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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #30 on: 03/20/2013 02:26 PM »
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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #32 on: 03/21/2013 05:59 PM »

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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #33 on: 03/21/2013 06:10 PM »
Status 2013/03/21
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/expeditions/expedition35/e35_032113.html

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The three Expedition 35 crew members aboard the International Space Station continued their focus on materials and fluids physics science this week. The trio also busied themselves with routine station maintenance and prepared for the departure of the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft and the arrival three new crew members next week.

The multinational station mission management team met today to review plans and preparations for Dragon’s departure and return to Earth, and gave a unanimous “go” for Monday’s release.

Commander Chris Hadfield worked two ongoing experiments this week including the Coarsening in Solid Liquid Mixtures (CSLM) study and the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT). He started his morning analyzing water samples from the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer which monitors the station’s environment.

Hadfield removed and replaced a sample processing unit from the CSLM experiment and transferred data collected from the gear. CSLM researchers hope to develop more efficient and economical means of producing higher quality products derived from the casting of molten metals.

The Canadian commander also took photographs of experiment gear and samples taken during Thursday morning’s run of the BCAT study. BCAT observes microscopic particles suspended in liquids, or colloids, to learn how to develop smarter, more advanced materials on Earth.

Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn has spent all week working on the Marangoni Inside experiment which observes surface tension produced by temperature differences occurring at a liquid/gas interface. He worked in the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility, where the experiment takes place, checking imagery gear and hose and cable connections.

Marshburn also worked on a botany experiment, Seedling Growth, studying how plants grow in space in response to light and microgravity. The plants aren’t grown in potted soil but in experiment containers inside the European Modular Cultivation System maintained by the crew and monitored by ground controllers.

Hadfield and Marshburn also partnered up to pack up gear returning to Earth inside the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo capsule on Monday. NASA TV coverage of the release will begin at 5 a.m. EDT and end after Dragon leaves the vicinity of the space station. SpaceX will then provide updates to its website of reentry and splashdown activities.

Ground controllers will send commands to the Canadarm2 to unberth the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft at 6 a.m. for a release at 7:49 a.m. Dragon will fire its engines for the last time at 12:33 p.m. sending it through the Earth’s atmosphere for a splashdown in the Pacific Ocean around 1:35 p.m.

Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko worked during his morning in the station’s Russian segment replacing a Rodnik water tank valve. He also performed some preventive maintenance on the Zvezda service module’s ventilation system. At the end of his day, the veteran station resident and cosmonaut conducted ongoing Earth observation photography for the Uragan and Ekon studies.

Wednesday night, the station performed a reboost using the ISS Progress 49 thrusters. The reboost raised the station’s altitude about 3 miles to prepare for the launch of the Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft carrying Flight Engineers Pavel Vinogradov, Chris Cassidy and Alexander Misurkin to dock to the Poisk module next week.
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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #34 on: 03/23/2013 08:56 AM »
International Space Station (ISS) Management Center (IMC) Daily Summary Report
Increment 34 Operations – Stage 35-3
03/22/13 4:00 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)
081/21:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)


New Status:
SpaceX-2 Unberth Delay:  The SpaceX Dragon vehicle unberth and departure from ISS was scheduled for Monday March 25th but has been deferred due to rough seas predicted at the splash-down location. The new unberth and departure date is Tuesday March 26, 2013.

On-board Training (OBT) for Emergency Response: All 3 crewmembers participated in this training. The crew physically translated through ISS to the appropriate response locations to visualize the use of station equipment and interfaces; practiced procedure execution and associated decision making based on cues provided by the simulator; and practiced communication and coordination with Mission Control Center-Houston (MCC-H) and MCC-Moscow (M) as required for a given emergency scenario.

Crystal Growth of Alloy Semiconductor Under Microgravity (Alloy Semiconductor): Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Marshburn installed the 5 alloy cartridges into the Gradient Heating Furnace (GHF) of the Kobairo rack for the start of the Alloy Semiconductor experiment. He will then conduct the first insulation resistance test. This investigation aims to understand how semiconductor materials grow and crystallize in microgravity by looking at crystal growth factors of a high-quality bulk alloy semiconductor such as (1) solute transport in liquid and (2) the dependence of growth kinetics on surface orientation under microgravity and terrestrial conditions. The materials studied are known to be useful as devices which convert heat into electricity (thermoelectrics).

