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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 April, 2021 – Crew-2 Arrives

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
April 24, 2021
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 24 April, 2021 – Crew-2 Arrives
The four new SpaceX Crew-2 astronauts joined the Expedition 65 crew today bringing the station population to 11.

NASA astronauts Shane Kimbrough and Megan McArthur, along with JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Akihiko Hoshide, and ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Thomas Pesquet aboard the SpaceX Crew Dragon have arrived at the International Space Station.
Crew-2 joins Expedition 65 crew of crew of Shannon Walker, Michael Hopkins, Victor Glover, and Mark Vande Hei of NASA, as well as Soichi Noguchi of JAXA and Roscosmos cosmonauts Oleg Novitskiy and Pyotr Dubrov.

The crew members first opened the hatch between the space station and the pressurized mating adapter at 7:05 a.m. EDT then opened the hatch to Crew Dragon.

NASA TV will continue to provide live coverage through the welcoming ceremony with leadership from NASA, ESA and JAXA to greet the crew on station. The welcome ceremony is targeted to begin about 7:45 a.m. with the following participants:

– Steve Jurczyk, acting NASA administrator
– Kathy Lueders, associate administrator, Human Exploration and Operations Mission Directorate, NASA Headquarters
– Hiroshi Yamakawa, president, JAXA
– Josef Aschbacher, director general, ESA

On-Orbit Status Report

Crew-2 Dock:
Today at 4:10 AM CST, the Crew-2 Dragon Endeavour docked to the International Space Station. The hatch to Dragon Endeavour was opened at 6:35 AM and the current station crew welcomed crew members Shane Kimbrough (FE-14), Megan McArthur (FE-15), Akihiko Hoshide (FE-16), and Thomas Pesquet (FE-17) aboard. Crew compliment aboard the ISS has officially risen to 11.


Campout Preparation: Multiple Crew -1 crewmembers spent their early afternoons setting up their temporary sleep locations. These crewmembers set up these locations in order to make room for the arriving crew in the Station’s permanent sleep locations. They will stay in these temporary sleep locations for the duration of the Crew-1 / Crew-2 direct handover period.

ISS Safety Briefing: As part of the crew handover process, all crewmembers currently aboard the station participated in an ISS safety briefing. This briefing outlined rules and responsibilities, as well as highlighted emergency response actions, procedures, and equipment /tool locations.

Completed Task List Activities:

WHC [KTO] and Solid Waste Receptacle R&R
Today’s Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Dragon Capture Ops
Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment Data Downlink
Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Materials on ISS Experiment (MISSE) Sample Carrier (MSC) Transfer
Look Ahead Plan

Sunday, April 25 (GMT 115)

DOSIS-3D PDP install (ESA)
Vascular Aging BP don -13hrs (CSA)
TangoLab 01,04 card removal, 02 Activate (NASA)
Food Physiology Saliva collect (NASA)
NR FP2 module install (NASA)

Polar Crew Dragon Uninstall, Transfer, and EXPRESS Rack Install
Installation of the DOSIS 3D passive detector packs in Columbus
Monday, April 26 (GMT 116)

Phospho aging Urine setup (JAXA)
Vascular Echo BP changeout (CSA)
RTPCG plate wick and pack for return (NASA)
Food Accept (NASA)
Standard Measures Blood collect (NASA)
Food Physiology Urine collect and fecal setup (NASA)
ACE Module ACE-T2 reconfiguration (NASA)
AC Touch and photo (NASA)

GRIP setup in the seated configuration
Emergency RS ISS VHF-2 Comm Checkout from Soyuz
MobileHR Pedal Crank Set audit
Tuesday, April 27 (GMT 117)

Polar Express Rack Uninstall, Transfer, And Crew Dragon Install
Final Payload Load for Crew-1 Departure
Space Acceleration Measurement System Sensor Recable
Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Actiwatch Plus Watch Don / Doff
Campout Sleeping Bag Deploy
Campout Sleeping Bag Stow
Campout Preparation
Crew Arrival Preparations
Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
Docking Dragon Approach Monitoring
Dragon Forward Hatch Open
Dragon Hatch Open
Node 2 to Dragon Pressurization and Leak Check
Node 2 to Dragon Final Pressurization and Vestibule prep for Ingress
Dragon Rendezvous Operations Conference
Cargo Dragon Station Support Computer Return
Dragon Space Station Computer (SSC) Route Part 2
Docking Dragon Monitoring Tools Setup
Dragon Monitoring Tools Teardown
Crew ID Bracelet Doff
HRF Generic MELFI Sample Insertion Operations
HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
Internal Audio Subsystem (IAS) Crew Quarter (CQ) Audio Cable Configuration
Handover of Increment 65 Crew
ISS Safety Briefing
Micro-16 SABL USB Drive Removal
MELFI Overview OBT
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Node 2
POIC Overview OBT
Dragon Crew Rendezvous Dock Activity
TV conference with the participants in the Biblionoch-2021 event
USOS Window Shutter Close
Weekly cleaning

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