Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 May 2005

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

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Sunday – 1st of May Holiday. Ahead: Week 2 for Increment 11.

Sergei Krikalev and John Phillips were off duty today.

At ~11:30am EDT, CDR Krikalev conducted a teleconference via VHF with Patriarch Alexis II of the Russian Orthodox Church who extended best wishes on the occasion of today’s Orthodox Easter celebration.

Afterwards, Sergei performed the daily routine inspection of the SOZh life support system in the SM and completed the weekly task of collecting toilet flush (SP) counter and water supply (SVO) readings for calldown to TsUP/Moscow.

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Both crewmembers conducted their regular daily 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the TVIS treadmill, RED resistive exerciser and VELO ergometer cycle with bungee cord force loader (NS-1). For the TVIS exercise, they are using the SLDs (subject loading devices) for holding the subject down, plus newly delivered training loading suits (TNK-U-1), to create a load (typically 54 kg). [As was the case for Sharipov, Sergei’s daily protocol prescribes a four-day microcycle exercise with 1.5 hr on the treadmill and one hour on VELO plus load trainer (today: Day 3 of a new set). Use of the NS-1 is constrained by load limits on the ISS structure.]

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Eleven — 1st):

Human Research Facility/Gas Analyzer System for Metabolic Analysis Physiology (HRF GASMAP): Nothing new.

Human Research Facility/Workstation (HRF WS): Continuing.

Advanced Ultrasound (ADUM): John was thanked again for the extra effort in getting down the ADUM OPE (On-board Proficiency Enhancer) files. They were received OK on the ground.

Renal Stone (RS): The crew was thanked for their willingness to participate in the upcoming Renal Stone experiment, which has them take pills (either potassium citrate or placebo) every day. This week they will perform the first of three diet logging and urine collection sessions for this Increment. Diet logging (with the wireless bar code reader, BCR) for the kidney stone prevention research starts on Tuesday, 5/3, at breakfast.

Foot/Ground Reaction Forces during Space Flight (FOOT): First activity was accelerated forward to Week 3.

Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS): SAMS remains in nominal operations.

Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System (MAMS): MAMS remains in nominal operations.

Protein Crystal Growth-Single Locker Thermal Enclosure System (PCG-STES): PCG-STES is performing nominally. The SO was thanked for sending down the status of STES in a log file

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-3 (BCAT-3): BCAT-3 Slow Growth Sample Module will be left undisturbed in its current location by the E11 crew. In order for the samples to potentially grow crystals that can be photographed during Increment 12 operations, the Sample Module must be left undisturbed.

Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE): In progress. Deployed outside on the U.S. Airlock. Nominal and collecting data. To be exchanged during LF-1.

Dust and Aerosol Measurement Feasibility Test (DAFT): Nothing new.

Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM): In spite of the reported camera “hiccup”, EarthKAM students captured 694 “really good” images with the 50mm lens and 603 “fantastic” images with the 180mm lens (1297 total) in 92.5 hours of operation. “Inc 11 is off to a tremendous start. We’ll be back onboard in July.”

Serial Network Flow Monitor (SNFM): All done for Increment 10.

Fluid Merging Viscosity Measurement (FMVM): Nothing new. Will roll over to Increment 11.

Space Experiment Module (SEM): The final (last of 3) SEM photo activity for the students was placed on Phillips’ task list.

Miscible Fluids in Microgravity (MFMG): Nothing new. Will roll over to Increment 11.

Educational Payload Operations (EPO): Nothing new. Will roll over to Increment 11.

Crew Earth Observations (CEO): Nothing new.

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, 7:23am EDT [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 354.2 km
  • Apogee height — 359.4 km
  • Perigee height — 348.9 km
  • Period — 91.62 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0007801
  • Solar Beta Angle — 64.1 deg (magnitude increasing)
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.72
  • Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours — 70 m
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 36833

Some Increment 11 Main Events:

  • Progress M-52 (17P) undock — 6/16;
  • Progress M-53 (18P) launch — 6/17;
  • Progress M-53 (18P) undock — 8/23;
  • Progress M-54 (19P) launch — 8/24;
  • Soyuz TMA-7 (11S) launch — 9/27;
  • Soyuz TMA-6 (10S) return — 10/7.

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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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