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ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/29/2023

Bill Keeter Posted on March 29, 2023


BioFabrication Facility (BFF): Vials were inserted into the BFF that contained Cell Cassette 20510 in order to re-attempt a print session from the previous day’s aborted session. Four cleaning (Bio-ink) syringes were swapped out, media was applied into the BFF and tissue printing was initiated. The Cassette was removed, and Cassette 20511 was installed for a future printing session. 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.


Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound Exams: The crew used the Ultrasound 2 device to first perform a Venous Thromboembolism (VTE) Exam and then performed eye exams using the same ultrasound equipment. VTE scans utilize a different frequency than the eye exams. However, this routine medical exam still utilizes existing on-orbit eye exam ultrasound hardware for imaging of the neck, clavicle, shoulder, and behind the knee. The crew then performed eye exams using the same ultrasound equipment. Eye exams are performed regularly on-board 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.

Transfer Cargo Dragon Cargo Operations: With unpack coming to an end, the crew began to repack the SpX-27 Cargo Dragon by loading payloads and hardware in preparation for vehicle undock on Saturday, April 15th.

Urine Transfer System (UTS) Offload EDV Swap: The crew swapped the EDV in the offload EDV spot of the UTS. The main objective of the UTS is to provide automated control of urine flow from Toilet System and Waste Hygiene Compartment (WHC) or from external storage containers into the UPA Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA).

Completed Task List Activities:


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

    BFF Operations Support
    SPS FCH Troubleshoot
    ACS OPM Execute
    Crew Dragon System Checkout
    MISSE-17 Transfer Operations

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Cargo, Research Work Ongoing as Commercial Crew Missions Announced

Mark Garcia Posted on March 30, 2023

The Expedition 69 crew members continue unpacking the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship in the midst of human research and pharmaceutical studies aboard the International Space Station. NASA and its commercial crew partners have also announced upcoming missions to the station.

Flight Engineers Frank Rubio of NASA and Sultan Alneyadi of UAE (United Arab Emirates) took turns working inside the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft on Thursday. The duo has been offloading some of the 6,200 pounds new research gear and crew supplies packed inside the Cargo Dragon. The U.S. commercial space freighter will remain docked to the Harmony module’s forward port until mid-April when it will return to Earth filled with completed science experiments and other cargo for retrieval and analysis.

Rubio started his day pedaling on the station’s exercise bike while attached to sensors to measure his aerobic capacity in microgravity. Afterward, he performed research work in the Columbus laboratory module to understand how the different gravity levels of the Moon, Mars, and beyond may affect the biomanufacturing of pharmaceuticals.

Alneyadi’s first task of the day was to install an incubator in the Kibo laboratory module and later activate it in the afternoon. He also collected surface samples throughout the space station for microbial analysis back on Earth.

Station Commander Sergey Prokopyev was joined by Rubio and Roscosmos Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin during the morning checking their Soyuz launch and entry suits for leaks. Prokopyev and Petelin then tested communications with the ISS Progress 83 cargo craft docked to the Zvezda service module’s rear port. Flight Engineer Andrey Fedyaev worked throughout Thursday on computer maintenance and orbital plumbing tasks.

NASA and Boeing now are targeting no earlier than Friday, July 21, for the agency’s Boeing Crew Flight Test (CFT) to the International Space Station, pending coordination for the U.S Eastern Range availability. The new target date provides NASA and Boeing the necessary time to complete subsystem verification testing and close out test flight certification products and aligns with the space station manifest and range launch opportunities.

NASA and SpaceX are targeting mid-August for the launch of Crew-7, the next rotational mission to the International Space Station.

Northrop Grumman’s Cygnus space freighter attached to the Unity module’s Earth-facing port fired its engines today for over 15 minutes today boosting the station’s orbit. The orbital reboost is the first of three that is positioning the orbiting lab for the upcoming launch and docking of the ISS Progress 84 cargo craft planned for late May. The maneuver also continues the certification process for using the Cygnus vehicle as an additional reboost capability.

UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi poses with a free-flying AstroBee robotic helper inside the space station’s Kibo laboratory module.

