoing Cardiac Stem Cells investigation, the crew changed out the media in one of the BioCell Habitats in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). Cardiac Stem Cells investigates how microgravity affects stem cells and the factors that govern their activity, in order to clarify the role of stem cells in cardiac biology and tissue regeneration. This investigation also supports research into the possible acceleration of the aging process in microgravity.

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

Microbial Tracking-2 Reminder for Surface sampling
Microbial Tracking-2 Body Sample Collection
Microbial Tracking-2 Sample MELFI Retrieval Insert
ISS Crew and ???? (RSA Flight Control Team) weekly conference
Glacier #4 Sample Remove
ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE. HAM Radio Session with Ufa State Aviation Technical University
Group Combustion Module (GCM) Experiment Laptop Terminal 2 (ELT2) Setup
ALGOMETRIYA. Preparation for and Conducting Pressure and Thermal Algometry Measurements.
Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) /Group Combustion Module (GCM) Component Activation
Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Install
Microbial Tracking-2 Crew Conference
Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (start of test 1)
Microbial Tracking-2 Environmental Sample Collection
Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (end of test 1, conducting test 2)
Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (start of test 3)
Checkout of Window #9 External Cover Drive
Start of Transfer from CWC-I to EDV #1237 (???1???_1_111, 3.0 CTB for EDV 00053480R )
On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
SPHERES Crew Conference
Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (end of test 3, start of test 4)
Microbial Tracking-2 Sample MELFI Insert
SPHERES Test Session Setup
Termination of Transfer from CWC-I to EDV
Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On
R&R of Rubber Valves on ISS RS Power Panel
Vascular Echo Leg Cuffs Ultrasound Scan 1 – Subject
Cardiac Stem Cells SABL Insertion
Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (end of test 4, closeout operations Public Affairs Office
ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure Algometry Measurements
Cardiac Stem Cells Media Change 1 BioCell Habitat
Filling (degassing) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV SV
ISS HAM Service Module Pass
SPHERES Halo Test Session
PK4. Chamber Gas Refill
Rodent Research Access Unit Clean
Vascular Echo Leg Cuffs Ultrasound Scan 2 – Subject
ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure and Thermal Algometry Measurements. Closeout Operations
Reminder Rodent Research Thermal Consideration
Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Experiment Laptop Terminal (ELT) Cables Connection
Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Proficiency Training
Wanted poster for the missing Manufacturing Device prints

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
ROSA ops

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Sunday, 06/25: Crew off duty
Monday, 06/26: Seedling Growth ops, Surface Sampling, HRF ops
Tuesday, 06/27: StemCell media changeout, OBT CMO, Dragon LiOH filter bag R&R

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[???] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – Off
[???] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) – On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab – Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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