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November 28, 2009
ISS On-Orbit Status 11/28/09

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Saturday – Last weekend on the ISS for Frank, Roman & Bob.

FE-1 Suraev did the regular daily early-morning check of the aerosol filters at the Russian Elektron O2 generator which Suraev had installed on 10/19 in gaps between the BZh Liquid Unit and the oxygen outlet pipe (filter FA-K) plus hydrogen outlet pipe (filter FA-V). [FE-1 again inspects the filters tonight at bedtime, currently a daily requirement per plan, with photographs to be taken if the filter packing is discolored.]

CDR Williams started the day with another Reaction Self Test (Psychomotor Vigilance Self Test on the ISS) protocol. [The RST is performed twice daily (after wakeup & before bedtime) for 3 days prior to the sleep shift, the day(s) of the sleep shift and 5 days following a sleep shift.]

De Winne, Thirsk & Williams performed their third INTEGRATED IMMUNE liquid saliva collection (after the first one on 11/24), starting right after wake-up. Saliva samples are taken every other day for six days, with the final one on the morning of the blood draw, and the samples are stored at ambient temperature. [Along with NUTRITION (Nutritional Status Assessment), 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 crewmember soak a piece of cotton inside their mouth 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.]

In preparation for his return to gravity in two days, FE-3 Romanenko performed his fifth & final 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 Russian VELO ergometer, assisted by Suraev as CMO (Crew Medical Officer). The activity was then closed out. [The 1.5-hour assessment, supported by ground specialist tagup via S-band, 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. HR (Heart Rate) & BP (Blood Pressure) readings were reported to the ground specialist. The Chibis ODNT provides gravity-simulating stress to the body’s cardiovascular/circulatory system for evaluation of Romanenko’s 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 -20, -25, -35, and -40 mmHg for five min. each, then -25, -30, and -40 mmHg (Torr) for 5 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. 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.]

CDR Williams re-installed the PaRIS (Passive Rack Isolation System) lock-down alignment guides on the FCF (Fluids & Combustion Facility) in the CIR (Combustion Integrated Rack) which he had removed yesterday to allow PaRIS activation for ground-commanded FCF ops in micro-G.

Afterwards, Williams spent several hours transferring, unpacking & stowing cargo packages delivered on ULF3.

In a late timeline change, Frank De Winne performed another T2 rack alignment and nut tightening to make the new treadmill fully functional for the day. [COLBERT had again exhibited loose nuts, and the ground is working on a more permanent solution to this issue and is thinking of adding weekly inspections to the plan.]

Frank De Winne conducted another session with the ESA WEAR (Wearable Augmented Reality) experiment, performing additional testing on the WEAR recognition feature by using an updated database for better representation of the current COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory) configuration. Afterwards, the logfile and filled out questionnaire were transferred from the ESA MPPL (Multipurpose Laptop) via USB stick to SSC (Station Support Computer) for downlink. [The WEAR system is a demonstrator to assist astronauts in performing tasks onboard the ISS. Comprising a chest plate and a headset with microphone, headphone, motion sensor and camera, all connected to the laptop running the application software including speech recognition, WEAR allows crewmembers to consult procedures and manuals hands-free, with relevant information for the assigned task being displayed on a partially see-through screen before the astronaut’s eyes. The astronaut controls the system via voice commands. Background: Augmented reality (AR) is a term for a live direct or indirect view of a physical real-world environment whose elements are merged with-, or augmented by virtual computer-generated imagery, thus creating a “mixed reality”. The augmentation is conventionally in real-time and in semantic context with environmental elements, like for example sports scores on TV during a match. With the help of advanced AR technology (e.g. adding computer vision and object recognition) the information about the surrounding real world of the user becomes interactive and digitally usable. Artificial information about the environment and the objects in it can be stored and retrieved as an information layer on top of the real world view.]

Frank also retrieved a data log from the PWS1 (Portable Workstation 1) for downlink via USB and SSC .

