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Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« on: 01/01/2016 08:36 PM »
The Expedition 52 insignia was created by NASA graphics artist Sean Collins.
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #1 on: 06/08/2016 02:00 PM »
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #3 on: 11/21/2016 03:24 AM »
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #4 on: 11/26/2016 02:18 PM »
Vita logo

Mission logo for ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli's third spaceflight. The logo was developed by ESA together with Italian space agency ASI and Paolo.

The overall circle and blue shading evoke our planet, with the Third Paradise symbol by Italian artist Michelangelo Pistoletto linking the mission’s main messages.

Three elements stand out: a strand of DNA as a symbol of life and science, a book as a symbol of culture and education, and Earth as a symbol of humanity.

The Third Paradise is a reformulation of the symbol for infinity. The two opposing ovals contain elements of the scientific and cultural activities Paolo will perform in space. Their meeting in the centre represents the evolution of Earth and benefits for humankind.

The central shape of the symbol, together with the presence of the globe, can also be seen as an eye, giving an astronaut’s perspective over our planet.

Reflecting Paolo’s origins, the logo features the colours of the Italian flag.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #5 on: 12/09/2016 05:27 PM »
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So proud of this amazing training team, who somehow got even us ready for flight--we'll do our best to make you proud on orbit! #NextUp
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #6 on: 12/14/2016 06:12 PM »
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Командир 52-й длительной экспедиции на МКС Фёдор Юрчихин и его коллега по экипажу, бортинженер МКС-51/52 Джек Фишер в течение нескольких недель проходили курс подготовки в Космическом центре имени Джонсона (НАСА). Участники космической экспедиции отрабатывали типовые операции, которые ежедневно проводятся на американском сегменте МКС. По окончании сессии состоялась традиционная церемония, во время которой космонавт и астронавт разрезали специально изготовленные торты с изображением экипажных эмблем.
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #7 on: 12/16/2016 05:29 PM »
https://twitter.com/AstroKomrade/status/809516906176794624

Swimming with @Astro2fish ……my underwater and in-orbit spacewalk crewmate Col. Jack "2Fish" Fischer, USAF
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #8 on: 12/27/2016 10:32 PM »
For approximately 2 weeks, according to the current schedule, a 2-person crew will operate ISS in May 2017, Yurchikin and Fischer.

Obviously (?), the several space agencies' operational staffs have made plans for this.  But, the minimal crew size in the operational ISS era was always envisioned as 3?

It's a big station!  What changes will occur?  Particularly, will operational tasks will take up more or all of their time, as opposed to science experiments?
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #9 on: 01/11/2017 01:28 PM »
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #10 on: 01/17/2017 07:03 PM »
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Our Exp.52 crew pic is out--5 folks due to new Cosmonaut rotation plan...We're getting closer!
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #11 on: 01/17/2017 10:04 PM »
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Our Exp.52 crew pic is out--5 folks due to new Cosmonaut rotation plan...We're getting closer!
Likely going to change again: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=39244.msg1631724#new
USOS to have 4 crew members and RS to have 2 on orbit.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #12 on: 01/18/2017 06:29 AM »
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Our Exp.52 crew pic is out--5 folks due to new Cosmonaut rotation plan...We're getting closer!
Likely going to change again: http://forum.nasaspaceflight.com/index.php?topic=39244.msg1631724#new
USOS to have 4 crew members and RS to have 2 on orbit.
This new crew assignment (2 RS, 4 USOS) will start NET September with EC 53.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #13 on: 01/24/2017 07:31 AM »
http://tass.ru/sibir-news/3953464
http://tass.ru/kosmos/3960698

During an EVA now scheduled for August 2 cosmonauts Fyodor Yurchikhin and Sergei Ryazanskiy will deploy a nanosatellite called Tomsk TPU-120 built with 3D printer technology. The satellite was delivered to the station last year. Yurchikhin, Ryazanskiy and back-up cosmonaut Aleksandr Misurkin have been practicing the deployment at a Star City simulator called "Vykhod" ("Exit"). The hydrolab at Star City has been down for maintenance since late 2014 and is not expected to become available again until next month. The August spacewalk is the only Russian EVA planned for this year.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #14 on: 01/24/2017 05:59 PM »
For approximately 2 weeks, according to the current schedule, a 2-person crew will operate ISS in May 2017, Yurchikin and Fischer.

Obviously (?), the several space agencies' operational staffs have made plans for this.  But, the minimal crew size in the operational ISS era was always envisioned as 3?

It's a big station!  What changes will occur?  Particularly, will operational tasks will take up more or all of their time, as opposed to science experiments?
Never mind...
I'm reading that Peggy Whitson will remain aboard with Yurchikin and Fischer until they leave in September.  So, no 2-person crew.

EDIT--where I read it:
Seeing that NASA is looking to have more time in orbit, is it possible that Whitson comes back with soyuz MS04?

Yes it is....

They are talking about it and word is that it will be announced soon.
So that would be September 3rd at the earliest and November at the latest for landing timeline.

