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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #20 on: 10/20/2016 10:22 PM »
October 20, 2016
MEDIA ADVISORY M16-124

NASA Astronaut Peggy Whitson Available for Interviews Before Space Station Launch

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson will be available for live satellite interviews from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, on Thursday, Oct. 27, before her launch to the International Space Station. She will answer questions about her upcoming mission aboard the world-class orbiting laboratory from 7-8 a.m. EDT, airing live on NASA Television and streaming on the agency’s website.

Whitson, who considers Beaconsfield, Iowa, her hometown, is in Russia for final preparations prior to her launch on Nov. 15, U.S. time. The interviews will be preceded at 6:30 a.m. by 30 minutes of video clips highlighting her training.

To schedule an interview, media must contact Karen Svetaka at 281-483-8684 or karen.a.svetaka@nasa.gov no later than 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25. Media participating in the live shots must tune to NTV-3. Satellite tuning information is available at:

http://go.nasa.gov/1pOWUhR

Whitson will launch to the space station aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, along with her Expedition 50/51 crewmates, cosmonaut Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency).

During her stay in space, Whitson will become the first woman to have commanded the space station twice. During Expedition 16 in 2007, she became the first woman ever to command the station. That flight and her first mission to the space station, as a flight engineer for Expedition 5 in 2002, give her a current total of 377 days in space.

Whitson and her crewmates also will perform some 250 research investigations and technology demonstrations not possible on Earth. Among the experiments is Lighting Effects, which will investigate the impact of a new solid-state, light-emitting diode (LED) system on the crew’s circadian rhythms, sleep and cognitive performance. The Neutron Star Interior Composition Explorer (NICER) experiment is scheduled to arrive at the station during the crew’s stay and will examine the physics, nature and dynamics of neutron stars.

Whitson is scheduled to return to Earth with Novitskiy and Pesquet in May.

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

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

Follow Whitson on social media at:

http://twitter.com/astropeggy

http://astropeggy.tumblr.com

http://www.facebook.com/NASAastronautPeggyWhitson

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #21 on: 10/28/2016 01:36 AM »
Astronaut Peggy Whitson Talks about her Upcoming Mission to the International Space Station

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Published on Oct 27, 2016
NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson conducted live satellite interviews from the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, on Thursday, Oct. 27. Whitson, and her Expedition 50/51 crewmates, Oleg Novitskiy of the Russian space agency Roscosmos and astronaut Thomas Pesquet of ESA (European Space Agency), will launch to the space station on Nov. 15, U.S. time, aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. During her stay in space, Whitson will become the first woman to have commanded the space station twice. During Expedition 16 in 2007, she became the first woman ever to command the station. That flight and her first mission to the space station, as a flight engineer for Expedition 5 in 2002, give her a current total of 377 days in space. Whitson is scheduled to return to Earth with Novitskiy and Pesquet in May.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y_TRF-Wtcks?t=001

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #22 on: 10/28/2016 07:56 AM »
October 27, 2016
MEDIA ADVISORY M16-128

Washington Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station

Students will gather at National Geographic’s headquarters in Washington for an opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station. at noon EDT Thursday, Nov. 3. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough will answer questions from the students. Kimbrough launched to the station on Oct. 19 and will return home in February.

NASA’s Robyn Gatens, deputy director of the International Space Station, and NASA scientist and astronomer Michelle Thaller also will share stories about their careers and NASA’s Journey to Mars in a panel discussion before the downlink. The event is connected to National Geographic's six-part “MARS” television series.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Kelsey Flora at kflora@ngs.org. National Geographic headquarters is located at 1145 17th Street N.W.

This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of the NASA Office of Education’s efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the United States. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station through the agency Office of Education’s STEM on Station activity provides authentic, live experiences in space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel, while introducing the possibilities of life in space.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For more information, videos and lesson plans highlighting research on the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stemonstation

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #23 on: 10/31/2016 11:34 AM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/28/2016

Posted on October 28, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Veg-03 Wick Opening: FE-3 opened the wicks on the plant pillows to allow for better growth capability.  The overall goal of Veg-03 is to further demonstrate proof-of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows. Future long-duration missions into the solar system, finally culminating on Mars, will require a fresh food supply to supplement crew diets, which means growing crops in space. Previous investigations focused on improving productivity in controlled environments, but the limited quarters of the space shuttle and International Space Station 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 in space. 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.