Jeff Williams undertook an ICV (Integrated Cardiovascular) Exercise Echo session as Subject, assisted by Bob Thirsk as CMO. Today’s session required re-installation of TDI (Tissue Doppler Imaging) software. [Wearing electrodes, ECG (Electrocardiograph) cable & VOX, Jeff underwent the ultrasound scan for the Exercise Echo mode of ICV, with video being recorded from the HRF (Human Research Facility) Ultrasound and COL cabin camera. Heart rate was tracked with the HRM (Heart Rate Monitor). After confirmed file transfer, the gear was powered down and stowed. The ultrasound echo experiment uses the Image Collector software on the laptop and requires VOX/Voice plus RT Video downlink during the activity. Goal of the ICV experiment is to quantify the extent, time course, and clinical significance of cardiac atrophy and identify its mechanisms. The experiment consists of two separate but related activities over a one-week time period: an ultrasound echo scan & an ambulatory monitoring session. The sessions are scheduled at or around FD14, FD30, FD75, FD135 and R-15 (there will be fewer sessions if mission duration is less than six months). The FD75 echo scan includes an exercise component with a second scan (subset of the first) completed within 5 minutes after the end of exercise.]

As part of readying the Soyuz TMA-15/19S spacecraft for Monday’s return, Romanenko completed the periodic (monthly) recharging of the Motorola Iridium-9505A satellite phones located in the TMA-15 SA Descent Module, his fourth time. [After retrieving it from its location in the spacecraft Descent Module, Roman initiated the recharge of the lithium-ion battery, monitoring the process every 10-15 minutes as it took place. Upon completion, the phone was returned inside their SSSP Iridium kits and stowed back in the SA’s ODF (operational data files) container. The satphone accompanies returning ISS crews on Soyuz reentry & landing for contingency communications with SAR (Search-and-Rescue) personnel after touchdown (e.g., after an “undershoot” ballistic reentry, as happened during the 15S return). The Russian-developed procedure for the monthly recharging has been approved jointly by safety officials. During the procedure, the phone is left in its fire-protective fluoroplastic bag with open flap. The Iridium 9505A satphone uses the Iridium constellation of low-Earth orbit satellites to relay the landed Soyuz capsule's GPS (Global Positioning System) coordinates to helicopter-borne recovery crews. The older Iridium-9505 phones were first put onboard Soyuz in August 2003. The newer 9505A phone, currently in use, delivers 30 hours of standby time and three hours of talk, up from 20 and two hours, respectively, on the older units.]

In the SM (Service Module), Maxim Suraev performed some more extensive testing & checkout of the Russian “Istochnik-M” (source, spring) telemetry reception & recording (SPR TMI) system, which enables the ISS to receive telemetry from descending Soyuz spacecraft and record it on the Istochnik-M telemetry system. [With the VHF ham radio turned off, the BR-9TsU telemetry system on the Soyuz TMA-15/19S was powered on, and the FSH3 spectrum analyzer was used to measure the input signal from the SM antenna. The equipment, including the Istochnik TM station, power amplifiers, power supply, USB software sticks and cables, will capture Soyuz data through the amateur (ham) radio antenna, and transfer it to a laptop display where the crew and the ground will be able to immediately tell if a good separation of the three modules occurred during Soyuz 19S descent operations].

FE-4 Thirsk conducted the regular sensor calibration and check on the CSA-O2 (Compound Specific Analyzer-Oxygen) units #1046 & #1063.

After relocating the Ku-band power supply temporarily from the Lab to the Kibo JPM (JEM Pressurized Module), the FE-4 set up the video & payload hardware for a new BCAT-5 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-5) operational session. [Thirsk homogenized a new sample (Sample 7) in the SGSM (Slow Growth Sample Module), then took initial crystal photography with the DCS 760 and EarthKAM software running on an SSC. The BCAT-5 sample will be photographed automatically every hour for the next 21 days, and photos are downlinked during nominal OCA downlink sessions.]

At the MSG WV (Microgravity Science Glovebox / Work Volume), Bob supported the ground-commanded ESA experiment SODI/IVIDIL (Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument/Influence of Vibration on Diffusion in Liquids) by inspecting & activating the MSG, then exchanging the cell array and flash disk. Afterwards, MSGF was powered down again.

The FE-1 did the routine daily servicing of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS) in the SM. [Regular daily SOZh maintenance consists, among else, of checking the ASU toilet facilities, replacement of the KTO & KBO solid waste containers and replacement of EDV-SV waste water and EDV-U urine containers.]

