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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #140 on: 01/21/2014 07:33 PM »

January 21, 2014

MEDIA ADVISORY M14-015

Texas High School Students to Talk Live with Space Station Crew Members

Students at Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio and their congressional representative will speak with Expedition 38 crew members aboard the International Space Station at 10:25 a.m. CST Thursday, Jan. 23.

Media are invited to attend and cover the 20-minute Earth-to-space call, which also will be broadcast on NASA Television and the agency's website.

Students will ask NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio questions about life, work and research aboard the space station. Rep. Lamar Smith of Texas, chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Science, Space and Technology, will open the downlink with a voice check call up to the station.

Media interested in covering the event must contact Colin Lang at 210-820-8850 or clang@ahisd.net. Alamo Heights High School is located at 6900 Broadway in San Antonio.

The students participating in the downlink are involved in SystemsGo, a science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) initiative developed to promote engineering studies through research. SystemsGo helps students to develop work force skills and encourage them to study subjects that lead to careers in the engineering industries. The school has incorporated NASA activities into classes in preparation for the conversation. Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides them with an authentic, live experience of space exploration, space study and the scientific components of space travel and possibilities of life in space.

This in-flight education downlink is one in a series with educational organizations in the United States to improve STEM teaching and learning. It is an integral component of NASA's Teaching From Space education program, which promotes learning opportunities and builds partnerships with the education community using the unique environment of space and NASA's human spaceflight program.

To keep up with Hopkins' research and life on the station through Twitter, follow:

http://www.twitter.com/AstroIllini

To follow Twitter updates from Mastracchio, visit:

http://www.twitter.com/AstroRM

The exact time of the downlink could change. For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

For information about NASA's education programs, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/education

For information about the International Space Station, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/station

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #141 on: 01/21/2014 07:41 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 01/20/14

Posted on January 20, 2014 by HQ.
 

Ocular Health (OH) Vision Test:  With assistance from ground medical support personnel, Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Hopkins completed a vision test today as part of his Flight Day 120 Ocular Health session that will be completed over multiple days.  This was the first use of the new Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) laptop that arrived on Orb-1 and installed last Friday, January 17th. No issues were reported.  The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers.  Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies and clinical practice guidelines.

NanoRacks Microscope Operation with Module-38:  FE-6 Wakata continued with microscopic analysis of the NanoRacks Module-38 Petri dishes.  These Module-38 experiments are designed by students as part of a competition sponsored by the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET).  This particular experiment examines three-dimensional growth of slime mold in Petri dishes utilizing the NanoRacks Microscopes Facility.

NanoRacks Platform-1 Hardware Upgrade:  Hopkins installed and activated NanoRacks Platform-1 with Module-39.  The Multi-Gas Monitor uses laser sensors to continuously measure oxygen, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and humidity in spacecraft cabin air in real time. The multiple low power, tunable lasers train an infrared laser beam on an air sample, and sensors tuned to specific wavelengths of light detect which gases are present. The instrument fits in a device the size of a shoebox and detects the presence of various gases in less than one second.

ENERGY (Astronaut’s Energy Requirements for Long-Term Space Flight):  Today Hopkins set up and positioned an Armband monitor on his right triceps, where it will be worn for the next 10 days while he is executing the ENERGY diet protocol.   A loss in astronauts’ body mass is a common observation during space flight. ENERGY measures change in energy balance in crewmembers following long term space flight.  It also measures adaptations in the components of total energy expenditure of crewmembers, so that an equation to determine the energy requirements of crewmembers during space flight may be derived. Such knowledge is of great importance to ensure optimal crew health and performance, overall mission success, and to ensure adequate exercise load and cargo allotments for food are provided while the crew is on-orbit.

Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization (DECLIC) Investigation:  Wakata removed the High Temperature Insert (HTI) from the DECLIC Experiment Locker (EXL) and then installed and activated the ALICE-LIKE Insert (ALI) in the EXL. A DECLIC ALI 18-day run.  The flow of heat during boiling events is different in microgravity than it is on Earth.  DECLIC ALI results will help scientists understand how heat flows in fluids at the verge of boiling will help scientists develop cooling systems for use in microgravity.

JEM Thermal Control Assembly (TCA) Pump Package Troubleshooting:  Wakata performed the initial TCA Low Temperature Loop (LTL) Pump Package troubleshooting.  This troubleshooting included an inspection of the unit and connectors.  The crew reported a small amount of condensate water near the manual valve then wiped it dry. Photographs of the inspection were taken then downlinked for ground specialist to review.  The TCA LTL Pump Package failed on January 14th. There are no spares currently onboard.  The JEM is operating in a single loop mode in order to maintain cooling for all of its hardware.

