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Expedition 69 and Ax-2 Working Together on Space Biology

Mark Garcia Posted on May 25, 2023

The Expedition 69 and Axiom Mission-2 (Ax-2) crews worked throughout Thursday conducting a multitude of space research aboard the International Space Station. Meanwhile, the orbiting lab’s three cosmonauts started unpacking a new cargo ship and worked on the European robotic arm controller.

Science is moving full speed ahead aboard the orbital outpost as four Expedition 69 astronauts and four Ax-2 private astronauts focused their research activities on a variety of space biology studies on Thursday. The life science and human research studies may provide insights unattainable on Earth promoting healthier astronauts living in space and humans on the ground.

UAE (United Arab Emirates) astronaut Sultan Alneyadi assisted Ax-2 Mission Specialist Rayyanah Barnawi in the Kibo laboratory module as she treated samples for a study exploring the effects of microgravity on the inflammatory response of human cells. Afterward, Barnawi was joined by NASA Flight Engineer Frank Rubio as she serviced stem cell samples inside Kibo’s Life Science Glovebox to potentially improve regenerative cell therapies on Earth.

Ax-2 Pilot John Shoffner and Ax-2 Mission Specialist Ali Alqarni joined each other for eye and brain scans. The private astronauts took turns in the morning scanning each other’s eyes with the Ultrasound 2 device in the Columbus laboratory module. The pair then got back together in the Destiny laboratory module during the afternoon, each wearing a cap filled with sensors, for a scan of their brains’ oxygen levels using near-infrared light. The scans are part of a single Ax-2 study that may provide insights into the effects of weightlessness on cognition and vision.

NASA Flight Engineers Stephen Bowen and Woody Hoburg also participated in a pair of eye scans on Thursday. The duo’s first test saw them scanning each other’s eyes with the Ultrasound 2 in Columbus. Afterward, Hoburg examined Bowen’s eyes using standard medical imaging hardware in the Harmony module that can be found in an optometrist’s office on Earth. Doctors on the ground assisted the pair during both eye checks to understand how an astronaut’s eye shape and vision may change while living long-term in space.

Ax-2 Commander Peggy Whitson began her day swapping tumor cell samples inside a fluorescence microscope to help researchers understand how cancers form and possibly develop ways to predict and treat cancer on Earth. The former NASA astronaut would later spend the rest of the day supporting her Ax-2 crewmates.

Station Commander Sergey Prokopyev and Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin, both from Roscosmos, began Thursday disassembling the new ISS Progress 84 (84P) resupply ship’s docking mechanism following its arrival at 11:19 a.m. EDT on Wednesday. Petelin would go on and unpack priority cargo from inside the 84P. Prokopyev studied futuristic spacecraft and robotic piloting techniques then stowed trash and discarded gear inside the ISS Progress 83 cargo craft. Meanwhile, Flight Engineer Andrey Fedyaev worked throughout Thursday configuring data on the European robotic arm’s internal controller located inside the Nauka science module.

The Axiom Mission-2 (Ax-2) and Expedition 69 crew members pose for a portrait together aboard the space station. In the center front row, is Expedition 69 crew member Sultan Alneyadi flanked by (from left) Ax-2 crew mates Peggy Whitson, Ali Alqarni, John Shoffner, and Rayyanah Barnawi. In the back (from left) are, Expedition 69 crew mates Dmitri Petelin, Stephen Bowen, Andrey Fedyaev, Sergey Prokopyev, and Woody Hoburg. Not pictured is astronaut Frank Rubio.

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ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/25/2023

Bill Keeter Posted on May 25, 2023

AstroPi: The 6mm Camera Lens was removed from the AstroPi Vis unit and the Bumper Legs were removed from both the AstroPi Vis and IR units. This completes the European AstroPi Challenge Mission ‘Life in Space’. Two augmented Raspberry Pi computers (called AstroPis) were flown to the ISS and are both equipped with the mighty Sense Hardware Attached on Top (HAT) that measures the environment inside the ISS, detects how the station moves through space, and picks up the Earth’s magnetic field. Each AstroPi is also equipped with different types of cameras: one has an infrared camera, and the other has a standard visible spectrum camera.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Water Recovery System (JWRS): The JWRS apparatus composed of the JEM WRS Water Processor and the JEM WRS Controller was removed from Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR). The demonstration of JWRS generates potable water from urine. In the past, urine and wastewater were collected and stored, or vented overboard. However, for long-term space missions, water supply could become a limiting factor. Demonstrating the function of this water recovery system on orbit contributes to updating the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) to support astronauts on the space station and future exploration missions.