Later, Suraev performed the daily IMS (Inventory Management System) maintenance, updating/editing its standard “delta file” including stowage locations, for the regular weekly automated export/import to its three databases on the ground (Houston, Moscow, Baikonur).

Maxim also completed the regular maintenance of the Russian POTOK-150MK (150 micron) air purification subsystems in the SM & FGB, by cleaning the pre-filters with a vacuum cleaner with narrow nozzle attachment and later restarting POTOK in automatic mode.

In preparation of Soyuz 19S return to Earth, Romanenko removed & transferred a tray of the BIORISK-KM (BIO-2) experiment in a Ziploc bag to the Descent Module and installed the remaining three BIO-2 trays at in the SM PrK (Transfer Tunnel).

Afterwards, the FE-3 spent ~3 hrs in additional packing & stowing of cargo to be returned to Earth on 19S.

Later Roman made preparations for the usual pre-departure microbial air sampling session scheduled tomorrow with the MedOps SZM-MO-21 ECOSFERA equipment, initiating charging on the Ecosphere power pack (BP) and readying the KRIOGEM-03 thermostatic container for the samples. [The equipment, consisting of an air sampler set, a charger, power supply unit, and incubation tray for Petri dishes, determines microbial contamination of the ISS atmosphere, specifically the total bacterial and fungal microflora counts and microflora composition according to morphologic criteria of microorganism colonies.]

De Winne conducted a new session (his seventh) with the MedOps experiment WinSCAT (Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows), logging in on the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer) laptop and performing the psychological evaluation exercise on the PC-based WinSCAT application. [WinSCAT is a monthly time-constrained questionnaire test of cognitive abilities, routinely performed by astronauts aboard the ISS every 30 days before or after the PHS (periodic health status) test or on special CDR's, crewmembers or flight surgeons request. The test uses cognitive subtests that measure sustained concentration, verbal working memory, attention, short-term memory, spatial processing, and math skills. The five cognitive subtests are Coding Memory - Learning, Continuous Processing Task (CPT), Match to Sample, Mathematics, and Coding Delayed Recall. These WinSCAT subtests are the same as those used during NASA’s long-duration bed rest studies.]

Frank also performed the regular bi-monthly reboots of the OCA Router and File Server SSC laptops.

Jeff conducted the periodic inspection of the CEVIS (Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation & Stabilization) isolators. [Jeff to Ground: “All wires on all isolators nominal (like new). No photos taken.”]

For the seventh time, Bob Thirsk donned the Glenn treadmill harness with installed transducer instrumentation, then activated the new harness for another individual exercise run on the T2/COLBERT treadmill. [Afterwards, he downloaded the harness data and filled out a survey questionnaire to complete the SDTO (Station Development Test Objective).]
At ~7:45am EST, Bob Thirsk linked up with the Canadian Flight Control Team at CSA (Canadian Space Agency) Headquarters/St Hubert, Quebec, via S-band/audio. [This conference is scheduled once every week, between the ISS crewmembers and CSA.]

At ~8:05am EST, the crew held their regular WPC (Weekly Planning Conference) with the ground, discussing next week's "Look-Ahead Plan" (prepared jointly by MCC-Houston and TsUP-Moscow timeline planners) via S-band/audio, reviewing the monthly calendar, upcoming activities, and any concerns about future on-orbit events.

The crew performed their regular 2-hr physical exercise on the TVIS treadmill (FE-1, FE-3/ODNT, FE-5), ARED advanced resistive exerciser (CDR, FE-5), T2 treadmill (CDR, FE-4/2x), and VELO ergometer bike with bungee cord load trainer (FE-1, FE-3).

Afterwards, Frank transferred the exercise data files to the MEC for downlink, including the daily wristband HRM (Heart Rate Monitor) data of the workouts on ARED, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium (done six times a week).

Conjunction Update: Overnight tracking of Object 25619 (Delta rocket body) showed a downward trending PC (Probability of Collision), reaching a value that no longer posed a threat to the ISS. FCT (Flight Control Team) therefore stood down from debris avoidance operations. The object will be monitored and updates provided as needed. The DAM (Debris Avoidance Maneuver) cancellation has shifted the subsequent conjunction with Object 614 (Hitchhiker 1) slightly closer to the ISS, but not enough to justify starting DAM planning at this time. This was taken into consideration during the decision-making process for cancelling the DAM.

