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06-18-2011
June 18, 2011
 
ISS On-Orbit Status 06/18/11

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below. Saturday �C Crew off-duty day. [Note AMS-2 Report, below!]

The six crewmembers joined in conducting the regular weekly three-hour task of thorough cleaning of their home, including COL (Columbus Orbital Laboratory) and Kibo JPM (JEM Pressurized Module). ["Uborka", usually done on Saturdays, includes removal of food waste products, cleaning of compartments with vacuum cleaner, damp cleaning of the SM (Service Module) dining table, other frequently touched surfaces and surfaces where trash is collected, as well as the sleep stations with a standard cleaning solution; also, fan screens and grilles are cleaned to avoid temperature rises. Special cleaning is also done every 90 days on the HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) bacteria filters in the Lab.]

As part of the uborka house cleaning, CDR Borisenko, FE-1 Samokutyayev & FE-4 Volkov completed regular maintenance inspection & cleaning of fan screens in the FGB (TsV2) plus Group E fan grilles (VPkhO, FS5, FS6, VP) in the SM (Service Module), preceded by documentary photography, and the weekly checkup on the Russian POTOK-150MK (150 micron) air filter unit of the SM’s & FGB’s SOGS air revitalization subsystem, gathering weekly data on its total operating time & “On” durations for reporting to TsUP.

Borisenko also 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.]

At ~8:15am EDT, the crew held the regular WPC (Weekly Planning Conference) with the ground, discussing next week's "Look-Ahead Plan" (prepared jointly by MCC-H and TsUP-Moscow timeline planners), via S-band/audio, reviewing upcoming activities and any concerns about future on-orbit events.

As a follow-up to yesterday’s ODF (Operations Data File) update, FE-6 Fossum made a number of additional P&I (Pen & Ink) changes to procedures pages in the 6 copies of the EMER-1 book, from SM, MRM1, Soyuz, A/L, Lab, and Node-2, to reflect the recent SSCV4 (Station Support Computer transition to Vers. 4 software).

FE-5 Furukawa began his first Ambulatory Monitoring session of the ESA ICV (Integrated Cardiovascular) experiment, assisted by Mike Fossum as CMO (Crew Medical Officer) in preparing the Actiwatches, electrode sites, attaching the harness and donning the Cardiopres. [ICV activities consist of two separate but related parts over a one-week time period: an ultrasound echo scan & an ambulatory monitoring session. Today, wearing electrodes, the HM2 (Holter Monitor 2) for recording ECG (Electrocardiogram) for 48 hours, the ESA Cardiopres to continuously monitor blood pressure for 24 hours, and two Actiwatches (hip/waist & ankle) for monitoring activity levels over 48 hours, Satoshi started the ambulatory monitoring part of the ICV assessment. During the first 24 hrs (while all devices are worn), ten minutes of quiet, resting breathing are timelined to collect data for a specific analysis. The nominal exercise includes at least 10 minutes at a heart rate ≥120 bpm (beats per minute). After 24 hrs, the Cardiopres is doffed and the HM2 HiFi CF Card and AA Battery are changed out to allow continuation of the session for another 24 hours. After data collection is complete, the Actiwatches and both HM2 HiFi CF Cards are downloaded to the HRF PC1, while Cardiopres data are downloaded to the EPM (European Physiology Module) Rack and transferred to the HRF PC1 via a USB key for downlink. 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 will include an exercise component with a second scan (subset of the first) completed within 5 minutes after the end of exercise. The primary objective of the accompanying CCISS (Cardiovascular Control on return from the ISS) experiment is to maximize the information about changes in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular function that might compromise the ability of astronauts to meet the challenge of return to an upright posture on Earth.]

Mike also powered on the MPC (Multi-Protocol Converter) and started the data flow of video recorded yesterday of his first session of the new T2 Treadmill Kinematics program to the ground, with POIC (Payload Operations & Integration Center) routing the onboard HRDL (High-Rate Data Link). Later, the MPC was turned off again.

