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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #960 on: 01/12/2023 10:06 pm »
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Media Briefing: NASA Media Update on Space Station Plans, Soyuz Status

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #961 on: 01/13/2023 12:31 am »
Crew Splits Day on Spacesuits and Space Science

Mark Garcia Posted on January 12, 2023

The seven Expedition 68 crew members split their day between spacesuits and space science. A spacewalk to upgrade the International Space Station’s power system is planned soon as advanced microgravity research is ongoing aboard the orbital lab.

Astronauts Nicole Mann of NASA and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) partnered together inside the Quest airlock readying a pair of Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMUs), or spacesuits, for an upcoming spacewalk. The pair were joined by NASA Flight Engineers Frank Rubio and Josh Cassada checking EMU components and preparing Quest ahead of the next spacewalk to prepare the station for its next roll-out solar array.

Meanwhile, space research is continuously taking place aboard the space station whether the experiments are operated manually by the astronauts, remotely by scientists on Earth, or autonomously with little to no inputs from crew members or payload specialists.

Wakata started his day in the Kibo laboratory module working on video components and cables to support research observation activities. Mann swapped a hard drive and installed new software on a laptop computer providing scientific data and command capabilities for an EXPRESS rack.

Cassada worked on a pair of research facilities on Thursday swapping fuel bottles inside the Combustion Integrated Rack then watering tomato plants growing inside the Veggie space botany system. Rubio serviced the Confocal space microscope that provides fluorescence imagery of biological samples providing fundamental insights into cellular and tissue characteristics.

Commander Sergey Prokopyev set up Earth observation hardware on Thursday morning before activating a 3-D printer and printing test samples. Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin studied the physics of fluids exposed to magnetic and electric fields in microgravity. Flight Engineer Anna Kikina spent her day on electronics maintenance charging equipment and checking cable connections.

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #964 on: 01/14/2023 01:19 am »
Spacewalk Preps Continue as Soyuz Seat Move Planned as Precaution

Mark Garcia Posted on January 13, 2023

Spacewalk preparations continue onboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 68 crew begins it weekend. The orbital residents also worked on space botany and robotics while maintaining orbital lab operations on Friday.

Astronauts Nicole Mann of NASA and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) worked throughout Friday familiarizing themselves with an upcoming spacewalk. The pair was joined by NASA Flight Engineers Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio for computerized spacewalk training and a conference with specialists on the ground. Two astronauts are scheduled exit the station and mount hardware on the truss structure readying the orbital lab for its next roll-out solar array.

Cassada also continued tending to tomato plants growing for the Veg-05 space botany study and worked on cargo transfers inside the Cygnus space freighter from Northrop Grumman. Rubio inspected emergency hardware than took a computerized robotics test to remain proficient when operating the Canadarm2 robotic arm.

Wakata repaired components on a multipurpose small payload rack in the Kibo laboratory module that supports a wide variety of research and educational activities in space. Mann spent some time tightening screws on the advanced resistive exercise device located in the Tranquility module.

Commander Sergey Prokopyev of Roscosmos worked on a variety of maintenance tasks inside the Zvezda service module on Friday. Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin transferred cargo from inside the ISS Progress 82 cargo craft and updated the station’s inventory management system. Flight Engineer Anna Kikina set up video equipment to record an exercise session then tested laptop computers inside the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.

On Thursday, Jan. 12, the International Space Station mission management team polled “go” to move NASA astronaut Frank Rubio’s Soyuz seat liner from the Soyuz MS-22 spacecraft to Dragon Endurance to provide lifeboat capabilities in the event Rubio would need to return to Earth because of an emergency evacuation from the space station. The seat liner move is scheduled to begin Tuesday, Jan. 17, with installation and configuration continuing through most of the day Wednesday, Jan. 18. The change allows for increased crew protection by reducing the heat load inside the MS-22 spacecraft for cosmonauts Prokopyev and Petelin in the event of an emergency return to Earth.

Once the replacement Soyuz MS-23 arrives at the space station on Feb. 22, Rubio’s seat liner will be transferred to the new Soyuz and the seat liners for Prokopyev and Petelin will be moved from MS-22 to MS-23 ahead of their return in the Soyuz.

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #966 on: 01/14/2023 01:27 am »
ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/12/2023

Bill Keeter Posted on January 12, 2023


Combustion Integrated Rack/Solid Fuel Ignition and Extinction (CIR/SoFIE): The crew replaced the 21% O2/79% N2 manifold bottle with a new bottle containing 85% O2/15% N2. This was performed in support of the upcoming SoFIE Growth and Extinction Limit (SoFIE-GEL) experiment. SoFIE-GEL studies burning in microgravity, measuring the amount of heating in a fuel sample to determine how fuel temperature affects material flammability. Results could improve understanding of early fire growth behavior and help determine optimal fire suppression techniques, improving crew safety in future space facilities.

