Status Report

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 9 Nov 2003

By SpaceRef Editor
November 9, 2003
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 9 Nov 2003
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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except as noted previously or below.

A Sunday rest day for the crew, with a few standard maintenance tasks.

This was the last day for the Renal Stone experiment for Expedition 8, with Michael Foale and Alexander Kaleri terminating their sample collections after breakfast.  The equipment is to be stowed tomorrow (11/10). [The Renal research, which investigates how to prevent kidney stone formation in zero-G, is a NASA/JSC program with Dr. Peggy Whitson as Principal Investigator (PI).  The collection period extended over 24 hours, and each sample was bar-code scanned, ID-marked and stowed.]

Standard Sunday tasks performed by FE Kaleri today were 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.

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

Mike Foale performed the daily routine maintenance on the SOZh life support system that comprises the water supply equipment, food supply subsystem (SOP), and sanitary hygiene equipment (SGO). [Maintenance generally consists of inspection of fluid lines/connections and filter replacement.]

Both crewmembers completed their daily physical exercise program (2.5 hrs.) on TVIS treadmill, CEVIS cycle ergometer, and RED anaerobic exerciser.

The CDR took the daily cabin air ppO2 (oxygen partial pressure) measurement of the CSA-CP (compound specific analyzer-combustion products) for calldown to the ground, where it is used for trending analyses.

ISS is now flying in XPOP (x-axis perpendicular to orbit plane) attitude, with Yaw: -0.5 deg, Pitch: -9 deg, Roll: 0 deg.  Return to LVLH is in 18 days.

After the restart/resync of the Service Module’s Terminal Computer System (TVM) on 11/5, some console parameters at MCC-Houston showed unexpected values (Thruster Manifolds “ready”).  The perceived discrepancy was identified to be due to ground console procedures not completely reflecting actual “TVM Restart with Context” parameters,- which will now be incorporated in the procedures.

Today’s optional CEO (crew earth observation) 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 Addis Ababa, Ethiopia (looking just right of track.  Popcorn cumulus is as sparse as it gets on the high Ethiopian plateau.  Despite a population of 2.4 million, this city is hard to see, being built of local materials), River patterns, Congo basin (Dynamic event.  The central Congo is clearer than usual.  A mapping swath of river patterns–near the glint disc, just left of track–is requested.  River patterns are powerful data in describing sedimentation processes on continents [which are surprisingly poorly understood at the larger scale]),Bamako, Mali(looking left of track on the east side of the Niger River valley),Lower Amazon River Basin(looking right for detailed views of the islands and coastlines of the vast estuary of the Amazon), andPatagonian Glaciers(clearer weather persists: looking left and right, especially on the Pacific side of the ice fields).

CEO images can be viewed at the websites.

See also the website “Space Station Challenge” at

SpaceRef staff editor.