Status Report

NASA Space Station On-orbit Status 3 Aug 2003

By SpaceRef Editor
August 3, 2003
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NASA Space Station On-orbit Status 3 Aug 2003

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except as noted previously or below.  Sunday — second crew rest day of this weekend.  Ahead: Week 14 of Increment 7.

CDR Yuri Malenchenko collected the weekly data readings of the Service Module (SM)’s toilet flush counter readings (with inspection of the SP urine collection and pretreat assembly) and SVO water supply status counter readings, both for calldown to MCC-M/TsUP.

Malenchenko also conducted the periodic inspection of the Elektron oxygen generator’s VM gas/liquid system for obstructing air bubbles.

Malenchenko attended to his regular daily checkup of his BIO-5 Rasteniya-2 (“Plants-2”) experiment which investigates growth and development of plants under spaceflight conditions in the SM’s Lada-2 greenhouse, and also performed the daily routine maintenance of the SM SOZh life support system (including ASU toilet facilities).

Both crewmembers worked out in their daily 2.5-h program of physical exercise, on TVIS treadmill and RED expander.

The crew had their the weekly PFCs (private family conferences), via S-band/audio and Ku-band/video.

Yesterday’s planned power outage at MCC-Houston for ground maintenance took down more than expected, including some key voice equipment.  More time was required than expected to get everything back on and stabilized, but all seems to be nominal now.
Today’s CEO (crew earth observation) optional targets, limited in the current XPOP attitude by flight rule constraints on the use of the Lab nadir/science window, and including the targets of the Lewis & Clark 200-year memorial locations, were La Paz (looking a touch left of track), SW Amazonia (Dynamic event.  Sun glint opportunity for high-contrast images of river patterns in this remote region. Dark rivers are often difficult to discern in the forest in non-glint views.  Looking just left of track for ~3 min, preferably with an overlapping mapping swath), Yellow River Delta (nadir pass.  This river mouth changes very fast due to the large amount of silt brought down from inland.  River exit points have changed drastically), Temple of Artemis at Ephesus (nadir pass.  Ephesus is very near the modern city of Selcuk at the head of one of the largest embayments in the Turkish coastline. [Crew was to shoot also a broad view of the area to help locate their image]), London, England, Great Britain (nadir pass.  The only opportunity during daylight awake passes in many weeks), Dallas, Texas (nadir pass), and St. Louis, Missouri (nadir pass).

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