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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #100 on: 07/14/2010 11:31 AM »
Living in space: washing hair, sleeping, not bumping into things, getting lost and yes, using the toilet

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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #101 on: 07/14/2010 02:23 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M10-100

NASA SETS BRIEFING TO PREVIEW SPACE STATION SPACEWALK

HOUSTON -- NASA officials will discuss an upcoming International Space
Station spacewalk by two Russian cosmonauts during a news briefing at
2 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, July 21.

The briefing will take place at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston
and be broadcast live on NASA Television and the agency's website.
Questions will be taken from journalists at participating NASA
locations.

The briefers are:
- Dan Hartman, Integration and Mission Operations manager,
International Space Station Program
- Chris Edelen, Expedition 24 spacewalk flight director

On Monday, July 26, Expedition 24 Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin
and Mikhail Kornienko will wear Russian spacesuits for a six-hour
spacewalk. They will prepare the recently delivered Russian Rassvet
Module for future automated dockings by Russian spacecraft. NASA TV
coverage of the spacewalk will begin at 10 p.m. Yurchikhin and
Kornienko are expected to exit the Pirs airlock to begin their work
at 10:45 p.m. It will be Yurchikhin's third spacewalk and the first
for Kornienko.

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

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

For more information about the station and the Expedition 24 crew,
visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #102 on: 07/14/2010 07:59 PM »
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 14/07/2010:

FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson performed troubleshooting activities on the EK (EarthKAM) system in the Lab which has a communication disconnect between its A31p laptop and the camera in the WORF. Repair attempts were unsuccessful. Suspects are the EarthKAM software or the SSC (Station Support Computer). [EarthKAM was to be activated on 12/07 for a new session. This would be the 33rd time for EarthKAM aboard the ISS and the first time on Increment 24. The payload runs without crew intervention. EK is using a Kodak ESC 460C electronic still camera with 50mm and 180mm lenses, powered by 16 VDC from a 28 VDC adapter, taking pictures by remote operation from the ground, without crew interaction. It is available for students who submit image requests and conduct geographic research. The requests are uplinked in a camera control file to the ThinkPad A31p laptop which then activates the camera at specified times and receives the digital images from the camera’s storage card on its hard drive, for subsequent downlink via OpsLAN. ]

Propellant Transfers:
HSG/Moscow reports completion of 116 kg of fuel transferred from Progress M-04M/38P to the SM. 188kg of oxidizer is being transferred today, followed by more prop transfer to the FGB tanks.

OGA Maintenance Status:
Ground teams are working on OGA (Oxygen Generation Assembly) repair procedures. Preparatory work is planned for tomorrow (15/07), followed by flushing and H2 dome replacement on Friday (16/07). If all goes well, we would expect to receive O2 from OGA next Tuesday (20/07) at the earliest.
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #103 on: 07/14/2010 10:54 PM »
Quote from: Doug Wheelock via Twitter
Baikonur Cosmodrome from space! If you look closely, you can see the Soyuz launch pad. The same pad that launched ‘Sputnik’ and Yuri Gagarin…and the pad we launched from nearly a month ago! So surreal flying over at 5 miles per second!
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #104 on: 07/15/2010 07:39 PM »
Hamster Pat May Create Additional Psychological Relief for the ISS Crew

16.07.2010

A hamster on-board the International Space Station may serve not only for science, but as a way to have psychological relief taking care about the pat, ISS Commander Alexander Skvortosov told through ISS Mail Box which works in Memorial Space Museum of Moscow with support of Roscosmos PAO and Moscow’s Department of Culture.

“Having a small rodent onboard the ISS would be not only useful for science, but also pleasant for the crew”, Alexander noted. “But there are no small animals in the ISS Russian segment currently”, RIA Novosti informs.

http://www.roscosmos.ru/

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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #105 on: 07/15/2010 10:35 PM »
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 15/07/2010:

CDR Alexander Skvortsov performed an O2 repress from Progress M-06M/38P section 2 tank. TsUP-Moscow informed the crew to open the valve and leave it open until all contents of the tank was emptied, resulting in a 9.5mmHg (12.8kg) repress.

FE-3 Mikhail Kornienko removed all remaining US CTBs (Cargo Transfer Bags) from MRM-1 for transfer to the USOS.

Software Transition Update:
X2R9 transition was completed yesterday (with some lessons learned).

