Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 Nov 2003

By SpaceRef Editor
November 25, 2003
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 Nov 2003

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except as noted previously or below. Ahead for Expedition 8: Week 5.

The crew had an off-duty Sunday, except for some necessary maintenance tasks.

FE Alexander Kaleri completed the weekly routine SOZh/ECLSS maintenance tasks of collecting SP toilet flush counter and SVO water supply readings in the Service Module (SM) for calldown to TsUP, followed by the regular inspection of the Elektron oxygen generator’s VM gas/liquid system (GZhS) for obstructing air bubbles. The weekly task also includes the inspection of the BRPK condensate separation and pumping unit.

In an assignment added late to today’s timeline, CDR Michael Foale unstowed the TVIS (treadmill with vibration isolation and stabilization) handrail and checked out its clearances with respect to the SM table and its handrail. This was in preparation for tomorrow’s (11/24) treadmill tests (ref.: yesterday’s On-Orbit Status report).

Monday:  Added to tomorrow’s crew schedule is the removal of an IWIS RSU (interim wireless instrumentation system remote sensing unit, i.e., a vibration accelerometer) from the Lab module and its installation in the SM near the TVIS. Once TVIS testing is complete, the crew will remove the RSUs from the SM and perform a data download to the hard disk card for later downlink to the ground. In order to support the newly added Monday activities, the Robotics proficiency OBT (on-board training) was deferred to Tuesday (11/25), and the planned SV-S fan maintenance, DPC (daily planning conference), sound level measurement (SLM) survey and the SM local network audit were deleted from this week’s plan. Timeline planners also moved IMS inventory file prep, charging of the Russian TVS (television system) DVCAM-150 battery and preparations for the Russian MO-10 “Hematokrit” to some of the gaps opened by the deletion and addition of the other activities to keep them on Tuesday (11/25). [Depending on available time, other originally planned activities that may not be performed on Tuesday include MO-7 and MO-8 operations (body mass & calf volume), FOOT assembly/transfer, FGB filter replacement, and TVS-DVCAM ops.]

Tuesday:  The TVIS-caused changes result in scheduling the Robotics proficiency OBT in the crew evening, and moving the scheduled FOOT LEMS (Lower Extremity Monitoring Suit) pants alteration to Wednesday (11/26). The planned regular hatch seal inspection was moved to earlier in the crew evening to provide time for better video/comm coverage prior to the OBT, but after a scheduled PAO event. Deleted on Tuesday were the VTR2 (video tape recorder #2) inspection and cleaning (considered a lower priority) and FOOT cable insert (has several days before needing completion). 

Wednesday:  Planned Progress 12P stowage activities were deferred until a later date to accommodate the FOOT LEMS pants alterations moved to here from 11/25.

Foale collected the O2 partial pressure of the cabin air for calldown. [Current O2 data are collected twice daily with the U.S. CSA-CP (compound specific analyzer-combustion products) for trending analyses by the ground and reported to the ground.]

Mike had his weekly PFC (private family conference), via Ku- and S-band.

The crew worked out according to their regular daily physical exercise program of 2.5 hrs on the CEVIS bike (aerobic) and RED exerciser (anaerobic). Since the Russian VELO is currently down, Sasha too is using the CEVIS for his exercising.

Foale and Kaleri are continuing to support the Renal Stone prevention experiment by taking the test medication (either potassium citrate or placebo tablets) at dinnertime until the next sample collection phase early next year.

Today’s optional CEO targets, limited in the current XPOP attitude by flight rule constraints on the use of the Lab nadir/science window, were Major typhoon, W Pacific (Dynamic event. The ISS passed west of this as yet unnamed typhoon, predicted to have rapidly strengthened to category 3 level. Looking left about 2.5 degrees for the eye. Clouds of this storm cover a wide area), Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya (this small equatorial glacier site is being keenly monitored as the ice disappears. Nadir pass. Kilimanjaro is an oval-shaped cluster of three volcanoes with a distinctive concentric vegetation pattern), Nairobi, Kenya (looking a touch left for the city. There is normal scattered cloud but no major thunderstorm activity), Southern Chad plains (Dynamic event. Sunglint opportunity left of track:  mapping strip was requested for about 90 secs of this flat watershed between the Chad and Congo basins. The watershed is unusual since it is occupied by large swamplands filling with sediment. Sediment dispersal patterns [i.e. river patterns] are of great interest. Large modern continental sediment bodies had never been examined systematically by geologists until handheld imagery provided the concept for a global study), Sao Paulo, Brazil (looking just right of track for this massive Third World conurbation. Despite its size, two images taken with the 180-mm lens may be sufficient to capture the whole urban region for the cities growth study), and Recife, Brazil (looking a touch right on the coast).

CEO images can be viewed at the websites.

See also the website “Space Station Challenge” at

SpaceRef staff editor.