Express Rack 2 Active Rack Isolation System (ARIS) Hardware Removal and Rack Modification:  The activity for Express Rack 2 removal of ARIS hardware and rack modification with K-BARs (Kneebrace Bolt Action Replacement) and Pivot brackets did not take place as planned today. The activity deferral was due to the crew’s inability to locate one of the needed pivot brackets. Completion of the activity would have allowed the rack to be rotated down more easily.  Ground teams are working on finding out whether or not an alternate bracket can be used.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Retractable Equipment Tether (RET) Inspection: Mastracchio gathered USOS EVA Tools and performed an inspection of retractable equipment tethers (RETs) that will be loaned to the Russians Segment (RS) for EVA 37A.  All of the standalone RETs passed the inspection; however the crew noted possible damage on the RET attached to the camera bracket and the D-ring extenders.  Ground teams will review photos and disposition the EVA Tools before the hardware handover is finalized.

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Fresh Fruit Delivery to Station  :)

A fresh apple floating freely near a window in the Cupola of the International Space Station is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 38 crew member. Attached to the Harmony node, the Orbital Sciences Corp. Cygnus commercial cargo craft, which brought the fresh fruit, is visible at center. The bright sun, Earth's horizon and the blackness of space provide the backdrop for the scene.

http://www.nasa.gov/content/fresh-fruit-delivery-to-station/
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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #143 on: 01/23/2014 03:47 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 01/22/14

Posted on January 22, 2014 by HQ.
 
Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Examination:  Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata acting as Crew Medical Officer (CMO) helped measure Hopkins’s blood pressure and vital signs and then conducted a vision and tonometry test on Hopkins. This was Hopkins’s Flight Day 120 session, which is the final session he will conduct on-orbit for this test. The Ocular Health protocol is a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment / intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers.  Researchers believe the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES)-Slosh:  Hopkins and FE-5 Mastracchio conferenced with ground teams to discuss their test run for SPHERES-Slosh. Mastracchio set up the 3DA1 camera prior to the test run. The SPHERES-Slosh investigation hardware includes a pill shaped transparent lexan tank, an aluminum support structure with attach points for the SPHERES satellites, and electronics including several digital cameras. The Slosh test objectives include determining the inertia values about the principal axes of the SPHERES-Slosh experiment, characterizing the performance of the 24 thrusters on the SPHERES-Slosh system given thruster plume impingement, performing translation, rotation, and pitch open-loop maneuvers to provide benchmarking data for the behavior of fluids in a microgravity environment. After the test run the data will be downlinked and the 3DA1 camera will be deactivated.

Cosmo Shoot Operations:  Wakata set up the Cosmo Shoot laptop and 4K camera this morning in the Cupola to prepare for capturing images of the Earth surface. Later in the day, he removed the hardware and temporarily stowed it back in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM).

Node 2 Endcone Cleanout: Wakata cleaned out the Node 2 Endcone in preparation to use the location for prepacking cargo for return on SpaceX-3.

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #145 on: 01/25/2014 01:34 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 01/23/14

Posted on January 23, 2014 by HQ.

Body Measures Investigation:  Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata, with operator assistance from FE-3 Hopkins, set up cameras and cabin video, performed body marker instrumentation, and collected calibration and body pose photos and circumference measurements. This is Wakata’s flight day 80 session, and is the third of six times he will conduct these measurements.  The goal of this study is to gather data to better understand the magnitude and variability of changes due to microgravity and fluid shifts within the human body during long-duration space flight.  Results of the investigation may result in changes to space suit fit and sizing, workstation design, etc. for future missions to maximize performance, prevent injury, and reduce crew time to accommodate their anthropometrics.

Ocular Health (OH) Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Test and Fundoscope Examination:  FE-5 Mastracchio, performing as Crew Medical Officer (CMO), performed an OCT test of Hopkins.  Following the OCT examination, Hopkins applied drops to his eyes to dilate them.  Mastracchio conducted a Fundoscope eye examination of Hopkins with remote guidance from ground experts. The OCT and Fundoscsope activities are part of the Flight Day 120 session for Hopkins. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment / intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers.  Researchers believe the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies and clinical practice guidelines.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) and Filter Change out: Hopkins completed this routine maintenance consisting of WHC urine receptacle and filter removal and replacement. The activity was followed by a successful functionality test.

