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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #180 on: 12/08/2017 07:47 AM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/06/2017
 

OA-8 Cygnus Release:  After yesterday’s unberth and the overnight GPS shadowing (“Photobomb”) Detailed Test Objective (DTO), today SSRMS ground controllers relocated the Cygnus vehicle to the release point and the onboard crew released the vehicle and monitored its departure.  Cygnus will be held in that position overnight and then repositioned for release tomorrow.  Cygnus arrived at the ISS on the 14th of November carrying supplies, and is now departing with hardware and trash for disposal.

Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) Ignitor Tip R&R:  Today the crew removed and replaced the Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) ignitor tip inside CIR.  The tip burned out last week during Advanced Combustion Microgravity Experiment (ACME) operations, and science operations have been on hold pending this hardware R&R. The ACME project is a set of five independent studies of gaseous flames to be conducted in the CIR. ACME’s primary and secondary goals are (1) improved fuel efficiency and reduced pollutant production in practical combustion on Earth, and (2) spacecraft fire prevention through innovative research focused on materials flammability.

Lighting Effects:  Today a 52S crewmember began a two-week long Sleep Shifted session, by logging into the sleep log application and tracking his daily sleep patterns and wakefulness. 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.

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: Using the NIKON camera the crew captured time-lapse images of the United Kingdom and the Nile at night. The Earth Imagery from ISS investigation creates a series of videos, showcasing Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the International Space Station in 6K hi-resolution, then integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement.

Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis:  This morning, the crew analyzed water quality on board using the EHS TOCA system, looking for contaminants in the water.

EHS Microbial Capture Device (MCD) and Coliform Water Sample Analysis:  Today, the crew analyzed water samples which were taken on Monday.  This analysis procedure is designed to detect microbial growth in the ISS water system.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Helmet Swap:  Today the crew removed an EMU helmet which has passed its certified lifetime and replace it with a newly launched helmet.  The old helmet will be returned to the ground on SpaceX-13 for refurbishment.

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #181 on: 12/08/2017 03:06 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/07/2017
 

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Sample Operations: The crew retrieved and cleaned the ELF sample cartridge and then transferred three samples from one set of sample holders to another set of holders. ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and solidify materials by container less 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.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) SmoothNav: The crew completed several battery swaps to prepare for the upcoming SmoothNav experiment test run next week.  SmoothNav develops an estimation algorithm aggregating relative state measurements between multiple, small, and potentially differently instrumented spacecraft. The algorithm obtains the most probable estimate of the relative positions and velocities between all spacecraft using all available sensor information, including past measurements. The algorithm remains portable between different satellite platforms with different onboard sensors, adaptable in the case that one or more satellites become inoperable, and tolerant to delayed measurements or measurements received at different frequencies.

Fundoscope and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Eye Exams:  Two crewmembers completed routine fundoscope and OCT exams today.  Eye exams are performed regularly onboard in order to monitor crewmembers eye health.  Eyesight is one of the many aspects of the human body that is affected by long-duration stays in a microgravity environment. 

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3003 Checkout and Liquid Cooled Venting Garment (LCVG) Fill:  Following the recent gas trap and pump inlet filter R&Rs, the crew checked out EMU 3003 and performed a leak check on it to verify proper installation of the hardware.  The crew also filled a backup LCVG with water.

Robotic Workstation (RWS) Ground Camera Calibration: Today, Part 1 of the 2 part RWS camera calibration was completed successfully.  Part 2 was not required.  The calibration will provide an accurate tool for crew monitoring of Visiting Vehicle (VV) overlays on the RWS.  The actual cameras were not modified during the process, but rather the RWS’ knowledge of the camera pointing was modified to compensate for any misalignment. This activity was performed in support of the upcoming SpaceX-13 VV launch and capture.

LS1 Server Transition:  Today, ground teams transitioned the LS1 server over to run on a new ZBook computer onboard station.  The server will now run as a virtual machine under HyperVisor.

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #182 on: 12/09/2017 09:50 AM »

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #183 on: 12/12/2017 07:32 AM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/08/2017
 

Lighting Effects: A 52S crewmember logged into the sleep log application and provided a sleep log entry to track his daily sleep patterns and wakefulness. This entry supports a two week long sleep shift session that began earlier this week.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.

