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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #20 on: 04/07/2017 02:36 PM »
Fedor Yourtchikhin has his new personnal patch-I know for shure!
New slogan:"ROADS ARE LEEVING WITH WALKERS"in Latin.The previous one was:"ROADS ARE DONE BY WALKERS"also in Latin.And his First personal patch was with a classic slogan in Latin:
"VIAM SUPERVADET VADENS".
Does anyone have pictures of these three patches or the art work for these three patches?

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (March - May 2017)
« Reply #21 on: 04/08/2017 06:29 AM »
Fedor Yourtchikhin has his new personnal patch-I know for shure!
New slogan:"ROADS ARE LEEVING WITH WALKERS"in Latin.The previous one was:"ROADS ARE DONE BY WALKERS"also in Latin.And his First personal patch was with a classic slogan in Latin:
"VIAM SUPERVADET VADENS".
Does anyone have pictures of these three patches or the art work for these three patches?

You can find his first patch on the Spacefacts website (select "cosmonauts" and then "Yurchikhin").

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #22 on: 04/11/2017 02:41 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/10/2017

Posted on April 10, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
48 Soyuz (48S) Undock and Landing: Shane Kimbrough, Sergey Ryzhikov, and Andrei Borisenko undocked from the ISS at 3:00AM CDT and landed nominally at 6:21AM CDT today. Kimbrough and support personnel are aboard the G5 plane enroute to Houston. The ISS will be in 3-crew operations until the arrival of 50S scheduled to launch on April 20, 2017.

Today is an on board crew day off. Nominal reporting will resume tomorrow, Tuesday, April 11.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #23 on: 04/11/2017 03:21 PM »
April 11, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-041

NASA Astronaut to Star in First Ultra-High-Definition Live Stream from Space

NASA astronaut and Expedition 51 commander Peggy Whitson will take viewers 250 miles off the Earth to the International Space Station in the highest resolution video ever broadcast live from space at 1:30 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, April 26.

During this event, Whitson will speak with Sam Blackman, chief executive officer and co-founder of AWS Elemental, via an ultra-high-definition (UHD) broadcast transmitted in 4K from the 2017 National Association of Broadcasters Show in Las Vegas. Watch Amazon Web Services’ live stream of the event at:

https://live.awsevents.com/nasa4k

The conversation with Whitson will take place as part of a panel called “Reaching for the Stars: Connecting to the Future with NASA and Hollywood.” The panel will explore how advanced imaging and cloud technologies are taking scientific research and filmmaking to the next level, and will be moderated by Carolyn Giardina, technology editor for the Hollywood Reporter.

Additional panelists are:
 ·      NASA astronaut Tracy Caldwell Dyson
 ·      Rodney Grubbs, NASA Imagery Experts program manager
 ·      Bernadette McDaid, head of development, virtual reality and augmented reality at Bau Entertainment
 ·      Khawaja Shams, vice president of engineering for AWS Elemental
 ·      Dave McQueeney, senior principal investigator for the IBM Watson Group

To experience the full effect online, devices capable of viewing 4K UHD content will be required, however, lower resolution streams of the live broadcast will be available on NASA Television, NASA’s Facebook page and the agency’s website.

NanoRacks, a provider of commercial access to the International Space Station through its status as a U.S. National Laboratory, helped certify for launch a UHD-capable video encoder from AWS Elemental. The encoder and a RED Epic Dragon Digital Cinema camera were delivered to the station aboard a Japanese cargo craft in December 2016.

