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February 26, 2011
ISS On-Orbit Status 02/26/11

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Saturday – ULF-5 Docking day.

Sleep cycle shifting: Crew wake/sleep cycle will be shifted starting this morning.
Current schedule for ISS crew (EST):


STS-133/Discovery (ULF-5) docked smoothly at the ISS PMA-2 (Pressurized Mating Adapter-2) port 2 min ahead of time at 2:14pm EST this afternoon, with all hooks closed by ~3:04pm (after an unexpectedly long time waiting for the relative motions of the two masses to dampen out), rigidizing the Shuttle-ISS linkup. After successful completion of the RPM (R-Bar Pitch Maneuver) at ~1:23pm, Discovery arrived at +V-Bar (310 ft straight in front of ISS) a few minutes later. The station now hosts twelve occupants, as Mission ULF-5 is underway. [The combined crew is comprised of ISS-CDR Scott Kelly (USA), FE-1 Alexander Kaleri (Russia), FE-2 Oleg Skripochka (Russia), FE-4 Dmitri Kondratyev (Russia), FE-5 Paolo Nespoli (ESA/Italy), FE-6 Cady Coleman (USA), STS-CDR Steve Lindsey, PLT Eric Boe, MS1 Alvin Drew, MS2 Steve Bowen, MS3 Michael Barratt, MS4 Nicole Stott (all USA). STS-133 is the 133rd space shuttle flight in history, the 39th for Discovery (its 13thto the station), and the 35th Shuttle flight to the ISS. Primary payloads for Discovery are the PMM (Permanent Multipurpose Module), converted from the former Italian-built MPLM (Multipurpose Logistics Module) Leonardo, the first human-like robot in space, Robonaut-2 (or R2), critical station hardware and the ELC4 (EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 4). The mission includes two spacewalks, each about 6 hours in length, to be conducted on FD5 & FD7 by Bowen (red stripes) & Drew (no stripes). Mission duration is 12 days with the possibility of a one-day extension if a Soyuz 24S Flyabout for documentary station photography is inserted on 3/5.]

After the docking, the station was reoriented by the small vernier thrusters of the Shuttle (ORB mode) to minimize the risk of micrometeoroid/debris impacts upon the Shuttle, with the Discovery’s belly turned opposite to the flight direction (-XVV = -x-axis in velocity vector, +z-axis in local vertical). [Earlier, at 12:05pm, the ISS maneuvered to docking attitude after attitude control authority was handed over from USOS (US Segment) to RS MCS (Russian Segment Motion Control System) at ~12:00pm. Control returns from Shuttle ORB to US Momentum Management at 3:37pm.]

Before the docking, FE-1 Kaleri performed final STTS communications configuration checks for the docking. Upon docking, Alex switched USOS/RS (US Segment/Russian Segment) comm systems to their mated-flight mode.

Other pre-docking preparations by the ISS crew included:
  • FE-2 Skripochka activating the Russian TEKh-15/DAKON-M IZGIB (“Bend”) experiment hardware in the SM (Service Module) for taking structural dynamics data during the Atlantis docking activities, later downlinking the dynamics measurements to the ground and closing out the data take;
  • FE-6 Coleman closing the external shutters of the Lab, JPM (JEM Pressurized Module) & Cupola windows as protection against Shuttle thruster plume contamination (CUP shutters were later opened by Kelly for viewing the external robotics activities for transferring the ELC4);
  • Scott Kelly, Cady Coleman & Paolo Nespoli readying their RPM photo equipment, including camera battery checks, for Orbiter TPS (Thermal Protection System) documentation,
  • Scott powering up all six PCS (Portable Computer System) laptops (SM, Lab RWS/Robotic Workstation, Cup RWS, Airlock, JPM/JEM Pressurized Module, COL/Columbus Orbital Laboratory) and swapping out tapes in the VDS VTR (Video Distribution Subsystem/Video Tape Recorder) as required;
  • Scott also configuring & later activating the camera timers upon Orbiter RPM initiation and handling the camcorder (the timers indicate beginning & end of the bottom-side photography window), plus
  • Setting up proper headset connection for supporting the RPM activity (which resulted in several hundred pictures of the Orbiter bottom TPS/Thermal Protection System).