SpaceX-3 Prepack:  Wakata commenced prepacking activities in support of the upcoming SpaceX-3 mission. An estimated 25 hours of crew time will be spent towards prepacking activities in the coming weeks. SpaceX-3 is scheduled to launch no earlier than March 1st and rendezvous with ISS on March 3rd.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Configuration: Wakata configured two D2X cameras in support of Russian Segment EVA 37A, which is scheduled for next Monday, January 27th.  The two cameras will be transferred to the Russian Segment on Friday in advance of Monday’s EVA.

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #146 on: 01/30/2014 08:48 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 01/29/14

Posted on January 29, 2014 by HQ.


Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Low Temperature Loop (LTL) Pump Troubleshooting, Part 2:  Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Wakata used a multimeter to take resistance measurements to determine if there is a short circuit in the power feed path from Power Distribution Box (PDB) TCS1 to the LTL Pump Package. This troubleshooting is part of the investigation into the trip of the JEM Remote Power Controller (RPC) feeding power to the JEM LTL pump on January 14th.  The JEM Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) has been configured to single loop since the failure.
 
ISS SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System (ISERV):  FE-3 Hopkins and Wakata partially removed the ISERV from the Window Observation Research Facility (WORF) and successfully replaced a failed pointing mount on the telescope tube with a new mount flown up on the Orbital-1 vehicle.  This replacement will allow ISERV to be used for pointed at desired targets instead of being restricted to a fixed pointing direction.  ISERV automatically takes images of Earth through a small telescope with an off-the-shelf digital camera mounted in the US Laboratory module. There is a significant and persistent need for image data to support environmental decision-making, and to assess and monitor the impact of disasters and other significant events of the Earth surface. The unique attributes of the ISS, both in terms of orbital characteristics and available human and infrastructure support make it a highly desirable platform from which to acquire these data.
 
Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Objective Lens Troubleshooting:  Hopkins installed LMM 10x lens inside the LMM Auxiliary Fluids Container (AFC).  This lens had become loose from position 4 in the LMM Objective Revolver.
 
Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE)-2 Vane Gap 1 Test:  FE-5 Mastracchio set up and initiated a CFE-2 Vane Gap 1 fluid test run.  Because liquids behave differently in space than they do on Earth, containers that can process, hold or transport them must be designed to work in microgravity. The CFE-2 furthers research on wetting (a liquid’s ability to spread across a surface) and its impact over large length scales in strange container shapes in microgravity environments. The results of these tests may be used to improve the capability to quickly and accurately predict how related processes occur, and support the design of improved systems to process liquids aboard spacecraft (i.e., liquid fuel tanks, thermals fluids, and water processing for life support).

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #148 on: 02/01/2014 06:58 AM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 01/30/14

Posted on January 30, 2014 by HQ.

ENERGY (Astronaut’s Energy Requirements for Long-Term Space Flight):  Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Hopkins continued with his standardized diet protocol for his 10 day session of ESA’s ENERGY experiment.  Today he collected water samples from the Potable Water Dispenser in the US Laboratory module, collected a urine sample, and logged all food and drink consumed.  A loss in an astronauts’ body mass is common during space flight.  ENERGY measures changes in the energy balance in crewmembers as a result of long term space flight.  It also measures adaptations in the components of total energy expenditure of crewmembers, so that an equation to determine the energy requirements of crewmembers during space flight may be derived. Such knowledge contributes to optimal crew health and performance, overall mission success, and to adequate exercise loading and food allotments while the crew is on-orbit.

NanoRacks Module 9 Investigation:  FE-6 Wakata activated and shook designated mixing tubes today for the third of six NanoRacks Module 9 sessions.  For this investigation student teams from across the United States designed their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. This investigation is part of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP), which is sponsored by the commercial Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program that is overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE).  The tubes activated today were for investigations “The Effect of Microgravity of the Development of the Spotted Salamander,” “Mammalian Milk in Microgravity,” and “The Effect of Microgravity on the Oxidation of Metal Exposed to a Salt Water Solution.”

SpaceX-3 Prepack:  Wakata continued with prepacking activities in support of the upcoming SpaceX-3 mission. SpaceX-3 is scheduled to launch no earlier than March 1st and rendezvous with ISS on March 3rd.

Lab Inter-module Ventilation (IMV) Fan Cleaning:  Hopkins cleaned Lab Forward Port IMV fans. The task was performed as a result of low flow measurements taken in October 2013.  The measurement at the Lab Forward Port was 103 Cubic Feet per Minute (cfm).  The IMV flow should be greater than 115 cfm to ensure that the IMV fans are operating outside of the stall region and maintain station acoustic specification limits.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Air Hose and Liquid Indicator R&R: As part of preventative maintenance, FE-5 Mastracchio replaced WHC Hose Flexible Hose (A1-A8T) and T Adapter.