Soyuz TMA-15/19S Descent Timeline Overview:
If everything is nominal, the return to Earth of the TMA-15 spacecraft during Monday night will proceed along the following approximate event sequence (all times EST):
  • ISS attitude control handover to RS --- 9:00pm (11/30);
  • ISS in free drift for FGB hooks open --- 9:19pm;
  • ISS to free drift for undocking --- 10:52pm
  • Hooks Open command (DO15) --- 10:53pm;
  • Separation springs action/physical sep (delta-V ~0.12 m/sec) --- 10:56pm;
  • Separation burn #1 (15 sec, ~0.543 m/sec) --- 10:59pm;
  • ISS attitude control handover to US --- 23:51pm;
  • Deorbit Burn start (delta-V 115.2 m/sec) --- 1:25:28am (12/1);
  • Deorbit Burn complete --- 1:29:53am;
  • Tri-Module separation (140.0 km) --- 1:49:34am;
  • Atmospheric entry (101.9 km, with ~170 m/sec) --- 1:52:30am;
  • Max G-load (41.1 km alt) --- 1:58:07am;
  • Parachute deploy command (10.7 km alt) --- 2:00:55am;
  • 19S Landing (DO1) --- 2:16am EST; 10:16am Moscow DMT; 1:16pm local Kazakhstan;
  • Local Sunset --- 6:28am (5:28pm local).
[Note: Kazakhstan time = GMT+6h; = EST+11h. Moscow DMT = EST+8h.]

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Twenty-One -- Week 7)

3-D SPACE: No report.

AgCam (Agricultural Camera): No report.

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


APEX-Cambium: “Photos taken during Cambium looping on 11/21 were received, they are very useful for the Cambium investigator and the APEX team is impressed by Bob's excellent work. Following the emergency water injection directly into the tubes by Jeff on 11/25, the pictures sent by the ABRS look encouraging. The facility is successful in maintaining the settings required for the experiment. Many thanks to Bob and Jeff.”

BCAT-4/5 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test 4/5): (From CSA): “Bob, the CSA, NASA and SFU teams are looking forward to sample 7 re-homogenization this Saturday GMT332. Thank you for all of your good work and we’ll talk to you both on Saturday. This will be the last summary for you before you leave the ISS so have a safe return; see you soon.”

BIOLAB (ESA): No report.

BIORHYTHMS (JAXA, Biological Rhythms): No report.

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

BISPHOSPHONATES: “Bob, thanks for completing your pill ingestion. Your last session is scheduled for 11/28, at which point we will ask that you take a picture of your pill packet. Jeff, thanks for completing your pill ingestion. Your next session is scheduled for 11/29.”

CARD (Long Term Microgravity: Model for Investigating Mechanisms of Heart Disease, ESA): Samples from Frank De Winne and Mike Barratt being returned on ULF3 (session was in Inc19/20).

CARDIOCOG-2: Complete.

CB (JAXA Clean Bench): No report.

CBEF (JAXA Cell Biology Experiment Facility)/SPACE SEED: The SAIBO rack was shut down 3 times since 11/19 due to ISS false depression alarm and SAIBO rack false fire alarm. The noisy 1G fan is not moving now.

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

CERISE (JAXA): “The first sample observation was performed on 11/23. There was some difference in the 0G and 1G nematode behavior. The second sample observation is scheduled on 11/27. We greatly appreciate your patience regarding the CBEF fan noise.”

CFE (Capillary Flow Experiment): Reserve.

CSI-3/CGBA-5 (CGBA Science Insert #2/Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus 5): Ongoing.

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

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

CSLM-2 (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures 2): Complete.

Commercial 2 (JAXA): Completed.

Commercial 3 (JAXA): Completed.

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

DomeGene (JAXA): Complete.

DOSIS (ESA): “Thank you, Frank, for performing the passive dosimeter exchange.”