Plant Habitat Desiccant Installation: The crew installed four desiccant packs onto the Plant Habitat growth chamber door to help remove humidity from the growth chamber. The Advanced Plant Habitat Facility (Plant Habitat) is a fully automated facility that will be used to conduct plant bioscience research on the International Space Station (ISS). It occupies the lower half of the EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) rack and two International Subrack Interface Standard (ISIS) drawers, providing a large, enclosed, environmentally controlled chamber. 

Space Headaches: The crew completed the weekly questionnaire for the ESA Space Headaches investigation. The Space Headaches investigation collects information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crewmembers in space. Headaches during space flight can negatively affect mental and physical capacities of crewmembers that can influence performance during a space mission.

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: The crew captured images and footage of Fitz Roy, Patagonia and Japan. The Earth Imagery from ISS investigation creates a series of videos, showcasing Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the International Space Station in 6K hi-resolution, then integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement.

51S Thruster test and descent drill:  Today the crew and ground teams performed a thruster test of 51Soyuz prior to its descent and landing planned for December 13th/14th.  The thruster test is performed within a week of undock and landing to verify nominal performance of the propulsion system prior to free flight.  The crew also performed a nominal descent drill to maintain proficiency prior to their return to Earth.

Starboard Radiator Imagery:  Today, the crew took imagery of the Starboard Radiator to inspect for damage.  Two sets of images are taken, the first from one side, then the second after ground teams rotate the radiator 180 degrees.  This imagery is completed annually.

LS1 Server Transition:  This evening, ground teams will complete the transition of the LS1 server to run on a new ZBook computer onboard station.  The server will run as a virtual machine under HyperVisor.

Fundoscope and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Eye Exams:  The crew completed a routine OCT exam today.  Eye exams are performed regularly onboard in order to monitor crewmember’s eye health.  Eyesight is one of the many aspects of the human body that is affected by long-duration stays in a microgravity environment.

CEVIS Manual Knob Activated Message – Yesterday, the crew reported that while they were exercising on the CEVIS, they got a message that said “Manual Knob Activated” and the software exited from the exercise protocol. Ground teams think the cause of the message is that the CEVIS braking band is intermittently sticking.  Today, a configuration file was updated to disable the “Manual Knob Activated” message to prevent interruptions to crew exercise.

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #184 on: 12/12/2017 01:00 PM »
SSRSM ready to capture the next cargo Dragon CRS-13...

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #185 on: 12/12/2017 02:01 PM »
December 12, 2017
MEDIA ADVISORY M17-149

Washington Students to Speak with NASA Astronaut on Space Station Today
 
Students from nine school districts in Port Orchard, Washington, will speak with a NASA astronaut living, working and doing research aboard the International Space Station at 1:10 p.m. EST today. The 20-minute, Earth-to-space call will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website.
Students will travel to Gig Harbor, Washington, for the call to Expedition 54 astronaut Mark Vande Hei. They’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about life aboard the space station, NASA’s deep space exploration plans, and doing research in space.

Vande Hei arrived at the space station on Sept. 12 on his first space mission, and is scheduled to return to Earth in February 2018.

All nine school districts are in the West Sound STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Network, which was selected through a competitive process to host a downlink with the station. West Sound STEM Network is a dynamic collaboration of educators, business leaders and representative from local government and the military, working to introduce and link students, teachers, and the community to the vast array of STEM resources in their region.
Students across the participating districts prepared for the event by studying the space station, astronaut biographies, and the current research and activities being conducted aboard the space station. More than 1,200 attendees are expected to be on-site at Gig Harbor during the downlink.

Media interested in attending the event should contact Kareen Borders via email at [email protected] or phone at 360-874-7059. Galaxy Theatres in Gig Harbor will host the event at 4649 Point Fosdick Drive NW.
Linking students directly to astronauts aboard the space station provides unique, authentic experiences designed to enhance student learning, performance and interest in STEM. This in-flight education downlink is an integral component of NASA’s Year of Education on Station which provides extensive space station-related resources and opportunities to students and educators.