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Aurora over Moscow  8) .

Photo by Sergei Ryazansky.
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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #150 on: 02/03/2014 03:48 PM »
 Expedition 38 - Progress M-20M / 52 Undocking - February 3
http://www.space-multimedia.nl.eu.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=8708

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #151 on: 02/03/2014 07:30 PM »

February 3, 2014

RELEASE 14-039

NASA Astronaut Shares Space Workouts, Joins Elite Athletes for Google+ Hangout

Seeking fitness inspiration? NASA astronauts Mike Hopkins and Rick Mastracchio, along with four fitness professionals and athletes, will share workout tips during a special Google+ Hangout from space at 12:15 p.m. EST Thursday, Feb. 6.

The Hangout can be seen live on NASA's Google+ page or on NASA Television. In addition to Hopkins and Mastracchio, participants are:

-- Jeannette Epps, NASA astronaut
-- Curt Tomasevicz, U.S. Olympic bobsledder, participating from Sochi, Russia
-- Rich Froning Jr., CrossFit Games Champion
-- Jared Crick, Houston Texans professional football player
-- Peter Moore, Men's Health magazine

Hopkins, a lifelong fitness enthusiast, is sharing his workouts from space via the “Train Like an Astronaut” Facebook page and YouTube. Astronauts aboard the space station workout at least two hours a day in order to minimize bone and muscle loss -- an effect of extended time in a weightless environment. They have three different devices they can use to maintain fitness – a treadmill, a stationary bicycle and the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED). Hopkins plans to demonstrate the ARED from the Tranquility module during the Hangout.

Hopkins grew up participating in several sports and was All-Big Ten Defensive Back and team captain for the University of Illinois football team. His other recreational interests include hockey, backpacking, snow skiing and running. He also is a fan of CrossFit training and weight lifting.

A colonel in the U.S. Air Force, Hopkins launched to space on Sept. 25 aboard a Soyuz spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. He completed two spacewalks in December, working to replace a faulty ammonia tank on the space station’s exterior. He will return to Earth at the conclusion of his first spaceflight mission in March.

NASA's social media followers may submit questions on Twitter and Google+ before and during the Hangout using the hashtag #askNASA.

To join the Hangout, visit:

https://plus.google.com/events/cpigjb8l5n1p9cjl98lueba0apc

To connect with Hopkins or Mastracchio on Twitter, follow:

@AstroIllini and @AstroRM

To view Hopkins workout video from space, visit:



To view and share Hopkins and other astronaut workouts, visit:

http://www.facebook.com/trainastronaut

For Hopkins' astronaut biography, visit:

http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hopkins-ms.html

To view the Hangout on NASA TV, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/nasatv

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #152 on: 02/04/2014 03:04 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 02/03/14

Posted on February 3, 2014 by HQ.
 

52 Progress (52P) Undocking: Progress M-20M (52P) vehicle undocked from the Russian Segment Docking Compartment 1 (DC1) nadir port today at 10:21 am CST.  Progress will remain on orbit for the non-ISS-related “Изгиь” experiment February 6-10, reentry is currently planned for 9:43 am CST Tuesday, February 11th.

Sprint Ultrasound Scans: Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Hopkins performed as the operator in conducting the 4th of 7 planned Sprint ultrasound scans of FE-6 Wakata’s thigh and calf, with remote guidance from the ground team.  Prior to the scans Wakata set up the equipment and, with Hopkin’s assistance, placed reference marks on the calf and thigh of his right leg, and don thigh and calf guides.  The Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study (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.

NanoRacks Platform-2 Install and Activation:  FE-5 Mastracchio installed and activated the Multi-Gas Monitor installed on Platform-2 after installation of Platform-2. The Multi-Gas Monitor uses laser sensors to continuously measure oxygen, carbon dioxide, ammonia, and humidity in spacecraft cabin air in real time. The multiple low power, tunable lasers train an infrared laser beam on an air sample, and sensors tuned to specific wavelengths of light detect which gases are present. The instrument fits in a device the size of a shoebox and detects the presence of various gases in less than one second.

Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Hardware Replacement:  FE-3 Hopkins removed the MDCA Chamber Insert Assembly (CIA) from the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Combustion Chamber and restrained it on the Maintenance Work Area (MWA).  He replaced both MDCA Fuel Reservoirs, both MDCA Igniter Tips and the MDCA Fiber Arm, and then re-installed the MDCA CIA in the CIR Combustion Chamber.

