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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #1420 on: 03/27/2023 08:38 pm »
Uncrewed Soyuz Vehicle Departs Tuesday; New Space Science Kicks Off


Mark Garcia Posted on March 27, 2023

An uncrewed Soyuz crew ship will depart the International Space Station on Tuesday morning. In the meantime, the seven-member Expedition 68 crew focused on new science experiments and hardware recently delivered aboard the SpaceX Dragon cargo vehicle.

Three space station residents who arrived at the orbiting lab on Sept. 21 last year aboard the Soyuz MS-22 crew ship will continue their stay in space after their spacecraft departs without them at 5:57 a.m. EDT on Tuesday. The passengerless vehicle will parachute to a landing in Kazakhstan less than two hours later completing a six-month mission docked to the Rassvet module. NASA will provide live coverage only of undocking activities beginning at 5:30 a.m. on  NASA TV,  the agency’s app and website..

Station Commander Sergey Prokopyev with Roscosmos Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin and NASA Flight Engineer Frank Rubio are extending their stay in space for a yearlong mission. The trio is due to return to Earth inside the Soyuz MS-23 crew ship, which arrived unoccupied in February, at the end of summer.

Meanwhile, the station’s crew members have begun activating new science experiments and servicing spacesuit gear delivered aboard the SpaceX Cargo Dragon vehicle on March 16.

NASA Flight Engineer Stephen Bowen worked in the Kibo laboratory module setting up biology hardware that will house samples exposed to artificial gravity to potentially treat muscle and bone issues on Earth and in space. Flight Engineer Woody Hoburg processed samples for a study exploring ways to produce new pharmaceuticals in space and isolated locations on Earth. UAE (United Arab Emirates) Flight Engineer Sultan Alneyadi unpacked a new spacesuit, or Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU), inside the recently-arrived Cargo Dragon space freighter.

Rubio checked on components inside the Fluid Science Laboratory located in the Columbus laboratory module before continuing to unload some of the 6,200 pounds of cargo packed inside the Cargo Dragon. Prokopyev readied the MS-22 for its undocking early Tuesday while his fellow cosmonauts Petelin and Andrey Fedyaev worked on normal orbital plumbing and lab maintenance tasks.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2023/03/27/uncrewed-soyuz-vehicle-departs-tuesday-new-space-science-kicks-off/

The Soyuz MS-22 crew ship is pictured docked to the Rassvet module. In the background, the Prichal docking module is attached to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.



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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #1425 on: 03/28/2023 01:11 pm »
Uncrewed Soyuz Spaceship Lands in Kazakhstan


Mark Garcia Posted on March 28, 2023

The uncrewed Roscosmos Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft made an automated, parachute-assisted landing in Kazakhstan at 7:46 a.m. EDT (5:46 p.m. Kazakhstan time) on Tuesday after undocking from the International Space Station at 5:57 a.m.

Remaining aboard the station is the seven-person crew of Expedition 69 with Station Commander Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos, NASA astronauts Stephen Bowen, Woody Hoburg, and Frank Rubio, UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi, and Roscosmos cosmonauts Andrey Fedyaev and Dmitri Petelin.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2023/03/28/uncrewed-soyuz-spaceship-lands-in-kazakhstan/

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1640688015013212160


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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #1426 on: 03/28/2023 02:39 pm »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/23/2023


Bill Keeter Posted on March 23, 2023

Payloads:

Cardinal Heart 2.0: A preservative was injected into each Cardinal Heart 2.0 tissue chamber and microscopy imagery was conducted for specific chambers. A previous investigation showed that four weeks of microgravity exposure caused significant changes in heart cell function and gene expression that could lead to long-term damage or cardiac muscle atrophy. Effect of Microgravity on Drug Responses Using Heart Organoids (Cardinal Heart 2.0) uses heart organoids to test whether clinically approved drugs reduce these microgravity-induced changes in heart cell function. Results could support development of effective drug combinations to improve the health of astronauts and patients on Earth.

Dreams: The electroencephalogram (EEG) headband was doffed, data was synchronized with the iPad, and the questionnaire was completed. The hardware was setup and donned again prior to sleep. Sleep plays a major role in human health and well-being. Insufficient sleep, or sleep disorders can increase the risk of developing medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, and can impair task performance. The Sleep Monitoring in Space with Dry-EEG Headband (Dreams) is a technology demonstration investigation that utilizes the Dry-EEG Headband: an effective, affordable, and comfortable solution to monitor astronaut sleep quality during long-duration spaceflight aboard the ISS.