During the RPM photo session (1:08pm-1:23pm), Cady wielded the 400mm-lens D2X camera, Paolo the 800mm-lens D2X for documenting the tile acreage & bottom-side door seals. [The RPM was used by the crew for the bottom-side mapping of the Orbiter at the arrival of the Shuttle. During the RPM at ~600 ft from the station, the two “shooters”, had only ~90 seconds (out of the total 9 min of imaging) for taking high-resolution digital photographs of all tile areas and door seals on Discovery, which Cady Coleman subsequently prepared for downlinking after completion of the “shoot” via OCA from a hard-wired (not wireless) SSC (Station Support Computer) for launch damage assessment. Thus, time available for the shooting was very limited, requiring great coordination between the two headset-equipped photographers and the Shuttle pilot.]

Shortly before the docking, Kelly configured the Russian MCS (Motion Control System) for the automatic “PMA-2 Arrival” mode, an operational sequence used to monitor Orbiter arrival at the PMA-2. [At “Capture Confirmed”, ISS attitude was immediately set to free drift for about 30 min. to allow dampening out relative motions of ISS and Discovery (with the ODS (Orbiter Docking System) dampers/shock absorbers) plus re-align the docking ring, then maneuvered to “Mated TEA” (Torque Equilibrium Attitude) at ~4:11am to account for the new overall configuration with Discovery docked, which regained attitude control until handover to ISS momentum management.]

Later, Kelly shut down the SSC-20 (Station Support Computer 20) laptop and relocated it, without its power chain, from the US Lab to Node-2 (loc. O2) where MS2 Steve Bowen will pick it up later after hatch opening for transfer to Discovery.

After leak checks of the ODS vestibule for about 30 minutes by Scott & Paolo, ISS/STS hatches were opened at 4:16pm.

After hatch opening, before installation of the ventilation airduct between station and Discovery, Oleg Skripochka performed the standard collection of air samples with the Russian AK-1M sampler in the Orbiter.

After the traditional welcome ceremony, the new arrivals received the mandatory 30-min Safety briefing by CDR Kelly.

Paolo checked on the proper deployment of the SSCR (Station-to-Shuttle Communications Router), an A31p laptop located in Node-2 (loc. S1), verifying that it is powered On and its lid closed (has a failed screen).

As part of post-docking activities, Cady Coleman configured the C&T (Command & Tracking) video set-up in Node-2, installing the video cap which enables pass-through reception of video from the Discovery with the Orbiter docked in support of SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) ops.

Cady also took IMV (Intermodular Ventilation) flow measurements Shuttle-to-Lab air exchange plus CDM (Carbon Dioxide Monitor) readings.

FE-2 Skripochka conducted the periodic checkout & performance verification of IP-1 airflow sensors in the various RS (Russian Segment) hatchways. [Inspected IP-1s are in the passageways PrK (SM Transfer Tunnel)–RO (SM Working Compartment), PkhO (SM Transfer Compartment)–RO, PkhO–DC1, PkhO–FGB PGO, PkhO-MRM2, FGB PGO–FGB GA, and FGB GA–Node-1. This checkup is especially important now when the ventilation/circulation system has to cope with a larger crew on board, currently twelve persons.]

STS-CDR Steve Lindsey & Paolo Nespoli will transfer new ULF-5 SODF (Station Operations Data Files) Emergency Books with procedures, new pages, videos and cue cards to the ISS.

Early this morning, FE-2 Skripochka undertook the regular daily check of the aerosol filters at the Russian Elektron O2 generator which Maxim Suraev had installed on 10/19/09 in gaps between the BZh Liquid Unit and the oxygen outlet pipe (filter FA-K) plus hydrogen outlet pipe (filter FA-V). [Oleg will inspect the filters again before bedtime tonight, currently a daily requirement per plan, with photographs to be taken if the filter packing is discolored.]

