Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 4 July 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
July 4, 2005
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 4 July 2005

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. US Independence Day — and a Crew Holiday, too. Underway: Week 11 for Increment 11.

CDR Sergei Krikalev performed Part 1 of his second onboard “Profilaktika” (MBI-8) preventive health maintenance fitness test series, starting with the VELO stationary cycle ergometer with bungee cord force loader. [Sergei will do two additional parts of the test, one with the NS-1 Load Trainer tomorrow, the other with the TVIS treadmill on 7/6. Test procedure for MBI-8 is identical to the Russian MO-5 assessment, but in addition to the nominal procedure, it calls for the use of the TEEM-100M gas analyzer with breathing mask and a subjective evaluation of physical exertion levels during the test. The lactate blood test was not performed, and the ACCUSPORT analyzer or REFLOTRON-4 accessories were not used. Results were entered on a log sheet. TEEM and ECG (electrocardiograph) data were transferred to the Laptop 3, also on a tape cassette (Cardiocassette-2000), and prepared for later downlink via Regul-Packet comm. Results were also called down to specialists standing by at TsUP.]

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In preparation of his second round of the Renal (kidney) stone experiment activities, FE/SO John Phillips unstowed and installed the payload equipment. He then began the round by starting his diet log. [This long-range preventive medicine investigation features daily random ingestion of either potassium citrate or placebo tablets. This NASA-JSC double-blind research study investigates methods to prevent formation of kidney stones in zero-G. Part of the experiment consists in keeping a metabolic diet log (food and fluid intake), followed by collection of urine samples several times per day during each session.]

Working off his voluntary “time available” task list, Sergei conducted the regular daily inspection of the BIO-5 Rasteniya-2 (“Plants-2”) experiment, including filling its water canister for the Lada-7 greenhouse.

Krikalev did the daily routine maintenance of the Service Module (SM)’s SOZh environment control & life support system, including its ASU toilet system and today also the weekly inspection of the BRPK air/liquid condensate separator apparatus.

Phillips completed his regular daily 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the RED resistive exerciser and TVIS treadmill, with Krikalev’s exercise accounted for by his MBI-8 “Profilaktika” run on the VELO bike in the morning.

Afterwards, John transferred the exercise data files to the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer) for downlink, as well as the daily wristband HRM (heart rate monitor) data of the workouts on RED, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium (done six times a week).

At ~5:13am EDT, the FE set up the Sputnik-SM Kenwood D700 amateur radio station in the SM and conducted a 10-min. ham radio (lyubiteljskogo radio) session with students at Yokohama Elementary School in Kochi, Japan. [Kochi prefecture is known as the Southern Country Tosa. Yokohama area is bordered by Utunoyama and on the south by the Pacific Ocean with pleasant nature environment. The municipal Yokohama Elementary School, inaugurated in 1875, has 475 school children.]

The PCS “ghosting” activity by John Phillips with current software from a CD-ROM yesterday resulted in one good hard disk drive (HDD). [Loading HDD #6133 did not succeed. A second good spare HDD will be needed for LF-1, and the FE will try again on 6133.]

No CEO (crew earth observations) 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 11 crew visit:

Expedition 11 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.

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ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 7:20am EDT [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude — 351.8 km
  • Apogee height — 352.8 km
  • Perigee height — 350.8 km
  • Period — 91.57 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) — 51.64 deg
  • Eccentricity — 0.000149
  • Solar Beta Angle — 67.3 deg (magnitude decreasing)
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day — 15.72
  • Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours — 60 m
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) — 37840

Some Increment 11 Main Events (not final):

  • ISS Reboost — 7/6 (10:58am EDT;1.8 m/s)
  • LF-1/STS-114 launch — 7/13 (3:51pm EDT) 18-day window opens;
  • LF-1/STS-114 dock — 7/15 (12:26pm EDT), adding 110,713 kg to ISS mass;
  • LF-1/STS-114 undock — 7/23 (9:23am EDT);
  • LF-1/STS-114 landing @ KSC — 7/25 (11:01am EDT);
  • Soyuz TMA-6/10S relocate (from DC-1 to FGB) — ~8/16;
  • Progress M-54/19P launch – TBD;
  • Progress M-53/18P undock — TBD;
  • ULF1.1/STS-121 launch — NET 9/9 (launch window opens);
  • ULF1.1/STS-121 dock — 9/11;
  • ULF1.1/STS-121 undock — 9/19;
  • Soyuz TMA-7/11S launch — 9/27;
  • Soyuz TMA-7/11S dock — 9/29;
  • 12A/STS-115 launch — NET 2/16/06;
  • Soyuz TMA-7/11S relocate (from DC-1 to FGB) — ~10/15;
  • 12A.1/STS-116 launch — NET 4/23/06;
  • 13A/STS-117 launch — NET 7/13/06.

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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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