Coarsening in Solid Liquid Mixture 3 (CSLM-3) Experiment:  Commander (CDR) Hadfield initiated the vacuum vent start in preparation for the 6th and final run tomorrow of this experiment. Samples will be returned on SpaceX-2. CSLM-3 is a materials science investigation that studies the growth and solidification processes (i.e., coarsening) in lead-tin solid-liquid mixtures that contain a small amount of tin branch-like (dendrite) structures, some of which possess many arms. During sample heating, the growth at the tip of each dendrite continues over time, whereas side branches, behind the tip, develop during constant temperature conditions. By understanding how temperature and time control the growth of such dendrites, researchers hope to develop more efficient and economical means of producing higher quality products derived from the casting of molten metals.

ENERGY Experiment: Marshburn participated in a conference with the Ground in preparation for the start of this experiment next week. A loss in astronauts’ body mass is a systematic observation during space flight. The aim of ENERGY is to measure changes in energy balance during long term space flight; measure adaptations in the components of the Total Energy Expenditure (consumption); and to derive an equation for the energy requirements of astronauts.

Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) Ultra High Frequency (UHF) Communication Unit (CUCU): In preparation for SpaceX-2 unberth, Hadfield powered up and conducted a checkout of the COTS UHF CUCU and Dragon Crew Command Panel (CCP).

Previous Status (3/21/13)
Marangoni Inside (MI) Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF): In preparation for the start of the experiment tonight, Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Tom Marshburn installed the sample cassette in the FPEF. The experiment will run through early July during crew sleep. Marangoni convection is the flow driven by the presence of a surface tension gradient which can be produced by temperature difference at a liquid/gas interface. The convection in liquid bridge of silicone oil is generated by heating the one disc higher than the other. Scientists are observing flow patterns of how fluids move to learn more about how heat is transferred in microgravity.

Coarsening in Solid Liquid Mixture 2 (CSLM-2) Experiment:  Commander (CDR) Hadfield finished run #5 of 6 runs scheduled for return on SpaceX-2. CSLM-2 is a materials science investigation that studies the growth and solidification processes (i.e., coarsening) in lead-tin solid-liquid mixtures that contain a small amount of tin branch-like (dendrite) structures, some of which possess many arms. During sample heating, the growth at the tip of each dendrite continues over time, whereas side branches, behind the tip, develop during constant temperature conditions. By understanding how temperature and time control the growth of such dendrites, researchers hope to develop more efficient and economical means of producing higher quality products derived from the casting of molten metals.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-C1 Experiment: Hadfield initialized an additional run of BCAT sample 5 and also photographed the BCAT-C1 hardware setup from multiple viewpoints around the experiment. BCAT-C1 experiment studies nano-scale particles dispersed in liquid, known as a colloidal suspension, commonly found in such commercial commodities as paint, electronic polishing compounds and food products. These suspensions will have the unique property that the particles will phase separate (like oil and water) and the particles will self-assemble into crystals that interact strongly with light (like opal). Photographing these samples in microgravity allow the measurement of these processes while avoiding the effects of particle sinking due to gravity. This study will allow the development of new insights into this important material process.

On-Board Training (OBT) Dragon Release Review: In preparation for SpaceX-2 unberth scheduled for next Monday, March 25, Hadfield and Marshburn conducted a robotics release review. This OBT included Dragon release procedure and a review of communication and back-away and departure coordination.