RapidScat Survey Performed – Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) were maneuvered through 13 RapidScat observations points. RapidScat engineers guided robotics ground controllers through pan/tilt/zoom operations for both the SSRMS tip elbow and SPDM body 1 and 2 cameras. Ground personnel’s review of the imagery to assess potential MMOD damage is forecast by the end of November.

Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Pressure Control and Pump Assembly (PCPA) Replacement: Last week, pressure sensors inside the PCPA detected a rise in pressure during a UPA process cycle. Review of data by the UPA specialist indicates that the PCPA has failed. Today, the crew removed the failed PCPA and replaced it with one of the two spares currently onboard.  UPA is currently in standby while the system is being configurated for a UPA process run.

Crew Quarters (CQ) Cleaning:  Prior to departure on Saturday FE-5 and FE-6 cleaned the Starboard and Deck CQs. The activity includes cleaning of the intake and exhaust ducts, fans and airflow sensors.

Change of Command:  The Change of Command ceremony was held to hand over control of the ISS from current ISS CDR Anatoly Ivanishin to Shane Kimbrough.  Following the Change of Command, the new Commander’s Soyuz (48S) crew becomes the prime crew for emergencies and the departing Soyuz (47S) crew becomes the non-prime crew.  During the Change of Command event, the entire crew discussed their roles and responsibilities for the timeframe between the Change of Command event and the departure of the Soyuz.

Loss of Joint Station LAN-2 (JSL-2) Return Link – Yesterday there was a loss of JSL-2 return link that impacted all payloads utilizing Ku-Internet Protocol capability. The Ku-band Communications Unit (KCU)-1 Network 2 Card was power cycled and the JSL-2 Return Link was successfully recovered.

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #24 on: 10/31/2016 11:35 AM »
Shane Kimbrough ‏@astro_kimbrough 

Farewell #AstroKate, Takuya, and Anatoly!  Thanks for leaving the @Space_Station in great shape!


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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #25 on: 11/02/2016 02:06 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/01/2016
Posted on November 1, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Maintenance:  The crew performed a half water dump and fill on EMU 3006 feedwater tanks and a full water dump and refill of EMUs 3003 and 3010 feeedwater tanks. These activities satisfy maintenance requirements for on-orbit stowage of the EMUs.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA):  Last week, the crew demated the connection between the Fluid Control and Pump Assembly (FCPA) at Quick Disconnect (QD) 27 on the Pressure Control and Pump Assembly (PCPA) and performed a PCPA Remove & Replace (R&R). Today the crew re-mated QD27 to the new PCPA. Re-mating QD 27 will allow the FCPA pressure to be pumped down to a functional range and the Fault Detection Isolation and Recovery (FDIR) limit for the pressure sensor will be re-set to its nominal value post re-mate.

Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Hydrogen (H2) On-Orbit Replacement Unit (ORU) Cell #1:  Over the last few days, system experts discovered that Cell #1 voltage drop is becoming more severe than what was noticed previously. Per engineering team recommendation and Program concurrence, on Saturday the OGA was shut down due to OGA contamination and Cell #1 degradation. The team will further investigate whether to continue operating OGA with degraded Cell #1 or replace it with a suspect on-orbit H2 ORU.

Cygnus Cargo Operations:  Today, the crew performed 30 minutes of Cygnus Cargo Operations from the Task List.  With this time, the crew has completed 10 hours of Cygnus Cargo Operations. Ground teams estimate 19 hours of Cygnus cargo operations remain.