Reboost:
A reboost of the ISS will be conducted tomorrow morning at 7:42:30 AM GMT, using Progress M-06M/38P Rendezvous & Docking thrusters. The purpose of the reboost is to set up phasing for the upcoming Progress M-07M/39P and Soyuz TMA-18/22S & Soyuz TMA-01M/24S flight operations. Burn duration: 17 minutes 45 seconds; delta-V: 2.1m/s / 6.9ft/s. Mean altitude increase expected: 3.6km / 2.0nmi.
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #106 on: 07/16/2010 01:54 PM »
Roscosmos PAO: "ISS Orbit Boosted".
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In accordance with the program of the International Space Station mission ballistics support, ISS reboost took place on July 16.
The maneuver was assisted by the attitude thrusters of Russian cargo vehicle Progress M-06M. The engines were started at 11:42:30 Moscow time, following the commands from the ISS RS central computer. The operation lasted 1065 sec.
As a result of the maneuver, the altitude of the ISS will become 3.7 km higher (355,2km) in order to provide favorable conditions for Soyuz TMA-18 landing and Progress M-07M docking.
www.roscosmos.ru/main.php?id=2&nid=9905&lang=en
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #107 on: 07/16/2010 03:26 PM »
Russian Cosmonauts on the ISS Continue Pre-EVA Activities

16.07.2010

Russian cosmonauts of the International Space Station – Fiodor Yurchikhin and Mikhail Kornienko- continue pre-EVA work on the International Space Station. The main objective of the EVA is to integrate Rassvet-MRM-1 module into the ISS Russian segment.
Cosmonauts yesterday were searching for the tools and equipment needed for the EVA.

Next week the crew will begin preparing Orlan-MK space suits for the space walk. This includes leak-check, functioning tests of the Orlan systems.
Orlan-MK is the fifth modification in the series; equipped with the computer, the space suit maintain self- status monitoring.
EVA simulation with Orlan-MK on will be performed after the space suit tests are completed.

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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #108 on: 07/16/2010 07:13 PM »
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 16/07/2010:

FE-4 Wheelock had several hours reserved for continuing the OGA (Oxygen Generation Assembly) IFM (Inflight Maintenance), preparing for dome replacement on the weekend. [Activities included purging the OGS (Oxygen Generation System) H2 sensor and replacing it with a new spare, then mating all QDs (Quick Disconnects) to support subsequent ground-commanded pressurization of the dome ORU with N2, finally unpowering the rack to prepare for next week's maintenance after the newly installed H2 sensor was purged with O2 for safe powerdown. Wheels also scavenged an ITCS (Internal Thermal Control System) CSA (Coolant Sample Adapter) from Node 3 and used it with another ITCS CSA and a CWC-I (Contingency Water Container-Iodine) to set up for Flush operations. Additionally, Doug was to prepare a Pump ORU for next week's operations.]

ISS Reboost Update:
The reboost of the ISS this morning at 7:42:30 AM GMT was nominal. Using Progress M-06M/38P Rendezvous & Docking thrusters, the purpose of the reboost was to set up phasing for the upcoming Progress M-07M/39P and Soyuz TMA-18/22S & Soyuz TMA-01M/24S flight operations. Burn duration: 17 minutes 45 seconds; delta-V: 2.14m/s / 7.0ft/s. Mean altitude increase: 3.72km / 2.01nmi.
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #109 on: 07/17/2010 06:46 PM »
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 17/07/2010:

FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson shut down EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) operations at the WORF rack at the Lab science window and stowed the gear. [The use of the WORF was a First for EarthKAM, but the camera system remained nonfunctional. Operations have been terminated until the cause of the anomaly can be determined and corrected.]
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #110 on: 07/18/2010 09:58 PM »
Roscosmos PAO: "Mice, Rats and Hamsters will Settle in the ISS".
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Mice, hamsters and rats will settle in the International Space Station after 2012. IBMP official told Interfax-AVN. The rodents will live in new Russian Multipurpose Laboratory Module to be launched in two years from now.
MLM will host special support systems for the rodents. So, the experiments with small animals started in Mir will be continued in the ISS.
The rodent support systems  are rather complicated as they are aimed to protect the crew against scent, harmful impurities and substances of the animals.
IBMP confirms that small animals will also maintain psychological comfort for the crew.
Multipurpose Laboratory Module  will be a component of the International Space Station funded by the Russian Federal Space Agency and will be the last piece of the Space Station. Currently the MLM is scheduled to dock at the Zvezda nadir location. The MLM will be used for experiments, docking and cargo. It will also serve as a crew work and rest area. MLM will also be equipped with an attitude control system that can be used as a backup by the ISS.
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #111 on: 07/20/2010 01:33 PM »
"Roscosmos PAO: "Mice, Rats and Hamsters will Settle in the ISS"."

I'm not joking -- how much has been prepared in the event of escape of one or more of these critters? What would it take to include a light-weight live-trap (with food as bait) in up-cargo, just in case. Consider what ELSE hungry rodents behind the panels might be chewing on. I live in a rural area of Galveston County, Texas, and it's a constant struggle to keep toothy intruders away from the interior of my home, and the wires in it.