ISS Ham Radio: ISS Ham pass was transmitted to Lana’i High and Elementary School in Lana’i City Hawaiʻi. Since the earliest space station expeditions, ISS Ham Radio has allowed groups of students in schools, camps, museums, and planetariums to hold a conversation with the people living in space. As the ISS passes overhead, students have about nine minutes to ask crew members 10 to 20 questions.

Space Health: The Bio-Monitor garment was changed out as part of the 48-hr data collection session. The Autonomous Health Monitoring for Adaption Assessment on Long Range Missions Using Big Data Analytic (Space Health) investigation utilizes the Bio-Monitor system for physiological monitoring before, during, and after a mission to the International Space Station to assess the effect of space travel on heart health. The Artemis analytical platform is used to provide automated analysis of the cardiovascular system in order to develop a near real-time assessment tool. The potential use of the Bio-Monitor system and the Artemis platform for future space missions is evaluated.

Veg-05: Plants growing in the two Veggie facilities were inspected, watered as needed, and photographed. The Pick-and-Eat Salad-Crop Productivity, Nutritional Value, and Acceptability to Supplement the ISS Food System (Veg-05) investigation is the next step in efforts to address the need for a continuous fresh-food production system in space.

Systems:

Waste Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Separator Troubleshooting: Yesterday evening, the WHC check separator light annunciated multiple times after crew use. Yesterday’s initial troubleshooting was not successful at clearing this fault. The crew performed additional troubleshooting on the pump separator this morning and WHC was recovered back to a nominal configuration.

Emergency Stowage Inspection and Relocation: The crew finalized spare emergency hardware stowage configurations following the Crew-5 departure. The crew inspected the emergency air supply, Quick Don Mask Assembly (QDMA) attached, and ammonia filter fan bag. The crew also stowed the spare a QDMA in the US Airlock.

Completed Task List Activities:

    None

Today’s Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

    Small Fine Arm (SFA) Installation to SFA Storage Equipment (SSE)
    OGA Cell Stack Scan
    MSS Powerup

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #1427 on: 03/28/2023 02:41 pm »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/24/2023


Bill Keeter Posted on March 24, 2023

Payloads:

BioFabrication Facility (BFF): Tissue Cassettes were installed into BFF. Using 3D biological printers to produce usable human organs has long been a dream of scientists and doctors around the globe. However, printing the tiny, complex structures found inside human organs, such as capillary structures, has proven difficult to accomplish in Earth’s gravity environment. To overcome this challenge, Techshot designed their BFF experiment to print organ-like tissues in microgravity, acting as a stepping stone in a long-term plan to manufacture whole human organs in space using refined biological 3D printing techniques.

Dreams: The electroencephalogram (EEG) headband was doffed, data was synchronized with the smart tablet, and the questionnaire was completed. The Sleep Monitoring in Space with Dry-EEG Headband (Dreams) is a technology demonstration investigation that utilizes the Dry-EEG Headband: an effective, affordable, and comfortable solution to monitor astronaut sleep quality during long-duration spaceflight aboard the ISS. Sleep plays a major role in human health and well-being. Insufficient sleep, or sleep disorders can increase the risk of developing medical conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases, and can impair task performance.

Materials ISS Experiment-17 (MISSE-17): The MISSE Transfer Tray (MTT) was unstowed and inspected. MISSE Sample Carriers (MSCs) for the MISSE-17 mission were installed onto the MTT along with one MISSE Switch Box (MSB), and one MISSE Power Distribution Box (MPDB). MISSE-17-Commercial is part of a suite of investigations that tests how the harsh environment of space affects various materials and components. This mission tests a fabric with imbedded sensors, 3D printed polymers, spacecraft materials, radiation protection biomaterials, BioPellets made from dried microbes, paraffin wax thermal protection, and thin solar cells. Identifying materials able to withstand long-term exposure to the temperature extremes, radiation, and other conditions outside the International Space Station could help improve equipment for future space exploration.

Space Health: The Bio-Monitor garment was changed out as part of the 48hr data collection session. A questionnaire was completed using the Data Collection tool on an SSC laptop. The Autonomous Health Monitoring for Adaption Assessment on Long Range Missions Using Big Data Analytic (Space Health) investigation utilizes the Bio-Monitor system for physiological monitoring before, during, and after a mission to the International Space Station to assess the effect of space travel on heart health. The Artemis analytical platform is used to provide automated analysis of the cardiovascular system in order to develop a near real-time assessment tool. The potential use of the Bio-Monitor system and the Artemis platform for future space missions is being evaluated.

