Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 Nov 2003

By SpaceRef Editor
November 1, 2003
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 1 Nov 2003

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except as noted previously or below.  Saturday rest day, and congratulations to the crew for completing the first two full weeks of their mission.

After wakeup (1:00am EST), morning chores and breakfast, CDR/SO Michael Foale and FE Alexander Kaleri completed the standard 3-hr. station cleaning, a regular Saturday task.

Kaleri conducted the daily routine maintenance of the SM’s SOZh life support system (including ASU toilet facilities).

In the DC-1 “Pirs”, Sasha completed his first regular (monthly) checkup of circuit breakers (AZS) on the BVP amp switch panel — they should all be On — and the 14 LEDs of the fuses in fuse panels BPP-30 and BPP-36 (last time done: 10/1).

Both crewmembers worked out according to their regular daily physical exercise program of 2.5 hrs on TVIS treadmill (aerobic), RED exerciser (anaerobic) and VELO bike with load trainer.  Mike also performed the monthly inspection of the RED bolts, tightening them as required.

In the Soyuz TMA-3 Descent Module, Kaleri conducted an inspection and status check of the KhSA cooler/dryer unit fans (V1 & V2).   [After gaining access to the fan outlets by flipping back the foot rests on the three couches, Sasha performed an external inspection of the KhSA, including cable network, connectors, and circuit breaker, by using a local light, followed by internal inspection of the V1/V2 fan unit via wire grid outlet to check for the presence of clearance between the blades and for the absence of foreign material, dirt, lint, threads in the air flow portion of the fan units.]

Mike called down the “ad hoc” O2 partial pressure of the cabin air.  [O2 data for trending analyses by the ground are collected daily by the crew with the U.S. CSA-CP (compound specific analyzer-combustion products).]

The crew had their the weekly planning conference with the ground via S-band/audio to discuss next week’s “Look-Ahead Plan” (regularly prepared jointly by MCC-H and MCC-M planners and uplinked ahead of time). 
The station continues on XPOP attitude, until 11/3, when it will be moded to LVLH XVV.

Regular sleep time begins at 4:30pm EST.

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Eight — 1st):

From Lead Increment Scientist Dr. Janice Voss to crew: “Welcome to the beginning of an exciting Increment of science on ISS.  The payloads team would like to thank you again for all the work you performed this week.  The HRF team would like to say thanks for the additional time you spent working on the RIC software load and that it will be rescheduled at a later date. Thanks for your efforts and have a great weekend!”

GASMAP:  Completed. First 30 Day Health Check scheduled for November.

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

Advanced Ultrasound:   Planned.

Hand Posture Analyzer (HPA):   “The time has finally come for Mike to use HPA in flight”.

In-Space Soldering Investigation (ISSE):  Planned.

Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation (PFMI):   Planned.

Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS):  Looking forward to working with Mike for the first time troubleshooting SAMS ICU. 

Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System (MAMS):   MAMS continues to measure the quasi-steady acceleration environment using the OSS sensor.   HiRAP telemetry downlink is enabled and will remain active until SAMS is recovered.   

Protein Crystal Growth-Single Locker Thermal Enclosure System (PCG-STES):  Behaving nominally. No adverse reaction to CGBA temp. change.

Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions (InSPACE):    Planned.

Renal Stone:  Planned.

Spheres:   Planned.

Foot:  Planned.

Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE):  In progress.  Deployed outside. Nominal and collecting data.

Cellular Biotechnology Support Systems (CBOSS-FDI):  Planned.

Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM):  Starting Monday (11/3).

Earth Science Toward Exploration Research (ESTER):  Planned.

Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures-2 (CSLM-2):  Planned.

Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA):  GCF (Granada Crystallization Facility) team is thankful to have their experiment completed.  CGBA is running nominally so far at the new temperature set points.  CGBA was powered down yesterday.

Educational Payload Operations (EPO):  Planned.

Crew Earth Observation (CEO):

Today’s CEO targets, limited in the current XPOP attitude by flight rule constraints on the use of the Lab nadir/science window, and including the targets of the Lewis & Clark 200-year memorial locations, were Hyderabad, India (ISS had a near-nadir pass over this Indian mega city on the Deccan Plateau as it approached from the NW.  Looking for this rarely photographed city about 150 miles inland and west-northwest from the large Godavari River delta on the Bay of Bengal), Madras (Chennai), India (just over a minute after the crew’s encounter with Hyderabad, they were to look just right of track on the coast for this large Indian port city on the Bay of Bengal), Istanbul, Turkey (this may have been the crew’s last opportunity for a while to catch this ancient Turkish metropolis before winter weather and lighting set in.  Looking just left of track for this target that straddles the Bosporus channel), Khartoum, Sudan (an excellent nadir pass over this historic capital of the Sudan.  The city is situated at the confluence of the White and Blue Nile Rivers), Gulf of Maine plankton (the weather is always iffy for this target area, especially this time of year.  Crew was to try to take advantage of this last light of the season to shoot oblique views to the left of track.  ISS imagery may support ongoing plankton studies in the area between Maine and southern Nova Scotia), Perth, Australia (spring weather is finally clearing the skies over this target after a long winter.  As ISS approached from the NW, the crew was to look for the largest city in western Australia just right of track on the coast), and Lower Amazon River Basin (ISS was to take advantage of this nadir pass to map the dynamics of the numerous islands in the estuary of the world’s largest river).
CEO images can be viewed at the websites

See also the website “Space Station Challenge” at

SpaceRef staff editor.