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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #35 on: 03/23/2013 09:59 AM »
Chris Hadfield‏@Cmdr_Hadfield

Astronaut wardrobe malfunction. Perhaps I'm taking the "wear your clothes until they wear out" thing a little too far pic.twitter.com/IOpJH6RIZG

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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #36 on: 03/23/2013 12:08 PM »
Expedition 35/36 - Interview with Astronaut Chris Cassidy
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8162

Expedition 35/36 - Interview with Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8160

Expedition 35/36 - Interview with Cosmonaut Pavel Vinogradov
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8161


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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #37 on: 03/25/2013 04:27 PM »
Expedition 35/36 - Crew Activities and Soyuz TMA-08M Spacecraft Encapsulation
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8164

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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #38 on: 03/26/2013 07:41 AM »
International Space Station (ISS) Management Center (IMC) Daily Summary Report
Increment 34 Operations – Stage 35-3
03/25/13 4:00 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)
084/21:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
 


New Status:
SpaceX-2 Dragon Cargo Transfers and Departure Preparation: Commander (CDR) Chris Hadfield and Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Tom Marshburn loaded five full coldbags and an active GLACIER with returning science samples into the Dragon vehicle forward rack, and at 8:25 am CDT closed the Dragon hatch. Afterwards they configured the Dragon Pressurized Segment for closeout by removing utility jumpers, and installing required hardware needed prior to Dragon Vestibule depressurization and Dragon demate. CDR Hadfield completed Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Installation, which is required for Mission Control Center - Houston (MCC-H) to perform the Node 2 Nadir CBM preparation for Dragon demate.  Dragon is scheduled to unberth from the ISS at 6:06 am CDT tomorrow.

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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #40 on: 03/26/2013 01:13 PM »
Chris Cassidy seems really cool.  Soft-spoken, Naval Academy/MIT grad, Navy SEAL, astronaut.

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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #41 on: 03/26/2013 02:05 PM »
Chris Cassidy seems really cool.  Soft-spoken, Naval Academy/MIT grad, Navy SEAL, astronaut.

I had a chance to attend one of his public appearance lectures a few years ago, and I had to ask the mandatory question of whether being a Navy SEAL or an astronaut is cooler. Of course he answered that both are as good as the other job.  ;D
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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #42 on: 03/26/2013 04:54 PM »
Expedition 35 - In-Flight Event for the Canadian Space Agency
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8170

Expedition 35/36 Soyuz - TMA-08M Rocket Mating and Rollout to the Launch Pad in Baikonur
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8169

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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #43 on: 03/26/2013 08:52 PM »
Chris Hadfield‏@Cmdr_Hadfield

Tom, Roman and I in the mouth of the Dragon spaceship. These are two superb men to be off the Earth with. pic.twitter.com/PybCEmheD8

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Re: Expedition 35 thread (March 15 - May 14, 2013)
« Reply #44 on: 03/27/2013 08:21 AM »
International Space Station (ISS) Management Center (IMC) Daily Summary Report
Increment 34 Operations – Stage 35-3
03/26/13 4:00 pm Central Daylight Time (CDT)
085/21:00 Greenwich Mean Time (GMT)
 


New Status:
Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Last evening Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and the Crew unbolted and unlatched Dragon from the Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing System (CBM). Ground controllers then uninstalled Dragon using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and maneuvered it to the release position. After the crew released Dragon and it had drifted out of the Latching End Effector (LEE) cavity, the SSRMS was backed away from Dragon. Following Dragon departure, Ground controllers reconfigured the MSS for nominal operations and maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position. System performance was nominal.

SpaceX-2 Unberth and Splashdown:  After being released by the SSRMS, Dragon successfully completed the de-orbit burn, trunk separation and splashed down in the Pacific Ocean at 11:32am CDT.  Dragon was recovered and placed on its recovery vessel at 1:26pm CDT.  The recovery vessel with Dragon is targeted to arrive on shore Wednesday around 9:36pm CDT.

ENERGY Experiment: Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Marshburn prepared for a 10-day session of this experiment starting tomorrow.  Today he set up the Armband Activity Monitor, a device that monitors activity and assesses energy expenditure.  The monitor was positioned on the right tricep muscle and will be worn for the entire 10-day measurement period, after which the data will be downloaded to the Ground. A loss in astronauts’ body mass is a systematic observation during space flight. The aim of ENERGY is to measure changes in energy balance during long term space flight; measure adaptations in the components of the Total Energy Expenditure (consumption); and to derive an equation for the energy requirements of astronauts.

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