Vascular Aging: A 13-hour blood pressure measurement session was performed using the Mobil-O-graph unit connected to a Columbus Payload laptop. Data indicates that aging-like changes are accelerated in many ISS crew members, particularly with respect to their arteries. As part of the Space Environment Causes Acceleration of Vascular Aging: Roles of Hypogravity, Nutrition, and Radiation (Vascular Aging) investigation, ultrasounds of the arteries, blood samples, oral glucose tolerance, and wearable sensors from ISS crewmembers are analyzed.

Veg-05: Final harvesting of plants was performed. Samples were placed in cold stowage. The Pick-and-Eat Salad-Crop Productivity, Nutritional Value, and Acceptability to Supplement the ISS Food System (Veg-05) investigation is the next step in efforts to address the need for a continuous fresh-food production system in space.

Zero Robotics-Astrobee: Astrobee Free Flyers were placed in position in the JEM and the crew assisted the ground team in conducting multiple gesture-recognition software test runs. For Astrobee-Zero Robotics (Zero Robotics), students write software to control one of the space station’s Astrobee free-flying robots. The first several rounds of the competition, co-led by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Innovation Learning Center, and many collaborators, use an online simulation. Finalists have their code downloaded by NASA to the Astrobee platform and observe its performance. The experience helps inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, and explorers.

Systems:

Transfer SpX-27 Cargo Operations: The crew transferred payloads from the SpX-27 cargo vehicle to the ISS. The crew will continue removing the more than 6,200 pounds of cargo launched on SpX-27 and then will begin to load SpX-27 for return.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Water Container (ЕДВ-У) Remove and Replace: Today the crew removed and replaced the existing ЕДВ-У in the WHC. The ЕДВ-У is used for short-term storage and manual water transportation between ISS modules.

Recycle Tank Drain/Fill: The recycle tank was set up to drain via the Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) fill drain valve into a brine EDV using the Urine Transfer System (UTS). Following the setup, the ground performed the tank drain using the UTS. Once the ground specialists completed the transfer, the crew verified the recycle tank was empty, terminated the drain, repositioned the fill/drain valve to force fill the recycle tank using UTS, and configured for nominal processing operations.

Completed Task List Activities:

    None

Today’s Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

    MISSE MSC Installation for JEM RMS Small Fine Arm Deployment
    Recycle Tank Drain Support
    Lab Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Activation

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #1428 on: 03/28/2023 02:44 pm »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/27/2023


Bill Keeter Posted on March 27, 2023

Payloads:

Engineered Heart Tissues-2: A media change, sampling and assigned treatment dosing was performed on each Tissue Chamber on Saturday. Engineered Heart Tissues-2 continues work with 3D cultured cardiac muscle tissue to assess human cardiac function in microgravity. Previous work with 3D cultures in space detected changes at the cellular and tissue level that could provide early indication of the development of cardiac disease. This investigation tests whether new therapies prevent these negative effects from occurring.

Monoclonal Antibodies PCG-2: On Saturday, microscope photo operations were performed for Protein Crystal Growth (PCG) Cards S/N 013 and S/N 014. Monoclonal Antibodies PCG-2 examines the crystallization process for various biotherapeutics, including monoclonal antibodies, in microgravity. Crystallization could significantly reduce production costs and enable formulations of biotherapeutics that do not need cold storage and that can be administered more easily, such as by injection rather than intravenous administration.

Ampli Space Pharmacy: Ampli Space Pharmacy sample operations were performed. The Ampli Space Pharmacy investigation studies the properties of chemical reactions of fluids flowing through membranes in microgravity. Researchers can use resulting information to refine an existing organic synthesis and bioprocessing approach to produce new compounds. This modular approach could provide a way to make medicines.

Cardiobreath: The Bio-Monitor garment was donned during a CEVIS exercise session. Astronauts experience changes in their cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems during spaceflight, which can affect their capacity to exercise and to maintain blood pressure when standing after return to Earth. Cardiobreath studies the combined effects of cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations on blood pressure regulation during spaceflight. Results could provide a better understanding of the mechanisms of these adaptations on long-duration missions and support development of methods for assessing cardiovascular and respiratory effects on blood pressure before and after spaceflight.

ECHO: Echo Units S/N01 was stowed and Echo Unit S/N02 was setup. The purpose of the ECHO investigation is to evaluate a tele-operated ultrasound system, equipped with motorized probes that are controlled by flight controllers on the ground. Additionally, this investigation serves to perform the commissioning of the Echo instrument, which is planned to be used for the Vascular ECHO experiment in the future.

Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL) Soft Matter Dynamics – FOAM: All Five Foam Coarsening samples were swapped out with two compacted granular samples and the reference sample was installed inside the Soft Matter Dynamics (SMD) experiment container in the lower drawer (CEM Lower) of the FSL. FSL Soft Matter Dynamics – Hydrodynamics of Wet Foams (Foam Coarsening) aims to investigate bubble size and rearrangement dynamics for “wet foams”. Microgravity offers the opportunity to investigate such “wet” foams, which cannot be stabilized on Earth because of drainage. Moreover, microgravity conditions are essential to study rearrangement phenomena, such as coarsening and coalescence, disentangled from drainage.

Human Research Facility-1 (HRF-1): HRF purple supply kit, green kit, and the urine collection kits were inventoried via Stow Track. Photographs of the kits were taken and transferred to an SSC for downlink. HRF-1 provides an on-orbit laboratory that enables scientists conducting human life science research to evaluate the physiological, behavioral, and chemical changes induced by space flight. Research performed using HRF-1 provides data to help scientists understand how the human body adapts to long-duration spaceflight.

Nanoracks Module-105:  Module-105 was removed from NanoRacks Mainframe Alpha. SpacePharma Nanoracks – SPNR1 has two experiments, CUTISS and SuperSonic, and SpacePharma Nanoracks – SPNR2 one experiment, ZePrion. CUTISS tests DenovoSkin, a bio-engineered human skin graft material to treat wounds in space, potentially benefitting reconstructive medicine on Earth. SuperSonic evaluates the impact of space radiation and proliferation of reactive oxygen species on human skin and tests whether an antioxidant, Co-Enzyme Q10 (CoQ10), provides protection from these risks. ZePrion crystallizes a molecule bound to an intermediate of the prion protein, a key player in brain disorders called prion diseases. Results could advance development of a drug candidate for these diseases. SpacePharma crystallizes a monoclonal antibody (mAb) and could enable a simpler method to deliver large doses of mAbs and improve methods for long-term storage of these drugs.

NanoRacks Module-63: Module-63 was removed from NanoRacks Mainframe Alpha. Module 63 has two payloads: RTcMISS and RadPC-AI.  The Radiation Tolerant Computer Mission on the ISS (RTcMISS) tests a new computer system designed to withstand the harmful effects of space radiation, proving it works in the real space environment. Single event effects, which result from highly energized charged particles traveling through space, cause most space-based computer failures. Performance Characterization of Integratable AI Modules Processed on a Radiation Tolerant Computer System (RadPC-AI) assesses the ability of artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms to detect and diagnose potential failures from a harsh radiation environment before they become critical. One challenge is that, in space, algorithms run on computing platforms that are also susceptible to faults caused by radiation, so this investigation uses radiation-tolerant computing technology called “RadPC.”

Vascular Aging: A 13-hour blood pressure session was performed. Data indicates that aging-like changes are accelerated in many ISS crew members, particularly with respect to their arteries. As part of the Space Environment Causes Acceleration of Vascular Aging: Roles of Hypogravity, Nutrition, and Radiation (Vascular Aging) investigation, ultrasounds of the arteries, blood samples, oral glucose tolerance, and wearable sensors from ISS crewmembers are analyzed.

Systems:

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparation Activity: The crew unpacked the Short Extravehicular Mobility Unit (SEMU) from the SpX-27 Launch Enclosure and then loaded trash back into the Launch Enclosure for disposal. SEMU 3003, which arrived on SpX-27, was configured for on-orbit operations by installing of the EMU Data Recorder (EDAR) Box, Antenna, and Antenna Cable.

Waste Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Troubleshooting: Last week, the WHC check separator light annunciated multiple times after crew use. During the second round of troubleshooting for the WHC pump separator light, the crew was able to recover the WHC to a nominal configuration. Today, the crew completed a WHC Urine Quick Disconnect (QD) Inspection to investigate the cause of the WHC pump separator fault.

SpaceX-27 Dragon Cargo Operations: The crew transferred payloads from the SpX-27 cargo vehicle to the ISS. The crew will continue removing the more than 6,200 pounds of cargo launched on SpX-27 and then will begin to load SpX-27 for return.