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter:

http://instagram.com/iss

and

http://www.twitter.com/Space_Station

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #24 on: 04/12/2017 02:58 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/11/2017

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Lighting Effects:  Upon wakeup, the 49S subject provided a sleep log entry and began the first half of a 48-hour urine collection to support the Sleep Shift and Biochem Profile/Repository portion of the Lighting Effects investigation.  Subject conducted four urine collections which are performed within a 24-hour period. Each sample was stowed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for freezing for return and analysis. The Lighting Effects experiment hopes to better quantify and qualify how lighting can effect habitability of spacecraft. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights

Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization (DECLIC) Hard Drive Exchange:  The crew exchanged hard drives for the DECLIC investigation. DECLIC High Temperature Insert (HTI)-Reflight (R) studies water near its critical point, the point beyond which water loses its distinction between liquid and vapor and begins to behave as a dense gas. Salt tends to precipitate out from water at temperatures and pressures beyond its critical point. Understanding this behavior will assist designers in building extended-life and low-maintenance supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) reactors that will provide more environmentally friendly waste management systems and reduce operating costs of power plants that use supercritical water for its working fluid.

Dose Tracker: The crew launched the Dose Tracker app before completing entries for medication tracking on an iPad. This investigation documents the medication usage of crewmembers before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The data is expected to either support or counter anecdotal evidence of medication ineffectiveness during flight and unusual side effects experienced during flight. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics (PK) or pharmacodynamics (PD) is occurring during missions.

Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station (Express) Rack 6 (ER6) Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) Installation: The crew removed the Payload Ethernet Hub Bridge (PEHB) from ER6 and installed an Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) in its place.  The iPEHG provides additional payload data band width needed for the TangoLab payload arriving on SpX-11. The iPEHG was checked out and is performing nominally. The PWD was removed and reinstalled back in the same ER6 location, to allow access for installing the iPEHG.  While preparing for the iPEHG installation, the crew found damaged threads on one of the Microgravity Rack Barrier Posts and its threaded insert. The plan is to replace the Standoff Bridge Bracket to provide a good installation location for a spare Microgravity Rack Barrier Post.

Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) S11A_C Remote Power Controller (RPC) 3 Status: Yesterday, RPCM S11A-C RPC 3 tripped, removing power from the Starboard Thermal Radiator (STR) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM). Due to unusual temperatures in the RPCM after the trip, specialists suspected that the trip might have been caused by an RPCM failure rather than a true overcurrent. Multiple attempts to reclose RPC 3 were unsuccessful.  Teams are reviewing data to attempt to isolate the failure to the RPCM or the STR MDM.

Nitrogen Repress from Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS): Today, the crew performed the first nitrogen repress from a NORS N2 tank. The tank is now empty and ready for return on SpX-11.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #25 on: 04/12/2017 07:07 PM »
Space Station Commander Discusses Record Flight with the Media




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Aboard the International Space Station, Expedition 51 Commander Peggy Whitson of NASA discussed life and research and the records she is setting in a pair of in-flight interviews April 12 with the CBS Radio Network and CNN. Whitson, who already established the record for most spacewalks and most spacewalking hours by a female, will break the mark for most days in space by a U.S. astronaut. On April 24, she will surpass NASA’s Jeff Williams’ record of 534 days in orbit. Whitson is in the midst of a flight spanning almost 10 months on the station, her third long duration mission on the complex.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #26 on: 04/13/2017 10:47 AM »
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The cutest question I've been asked so far: my friends' daughter (who saw me floating in weightlessness) wanted to know at what age my super powers had kicked in! She was clearly worried about why she could not fly herself yet ;)

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #27 on: 04/13/2017 12:59 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/11/2017

Posted on April 11, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Lighting Effects:  Upon wakeup, the 49S subject provided a sleep log entry and began the first half of a 48-hour urine collection to support the Sleep Shift and Biochem Profile/Repository portion of the Lighting Effects investigation.  Subject conducted four urine collections which are performed within a 24-hour period. Each sample was stowed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for freezing for return and analysis. The Lighting Effects experiment hopes to better quantify and qualify how lighting can effect habitability of spacecraft. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights

Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization (DECLIC) Hard Drive Exchange:  The crew exchanged hard drives for the DECLIC investigation. DECLIC High Temperature Insert (HTI)-Reflight (R) studies water near its critical point, the point beyond which water loses its distinction between liquid and vapor and begins to behave as a dense gas. Salt tends to precipitate out from water at temperatures and pressures beyond its critical point. Understanding this behavior will assist designers in building extended-life and low-maintenance supercritical water oxidation (SCWO) reactors that will provide more environmentally friendly waste management systems and reduce operating costs of power plants that use supercritical water for its working fluid.