After wake-up, Cady Coleman performed her first liquid saliva collection of the INTEGRATED IMMUNE protocol. The collection is made every other day for the next 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.]

Paolo Nespoli set up the DOUG (Dynamic Operations Ubiquitous Graphics) application, video gear and RWS (Robotic Workstation) console equipment for tonight’s robotics activities of installing the ELC4 (EXPRESS Logistics Carrier 4) at the ISS, using the Shuttle RMS and the ISS SSRMS.

Also before the docking, CDR Kelly completed the periodic routine replacement of the RFTA (Recycle Filter Tank Assembly) and then reconfigured the WHC (Waste & Hygiene Compartment) to feed the UPA (Urine Processor Assembly) directly for processing. [New RFTAs are also being delivered on ULF-5. RFTAs collect the substances cleaned from the pretreated urine by the UPA as it turns it into water. HTV2 (H-II Transfer Vehicle) delivered two new RFTAs, of which the 2nd was installed today. This allows nominal WHC/UPA operations, feeding urine directly to the UPA for processing as required.]

Later, Kelly set up the transfer equipment for N2 (nitrogen) gas from the Discovery to ISS. Later tonight, after the Safety Briefing and before sleep time, Scott initiates the N2 and O2 (oxygen) transfers from the Orbiter, with the assistance of Eric Boe and Steve Lindsey.

Alex Kaleri spent several hours disassembling and removing the electronic PCE (Proximity Communications Equipment; Russian: MBRL) equipment used for the ATV2 rendezvous & docking. [After preparing the stowage location for the PCE gear in the FGB, Sasha deinstalled the PCE Z0000 Box and BUAP Antenna Switch Control Unit in the SM plus cabling, capping all connectors and stowing the electronics in the FGB behind panels 225 & 226, the cables behind panels 129 & 225.]

Oleg Skripochka completed his 6th 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. [Dmitri assisted Oleg in donning the electrode cap, preparing the head for the electrodes, applying electrode gel from the Neurolab-RM2 kit and taking documentary photography. 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-4 Kondratyev meanwhile had ~3.5 hrs to remove the support structure of the StM docking mechanism (Stykovochnovo mekhanizma) and installed it on the hatch door between the DC1 and the SM vestibule, then attached the two ruchek (handles) on the door.

FE-5 Nespoli initiated another sampling run with the EHS GC/DMS (Environmental Health Systems Gas Chromatograph / Differential Mobility Spectrometer) and deactivating the system ~5 hrs later. [This was the 21st session with the replaced GC/DMS unit #1004, after the previous instrument (#1002) was used for approximately 7 runs. Also known as AQM (Air Quality Monitor), the system is controlled with “Sionex” expert software from the SSC (Station Support Computer)-12 laptop (due to a software glitch, the software needs to be opened, closed, and then reopened in order to ensure good communication between GC/DMS and SSC-12). The AQM demonstrates COTS (Commercial Off-the-Shelf) technology for identifying volatile organic compounds, similar to the VOA (Volatile Organics Analyzer). This evaluation will continue over the course of several months as it helps to eventually certify the GC/DMS as nominal CHeCS (Crew Health Care Systems) hardware.]

FE-6 Coleman supported the BCAT-5 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-5) payload in the Kibo JPM (JEM Pressurized Module) by conducting the periodic camera/flash setup status check without SSC (Station Support Computer) on the running BCAT-5 with Sample 9. [The checkup includes image transfer, camera battery and camera/flash position. For Sample 9, it is scheduled on INIT + 1 day and then once during the run (about INIT + 10 days) or twice during the run (about INIT + 7 and INIT + 14 days) if possible during automated photography.]

