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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 July 2019 – Biology Research and Spacesuit Servicing

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
July 9, 2019
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 July 2019 – Biology Research and Spacesuit Servicing
At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 60 crewmember Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency works procedures inside his Soyuz spacecraft July 5 as part of pre-launch activities.Parmitano, Drew Morgan of NASA and Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos will launch July 20 on the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome for a mission on the International Space Station. Credit: Andrey Shelepin/GCTC. (July 5, 2019)

Three Expedition 60 crewmembers are orbiting Earth supporting a variety of biology research and spacesuit servicing today.
A trio of soon-to-be International Space Station residents are in Kazakhstan awaiting a launch to their new home in space in less than two weeks.

NASA astronauts Christina Koch and Nick Hague collected their blood samples Monday morning for spinning in a centrifuge. The samples were then stowed in a science freezer for later analysis by scientists on Earth.

Koch then went on to work on a pair of U.S. spacesuits, cleaning cooling loops and replacing components. She also watered plants growing inside the Columbus laboratory module for the two-part VEG-04 space agriculture study.

Hague wrapped up last week’s CubeSat deployment activities by retracting the deployer hardware back inside Japan’s Kibo laboratory module. The NASA astronaut later tested new adjustable LED lights installed throughout the orbiting lab to increase crew health and wellness.

Commander Alexey Ovchinin focused mainly on computer maintenance and lab cleaning in the Russian segment of the station. Toward the end of the day, the veteran cosmonaut explored space exercise techniques and photographed landmarks on Earth.

Back on Earth at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, three new station residents are in final training ahead of their July 20 launch. Cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov will lead astronauts Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano aboard the Soyuz MS-13 crew ship during their six-hour ride to the space station.

On-Orbit Status Report

NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) Hardware Removal: As a closeout activity for NRCSD-16, the crew removed the deployers from the Multipurpose Experiment Platform(MPEP) on the JEM airlock slide table, and stowed them. NRCSD-16 successfully depolyed all 7 of its satellites last week. The NRCSD is a self-contained CubeSat deployer system for small satellites staged from the ISS. NRCSD is transported to orbit inside the Pressurized Cargo Module of ISS cargo resupply vehicles and utilizes the ISS Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) as a staging facility for operations. NRCSD is integrated with payloads (CubeSats) on the ground.

Lighting Effects: The crew set up the light meter using Human Research Facility (HRF) PC1 and performed the ambient meter reading. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance.

Medical Proteomics: The 58S crew participated in the fourth Medical Proteomics blood draw. JAXA’s Medical Proteomics evaluates changes of proteins in blood serum, bone and skeletal muscles after space flight, and supports identification of osteopenia-related proteins. By combining research results for space mice, astronauts and ground patients, proteins related to osteopenia can be identified using the latest proteome analysis technique. It’s anticipated that the use of the marker proteins related to osteopenia will be of benefit in the future for assessing the health of astronauts as well as osteoporosis patients on ground.

Repository: Blood and/or urine collections continue through Wednesday for the Flight Day (FD)120 samples for FE5/FE6. Repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.

VEG-04 check and MMD: The crew performed a routine plant check, watered the plants as appropriate, and weighed any broken leaves using the MMD (Mass Measurement Device). Similar to what was reported late last week on one of the plant pillows, a small area of mold-like substance was reported on 9 of the remaining 11 plant pillows at the base of the plants. The crew was asked to clean up the mold and water the plants in preparation for the harvest tomorrow (9-July). The research of Veg-04A focuses on the impact of light quality and fertilizer on leafy crop growth for a 28-day grow-out, microbial food safety, nutritional value, taste acceptability by the crew, and the overall behavioral health benefits of having plants and fresh food in space.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU)s 3006 and 3008 Maintenance: The crew performed ionic and particulate filtration and biocidal maintenance of EMU and Airlock cooling water loops. In addition, EMU 3008 Water Line Vent Tube Assembly (WLVTA) was removed and replaced followed by a leak check which is performed periodically as preventive maintenance.

Completed Task List Activities:
Wanted poster-CQ organizer
Photo TV bag audit
WHC KTO replace
COL toolbox audit
COL CIMON items relocate

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
EVA loop scrub assist
CubeSat deployer remove
SSRMS FMS fine characterization

Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 7/9 (GMT 190)

HRF GDS tank photo
Medical Proteomics
MERLIN4 install
The ISS Experience
Two-phase flow valve setting
Veg-04A harvest

RUC cable install hardware gather

Wednesday, 7/10 (GMT 191)

Cerebral Autoregulation
JAXA EPO dry run
Radi-N2 retrieval
The ISS Experience hardware stow
Veggie questionnaire

RUC cable routing
External HD camera boom build

Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection 25 Minutes Subject
HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Operator
HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Configuration
HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
Japan Aerospace eXploration Agency Sample MELFI Retrieval and Insertion
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
JEM Airlock Press
On MCC GO Regeneration of ??? ?1 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
JEM Camera Robot Preparation for JAXA-EPO-DRUN
Preventive Maintenance of FS1 Laptop
NREP XF305 Video Setup
Monthly Maintenance of Smart Switch Router (???)
HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow
JEM Airlock Leak Check
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Removal from the MPEP
Vacuuming [???4]’s [??-7] screen behind FGB panel 108
Handhold Exp Platform Adapter installation
Transfer of Samples(s) from Glacier to Glacier
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Iodination
Lighting Effects Light Meter Setup Alternate
TOCA Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
VEG-04 Water Check and Mass Measurement Device Operations
??? maintenance
Lighting Effects Light Meter Ambient Readings
Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup
PAO Preparation
Adjustment of [???1] [BH1] heat valve in SM
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Deconfiguration
HRF Generic Urine Collection Setup
HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup
EMU Water Line Vent Tube Assembly (WLVTA) Remove and Replace
Lighting Effects Light Meter Stow
Countermeasures System (CMS) Treadmill 2 (T2) Exercise Session
Replaceable Condensate Removal Lines R&R – setup
??-2 treadmill carriage position monitoring and photography
TOCA Sample Data Record
Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
Health Maintenance System (HMS) Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test
PROFILAKTIKA-2. Hardware Setup
Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
On MCC GO Micropurification Unit (???) ?1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end)
Reminder HRF Generic Urine Collection
Preparation for Antivirus Scanning on [???] Laptops
Reminder 2F HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection

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