Dose Tracker: The crew launched the Dose Tracker app before completing entries for medication tracking on an iPad. This investigation documents the medication usage of crewmembers before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The data is expected to either support or counter anecdotal evidence of medication ineffectiveness during flight and unusual side effects experienced during flight. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics (PK) or pharmacodynamics (PD) is occurring during missions.

Expedite the Processing of Experiments to the Space Station (Express) Rack 6 (ER6) Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) Installation: The crew removed the Payload Ethernet Hub Bridge (PEHB) from ER6 and installed an Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) in its place.  The iPEHG provides additional payload data band width needed for the TangoLab payload arriving on SpX-11. The iPEHG was checked out and is performing nominally. The PWD was removed and reinstalled back in the same ER6 location, to allow access for installing the iPEHG.  While preparing for the iPEHG installation, the crew found damaged threads on one of the Microgravity Rack Barrier Posts and its threaded insert. The plan is to replace the Standoff Bridge Bracket to provide a good installation location for a spare Microgravity Rack Barrier Post.

Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) S11A_C Remote Power Controller (RPC) 3 Status: Yesterday, RPCM S11A-C RPC 3 tripped, removing power from the Starboard Thermal Radiator (STR) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM). Due to unusual temperatures in the RPCM after the trip, specialists suspected that the trip might have been caused by an RPCM failure rather than a true overcurrent. Multiple attempts to reclose RPC 3 were unsuccessful.  Teams are reviewing data to attempt to isolate the failure to the RPCM or the STR MDM.

Nitrogen Repress from Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS): Today, the crew performed the first nitrogen repress from a NORS N2 tank. The tank is now empty and ready for return on SpX-11.


 
Gotta love the bureaucratic medical-privacy stuff here  "the 49S subject ..."   while in the full version of this
 at https://blogs.nasa.gov/stationreport/  it enumerates: HRF Generic Urine Collection Female – Subject
Hmm, that kind of narrows it down a bit...
 
We haven't heard a lot about NORS lately, nice to see it is apparently working smoothly.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #28 on: 04/13/2017 02:23 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/12/2017

Posted on April 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Lighting Effects: The 49S subject conducted three Lighting Effects tests as shown below.  This is the second week of Lighting Effects activities for this subject.
•Biochem Profile/Repository Test: Upon wakeup, subject provided a sleep log entry before conducting the second half of the 48-hour urine collection process that began yesterday. Each sample was stowed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for freezing until they are returned for analysis.
•Cognition Test: Subject completed three runs of the Cognition test including pre-test questions and an array of cognitive tests with performance feedback. Individualized Real-Time Neurocognitive Assessment Toolkit for Space Flight Fatigue (Cognition) is a battery of tests that measure how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance. Cognition includes brief computerized tests that cover a wide range of cognitive functions, and provides immediate feedback on current and past test results. The software allows for real-time measurement of cognitive performance while in space.
•Visual Performance Test: Subject unstowed the Visual Performance Test hardware and verified that they were testing under the correct Solid State Lighting Assemblies (SSLA) setting. Subject then completed the Numerical Verification Test and Color Discrimination Test and took photographs of the completed tests.

The Lighting Effects experiment hopes to better quantify and qualify how lighting can effect habitability of spacecraft. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights.

ESA Active Dosimeter Swap: The crew swapped the worn Mobile Unit (MU) with a charged MU, then initiated the data download to the ESA Active Dosimeter Personal Stowage Device (PSD).  The European Crew Personal Active Dosimeter is an active device worn by European ISS crewmembers in orbit to measure radiation exposure. This device, coupled with other dosimeters in the European Space Agency’s (ESA) Columbus Laboratory, provides radiation dosage information that can be used to support risk assessment and dose management. The goal is to enable the verification of radiation monitoring systems for future medical monitoring of crewmembers in space.