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

EDR (European Drawer Rack, ESA): The rack is continuously active in support of the Protein Crystallization Diagnostic Facility (PCDF) experiment. EDR is providing power/data and temperature control (via cooling loop) to PCDF.

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

ENose (Electronic Nose): No report.

EPM (European Physiology Module): No report.

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

EPO LES-2 (ESA): “Thank you Frank and Bob for completing the LES-2 capillarity experiment. We appreciate the both of you taking time for that during your pre-sleep period. The team is looking forward to receiving the footage being returned on ULF3.”

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

EPO J-Astro Report (JAXA): Ongoing.

EPO Dewey’s Forest (JAXA): The sample was transferred to MELFI.

EPO Space Clothes (JAXA): Complete.

EPO Hiten (Dance, JAXA): No report.

EPO Moon Score (JAXA): No report.

EPO Try Zero-G (JAXA): “No report.

EPO Kibo Kids Tour (JAXA): Complete.

EPO Spiral Top (JAXA): No report.

ETD (Eye Tracking Device): Completed.

EuTEF (European Technology Exposure Facility): With landing of 17A on 9/11, EuTEF platform was returned to the ground.

FACET (JAXA): No report.

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

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

FOAM STABILITY (ESA): Tapes are being returned on ULF3.

FSL (Fluid Science Laboratory): MMA measurements performed to support Flywheel check-out.

GEOFLOW: No report.

HDTV System (JAXA): Was delivered by HTV1.

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): No report.


ICV (Integrated Cardiovascular): “Jeff, thanks to you and the entire crew for all your work to get the HRF Ultrasound back up and running as well as the dedicated efforts to obtain the necessary echo session prior to Nicole and Bob’s departure. We would not have been so successful in obtaining all the ICV requirements had it not been for the collaborative effort, from all functional areas, working tirelessly to make it happen. The ground team is looking forward to your exercise echo session on 11/28, and yours, Bob, on 11/29.”

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


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

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

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

Marangoni UVP (JAXA): Postponed. Troubleshooting planning is now in progress.

MAXI (Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image, JAXA): Continuing observation operation. Ethernet communication trouble (11/25) has been fixed.

MEIS (Marangoni Experiment for ISS) in JAXA FPEF (Fluid Physics Experiment Facility): Postponed because of sample cassette failure.

MDCA/Flex: See under CIR.

Microbe-1 (JAXA): No report.

Micro-G Clay (JAXA EPO): Complete.

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

MISSE (Materials ISS Experiment): Ongoing.

MSG-SAME (Microgravity Science Glovebox): Complete.

MSL (Materials Science Laboratory): Processed SCAs from CETSOL and MICAST are being returned on ULF3.

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

MULTIGEN-1: Completed.

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

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


PADLES (JAXA, Area PADLES 3; Passive Area Dosimeter for Lifescience Experiment in Space): Dosimeter reattach is planned for 11/29.

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

PCG (JAXA, Protein Crystal Growth): PCG samples were returned by Soyuz 18S and transported to JAXA.

PCRF (Protein Crystallization Research Facility) Reconfiguration (JAXA): Complete.

PMDIS (Perceptual Motor Deficits in Space): Complete.


RadGene & LOH (JAXA): Complete.

RadSilk (JAXA): RadSilk incubation was finished, and the sample was stowed in DCB. The sample is being returned on ULF3. “We greatly appreciate for your patience regarding the CBEF fan noise.”

RST/Reaction Self Test (Psychomotor Vigilance Self Test on the ISS):Jeff, thank you for your continued participation in Reaction Self Test! We hope to receive the data soon and look forward to analyzing it.”

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 observation operations.

SHERE (Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment): Complete.

SLEEP (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy & Light Exposure during Spaceflight): “All: Thank you for completing your second week of Sleep logging for this Expedition. Bob and Frank: Your only remaining activity is doffing the Actiwatches on ISS prior to Soyuz undock. Jeff: We are glad you were able to find your Actiwatch! ”

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

SMILES (JAXA): Continuing observations.

SODI/IVIDIL (Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument/Influence of Vibration on Diffusion in. Liquids, ESA): (From CSA): “The team is looking forward to the cell exchange activity onboard MSG/SODI-IVIDIL. Ziad is busy reviewing and completing the acceleration data for cell #1 and visited CSA this week for a mid-mission science update. Have a safe return and we’ll see you back on the ground soon.”