Follow the astronauts on social media:

https://www.twitter.com/NASA_astronauts/

See videos and lesson plans highlighting research on the International Space Station at:

 https://www.nasa.gov/stemonstation/

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #186 on: 12/12/2017 02:02 PM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/11/2017
 

Probiotics Operations: Over the weekend, a crewmember completed the fourth and final sampling phase of the JAXA Probiotic investigation. The first half of the sampling phase was completed on GMT 343 with fecal sample collections. The second half of the sampling phase included saliva sample collections and a questionnaire, which was completed the following day. The objective of the Probiotics investigation is to study the impact of continuous consumption of probiotics on immune function and intestinal microbiota in astronauts under closed microgravity environment This investigation studies the effects of beneficial bacteria (Probiotics) to improve crew members’ intestinal microbiota as well as their immune function on long-duration space missions.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections – Functional Immune: Over the weekend, two 52S crewmembers and a 51S crewmember began a five day Functional Immune session by collecting salvia samples and stowing the samples in the the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The samples collected will support the mid-mission HRP compliment for the 52S crewmembers and the return minus zero Day (R-0) compliment for the 51S crewmember. Saliva samples will be collected the first four days of this session and blood samples will be taken on the fifth day. The Functional Immune investigation analyzes blood and saliva samples to determine the changes taking place in crewmembers’ immune systems during flight. The changes in the immune system are also compared with crewmembers’ self-reported health information. Results are expected to provide new insight into the possible health risks of long-duration space travel, including future missions to Mars, asteroids, or other distant destinations.

Lighting Effects: A 52S crewmember signed into the sleep log application and provided sleep log entries to track his daily sleep patterns and wakefulness over the weekend and today. These entries support a two week long sleep shift session that began last week.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.

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: This weekend the crew captured images and video footage of the Iberian Peninsula, the India-Himalayas-Tibetan Plateau, and the Sahara Desert and Nile Delta in the daytime with the RED Dragon camera. Using the NIKON camera, the crew captured images of the India-Himalayas-Tibetan Plateau and Italy at night. Today, images of the Himalaya will be taken with the RED Dragon camera. The Earth Imagery from ISS investigation creates a series of videos, showcasing Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the International Space Station in 6K hi-resolution, then integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement.

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) SmoothNav: The crew setup the SPHERES work area to activate and check out the hardware and EXPRESS laptop computer (ELC) before conducting the SmoothNav experiment test run. SmoothNav develops an estimation algorithm aggregating relative state measurements between multiple, small, and potentially differently instrumented spacecraft. The algorithm obtains the most probable estimate of the relative positions and velocities between all spacecraft using all available sensor information, including past measurements. The algorithm remains portable between different satellite platforms with different onboard sensors, adaptable in the case that one or more satellites become inoperable, and tolerant to delayed measurements or measurements received at different frequencies.

Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL) Calibration Cartridge Exchange: The crew removed the used MSL Solidification Quenching Furnace (SQF) sample cartridge and installed the MSL Furnace Calibration cartridge to prepare the facility for a calibration run. The Materials Science Research Rack (MSRR) is used for basic materials research in the microgravity environment of the ISS. MSRR-1 can accommodate and support diverse Experiment Modules. In this way many material types, such as metals, alloys, polymers, semiconductors, ceramics, crystals, and glasses, can be studied to discover new applications for existing materials and new or improved materials.

Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Laptop Computer (MLC) Upgrade: The crew installed, re-cabled, and configured the Zbook for the MSG, and verified that the new software had been loaded. The MSG is one of the major dedicated science facilities on the ISS. It has a large front window and built-in gloves to provide a sealed environment for conducting science and technology experiments. The Glovebox is particularly suited for handling hazardous materials when the crew is present.

Lighting Maintenance:  The crew attempted to regain functionality of the LAB Master Lighting Switch (MLS) by disconnecting the data connector (J2) from multiple Lights in the LAB. Now that the data connector has been disconnected, these Lights have to be operated individually via the controls on the faceplate.  They also removde and replaced several lights in Node 2.

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #187 on: 12/14/2017 05:57 AM »

ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/12/2017
 

NanoRacks Vuze (One Strange Rock) Camera Operations in the Service Module: The crew used the NanoRacks Vuze camera to record 3-Dementional 360-degree videos inside of the ISS. The handheld camera was used in the USOS and Russian Segment to capture long corridor footage to give the viewer a 3D perspective of floating through the ISS. The mounted camera captured “a day in the life” style footage of the crew as they conduct their nominal tasks. The National Geographic Channel–Virtual Reality Educational Video for Television Series–“One Strange Rock” (One Strange Rock Virtual Reality) is a 10-part series that transports a virtual reality camera to the ISS for recording of a National Geographic special on the Earth as a natural life-support system. The crew aboard the ISS records a series of virtual reality pieces for incorporation into a larger documentary about natural history and the solar system. Each episode features a different crewmember and addresses different topics using next generation virtual reality technology to raise awareness about the Earth system and the space program.