<snip>
Current schedule of ISS flight events
UTC time is used in table

2017
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May 15 - Soyuz MS-03 undocking (from Rassvet) and landing [Novitskiy, Pesquet, Whitson]
<snip>
late September (TBD) - Soyuz MS-04 undocking (from Poisk) and landing [Yurchikhin, Fisher, tourist Whitson]
<snip>

Changes on January 3rd
Changes on January 4th
Changes on January 6th
Changes on January 8th
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #15 on: 01/24/2017 08:23 PM »
Cool if true.  Peggy Whitson missed out on the Year In Space opportunity; this would be a nice consolation.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #16 on: 01/24/2017 09:24 PM »
Cool if true.  Peggy Whitson missed out on the Year In Space opportunity; this would be a nice consolation.
I edited my post to show the NSF posts.

Yes, it would be like a stealth YIS mission, unless NASA chooses to trumpet the news when it's officially announced.  (perhaps 10 months for Whitson, compared to Kelly's 11 months)

I'll be interested to learn NASA's decision process to allow Whitson a longer duration mission.
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #17 on: 01/25/2017 05:04 AM »
If Peggy Whitson will stay until the landing of Soyuz MS-04 who will be Expedition 52 commander? Yurchikhin as planned or Whitson (station commander Expedition 51)?

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #18 on: 01/25/2017 02:14 PM »
Most likely Peggy Whitson because if she's staying for a longer period of time, she'll have to retain her Commander position. Just like Scott Kelly during his One Year Mission.
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #19 on: 01/28/2017 08:56 PM »
Most likely Peggy Whitson because if she's staying for a longer period of time, she'll have to retain her Commander position. Just like Scott Kelly during his One Year Mission.
Maybe not.

I believe the commander assignments are worked out at the inter-agency level.

The Expedition Commanders have already been assigned--Yurchikin for Expedition 52.

Roscosmos State Corporation would have to be convinced to concede a commander's slot.

I suspect Whitson will conclude her mission as a Flight Engineer.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #20 on: 01/29/2017 12:21 PM »
Just remember, none of this peggy stuff is confirmed till either NASA announces it, or Soyuz MS-03 lands with two people inside.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #21 on: 04/02/2017 12:00 AM »
PPaolo Nespoli training at EAC

European Space Agency, ESA

Published on Mar 31, 2017
ESA astronaut Paolo Nespoli from Italy will soon embark upon a long-duration mission to the International Space Station. Scheduled as part of a barter agreement between NASA and the Italian Space Agency ASI, it will be his third flight to the Space Station; his first flight was in 2007, during the Station’s construction phase, followed by a six-month mission launched in December 2010.

Paolo is currently training at the European Astronaut Centre in Cologne, Germany, in preparation for the many scientific experiments he’ll be carrying out in orbit.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #22 on: 04/06/2017 06:15 PM »
Who will be Expedition 52 commander? Whitson or Yurchikhin?

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #23 on: 04/08/2017 11:07 AM »
Yurchikhin
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #24 on: 04/08/2017 02:06 PM »
Do you have a source?

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« Last Edit: 04/08/2017 08:59 PM by SMS »
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #26 on: 04/08/2017 06:47 PM »
Sorry, but I don't see a word that Yurchikkin will be Expedition 52 commander.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #27 on: 04/08/2017 10:32 PM »
Any word on revised  6 person ISS-52 crew patch?

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #28 on: 04/10/2017 05:27 PM »
Whitson to stay on the ISS for an additional three months
https://www.nasaspaceflight.com/2017/04/whitson-iss-additional-three-months/
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #29 on: 04/10/2017 09:57 PM »
During today's Soyuz undocking/deorbit/landing coverage, the NASA PAO noted that Yurchikhin will be the Commander of Expedition 52. Peggy Whitson will be a Flight Engineer on Expedition 52, after she serves as Commander for Expedition 51.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #30 on: 04/14/2017 07:12 PM »
ISS 51 & 52 crew posters:

first personal patch of Fyodor Yurchikhin:
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #31 on: 04/19/2017 02:31 PM »
Any word on revised  6 person ISS-52 crew patch?

Fischer, Yurchikhin, Whitson
Bresnik, Ryazanskiy, Nespoli

Just first look at this photo:
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #32 on: 04/19/2017 08:29 PM »
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (May - September 2017)
« Reply #34 on: 04/27/2017 12:35 PM »
Here is the hi res version.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #35 on: 05/15/2017 05:28 PM »
According to: https://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/schedule.html

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TBD, Thursday, June 1 - ISS Expedition 51/52 Change of Command Ceremony (Whitson hands over ISS command to Yurchikhin)
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #36 on: 05/16/2017 07:50 AM »
Here is the hi res version.