JAXA Water Recovery System (JWRS): In support of upcoming operations, the JWRS components were assembled, and appropriate tubing and bags were checked. JWRS generates potable water from urine, with a capability of approximately 1 liter per day. In the past on manned spacecraft, urine and wastewater were collected and stored, or vented overboard. For long-term space missions, however, 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.

Plant Habitat-03A: The crew gained access to the plant growth chamber and performed a plant thinning, in which many of the 200 original plants were removed until 48 of the strongest remained. The plant thinning removes the smaller plants, allowing the larger, more established, plants to continue the experiment. Plants exposed to environmental stress, including spaceflight, undergo epigenetic changes that involve adding extra information to deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) rather than changing existing information. Epigenetic Adaptation to the Spaceflight Environment – Accumulated Genomic Change Induced by Generations in Space (Plant Habitat-03) assesses whether epigenetic adaptations in one generation of plants grown in space can transfer to the next generation. This could help identify genetic elements that increase the adaptability of plants to spaceflight, a first step toward developing cultivars better suited to provide food and air and water purification in life support systems on future space missions.

Veg-05: The young plants growing in the two Veggie facilities were inspected, watered if necessary, and photographed. The experiment is growing Red Robin dwarf tomatoes for a little over 3 months and will perform multiple harvests of the fruits produced. 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.


USOS Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparation Activities: In preparation for the upcoming 1A ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (IROSA) Prep EVA scheduled for January 20th, the crew prepared the equipment lock, completed Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Suit Intravehicular (IV) and Extravehicular (EV) Review, and verified correct EMU sizing. The main goal of this EVA is to route cables on two mod kits and install the 1A Mod Kit on the 1A Solar Array Wing (SAW) Mast Canister to prepare these SAWs for future IROSA installations.

Urine Transfer System (UTS) Backup EDV Swap: Today, the crew changed out the backup EDV in the UTS. EDV are intended for short-term storage and manual water transportation between facilities. The objective of the UTS is to provide automated control of urine flow from the Toilet System and Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) or from external storage containers into the Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA).

Completed Task List Activities:


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

    CCS S-band TLM HK1 Preempt
    EMU Data Recorder Operations
    MT Translation
    SPDM Unstow [Active]
    BioMed Data Checkout

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #968 on: 01/14/2023 01:40 am »
GT: Astronaut Wakata's EVA has been decided ✨
It is scheduled to be a long event of about 6 and a half hours. It will be broadcast live on NASA TV, so please support us!

JAXA is planning a commentary program on spacewalks in advance. Stock up on preliminary knowledge on JAXAChannel!
1/20 (Friday) around 17:00

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #973 on: 01/14/2023 01:59 am »
GT: Preparatory work is steadily progressing toward the implementation of spacewalks on January 20.

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #974 on: 01/14/2023 11:00 pm »
GT: We see for the first time the work that made it possible to reduce the air leak. Compare with the second photo, taken several years ago.

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #975 on: 01/16/2023 03:08 am »

Long video, Josh Cassada shows up at about 47 min in.....

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #976 on: 01/17/2023 06:02 am »

This is Yamazaki from Sperm Stem Cells. This experiment performs long-term storage of frozen spermatogonial stem cells at #ISS to examine the effects of the low-orbit shipboard environment on germ cells.
Since cells are directly examined, it is expected to lead to risk assessment and development of protection methods against cosmic rays in future manned space exploration ✨ (Continued)

Principal Investigator Takashi Shinohara ( #京都大 ), on the other hand, expressed his expectations for the results, saying, "Things that are simple on the ground take so much time on the ISS. I realized that common sense on Earth doesn't work in space...!"
As the person in charge, I am very happy to be able to carry out the experiment while fully agreeing with you. The sample will be returned to the researcher soon (end)

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Re: Expedition 68 Thread
« Reply #977 on: 01/17/2023 05:57 pm »
GT: Contribution to a safe and secure society from space✨
#JAEA Dr. Yamano leads the electrostatic levitation furnace (#KiboELF) experiment "B4C-SS eutectic" to prevent nuclear reactor accidents! We measure the physical properties of molten parts used in nuclear reactors.
#Kibo utilization #Space experiment #Accident investigation #Inc68JAXA

B4C-SS eutectic is expected to be very difficult due to its ultra-high temperature experiments. #JAXA will lead to success by utilizing the knowledge of electrostatic levitation furnace utilization experiments that have overcome various difficulties so far! (end)
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