Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 27 November 2004

By SpaceRef Editor
November 27, 2004
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 27 November 2004

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Saturday — first weekend rest day.

Working off the Russian discretionary task list, before doing any physical exercise, FE Salizhan Sharipov conducted a session of the VC6 “Delta” program’s ETD experiment (Investigation of the Coordination of Eye and Head Movements). [After a calibration with the calibrating unit, the experiment investigates horizontal eye and head movement coordination, measured Listing’s plane, and determined the orientation of the vestibulo-ocular coordinate system, using five target marks on the horizontal plane. Each step required another prior calibration run, using visual target cues or the calibration unit.]

CDR/SO Chiao and Sharipov performed the regular weekly 3-hr. task of thorough station cleaning. [“Uborka”, done every Saturday, includes removal of food waste products, cleaning of compartments with vacuum cleaner, wet cleaning of the Service Module (SM) dining table and other surfaces with “Fungistat” disinfectant and cleaning fan screens to avoid temperature rises.]

Previous Reports

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Shuttle Processing [KSC]

Preparatory to the Soyuz TMA-5 relocation early Monday morning, the FE started the gas analyzer in the Soyuz vehicle, to measure O2 (oxygen) and CO2 (carbon dioxide) levels.

At ~6:00am EST, the crew held their once-every-two-weeks teleconference with ISS Program Management at JSC/Houston via S-band/audio.

Later, at ~9:00am, Leroy and Salizhan conducted the weekly planning conference (WPC) with the ground, during which they discussed next week’s “Look-Ahead Plan” (regularly prepared jointly by MCC-H and MCC-M planners), via S-band/audio.

At ~10:35am, CDR Chiao had his weekly PFC (private family conference) via S-band/audio and Ku-band/MS-NetMeeting video.

Also preparatory to the relocation, CDR Chiao maneuvered the SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) wrist joints to the pre-calculated Soyuz thruster plume clearance position, supported by a specialist on the ground. [This task moved the Tip LEE (latching end effector) camera into a position that will prevent contamination from the Soyuz thrusters.]

The FE conducted the routine inspection of the SM’s SOZh (environment control & life support system), with the weekly inspection of the BRPK air/liquid condensate separator apparatus.

The crew performed their regular daily 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on TVIS treadmill, RED exerciser, and VELO cycle with bungee cord load trainer. Afterwards, Chiao downloaded TVIS and RED exercise data files to the MEC (medical equipment computer), currently six times a week to support early review on the ground. He also transferred HRM (heart rate monitor) data to the MEC and erased HRM storage.

Leroy Chiao was thanked for his hard work maintaining the EMU (extravehicular mobility unit) and NiMH (nickel metal hydride) batteries. [“EVA has gained some valuable insight into the performance of old batteries as well as the performance of the Battery Charger Modules for discharge”. Status: two EMU batteries (##2047,2048) maintained (i.e., charged/discharged) successfully and stowed discharged; four EHIPs (EMU helmet interchangeable portable, ##1029, 1035, 1037,1038) charged successfully and stowed charged (with two of the old batts probably brought back to life and HL 1038 found incompatible with BC2/channel 2), three PGTs (pistol grip tool batts, ##1005, 1015,1018) maintained successfully and stowed discharged (due to possible hi-temp faults on the PGT tool, back-to-back discharge using PGT tool will no longer be done), and one REBA (rechargeable EVA battery assembly, #1005) maintained successfully, while #1003 will need at least one more maintenance cycle before its capacity can be guaranteed; stowed discharged.]

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Ten — 5th):

GASMAP: Nothing new.

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

Advanced Ultrasound (ADUM): Nothing new.

Hand Posture Analyzer (HPA: Nothing new.

In-Space Soldering Investigation (ISSI): The ground specialists appreciated the time given by the crew this past Saturday to become trained on ISSI and talk with them about their experiment.

Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation (PFMI): Nothing new.

Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS): SAMS continues collecting numerous channels of acceleration data that serve toward characterization of the dynamic vibratory environment on the ISS.

Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System (MAMS): MAMS monitoring of the low-frequency acceleration environment of the space station continues.

Protein Crystal Growth-Single Locker Thermal Enclosure System (PCG-STES): “11/27 was the two-year anniversary of the activation of the STES010 unit!”

Protein Crystal Growth Monitoring by Digital Holographic Microscope (PromISS): Nothing new.

Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions (InSPACE): Nothing new.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-3 (BCAT-3): Nothing new..

Renal Stone (RS): Nothing new.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SHERES): Nothing new.

Foot/Ground Reaction Forces during Space Flight (FOOT): Nothing new.

Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE): In progress. Deployed outside on the U.S. Airlock. Nominal and collecting data.

Cellular Biotechnology Support Systems-Fluid Dynamics Investigation (CBOSS-FDI): Nothing new.

Biotechnology Specimen Temperature Controller (BSTC): Nothing new.

Yeast Group Activation Packs (Yeast GAP): Nothing new.

Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM): Nothing new.

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Earth Science Toward Exploration Research (ESTER): Nothing new.

Serial Network Flow Monitor (SNFM): The SNFM is currently analyzing the data from the last SNFM run. The additional run completed includes data capture on the SAMS drawers’ bootup process.

Fluid Merging Viscosity Measurement (FMVM): Planned.

Viscous Liquid Foam–Bulk Metallic Glass (Foam): Nothing new.

Effects of Prolonged Space Flight on Human Skeletal Muscle (BIOPSY): Nothing new.

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

Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA): Nothing new.

Miscible Fluids in Microgravity (MFMG): Nothing new.

Educational Payload Operations (EPO): Nothing new.

Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE): Nothing new.

Crew Earth Observations (CEO): By 11/22 the ground has received and is reviewing a total of 2,362 of CEO images. A recent image of Shark Bay, Western Australia will be published on NASA/GSFC’s Earth Observatory website this weekend. It nicely documents the extensive development of commercial salt works in this remote region. The crew’s continued efforts to comment daily on their acquisition of the targets are appreciated. It helps researchers to prioritize their imagery review and to better understand how and when the crew is able to use the target list.

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 (4:32am);
  • Progress 15P undocking & destructive reentry — 12/22;
  • Progress 16P launch — 12/23;
  • Progress 16B docking — 12/25 (GMT);
  • EVA-12 — January 05 (1/27?).

ISS Altitude History

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ISS Altitude History

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

SpaceRef staff editor.