That is not the official version, but the NASA version. The one Olaf posted  (the spacepatches.nl facebook image) is the official one

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #37 on: 06/01/2017 06:51 PM »


Expedition 51 Crew Hands Over the Space Station to Expedition 52

The reins of command of the International Space Station were passed from NASA’s Peggy Whitson to Fyodor Yurchikhin of the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) during a ceremony on the orbital outpost June 1. Although Whitson is remaining on the station as an Expedition 52 crew member, Yurchikhin will serve as Expedition 52 commander until he, Whitson and NASA’s Jack Fischer return home in early September. Oleg Novitskiy of Roscosmos and Thomas Pesquet of the European Space Agency will return to Earth as a two-man crew on June 2 in a Russian Soyuz spacecraft, completing a six and a half month mission.
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #38 on: 06/02/2017 11:38 AM »
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #39 on: 06/02/2017 09:45 PM »
Expedition 52 Crew Portrait (Uploaded on June 2, 2017)

The Expedition 52 crew members (front row, from left) are Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik. In the back row (from left) are, NASA astronauts Jack Fischer and Peggy Whitson, European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli and Roscosmos cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy.
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #40 on: 06/02/2017 10:01 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/01/2017

Posted on June 1, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

SpaceX (SpX)-11 Launch: SpX-11 is scheduled to launch today at 4:55 pm CDT. Pending a successful launch, capture and berthing are planned for Sunday, June 4th at 9:00am CDT.

Rodent Research-5 (RR-5):  The crew unpacked, installed and configured four Animal Habitats and configured the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) for RR-5 operations to be performed after arrival of rodents and additional hardware and materials on SpaceX-11. The Ground team successfully completed a software checkout of all the Habitats.

DOSIS 3D:  The crew de-installed DOSIS 3D passive detectors and handed them over to a Russian crewmember for packing for return on Soyuz 49S.  Data from the various active and passive radiation detectors are used in the determination of the radiation field parameters absorbed doses and dose equivalents inside the ISS. A concise three dimensional (3D) dose distribution map of all the segments of the ISS will be developed based on this data and data from JAXA and NASA monitoring devices.

Matiss:  The crew de-installed the four Matiss Sample Holders from the Columbus module for return on 49S.  The MATISS experiment investigates the antibacterial properties of materials in space to see if future spacecraft could be made easier to clean. The experiment aims to understand the mechanisms of attachment of biofilms in microgravity conditions. MATISS objectives include simplification of decontamination operations to save crew time and validation of innovative surfaces for use in future spacecraft.

ISS Change of Command: In preparation for 49S departure on Friday, Peggy Whitson handed over command of the ISS to Fyodor Yurchikhin. During this event, the entire crew discussed with Mission Control Center (MCC)-Houston and MCC-Moscow Flight Control their roles and responsibilities for the timeframe between the Change of Command event and tomorrow’s 49S departure.  Following the Change of Command, the new Commander’s Soyuz crew became prime for emergencies.
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #43 on: 06/05/2017 02:17 PM »
Today Peggy Whitson beat Samantha Cristoforetti's record for the longest spaceflight by a women of 199 days 16 hours and counting ! Impressive stuff !

Anyone know how many days the MS-04 crew will spend on orbit ? It'd be nice for Fischer to have a 170-180 day mission as a rookie !

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #44 on: 06/05/2017 02:19 PM »
MS-04 is scheduled to land on September 03, 2017. This would be 135 days for Fischer.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #45 on: 06/05/2017 03:02 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/02/2017

Posted on June 2, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

SpaceX (SpX)-11 Launch Delay: Yesterday’s planned SpX-11 launch was scrubbed due to weather. Launch is now planned for tomorrow, Saturday, June 3 at 4:07pm CDT with capture and berthing on Monday, June 5th at 6:00am CDT. The vehicle will deliver 3,900 pounds of research experiments, food, crew provisions and exercise equipment. Unberth is currently planned for July 2.

49 Soyuz (49S) Undock: 49S, with Thomas Pesquet and Oleg Novitskiy onboard, undocked today at 5:45am CDT and landed in Kazakhstan at 9:10am CDT. The ISS will be in 3-crew operations until the arrival of 51S on July 28.

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Unberth: Due to the delay of SpX-11 launch on Thursday, SpX-11 is planned to berth to the ISS on Monday instead of Sunday. This delay allows OA-7 to unberth on Sunday, June 4 at 8:10am. In preparation, the crew completed a Robotics On-Board Trainer (RoBOT) session to practice 3 release runs.

Human Research Program:  With assistance from an operator, blood samples were taken from a 50S crewmember and stowed at ambient temperature for return on 49S.  This sample will support the functional Immune investigation which analyzes blood and saliva samples to determine the changes taking place in crewmembers’ immune systems during flight. Results are expected to provide new insight into the possible health risks of long-duration space travel.

