Space Stations

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 July 2017 – Three New Crew Members Have Arrived to the International Space Station

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
July 31, 2017
Filed under , , ,
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 28 July 2017 – Three New Crew Members Have Arrived to the International Space Station
The Expedition 52 crew expanded to six today. In the front row from left are the newest crew members Paolo Nespoli, Sergey Ryazanskiy and Randy Bresnik. In the back row are Peggy Whitson, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Jack Fischer. Credit: NASA.

Three new crew members have arrived to the International Space Station. The hatches on the space station and Soyuz MS-05 opened at 7:57 p.m. EDT, marking the arrival to the orbiting laboratory for NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik, Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency).
Expedition 52 Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin of Roscosmos and Flight Engineers Peggy Whitson and Jack Fischer of NASA welcomed the new crew members aboard their orbital home.

Momentarily, the crew will speak to their family and friends from Baikonur in a welcoming ceremony that will air live on NASA TV.

The crew will support more than 250 experiments in biology, biotechnology, physical science and Earth science — research that impacts life on Earth.

The Expedition 52/53 crew will spend more than four months together aboard the orbital complex before returning to Earth in December.

You can follow the crew’s activities and experiences in space on social media:

NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik is posting to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Follow the experiences of NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson via Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr.

Connect with NASA astronaut Jack Fischer via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Follow space station activities via Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram and research via @ISS_Research.

Follow Paolo Nespoli of ESA on Twitter, and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos is on Twitter and Facebook.

On-Orbit Status Report

51 Soyuz (51S) Launch and Dock: 51S launched today at 10:41 am CDT carrying Sergey Ryazanskiy, Paolo Nespoli and Randolph Bresnik to the ISS. Docking occurred at 4:54 pm CDT with hatch opening at 6:58 pm CDT. There will be 4 USOS crew members on the ISS until 50S undocks on September 2.

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF): The crew exchanged sample holders in the ELF and removed a lost sample in the ELF chamber. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and solidify materials by containerless processing techniques using electrostatic levitation. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved.

Rodent Research-5 (RR-5) Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for Osteoporosis: The crew set up hardware, reviewed materials and completed preparations for 4 days of operations scheduled to begin Sunday. Because spaceflight has significant and rapid effects on the musculoskeletal system, it is important to investigate targeted therapies that could ameliorate some of the detrimental effects of spaceflight. The NELL-1 drug being studied in the RR-5 investigation has the potential to slow or reverse bone loss during spaceflight.

Microbial Tracking-2 (MT-2): The crew collected saliva samples for the Microbial Tracking-2 investigation and placed them inside a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). 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. MT-2 monitors the different types of microbes that are present on ISS over a 1-year period and how they change over time.

Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS) Ratcheting Noise: This morning the crew reported a ratcheting noise coming from CEVIS and provided audio/video of the noise for ground review. While recording the audio/video, the noise stopped. The crew performed a checkout using both programming and manual modes and reported nominal performance. Teams discussed the noise and additional crew actions were requested to secure the CEVIS belt from potential slippage and to gain additional data. CEVIS remains GO for exercise at this time.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Yesterday afternoon Robotic Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Body to perform a video and imagery survey of the SPDM Latching End Effector (LEE) snare cables using the P1 Lower Outboard (LOOB) External High Definition Camera (EHDC). They then maneuvered the SSRMS to a translate position in preparation for the Mobile Transporter (MT) translation to Worksite 8 on July 31.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities have either been completed or on schedule unless otherwise noted.

CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup
ISS Handover Ops Videos
Test video recording for Russia Today TV channel
Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
Microbial Tracking-2 Body Sample Collection
Microbial Tracking-2 Sample MELFI Retrieval Insert
iPad Air 2 Install Part 4 of 4
Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Install
XF305 Camcorder Setup
ISS HAM Radio and Video Power Down
Mouse Habitat Unit Interface Unit Installation
Review TV Coverage procedure Hatch Opening from MRM1 and Arrival of Expedition 52
USOS Window Shutter Close
Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Backup Power Setup
HRF1 PC 1 USB Load Installation Preparation
Preparing For Upcoming MagVector Science Run
Long Duration Sorbent Testbed Status Check.
Rodent Research Gather 5
Utility Outlet Panel (UOP) Activation
Rodent Research 5 Review
Operation using T?K onbord datafiles. Soyuz Space Suit- 1,2 dry – start
Rodent Research Crew Conference
Monitoring shutter closure on windows 6,8,9,12,13,14
MPEG2 Multicast Test via Ku-band (Activation/Deactivation of TV data and MPEG2 Multicast controls)
HRF1 PC 1 USB Load Installation Conclude
Rodent Research 5 Setup
Gas Analyzer Activation in Soyuz
XF305 Camcorder Setup
Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) sample Cartridge Retrieval
???? configuration for Soyuz 736 docking to MRM1. Comm check with Soyuz 736 via RSA-S/G2
Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) Sample Removal
Preparation for Soyuz 736 Docking
Monitoring Soyuz 736 Rendezvous with ISS (MRM1)
Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) Sample Holder Exchange
Activation of TV Data and MPEG2 Multicast Monitoring Equipment
Monitoring Soyuz 736 Rendezvous with ISS (MRM1)
On MCC Go Activation of mpeg2 multicast video recording mode
Monitoring Soyuz 736 Rendezvous with ISS (MRM1)
Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) sample Cartridge Installation
Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
On MCC Go MRM1-SOYUZ PEV moding to ELECTR CONTR position
Closing Applications and Downlink MPEG2 Multicast Video via OCA
On MCC Go Soyuz 736 – MRM1 Interface Leak Check. Start drying two space suits
Comm reconfig after Soyuz 736 docking
Hardware Setup and Checkout in SM for Expedition 52 Arrival TV PAO Coverage from SM
Disconnecting ??-153? TV Camera from MRM1 TV System
Hardware Setup and Test Checkoui in MRM1 for Hatch Opening” TV PAO Coverage from MRM1
Soyuz 736-MRM1 Hatch Opening. Expedition 52 Arrival TV Coverage
Handover of the 3rd space suit and gloves for drying in Soyuz 735
Drying out of the 3rd spacesuit in Soyuz 735, start
ISS Safety Briefing
CSA Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup
MELFI Overview OBT
Closing Applications, Deactivation of camcorders and TV data monitoring. Connecting TV Camera ??-153? to MRM1 TV System. Restoring Nominal Comm Configuration
Terminate Drying Suits 1,2
Set up the 1st pair of gloves for drying (Soyuz 736)
Reminder 2 Fine Motor Skills
Soyuz 736 Deactivation (w/o Gas Analyzer deactivation)
Transfer of Atmosphere Purification Filter Assembly ????-2? from Soyuz 735 ?? to Soyuz 736 ??
ISS HAM Radio Power Up
Space Headaches – Daily Questionnaire
Marrow Breath And Ambient Air Sample Setup – Subject
Fine Motor Skills Experiment Test First Time – Subject
Finish drying the 1st pair of gloves and start drying the 2nd pair
Soyuz 736 Deactivation (w/o Gas Analyzer deactivation)
Fine Motor Skills Historical Documentation Photography
Terminate drying the 3rd suit, start drying the 3rd pair of gloves in Soyuz 735
USOS Window Shutter Close

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
SSRMS powerdown
Prep for 51S docking
Rodent Research ops preparations

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 07/29: Crew off duty
Sunday, 07/30: Rodent Research ops, crew adaptation
Monday, 07/31: MARES deploy/ankle mechanism assembly, Rodent Research operations, Emergency Roles & Responsibilities review

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
Component – Status
Elektron – Off
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) – Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

SpaceRef co-founder, entrepreneur, writer, podcaster, nature lover and deep thinker.