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11-19-2011
November 19, 2011
ISS On-Orbit Status 11/19/11

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Saturday. >>>Today 42 years ago (1969), Apollo 12 landed on the moon with Charles “Pete” Conrad and Alan “Al” Bean in “Intrepid”, while Richard “Dick” Gordon remained in orbit in CSM “Yankee Clipper”. It was the 2nd lunar landing of six and the 6th manned flight in the Apollo Program.<<<

First thing in Post-Sleep prior to eating, drinking & brushing teeth, FE-3 Burbank performed another liquid saliva collection of the INTEGRATED IMMUNE protocol (Day 3 for him). The collections are made every other day for six days. [INTEGRATED IMMUNE (Validating Procedures for Monitoring Crew member Immune Function) samples & analyzes participant’s blood, urine, and saliva before, during and after flight for changes related to functions like bone metabolism, oxidative damage and immune function to develop and validate an immune monitoring strategy consistent with operational flight requirements and constraints. The strategy uses both long and short duration crewmembers as study subjects. The saliva is collected in two forms, dry and liquid. The dry samples are collected at intervals during the collection day using a specialized book that contains filter paper. The liquid saliva collections require that the crewmembers soak a piece of cotton inside their mouths and place it in a salivette bag; there are four of the liquid collections during docked operations. The on-orbit blood samples are collected right before undocking and returned to the ground so that analysis can occur with 48 hours of the sampling. This allows assays that quantify the function of different types of white blood cells and other active components of the immune system. Samples are secured in the MELFI (Minus-Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS). Also included are entries in a fluid/medications intact log, and a stress-test questionnaire to be filled out by the subject at begin and end. Urine is collected during a 24-hour period, conventionally divided into two twelve-hour phases: morning-evening and evening-morning.]

After wakeup, FE-2 Ivanishin performed the routine inspection of the SM (Service Module) PSS Caution & Warning panel as part of regular Daily Morning Inspection.

Also at wake-up, Ivanishin terminated his first experiment session, started last night, for the long-term Russian sleep study MBI-12/Sonokard, taking the recording device from his Sonokard sports shirt pocket and later copying the measurements to the RSE-Med laptop for subsequent downlink to the ground. [Sonokard objectives are stated to (1) study the feasibility of obtaining the maximum of data through computer processing of records obtained overnight, (2) systematically record the crewmember’s physiological functions during sleep, (3) study the feasibility of obtaining real-time crew health data. Investigators believe that contactless acquisition of cardiorespiratory data over the night period could serve as a basis for developing efficient criteria for evaluating and predicting adaptive capability of human body in long-duration space flight.]

Burbank took over the BCAT-6 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-6)-Phase Separation experiment service, checking the running BCAT-6 payload for camera & flashlight battery charge. The Nikon D2Xs camera with EarthKAM software running with the Intervalometer on SSC-18 (Station Support Computer 18) is taking automated flash photography of Sample 3. [After starting on 11/10, the camera is running for a total of 7 days, taking one photo every 2 hrs (changed today from 1 hr). Camera battery change and Intervalometer restart is done three times a day. Objective of BCAT-6 Phase Separation: to gain unique insights into how gas and liquid phases separate and come together in microgravity. These fundamental studies on the underlying physics of fluids could provide the understanding needed to enable the development of less expensive, longer shelf-life household products, foods, and medicines.]

Again most of the work day was spent on Handover activities between the 27S & 28S crewmembers, to familiarize the new Expedition 29/30 residents with onboard equipment and procedures.

As one of the Handover activities, FE-4 Volkov & FE-1 Shkaplerov performed the periodic maintenance of the active Russian BMP (Harmful Impurities Removal System) by starting the "bake-out" cycle to vacuum on absorbent bed #1 of the regenerable dual-channel filtration system. The process will be terminated at ~3:30pm EST. Bed #2 regeneration will be done tomorrow. [Regeneration of each of the two cartridges takes about 12 hours and is conducted only during crew awake periods. The BMP’s regeneration cycle, normally done every 20 days, is currently performed four times more frequently (last time: 10/24 & 10/25).]

Shkaplerov, Ivanishin & Volkov performed Day 3 service on the 28S-delivered Russian bioengineering experiments.
[In particular, Anton, Anatoly & Sergey �C
Removed the BIO-8 PLAZMIDA payload from the KRIOGEM-03cooler (+4 degC), relocated it to the TBU thermostat-controlled container (+37 degC), activated it for a while, then turned it off and returned it to the KRIOGEM-03,
Prepared & started Kit 2 of the BTKh-35 MEMBRANA experiment,
Mixed a new sample (#3) of the BTKh-26 KASKAD experiment in the KT thermal enclosure in the GB/Glavboks-S (Glovebox-S) and transferred it to the TBU-V (+29 degC), and
Took photographs of the BTKh-44 CALCIUM BIOEKOLOGIYA cases.]

FE-5 Furukawa had 2h 20m set aside for printing out new SODF (Station Operation Data File) procedures and updating the EMER-1 and EMER-2 books with these pages. [There are 6 EMER-1 books (SM, each Soyuz, Lab, FGB, Node-2) and 3 EMER-2 books (SM, FGB, Lab). They are updated regularly with changing station configuration and crew size.]

Later, Satoshi used the CDM (Carbon Dioxide Monitor), CSA-CP (Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products) and two CSA-O2 (Oxygen) instruments to take readings of O2 and CO2 (Carbon Dioxide) in the SM and COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory). Also checked were battery charges. CDM received a new battery (#1206). [O2 measurements in SM: 21.5% (both instruments), in COL: 21.5% (#1043) & 21.6% (#1048). CO2 measurements in SM: 0.28%; in COL: 0.29%.]