JAXA Protein Crystal Growth (PCG): The crew removed PCG canister bags from the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) and canisters from the Protein Crystallization Research Facility (PCRF) in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) and handed them over to a Russian crewmember for return on 49S. High quality protein crystals were produced in the microgravity environment on the ISS for about 6 weeks from samples provided by Russian and Japanese researchers from universities, national research institutes, and the private sector. The results of this experiment may contribute to the development of drugs for multidrug-resistant bacteria, Alzheimer’s disease, muscular dystrophy and periodontitis. They will also aid in the development of a blood substitute and biosensor.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) which was maneuvered to capture the Cygnus Power Video Grapple Fixture (PVGF). SSRMS will stay grappled to Cygnus until Sunday when Cygnus will be unberthed and released.
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #46 on: 06/06/2017 03:06 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/05/2017

Posted on June 5, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

SpaceX (SpX)-11 Launch and Berth: SpX-11 launched on Saturday, June 3 at 4:07pm CDT. Capture occurred today at 9:00am CDT followed by berthing at ~11:30m CDT. The crew completed successful pressurization and leak checks, removed Control Panel Assemblies and configured the Dragon vestibule for ingress which is scheduled tomorrow. Robotics ground controllers will translate the Mobile Transporter from Work Site (WS) 4 to WS6 and unstow Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) in preparation for Dragon trunk unloading tomorrow.

Rodent Research (RR) Transfer Review: Following capture and berthing of SpX-11, the crew prepared for transfer of the mice from Dragon planned for this Wednesday. They reviewed Big Picture words, presentations, videos and reference material and procedures for transferring the animals from the transporter to their habitat. Following the review they completed a conference with ground teams.

Orbital 7 (OA-7) Unberth: OA-7 unberthed from the ISS on Sunday, June 4 at 6:05am CDT with release at 8:10am CDT. The delay of SpX-11 launch on Thursday allowed OA-7 to unberth Sunday. Following departure, Cygnus is supporting two NASA payloads – SAFFIRE III and NRCSD-E prior to re-entry on June 11.

Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Biophysics 3:  Yesterday the crew removed Biophysics-3 Plate 1 and placed it into a MERLIN.  Investigators will use the results from LMM Biophysics 3 to examine the movement of single protein molecules in microgravity. This investigation is expected to add to scientists’ understanding of the physical processes that enable high-quality crystals to grow in space where Earth’s gravity does not interfere with their formation.

Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS) Troubleshooting: Over the weekend the crew performed additional CEVIS troubleshooting utilizing spare cables to check out both control panels.  Neither control panel functioned with either cable. The crew returned CEVIS to the temporary configuration using the Contingency Control Panel (CCP) and the spare cable. When using the CCP, the crew must manually dial the resistance and record their exercise information. A spare ergometer, control panel and 2 power cables are scheduled for launch on SpX-12. An additional ground cable and CCP are also being refurbished for flight.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Robotics Ground Controllers used the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to maneuver the Dragon to and install it on the Node-2 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM). They then supported the inspection of the Dragon Passive CBM sealing surface.  Ground Controllers then captured and bolted Dragon to the ISS. The MSS was subsequently configured to a nominal operations configuration. 
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #47 on: 06/07/2017 03:50 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/06/2017

Posted on June 6, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

SpaceX (SpX)-11 Ingress and Unpack: Following yesterday’s successful capture, berthing, and ingress of SpX-11, today the crew began transferring payloads and cargo to the ISS. This multi-day process will result in the transfer of 3,900 pounds of science and cargo and the beginning of Fruit Fly Lab and Rodent Research later this week.

Fruit Fly Lab-02 (FFL-02): The crew installed four Vented Fly Boxes with live flies into the Space Automated Bioproduct Lab (SABL) incubator. The two remaining Vented Fly Boxes will remain in the cargo transfer bag they were flown up in and stowed in the Columbus Endcone for the duration of the experiment. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster serves as a useful model organism for investigation of cellular and genetic mechanisms that can cause heart problems during spaceflight. Significant effects on numerous body systems have been identified as a result of spaceflight, including the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal, neuroendocrine, and immune systems.  The FFL-02 investigation compares flies that have hatched in space with flies grown on the ground to understand how prolonged spaceflight affects their heart function.

JAXA Area PADLES (Area Passive Dosimeter for Life-Science Experiments in Space):  The crew installed nine area dosimeters on Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) walls today. The JAXA Area PADLES investigation uses area dosimeters to continuously monitor the radiation dose onboard the ISS.  Radiation exposure can have significant biological effects on living organisms, including the biological investigations being done on ISS in the JEM.

NanoRacks Module 9 Operations: The crew activated mixture tubes in support of NanoRacks Module 9 experiments for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) of the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education. The SSEP supports various schools and student-designed experiments that address challenges of living and working in space. The program is also a key initiative for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), that strives to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to work on the space program.

Cardiac Stem Cells:  In support of the Cardiac Stem Cell investigation, the crew changed out media for three BioCell Habitats in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG).  Cardiac Stem Cells investigates how microgravity affects stem cells and the factors that govern stem cell activity, in order to clarify the role of stem cells in cardiac biology and tissue regeneration.  This investigation also supports research into the possible acceleration of the aging process in microgravity.

