Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 26 November 2004

By SpaceRef Editor
November 26, 2004
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 26 November 2004

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

Preparations for the relocation of Soyuz TMA-5/9S from DC1 to FGB on Monday
morning (4:32am) continue. Today the crew conducted a review of the
relocation procedures and completed a 3-hr. training drill for the mission,
supported by ground specialists via tagup. [The OBT included Soyuz
procedures analysis, DPO #18 thruster test procedure analysis, relocation
data analysis, tag-up with instructor, and OBT simulator work. Purpose of
the 5-sec. hot-fire test during relocation is to check the DPO #17 & 18
thrusters and the vehicle dynamics during their firing under conditions when
the stabilization loop is disconnected from control.]

Work also continued on the 15P cargo ship, in order to prepare it for the
eventuality that it may have to be undocked by TsUP via remote control in
the unlikely event of an aborted Soyuz redocking on Monday. FE Sharipov
activated vehicle systems, then disassembled the air duct in the hatchway to
the SM PkhO (Service Module transfer compartment).

Afterwards, the FE removed the threaded quick-disconnect (QD) screw clamps
of the SSVP docking & internal transfer system in the hatchway between the
Progress and the SM aft end, which rigidize the mating surfaces. The
interface was visually inspected and video-recorded with the U.S. DVCAM to
make sure that there is no damage to the cords, snap hooks or rings on the
latches and to the slots for the clamps in the SSVP’s internal flanges. The
videotape was downlinked via U.S. Ku- & S-band.

After inspection of the tape by the ground, at ~7:50am EST, Salizhan closed
the hatches between Progress and SM, followed by depressurization of the
SM-to-Progress vestibule for the purpose of leak checking. The SM
thrusters, which had been inhibited prior to the QD clamps removal, were
then re-enabled. [If the relocation is completed successfully as expected,
all the aforementioned steps will be reversed, to restore accessibility and
connectivity of the Progress, which is not to be undocked for close to
another month.]

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CDR Chiao worked on the EXPRESS Rack 3 (ER3), activating its laptop and
loading new software onto it (Release 4 of the ER-with-ARIS (Active Rack
Isolation System) software). Later in the day, the PC was powered off

Leroy also signed in and performed his second session with the psychological
MedOps WinSCAT experiment (Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool) on the MEC
(medical equipment computer). [This is a time-constrained questionnaire
test of cognitive abilities, routinely performed by astronauts aboard the
ISS every 30 days before or after the PHS (periodic health status) test or
on special CDR’s, crewmember’s or flight surgeon’s request.]

Sharipov conducted his regular weekly IMS (inventory management system)
tagup with IMS specialists at MCC-M, discussing open issues concerning
identification of equipment and storage locations for the IMS databases.

In the Soyuz TMA-5’s Orbital Module (BO), Salizhan cleaned the screen/grid
of the BVN fan & air heater assembly to assure adequate air ventilation for
the relocation to the FGB nadir-facing port (ASPB).

Meanwhile, in SM and Lab Leroy collected the periodic (weekly) reading of
the cabin air’s current CO2 partial pressure, using the U.S. CDMK (CO2
monitor kit), for calldown (along with the battery status) for use in
trending analyses.

Chiao also completed the regular once-a-week maintenance reboot on the
operational PCS (portable computer system) laptops and the restart of the
OCA comm router laptop (every two weeks).

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The FE attended to the daily routine maintenance of the SOZh environmental
control & life support systems in the SM, including the servicing of the ASU
toilet systems.

The crew performed their daily 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on TVIS
treadmill, RED exerciser, and VELO cycle with bungee cord load trainer.
Afterwards, the CDR took care of the daily transfer of TVIS and RED exercise
data files to the MEC (medical equipment computer).

Leroy also conducted the monthly maintenance of the RED, including
inspection of canister bolts, for tightening if required.

At ~2:25pm, the crew conducted their regular (nominally weekly)
teleconference with the ISS Flight Director at MCC-H.

Several attempts by the CDR to “ghost” (generically reload/reformat) the PCS
HD #6106 (portable computer system/hard drive #6106), which he had tried
unsuccessfully on 11/13, failed again today. The HD was placed back in
storage, leaving just one spare HD available on board. Further
troubleshooting and ghosting attempts will be attempted in the near future,
and Soyuz/Progress manifesting may also be impacted.

No CEO (crew earth observation) targets today.

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 10 crew visit:

Expedition 10 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.

Upcoming Key Events:

  • Soyuz relocation DC1-FGB — 11/29 (4:32-5:00am EST);
  • Progress 15P undocking & destructive reentry — 12/22;
  • Progress 16P launch — 12/23;
  • Progress 16B docking — 12/25 (GMT);
  • EVA-12 — January 05 (1/27?).

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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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