Circadian Rhythms:  FE-6 Wakata attached Thermolab double sensors to himself, mounted the Thermolab unit in his belt, and connected and powered on the unit. The equipment will be worn for the next 36 hours.  This study examines the circadian variation of astronaut’s cardiac autonomic function during space flight. The research is expected to provide insights into changes in those functions before, during and after long-duration space flight and may be used to improve the health care technology used for future ISS crewmembers.

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #156 on: 02/07/2014 01:34 AM »
Wakata shooting the Sochi area using the 4K camera.
JAXA released video here for medias. [Note:  56.3MB Zip file. This file is down-converted the low resolution video.]
http://iss.jaxa.jp/kibo/library/press/data/140201_sochi.zip

Sochi is seen from around 01min 40 sec.

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #157 on: 02/08/2014 06:57 AM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 02/05/14

Posted on February 5, 2014 by HQ.
 

Progress 54P Launch and Dock: Today, 54P launched successfully from the Baikonur Cosmodrome at 10:23am CST. After a nominal ascent then performing a four orbit rendezvous, the spacecraft docked automatically to the ISS DC-1 docking port at 4:22pm CST. The Progress is delivering more than 1400 kg of cargo to the ISS.

Microbiome Investigation: Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Mastracchio performed his Flight Day 90 session of the Microbiome investigation, answering survey questions, performing body sample collections, and then placing samples in cold stowage.  The Microbiome experiment investigates the impact of space travel on both the human immune system and an individual’s microbiome (the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body at any given time). Samples from different parts of the body and the surrounding ISS environment are taken periodically. The study will assess the likelihood and consequences of alterations in the microbiome due to extreme environments and the related human health risks.

Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Examination:  Mastracchio, as the Crew Medical Officer (CMO), measured FE-6 Wakata’s blood pressure and vital signs and then conduct a vision and tonometry test on him. This is Wakata’s Flight Day 90 session, the fourth of his six planned sessions. The Ocular Health protocol is a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment / intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers.  Researchers believe the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.

Blood Pressure Regulation (BP Reg) Experiment:  FE-3 Hopkins set up hardware to support the leg cuff and rebreathing protocol for the Canadian Space Agency BP Reg experiment.  He then performed the experiment protocol on himself.  BPReg tests the efficacy of an in-flight manipulation of arterial blood pressure as an indicator of post-flight response to a brief stand test.  Space flight negatively impacts the regulation of blood pressure on return to an upright posture on earth.  This experiment has potential application for the general population, where dizziness and fainting (syncope) are major health problems and are especially important for elderly, where falling is a major contributor to bone fracture.  A better understanding of the mechanisms responsible for fainting could reduce the risk of injury.

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Imaging Filter Replacement:  FE-6 Wakata translated the Fluids and Combustion Facility (FCF) CIR out and replace a filter in the CIR High Bit-Depth Multi-Spectral (HiBMS) Imaging Package then translated the CIR back to its former position.

Material Science Laboratory (MSL) Solidification and Quench Furnace (SQF) Sample Cartridge Exchange:  Mastracchio removed a used sample cartridge from the SQF and replaced it with Microstructure Formation in Casting of Technical Alloys under Diffusive and Magnetically Controlled Convective Conditions  (MICAST)2 test sample 11. This investigation aims to deepen the understanding of the physical principles that govern solidification processes in metal alloys. The patterns of the crystals resulting from transitions of liquids to solids is of substantial importance to processes in producing materials such as solar cells, thermoelectrics, and metal alloys.

JEM Return Air Grille Cleaning: Mastracchio removed the JEM mesh covers from air grilles and performed routine cleaning. The vents cleaned were located at JPM1FD7, JPM1FD8, JPM1AD7 and JPM1AD8.  Wakata photographed each of the four vents then downlinked the images for ground specialist to analyze.

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #158 on: 02/10/2014 04:04 AM »
"Koichi Wakata Weekly Activity Report" Vol.17
Koichi Wakata, introducing food, drinks and Japanese Space Food on the ISS, showing the instructions of how astronauts would have them. (Node-1, U.S.Lab)


"Koichi Wakata Weekly Activity Report" Vol.18
Koichi Wakata introducing how food, drinks and clothing for long-duration stay are stowed on the ISS (Inside the PMM)


"Koichi Wakata Weekly Activity Report" Vol.19
Koichi Wakata,wearing the Penguin antigravity pressure/stress suit in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station.

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Re: Expedition 38 thread (November 11, 2013 - March 12, 2014)
« Reply #159 on: 02/10/2014 06:40 AM »
From the DPC, JAXA will be moving the JEM RMS today in preparation for CUBESAT deploy.  The date is still under discussion but may be as early as tomorrow.
Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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