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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #112 on: 07/20/2010 03:02 PM »
Solution: Fly a couple cats up ;)

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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #113 on: 07/20/2010 04:33 PM »
"Roscosmos PAO: "Mice, Rats and Hamsters will Settle in the ISS"."

I'm not joking -- how much has been prepared in the event of escape of one or more of these critters? What would it take to include a light-weight live-trap (with food as bait) in up-cargo, just in case. Consider what ELSE hungry rodents behind the panels might be chewing on. I live in a rural area of Galveston County, Texas, and it's a constant struggle to keep toothy intruders away from the interior of my home, and the wires in it.

Just put a bit of cheese in the airlock, close the hatch, and....you know what comes next! ;)
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #114 on: 07/20/2010 04:42 PM »
The next SciFi Channel Original Movie:

"Irradiated rats mutate in space and run amok! Crew battles for their lives! Can the station be saved? Tune in Saturday at 8pm - 'Terror on the ISS!' "

Hey, it'd probably be better than most of their movies. :)
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #115 on: 07/20/2010 05:51 PM »
MEDIA ADVISORY: M10-101

ISS EXPEDITION 24 CREW TO TALK WITH MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS IN GEORGIA

WASHINGTON -- Students from the Conyers Middle School in Conyers, Ga.,
are expecting a very long-distance phone call Wednesday from NASA
astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

About 400 sixth- through eighth-grade students and their teachers will
participate in a live downlink, which is scheduled to take place at
12:20 p.m. EDT. Selected students will ask questions of astronauts
Tracy Caldwell Dyson, Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker, members of
the 24th crew who live and work aboard the station

This event is part of a series with educational organizations in the
United States and abroad to improve teaching and learning in science,
technology, engineering and mathematics. It is an integral component
of Teaching From Space, a NASA project that uses the unique
environment of human spaceflight to promote learning opportunities
and build partnerships between the agency and kindergarten through
12th-grade educators.

Conyers Middle School is part of NASA's Explorer Schools Program,
which gives educators, administrators, students, and families in
sustained involvement with the agency's education programs. Students
have prepared for the downlink by holding a spacesuit fashion show
during which students designed and modeled their own creations and
participated in events with NASA's Digital Learning Network.
NASA Television will broadcast video from the space station during the
event.

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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #116 on: 07/20/2010 07:59 PM »
From ISS On-Orbit Status Report for 20/07/2010:

FE-2 Tracy Caldwell-Dyson had several hours to perform the Day 1 activities of repairing the US OGS (Oxygen Generation System) which performed an unexpected "Fast Shutdown" on 05/07, probably due to blockage in several cells within the H2 ORU. [Since a sample in the OGS Recirculation Loop, brought home on STS-130/20A, showed a low pH (~4.1) and high counts of particulate, Tracy today performed the first of two separate planned flushes of components of the Recirculation Loop, connecting the potable water bus via QDs (Quick Disconnects) on the Water ORU for the flushing and then routing that water to the zone to be flushed. This required Tracy to mate/demate QDs throughout the flush program.]
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #117 on: 07/20/2010 09:25 PM »
Didn't see this noted (strangely!) on the Status Reports, so copying it across from the main Space Station NASA site:

"The complex and novel task of using the Dextre robot to swap out a failed Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) began Monday when Canadarm2 grappled Dextre and maneuvered to the P1 truss worksite. A partial removal and reinstallation demonstration of the failed RPCM is slated for Tuesday, and the actual replacement of the RPCM will take place Wednesday."

And associated video: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=16489135

Anyone has seen anything on the partial demonstration scheduled for today? This is Dextre's first real use!
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #118 on: 07/20/2010 11:03 PM »
An update from NASA's ISS page:
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Dextre, an agile, two-armed extension for the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, continues its debut task to replace a failed Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) from a truss segment on the station's port side. On Tuesday flight controllers in Houston began conducting a "dress rehearsal" of the actual replacement as they commanded Dextre to partially remove and reinstall an RPCM on the P1 truss. After Dextre successfully completes the test, Mission Control plans to swap the failed RPCM with a spare from the P3 truss Wednesday.
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Re: Expedition 24 thread (June 2 - September 24, 2010)
« Reply #119 on: 07/21/2010 03:11 PM »
An update from NASA's ISS page:
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Dextre, an agile, two-armed extension for the station's Canadarm2 robotic arm, continues its debut task to replace a failed Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) from a truss segment on the station's port side. On Tuesday flight controllers in Houston began conducting a "dress rehearsal" of the actual replacement as they commanded Dextre to partially remove and reinstall an RPCM on the P1 truss. After Dextre successfully completes the test, Mission Control plans to swap the failed RPCM with a spare from the P3 truss Wednesday.

it is on hold.  There is some obstruction/problem preventing the RPCM from being removed more than an few inches.  It was returned to its slot and repowered while people scratch their heads.

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