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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 June 2017 – SpaceX Splashdown Rescheduled to July 3

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
July 4, 2017
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 June 2017 – SpaceX Splashdown Rescheduled to July 3
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 30 June 2017 - SpaceX Splashdown Rescheduled to July 3.

Due to a forecast of unacceptable sea states in the Pacific Ocean in the prime opportunity splashdown zone, SpaceX and NASA have elected to delay the return of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft to Monday, July 3.
The splashdown zone for Monday has an acceptable weather forecast and is closer to port in Long Beach, California. Splashdown is expected around 260 miles southwest of the California coast.

On-Orbit Status Report

SpaceX (SpX)-11 Unberth Status: Teams met this afternoon to discuss the plan to unberth Dragon on Sunday, July 2. Weather at the splashdown area has been a concern for the past few days but reports are that the weather is improving. Teams decided to go forward with the plan to release on Sunday at 10:38AM CDT.

Rodent Research-5 (RR-5) Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for Osteoporosis: The crew transferred half of the RR-5 mice to an Animal Transporter for return on SpX-11. 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.

Cardiac Stem Cells: The crew removed a Cardiac Stem Cells sample from a General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER) and placed it in a Space Automated Bioproduct Lab (SABL) incubator. They also 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.

NanoRacks Module-54 and Module-56: A crewmember removed NanoRacks Module-54 and Module-56 from NanoRacks Platform-1 in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) and placed them into a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for return on SpX-11.

Algae can produce both fats and hydrogen which can each be used as fuel sources on Earth and potentially in space. NanoRacks Module-54, also known as NanoRacks-National Design Challenge-Chatfield High School-The Effect of Microgravity on Two Strains of Biofuel Producing Algae with Implications for the Production of Renewable Fuels in Space Based Applications (NanoRacks-NDC-CHS-The Green Machine), studies two algae species to determine whether they still produce hydrogen and store fats while growing in microgravity. Results from this student-designed investigation improve efforts to produce a sustainable biofuel in space, as well as remove carbon dioxide from crew quarters.

Vermicomposting, or using worms to break down food scraps, is an effective way to reduce waste and obtain a nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. NanoRacks Module-56, also known as NanoRacks-NDC-Bell Middle School-Efficiency of Vermicomposting in a Closed System (NanoRacks-NDC-BMS-Vermicomposting), is a student-designed project that studies whether red wiggler worms, a species of earthworm, are able to produce compost in space. Results are used to study the potential for composting as a form of recycling on future long-duration space missions.

NanoRacks Module 9: The crew deactivated mixture tubes for NanoRacks Module 9 Ops Session 5 today in support of the NanoRacks-National Center for Earth and Space Science-Casper (NanoRacks-NCESSE-Casper) investigation. NCESSE supports various schools and student-designed experiments that address challenges of living and working in space. The program is also a key initiative for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), that strives to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to work on the space program. The specific investigations supported today include Growth and Development of Fathead Minnows in Microgravity, Does the Structure of a Fairy Shrimp Change in Microgravity?, Soybean Germination in Microgravity, and Benefits of Mint.

JAXA Tissue Equivalent Proportional Chamber (TEPC) and Area Passive Dosimeter for Life-Science Experiments in Space (PADLES): The crew removed area dosimeters from the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) walls and Bio Dosimeters from the JEM TEPC Detector Units for return on SpX-11. The JAXA Area PADLES investigation uses area dosimeters to continuously monitor the radiation dose onboard the ISS. Radiation exposure can have significant biological effects on living organisms, including the biological investigations being done on ISS in the JEM.

Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Biophysics 1: The crew removed the Biophysics-3 Plate 2 from the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) and placed it into a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). Investigators will use the results from LMM Biophysics 1 to examine the movement of single protein molecules in microgravity. This investigation is expected to add to scientists’ understanding of the physical processes that enable high-quality crystals to grow in space where Earth’s gravity does not interfere with their formation.

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

Glacier 4 Sample Remove
Inventory Management System (IMS) conference
R&R of [Н1] Pump on Internal Thermal Loop КОБ2 4СПН2 Panel
Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open
LMM Biophysics Plate Removal
NanoRacks Platform-1 Modules Removal
NanoRacks Module-54 MELFI Insertion
NanoRacks Module-56 MELFI Insertion
Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close
Installation and Activation of ТБУ-В #05 Thermostat in MRM1 in +2°С Mode. Photography
Cardiac Stem Cells SABL Insertion
Thermostat Temperature Control. Photography
Fungistat Treatment of FGB Structure and Elements
Cardiac Stem Cells Media Change 1 BioCell Habitat
Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Combustion Chamber (CC) Valve 2 Operation
JEM TEPC Bio Dosimeter and Area Dosimeter Removal
Temperature Control and Thermostat Switch to +37°С
Rodent Research Node 2 Camcorder Video Setup
Rodent Research 5 Live Animal Return
Rodent Research Locker Prep
Rodent Research Habitat Stow
Temperature Control and Deactivation of ТБУ-В #05 Thermostat
NanoRacks Module 9 Ops Session 5
USOS Window Shutter Close
Reminder Rodent Research Thermal Consideration

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Dragon departure prep/science transfer

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 07/01: Cold bag pack, final SpX transfer, hatch closure
Sunday, 07/02: SpX-11 unberth
Monday, 07/03: Crew holiday for July 4

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:
(Note this data is from yesterday’s report due to an issue with IMC’s connection to telemetry. This connection should be re-established later today.)
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) – Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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