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #26 on: 11/03/2016 07:30 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/02/2016

Posted on November 2, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

Group Combustion Leak Check: CDR retrieved the Combustion Chamber from the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Work Volume and installed a top plate on the Combustion Chamber.  The crew then installed a gas bottles and air supply lines to configure for a leak check.  Ground specialists are focusing the leak check on the Group Combustion quick disconnect and seals. The Group Combustion investigation tests a theory that fuel sprays change from partial to group combustion as flames spread across a cloud of droplets. In the Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack in the Kibo module, droplets of decane, a component of gasoline or kerosene, are arranged randomly on thin-fiber lattice points, and the flame and droplet positions and temperature distribution are measured as the flame spreads. Microgravity blocks convection, which on Earth would quickly disperse the droplets and combustion products before such measurements could be made.

Veg-03 Operations: Today, CDR thinned out the plants in the Veggie facility to promote growth of the larger plants.  The crew then watered the plant pillows. The overall goal of Veg-03 is to further demonstrate proof-of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows using ‘Outregous’ Red Romaine lettuce.  Future long-duration missions into the solar system, will require a fresh food supply to supplement crew diets, which means 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 in space. 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.

Meteor Operations: CDR changed out the hard drive and diffraction grating on the Meteor camera located in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF).  The Meteor payload is a visible spectroscopy instrument with the primary purpose of observing meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. Since the parent comets or asteroids for most of the meteor showers are identified, the study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids.

Reboost:  Last night the ISS performed a reboost using the SM main engines. The purpose of the reboost was to finalize the planned conditions for the upcoming launches of 49S on 17-November 17 and 65P on 01-December.

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #27 on: 11/04/2016 01:41 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/03/2016

Posted on November 3, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Orbital ATK (OA)-5 Cargo Operations:  Today, CDR continued transferring cargo from Cygnus to ISS. Afterwards, CDR participated in a cargo conference with ground specialists. At last report approximately 9.5 hours of cargo operations had been completed and an estimated 16 hours of operations remaining.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections: CDR began 24-hour urine collections this morning in support of the Biochemical Profile and Repository experiments. Collected samples are placed in Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for return at a later date. This afternoon, CDR setup for tomorrow’s blood collections. The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. Repository is a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.

Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion (CSA-CP) Checkout:  The CDR changed out the batteries in two newly resupplied CSA-CP units and update internal clock settings. The CSA-CP units will sit deactivated with new batteries for at least 24-hours for sensors to re-establish bias voltages, and for 10-12 days in an open environment for sensor off-gassing.

Premature Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) Ignitor Burnout: Following seven successful FLame Extinguishment-2 (FLEX-2) test points, ground teams observed the CIR Ignitor #2 had burned out during the radiometer calibration. Yesterday’s test points was the third day using the ignitors, with two additional days scheduled prior to the planned ignitor replacement. Ground teams will activate the rack today and bring down the images from yesterday’s test. A forward plan for ignitor replacement and future CIR operations is in development.

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #28 on: 11/07/2016 12:16 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/04/2016

Posted on November 4, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Human Research Program (HRP) Collections: The crew continued a urine collection session today and performed the first blood draw in support of the Biochemical Profile and Repository experiments. Collected samples are placed in Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for return at a later date. The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. Repository is a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.

Orbital ATK (OA)-5 Cargo Operations:  Today, the crew continued transferring cargo from Cygnus to ISS. After the transfer operations, CDR participated in a cargo conference with ground specialists. At last report approximately 9.5 hours of cargo operations had been completed and an estimated 16 hours of operations remaining.

International Docking Adapter (IDA) Survey: The robotics team is performing an imagery survey of the recently installed IDA at Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 (PMA-2). The purpose of the survey is to perform a full characterization of the final installed state of the PMA docking target, IDA peripheral targets, hemi-spherical and planar reflectors, and key features on the Node 2 end-cone, PMA-2, and IDA that face ISS forward. This survey will help ensure that there are no key features that are partially blocked or unexpectedly shadowed to ensure the relative navigation of any incoming vehicles will not be adversely affected. In addition, the imagery will be used to provide accurate information regarding the position and orientation of the docking plane interface. Today’s imagery will be a series of static surveys that place the SPDM at several locations around the PMA-2 and IDA. Additional dynamic surveys using auto-sequence commanding to simulate the view from an incoming docking vehicle as it approaches the ISS will be performed next week.