Robotic Operations in Support of SpX-11: Yesterday evening, Robotic Ground Controllers translated the Mobile Transporter (MT) from Worksite 4 (WS4) to WS6.  Next they ungrappled the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) from SpX-11 Dragon Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF) and maneuvered it to unstow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2).  Finally, controllers configured the SSRMS and the SPDM for extraction of the Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) payload from the Dragon trunk. 
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #48 on: 06/08/2017 09:14 AM »
Some cleaning today ...
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #49 on: 06/08/2017 02:49 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/07/2017

Posted on June 7, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

NanoRacks Module-70:  The crew removed NanoRacks Module-70 from a General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER) this morning and installed it into the Nanoracks Platform-2 in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).  Module-70 is an educational research project designed to study the effects of radiation damage to synthetic DNA for gene regions that code for a human antibody. The experiment will make copies of the synthetic DNA samples at certain time-points during the mission using a technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The DNA will be returned for study of strand break analysis. The experiment is from the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) School of Life Science in Beijing, China.

Rodent Research-5 (RR-5) Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for Osteoporosis:  Two crewmembers checked water flow in each side of the four Animal Habitats and installed the Rodent Hut and Habitat Foodbars. The crew then transferred mice from the Transporters to the Habitats after performing animal health checks. Habitats were installed in Lab racks to complete the activity.  Spaceflight has significant and rapid effects on the musculoskeletal system, therefore, it is important to investigate targeted therapies that could ameliorate some of the detrimental effects of spaceflight. The NELL-1 drug being studied in the RR-5 investigation has the potential to slow or reverse bone loss during spaceflight.

NanoRacks Module-54 and Module-56:  The crew retrieved NanoRacks Module-54 and Module-56 from a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) and installed them in Nanoracks Platform-1 in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).

Algae can produce both fats and hydrogen which can each be used as fuel sources on Earth and potentially in space.  NanoRacks Module-54, also known as NanoRacks-National Design Challenge-Chatfield High School-The Effect of Microgravity on Two Strains of Biofuel Producing Algae with Implications for the Production of Renewable Fuels in Space Based Applications (NanoRacks-NDC-CHS-The Green Machine), studies two algae species to determine whether they still produce hydrogen and store fats while growing in microgravity.  Results from this student-designed investigation improve efforts to produce a sustainable biofuel in space, as well as remove carbon dioxide from crew quarters.

Vermicomposting, or using worms to break down food scraps, is an effective way to reduce waste and obtain a nutrient-rich fertilizer for plants. NanoRacks Module-56, also known as NanoRacks-NDC-Bell Middle School-Efficiency of Vermicomposting in a Closed System (NanoRacks-NDC-BMS-Vermicomposting), is a student-designed project that studies whether red wiggler worms, a species of earthworm, are able to produce compost in space.  Results are used to study the potential for composting as a form of recycling on future long-duration space missions.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Arm 1 to extract the Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) payload from the SpX-11 Dragon Trunk.  SPDM Arm1 and the SPDM Body were then maneuvered to stow the MUSES payload on the SPDM Enhanced Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) Temporary Platform (EOTP). Finally, the SPDM was stowed on Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2) and the SSRMS was maneuvered to a park position.

Dragon Cargo Operations: The crew has completed ~8.5 hours of cargo transfer from Dragon to the ISS. Approximately13.5 hours of transfer remain to completely unload the vehicle.
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #50 on: 06/09/2017 05:53 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/08/2017

Posted on June 8, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.

NanoRacks Module-70:  The crew removed NanoRacks Module-70 from the Nanoracks Platform-2 in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) and inserted it into a General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER).  Module-70 is an educational research project designed to study the effects of radiation damage to synthetic DNA for gene regions that code for a human antibody. The experiment will make copies of the synthetic DNA samples at certain time-points during the mission using a technique called polymerase chain reaction (PCR). The DNA will be returned for study of strand break analysis. The experiment is from the Beijing Institute of Technology (BIT) School of Life Science in Beijing, China.

NanoRacks Module-52:  The crew retrieved NanoRacks Module-52 from Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) and initiated sub-experiments that are housed within NanoRacks Module-52.  Photographs will be taken of the petri dishes and video will be downlinked.  Microscope-3 imagery will also be taken of some of the petri dish slides.  NanoRacks Module-52 is a collection of 6 student-led biological experiments photo-documenting the life-cycle of various molds and bacteria on petri plates in microgravity.

NanoRacks Module 9 Operations: The crew activatd mixture tubes today in support of the NanoRacks-National Center for Earth and Space Science-Casper (NanoRacks-NCESSE-Casper) investigation.  NCESSE supports various schools and student-designed experiments that address challenges of living and working in space. The program is also a key initiative for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), that strives to educate and inspire the next generation of scientists and engineers to work on the space program.  The specific investigations supported today include Growth and Development of Fathead Minnows in Microgravity, Possible Effects of Microgravity on Development of Dictyostelium discoideum (a type of cellular slime mold), and Tiny Wings of Glory (which involves the growth and life cycle of Vanessa Cardui (“Painted Lady”) butterflies in microgravity).

JAXA Medium Temperature Protein Crystal Growth (MT PCG): The crew retrieved PCG Samples from the JAXA Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle 2 (J-FROST2) so that protein crystal growth can begin and will later return the samples back to the FROST2. The main scientific objective of the JAXA MT PCG experiment is to make high quality protein crystals in the microgravity environment at moderate temperature.