Fine Motor Skills (FMS): The crew completed an FMS session this morning, completing a series of interactive tasks. The investigation studies how the fine motor skills are effected by long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity. The goal of the investigation is to answer how fine motor performance in microgravity trend/vary over the duration of a six-month and year-long space mission. how fine motor performance on orbit compare with that of a closely matched participant on Earth, and how performance trend/vary before and after gravitational transitions, including the periods of early flight adaptation, and very early/near immediate post-flight periods.

Joint Station Local Area Network (LAN) Version 10.0 Transition Review: In preparation for Friday’s planned Node 2 and Lab Router Remove & Replace (R&R), the crew completed a procedures review. The transition involves both hardware/software changes and requires both onboard and ground operations. The entire JSL network will be down during Friday’s activity until the new system is operational.

Systems Operations Data File Updates: The crew completed pen and ink updates to emergency books to account for new pre-treat contamination constraints for Nitrile Gloves. Warning books were also updated to include COL Cycle 14.1 software changes.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Last evening, Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and walked the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) off Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture #4 (PDGF4) onto the Lab PDGF then onto the Node2 PDGF. While the SSRMS was based on the Lab PDGF with Latching End Effector A (LEE-A) as the base LEE, a Direct Drive Test was performed on SSRMS Joint 7 (the End B Roll Joint) for mechanism health trending.  Data was collected on the full range of motion of this joint to help characterize its behavior. MSS performance was nominal.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #29 on: 04/14/2017 02:29 PM »
http://iss.jaxa.jp/kiboexp/news/170414_exham.html

Does it be a correct interpretion, that they have installed the ExHAM#2-2 yesterday?
« Last Edit: 04/14/2017 02:31 PM by Olaf »

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #30 on: 04/15/2017 06:09 AM »
http://iss.jaxa.jp/kiboexp/news/170414_exham.html

Does it be a correct interpretion, that they have installed the ExHAM#2-2 yesterday?

Seems so according to this, although there is no mention of it in the 4/13 daily status report from NASA.
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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #32 on: 04/15/2017 03:34 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/13/2017
Posted on April 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
Fine Motor Skills (FMS): The crew performed a series of interactive tasks to complete a FMS session. The investigation studies how the fine motor skills are effected by long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity. The goal of this investigation is to understand how fine motor performance in microgravity trends/varies over the duration of a six-month and yearlong space mission; how fine motor performance on orbit compare with that of a closely matched participant on Earth; and how performance trend/vary before and after gravitational transitions, including the periods of early flight adaptation and very early/near immediate post-flight periods.

Veg-03 Operations: The crew checked and photo documented status of plants in the Veggie facility. The goal of Veg-03 is to further demonstrate proof of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows using Red Romaine lettuce. Future long-duration missions into the solar system will require a fresh food supply to supplement crew diets which entails growing crops in space. Previous investigations focused on improving productivity in controlled environments but the limited quarters of the space shuttle and ISS made it difficult to conduct large-scale crop production tests. Veg-03 expands on previous validation tests of the new Veggie hardware which crew members will soon use to grow cabbage, lettuce and other fresh vegetables. Tests determine which types of microorganisms are present in space-grown cabbage, providing baseline data for future crop-growing efforts. Behavioral health surveys assess the impact of growing plants on crew morale and mood.

Manufacturing Device (MD) Operations: The crew removed and replaced (R&Rd) the MD Feedstock Canister, Extruder, and Print Tray. The MD – Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) enables the production of components on the ISS for both NASA and commercial objectives. Parts, entire experiments, and tools can be created on demand utilizing the AMF. The AMF is capable of producing parts out of a wide variety of thermopolymers including engineered plastics.

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Sample Holder Exchange: The crew performed a JAXA ELF Sample exchange in the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack-2 (MSPR2) facility.  They removed the sample holder and installed a new cartridge into the holder, then installed the Sample Holder and Cartridge into the ELF Work Volume. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate/melt/solidify materials by containerless processing techniques using the Electrostatic Levitation method. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured, and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved.

Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL) Sample Cartridge Assembly (SCA) Exchange: The crew completed a cartridge exchange in the MSL located in the Material Science Research Rack (MSRR). They removed the used sample cartridge and replaced it with the next test sample. Batch-2b of the Materials Science Laboratory Sample Cartridge Assemblies (MSL SCA-Batch 2b-ESA) serves two projects investigating how different phases organize in a structure when metallic alloys are solidified. The METCOMP project studies the phase formed by the reaction of the remaining liquid phase with an already formed solid to form a second solid phase on cooling. For this purpose, Bronze (Copper-Tin Alloys) of different compositions will be processed. The other project, Solidification along a Eutectic path in Ternary Alloys (SETA), looks at how two phases that form together organize into lamellar, or fiber, structures when cooling Aluminum (Copper-Silver Alloys). Both projects will provide benchmark samples that enables testing of numerical models that aim to predict these structures.

50 Soyuz (50S) Arrival Preparations: The crew reconnected a wireless Station Support Computer (SSC) client to the Joint Station Local Area Network (JSL) to allow ground teams to load and configure the clients for 50S crew use.

Distillation Assembly (DA) Remove & Replace (R&R): The crew R&Rd the Water Recovery System (WRS) DA and verified torque level of the rack-side mounting plate fasteners. The R&R was performed as a result of the Urine Processing Assembly producing distillate with an elevated/erratic conductivity.  Analysis of samples has shown that pretreated urine (PTU) is present in the Separator Plumbing Assembly (SPA) distillate.  Fault tree investigation determined that the source of this PTU was either the DA or the Fluids Control and Pump Assembly. The UPA will be activated later today.

Remote Power Controller (RPC) Trip: Yesterday RPC 16 on Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) N21B4B_B tripped open. This RPC powers the Node 2 Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) System Flow Control Assembly (SFCA) Valve which impacts the ability for closed-loop control of the Node2 MTL loop flow.  The current loads on the Node 2 MTL are supported with the valve in its current position. Should thermal loads on this loop change, the crew can manually adjust this valve. The main system loads on this loop are four DC-to-DC Converter Units (DDCU) for the JEM and Columbus modules.  Telemetry reviewed by ground teams indicated ~3Amp overcurrent event. Ground Teams are evaluating a forward plan to recover.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #33 on: 04/16/2017 01:06 AM »
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Superheroes
 
The cutest question I've been asked so far: my friends' daughter (who saw me floating in weightlessness) wanted to know at what age my super powers had kicked in! She was clearly worried about why she could not fly herself yet ;)
Come on, Thomas!  Everyone knows Batman doesn't have any superpowers.
Shouldn't reality posts be in "Advanced concepts"?  --Nomadd

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #34 on: 04/17/2017 11:16 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/14/2017

Posted on April 14, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

Joint Station Local Area Network (LAN) Version 10.0 Transition: This morning the crew replaced the Edge Routers in the Lab and Node 2. Following the hardware replacement, ground teams began intsalling JSL v10 and configuring the network using the upgraded routers. The previously installed Integrated Station LAN (ISL) Routers were reaching end of life on their flash memory and the new upgrades allow support of gigabit ethernet connectivity which will result in increased network throughput. Checkout of the system by ground teams is in work and proceeding nominally.

S11A_C Remote Power Controller (RPC) 3 Status:  Yesterday afternoon, Flight Controllers successfully commanded this RPC closed after a 3rd attempt.  Full activation of the Starboard Thermal Radiator (STR) MDM was then successfully performed. This RPC had initially tripped open on Monday as a result of a Field Effect Transistor (FET) Controller Hybrid (FCH) failure.

N21B4B_B  RPC 16 Status:  This RPC which powers the Node 2 Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) System Flow Control Assembly (SFCA) Valve was successfully closed yesterday afternoon. Closure of this RPC enables the ability for closed-loop control of the Node2 MTL loop flow. Ground teams are assessing the root cause of this RPC trip which occurred this past Wednesday.   