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #29 on: 11/08/2016 02:29 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/07/2016

Posted on November 7, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle Schools (EarthKAM): The crew configured the camera, laptop and associated Sally Ride EarthKAM software at the Node 2 Nadir hatch window. Once configured, the EarthKAM team, in association with middle school students around the world, selected image targets which will be downlinked and used in the study of physics, computers, geography, math, earth science, biology, art, history, and cultural studies. The objective of Sally Ride EarthKAM is to integrate Earth images with inquiry-based learning to enhance curricula in support of national and state education standards; to provide students and educators the opportunity to participate in a space mission and to develop teamwork, communication, and problem solving skills; to engage teams of students, educators, and researchers in collaborative investigations using remotely-sensed data; and to incorporate the active use of Web-based tools and resources in support of the learning process.

Culture, Values, and Environmental Adaptation in Space (At Home in Space): The crew answered the first of two At Home in Space questionnaires, the second to be scheduled at roughly Return-30 days (R-30).  The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) experiment, At Home in Space, assesses culture, values, and psychosocial adaptation of astronauts to a space environment shared by multinational crews on long-duration missions. It is hypothesized that astronauts develop a shared space culture that is an adaptive strategy for handling cultural differences and they deal with the isolated confined environment of the space craft by creating a home in space. At Home In Space uses a questionnaire battery to investigate individual and culturally related differences, family functioning, values, coping with stress, and post-experience growth.

Radi-N2: The Russian crew collected the Radi-N2 detectors from their locations in the Russian Segment and handed them over to the US crew who deployed the eight detectors in the US Lab, then took photographs of their locations.  The detectors will remain in the Lab location for one week. Radi-N2 Neutron Field Study (Radi-N2) is a follow on investigation designed to characterize the neutron radiation environment aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Eight neutron “bubble detectors” produced by the Canadian company Bubble Technology Industries are attached to fixed locations inside the ISS, including one carried by a crew member. The objective of this investigation is to better characterize the ISS neutron environment and define the risk posed to the crew members’ health and provide the data necessary to develop advanced protective measures for future spaceflight.

Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Maintenance:  The OGS Hydrogen On-Orbit Replaceable Unit (ORU) has an ailing electrolysis cell that no longer makes it desirable to run. Today the prepared for the significant maintenance scheduled on OGS later this week. Today’s task included a procedure review followed by a conference with ground specialist and the H2 sensor replacement. The work to recover the OGS will include replacing the Deionizing Bed ORU (planned to be performed on Tuesday) and Hydrogen ORU (planned to be performed on Wednesday), as well as a flush of the OGS Recirculation Loop to clear out the build-up of chemical species which have accumulated over years of operation that are potentially harmful to OGS.

Orbital ATK (OA)-5 Cargo Operations:  As of the last report the crew had completed 16 hours of cargo transfer with an estimated 10 hours remaining.

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #30 on: 11/09/2016 02:37 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/08/2016

Posted on November 8, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

Veg-03 Operations: The crew checked and photo documented the status of the plants in the Veggie facility, and evaluated the plant pillows to determine if additional watering is required.  The overall goal of Veg-03 is to further demonstrate proof-of concept for the Veggie plant growth chamber and the planting pillows using ‘Outredgeous’ Red Romaine lettuce.  Future long-duration missions into the solar system, will require a fresh food supply to supplement crew diets, which means 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 in space. 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.

Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Maintenance: The OGS Inlet Deionizing (DI) Bed was removed and replaced successfully this morning.  The crew also began a series of activities to purge the Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) recirculation loop. This is designed to help flush Total Organic Carbons (TOC) and other potential contaminants from the recirculation loop prior to installing the new Hydrogen Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU), which is scheduled for tomorrow. The crew had issues mating a Quick Disconnect (QD) in the chain of hoses and was not able to flush all of the water from the system. Ground teams are currently assessing options for completing the flush. Additional time will be added to tomorrow’s plan to implement troubleshooting steps ahead of the scheduled replacement of the OGS Hydrogen ORU.

