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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #240 on: 08/22/2019 01:23 pm »
A little over six months after @astro_alex returned from the
@Space_Station, scientists, planners, operations staff & support personnel gathered for a first glimpse at the results.

https://twitter.com/esaspaceflight/status/1164505418112086017

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #241 on: 08/22/2019 04:15 pm »
The job of an IV is a complex challenge, especially the first time. But I’m happy to offer my support to the EV crew!

https://twitter.com/astro_luca/status/1164561126266408960

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #242 on: 08/22/2019 07:41 pm »
Full Science Schedule Today After Spacewalk and Rocket Launch

Mark Garcia Posted on August 22, 2019

Russia’s uncrewed Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is on its way to the International Space Station following its launch just a few hours after Wednesday’s spacewalk. The Expedition 60 crew is back on a full science schedule today and preparing to send a U.S. cargo craft back to Earth.

NASA astronauts Nick Hague and Andrew Morgan called down to Mission Control today to discuss yesterday’s spacewalk when they installed the station’s second commercial crew vehicle docking port, the International Docking Adapter-3. The duo, including NASA Flight Engineer Christina Koch, talked about normal technical issues and task challenges they faced before, during and after the spacewalking job.

Koch spent most of Thursday tending to lab mice living aboard the station. Scientists seek therapeutic insights not possible on Earth by observing the rodents due to their genetic similarity to humans.

Hague spent a portion of his day contributing to experiments designed by middle and high school students researching a variety of space phenomena. Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) continued exploring ways to manufacture safer, more fuel-efficient tires before moving on to more cell differentiation research.

Morgan is preparing the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft for its return to Earth next week. The crew will be packing Dragon over the weekend and into Monday with the results of numerous space experiments for analysis. Robotics controllers will command the Canadarm2 to release Dragon from its grips on Tuesday at 10:42 a.m. EDT. It will splashdown in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of southern California a few hours later for retrieval by SpaceX personnel.

The first unpiloted Soyuz spacecraft launched yesterday from Kazakhstan about nine hours after Hague and Morgan completed their spacewalk. The Soyuz MS-14 is orbiting Earth today headed toward the station following a successful 2.1a booster test during its ascent. Commander Alexey Ovchinin and Flight Engineer Alexander Skvortsov will monitor its automated approach and rendezvous when it docks Saturday to the Poisk module at 1:31 a.m. EDT.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/08/22/full-science-schedule-today-after-spacewalk-and-rocket-launch/

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #243 on: 08/22/2019 09:36 pm »
@AstroHague and @AstroDrewMorgan
 wrapped up a six-hour and 32-minute spacewalk today at 2:59pm ET. The duo installed the station's second
@Commercial_Crew docking port.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1164254615833141248

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #244 on: 08/22/2019 09:37 pm »
.Each time I open the door the views keep getting better. Congratulations to all involved in the successful execution of this #spacewalk. From our EVA and Robotics trainers to the teams down in Mission Control – The quality of our training is out of this world.

https://twitter.com/AstroHague/status/1164646344927207424
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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #245 on: 08/22/2019 09:38 pm »
👨‍🚀 From space, a look ahead to #Artemis. During yesterday's spacewalk, @AstroHague
 carried a reminder that our missions to @Space_Station are paving the way for future exploration of the Moon and Mars:

https://twitter.com/NASA/status/1164643413431672840

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #246 on: 08/23/2019 03:37 am »
The Exp 60 crew is on a full science schedule today after yesterday's spacewalk and rocket launch. A U.S. cargo craft is also being packed for departure next week.

https://twitter.com/Space_Station/status/1164590230667706368

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #247 on: 08/23/2019 01:33 pm »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/22/2019

60 Soyuz (60S) Uncrewed Launch: 60S launched nominally last night from Baikonur Cosmodrome. Roscosmos currently has limited capability to return scientific samples and/or equipment for refurbishment so this uncrewed flight was planned to complete the following test objectives:

To test a modernized guidance, navigation and control system as well as an entry control system
To verify the integration of the Soyuz spacecraft with the Soyuz-2.1a rocket
To aid in the development of an uncrewed vehicle for return of cargo to the ground from the Russian Segment
Docking to the ISS MRM2 port is scheduled for this Saturday.

NutrISS: The crew attached the Bioelectrical Impedance Analysis (BIA) Measurement electrodes to the subject’s skin and performed measurements. A questionnaire was also completed and the BIA hardware was stowed. Long duration spaceflight induces relevant changes in body composition and a loss of body mass. In the NutrISS investigation, a periodic assessment of body composition (body weight, fat mass, and fat-free mass) during spaceflight aboard the ISS is carried out using a dedicated bio-impedance analysis device to allow for the measurement of long-term energy balance modification over time. On the basis of this data, it is hypothesized that an adjusted diet maintaining a near-neutral energy balance, and/or increasing protein, intake can limit microgravity-induced bone and muscle loss of crew members.