In preparation for his return to gravity next Monday, Sergey Volkov undertook the first part of his 5th and final exercise/training session of the Russian MO-5 MedOps protocol of cardiovascular evaluation in the below-the-waist reduced-pressure device (ODNT, US: LBNP) on the TVIS treadmill, with Anton Shkaplerov assisting as CMO (Crew Medical Officer). Medical telemetry monitoring on the ground was at 4:33am. The activity was then closed out. Part 2 follows tomorrow. [The assessments, lasting one hour each, supported by ground specialist tagup (VHF) and telemetry monitoring from Russian ground sites, uses the Gamma-1 ECG equipment with biomed harness, skin electrodes and a blood pressure and rheoplethysmograph cuff wired to the cycle ergometer's instrumentation panels. The Chibis ODNT provides gravity-simulating stress to the body’s cardiovascular/circulatory system for evaluation of the crewmembers’ orthostatic tolerance (e.g., the Gauer-Henry reflex) after several months in zero-G. The preparatory training generally consists of first imbibing 150-200 milliliters of water or juice, followed by two cycles of a sequence of progressive regimes of reduced (“negative”) pressure, set at -25, -30, -35 and -40 mmHg for five min. each, then -25, -35, and -40 mmHg (Torr) for 10 min. each plus 30mmHg for 5 min. while shifting from foot to foot at 10-12 steps per minute, while wearing a sphygmomanometer to measure blood pressure, medically monitored with the Gamma-1M hardware. The body’s circulatory system interprets the pressure differential between upper and lower body as a gravity-like force pulling the blood (and other liquids) down. Chibis data and biomed cardiovascular readings are recorded. The Chibis suit (not to be confused with the Russian “Pinguin” suit for spring-loaded body compression, or the "Kentavr" anti-g suit worn during reentry) is similar to the U.S. LBNP facility (not a suit) used for the first time on Skylab in 1973/74, although it appears to accomplish its purpose more quickly.]

After FE-3 Burbank installed the three PaRIS (Passive Rack Isolation System) lock-down alignment guides on the CIR (Combustion Integrated Rack) to protect its ARIS (Active Rack Isolation System) from external loading (dynamic disturbances), Dan worked with Mike Fossum on the rack, configuring it for another ground-controlled experiment/research run. With the Lab camcorder adjusted to view CIR live from the Node-1 side and after verifying the main & auxiliary RPCs (Remote Power Controllers) to be open plus touch temperatures within limits, Mike & Dan removed & replaced a manifold bottle on one of four manifolds (B) in front of the Optics Bench. [Steps included opening the upper doors, removing CIR manifold bottle B #2024 containing 40% O2 (oxygen), 60% N2 (nitrogen) at 160 psia pressure remaining and replaced it with manifold bottle B #2017 containing 40% O2 (oxygen), 60% He (helium), then placing the manual vent valve in VENT position, GIP valve lever in Up (open) position, closing the upper rack doors again, turning on two switches, and notifying POIC of rack readiness.]

Later, Mike & Dan worked on the WRS-2 (Water Recovery System 2) in Node-3, removing the ARFTA (Advanced Recycle Filter Tank Assembly), draining it into with the Russian Kompressor-M into an EDV-U container, performing a leak check, cleaning it and replacing it in WRS-2. [The recycle tank was then to be filled via the refill method using the UPA (Urine Processor Assembly) depress hose which was later removed again, along with the tank’s vent adapter.]

Afterwards, CDR & FE-3 filled the WSTA (Waste Storage Tank Assembly) to top off the Recycle Tank, then reconfigured the ARFTA with QD (Quick Disconnect) hose from the periodic backfill mode to UPA (Urine Processor Assembly) processing mode. [With ARFTA indicating Full, the WSTA was filled from EDV to 70% and left connected.]

Ivanishin performed his first periodic routine maintenance in the SM’s ASU toilette facility, changing out the pre-treat container (E-K) with its hose and the DKiV pre-treat & water dispenser. All old parts were trashed by Volkov for disposal in Soyuz 27S (Orbital Module), and the IMS (Inventory Management System) was updated. [E-K contains five liters of pre-treat solution, i.e., a mix of H2SO4 (sulfuric acid), CrO3 (chromium oxide, for oxidation and purple color), and H2O (water). The pre-treat liquid is mixed with water in the DKiV dispenser and used for toilet flushing.]

Sergey had ~1h20m reserved for loading excessed hardware and trash on the Soyuz 27S Orbital Module for disposal (atmospheric burn-up).

Anatoly also conducted a familiarization review of the Russian “Istochnik-M” (source, spring) telemetry reception & recording (SPR TMI) system in the SM which will be used during the Soyuz re-entry on 11/21. [Istochnik-M enables the ISS to receive data telemetered from Soyuz spacecraft during return to Earth and record it on the SPR telemetry system. The equipment, including the Istochnik TM station, power amplifiers, power supply, USB software sticks and cables, captures the telemetry through the “Sputnik” amateur (ham) radio antenna and transfers it to a laptop display where the crew is able to immediately tell if a good separation of the three Soyuz modules occurred during Soyuz descent operations.]

FE-4 Volkov used the standard ECOSFERA equipment, set up yesterday for the MedOps SZM-MO-21 microbial experiment, to inspect and evaluate the samples collected overnight in Media 1 & Media 2 Petri dishes in Kit #A24 for cultivation, with the POTOK air filtration unit deactivated. Afterwards, Sergey recharged the experiment’s battery and then set up the equipment for more sampling tomorrow. [The equipment, consisting of an air sampler set, a charger and power supply unit, provides samples to help determine microbial contamination of the ISS atmosphere, specifically the total bacterial and fungal microflora counts and microflora composition according to morphologic criteria of microorganism colonies. Because the Ecosphere battery can only support 10 air samples on one charge, the sample collection is being performed in two stages. After today‘s sampling, the ECOSFERA battery pack is being recharged overnight for tomorrow’s Stage 2 for sampling to Kit #А25 Petri dishes.]

