Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 12 Nov 2003

By SpaceRef Editor
November 13, 2003
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 12 Nov 2003

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

Flight Engineer Kaleri conducted the regular bi-weekly status checkup of the airflow sensors (IP-1), which are installed in the various RS (Russian segment) hatchways and the hatchway between FGB and Node.  [Last time done: 10/29.]

After last week’s relocation of stowage items from the Node to the (now evacuated) PMA-2 (pressurized mating adapter #2), the crew today worked on clearing access to fire ports in the U.S. segment, by making use of stowage in the Lab ZSR (zero-G storage racks) shelving systems’ back areas.  [During the ZSR stowage procedure, the crew discovered that a rack (LAB1P_1) could not be rotated without removing a smoke detector (SD LAB1PD_1).  After consultation with MCC-Houston, the SD was removed and later reinstalled.  This required inhibiting (and later re-enabling) an RPC (remote power controller), which was accomplished remotely from the ground, as was the deactivation/reactivation of the SD.  The procedure will be rewritten.]

CDR Michael Foale conducted an IMS (inventory management system) audit of on-board batteries by filling out a questionnaire.  This is a regular periodic task to help in updating the IMS and assist in planning of additional provisioning on a future Progress flight.

Sasha conducted the daily routine maintenance of the SM’s SOZh life support system (including ASU toilet facilities) and updated the IMS “delta” file for updating the inventory databases, while Mike conducted the regular routine status checkup of the autonomous Lab payloads (currently only PCG-STES010).

CDR Michael Foale completed his third weekly filling out of the Food Frequency Questionnaire (FFQ), which keeps a log of his nutritional intake over time on the MEC (medical equipment computer).

Both crewmembers performed their daily physical exercise program (2.5 hrs.) on TVIS treadmill, CEVIS cycle ergometer, and RED anaerobic exerciser.

Mike Foale took the daily cabin air ppO2 (oxygen partial pressure) measurement of the CSA-CP (compound specific analyzer-combustion products) for calldown to the ground, where it is used for trending analyses.

Mike also performed the monthly maintenance/inspection of the RED (resistive exercise device) and replaced the machine’s Flexpak canisters #1009 and #1010 with the new spares #1011 & #1012.

At 12:35pm EST, both crewmembers downlinked four TV messages with “Welcome/Greetings from ISS” via Ku- and S-band for videotaping on the ground, one for NASA PAO generic purposes, one to be played at various NASA Visitors Centers around the U.S., the third for a NASA HQ campaign to show the human side of the Agency with individuals from every corner of our workforce featured in the NASA TV identification spots, and the last as per request from the University of Mississippi Chancellor, to be included in the Ole Miss vs. LSU football game scheduled for 11/22.

Today’s CEO (crew earth observation) 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 Sao Paulo, Brazil (looking left for the center of this vast conurbation, fourth or fifth in the world, excluding its large neighboring port city, Santos), Palmyra Atoll, Pacific (looking a touch left.  The fringing reefs are of specific interest. [The 800-mm lens was also acceptable here, besides the 400-mm.]), Kingman Reef, Pacific (looking a touch left for this reef that has no dry land per se.  [The 800-mm lens was also acceptable here, besides the 400-mm.]), Jarvis Island, Pacific (nadir pass. [The 800-mm lens was also acceptable here, besides the 400-mm.]), and Patagonian Glaciers (glaciers of the southern ice field should be visible on both sides of the Andes, since there is slight clearing on the usually cloudy Pacific side.  Crew was asked to shoot smaller glacier tongues.  Glacier thinning has doubled in the last five years in the southern ice field compared with a 25-year average, according to analysis of SRTM data from Shuttle).

CEO images can be viewed at the websites.

See also the website “Space Station Challenge” at

SpaceRef staff editor.