Micro-15: The crew performed the drug injections for Session D operations. The goal of this investigation is to better understand the effects of gravity on the differentiation of mammalian cells using 3-D cultures of induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells. Past flight experiments and ground-based simulations have demonstrated that microgravity influences gene expression, cell proliferation, and differentiation in stem cells but the mechanism behind these observations is not clearly understood. This study investigates how exposure to microgravity fundamentally alters cell regulation and how these changes can affect the timing, progression, and outcomes of cell differentiation.

Goodyear Tire: The crew performed the sample termination operations by injection termination solutions into the three sample bags and stowed. Pushing the Limits of Silica Fillers for Tire Applications (Goodyear Tire) evaluates creation of novel silica forms and structures, or morphologies, using traditional techniques to form silica fillers in microgravity. The space environment may yield results not possible in ground-based environments. Better understanding of silica morphology and the relationship between silica structure and properties may improve the silica design process as well as silica rubber formulation and tire manufacturing and performance on the ground.

NanoRacks Module-9: The crew performed session 4 operations for the activation deactivation and shaking of Module 9 mixture tubes. NanoRacks-National Center for Earth and Space Science Education-Gemini includes 41 microgravity experiments designed by students in grades 5 through 12 and college. The experiments range from examinations of water filtration and purification to synthetic soil production, rust formation, antibiotic effectiveness, growth and development of microacquatic organisms, and growth of plant, fungi, and bacteria. Each was chosen from more than 3,000 entries submitted by more than 23,000 U.S., Canadian, and Brazilian students. The experiments use NanoRacks MixStix, miniature laboratories activated by the ISS crew and are eventually returned to the student teams on Earth for analysis.

Rodent Research-17 (RR-17): The crew restocked all four Rodent Habitats and cleaned the access unit. Rodent Research-17 (RR-17) uses young and old mice as model organisms to evaluate the physiological, cellular and molecular effects of the spaceflight environment. Some responses to spaceflight in humans and model organisms such as mice resemble accelerated aging. This investigation provides a better understanding of aging-related immune, bone, and muscle disease processes, which may lead to new therapies for use in space and on Earth.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Display and Control Module (DCM) Recessed Poppet with Visible O-Ring: During post EVA operations, while disconnecting the Service and Cooling Umbilical (SCU) from EMU 3006, the crew reported one of the o-rings on the DCM Multiple Connector was visible and the associated poppet was slightly recessed.  No leaking water was observed initially or after the suit had been stowed for approximately two hours.  Upon review of video downlink, the affected poppet was identified as the “Cooling In” poppet. Today, the crew successfully reseated the o-ring by lubricating and cycling the poppet.

EVA Debrief: Following yesterday’s IDA3 EVA, the crew and ground teams completed a debrief to address process improvement, concerns and/or comments.

Completed Task List Activities:

None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Payloads ops support
Dragon transfer ops

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #248 on: 08/23/2019 01:36 pm »
SPACE CHRONICLES | From a machine that could 3D-print human organs in orbit to bacteria that could help develop a mining industry in space, our space correspondent @astro_luca explains the experiments he's been carrying out.

https://twitter.com/euronewsit/status/1164837611208187904

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #249 on: 08/23/2019 01:37 pm »
The skin of Earth – Africa: red sand, grey rock.

https://twitter.com/astro_luca/status/1164892577927237632

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #250 on: 08/23/2019 01:40 pm »
Bacteria get everywhere, even inside spacecraft. ESA has selected @Luxembourg_RTO
to develop antimicrobial surface treatments for the interior of spacecraft:

https://twitter.com/esaspaceflight/status/1164780812237041665


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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #251 on: 08/23/2019 03:39 pm »
Life Science Today as Crew Readies for Spacecraft Arrivals and Departures

Mark Garcia Posted on August 23, 2019

The Expedition 60 crew is continuing ongoing space science today and packing a U.S. resupply ship for departure next week. Russia’s first unpiloted Soyuz spacecraft is also on its way to the International Space Station where it will dock early Saturday morning.

Four astronauts, Luca Parmitano of ESA (European Space Agency) with Christina Koch, Andrew Morgan and Nick Hague, all from NASA, are readying the SpaceX Dragon for its return to Earth. They will be packing Dragon with cargo and completed space experiments all weekend and into Monday.