Cady also worked on the MERLIN (Microgravity Experiment Research Locker Incubator) Galley fridge, today removing all contents including the used-up desiccants intended to prevent internal condensation moisture, then propped the door open for a 24h moisture dry-out. [MERLIN is used for cold storage of crew food and drink.]

Dmitri serviced the running experiment TEKh-22 “Identifikatsiya” (Identification) in MRM1 (Mini Research Module 1) Rassvet, downloading structural dynamic data collected by the IMU-Ts microaccelerometer during the STS-133 docking to the RSE1 A31p laptop for subsequent downlink to the ground via OCA. [IMU-Ts is a part of the MRM1 SBI onboard measurement system, installed in PGO behind panel 104.]

Nespoli, Bowen & Drew were scheduled to transfer Steve’s & Alvin’s EVA spacesuits from the Shuttle to the ISS and reconfigure the US Airlock for the first spacewalk, to take place on FD5.

Cady performed another regular module data take on the CubeLab and transferred files of collected data to laptop for downlink. [CubeLab is a low-cost 1-kg platform for educational projects. It is a multipurpose research facility that interfaces small standard modules into the ERs (EXPRESS Racks). The modules can be used within the pressurized space station environment in orbit, with a nominal length, width, and height of 100 mm and a mass of no more than 1 g. Up to 16 CubeLab modules can be inserted into a CubeLab insert inside an ER.]

Later, Kondratyev conducted 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, replacement of EDV-SV waste water and EDV-U urine containers and filling EDV-SV, KOV (for Elektron), EDV-ZV & EDV on RP flow regulator.]

Skripochka handled 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).

Oleg spent ~1hr on shooting more newsreel footage using the SONY HVR-Z7 #2 high-definition camcorder as part of the ongoing effort to create a photo & video imagery database on the flight of ISS-25/26 (“Flight Chronicles”), focusing on payload scenes. [Footage subjects generally include life on the station, personal hygiene, food intake, playing with water, enjoying weightlessness, exercise, moving about, station interior, Earth surface, space clothing, cosmonaut at work, station cleaning, etc. The photo/video imagery is saved digitally on HDDs (Hard Disk Drives) for return to Earth on Soyuz.]

Later tonight, the ELC4 will be transferred from the Discovery cargo bay to the ISS main truss (starboard side) in a complicated 3-hr maneuver involving both Canadian robotarms. [Operated by Mike Barratt & Nicole Stott, the ISS-based SSRMS (Space Station Remote Manipulator System) will lift the ELC4 from the cargo bay and hand it over to the SRMS (Shuttle Remote Manipulator System), operated by Eric Boe & Alvin Drew. After letting go of the payload carrier, the SSRMS will maneuver itself to the PDGF-1 (Power & Data Grapple Fixture 1) on MBS (Mobile Base System) and perform a base change, i.e., LEE A (Latching End Effector A) will become the active “hand” of the robotarm. It will then translate to “handback” position, re-grapple the ELC4, take it off the SRMS and transfer it to the installation site on the station’s starboard truss.]

FE-5 & FE-6 had their weekly PFCs (Private Family Conferences) via S-band/audio and Ku-band/MS-NetMeeting application (which displays the uplinked ground video on an SSC laptop), Paolo at ~9:23am, Cady at ~11:13am EST.

The station crew worked out on today’s 2-hr physical exercise protocol on the CEVIS cycle ergometer with vibration isolation (CDR, FE-5), TVIS treadmill with vibration isolation & stabilization (FE-1), ARED advanced resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-2, FE-5, FE-6), and T2/COLBERT advanced treadmill (FE-6). [T2 snubber arm inspection is no longer needed after every T2 session but is done regularly after the last T2 session of the day.]