Fine Motor Skills (FMS): The crew completed a series of interactive tasks during a FMS session which 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 determine how fine motor performance in microgravity varies over the duration of six-month and year-long space missions; how fine motor performance on orbit compares with that of a closely matched participant on Earth; and how performance varies before and after gravitational transitions, including periods of early flight adaptation and very early/near immediate post-flight periods.

Dose Tracker:  The crew completed a weekly medication tracking entry in the Dose Tracker application.  Dose Tracker 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 investigation is expected to provide anecdotal evidence of medication effectiveness during flight and any unusual side effects experienced. 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 or pharmacodynamics is occurring during missions.

Lighting Effects: The crew set up and configured the Light Meter hardware and take readings in the US Lab and the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM). Both modules use the legacy General Luminaire Assembly (GLA). 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.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Yesterday and overnight, Robotic Ground Controllers powered up the MSS cameras and lights and walked the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) off the Node2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) onto Mobile Base System (MBS) PDGF1. They then translated the Mobile Transporter (MT) from Worksite 6 (WS6) to WS2.  Finally the Robotics Ground Controllers unstowed the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from MBS PDGF2.  The SPDM is holding the Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) payload on the Enhanced Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) Temporary Platform (EOTP) which will be installed later today on Express Logistic Carrier 4 (ELC4).
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #51 on: 06/12/2017 02:13 PM »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/09/2017

Posted on June 9, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 
Rodent Research-5 (RR-5) Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for Osteoporosis:  Two crewmembers performed the first injection of the RR-5 mice in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG).  Spaceflight has significant and rapid effects on the musculoskeletal system, therefore, it is important to investigate targeted therapies that could ameliorate some of the detrimental effects of spaceflight. The NELL-1 drug being studied in the RR-5 investigation has the potential to slow or reverse bone loss during spaceflight.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Camera Robot:  The crew set up the JEM Camera Robot and installed a target marker on the JEM Airlock Inner Hatch.  This device is a free-flying camera robot that provides real time video downlink and photographs. It is expected to reduce the crew time requirements to support video recording of activities, especially at the blind spot of existing JEM internal cameras.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations in support of MUSES: Yesterday and overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to unstow the Multiple User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) payload from the SPDM Enhanced Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) Temporary Platform (EOTP) and install it on Express Logistic Carrier 4 (ELC4) Site 2.  Teams at Marshall Space Flight Center (MSFC) subsequently activated the MUSES payload successfully.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #52 on: 06/12/2017 05:56 PM »

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Camera Robot:  The crew set up the JEM Camera Robot and installed a target marker on the JEM Airlock Inner Hatch.  This device is a free-flying camera robot that provides real time video downlink and photographs. It is expected to reduce the crew time requirements to support video recording of activities, especially at the blind spot of existing JEM internal cameras.


Any more info about this one? :O
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #53 on: 06/12/2017 08:08 PM »

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Camera Robot:  The crew set up the JEM Camera Robot and installed a target marker on the JEM Airlock Inner Hatch.  This device is a free-flying camera robot that provides real time video downlink and photographs. It is expected to reduce the crew time requirements to support video recording of activities, especially at the blind spot of existing JEM internal cameras.


Any more info about this one? :O
I've seen word of a press release about this late July.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #54 on: 06/14/2017 01:32 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/12/2017

Posted on June 12, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Rodent Research-5 (RR-5) Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for Osteoporosis:  On Saturday two crewmembers performed the second injection of the RR-5 mice in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG).  Spaceflight has significant and rapid effects on the musculoskeletal system; therefore, it is important to investigate targeted therapies that could ameliorate some of the detrimental effects of spaceflight. The NELL-1 drug being studied in the RR-5 investigation has the potential to slow or reverse bone loss during spaceflight.

Cardiac Stem Cells:  In support of the ongoing Cardiac Stem Cell investigation, on Sunday the crew performed the second changeout of media for three BioCell Habitats in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG).  Cardiac Stem Cells investigates how microgravity affects stem cells and the factors that govern stem cell activity, in order to clarify the role of stem cells in cardiac biology and tissue regeneration.  This investigation also supports research into the possible acceleration of the aging process in microgravity.

Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (SPRINT) Configuration: The crew configured the Portable Pulmonary Function System (PPFS) in advance of their Flight Day 45 Sprint Volume of Oxygen Utilized (VO2) Max session this Wednesday. The Sprint investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions.

Seedling Growth 3:  The crew replaced the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) Experiment Containers (ECs) with new ECs prepared for the Seedling Growth 3 experiment. Seedling Growth-3 is the third part of the Seedling Growth Experiment series using the plant Arabidopsis thaliana to investigate the effects of gravity on the cellular signaling mechanisms of light sensing in plants (phototropism) and to investigate cell growth and proliferation responses to light stimulation under microgravity conditions. There will be two runs for this investigation, each 6 days long.

Body Measures: This morning, a 49S subject performed the Body Measures Flight Day 214 session. The crewmember, with assistance from a trained operator, collected Body Measures data after configuring still and video cameras. NASA is collecting in-flight anthropometric data to assess the impact of physical body shape and size changes on suit sizing.  Still and video imagery is captured and a tape measure is used to measure segmental length, height, depth, and circumference data for all body segments (chest, waist, hip, arms, legs, etc.) from astronauts before, during and after their flight missions.

Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism Bolt Assembly Remove & Replace (R&R): During SpaceX (SpX)-10 demate from Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM), Bolt 1-3 jammed. The Ground was subsequently able to demate the bolt within nominal torque limits. Today the crew R&Rd the bolt in preparation for SpX-11 unberth.  Required bolt checkout will be planned during nominal CBM operations when Dragon unberths on July 2.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations in support of NICER:  Yesterday and overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers operated the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to grasp the Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) Flight Releasable Attach Mechanism (FRAM) and unberth it from the Dragon Trunk. The NICER FRAM was then temp-stowed on side 1 of the Enhanced Orbit Replaceable Unit (ORU) Temporary Platform (EOTP). SPDM was then stowed on the Mobile Base System’s (MBS) Power & Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) #2.  NICER will remain stowed on the EOTP until installation onto Express Logistics Carrier (ELC)-2 on Wednesday June 14th.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
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ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/13/2017

Posted on June 13, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF): The crew replaced the Sample Cartridge and the stuck Sample Holder in the ELF with a new type of Sample Holder and a Sample Cartridge.  The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and 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.

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 performed three Behavioral Assessments: mental rotation, sensorimotor adaptation, and motor-cognitive dual tasking. The NeuroMapping investigation studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes changes to brain structure and function, motor control, or 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.

Habitability Walk-through: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through videoim documenting observations of life onboard ISS and providing insights related to human factors and habitability. The Habitability investigation collects observations about the relationship between crew members and their environment on the ISS. These observations can help spacecraft designers understand habitable volume requirements and whether a mission’s duration impacts how much space crewmembers need or not.

ISS Medical Accessory Kit (IMAK) Unpack: The crew unpacked resupply kits delivered on SpX-11 and replaced expired items with new ones. They also packed items designated for return to ground.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations in Support of NICER:  Overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers walked the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) off the Node2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) onto Mobile Base System (MBS) PDGF1. They then translated the Mobile Transporter (MT) with the Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) Payload from Worksite 6 (WS6) to WS2.  Finally, Controllers unstowed the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from MBS PDGF2.  These activities were to set up for tonight’s NICER installation onto ELC2.   

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
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ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/14/2017

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

67 Progress Launch: 67P launched successfully from Baikonur, Kazakhstan today at 4:20am CDT followed by a nominal ascent and orbit insertion.  All systems are performing nominally.  Docking is scheduled for Friday, June 16 at 6:42am CDT.

Rodent Research-5 (RR-5) Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for Osteoporosis: The crew restocked two of the four Animal Habitats and will restock the other two tomorrow. The habitats are emptied, cleaned, and new food bars installed. The rodents are then transferred back to the habitats and returned to their individual stowage locations.  Because spaceflight has significant and rapid effects on the musculoskeletal system it is important to investigate targeted therapies that could ameliorate some of the detrimental effects of spaceflight. The NELL-1 drug being studied in the RR-5 investigation has the potential to slow or reverse bone loss during spaceflight.

Cool Flames Investigation: The crew replaced Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Igniters, Fiber Arm, and fuel reservoirs in support of continued operations for the Cool Flames investigation. Cool Flames provides new insight into the phenomenon where some types of fuels initially burn very hot, then appear to go out but they continue burning at a much lower temperature, with no visible flames (cool flames). Understanding cool flame combustion helps scientists develop new engines and fuels that are more efficient and less harmful to the environment.

Sprint Volume of Oxygen Utilized (VO2) Max: The crew set up and performed the Sprint VO2 Max exercise protocol.  The Sprint investigation evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in ISS crewmembers during long-duration missions.

Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Collection: The crew collected water samples from the PWD for in-flight and post-flight analysis. This is nominally scheduled maintenance that occurs multiple times throughout the expedition to ensure good water quality.

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Fuel Dispenser Troubleshooting: The crew completed troubleshooting of the CIR Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Chamber Insert Assembly (CIA) Fuel Dispenser 1. Prior to troubleshooting, the dispenser shaft could only rotate ½ turn each direction. Following oiling the drive shaft threads, the shaft could easily turn in the dispensing direction, however, it had difficulty turning in the retraction direction. Crew observed the difficulty may be due to a misalignment in the shaft and was able to alleviate some of the binding by depressing the dispenser actuator finger. Two fuel reservoirs were installed and nominal maintenance completed following troubleshooting.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations in Support of NICER:  Overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to unstow the Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) from side 1 of the SPDM Enhanced Orbit Replaceable Unit (ORU) Temporary Platform (EOTP) and install it on EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Logistic Carrier 2 (ELC2) Site 7. SSRMS and SPDM were then positioned for NICER deployment viewing. Deployment was attempted this afternoon but was unsuccessful. Latches were locked while teams discuss the next steps with NICER engineers.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #57 on: 06/16/2017 09:55 AM »
Right now, Peggy is on JEM "Small Satellite Orbital Deployer" (SSOD) install

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #58 on: 06/16/2017 01:11 PM »
Tsukuba MC: "go for JEMRMS activation and test, Peggy !"
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #59 on: 06/19/2017 02:18 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/15/2017

Posted on June 15, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER) Status: Yesterday’s planned NICER deployment was not completed due to  a problem with releasing all four of the NICER launch locks. Following several attempts, the NICER team successfully released three of the four launch locks. The team continues attempts to release the fourth lock.