Anton Shkaplerov completed his first data collection session for the psychological MBI-16 Vzaimodejstvie (“Interactions”) program, accessing and completing the computerized study questionnaire on the RSE-Med laptop and saving the data in an encrypted file. [The software has a “mood” questionnaire, a “group & work environment” questionnaire, and a “critical incidents” log. Results from the study, which is also mirrored by ground control subjects, could help to improve the ability of future crewmembers to interact safely and effectively with each other and with Mission Control, to have a more positive experience in space during multi-cultural, long-duration missions, and to successfully accomplish mission activities.]

FE-1 also checked out proper MKSD Control & Data Acquisition Module communications between the BSPN Payload Server and the RSS1 laptop, then copied science & service data, accumulated from the GFI-17 Molniya-GAMMA (“Lightning-GAMMA”) experiment mounted externally since the Russian EVA-28, over to external media (16 GB flash card). Later (~1:40pm EST), he initiated their downlink from the RSK1 laptop to the ground via OCA. [GFI-17 “Molniya” FOTON-GAMMA investigates atmospheric gamma-ray bursts and optical radiation in conditions of thunderstorm activity.]

Anatoly Ivanishin undertook his first session with the Russian behavioral assessment TIPOLOGIA (MBI-20), setting up the workstation, connecting equipment, suiting up and launching the program on the RSK1 laptop. [A crewmember stood by to assist FE-2 in donning the electrode cap, preparing the head for the electrodes and applying electrode gel from the Neurolab-RM2 kit. Data were recorded on a PCMCIA memory card and downlinked via OCA comm. MBI-20 studies typological features of operator activity of the ISS crews in long-term space flight phases, with the subject using a cap with EEG (electroencephalogram) electrodes. The experiment, which records EEGs, consists of the Lüscher test, “adaptive biological control” training, and the games Minesweeper and Tetris. The Lüscher color diagnostic is a psychological test which measures a person's psychophysical state, his/her ability to withstand stress, to perform and to communicate. It is believed to help uncover the cause of psychological stress, which can lead to physical symptoms. An EEG measures and records the electrical activity of the brain.]

FE-5 Furukawa filled out his weekly FFQ (Food Frequency Questionnaire) on the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer). [On the FFQs, USOS astronauts keep a personalized log of their nutritional intake over time on special MEC software. Recorded are the amounts consumed during the past week of such food items as beverages, cereals, grains, eggs, breads, snacks, sweets, fruit, beans, soup, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat, chicken, sauces & spreads, and vitamins. The FFQ is performed once a week to estimate nutrient intake from the previous week and to give recommendations to ground specialists that help maintain optimal crew health. Weekly estimation has been verified to be reliable enough that nutrients do not need to be tracked daily.]

Later, Satoshi worked in Lab and Node-2, tearing down the ISL PCS (Integrated Station LAN Portable Computer System) laptop Ethernet cables from their UIPs (Utility Interface Panels, Green A1 in Lab, Violet C1 in Node-2), stowed them away and removed the “FOR PCS” labels from the panels.

On the CEVIS cycle ergometer device, the Japanese Flight Engineer reconfigured the current isolator setups to reduce wire rope tension, removing the installed improvised sock balls from the four isolators and making new balls using only one pair of crew socks each. [The new sock balls must not fill the entire volume of the isolator.]

Dan Burbank removed his CEVIS PCMCIA (Portable Computer Memory Card International Adapter) memory card from the SSC (Station Support Computer) used for receiving the ground uplink of his CEVIS exercise protocol.

Continuing the obligatory CMS (Countermeasures Systems) overview which is required of each new crewmember prior to the first physical exercised session, Dan Burbank today observed Mike Fossum using the T2/COLBERT advanced treadmill.

The six-member crew joined in the new Russian round of Simvolika (Symbolika) activities, stamping and signing ~20 Russian Postal Service envelopes with the Expedition 29 insignia and the note “Sochi.ru 2014” to be returned with Sergey, Mike & Satoshi in the Soyuz TMA-02M/27S Descent Module on 11/21.

Before sleeptime, Shkaplerov will prepare the Russian MBI-12 payload and start his first Sonokard experiment session, using a sports shirt from the Sonokard kit with a special device in the pocket for testing a new method for acquiring physiological data without using direct contact on the skin. Measurements are recorded on a data card for return to Earth. [Sonokard objectives are stated to (1) study the feasibility of obtaining the maximum of data through computer processing of records obtained overnight, (2) systematically record the crewmember’s physiological functions during sleep, (3) study the feasibility of obtaining real-time crew health data. Investigators believe that contactless acquisition of cardiorespiratory data over the night period could serve as a basis for developing efficient criteria for evaluating and predicting adaptive capability of human body in long-duration space flight.]

At ~12:55am EST, Satoshi Furukawa had his weekly PFC (Private Family Conference), via S-band/audio and Ku-band/MS-NetMeeting application (which displays the uplinked ground video on an SSC laptop).

CDR, FE-3 & FE-5 had their standard weekly PMCs (Private Medical Conferences) via S- & Ku-band audio/video, Satoshi at ~10:15am, Mike at ~11:45am, Dan at ~12:00pm EST (his 3rd after coming on board).

WRM Update: A new WRM (Water Recovery Management) “cue card” was uplinked to the crew for their reference, updated with their latest CWC (Contingency Water Container) water audit. [The new card (29-0002F) lists 34 CWCs (517.6 L total) for the five types of water identified on board: 1. Silver technical water (7 CWCs with 217.5 L, for Elektron electrolysis, all containing Wautersia bacteria; 2. Condensate water (3 CWCs with 19.1 L), 7 empty bags; 3. Iodinated water (12 CWCs with 186.4 L; also 3 expired bags with 59.1 L); 4. Waste water (1 bag with 15.3 L EMU waste water); and 5. Special fluid (1 CWC with 20.2 L, hose/pump flush). Other CWCs are stowed behind racks and are currently not being tracked due to unchanging contents. Wautersia bacteria are typical water-borne microorganisms that have been seen previously in ISS water sources. These isolates pose no threat to human health.]