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 (26-0045J) lists 114 CWCs (2,278.7 L total) for the five types of water identified on board: 1. technical water (18 CWCs with 674.3 L, for Elektron electrolysis, incl. 346.3 L in 10 bags containing Wautersia bacteria, 134.2 L in 3 clean bags for contingency use, 170.8 L in 4 bags for transfer into EDV-RP containers via US/RSA-B hose, and 23.0 L in 1 bag for flushing only; 2. potable water (no CWCs); 3. iodinated water (84 CWCs with 1,555.6 L for reserve, of which 271.9 L in 15 CWCs are listed as “expired”; 4. condensate water (22.9 L in 2 bags, with 6.3 L in 1 bag to be used only for OGA, plus 8 empty bags); and 5. waste/EMU dump and other (22.9 L in 2 CWCs from hose/pump flush). Wautersia bacteria are typical water-borne microorganisms that have been seen previously in ISS water sources. These isolates pose no threat to human health.]

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Twenty-Six -- Week 14.

2D NANO Template (JAXA): No report.

3D SPACE: No report.

AgCam (Agricultural Camera): No report.

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


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

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

BCAT-4/5 (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test 4/5): No report.

BIOLAB (ESA): No report.

BIORHYTHMS (JAXA, Biological Rhythms): Paolo performed his 2nd sampling session on 2/21-22. Cady performed her 2nd sampling session on 2/23-24. Your 3rd and last session will be scheduled during Inc 27, 1-3 weeks prior to your return. “Thanks for your continued support!”

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

BISPHOSPHONATES: “Cady, we got the pictures of your pill cards and sent them to the PI. Thanks for your participation. “

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

CARDIOCOG-2: Complete.

CB (JAXA Clean Bench): CB cleanup in the Saibo Rack was performed on 12/22.

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

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

CERISE (JAXA): No report.

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

CFS-A (Colored Fungi in Space-A, ESA): Aboard ULF-5.

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.

Commercial Photo (JAXA): No report.

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

CsPins (JAXA): CsPins planned runs (#2-3,2-4,2-5) were moved to Inc 27 / 28 (before ULF7 Docked).

CubeLab: At the beginning of the week, Cube Lab Module-9 was activated then stowed back into its CTB by Commander Scott Kelly. Twenty-four Mixing Tube Assemblies in total were activated and will now soak in this microgravity environment for the duration of its stay on station. In addition, the Cube Lab data collections completed this week were all nominal, and the PI is currently analyzing the files downlinked from the station.

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

DECLIC (Device for the Study of Critical Liquids & Crystallization, CNES/NASA): DECLIC DSI-S3 sequence completed on day 2/25. On week 22 we have performed 3 solidification (2, 15 and 8 micron) and have obtained good results. The next sequence ALI-SC1 is planned in March and the first 5 days will be spent on commissioning ALI. “Thank you to everyone for cooperation during the sequence DSI-S3.”

DomeGene (JAXA): Complete.

DOSIS (Dose Distribution Inside ISS, ESA): Acquiring science data with DOSTEL-2 detector.

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

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

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

EMCS (European Modular Cultivation System): No report.

ENose (Electronic Nose): No report.

EPM (European Physiology Module): Activated in support of CARD.

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

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

EPO LES-2 (ESA): No report.

EPO GREENHOUSE (ESA): “Paolo, thanks for taking care of the EPO Greenhouse. We were all excited when we found your picture!“

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-5 SpaceBottle (Message in a Bottle, JAXA): This exp consists of IVA and EVA tasks.
EVA task is planned on EVA1 (FD5). IVA task is FD6.

EPO Moon Score (JAXA): No report.

EPO 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 Spiral Top (JAXA): This task is scheduled on 3/9 (fam) and 3/10 (execution).

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): A FIR/LMM/CVB Functional Checkout was successfully performed on 2/15.

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


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: No report.

HAIR (JAXA): No report.

HDTV System (JAXA): Was delivered by HTV1.

Hicari (JAXA): Kobairo Rack status: The troubleshooting for SCAM was performed via Ground ops on 2/19. Recurrence of GHF SCAM-CE communication error, which occurred at GMT34-35, was observed. With each power cycle of GHF, the time of error occurrence got shorter. No correlation was observed between the communication error and SAA. Whether after GHF power cycle or after Kobairo rack power cycle, the error observed was the same.

