Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 12 November 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
November 12, 2005
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 12 November 2005

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.  Saturday — off-duty day for Bill McArthur & Valery Tokarev, except for housekeeping and voluntary work.

>>>>>Early tomorrow morning at 00:55am EST (5:55 GMT), the crew will be tied in live for ~18 minutes to Sir Paul McCartney’s music concert from Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim, CA.  Tune in!   [The in-flight event between the crew and Sir Paul will be aired live on NASA-TV and videotaped for later replay(s).  The former Beetle plans to play two songs for the ISS crew (“English Tea” & “Good Day Sunshine”) and talk briefly with them about their adventure on ISS and space exploration.  This will be the first time a live concert will be linked to a U.S. spacecraft.  Since the tie-in is so close to the crew’s wakeup time, they will set up their PAO video equipment tonight before sleep time.]    


The crew completed the regular weekly three-hour task of thorough station cleaning, wearing protective garment.   [“Uborka”, done every Saturday, includes removal of food waste products, cleaning of compartments with vacuum cleaner, damp cleaning of the Service Module (SM) dining table, other surfaces and the CDR’s sleep station with “Fungistat” disinfectant and cleaning fan screens to avoid temperature rises.]

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CDR McArthur did the daily routine maintenance of the SM’s Environment Control & Life Support System (SOZh), including its toilet system (ASU).  Today’s ASU work also involved replacement of the toilet’s pretreat & water dispenser (DKiV) and discarding the old one.   [The replacement was performed due to unexpectedly low flush water feed.  The toilet pretreat solution is a mix of H2SO4 (sulfuric acid), CrO3 (chromium oxide, for oxidation and purple color), and H2O (water).  The pre-treat liquid is mixed with water in the DKiV dispenser and used for toilet flushing.]

Both crewmembers completed their regular 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the CEVIS (Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation), TVIS (Treadmill with Vibration Isolation & Stabilization), RED (Resistive Exercise Device) and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer.   [Valery’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 4 of the first set).]

Later, Bill McArthur transferred TVIS and RED exercise data files to the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer) for downlink, as well as the daily wristband HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) data of his RED workout, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium (done six times a week).

At ~9:40am EST, the crew held their regular weekly planning conference (WPC) with the ground, discussing this week’s “Look-Ahead Plan” (prepared jointly by MCC-H and TsUP/Moscow timeliners), via S-band/audio, reviewing upcoming activities and any concerns about future on-orbit events.

At ~2:30am EST, the Lab’s CDRA (Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly) system was deactivated by ground command.  McArthur supported the deactivation by demating the supply quick disconnect (QD) of the Internal Thermal Control System’s Low Temperature Loop (IATCS LTL).   [CDRA has operated in the last few days to support Metox (Metal Oxide) canister regeneration.  Bill was advised to demate the fluid QD very slowly to minimize the possibility of leakage (observed during some ground testing).]

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Twelve — 5th)

Human Research Facility/Gas Analyzer System for Metabolic Analysis Physiology (HRF GASMAP):  Planned.

Human Research Facility/Workstation (HRF WS):  On 11/14 and 11/15, the crew will perform the HRF Workstation 2 CBT (computer-based training) and Functional Checkout. This first-time checkout will ensure that the Rack 2 Workstation 2 is in a nominal state for future HRF operations.

Pulmonary Function System (PFS):  Continuing.

Advanced Ultrasound (ADUM):  Continuing.

Renal Stone (RS):    Continuing.

Foot/Ground Reaction Forces during Space Flight (FOOT):   Complete for this Increment.

Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS):   SAMS is powered off.

Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System (MAMS):   MAMS was powered up to support the reboost and upcoming Progress 19 thruster test on 11/14.  MAMS preliminary data shows the reboost resulted in just over 200 mg along the X-axis.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-3 (BCAT-3):    The BCAT team is reviewing the video of yesterday’s first Increment 12 session and “is anxiously awaiting the photos for samples 8, 9, and 10”.

Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE):  In progress.  New MISSE-5 “suitcase” deployed and unfolded during EVA outside on the U.S. Airlock.

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

Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM):   Planned for February.

Serial Network Flow Monitor (SNFM):  Complete.

Fluid Merging Viscosity Measurement (FMVM):  Nothing new.

Space Experiment Module (SEM):  Nothing new.  Experimenters and kids are working to get the next two satchels on ULF1.1.

Miscible Fluids in Microgravity (MFMG):   MFMG payload operations are finished.

Educational Payload Operations (EPO):   Complete.

Crew Earth Observations (CEO):   Through 11/3, the ground has received and reviewed a total of 1,358 of Increment 12 CEO images.  The ground team is now in the process of reviewing and cataloging the most recently received images of Lake Poopo and the Muglad Basin fans target areas.  The station’s return to LVLH attitude (yaw -10, pitch -9, roll 0 deg) will offer more opportunity to use the 400mm lens with the doubler on targets such a coral reefs and especially cities.  “We are quite pleased with your imagery thus far”.

No CEO photo targets uplinked today.

To date, over 177,000 of CEO images have been taken in the first five years of the ISS.

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 12 crew visit:

Expedition 12 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, 7:37am EST [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 352.8 km
  • Apogee height — 358.4 km
  • Perigee height — 347.1 km
  • Period — 91.59 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0008354
  • Solar Beta Angle — -14.3 deg (magnitude increasing)
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.72
  • Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours — 60 m
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 39903

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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


Upcoming Events (all dates Eastern):

  • 11/18/05 — Soyuz TMA-7/11S relocation (from DC-1 to FGB nadir port)
  • 12/07/05 — EVA-15 (Russian; under review)
  • 12/20/05 — Progress M-54/19P undocking & reentry
  • 12/21/05 — Progress M-55/20P launch
  • 12/23/05 — Progress M-55/20P docking
  • 01/09/06 — 100 days for Expedition 12.

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