Orbital ATK (OA)-5 Cargo Operations:  The crew performed one hour of Cygnus cargo transfer operations today.  As of the last report the crew had completed 18 hours of cargo transfer with an estimated 8 hours remaining.

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« Reply #31 on: 11/10/2016 04:03 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/09/2016

Posted on November 9, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Maintenance:  Overnight the decision was made not to perform the Recirc loop flush.  Earlier this morning the crew installed the new Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Hydrogen Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) into the OGS rack. However, the crew was not able to fully mate the Hydrogen ORU Quick Disconnect (QD), same as the issue yesterday regarding the QD mate issue for the Recirc loop flush.  The crew reported that the QD was at 90% connected or ¼ turn from fully mated in both cases. Ground teams recommended that Kapton tape be applied to the QD in order to prevent backout. In this configuration it is expected that the primary seal on the QD should be engaged and the QD poppet opened. Ground teams are working to vent the Hydrogen ORU dome and activate the OGA, which will take several hours.

Meteor Hard Drive Swap: The crew performed a regular changeout of the Meteor hard drive located in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF).  The Meteor payload is a visible spectroscopy instrument with the primary purpose of observing meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. Since the parent comets or asteroids for most of the meteor showers are identified, the study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids.

Sally Ride EarthKAM Lens Changeout: The crew changed out and configured the 180mm lens and 72mm Bumper Ring on the Sally Ride EarthKAM, removing and stowing the 50mm lens and 52mm Bumper ring. The EarthKAM team, in association with middle school students around the world, select image targets which are then downlinked and used in the study of physics, computers, geography, math, earth science, biology, art, history, and cultural studies.  The objective of Sally Ride EarthKam is to integrate Earth images with inquiry-based learning to enhance curricula in support of national and state education standards; to provide students and educators the opportunity to participate in a space mission and to develop teamwork, communication, and problem solving skills; to engage teams of students, educators, and researchers in collaborative investigations using remotely-sensed data; and to incorporate the active use of Web-based tools and resources in support of the learning process.

Zbook Server Deployment:  The crew set up two ZBook laptops as SSC Server-1 and SSC Server-2 in preparation for loading and transition.  Thursday the new ZBook laptops will be loaded with the new SSC Server software.  The transition to the new SSC Servers is currently planned for Friday.

International Docking Adapter (IDA) Survey: Over the next two days the robotics team will perform dynamic surveys that simulate the view of an incoming docking vehicle as it approaches the recently installed IDA at Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 (PMA-2). These surveys will use the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Camera Light Pan Tilt Assembly (CLPA) and pre-configured automatic trajectories to simulate vehicle motion. They will be performed in various lighting conditions.

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ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/10/2016

Posted on November 10, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Maintenance:  This morning the crew took a return-to-ground sample of the OGS Recirculation Loop and restowed all tools and hardware the crew has used the last 2 days for the OGS maintenance.  The calibration settings for the OGA were updated based on performance this morning and the unit is now in Process, producing 2 kg of O2 per day. The current plan is to stay in this configuration overnight. Tomorrow, OGA will be put in a safe configuration to allow the crew to inspect the H2 ORU QD.

Glacier-1 Buffer Troubleshooting: On October 17, 2016 Glacier-1 internal memory disk buffer reached 99% and was not responding to clean up commands. Glacier-1 was unpowered to prevent the unit from reaching max capacity on the memory disk and risk file corruption. Today, the crew connected the Glacier into the EXpedite PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack-2 Laptop Computer (ELC) for ground controllers to command through Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP) and successfully cleared the internal memory disk buffer to below 70%. Glacier-1 is currently not in use and the next planned science operations are scheduled for SpX-10.

Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL) Software Update: To overcome the non-functioning high rate data link nominally used to downlink data from the FSL, the crew connected the Multi-purpose Computer and Communications (MPCC) Laptop to the FSL via S-Video cable.  The crew was unsuccessful in updating the software on the MPCC laptop, possibly due to a file error.  Ground teams are evaluating the software files used during the update.  European Space Agency (ESA) plans to have the Simulation of Geophysical Fluid Flow Under Microgravity-2 (Geoflow-2) experiment’s video and data downlink through the Joint Station Local Area Network (JSL) by connecting it to the MPCC. The Geoflow-2 experiment, first run is scheduled for November 14. Geoflow-2 studies heat and fluid flow currents within the Earth’s mantle. Geoflow-2 aims to improve computational methods that scientists and engineers use to understand and predict the processes in the Earth’s mantle that lead to volcanic eruptions, plate tectonics and earthquakes.

Station Support Computer Server Load:  The crew deployed and configured the new SSC Server2 ZBook laptop to allow ground specialist to load required software.  The ground completed the SSC Server2 load.  This afternoon, the crew moved the Ethernet and power cables to SSC Server1 and prepared the laptop for ground teams to load that laptop.  SSC Server1 will host ISS-Server1 after the transition planned on Friday.  SSC Server1 and 2 are the first use of the new ZBook model laptop onboard ISS.

Orbital ATK (OA)-5 Cargo Operations: The crew performed 1.5 hours of Cygnus cargo transfer operations today. As of the last report the crew had completed 19.5 hours of cargo transfer with an estimated 7.5 hours remaining.

International Docking Adapter (IDA) Survey: The robotics team completed the dynamic surveys that simulate the view of an incoming docking vehicle as it approaches the recently installed IDA at Pressurized Mating Adapter 2 (PMA-2). These surveys used the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Camera Light Pan Tilt Assembly (CLPA) and pre-configured automatic trajectories to simulate vehicle motion. The approaches were performed in various lighting conditions.

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #33 on: 11/14/2016 06:56 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/11/2016

Posted on November 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Group Combustion Leak Check: The crew performed additional Group Combustion Experiment Module (GCEM) troubleshooting today, and completed a leak check of the Gaseous Nitrogen (GN2) supply line and associated Quick Disconnects (QDs). The International Standard Payload Rack (ISPR) valves and QDs for the gas supply line were connected and reconfigured then underwent a five hour leak check of the Combustion Chamber (CC). Ground teams are assessing the data. The Group Combustion investigation tests a theory that fuel sprays change from partial to group combustion as flames spread across a cloud of droplets. In the Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack in the Kibo module, droplets of decane, a component of gasoline or kerosene, are arranged randomly on thin-fiber lattice points, and the flame and droplet positions and temperature distribution are measured as the flame spreads. Microgravity blocks convection, which on Earth would quickly disperse the droplets and combustion products before such measurements could be made.

Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Maintenance:  After running nominally overnight, the Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) was put in a safe configuration this morning to allow the crew to inspect the H2 ORU QD.  This inspection was due to the not fully mated configuration the QD remained in after yesterday’s activities.  No water was noted on the QD or tape during the inspection.  The rack was closed and OGS was reactivated and moded to operate at 22% producing approximately 2 kg of Oxygen (O2) per day.

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #34 on: 11/15/2016 04:01 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/14/2016

Posted on November 14, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N) Retrieval: Today a USOS crewmember retrieved all 8 of the Space Bubble Detectors that were deployed last week around the International Space Station (ISS) for the RaDI-N experiment, and handed them to the Russian crewmember to be processed in the Bubble Reader. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) RaDI-N investigation measures neutron radiation levels while onboard the ISS. RaDI-N uses bubble detectors as neutron monitors which have been designed to only detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation.

Telescience Resource Kit (TReK) Laptop Setup: In support of the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition, the crew setup the TReK Demonstration laptop and relocated the high definition camcorder to allow the conference attendees to view their images real-time from the Trek laptop on the ISS. TReK is a suite of software applications and libraries that can be used to monitor and control assets in space or on the ground.  This week, the Space Commerce Conference and Exposition will present a three day event engineered to highlight the intersection points between terrestrial industries and the aerospace community.