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 2618 images to date. The most recent HICO images taken include a good image of Rio de Janeiro. RAIDS is collecting secondary science including nighttime atmospheric disk photometry, spectra and temperatures. Extreme Ultra Violet airglow spectroscopy (daytime and nighttime) and optical contamination studies are also being performed.

HydroTropi (Hydrotropism & Auxin-Inducible Gene Expression in Roots Grown under Microgravity Conditions/JAXA): The sample is scheduled to return on ULF5 Flight.


ICV (Integrated Cardiovascular): “Cady, the hardware developer has reviewed the Cardiopres data from your first two sessions and believes there is no issue with the pump itself; however, the data do indicate that there could be an intermittent issue with the connection between the pump and the main unit. The Integrated Cardiovascular team has developed a couple of troubleshooting activities for the Cardiopres; as soon as crew time opens up, we will look to schedule them. We look forward to working with you soon!”

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.

ISS Amateur/Ham Radio: “Paolo and Cady: Three contacts were performed this week. Paolo, you have now conducted 15 events and Cady you have conducted 9. The event in Italy on Saturday was very well received including more than 400 participants. The event with Preston N.E. Primary School in Australia was also a complete success with all student questions answered, and the event in Japan was successfully completed! So far, contacts have been made with Italy, Japan, Poland, USA, Russia, Canada, France, Germany, Norway, and Australia.”

IV Gen (Intravenous Fluids Generation): No report.

KID/KUBIK6: No report.

Kids in Micro-G: No report.

KUBIK 3 (ESA): No report.

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

Marangoni Exp (JAXA): 24th run was completed on 12/22.

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

Marangoni UVP (JAXA): -5th run: 2/20-21, 6th run: 2/21-22, 7th run: 2/22-23. Although a bit of oil leaking was shown, we successfully did the 50mm long case with the lower temperature gap case, low particle speed. -At 6th run (long liquid bridge=50mm), there was no oil dripping from the damaged disk. -During 7th run, the command to start video recording on VRU5 was failed. After VRU power cycle, it was recovered.

Matryoshka-2 (RSA): Currently acquiring nominal science data in Kibo.

MAXI (Monitor of All-sky X-ray Image, JAXA): No report.

MDCA/Flex: While we examine all possible failure scenarios for MDCA Needle 1, we plan to perform heptane test points using MDCA Needle 2 early next week.

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

Microbe-2 (JAXA): No report.

Micro-G Clay (JAXA EPO): Complete.

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

MISSE-7 (Materials ISS Experiment): MISSE-7 is operating nominally except for PEC B. PEC B is powered off for remainder of MISSE-7 mission in order to preserve stored science data within PEC B. MISSE-7 PEC A and PEC B will be retrieved on STS-134.

MPAC/SEED (JAXA): Completed on 19A FD4.

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

MSL (Materials Science Laboratory, ESA): No report.

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

MULTIGEN-1: Completed.

MYCO 3 (JAXA): No report.

MyoLab (JAXA): Completed on 4/20.

NANOSKELETON (Production of High Performance Nanomaterials in Microgravity, JAXA): Returned on 19A.

NEURORAD (JAXA): No report.

NEUROSPAT (ESA/Study of Spatial Cognition, Novelty Processing and Sensorimotor Integration):

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

NUTRITION w/REPOSITORY/ProK: “Cady, with the completion of your 3rd Nutrition session, you only have 2 more to go. Your next session will be on or near FD120.”

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

PADLES (JAXA, Area PADLES 3/4; Passive Area Dosimeter for Lifescience Experiment in Space): No report.

PASSAGES (JAXA): “Scott, thanks a lot for finishing your second session last Tuesday. The science team received the full data set already.“

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

PCG (JAXA, Protein Crystal Growth): No report.