Dose Distribution Inside the International Space Station – 3D (DOSIS-3D):  Today the crew de-installed DOSIS 3D passive detectors and handed them over to a Russian crewmember for packing in the returning 51S Soyuz vehicle.  DOSIS-3D uses several active and passive detectors to determine the radiation doses inside the ISS. The goal is a three-dimensional radiation map covering all sections of the ISS.

Multi-Omics Sample Collections: A 52S crewmember conducted fecal sample collections for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics experiment. The samples were placed into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Multi-Omics analysis of human microbial-metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem (Multi-Omics) investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts’ immune function, by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the gut microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections – Functional Immune: The crew completed the fourth day of the five day Functional Immune session, which collects saliva samples the each day and blood samples on the fifth day. Today the crew also conducted an audit of the HRP supplies. The samples collected will support the mid-mission HRP compliment for the 52S crewmembers and the return minus zero Day (R-0) compliment for the 51S crewmember. The Functional Immune investigation analyzes blood and saliva samples to determine the changes taking place in crewmembers’ immune systems during flight. The changes in the immune system are also compared with crewmembers’ self-reported health information. Results are expected to provide new insight into the possible health risks of long-duration space travel, including future missions to Mars, asteroids, or other distant destinations.

Two Phase Flow (TPF) Operations: Following the completion of a TPF experiment run, the crew deactivated the TPF experiment equipment in the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) and then adjusted the valve setting before re-activating the experiment equipment for the next experiment run. The Two-Phase Flow experiment investigates the heat transfer characteristics of flow boiling in the microgravity environment. It provides a fundamental understanding of the behaviors of bubble formation, liquid-vapor flow in a tube, and how heat transfers in cooling systems. Two-phase flow employs a sample cooling loop using perfluorohexane, often used in coolant for electronics, to establish flow rate, heating power, and other effects on different conditions.

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: Using the RED camera, the crew captured images and video footage of the Iberian Peninsula, This investigation creates a series of videos, showcasing Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the ISS in 6K hi-resolution, then integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement.

Water Delivery System (WDS) Disassembly:  The crew completed an activity to disassemble the WDS in preparation for returning the unit on SpaceX-13.  The WDS was used in the past to provide an interface for the crew to dispense potable water from water containers, but is no longer needed. The WDS Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) is being returned to the ground so that its components can be refurbished and used for Water Processor Assembly (WPA) sparing.

Dragon Capture OBT:  Today the crew performed on board training to maintain proficiency for the upcoming capture and berthing of the SpaceX-13 Dragon vehicle.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) preparation:  Today the crew prepared the EMU soft goods components for return on SpaceX-13.

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #188 on: 12/14/2017 08:53 AM »
Soyuz MS-05 hatch closure, undocking & departure

Soyuz MS-05 landing

Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA and Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli of ESA (European Space Agency) and Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos returned to Earth

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #189 on: 12/14/2017 04:27 PM »
How did Paulo look after egressing the Soyuz?  I remember that he wasn't well after his previous landing.
Also, why is he returning to Houston rather than the ESA astronaut center?  Thanks.

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #190 on: 12/16/2017 07:47 AM »
A video of the change-of-command ceremony was posted on ISS's twitter page (see attachment).


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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #191 on: 12/18/2017 08:29 PM »
How did Paulo look after egressing the Soyuz?  I remember that he wasn't well after his previous landing.
Also, why is he returning to Houston rather than the ESA astronaut center?  Thanks.
You can see Paolo getting out https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYeQ3vmB0LQ?t=195
and a possible explanation "Collecting some data for the Sarcolab exp, the same as we did also on board the @Space_Station with the MARES machine... Once a guinea pig always a guinea pig, also on #Earth!" https://twitter.com/astro_paolo/status/942802150777749504

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Re: Expedition 53 Thread
« Reply #192 on: 02/02/2018 04:24 AM »
One World Many Views

NASA Johnson
Published on Feb 1, 2018


Taking a look at something from a different perspective can make all the difference—especially if your second angle is from 250 miles straight up!  NASA astronaut Randy Bresnik took it to extremes during his mission to the International Space Station in 2017, shooting photographs of spots on Earth and matching them up with pictures he’d taken of the same locations when he’d visited them previously.  Enjoy this sample of photo pairs, and check out the rest at #OneWorldManyViews

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sbRqQ4YDec?t=001

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