Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 August 2004

By SpaceRef Editor
August 7, 2004
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 August 2004

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally except those noted previously or below.  Another Saturday, a light-duty day for the crew. 

Previous Reports

ISS On-orbit Status [HQ]
ISS Status [JSC]
Shuttle Processing [KSC]

After breakfast, CDR Padalka and FE Fincke are performing the regular weekly 3-hr. station cleaning.  [“Uborka” 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.]

At 9:40am EDT, Gennady and Mike will hold their 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.

Padalka will conduct the daily routine inspection of the SM’s SOZh life support system, including the periodic inspection of the BRPK air/liquid condensate separator apparatus.

Science Officer Fincke’s “Saturday Science” program today consists of another MFMG (Miscible Fluids in Microgravity) demo, for which he had prepared himself yesterday, and a CFE (Capillary Flow Experiment) teleconference.

Fincke yesterday successfully accomplished the assembly of the flexhose protective box for the Lab window, with Velcro attachment to be completed on Monday.  Also completed yesterday was a fit check of the box at the porthole.  No agreement has been reached as to when the new window U-jumper flexhose will be installed; this is being coordinated with TsUP/Moscow.  Once the window vacuum jumper hose is installed, the protective box will be installed.

Mike was also successful yesterday in getting the SAMS ICU (space accelerations measurement system/interface controller unit) laptop reloaded and booted up.  POIC will complete the software change through ground commanding.  SAMS should start receiving acceleration data shortly.

Later today, working off the Russian task list, CDR Padalka will perform the (henceforth regular) daily 5-min. inspection of the newly installed BIO-5 Rasteniya-2/Lada-5 experiment and transfer the accumulated data files to a floppy disk, preparing them for downlink via Regul-Packet.   [Rasteniya-2 (“Plants-2”) researches growth & development of higher plants under spaceflight conditions in the new Lada-5 greenhouse.  Experimental seeds of acacia-leaf type pea are planted between wicks in a root tray, with environmental control powered on.  Regular daily maintenance of the experiment involves monitoring of seedling growth, humidity measurements, moistening of the substrate if necessary, computer logging, and photo/video recording.]

Also from the task list, Gennady is to conduct his third session with the biomedical MBI-9 “Pulse” experiment, preceded by setting up the equipment.  These cardiological tests are done monthly.  [Execution of the medical cardiological assessment is controlled from the Russian payload laptop, using a set respiration rate (without forced or deep breaths) and synchronizing respiration with computer-commanded “inhale” commands.  First, arterial blood pressure is measured with the “Tensoplus” sphygmomanometer, followed by the “Pulse” test to record the ECG (electrocardiogram), and a tag-up with ground specialists.  After the test, laptop 3 is reconfigured to its original settings.]

As a third item on the Russian task list, the CDR is going to conduct another run of the Russian Uragan earth-imaging program, using the Kodak 760 DSC (digital still camera) with 800mm-lens from SM windows #9.   [Among today’s observation targets are a wooded area in the Krasnodar territory, the city of Stavropol, the Grushevskoye rural settlement, open pit mines at Ekibastuz, the Altai glaciers, the river valley in the Sayans, the Northern shore of Lake Zaisan, etc.]

Fincke and Padalka are scheduled for their full regimen of physical exercise on VELO with force loader, RED (resistive exercise device) and TVIS (treadmill with vibration isolation and stabilization). 

The station continues to fly in XPOP attitude (X-axis perpendicular to orbit plane), pitch: 0.8 deg, yaw: -8.0 deg, roll: 0 deg.

Major upcoming events:

  • Progress 15P launch — 8/11 (1:01am EDT);
  • Progress 15P docking — 8/14 (2:05am EDT).

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Nine — 15th):

GASMAP:  Thanks to Mike for yesterday’s 30-day Health Check.

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

Advanced Ultrasound (ADUM):  Mike Fincke’s 30 min OPE session yesterday prepared him for next week’s ADUM scans.

Hand Posture Analyzer (HPA:  Nothing new.

In-Space Soldering Investigation (ISSE):  The ground is still analyzing the downlinked video data.  “It is really extraordinary”.

Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation (PFMI):  Nothing new.
Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS):  “We really appreciate your extra effort and staying up late to get SAMS up and running again.  Your knowledge of UNIX helped tremendously.”
Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System (MAMS):  The MAMS Orbital Acceleration Research Experiment Sensor Subsystem (OSS) continues collection of quasi-steady acceleration measurements from the station.  The High Resolution Accelerometer Package (HiRAP) is also enabled to capture vibratory data below 100 Hz in EXPRESS Rack 1.

Protein Crystal Growth-Single Locker Thermal Enclosure System (PCG-STES):  Nominal.

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

Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions (InSPACE):    Planned.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-3 (BCAT-3):   BCAT-3 is working to add another photography session as Saturday Science.

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):  Planned.

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

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

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

Serial Network Flow Monitor (SNFM):  “Thank you very much for all your help.  Hopefully we will get a successful capture of data during our third run.”

Fluid Merging Viscosity Measurement (FMVM):  Nothing new.

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

BIOPSY (Effects of Prolonged Space Flight on Human Skeletal Muscle):  Crew diet logging on 8/9 and 8/10.

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.

Crew Earth Observations (CEO):  One of the crew’s recent, fantastically detailed views of Mount Kilimanjaro will be posted on Earth Observatory this weekend.  The article highlights scientific observations and studies of the conditions on the mountain, including the loss of snow and ice and how it may impact the climate and hydrology of east Africa.   One researcher has commented how well the ISS CEO image illustrates the pervasiveness of the snowless perimeter of the glaciers and its significance to the energy budget of the remaining ice.  Thanks to the crew for their continued patience and diligence as researchers have attempted to prepare for the photo opportunity of EQUIS II.

CEO images can be viewed at these websites:

See also the website “Space Station Challenge” at:

To view the latest photos taken by the expedition 9 crew visit:

Expedition 9 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.

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.