The crew worked out with their regular 2-hr physical exercise protocol on the TVIS treadmill with vibration isolation & stabilization (FE-1, FE-4/2x), ARED advanced resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-3, FE-5), T2/COLBERT advanced treadmill (CDR, FE-3, FE-5), and VELO ergometer bike with load trainer (FE-2)

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Twenty-Nine -- Week 9)

2D NANO Template (JAXA): No report.

3D SPACE: Complete.

AgCam (Agricultural Camera): No report.

ALTCRISS (Alteino Long Term monitoring of Cosmic Rays on the ISS): Complete.

ALTEA SHIELD (NASA/ASI): Radiation data measurements were performed with 5 out of 6 Silicon Detector Units. Since 10/16 one detector unit is off. However, since measurements in all 3 directions are collected, there is no real impact on science.

AMS-02 (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer): AMS payload and laptop continue nominal science operations. The AMS Transition Radiation Detector gas pump temperature returned to above its warning limit with successful Starboard TRRJ rotations during the recent extreme negative beta angle period, including the 28S Soyuz docking. Many thanks to the JSC and MSFC FCTs for their outstanding support. The AMS ops team is evaluating the data received, and procedures used, to determine if any adjustments need to be made to the mitigation plan for the next extreme negative beta angle period in January 2012. Results and recommendations will be taken to the ISS Ops Tag-up following the Thanksgiving holiday. Thermal issues internal to the AMS power avionics during power bus switching, in support of the 27S undock thruster firing on 11/14, forced the shut-down of several AMS systems, which resulted in a brief loss of science. The AMS POCC quickly overcame these issues. On 11/14-17, AMS data flow was configured differently in support of PLUTO on-board testing. This did not adversely affect AMS science operations.

APEX (Advanced Plant Experiments on Orbit) -Cambium: No report.

APEX-TAGES (Transgenic Arabidopsis Gene Expression System): No report.

Asian Seed 2010 (JAXA): Returned on ULF6.

BCAT-6 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test 6): “Mike: The sample 3 images are fabulous and we suspect they contain very important science: This sample is evolving very slowly and we are seeing faint signs of structure which may indicate that this sample is the closest to the critical point of all the BCAT samples observed in microgravity. This sample should enable us to pin down the critical point in the phase diagram. This, along with the other data points you have provided hints at exciting new science. We really appreciate all your hard work to get us this valuable science. We also appreciate the photos and feedback on your new sample module setup and are pursuing this for future runs.” [Colloids are particles as small as a few tens of nanometers (a thousandth of a thousandth of a millimeter) that are suspended in a medium, usually a liquid or a gas. The name “colloid” comes from the Greek word for “glue”, and expresses very important properties of colloids: when small and light enough, particles can be influenced in their behavior by forces of electromagnetic origin, and make them stick together, or repel each other depending on the configuration. Colloids are widely studied in science because the forces between particles can be controlled and tuned and because particles, while being small enough to be influenced by such forces, are big and slow enough to be seen with a relatively simple and inexpensive laboratory instrument like a microscope. This is why colloids are often studied as model for molecular systems (like standard gases or liquids) where molecules, the individual constituents, are much smaller than colloids and cannot be seen with light. As mentioned, forces between colloids can be tuned giving rise to a rich variety of phenomena. One of them is aggregation, which is when particles stick together and tend to form structures. Among the many ways to induce particle aggregation, one allows to do so by controlling the temperature of the solution in which the particles are immersed, thanks to very weak forces called “critical Casimir forces” that have been predicted more than 30 years ago but just partially verified in experiments. The objective of SODI COLLOID is to measure such forces and produce a controlled aggregation of tiny plastic particles. This would allow to shed light on critical Casimir forces and to make a step towards the fabrication of new nanostructured materials with remarkable optical properties for industrial applications.]

BIOLAB (ESA): No report.

BIORHYTHMS (JAXA, Biological Rhythms): No report.

BISE (CSA, Bodies in the Space Environment): No report.

BISPHOSPHONATES: No report.

BXF-Facility (Boiling eXperiment Facility, NASA): No report.

BXF-MABE (Microheater Array Boiling Experiment, NASA): No report.

BXF-NPBX (Pool Boiling Experiment, NASA): No report.

CARD (Long Term Microgravity: Model for Investigating Mechanisms of Heart Disease, ESA): No report.

CARDIOCOG-2: Complete.

CB (JAXA Clean Bench): No report.

CBEF-2 (JAXA Cell Biology Experiment Facility)/SPACE SEED: No report.

CCISS (Cardiovascular & Cerebrovascular Control on Return from ISS): No report.

CERISE (JAXA): No report.

CCF (Capillary Channel Flow, NASA): No report.

CFE-2 (Capillary Flow Experiment 2, NASA): No report.

CFS-A (Colored Fungi in Space-A, ESA): No report.

CSI-5/CGBA-5 (CGBA Science Insert #5/Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus 5): No report.

CGBA-2 (Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus 2): Complete.

CIR (Combustion Integrated Rack), MDCA/Flex: No report.

Commercial (Inc 23&24, JAXA): No report.

Commercial (Inc 25 & 26, JAXA): No report.

CSLM-2 (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures 2): No report.

CsPins (JAXA): No report.

CubeLab: No report.

CW/CR (Cell Wall/Resist Wall) in EMCS (European Modular Cultivation System): Complete.

DECLIC-ALI (Device for the Study of Critical Liquids & Crystallization-ALICE-like, CNES/NASA): No report.

DomeGene (JAXA): Complete.

DOSIS (Dose Distribution Inside ISS, ESA): No report.

EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students): No report.

EDR (European Drawer Rack, ESA): No report.

EKE (Endurance Capacity by Gas Exchange and Heart Rate Kinetics During Physical Training, ESA): No report.

ELITE-S2 (Elaboratore Immagini Televisive - Space 2): Planned.

EMCS (European Modular Cultivation System): Nominal water pump servicing was performed by ground commanding on 10/13.

