Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 August 2005

By SpaceRef Editor
August 6, 2005
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 August 2005

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.  Flight Day 12 of the STS-114/LF-1 mission, now flying solo again. 

Crew wake-up was at 10:40pm EDT last night.

After final transfers and handovers, a cordial crew farewell at ~12:30am EDT, and Shuttle/ISS airduct disassembly and hatch closing at 1:14am, Discovery undocked smoothly from ISS at 3:24am, after a total docked time of almost nine days.   [The Orbiter backed away from the ISS PMA-2 (pressurized mating adapter #2), then performed a one-lap flyaround while obtaining stunning imagery of the station and being video-recorded itself by CDR Krikalev with his camcorder.  A 1.5 ft/s separation burn followed at 4:40am, a second, of 3.0 ft/s, at 5:08am.]  

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KSC landing of STS-114 is set for 8/8 (Monday) at about 4:46am EDT (deorbit burn 3:43am), with a second opportunity at 6:21am (deorbit burn 5:19am) plus two subsequent opportunities at EAFB (Edwards Air Force Base, CA).   [If the landing takes place on the 1st opportunity as planned, Discovery’s mission duration will be 12d 18h 07m.]

On board the station, CDR Krikalev and FE/SO are enjoying light duty for the rest of the weekend before continuing the large task of unpacking and stowing the newly arrived gear.

After Shuttle departure, John Phillips depressurized the PMA-2 to prevent humidity condensation and pressure fluctuations.  Leak checking followed throughout the day.

In the Service Module (SM), Sergei Krikalev worked on the ASU toilet facilities, replacing both a lifetime-expired hose (I-U-RZ-RU7) with a new spare and the toilet’s urine receptacle (MP) and filter insert (F-V), stowing the old units for disposal.

In the Lab, Phillips deactivated the CDRA (carbon dioxide removal assembly) which had been running throughout nine-person occupancy.

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John also reconfigured the Orbiter VTR (video tape recorder) for standard operations, disconnected and removed the UOP DCP (utility outlet panel/display & control panel) bypass power cable at the Lab RWS (robotics work station) that supported video camera ops, and returned the onboard communications configuration to normal.

The CDR prepared the IMS (inventory management system) “delta” file for automated export/import top the three IMS databases.

Both crewmembers conducted their regular 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the TVIS treadmill, RED resistive machine and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer.   [Sergei’s daily protocol prescribes a strict four-day microcycle exercise with 1.5 hr on the treadmill and one hour on VELO plus load trainer (today: Day 3 of a new set).]

At ~8:15am, John and Sergei held their weekly teleconference with ISS Program Management at JSC/Houston via S-band/audio.

The ISS maneuvered back to LVLH TEA (local vertical local horizontal torque equilibrium attitude).  CMG-3 (control moment gyroscope 3) is scheduled to be added back into the steering law after the Russian FGB solar array test currently scheduled for 8/7.

Sleep time for the crew began at 2:10pm, and their day/night cycle will return to normal tomorrow.

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Eleven — 15th): 

Human Research Facility/Gas Analyzer System for Metabolic Analysis Physiology (HRF GASMAP):  Another GASMAP Routine Health Check is scheduled for next week. 

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

Advanced Ultrasound (ADUM):  Continuing.

Renal Stone (RS):  Next data collection in July.

Foot/Ground Reaction Forces during Space Flight (FOOT):   The Science Officer was informed that the data from his last Foot session were delivered to the PI, who reported that this was a very successful session. Both insoles in particular recorded good data throughout the day.  Thanks for a job well done!!

Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS):  SAMS is nominal and receiving acceleration data. 

Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System (MAMS):   MAMS remains in nominal operations. 

Protein Crystal Growth-Single Locker Thermal Enclosure System (PCG-STES): Last weekly report forPCG-STES!  The payload is now aboard Discovery and still operating “in an exceptional manner”. Thanks to all the ISS crew members for making the STES a most successful experiment program. 

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-3 (BCAT-3):    BCAT-3 Slow Growth Sample Module will be left undisturbed in its current location by the E11 crew.  In order for the samples to potentially grow crystals that can be photographed during Increment 12 operations, the Sample Module must be left undisturbed. 

Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE):  In progress.  New MISSE-5 “suitcase” unfolded during EVA outside on the U.S. Airlock.  Nominal and collecting data.  Old unit returning on LF-1.

Dust and Aerosol Measurement Feasibility Test (DAFT):   Nothing new.

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

Serial Network Flow Monitor (SNFM):  Completed.

Fluid Merging Viscosity Measurement (FMVM):  Nothing new.

Space Experiment Module (SEM):  Nothing new.  Experimenters and kids are working to get the next two satchels on ULF1.1. 

Miscible Fluids in Microgravity (MFMG):   MFMG payload operations are finished. 

Educational Payload Operations (EPO):   in progress. 

Crew Earth Observations (CEO):   Target uplinks to resume next week after STS-114 landing. 

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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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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