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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 3 November 2017 – Space Grown Veggies

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
November 6, 2017
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 3 November 2017 – Space Grown Veggies
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 3 November 2017 - Space Grown Veggies.

Today: VEG-03 Science Harvest: The crew cut one to three leaves from each plant for consumption and then preserved them in foil and inserted them into cold stowage for science data.
The remainder of the plants will be left to grow and sprout new leaves. The Veg-03 investigation uses the Veggie plant growth facility to cultivate a type of cabbage, lettuce and mizuna which are harvested on-orbit with samples returned to Earth for testing. Organisms grow differently in space, from single-celled bacteria to plants and humans. Future long-duration space missions will require crew members to grow their own food, so understanding how plants respond to microgravity is an important step toward that goal. Veg-03 uses the Veggie plant growth facility to cultivate a type of cabbage, lettuce and mizuna which are harvested on-orbit with samples returned to Earth for testing.

Multi-Omics Sample Collections: A 52S crewmember collected saliva samples and completed a questionnaire for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics experiment. The samples were placed into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Multi-omics analysis of human microbial-metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem (Multi-Omics) investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts’ immune function, by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the gut microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system.

Space Headaches: The crew completed the weekly questionnaire for the ESA Space Headaches investigation. The Space Headaches investigation collects information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crewmembers in space. Headaches during space flight can negatively affect mental and physical capacities of crewmembers that can influence performance during a space mission.

Node 3 to Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Fine Leak Check: Today, the crew utilized the Internal Sampling Adapter (ISA), Vacuum Access Jumper (VAJ), Multimeter, and ISA Scopemeter Pressure Probe to depress the Node 3 to PMM vestibule to 5 psi for a fine leak check of the Node 3 to PMM Vestibule. The leak check was successful.

Spare External (EXT) Enhanced Processor and Integrated Communications (EPIC) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) Build: The crew configured and tested a spare EXT EPIC MDM. The MDM was upgraded by swapping the Enhanced (ENH) Input/Output (I/O) Control Unit circuit card for a Pentium I/O Control Unit circuit card and connecting an EXT MDM Ethernet Cover to the new card. Then, the MDM On Orbit Tester (MOOT) hardware/software system was used to perform an IVA functionality test of the new EXT EPIC MDM and reconfigure software on the new EPIC card. The checkout was successful. Finally, they removed and replaced the Chotherm on the MDM. Chotherm provides a thermal barrier between MDM Chassis and coldplate.

On-Board Training (OBT) Cygnus Rendezvous: In preparation for Orbital ATK 8 (OA-8) launch, the crew performed this proficiency training on the Cygnus profile including rendezvous crew procedures and crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding the vehicle. Cygnus is scheduled to launch Saturday, November 11th with capture and berthing Monday, November 13th.

Mobile Serving System (MSS) Operations: Robotic Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and are maneuvering the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) as required to use SPDM Arm1 to transfer the spare Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) Transfer Interface (JOTI) on the JEM Airlock Slide Table to SPDM Enhanced ORU Temporary Platform (EOTP) Side 2. Once this has been completed the Robotics Ground Controllers will configure the SPDM and SSRMS for translation and then translate the Mobile Transporter (MT) from Worksite 7 (WS7) to WS3.

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

Toggle MVIS to HDD2
Node 3 PMM Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Removal
ISS Crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Team) Weekly Conference
Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
Earth Imagery from ISS Nikon Target Operations
In Flight Maintenance External Multiplexer Demultiplexer (EXT MDM) Build
Node 3 PMM Leak Check Initiate
DAN Experiment Session
ISS HAM Video Pass
Gather Electrical Insulating Gloves and Leather Overgloves (Lineman’s Gloves) for upcoming maintenance.
СОЖ Maintenance
Soyuz 734 IRIDIUM Phone Charging
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
Replacing ИК0501Gas Analyzer СО2 Filter Unit (БФ)
In Flight Maintenance External Multiplexer Demultiplexer (EXT MDM) Checkout
Soyuz 736 IRIDIUM Phone Charge
Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire
Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open
Light Microscopy Module Camera Reconnection
Charge of SM-AGAT-U55 external batteries (2) on Soyuz 736
Node 3 PMM Leak Check Terminate
Charging GoPro HERO3 Camcorder Battery (6) on Soyuz 736
Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close
БТХ Installation and ConnectingТБУ-В thermostat No.4 at in MRM2, moding to +4°С
VIZIR Experiment Ops
Node 3 PMM Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Installation
In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Multiplexer Demultiplexer (MDM) Chotherm Remove and Replace (R&R)
Onboard Training (OBT) Robotics On-board Trainer (ROBoT) Setup
JPM Window Shutter Close
In Flight Maintenance External Multiplexer Demultiplexer (EXT MDM) Build Stow
RS lighting system audit (SM, MRM1, MRM2, DC1)
Preventive Maintenance of SM Ventilation Subsystem. Group В2 (SKV2)
Multi Omics Fecal Sample Operations
Fast Neutron Spectrometer Hardware Check
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Brine Filter Changeout
Multi Omics Fecal Sample MELFI Ops
On-Board Training (OBT) CYGNUS Robotics OBT
Photo of RS Windows No.2 (SM [PO]), No.13 and No.14 (SM ПхО), EV Hatch Window 2 (MRM2)
On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Rendezvous Review
VEG-03 Science Harvest
VEG-03 MELFI Insertion
PMM Hardware Relocate
INTERACTION-2 Experiment Ops
Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Stow Operation

Completed Task List Activities
Veggie Pillow Water
JLP HW Consolidate

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Battery Capacity Test
Robotic Removal of MBSU from Slide Table

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 11/04: Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty
Sunday, 11/05: Crew Off Duty
Monday, 11/06: PMM Hardware Relocate, Astrobee, JEMAL MPEP Install, Cygnus OBT, Earth Imagery from ISS

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) – Off
[СКВ] 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) – Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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