ENose (Electronic Nose): No report.

EPM (European Physiology Module): No report.

EPO (Educational Payload Operations, NASA) (Eye in the Sky; Sleep 2): No report.

EPO (Educational Payload Operations, NASA) (Sesame Street): No report.

EPO (Educational Payload Operations, NASA) (Kids in Micro-G): No report.

EPO (Educational Payload Operations, NASA) (Earth/Moon/Mars Demo): No report.

EPO LES-2 (ESA): No report.

EPO GREENHOUSE (ESA): No report.

EPO 3-min Video (JAXA): No report.

EPO J-Astro Report (JAXA): No report.

EPO Dewey’s Forest (JAXA): Closed out on 3/15.

EPO Space Clothes (JAXA): Complete.

EPO Hiten (Dance, JAXA): No report.

EPO Lego Bricks (NASA, JAXA): “Thank you Satoshi for completing the Communications and Global Positioning Satellite build.”

EPO-5 SpaceBottle (Message in a Bottle, JAXA): No report.

EPO Moon Score (JAXA): No report.

EPO-7 Try Zero-G (JAXA): No report.

EPO Kibo Kids Tour (JAXA): Complete.

EPO Paper Craft (Origami, JAXA): No report.

EPO Poem (JAXA): No report.

EPO-6 Spiral Top 2 (JAXA): No report.

EPO-7 Doctor Demo (JAXA): No report.

EPO-7 Green Tea Preparation (JAXA): No report.

EPO-7 Ink Ball (JAXA): No report.

EPO-7 Video (JAXA):

ERB-2 (Erasmus Recording Binocular, ESA): [ERB-2 aims are to develop narrated video material for various PR & educational products & events, including a 3D interior station view.] No report.

ETD (Eye Tracking Device): Completed.

FACET-2 (JAXA): No report.

FERULATE (JAXA): No report.

FIR/LMM/CVB (Fluids Integrated Rack / Light Microscopy Module / Constrained Vapor Bubble): No report.

Fish Scales (JAXA): Completed on FD7/ULF-4 and returned on STS-132.

FOAM STABILITY (ESA): No report.

FOCUS: No report.

FSL (Fluid Science Laboratory, ESA): No report.

FWED (Flywheel Exercise Device, ESA): No report.

GENARA-A (Gravity Regulated Genes in Arabidopsis A/ESA): No report.

GEOFLOW-2 (ESA): GEOFLOW-2 science runs are on hold awaiting the outcome of the engineering assessment on the anomalies that occurred on 11/7 during the resume of the GEOFLOW-2 science runs (temperature fluctuations for the first set-points, and later on lock-up of the MVIS). [Background: Everybody is familiar with liquids. In an average day we get to use, handle or drink water or other liquids. And everybody knows how fluids (that is liquids and gases) behave: when subjected to a net force, may be pressure, a temperature difference or gravity, they can move freely. Scientists have been studying how fluids move for centuries, and managed to write mathematical formulas that can describe and predict such movements. Unfortunately, these equations are extremely complex and only approximate solutions are known. As a result, our quantitative understanding of fluid movement is just partial. This is especially true for natural phenomena where the forces can be enormous and unpredictable, like in oceans or in the atmosphere. Or the interior of the earth, where rocks are exposed to pressures and temperatures so incredibly high that they slowly move and adapt their shape. That is, over hundreds of years rocks flow just like a very viscous liquid. Scientists try to study such flows but cannot observe them directly due to the fact that they take place deep beneath the surface of our planet. The only way is to have computers simulating those movements starting from the equations, but how to check whether computers are correct? This is what GeoFlow II is trying to answer on board the International Space Station. GeoFlow II is a miniature planet that has some of its essential ingredients: a fluid can freely move inside a spherical container that rotates, has temperature differences and has a simulated gravity directed towards the centre just like in a real planet. By taking pictures of the fluid movements, scientists are able to understand the essential characteristics of the flows and determine whether computer simulations are correct or whether they need to be refined and improved towards a better understanding of the elusive movements that take place inside our planet.]

HAIR (JAXA): No report.

HDTV System (JAXA): No report.

Hicari (JAXA): Ground Activities, on 11/11, installed GHF cartridge for upcoming checkout. The Vacuum Process at GHF Material Processor started on 11/17, expecting ten days continuous operation to get proper degree of vacuum.

Holter ECG (JAXA): No report.

HQPC (JAXA): Was delivered by 34P.

HREP (HICO/Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean & RAIDS/Remote Atmospheric & Ionospheric Detection System/JAXA): HICO has taken 4500 images to-date. The most recent HICO images include the eastern part of the Bay of Bengal, part of the Caspian Sea, Mount Everest and Key Largo, FL. RAIDS is collecting secondary Science data including nighttime atmospheric disk photometry, spectra and temperatures. Extreme ultraviolet airglow spectroscopy and optical contamination studies will also be performed.

HydroTropi (Hydrotropism & Auxin-Inducible Gene Expression in Roots Grown under Microgravity Conditions/JAXA): No report.

ICE CRYSTAL (JAXA): Complete.

ICV (Integrated Cardiovascular): “Satoshi, you have now completed all of your ICV on-orbit sessions! We understand that the tasks associated with ICV are challenging and the experiment team truly does appreciate all of your considerable efforts to ensure experiment success. With the R-15 session behind us, we look forward to seeing you on the ground for some final BDC sessions.”

IMMUNO (Neuroendocrine & Immune Responses in Humans During & After Long Term Stay at ISS): Complete.

INTEGRATED IMMUNE: “Dan, thank you for your support to your first session of Integrated Immune. We will provide additional feedback next week, after completion of this session on Sunday. Mike & Satoshi, thank you for your diligence in collecting your Integrated Immune Saliva Samples. The team is looking forward to the completion of your last in-flight session!”

InSPACE-2 (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions 2): No report.

IRIS (Image Reversal in Space, CSA): No report.