Ground controllers will remotely command the Canadarm2 robotic arm to detach Dragon from the Harmony module before releasing it into orbit on Tuesday at 10:42 a.m. EDT. SpaceX personnel will retrieve Dragon from the Pacific Ocean after its splashdown off the coast of southern California a few hours later. NASA TV begins its live broadcast of Dragon’s departure on Tuesday at 10:15 a.m.

A multitude of space experiments is continuing aboard the orbiting lab today. Hague explored how moss grows in microgravity to inform self-sustaining human missions to the Moon and Mars. Koch serviced 3D printed tissue samples for a study investigating printing human organs in space. Parmitano researched cell differentiation to help doctors design medical therapies for humans on Earth and in space. Finally, Morgan collected and spun his blood samples in a centrifuge before stowing them in a science freezer for analysis.

The two cosmonauts, Alexey Ovchinin and Alexander Skvortsov, will be up early Saturday several hours before the rest of their crewmates. They will be monitoring the automated arrival of the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft set to dock to the Poisk module at 1:31 a.m. EDT Saturday. It will stay there for two weeks before undocking and parachuting to a landing in Kazakhstan with no crew onboard Sept. 6.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/08/23/life-science-today-as-crew-readies-for-spacecraft-arrivals-and-departures/


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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #253 on: 08/24/2019 11:28 am »
Uncrewed Russian Spacecraft Aborts Station Approach

Mark Garcia Posted on August 24, 2019

At 1:36 a.m. EDT, Russian cosmonauts issued a command to abort the automated approach of an uncrewed Russian Soyuz spacecraft to the International Space Station after the craft was unable to lock onto its target at the station’s space-facing Poisk module.

The Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11:38 p.m. EDT (8:38 a.m. Aug. 22 Baikonur time) on a test flight. It made 34 orbits of Earth en route to its anticipated docking to the station.

Following the abort, the spacecraft backed a safe distance away from the orbital complex while the Russian flight controllers assess the next steps.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/08/24/uncrewed-russian-spacecraft-aborts-station-approach/

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #254 on: 08/24/2019 11:30 am »
Russian Spacecraft Docking Attempt No Earlier Than Monday

Mark Garcia Posted on August 24, 2019

An uncrewed Russian Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft is now a safe distance away from the International Space Station following an abort during its final approach for a docking to the Poisk module.

After the cosmonauts on the station aborted an automated docking attempt early Saturday, Russian flight controllers told the crew on the station that early data indicates the issue that prevented its automated docking resides on the station’s side of the so-called KURS automated rendezvous system, not on the Soyuz itself.

The Soyuz is on a safe trajectory above and behind the space station that will bring it in the vicinity of the orbital complex again in 24 hours and 48 hours. Russian flight controllers have indicated the next earliest docking attempt could be Monday morning.

In the meantime, Russian controllers informed Expedition 60 commander Alexey Ovchinin and flight engineer Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian federal space agency Roscosmos they will send instructions to swap the signal amplifier of the station’s KURS docking system and test it before proceeding with another docking attempt.

The Soyuz launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 11:38 p.m. EDT (8:38 a.m. Aug. 22 Baikonur time) on a test flight to validate the spacecraft’s compatibility with a revamped Soyuz booster rocket.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/08/24/russian-spacecraft-docking-attempt-no-earlier-than-monday/

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #255 on: 08/24/2019 05:45 pm »
Cross-post:
Latest plan - [removed embedded image and attached same image]

If I understand correctly:
Skvortsov, Parmitano, and Morgan will board their Soyuz MS-13 craft Monday the 26th to undock it from Zvezda aft and redock it at Poisk.

This would be a manual dock, so there would be no dependence on the failed Kurs unit in Poisk?

Soyuz MS-14 would then dock at Zvezda aft on Tuesday the 27th.  Apparently, the Kurs unit for this docking port is functional?
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Will the crew still attempt to repair the failed Kurs unit on-orbit, after Soyuz MS-14 is safely docked?
EDIT: Apparently, yes.
https://ria.ru/20190824/1557865907.html
Google translate:
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MOSCOW, Aug 24 - RIA News.
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After [the new attempt to dock the Soyuz MS-14 to the ISS], the ISS crew will replace the faulty [Kurs] module.
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And; also cross-posting:
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NAVAREA XII 397/2019 (18,21) 
EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC.
CALIFORNIA.
MEXICO.
1. HAZARDOUS OPERATIONS, SPACE DEBRIS
   272000Z TO 272030Z AUG, ALTERNATE
   281105Z TO 281135Z AND 311825Z TO 311855Z AUG
   IN AREAS BOUND BY:
   A. <snip>
   B. <snip>
   C. <snip>
      31-47-13N 120-30-36W, 30-38-06N 121-19-11W.
2. CANCEL THIS MSG 311955Z AUG 19.
( 220925Z AUG 2019 )

A - RED corresponds with 27 iss track

B - YELLOW corresponds with 28 iss track

C - LIME corresponds with 31 iss track

Dragon unberthing and release will be delayed to Wednesday the 28th or Saturday the 31st?
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As always, seeking correction and/or clarification!

