Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 29 March 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
March 30, 2005
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 29 March 2005

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

Crew sleep cycle is back to normal (wakeup–1:00am EST; sleep–4:30pm).

With post-EVA restoration complete, all ISS systems are back in a normal configuration, including comm links, OpsLAN computer network, IMV (inter-modular ventilation), TCCS (trace contaminant control subsystem), ITCS (internal thermal control system), and PCUs (plasma contactor units) back to Standby. 

Regular post-EVA activities by both crewmembers today included a debrief with ground specialists via S-band, removing oxygen tanks (BK3) and telemetry system (BRTA) batteries from their Orlan suits’ backpacks, refilling the spacesuits’ feedwater tanks with water, and setting the Orlan-Ms up to dry out during the day s course.

In addition, FE Sharipov stowed the “Urolux” equipment used by the crew yesterday for the obligatory post-EVA session of the Russian crew health-monitoring program’s MO-9/Biochemical Urinalysis, and took the close-out readings of the Pille-MKS radiation dosimeters from the Orlan suits.

Leroy also demated and removed the UOP DCP (utility outlet panel/display & control panel) bypass power cable at the Lab and Cupola RWSs (robotics work stations) that were used yesterday to support video camera coverage of the EVA.

Salizhan moved the Kriogem-03M temperature-controlled container with the Mimetik-K payload from its temporary stowage in the SM back to DC1, then repeated the transfer for units 1 and 2 of the MICROSPACE (Microbial Life in the Space Environment) experiment.


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The FE completed the routine SOZh/ECLSS maintenance, including routine ASU toilet system replacements.

The crew performed their daily 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on TVIS treadmill, RED exerciser and VELO cycle with bungee cord load trainer.  Salizhan’s daily protocol currently prescribes a four-day microcycle exercise with 1.5 hr on the TVIS (today: Day 1 of a new set) and one hour on VELO.

Chiao then transferred the daily 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, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium.

The CDR also worked on the TVIS treadmill, performing its weekly maintenance.   [Weekly maintenance generally checks the condition of the SPDs (subject positioning devices) and records time & date.]

A new list of Saturday Science options for Dr. Chiao was uplinked for his selection later tonight.   [The options for 4/2 are FMVM (Fluid Merging Viscosity Measurement) experiment ops, MFMG (Miscible Fluids in Microgravity) Experiment (sample 3 or samples 3&4) (MFMG), or EPO (Educational Payload Operation) Living Area Demo.]

At ~11:37am, Leroy Chiao conducted a 10-min. ham radio exchange with amateur radio fans at the Science Discovery Center Denton ISD, Denton, Texas, USA.   [Pecan Creek Elementary School opened in the fall of 2003 with a population of approximately 600 students.  The school supports a balanced literacy program with a full literacy and guided reading library, a program for gifted and talented students, and small groups for students who need extra support.  Hands-on science is taught throughout the school, which houses the district Science Discovery Center (SDC).]

Due to yesterday s change in attitude plan (because of the CMG-3 current spike), the 2B2 battery capacity test has been postponed until further notice (no earlier than 4/7).  CMG-3 is running nominally.

Today’s CEO (crew earth observations) photo targets, in the current LVLH attitude no longer limited by flight rule constraints on the use of the Lab nadir/science window, were Glacial features – South Libya (subglacial rivers were formed in this region when an ice sheet was present approximately 450 million years ago.  Channel deposits left by the rivers have been exposed by erosion and recently recognized from satellite imagery.  Looking for subtle sinuous features on the landscape during your nadir overpass – these are relict subglacial river channels), Glacial features – North Libya (Subglacial river features have been recognized in this portion of Libya.  Looking for subtle sinuous features on the landscape during your nadir pass over the region), Reefs, Puerto Rico (this nadir pass and clear weather provided an opportunity to photograph reefs off the coast of Puerto Rico.  Assessment of reef health and morphology are the main objectives for photography), Red River Basin, Texas/Oklahoma (weather was predicted to be clear during your nadir pass over the Texas-Oklahoma border region.  Mapping imagery along the river banks is useful for detection of land use and land cover change), and Palmerston Island reef, central S Pacific (this nadir pass provided an opportunity for mapping photography of this reef system.  Weather was predicted to be clear for high resolution photography).

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 TMA-6 (10S) launch — 4/14 (8:46pm EDT); with Expedition 11 (CDR Sergei Krikalev, FE/SO John Phillips & VC8 cosmonaut Roberto Vittori/ESA-Italy); launch time at Baikonur: 6:46am on 4/15.
  • Soyuz TMA-6 docking — 4/16 (10:17pm EDT);
  • Soyuz TMA-5 (9S) undocking — 4/24 (2:36pm EDT) with Exp. 10 crew (after 193 days on orbit, 191 days on board ISS) and VC8 cosmonaut Vittori;
  • Soyuz TMA-5 landing — 4/24 (6:01pm EDT (Kustanai: 4:01am on 4/25);.
  • LF1 (STS-114) launch — 5/15;
  • Progress M-53 (18P) launch — 6/10;
  • ULF1.1 (STS-121) launch — NET 7/12;
  • Progress M-54 (19P) launch — 8/24;
  • Soyuz TMA-7 (11S) launch — 9/27.


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ISS Orbit  (as of this morning, 7:18am EST [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 357.6 km
  • Apogee height — 361.3 km
  • Perigee height — 354.0 km
  • Period — 91.69 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.646 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.0005427
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.70
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 36315

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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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