SOLAR (Solar Monitoring Observatory): Sun window #22 ended on 11/21.

SOLO (Sodium Loading in Microgravity): Samples from Frank De Winne and Mike Barratt are being returned on ULF3 (sessions were in Inc 19/20).

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

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

SPINAL (Spinal Elongation): “Jeff, thank you for being a subject for Spinal on STS 129! We look forward to receiving and reviewing the data.”

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

THERMOLAB (ESA): No report.

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


VO2max (NASA): No report.

VLE (Video Lessons ESA): VLE-1 completed.

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

YEAST B (ESA): No report.

CEO (Crew Earth Observations): No report.

No CEO (Crew Earth Observation) photo targets uplinked for today.

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 8:23am EST [= epoch])
Mean altitude – 341.3 km
Apogee height – 346.3 km
Perigee height – 336.3 km
Period -- 91.36 min.
Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.65 deg
Eccentricity -- 0.0007456
Solar Beta Angle -- -57.2 deg (magnitude peaking)
Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.76
Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours -- 125 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) -- 63185

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time, some changes possible!):
11/30/09 – Soyuz TMA-15/19S undock – 10:56m
12/01/09 -- Soyuz TMA-15/19S land – 2:16am (Kazakhstan: 1:16pm)
11/30-12/23 ---> two-member crew
12/07/09 -- Progress M-MRM2 (Poisk) PAO (Propulsion/Service Module) jettison – 7:16pm
12/21/09 -- Soyuz TMA-17/21S launch -- O. Kotov/S. Noguchi/T.J. Creamer
12/23/09 -- Soyuz TMA-17/21S (FGB nadir)
01/20/10 -- Soyuz TMA-16/20S relocation (from SM aft to MRM-2)
02/03/10 -- Progress M-04M/36P launch
02/04/10 -- STS-130/Endeavour/20A – Node-3 “Tranquility”+Cupola (~6:30am EST)
02/05/10 -- Progress M-04M/36P docking
03/18/10 -- Soyuz TMA-16/20S undock/landing
03/18/10 -- STS-131/Discovery/19A – MPLM(P), LMC (~1:30pm EST)
04/02/10 -- Soyuz TMA-18/22S launch
04/27/10 -- Progress M-03M/35P undock
04/28/10 -- Progress M-05M/37P launch
04/30/10 -- Progress M-05M/37P docking
05/14/10 -- STS-132/Atlantis/ULF4 – ICC-VLD, MRM-1 (~2:00pm EST)
05/29/10 -- Progress M-04M/36P undock
05/30/10 -- Soyuz TMA-19/23S launch
06/30/10 -- Progress M-06M/38P launch
07/02/10 -- Progress M-06M/38P docking
07/26/10 -- Progress M-05M/37P undock
07/27/10 -- Progress M-07M/39P launch
07/29/10 -- Progress M-07M/39P docking
07/29/10 -- STS-134/Endeavour (ULF6 – ELC3, AMS-02) (~7:30am EST)
08/30/10 -- Progress M-06M/38P undock
08/31/10 -- Progress M-08M/40P launch
09/02/10 -- Progress M-08M/40P docking
09/16/10 -- STS-133/Discovery (ULF5 – ELC4, PMM) (~12:01pm EST)
09/18/10 -- STS-133/Discovery (ULF5 – ELC4, PMM) docking
09/22/10 -- STS-133/Discovery (ULF5 – ELC4, PMM) undock
09/30/10 -- Soyuz TMA-20/24S launch
10/26/10 -- Progress M-07M/39P undock
10/27/10 -- Progress M-09M/41P launch
10/29/10 -- Progress M-09M/41P docking
11/30/10 -- Soyuz TMA-21/25S launch
12/15/10 -- Progress M-08M/40P undock
02/08/11 -- Progress M-09M/41P undock
02/09/11 -- Progress M-10M/42P launch
02/11/11 -- Progress M-10M/42P docking
03/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-22/26S launch
xx/xx/11 – Progress M-11M/43P launch
05/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-23/27S launch
12/??/11 -- 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA – on Proton