Orbital ATK (OA)-5 Cargo Operations:  The crew performed 3.5 hours of Cygnus cargo transfer operations today, thus completing all of the Cygnus cargo operations.  Following today’s transfer operations the crew participated in a conference with ground specialists. Ground teams are assessing photos of the vehicle to verify the final configuration.

Emergency Book Updates:  The crew made pen and ink (redline) edits into the six hard copy Emergency (EMER)-1a books. These changes reflect new operations following the ISS Server1 transition to Zbook that was completed last week.  The EMER-1a books contain crew response to Depress, Fire and the equipment to be retrieved prior to isolating a module.

Station Support Computer (SSC) Guacamole Service Pack Transition: Today, ground controllers deployed the Guacamole service pack on the SSC client laptops.  This service pack provides software updates and additional functionality, including applications for the European Space Agency (ESA) EveryWear payload. The EveryWear application allows for connecting remote “wearable” sensors, allowing for physiology data collection for both science research and medical purposes.

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #35 on: 11/16/2016 01:26 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/15/2016

Posted on November 15, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Human Research Facility (HRF) Software Upgrades: The crew initiated the first of three days of HRF software transitions.  Today’s upgrade were made to the HRF Rack 1 Personal Computer (PC).  The new software loads will support new experiments and on-board capabilities.  Although the load and checkout of PC1 was successful, ground teams discovered that several of the common software fixes were incompatible with the current Rack Interface Controller (RIC) software. Ground teams are looking into work-arounds for and do not expect any impacts to the crew or science. Over the next two days, the HRF Rack 2 PC and HRFPC3 will be updated as well, without expected impacts from the newly discovered issues.  The HRF Racks provide an on-orbit laboratory that enables scientists conducting human life science research to evaluate the physiological, behavioral, and chemical changes induced by space flight. Research performed using the capabilities within the racks provide data to help scientists understand how the human body adapts to long-duration space flight.

NanoRacks Science Box installation: The crew installed the NanoRacks Science Box into the EXpedite PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack 4, located in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). Currently, ground teams are troubleshooting a data connectivity issue.  The NanoRacks Science Box is an EXPRESS Rack locker payload, designed to operate in mission cycles and will be launched and returned on a regular basis. Each mission will host a number of customer payloads and a multitude of science objectives. The Science Box installed today houses five individual payloads, each with their own mission objective ranging from robotic arm proof of concepts to seedling microgravity exposure experiments.

Node 3 to Node 1 Inter-Module Ventilation (IMV) Cone Screen Installation and Cleaning: Today the crew installed an IMV Cone Screen in the Node 1 to Node 3 vestibule to prevent FOD from entering the Node 3 Starboard Zenith IMV fan when operating in IMV Split Atmosphere Configuration. After the installation, the crew performed cleaning of the N1 to N3 IMV ducting.

Station Support Computer (SSC) Server 2 Deploy: Today, the crew replaced ISS-Server1 (T61p Laptop) with SSC Server-2 (ZBook), which will act as a backup in the event of a failure of the already-deployed SSC Server-1.

Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Stow:  Last night (GMT 319-320), the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to stow the SPDM on Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2). After MSS Software version, Mt Thor, uplink (completed on GMT 313), SPDM LEE capture of MBS PDGF2 was successfully performed for the first time using Gear Box Limping (GBL) feature, also called Active limping of SSRMS.  After completing the SPDM base change, SSRMS was maneuvered to park position in preparation of the re-grapple of Cygnus Wednesday (GMT 321), before Cygnus unberth and release Monday (GMT 326).

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
« Reply #36 on: 11/16/2016 06:31 PM »
November 16, 2016
MEDIA ADVISORY M16-132

Colorado Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station

Students in Wheat Ridge, Colorado, will have the opportunity to speak with a NASA astronaut currently living and working aboard the International Space Station at 12:40 p.m. EST Friday, Nov. 18. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.

Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado will open the downlink, hosted by Wheat Ridge High School, with a voice check call to the station. Expedition 50 Commander Shane Kimbrough, who launched to the station Oct. 19, will answer questions from the students.