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #35 on: 04/18/2017 10:56 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/17/2017

Posted on April 17, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Lighting Effects: On Saturday the 49S subject provided a sleep log entry and downloaded data from their Actiwatch for the Lighting Effects investigation. The light bulbs on the ISS are being replaced with a new system designed for improved crew health and wellness. Fluorescent bulbs are being replaced with solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) that have adjustable intensity and color. Investigators will determine if the new lights improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. Results from this investigation also have major implications for people on Earth who use electric lights.

JEM Airlock (JEMAL) Operations: In preparation for the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) activities planned for next week, the crew pressurized the JEMAL and completed a leak check.

Veg-03 Operations: The crew checked and photographed the Chinese cabbage growing in the Veggie facility. The goal of Veg-03 is to further demonstrate the proof of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and planting pillows. Future long-duration missions into the solar system will require a fresh food supply to supplement crew diets, which entails growing crops in space. Previous investigations focused on improving productivity in controlled environments but the limited quarters of the space shuttle and ISS made it difficult to conduct large-scale crop production tests. Veg-03 expands on previous validation tests of the Veggie hardware to grow cabbage, lettuce and other fresh vegetables. Tests determine which types of microorganisms are present in space-grown cabbage, providing baseline data for future crop-growing efforts. Behavioral health surveys assess the impact of growing plants on crew morale and mood.

NeuroMapping: The crew set up the NeuroMapping hardware and executed testing in both a “strapped in” and “free floating” body configuration. During the test, the crewmember executed three Behavioral Assessments: mental rotation, sensorimotor adaptation, and motor-cognitive dual tasking. The NeuroMapping investigation studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes any changes to the brain, including brain structure and function, motor control, and multi-tasking abilities. It also measures how long it would take for the brain and body to recover from possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from astronauts suggests movement control and cognition can be affected in microgravity. The NeuroMapping investigation performs structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and fMRI) to assess any changes that occur after spending months on the ISS.

JAXA Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle 2 (J-FROST2) Troubleshooting:  Following installation of the facility in the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM) on March 1st of this year, anomalies in the telemetry system were experienced.  Today the crew performed troubleshooting steps to verify cable connectivity and functionality.  FROST2 will be used to provide conditioned stowage capability for the Moderate Temperature Protein Crystal Growth (MT PCG) experiment scheduled to arrive on SpX-11.

Fluid Shifts Hardware Preparation:  In preparation for Fluid Shifts activities to be performed this week the crew set up hardware required for blood, urine and saliva collections and processing. 

On-Board Training (OBT) Cygnus Rendezvous: In preparation for OA-7 launch, the crew performed this proficiency training on the Cygnus profile including rendezvous crew procedures and crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding the vehicle. Cygnus is scheduled to launch tomorrow at 10:11 am CDT with capture and berthing Saturday, April 22.

OBT Emergency Descent Drill:  All three crew members performed this Emergency Descent Drill. The training session focuses on off-nominal procedures that would be used in the event the crew needs to egress the ISS and perform an emergency descent.  The drill is scheduled 12-14 weeks aboard the ISS, then once every 2.5 months.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #36 on: 04/19/2017 11:29 AM »
http://iss.jaxa.jp/kiboexp/news/170414_exham.html
Does it be a correct interpretion, that they have installed the ExHAM#2-2 yesterday?
Seems so according to this, although there is no mention of it in the 4/13 daily status report from NASA.
Here is a conformation in English.
http://iss.jaxa.jp/en/kiboexp/news/170418_exham.html

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ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/18/2017

Posted on April 18, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Launch: OA-7 launched successfully from Cape Canaveral at 10:11AM CDT today. Capture and berthing to Node 1 Nadir is planned for Saturday, April 22 starting at 5:05AM CDT. The spacecraft will deliver ~1023 kgs of supplies to support the ongoing ISS Research Program.