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« Reply #47 on: 03/31/2023 02:46 pm »
Has the Expedition 69 crew photo been released?
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Cardiac Study, Robotics Work, and Light Duty Day for Astronauts

Mark Garcia Posted on March 31, 2023

Heart research and robotics were the top objectives for the Expedition 69 crew aboard the International Space Station on Friday. Cargo work and lab maintenance also kept the orbital residents busy despite a light-duty day for some of the crew members.

One of the orbiting lab’s newest experiments is looking at how microgravity affects cardiac cells and the drugs that may protect astronaut health. Flight Engineers Frank Rubio of NASA and Sultan Alneyadi of UAE (United Arab Emirates) took turns on Friday servicing heart cell and tissue samples for the Cardinal Health 2.0 study recently delivered aboard the newest SpaceX Dragon cargo mission. Results could help identify and prevent the cardiovascular risks of living in space as well as treat heart ailments on Earth.

The duo also continued unpacking some of the 6,200 pounds cargo the Dragon resupply ship delivered to the crew on April 16. In the midst of the science and cargo work, Rubio and Alneyadi also managed to relax for half-a-day on the orbiting lab.

NASA Flight Engineers Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg had the day off at the end of the week following a busy week of science activities. However, Bowen did spend a few moments after lunchtime reviewing procedures and gathering hardware for the Foam and Emulsions physics study that may benefit commercial Earth-bound and space industries.

The European robotic arm saw action on Friday as Roscosmos Flight Engineer Andrey Fedyaev trained on and tested its operations while attached to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module. Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin worked throughout Friday on life support maintenance tasks. At the end of the day he spent a few moments studying how international crews and mission controllers from around the world can communicate better with each other. Commander Sergey Prokopyev spent his day working on batteries, ventilation gear, and orbital plumbing components.

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Crew Trains for Port Move During Busy Science Day

Mark Garcia Posted on April 3, 2023

Three Expedition 69 crew members are training to take a short ride around the International Space Station and move their Soyuz crew ship to another docking port later this week. The rest of the orbital residents focused on pharmaceutical studies, space physics, and biology research at the beginning of the week.

NASA Flight Engineer Frank Rubio joined Roscosmos cosmonauts Dmitri Petelin and Sergey Prokopyev on Monday and practiced on a computer the procedures to relocate the Soyuz MS-23 crew ship to a new docking port. The trio will enter the MS-23 and undock from the Poisk module 4:42 a.m. EDT on Thursday and maneuver to the Prichal docking module about 38 minutes later.

Petelin and Prokopyev, station flight engineer and commander respectively, also readied the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module, to which Prichal is attached, for the upcoming Soyuz relocation. Rubio finished his day working on orbital plumbing tasks and analyzing water samples for microbes.

The station’s other four residents spent Monday on a variety of microgravity research learning how to stay healthy on long-term space missions while also benefitting humans on Earth. The weightless environment of the space station offers unique insights impossible in Earth’s gravity potentially offering advanced solutions benefitting humans on and off the Earth.

NASA Flight Engineer Stephen Bowen attached breathing gear and sensors to himself then pedaled on the station’s exercise cycle at the beginning of his day. Doctors use the data from the exercise session to evaluate an astronaut’s aerobic fitness during a space mission. In the afternoon, Bowen then serviced samples for a study exploring using microbes to produce food and pharmaceuticals in different gravity levels.

NASA Flight Engineer Woody Hoburg spent his Monday morning tending to a life science study to understand how the human body adapts to weightlessness. Afterward, he and Bowen partnered up for more cargo work in the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship. Hoburg then scanned the eyes of Bowen at the end of the day using standard medical imaging gear found in an optometrist’s office on Earth.

UAE (United Arab Emirates) Flight Engineer Sultan Alneyadi focused his science activities on the Foam and Emulsions physics experiment that may lead to newer, more advanced space research and expanded commercial opportunities in space. Roscosmos Flight Engineer Andrey Fedyaev began his day photographing wildfires on Earth before spending the rest of his shift on ventilation maintenance inside Nauka and the Zvezda service module.

NASA astronaut Woody Hoburg shows off a fresh orange, recently delivered aboard the SpaceX Dragon resupply ship, flying in microgravity aboard the station.

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