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

PMDIS (Perceptual Motor Deficits in Space): Complete.


Pro K: “Paolo, your 3rd ProK session was completed this week. Your next session will be in Increment 27.”

RadGene & LOH (JAXA): Complete.

RadSilk (JAXA): No report.

RST/Reaction Self Test (Psychomotor Vigilance Self Test on the ISS): "Scott, Paolo and Cady, thank you for your continued participation in Reaction Self Test!”

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): Continuous operation from Inc 19&20.

SHERE (Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment): Complete.

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

SLEEP (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy & Light Exposure during Spaceflight): “Scott: Thank you for completing the monthly Actiwatch download this week. Your only remaining Actiwatch activity will be a download and doff prior to your return.”

SMILES (JAXA): Recooling mode #13 continues.

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

SODI/COLLOID (Selectable Optical Diagnostics Instrument/Colloid): No report.

SOLAR (Solar Monitoring Observatory): Sun observation window #38 started on 2/24.

SOLO (Sodium Loading in Microgravity): “"Well done Paolo! This is a great achievement.
The team on ground received all your logs, which are being forwarded to the science team. We really appreciate all your work last Sunday (2/20) to have a successful SLAMMD measurement. It made the required data set complete."

Space-DRUMS (Space Dynamically Responding Ultrasonic Matrix System): 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.

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

TASTE IN SPACE (ESA): No report.

THERMOLAB (ESA): “Dear Cady, thanks for executing your 3rd Thermolab session during your VO2max protocol. The data could not be downlinked to ground yet. The plan is to make a new attempt after your next Thermolab session.“

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

TRIPLELUX-B (ESA): No report.


VASCULAR (CSA): No report.

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

VESSEL ID System (ESA): Acquiring science data with NorAIS receiver.


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 2/23 the ground has received 17,074 of ISS CEO frames for review and cataloging. “We are pleased to report your acquisition of the following target with a time corresponding to one of our daily CEO Target Request list: Tropical Cyclone Dianne in the eastern Indian Ocean - very nice context views of the storm system as a whole with potentially useful detailed views of the eye structure - these frames are still under evaluation; and the Bulusan Volcanic Eruption, Philippine Islands - a lot more clouds were present than we anticipated and the presence of a plume was not immediately apparent - these frames also are under evaluation. Your recent view of agricultural fields in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais was published on NASA/GSFC's Earth Observatory website this past weekend. The variety of land use, crop types, and field patterns of this region are beautifully documented in this amazingly colorful and crisply detailed photograph. Nice shot!”

No CEO targets uplinked for today.

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 6:08am EST [= epoch])
Mean altitude – 351.7 km
Apogee height – 354.2 km
Perigee height – 349.2 km
Period -- 91.57 min.
Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.65 deg
Eccentricity -- 0.0003771
Solar Beta Angle – 17.8 deg (magnitude decreasing)
Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.72
Mean altitude gain in the last 48 hours – 690 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) – 70,347.