JEM (Japanese Experiment Module) Airlock (JEMAL) Operations:  In preparation for the NanoRacks External Platform (NREP) activities planned for next week, the crew opened the inner hatch in the JEMAL and extended the airlock slide table into the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM).  They replaced the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the Slide Table (ST) with the Cyclops to support the EVA contingency tie-down during NREP transfer to and from the ST via the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS).  The crew then retracted the JEMAL slide table back into the airlock and closed the inner hatch. 

Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements: The 49S subjects initiated their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities today, collecting saliva, blood and urine and inserting them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, the crew will perform more collections, storing them in MELFI as well.  Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that is divided into Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes.  Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is evaluated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and to prevention of eye damage.

JAXA Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle 2 (J-FROST2) Troubleshooting:  The crew continued troubleshooting steps to identify the source of telemetry anomalies experienced in the facility after it was installed on March 31st of this year.  FROST2 will provide conditioned stowage capability for the Moderate Temperature Protein Crystal Growth (MT PCG) experiment scheduled to arrive on SpX-11.

Echo Commissioning:  The crew retrieved and set up Echo hardware in the Columbus module and performed an Echograph commissioning session on the Electrocardiogram (ECG).  The purpose of the ECHO investigation is to evaluate a tele-operated ultrasound system, equipped with motorized probes that are controlled by flight controllers on the ground. Additionally, this investigation supports the commissioning of the Echo instrument which is planned for use with the Vascular Echo experiment on ISS in the future.  Several tele-operated ultrasound systems have been developed and tested on Earth and on board the ISS. The Echo investigation tests a more powerful, easy to use ultrasound system that could provide new opportunities for experimentation aboard the ISS.  In the field of telemedicine on Earth, tele-operated scanners can bring improved progress in the medical management of persons in remote areas.

Visiting Vehicle On-Board Training (OBT)/Offset Grapple: M1 Pesquet and M2 Whitson practiced grapple approaches in preparation for OA-7 capture and berthing planned this Saturday. On the last approach of the session, ground teams sent the Safing command for the crew to practice a hot backup transition and execute a back away to the high hover position. During the session the crew focused on equipment setup and how to best manage the volumetric constraints in the Cupola.

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Re: Expedition-51 thread (April - June 2017)
« Reply #38 on: 04/19/2017 05:06 PM »
April 19, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-045

President Trump Makes Special Long-Distance Call to Record Breaking American Astronaut

President Donald Trump, First Daughter Ivanka Trump, and NASA astronaut Kate Rubins will make a special Earth-to-space call Monday, April 24, from the Oval Office to personally congratulate NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson for her record-breaking stay aboard the International Space Station.

The 20-minute call will air live on NASA Television and stream on the agency’s website and Facebook page at 10 a.m. EDT, and will be made available to schools, museums, and other organizations across the nation and globally.

The Department of Education and NASA are working together, on behalf of the White House, to encourage classrooms throughout America to tune-in to this historic event.  They also are making available for voluntary use STEM on Station educational materials that may be helpful to further engage students in the classroom. STEM on Station is comprised of education activities that follow astronauts as they demonstrate STEM concepts such as Newton’s Laws of Motion, surface tension and advances in technology.

Commander of the station’s Expedition 51 crew, Whitson will officially set the U.S. record Monday for most cumulative days in space, surpassing NASA astronaut Jeff Williams’ record of 534 days. Additionally, she is the first woman to command the space station twice, and holds the record for most spacewalks conducted by a female astronaut.

Whitson will be joined for President Trump’s call by NASA astronaut Jack Fischer, who is scheduled to arrive at the orbiting laboratory Thursday, April 20.

Whitson arrived at the space station Nov. 19, 2016, and is sharing her experiences in space on Twitter, Tumblr and Facebook. Fischer will share his first-time flyer experiences on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

Get breaking news, images and features from the station on Instagram and Twitter.

Check out the latest NASA TV schedule and video streaming information at:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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