ISS Amateur/Ham Radio: No report.

ISSAC (ISS Agricultural Camera, NASA): No report.

IV Gen (Intravenous Fluids Generation): No report.

KID/KUBIK6: No report.

KUBIK 3 (ESA): No report.

LMM/PACE-2 (Light Microscopy Module / Preliminary Advanced Colloids Experiment): No report.

LOCAD-PTS (Lab-on-a-Chip Application Development-Portable Test System): No report.

Marangoni Exp. (JAXA): There are 5 remaining experiment runs scheduled to restart in January 2012. JAXA released a web site report about new scientific finding of phenomena PAS (dynamic Particle Accumulation Structure) in Marangoni convection at URL; http://iss.jaxa.jp/library/video/spacenavi_wn111110.html

Marangoni DSD �C Dynamic Surf (JAXA): Payload name was change from Marangoni DSD to Dynamic Surf.

Marangoni UVP (JAXA): No report.

MARES (Muscle Atrophy Research & Exercise System, ESA/NASA): No report.

Matryoshka-2 (RSA): No report.

MAXI (Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image, JAXA): Continuing telemetry monitoring.

MDCA/Flex-2: “Mike: Great job replacing the CIR Manifold Bottle! You installed a bottle containing a different mixture to support the MDCA FLEX test points for 11/18.”

MEIS (Marangoni Experiment for ISS) in JAXA FPEF (Fluid Physics Experiment Facility): No report.

Microbe-2 (JAXA): Sample returned by ULF6.

Micro-G Clay (JAXA EPO): Complete.

MISSE-8 (Materials ISS Experiment 8): MISSE-8 is operating nominally and the Communication Interface Board (CIB) has not reset for three consecutive weeks now. MISSE-8 is still investigating potential correlations of CIB resets to active MISSE-8 experiments and sub-experiments. PASCAL has performed nominal commanding that produced IV curves of the solar cells. IV curves are plots of the current versus voltage for solar cells and tell a lot about how these are performing. The SpaceCube experiment is running code for new radiation hardening by software.

MMA (JAXA/Microgravity Measurement Apparatus): No report.

MPAC/SEED (JAXA): No report.

MSG-SAME (Microgravity Science Glovebox-Smoke Aerosol Measurement Experiment): No report.

MSPR (Multi Purpose Small Payload Rack, JAXA): No report.

MSL (Materials Science Laboratory, ESA): Science program is on hold pending engineering assessment after the MSRR / MSL power-down due to P/L MDM crashes on 10/4. The installation of the Termination Plug on 10/28 allowed for a ground-commanded MSL furnace characterization test which was successfully performed on 11/15. Data analyses of this health check test are on-going to assess the proper functioning of the Solidification and Quenching Furnace (SQF) after the incident. Thanks Mike for helping out and touching the MSL microswitches to engage them! This helped us a lot, since it allowed us to perform the ground-commanded MSL furnace health check on 11/15.

MTR-2 (Russian radiation measurements): Passive dosimeters measurements in DC-1 “Pirs”.

MULTIGEN-1: Completed.

MYCO 3 (JAXA): On 9/22, Mike and Satoshi completed sample collection.

MyoLab (JAXA): Completed on 4/20.

NANOSKELETON (Production of High Performance Nanomaterials in Microgravity, JAXA): No report.

NEURORAD (JAXA): No report.

NEUROSPAT (ESA/Study of Spatial Cognition, Novelty Processing and Sensorimotor Integration): No report.

NOA-1/-2 (Nitric Oxide Analyzer, ESA): Complete.

NUTRITION w/REPOSITORY/ProK: No report.

ODK (Onboard Diagnostic Kit, JAXA): On 10/27, Satoshi completed the Questionnaire as a task list item.

PACE-2 (Preliminary Advanced Colloids Experiment 2, NASA): (please see under FIR and LMM/PACE-2.

PADIAC (Pathway Different Activators, ESA): No report.

PADLES (JAXA, Area PADLES 3/4; Passive Area Dosimeter for Lifescience Experiment in Space): Planned on 11/20, removal and stow of 17 Area Dosimeters at JPM and JLP to return on 27S.

PASSAGES (JAXA): No report.

PCDF-PU (Protein Crystallization Diagnostic Facility - Process Unit): No report.

PCG (JAXA, Protein Crystal Growth): Returned on 26S on 9/16.

PCRF (Protein Crystallization Research Facility) Reconfiguration (JAXA): See PCG.

PLSG (Plant Signaling, NASA/ESA): No report.

PMDIS (Perceptual Motor Deficits in Space): Complete.

POLCA/GRAVIGEN (ESA): Complete.

Portable PFS: “Thanks, Mike, for performing the P-PFS maintenance calibration activities on 11/11.”

Pro K: No report.

RadGene & LOH (JAXA): Complete.

RadSilk (JAXA): No report.

Reaction Self Test (RST/Psychomotor Vigilance Self Test on the ISS): "Mike and Satoshi, the actual number of tests you will complete is 89 and 88 respectively. The number we have been carrying, 115, was a planning number. Thank you for your participation in Reaction Self Test throughout your increment! n, we thank you for your participation in Reaction Self Test and look forward to your increment! "

Robonaut (NASA): No report.

RYUTAI Rack (JAXA): No report.

SAIBO Rack (JAXA): No report.

SAMS/MAMS (Space & Microgravity Acceleration Measurement Systems): No report.

SAMPLE: Complete.

SCOF (Solution Crystallization Observation Facility, JAXA): No report.

SEDA-AP (Space Environment Data Acquisition Equipment-Attached Payload, JAXA): Continuing telemetry monitoring.

SHERE II (Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment II): No report.

SLAMMD (Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device): No report.

SLEEP (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy & Light Exposure during Spaceflight): No report.

SMILES (JAXA): Continuing telemetry monitoring.

SODI/IVIDIL (Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument/Influence of Vibration on Diffusion in Liquids, ESA): No report.