Completed Task List Activities:

    None

Today’s Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

    Electrical Power System (EPS) Solar Array Maximum Output Test
    Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Maneuver to XYZ for MISSE
    Water Transfer from Resupply Tank to EDV

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #1429 on: 03/29/2023 06:29 pm »
A few more pictures from the Exp 68 timeframe:


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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #1430 on: 03/30/2023 03:41 pm »
NOTE:  CROSS POST with Expedition 69 Thread -  This is the last Daily Summary Report for Exp 68, first for Exp 69

ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/28/2023


Bill Keeter Posted on March 28, 2023

Payloads:

Ampli Space Pharmacy: Ampli Space Pharmacy hardware was stowed. The Ampli Space Pharmacy investigation studies the properties of chemical reactions of fluids flowing through membranes in microgravity. Researchers can use resulting information to refine an existing organic synthesis and bioprocessing approach to produce new compounds. This modular approach could provide a way to make medicines.

BioFabrication Facility (BFF)-Meniscus: Tissue cassettes were inserted into the BFF for printing operations. The syringe swap, print operations and removal were aborted when it was discovered that one of the print nozzles was clogged. The clog was cleared and the BFF was setup to make another print attempt tomorrow. BFF Assembled Next-gen Development of Collagenous Allograft Meniscal Prosthetics aboard the International Space Station (BFF-Meniscus) evaluates the feasibility of using the BFF to print a meniscus. The tissue is printed using a combination of collagen and human allogenic mesenchymal stem cells and allowed to develop into mature tissue. Scientists evaluate the tissue’s mechanical properties and compare it to identically bioprinted tissues on Earth.

Cardiobreath: The BioMonitor wearable hardware was donned and acquired data during a Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) exercise period. Astronauts experience changes in their cardiovascular, respiratory, and musculoskeletal systems during spaceflight, which can affect their capacity to exercise and to maintain blood pressure when standing after return to Earth. Causal Analysis of Cardiorespiratory Coupling on the ISS (Cardiobreath) studies the combined effects of cardiovascular and respiratory adaptations on blood pressure regulation during spaceflight. Results could provide a better understanding of the mechanisms of these adaptations on long-duration missions and support development of methods for assessing cardiovascular and respiratory effects on blood pressure before and after spaceflight.

Life Science Glovebox (LSG): The Glovebox USB Camera was removed from LSG. LSG is a sealed work area that accommodates life science and technology investigations in a “workbench” type environment. Due to its larger size design, two crew members can work in LSG simultaneously.

Vascular Aging: Sample Collections Data indicates that aging-like changes are accelerated in many ISS crew members, particularly with respect to their arteries. As part of the Space Environment Causes Acceleration of Vascular Aging: Roles of Hypogravity, Nutrition, and Radiation (Vascular Aging) investigation, ultrasounds of the arteries, blood samples, oral glucose tolerance, and wearable sensors from ISS crew members are analyzed.

Veg-05: The Root Mats were removed and trashed. The Pick-and-Eat Salad-Crop Productivity, Nutritional Value, and Acceptability to Supplement the ISS Food System (Veg-05) investigation is the next step in efforts to address the need for a continuous fresh-food production system in space.

Systems:

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Upper Stop Cable Remove and Replace (R&R): The crew R&R’d the right upper stop cables. Replacement is necessary when the cables have excessive wear and failure is eminent. The ARED uses adjustable resistance piston-driven vacuum cylinders along with a flywheel system to simulate free-weight exercised in normal gravity.

Transfer Cargo Dragon Cargo Operations: The crew continued transferring science experiments, crew provisions, and hardware from the SpX-27 cargo vehicle to the ISS.

Network Attached Storage (NAS) Operations: The crew installed the NAS device in Columbus and connected it to the 16-Port Ethernet Switch for the initial configuration. The crew then performed the NAS device final install by disconnecting LAN cable from the 16-Port Ethernet Switch and connecting them to the COL Patch Panels. NAS is a file-level computer data storage server connected to a computer network providing data access to a heterogeneous group of clients.

Completed Task List Activities:

    None

Today’s Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

    Cygnus Gimbal Movement, Repress, and SIGI Power On
    HRF1 Signal Analogue Downlink
    BFF Tissue Cassette Operations
    HRF Rack 1 and 2 Power Up Commanding
    ARS FBCO2 Scrubber Sample Support

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #1431 on: 04/20/2023 07:39 pm »
The ISS Youtube feed is covering the traditional Increment review/honor event from MCC-H.  Koichi commented on the "challenges" including the power issue on Cygnus which resulted in some lost science, and gasp, melted ice cream...
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Best quote heard during an inspection, "I was unaware that I was the only one who was aware."

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #1432 on: 06/23/2023 01:28 pm »
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