Media interested in covering the event should contact Ashley Verville at ashley.verville@mail.house.gov. Wheat Ridge High School is located at 9505 West 32nd Ave.

Teachers have been preparing the ninth through 12th grade students for this call by incorporating space into lessons in each of their core classes – science, math, history, and English.

This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of the NASA Office of Education’s efforts to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) teaching and learning in the United States. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station through this STEM on Station activity provides authentic, live experiences in space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel, while introducing the possibilities of life in space.

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For more information, videos and lesson plans highlighting research on the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/stemonstation

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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
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Re: Expedition-50 thread (Nov. 2016 - March 2017)
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ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/16/2016

Posted on November 16, 2016 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Human Research Facility (HRF) Software Upgrades: Today the crew initiated the second day of HRF software transitions.  Today’s upgrades will be to the HRF Personal Computer-3 (HRFPC-3).  Based on the compatibility issue observed during the HRF Rack 1 PC upgrade yesterday, ground teams were able to command to the HRF PC without needing to access the Rack Interface Controller (RIC). The new software loads will support new experiments and on-board capabilities.  Over the next two days, the HRF Rack 2 PC and HRFPC3 will be updated as well.  The HRF Racks provide an on-orbit laboratory that enables scientists conducting human life science research to evaluate the physiological, behavioral, and chemical changes induced by space flight. Research performed using the capabilities within the racks provide data to help scientists understand how the human body adapts to long-duration space flight.

Strata-1 Card Changeout: The crew completed a changeout of four Strata Secure Digital (SD) data cards and transferred photos to a Station Support Computer (SSC) for ground teams to downlink and distribute. Strata-1 investigates the properties and behavior of regolith on small, airless bodies. Regolith is the impact-shattered “soil” found on asteroids, comets, the Moon, and other airless worlds, but it is different from soil here on Earth in that it contains no living material. Strata-1’s goal is to give us answers about how regolith behaves and moves in microgravity, how easy or difficult it is to anchor a spacecraft in regolith, how it interacts with spacecraft and spacesuit materials, and other important properties. It is important to NASA to know how to set anchors in regolith, how to safely move and process large volumes of regolith, and predict and prevent risk to spacecraft and astronauts visiting these small bodies. Also, understanding the whole-body context of material returned to Earth from small asteroids, such as by the NASA OSIRIS-REx mission, the JAXA Hayabusa 1 and 2 missions, and the proposed NASA Asteroid Redirect Mission (ARM) is scientifically beneficial.

Cygnus Departure Preparations: Today, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and grappled Cygnus for release and departure scheduled for Monday, November 21st. The crew then performed an On Board Training (OBT) session to review release procedures.

iPad Air 2 Deploy:  iPad Air 2 were deployed in the place of the current iPad 3s.  The iPad Air 2 will be used for everyday crew functions including viewing timelines, procedures and crew messages. These iPads have the ESA Everywear app and other crew preference apps including Microsoft Office Products (Word, Excel, PowerPoint). Two iPad 3s will remain onboard for several ongoing payload operations that are not able to update to the iPad Air 2s and one iPad 3 will continue to be used for the Wall Clock.

Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Hydrogen Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) Quick Disconnect (QD) Inspection:  The crew accessed and inspected QD “DIW FROM RSA” on the OGS Hydrogen Dome. This QD was not able to be fully mated during last week’s Hydrogen ORU replacement and had to be secured with Kapton Tape. The QD was inspected for leaks as well as any movement out of position. No connections are demated or mated during this task. Crew reported no visible water in the rack or on or around the QD, and OGS was reactivated.

Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Elbow Camera Failure: This morning, during operations to power SSRMS in preparation for grappling Cygnus, the tip elbow camera initialized with color bars. Multiple power cycle and reroute attempts have not been successful to recover the camera. This camera was providing clearance and alignment views which can be substituted with the SSRMS Base Elbow camera. Loss of the SSRMS Tip Elbow camera does not impact unberth and release operations for Cygnus.

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