Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 June 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
June 1, 2005
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 June 2005

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.

After booting up the Service Module(SM)’s Central Post computer #2 (KTsP-2), CDR Krikalev checked out the function of the new software version 7.03 on its laptop, LT2. With this, LT2 has become primary until 7.03 is installed on KTsP laptop 1.

Supported by tagup with ground specialists, the crew conducted a visual assessment of available empty stowage areas in the FGB, SM, and DC1 Docking Module. [To plan stowage accommodation for cargo items from Progress 18 (no. 353) on the Russian segment (RS) and transfer of Russian cargo items from the US segment (USOS) to RS before LF1/STS-114, actual data on empty stowage availability in DC1, SM, and FGB are needed.]

In the Lab module, John Phillips unbolted one of the P1 rack and rotated it to gain access to its aft stowage space. He then retrieved four ORU (orbit replaceable unit) transfer bags with EVA components and stowed them in the Airlock (A/L) crewlock compartment.

Continuing the current round of the monthly preventive maintenance of RS ventilation systems, Sergei Krikalev worked in the SM on a three-hour inspection and cleaning of Group B ventilator fans and grilles. [Today’s cleaning involved the Group B ventilation fans in the SM, plus a checkout of the ventilators and a thorough cleaning of fan screens and flexible air ducts from the VN1 screen to VSU, leaving out the VV1RO air duct system.]

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The Science Officer conducted an OBT (onboard training) review of the upcoming MFMG (Miscible Fluids in Microgravity) payload activities, concentrating on the Isothermal sections of the experiment, using movie clips besides the OBT drill. [MFMG is a “zero up-mass” payload, i.e., one using onboard resources. The Experiment is set up in two major sections, Isothermal and Thermal, each with four tests. Isothermal has been completed as well as the first 3 tests of Thermal. Tests involve syringes and drinking straws to mix fluids (honey and water) in various ways. Some tests use the MWA (Maintenance Work Area), and both the camcorder, connected to the MSG (Microgravity Science Glovebox) video drawer, and digital still camera are used to capture the results.]

The Vozdukh carbon dioxide (CO2) removal system was reactivated after its one-day downtime in support of RS computer upgrading and CDRA (CO2 removal assembly) check run. CDRA was powered off later in the day.

John had another 15 minutes to print out new Emergency procedures pages and insert them in the appropriate hardcopy books.

Both crewmembers conducted their regular 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the CEVIS cycle ergometer (John), TVIS treadmill (Sergei), RED exerciser and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer. [Sergei’s daily protocol prescribes a strict four-day microcycle exercise with 1.5 hr on the treadmill and one hour on VELO plus load trainer (today: Day 1 of a new set).]

Afterwards, the FE transferred the exercise data files to the MEC (medical equipment computer) for downlink, as well as the daily wristband HRM (heart rate monitor) data of the workouts on RED and CEVIS, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium.

Phillips completed the daily routine maintenance of the SM’s SOZh environment control & life support system, including regular replacements of the ASU toilet facility, and Krikalev, from his voluntary Russian “job jar” task list, prepared the regular IMS (Inventory Management System) “delta” file for export/import to the IMS databases.

Working off the task list, Sergei performed the regular daily inspection of the BIO-5 Rasteniya-2 (“Plants-2”) experiment, including filling its water canister as required. [Rasteniya researches growth and development of plants under spaceflight conditions in the Lada-7 greenhouse.]

Also called out by the task list, the CDR conducted another session with the “Uragan” (hurricane) earth-imaging program that had him focus the Nikon D1X digital camera with f400 or 800 mm lens from SM window #9 on targets specified by an uplinked list. [Today’s targets included Caucasus Black Sea coast with oil and gas pipe terminals, forest logging, farm lands, the infrastructure of Astrakhan gas fields, quarries at Ekibastuz, the Altai mountains, the city of Kursk, Moscow and SA area of the Kaluga Province, the Toktogul reservoir, etc.]

As a fourth “job jar” suggestion, the CDR still has urine transfer from the EDV-U collection container to the empty water tanks 1 and 2 of Progress 17 on standby.

At 2:25pm EDT, NASA Administrator Mike Griffin was scheduled to hold a 20-min. teleconference with the crew.

During the Z1 dome stowage activities on Monday, the crew found an EVA bolt free-floating in the dome. The bolt was inadvertently removed from the TUS IUA (trailing umbilical system/interface umbilical assembly) during Mission 8A assembly. The bolt, for now tagged and stowed, can be installed again when the IUA is replaced.

Update on Solid-Fuel Oxygen Generator (SFOG) candles: Two more SFOGs (Russian: TGK) were used today, both successfully. As of tonight, a total of 19 candles of the old set have been decomposed on board since 5/20 (total attempts: 29 [i.e., 10 failures = 34.5% failure rate, instead of expected 20%]). With the actual failure rate, TGKs currently on board last for 25 days. Progress 18 (arrival 6/18) is manifested to deliver 42 “new” SFOGs (zero failure rate) plus 110 kg (242 lbs) of O2.

Today’s CEO (crew earth observations) photo targets, in the current LVLH attitude no longer limited by flight rule constraints on the use of the Lab nadir/science window, were St. Croix reefs, Virgin Islands (this small island and its coral reef are part of a worldwide mapping project for coral reefs. This and the next two targets are part of a group of close-spaced islands in the Caribbean whose coral health is being monitored), St. John reefs, Virgin Islands (looking right for these coral reefs), St. Thomas reefs, Virgin Islands (looking right for these coral reefs), Internal waves, NW Azores (shooting half right near the glint point for any internal waves generated in a wide area of the central Atlantic around the Azores archipelago), Tunis, Tunisia (looking just right of track for this ancient port city), and Internal waves, N Azores (shooting far right, near the glint point, for any internal waves).

CEO photography can be viewed and studied at the websites:

See also the website “Space Station Challenge” at:

To view the latest photos taken by the expedition 11 crew visit:

Expedition 11 Flight Crew Plans can be found at

Previous NASA ISS On-orbit Status Reports can be found here. Previous NASA Space Station Status Reports can be found here. Previous NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Reports can be found here. A collection of all of these reports and other materials relating to Return to Flight for the Space Shuttle fleet can be found here.

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ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 6:04am EDT [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 352.2 km
  • Apogee height — 355.7 km
  • Perigee height — 348.6 km
  • Period — 91.58 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.65 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0005325
  • Solar Beta Angle — -29.4 deg (magnitude increasing)
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.72
  • Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours — 125 m
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 37320

Some Increment 11 Main Events (not final):

  • Progress M-52 (17P) undock — 6/15 (4:13pm EDT);
  • Progress M-53 (18P) launch — 6/16 (7:09pm EDT, Baikonur: 6/17, 5:09am)
  • Progress M-53 (18P) dock — 6/18 (8:46pm EDT);
  • Reboost — ~6/22 (delta-V 1.5 m/s);
  • LF-1/STS-114 launch — 7/13 (18-day window opens);
  • Soyuz TMA-6 (10S) relocate (from DC-1 to FGB) — ~8/16;
  • ULF1.1/STS-121 launch — NET 9/9 (launch window opens);
  • 12A/STS-115 launch — NET 2/16/06;
  • 12A.1/STS-116 launch — NET 4/23/06;
  • 13A/STS-117 launch — NET 5/18/06.

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For more on ISS orbit and worldwide ISS naked-eye visibility dates/times, see In addition, information on International Space Station sighting opportunities can be found at on NASA’s Human Spaceflight website. The current location of the International Space Station can be found at at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Additional satellite tracking resources can be found at

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