NanoRacks Module-52:  The crew performed a status check of subexperiments inside NanoRacks Module-52.  Photographs were taken of the petri dishes and video was downlinked. NanoRacks Module-52 is a collection of 6 student-led biological experiments photo-documenting the life-cycle of various molds and bacteria on petri plates in microgravity.

Cardiac Stem Cells:  In support of the ongoing Cardiac Stem Cell investigation, the crew changed out media in one of the BioCell Habitats and fixated cells from the other two Habitats. They placed the fixated cells into a MELFI for return on SpX-11.  Cardiac Stem Cells investigates how microgravity affects stem cells and the factors that govern their activity to clarify the role of stem cells in cardiac biology and tissue regeneration. This investigation also supports research into the possible acceleration of the aging process in microgravity. 

Rodent Research-5 (RR-5) Systemic Therapy of NELL-1 for Osteoporosis: Two of the four Animal Habitats wiere restocked by the crew today. The other two were restocked yesterday.  The habitats were emptied, cleaned, and new food bars were installed. The rodents were transferred back to the habitats and returned to their individual stowage locations.

Node 3 (N3) Common Cabin Air Assembly (CCAA) Water Separator: Water carryover had been previously noted in the N3 CCAA on May 3 and 4. The Low Temperature Loop (LTL) set point was raised, reducing the condensation rate in N3 and the carryover stopped. In the last few days, the N3 Water Separator Liquid Sensor Wet indication has been received multiple times, therefore, ground teams have declared the N3 CCAA Water Separator failed and are requesting to Remove & Replace the unit. Ground teams moved condensation collection to the Lab to account for the failed N3 unit. Condensation collection can remain in the Lab for approximately 28 days prior to requiring a dryout of the Lab unit.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Devise (ARED) Crank Handle Remove & Replace (R&R): The crew completed installing a new design of ARED crank handle. The new design will eliminate torqueing the crank handle center cap screw and inspecting witness marks which results in crew time savings.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #60 on: 06/19/2017 02:18 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/16/2017

Posted on June 16, 2017 at 4:00 pm by HQ.
 

67 Progress (67P) Docking: 67P rendezvous and docking to ISS Service Module (SM) aft port was completed successfully today at 6:37 am CDT.  Following hatch opening the crew began transferring early unstow items.

Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD): The crew brought the JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) into the ISS and mounted the J-SSOD #7 to it. A checkout was performed of the J-SSOD before removing the launch lock cover and attaching the Multi-Layered Insulation. The ST was then retracted back into the JEMAL and the airlock inner hatch was closed. These activities are in preparation for planned CubeSat deploys from the J-SSOD planned for July 7, 2017.

Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER): Utilizing views from cameras mounted to the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), Robotics Ground deployed the NICER today. Teams are conducting routine checks before proceeding to range-of-motion tests. Neutron stars consist of ultra-dense matter at the threshold of collapse to a black hole. These stars emit X-ray radiation that enables investigations into their structure, dynamics and energetics, but their X-rays do not penetrate Earth’s atmosphere. NICER is an articulated payload that provides full-hemisphere sky coverage for astronomical observations in soft X-ray band. Observations with NICER will help resolve competing models of neutron star composition, answer decades-old questions about extreme matter and gravity and reveal workings of high-energy, dynamic phenomena that neutron stars exhibit.

Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Biophysics 1:  The crew retrieved the Biophysics-1 Plate 2 from a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) and allowed it to thaw for 90 minutes before placing it onto the Petri Base and installing the base into the LMM.  The LMM was then placed into the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) for a Biophysics science run.  Investigators will use the results from LMM Biophysics 3 to examine the movement of single protein molecules in microgravity. This investigation is expected to add to scientists’ understanding of the physical processes that enable high-quality crystals to grow in space, where Earth’s gravity does not interfere with their formation.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #61 on: 06/23/2017 04:46 PM »
Right now, Peggy working on SPHERES experiment
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #62 on: 06/23/2017 11:54 PM »
No ISS status reports on the website this week - is someone on holiday?
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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #63 on: 06/24/2017 12:30 AM »
No ISS status reports on the website this week - is someone on holiday?
up to date on the L2 side equivalent.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #64 on: 06/24/2017 05:04 AM »
No ISS status reports on the website this week - is someone on holiday?
up to date on the L2 side equivalent.

Yes, but there are a lot of fine details not in that.

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Re: Expedition-52 thread (June - September 2017)
« Reply #65 on: 06/24/2017 12:05 PM »
No ISS status reports on the website this week - is someone on holiday?
up to date on the L2 side equivalent.

Yes, but there are a lot of fine details not in that.
True

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