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #256 on: 08/24/2019 06:26 pm »
On Monday the 26th - yes
On Tuesday the 27th - yes

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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #258 on: 08/25/2019 07:56 am »
Second Docking Attempt for Russian Spacecraft Planned for Monday Night

Mark Garcia Posted on August 24, 2019

International Space Station managers and the international partners met on Saturday and approved a plan to allow a second rendezvous and docking attempt for the unpiloted Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft to occur on Monday night. The Soyuz’ initial docking attempt early Saturday was aborted after what Russian officials said was a suspected problem with a component associated with the Kurs automated rendezvous system for the Poisk module docking port.

The Soyuz was commanded to back away from the station after approaching to within 100 meters of Poisk when the vehicle could not achieve a solid telemetry lock to that docking port through the automated rendezvous system. The unpiloted Soyuz is currently orbiting a safe distance from the ISS with all of its systems functioning normally. The six crewmembers on board the station were never in any danger during the initial rendezvous attempt.

Plans now call for the unpiloted Soyuz to execute a second docking attempt Monday night at 10:12 p.m. Central time, 11:12 p.m. Eastern time, but this time to the aft port of the Zvezda Service Module. The Kurs system on Zvezda has been checked out and is in perfect working order. NASA TV coverage of the docking Monday night will begin at 9:30 p.m. Central time, 10:30 p.m. Eastern time.

To accommodate the new plan, Expedition 60 crewmembers Alexander Skvortsov of Roscosmos, Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency and Drew Morgan of NASA will don their Russian Sokol launch and entry suits Sunday night, climb aboard their Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft which docked to Zvezda on July 20 and undock for a 25-minute Soyuz relocation maneuver and a manual docking by Soyuz commander Skvortsov to the Poisk module. The suspect Kurs rendezvous unit component for Poisk is not a factor for the relocation maneuver by Skvortsov and his Soyuz crewmates.

NASA TV coverage of the relocation will begin Sunday night at 10 p.m. Central time, 11 p.m. Eastern time. Undocking of the Soyuz MS-13 spacecraft from Zvezda is scheduled at 10:34 p.m. Central time, 11:34 p.m. Eastern time with redocking to Poisk scheduled at 10:59 p.m. Central time, 11:59 p.m. Eastern time.

It would be the first Soyuz relocation since August 2015 when Gennady Padalka and Mikhail Kornienko of Roscosmos and NASA’s Scott Kelly conducted a similar operation, but in reverse, flying their Soyuz TMA-16M spacecraft from Poisk to Zvezda.

The docking of the unpiloted Soyuz Monday night will preserve the robotic release of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft Tuesday morning after a four-week stay at the station. Dragon will be deorbited for a parachute-assisted splashdown several hours later in the Pacific Ocean, bringing home cargo and valuable scientific experiments from the orbital laboratory.

https://blogs.nasa.gov/spacestation/2019/08/24/second-docking-attempt-for-russian-spacecraft-planned-for-monday-night/
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Re: Expedition 60 Thread
« Reply #259 on: 08/25/2019 10:00 am »
http://en.roscosmos.ru/20891/
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Regarding the Soyuz spacecraft docking
August 25, 2019, 06:00 GMT

On August 22, 2019 the Soyuz MS-14 unpiloted ship test launch took place according to the International Space Station flight program. On August, 24 due to the technical issues the automatic docking of the ship to the ISS was cancelled. To organize its docking, on August, 26 the Soyuz MS-13 piloted spacecraft will be redocked from the Zvezda service module to the Poisk Mini-Research Module 2 of the Russian segment of the ISS.
 
The estimated time of the Soyuz MS-13 detachment from the Zvezda module is at 03:34 UTC, the docking to the Poisk module is at 03:59 UTC. The whole operation will last for about 25 minutes. The docking will be performed manually by the ship’s commander Alexander Skvortsov with onboard engineers Luca Parmitano and Andrew Morgan taking part. On August, 25 the ISS crew is training to redock the spacecraft and carrying out its depreservation.
 
The redocking will be performed to free up the Zvezda service module docking unit, which will be used to dock the Soyuz MS-14 spacecraft on August 27, 2019 at 03:12 UTC.

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