Ring Sheared Drop-Interfacial Bioprocessing of Pharmaceuticals (RSD-IBP): The existing syringe and test cell (Sample 25) were removed and a new syringe and new test cell (Sample 26) were installed into the RSD hardware in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Work Volume. The ISS’s RSD is a containerless liquid system that makes it possible to study protein solutions without the effects of interactions with solid walls. RSD-IBP studies the behavior of high-concentration protein fluids and tests computer models for predicting that behavior. More accurate models could enable production of next-generation medicines for treating cancers and other diseases.


Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT2) Exam: Today, the ISS crew completed routine OCT2 eye exams. OCT2 is an imaging technique analogous to ultrasound imaging that uses light instead of sound to capture micrometer-resolution, two- and three-dimensional images of tissue; in this case, the objects of interest are the crewmembers’ eyes. Eye exams are performed regularly on-board to monitor crewmembers’ eye health. Eyesight is one of the many aspects of the human body that may be affected by long-duration stays in a microgravity environment.

ISS Crew Stowage Operations: Today, the crew continued prepacking items for return to Earth on SpX-28. Next, the crew stowed materials previously gathered for bagging the S-Band Radio Frequency Group (RFG). The RFG was previously planned to be brought into the Airlock and stowed following the USOS Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #86 performed on April 28th.

Completed Task List Activities:


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

    RNAR Response Time Course Seeding Operations
    HRF Rack 1 Power Up/Down Commanding
    Stellar Stem Cells Transfection Operations Support
    Laptop Preparation for OCT2 Exam

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Two @NASA_Astronauts aboard the @Space_Station  will conduct a pair of spacewalks Friday, June 9, and Thursday, June 15, to install two new solar arrays.

Learn more about the upcoming spacewalks during a news conference at 12 pm EDT Thursday, June 1.


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May 26, 2023

New Mexico Students to Hear from NASA Astronauts Aboard Space Station

Students from southern New Mexico schools will have an opportunity to hear from NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station.

The Earth-to-space call will air live at 11:30 a.m. EDT Tuesday, May 30, on NASA Television, the NASA app, and the agency’s website.

NASA astronauts Steve Bowen and Frank Rubio will answer prerecorded questions from students through a collaboration with the New Mexico Museum of Space History. The museum is dedicated to telling the story of space exploration and has engaged several school districts in southern New Mexico to participate in the downlink. The museum’s educators traveled to each district and presented information about the space station and its Expedition 69 crew, then worked with the students to develop the questions posed to the astronauts.

Media interested in covering the event should respond no later than 5 p.m. on Monday, May 29 to Cathy Harper at: [email protected] or 575-437-2840 x.41153.

For more than 22 years, astronauts have continuously lived and worked aboard the space station, testing technologies, performing science, and developing the skills needed to explore farther from Earth. Astronauts living in space aboard the orbiting laboratory communicate with NASA’s Mission Control Center in Houston 24 hours a day through the Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) Near Space Network.

Important research and technology investigations aboard the International Space Station benefit people on Earth and set the groundwork for future exploration. As part of Artemis, NASA will send astronauts to the Moon to prepare for future human exploration of Mars. Inspiring the next generation of explorers – the Artemis Generation – ensures America will continue to lead in space exploration and discovery.

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

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Expedition 69Space Station Crew Answers Florida Student Questions May 25, 2023

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Looks like SSRMS has been performing a survey of Crew Dragon Freedom for the past couple hours.

(2330 UTC update - still inspecting - didn't realize they went over the spacecraft in such detail!)
« Last Edit: 05/26/2023 11:30 pm by Yellowstone10 »

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