SODI/COLLOID (Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument/Colloid): On 11/15, ground commanded troubleshooting activities started by recovering corrupted system files on the internal flash disk of the Image Processing Unit (IPU). On 11/16 the troubleshooting activities on the SODI DSC image acquisition problem were successfully completed and image acquisition commanding was re-established. Further troubleshooting steps concentrated on the optimization of the image quality. After a first adjustment of the mirror position, images that were downloaded still showed an insufficient quality (low contrast and intensity, high black levels) as well as a problem on the image phase-stepping algorithm. The way forward is to adjust exposure times and parameters for black level and to perform a short checkout run during which further images are acquired and downloaded. In addition, investigations are on-going to improve and update the parameters for the phase-stepping algorithm. Having confirmation that the quality of the images is sufficient, the remaining science runs will be resumed.

SODI-DSC (Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument/Diffusion & Soret Coefficient, ESA): No report.

SOLAR (Solar Monitoring Observatory, ESA): Since 10/31 we are out of Sun Visibility Window (SVW) and no science measurements have been performed. After 45P docking, SolACES is still in warm-up configuration in order to protect from degradation of the optics during the upcoming un-/docking events - 28S docking on 11/16, 27S undocking on 11/21.

SOLO (Sodium Loading in Microgravity): No report.

Space-DRUMS (Space Dynamically Responding Ultrasonic Matrix System): No report.

Space Food (JAXA): No report.

SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellite): No report.

SPHINX (SPaceflight of Huvec: an Integrated eXperiment, ESA): No report.

SPICE (Smoke Point In Co-flow Experiment): No report.

SPINAL (Spinal Elongation): No report.

SPRINT: “Mike, awesome job on your final ultrasound scan! The team can't thank you enough for all the hard work you put into this experiment. Happy landings and see you in B261!”

SS-HDTV (Super Sensitivity High Definition Camera, JAXA): No more runs planned on Task List for Satoshi.

STP-H3 (Space Test Program �C Houston 3): MHTEX successfully started the Capillary Pumped Loop (CPL) with the hybrid evaporator. High power transient tests were performed where the hybrid evaporator had as much as 125W applied to it. MHTEX is now running in the steady state mode. Canary took data during the 28S docking event and plans to take data during the ISS reboost on Day 322. VADER is continuing lifetime testing of the VEDs at a reduced cycle rate. DISC has taken more images this week and is processing images that were taken in previous weeks.

SWAB (Characterization of Microorganisms & Allergens in Spacecraft): No report.

TASTE IN SPACE (ESA): No report.

THERMOLAB (ESA): No report.

TRAC (Test of Reaction & Adaptation Capabilities): Planned.

TREADMILL KINEMATICS: No report.

TRIPLELUX-B (ESA): No report.

ULTRASOUND: Planned.

UMS (Urine Monitoring System (NASA): No report.

VASCULAR (CSA): “No report.

VCAM (Vehicle Cabin Atmosphere Module, NASA): No report.

VESSEL ID System (ESA): Nominal measurements with NORAIS receiver.

VESSEL IMAGING (ESA): “Dan, since you will be performing your first session of the VESSEL IMAGING experiment next week, we thought we could provide you with some background description on the experiment.” [It is known that the ability of blood vessels to vasoconstrict - the ability of the muscular vessel wall to narrow the diameter of the blood vessel - is impaired during and after a human has been in space. "Vessel Imaging" is using the Ultrasound scanner on board the ISS to take images of the five different blood vessels in the lower abdomen and in the legs to study what changes occur to cause the blood vessels to be less able to vasoconstrict. For each vessel, a 5 second scan is performed to observe the blood vessel during several heart beats, followed by a scan where the ultrasound scan-head is tilted to allow a "cut through the blood vessel wall". The same scans are also performed before flight, and these pre-flight images are used as the baseline to which the in-flight data is compared with. The images are analyzed to detect any changes in the blood vessel wall properties, such as wall thickness, elasticity or structure, changes in the size of the blood vessel or blood flow (volume) while the crewmember is in orbit.]

VIABLE (eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE the ISS Payload Touch, NASA): No report.

VO2max (NASA): No report.

VLE (Video Lessons ESA): No report.

WAICO #1/#2 (Waving and Coiling of Arabidopsis Roots at Different g-levels; ESA): No report.

YEAST B (ESA): No report.

CEO (Crew Earth Observation): Through 11/14, the ground has received 30,238 CEO frames for review and cataloging. No additional imagery was acquired this past week with times corresponding to those of our CEO Daily Target Lists. Review and results are complete of earlier imagery for the following targets mentioned last week: Hawaii in sun glint �C some imagery of area acquired �C we will continue to request this type of imagery when conditions permit; Islamabad, Pakistan �C several good frames acquired �C requirements for this target are complete and we can remove it from our site list; Great Barrier Reef, Queensland �C numerous good frames acquired �C additional imagery of other portions of this large target will be requested in the future; Tashkent, Uzbekistan �C good imagery acquired �C requirements are complete for this target �C it will be dropped from the list; Tarawa Atoll, Kiribati �C several excellent frames acquired �C requirements complete �C this target can also be dropped from the list; and Mexico City, Mexico �C good imagery acquired �C requirement complete for this target as well. Thanks for your diligence in completing the imagery requirements for so many of our science sites! Your amazing view of the atmospheric re-entry of the Progress Spacecraft 42P over the southern Pacific Ocean was published on NASA/GSFC’s Earth Observatory website this past weekend. The photo was a frame from one of your automated sessions and the event was detected in the video that was made from it. The shot documents an almost-never visually observed event that has become routine in today’s ISS operations. Very cool view!