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time and subject to change):
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
    • 02/28 – EVA-1 (11:15am)03/01 – PMM transfer/install
    • 03/02 – EVA-2 (10:15am)
03/05/11 -- Soyuz TMA-01M/24S fly-around for hist./doc. ISS photography (under review)
03/06/11 -- STS-133/Discovery undock (under review)
03/07/11 -- HTV2 relocation back to Node-2 nadir port
03/08/11 -- STS-133/Discovery landing (under review)
03/16/11 -- Soyuz TMA-01M/24S undock/landing (End of Increment 26)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
03/28/11 -- HTV2 unberth
03/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-21/26S launch
04/01/11 -- Soyuz TMA-21/26S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
04/19/11 -- STS-134/Endeavour launch ULF6 (ELC-3, AMS)
04/21/11 -- STS-134/Endeavour docking (NET)
04/26/11 -- Progress M-09M/41P undock
04/27/11 -- Progress M-10M/42P launch
04/29/11 -- Progress M-10M/42P docking (DC-1 nadir)
05/01/11 -- STS-134/Endeavour undock
05/03/11 -- STS-134/Endeavour landing
05/16/11 – Soyuz TMA-20/25S undock/landing (End of Increment 27)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
05/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-02M/27S launch – M. Fossum (CDR-29)/S. Furukawa/S. Volkov
06/01/11 -- Soyuz TMA-02M/27S docking (MRM1)
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
06/04/11 -- ATV-2 “Johannes Kepler” undock (SM aft) – under review
06/21/11 -- Progress M-11M/43P launch
06/23/11 -- Progress M-11M/43P docking (SM aft)
06/28/11 -- STS-135/Atlantis ULF7 (MPLM)
08/29/11 -- Progress M-11M/43P undocking
08/30/11 -- Progress M-12M/44P launch
09/01/11 -- Progress M-12M/44P docking (SM aft)
09/16/11 – Soyuz TMA-21/26S undock/landing (End of Increment 28)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
09/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-03M/28S launch – D.Burbank (CDR-30)/A.Shkaplerov/A.Ivanishin
10/02/11 – Soyuz TMA-03M/28S docking (MRM2)
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
10/25/11 -- Progress M-10M/42P undocking
10/26/11 -- Progress M-13M/45P launch
10/28/11 -- Progress M-13M/45P docking (DC-1)
11/16/11 -- Soyuz TMA-02M/27S undock/landing (End of Increment 29)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
11/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/29S launch – O.Kononenko (CDR-31)/A.Kuipers/D.Pettit
12/02/11 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/29S docking (MRM1)
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
12/??/11 -- 3R Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA – on Proton.
12/26/11 -- Progress M-13M/45P undock
12/27/11 -- Progress M-14M/46P launch
12/29/11 -- Progress M-14M/46P docking (DC-1)
03/05/12 -- Progress M-12M/44P undock
03/16/12 -- Soyuz TMA-03M/28S undock/landing (End of Increment 30)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
03/30/12 -- Soyuz TMA-05M/30S launch – G.Padalka (CDR-32)/J.Acaba/K.Volkov
04/01/12 -- Soyuz TMA-05M/30S docking (MRM2)
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
05/xx/12 – 3R Russian Proton -- Multipurpose Laboratory Module (MLM) w/ERA
05/16/12 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/29S undock/landing (End of Increment 31)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
05/29/12 – Soyuz TMA-06M/31S launch – S.Williams (CDR-33)/Y.Malenchenko/A.Hoshide
05/31/12 – Soyuz TMA-06M/31S docking
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
09/18/12 -- Soyuz TMA-05M/30S undock/landing (End of Increment 32)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
10/02/12 -- Soyuz TMA-07M/32S launch – K.Ford (CDR-34)/O.Novitskiy/E.Tarelkin
10/04/12 – Soyuz TMA-07M/32S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
11/16/12 -- Soyuz TMA-06M/31S undock/landing (End of Increment 33)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
11/30/12 -- Soyuz TMA-08M/33S launch – C.Hadfield (CDR-35)/T.Mashburn/R.Romanenko
12/02/12 – Soyuz TMA-08M/33S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
03/xx/13 -- Soyuz TMA-07M/32S undock/landing (End of Increment 34)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
03/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S launch – P.Vinogradov (CDR-36)/C.Cassidy/A.Misurkin
03/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-08M/33S undock/landing (End of Increment 35)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S launch – M.Suraev (CDR-37)/K.Nyberg/L.Parmitano
05/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-09M/34S undock/landing (End of Increment 36)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S launch – M.Hopkins/TBD (CDR-38)/TBD
09/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-10M/35S undock/landing (End of Increment 37)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-12M/37S launch – K.Wakata (CDR-39)/R.Mastracchio/TBD
11/xx/13 – Soyuz TMA-12M/37S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
03/xx/14 – Soyuz TMA-11M/36S undock/landing (End of Increment 38)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------

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