CEO (Crew Earth Observation) targets uplinked for today were Hanoi, Vietnam (WORLD CAPITALS COLLECTION SITE: The Vietnamese capital city is in the north of the country in the upper part of the delta of the Red River, about 90 miles inland from the Gulf of Tonkin. ISS had an early afternoon pass in fair weather with approach from the NW. At this time, the crew was to begin looking left of track for this urban area of nearly 3 million), Dili, East Timor (Timore Leste) (WORLD CAPITALS COLLECTION SITE: The capital city of East Timor with a population of almost 200,000 is located on the north coast of eastern Timor Island. ISS had a nadir pass in mid-afternoon light with partly cloudy weather expected. As it tracked southeastward over Timor, the crew was to look for this urban area on the north coast, just opposite the smaller island of Atauro), Mt. Etna (DYNAMIC EVENT: ISS had a nadir pass at midday with partly cloudy weather for this famous volcano located in eastern Sicily. Mount Etna has one of the world's longest documented records of historical volcanism, dating back to 1500 BC. CEO staff is interested in detailed views of any plume associated with this week’s eruption that the crew may observe. At this time as ISS tracked southeastward over the western part of the island of Sicily, trying to capture the source and extent of any plume), Asmara, Eritrea (WORLD CAPITALS COLLECTION SITE: Asmara, the Eritrean capital city of nearly 600,000 lies at elevation of 7,628 ft near a great escarpment that marks edge of the Eritrean Highlands with the shores of the Red Sea just 50 miles to the east. ISS had an early afternoon pass in fair weather today with an approach from the NW. At this time the crew was to begin looking just left of track for this low-contrast target), Santa Barbara Coast, California (LONG TERM ECOLOGICAL RESEACH SITE: ISS had a midday, clear-weather pass for this target with approach from the NW. The Santa Barbara Coastal Long Term Environmental Research [LTER] site is located in the coastal zone of southern California near Santa Barbara. It is bounded by the steep east-west trending Santa Ynez Mountains and coastal plain to the north and the unique Northern Channel Islands to the south. Point Conception, where the coast of California returns to a north to south orientation, lies at the western, and the Santa Clara River the eastern boundary. At this time, looking just left of track and trying for a mapping strip along the south-facing coast opposite the islands), and Galapagos Islands, Ecuador (H.M.S. BEAGLE SITE: ISS had a mid-afternoon pass in fair weather with this remote archipelago of volcanic islands located nadir to left of track. Darwin conducted an extensive survey of these islands from September 15th to October 20th of 1835 and commented: "The natural history of this archipelago is very remarkable: it seems to be a little world within itself; the greater number of its inhabitants, both vegetable and animal, being found nowhere else." As ISS approached from the NW at this time, the crew was to conduct a photo-survey of their own of as many of these remarkable islands as they could).

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 6:10am EST [= epoch])
  • Mean altitude �C 392.5 km
  • Apogee height �C 413.4 km
  • Perigee height �C 371.6 km
  • Period -- 92.41 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.64 deg
  • Eccentricity -- 0.0030876
  • Solar Beta Angle -- -47.7 deg (magnitude decreasing)
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.58
  • Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours �C 180 m
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) -- 74,515
  • Time in orbit (station) �C 4747 days
  • Time in orbit (crews, cum.) -- 4034days

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time and subject to change):
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
11/21/11 -- Soyuz TMA-02M/27S undock/landing (End of Increment 29) (~5:57pm/9:25pm)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
xx/xx/12 -- SpaceX Falcon 9/Dragon --- (Under Review)
12/21/11 -- Soyuz TMA-03M/29S launch �C O.Kononenko (CDR-31)/A.Kuipers/D.Pettit --- (Target Date)
12/23/11 -- Soyuz TMA-03M/29S docking (MRM1) --- (Target Date)
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
TBD -- Progress M-13M/45P undock
TBD -- Progress M-14M/46P launch
TBD -- Progress M-14M/46P docking (DC-1)
02/29/12 -- ATV3 launch readiness
TBD -- Soyuz TMA-22/28S undock/landing (End of Increment 30)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
03/xx/12 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/30S launch �C G.Padalka (CDR-32)/J.Acaba/K.Volkov --- (Target Date)
04/xx/12 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/30S docking (MRM2) --- (Target Date)
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
05/05/12 -- 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA �C launch on Proton (under review)
05/06/12 -- Progress M-14M/46P undock
05/07/12 -- 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) �C docking (under review)
05/xx/12 -- Soyuz TMA-03M/29S undock/landing (End of Increment 31)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
05/xx/12 �C Soyuz TMA-05M/31S launch �C S.Williams (CDR-33)/Y.Malenchenko/A.Hoshide
05/xx/12 �C Soyuz TMA-05M/31S docking
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
09/xx/12 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/30S undock/landing (End of Increment 32)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
10/xx/12 -- Soyuz TMA-06M/32S launch �C K.Ford (CDR-34)/O.Novitskiy/E.Tarelkin
10/xx/12 �C Soyuz TMA-06M/32S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
11/xx/12 -- Soyuz TMA-05M/31S undock/landing (End of Increment 33)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
11/xx/12 -- Soyuz TMA-07M/33S launch �C C.Hadfield (CDR-35)/T.Mashburn/R.Romanenko
12/xx/12 �C Soyuz TMA-07M/33S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
03/xx/13 -- Soyuz TMA-06M/32S undock/landing (End of Increment 34)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
03/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-08M/34S launch �C P.Vinogradov (CDR-36)/C.Cassidy/A.Misurkin
03/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-08M/34S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
05/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-07M/33S undock/landing (End of Increment 35)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
05/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-09M/35S launch �C M.Suraev (CDR-37)/K.Nyberg/L.Parmitano
05/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-09M/35S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
09/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-08M/34S undock/landing (End of Increment 36)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
09/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-10M/36S launch �C M.Hopkins/TBD (CDR-38)/TBD
09/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-10M/36S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
11/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-09M/35S undock/landing (End of Increment 37)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
11/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-11M/37S launch �C K.Wakata (CDR-39)/R.Mastracchio/TBD
11/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-11M/37S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
03/xx/14 �C Soyuz TMA-10M/36S undock/landing (End of Increment 38)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------