At ~10:00am EDT, Andrey, Sasha & Sergei engaged in a PAO phone interview via S-band with Ekaterina Beloglazova, Editor of Rossiyskiy Kosmos (Russian Space) Magazine and an old friend of ISS cosmonauts. [Questions �C for Sergei: “How was Soyuz TMA-02M vehicle behaving?
How did ISS and the crew welcome you? What new did you find on the station while you were away? How quick was your adaptation? How is the newcomer, Satoshi Furukawa, doing?”, - for Sasha: “Alexander, you are blogging now and answering questions. Who is helping you? Is it hard to do? Who took that fabulous picture of approaching vehicle with a cyclone in the background? What was the most interesting question and from whom?”, - for everybody: “What are you going to plant in the Lada greenhouse and when? Pretty soon you will have Russian and European docking-undocking events. How are you getting ready for them? In July Shuttle crew will come to visit you. Atlantis will make its final space journey. What do you think about Shuttle contribution to cosmonautics?”]

At ~12:30pm, the three Russian crewmembers conducted an amateur/ham radio exchange with participants of the Slavic Fellowship International Forum (close to 500 participants), for whom they had downlinked video greetings on 6/13. [Questions from the ground: “Is it true that to become a cosmonaut, one needs to pass close to 500 exams, and which one was the most difficult for you? Did your perception about a human being change after your flight to space? Is female presence on a space ship a bad thing or this statement does not apply to space ships? Have you ever been to Elbrus or other mountain peaks? What is harder to conquer: Space or mountain peaks? How does one celebrate a birthday in space, if candles are not burning on the ISS? Where does a human being feel better, on the ground or in a space vehicle? On the ground everybody is looking forward to the weekend, and how is it in Space? This is a question for Sergei Volkov from Donetsk students: What would you like to wish to all the participants of the Slavic Fellowship and to all of the contemporary youth in general? Alexander Mikhailovich, you like travelling. What do you like the most in travel? Andrey Ivanovich, what is your hobby on the ground, when you are away from work?”]

CDR & 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), Andrey at ~6:45am, Mike at ~11:30am EDT.

The crew worked out with their regular 2-hr physical exercise protocol on the CEVIS cycle ergometer with vibration isolation (FE-3, FE-5), ARED advanced resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-3, FE-5, FE-6), T2/COLBERT advanced treadmill (CDR, FE-1, FE-4, FE-6), and VELO ergometer bike with load trainer (FE-1, FE-4).

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 (28-0014B) lists 103 good CWCs (2,341 L total) for the five types of water identified on board: 1. technical water (21 CWCs with 846.4 L, for Elektron electrolysis, incl. 562.2 L in 14 bags containing Wautersia bacteria and 134.2 L in 3 clean bags for contingency use; 2. Silver potable water (no CWCs); 3. iodinated water (70 CWCs with 1,278.3 L (also 35 expired or leaking bags with 641.5 L); 4. condensate water (180.7 L in 8 bags, plus 2 empty bags); and 5. waste/EMU dump and other (35.6 L in 2 CWCs, incl. 20.2 L 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-Seven/Twenty-Eight -- Week 12)

2D NANO Template (JAXA): On 6/14 started Experiment 1. Samples will be returned on ULF7.

3D SPACE: No report.

AgCam (Agricultural Camera): No report.

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

ALTEA SHIELD (NASA/ASI): Monitoring radiation environment in US-Lab with 6 (out of 6) SDU's.

AMS-02 (Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer): Each day, AMS continues to collect about 100 Gbytes of data from 40 million cosmic rays, over 2TB of data & 1 billion events to date. Temperatures good during high Beta owing to shading by port array. Thanks for power cycle.

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

BIOLAB (ESA): “Thank you, Ron, for removing this old Cold Spot Sponge from BIOLAB last weekend! This was an overdue maintenance activity, now we are clear in that respect.”

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): No report.

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

CSI-3/CGBA-5 (CGBA Science Insert #2/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): Sample returned by ULF6.

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): Continuation of the scientific program with the same objective as the previous week:- Determination of the relative critical temperature Tc (instrument) for the interferometry cell (± 5 mK)- Study of the boiling phenomena using the cell observed in interferometry.

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.

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): No report.

ENose (Electronic Nose): No report.

EPM (European Physiology Module): No report.

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

EPO (Educational Payload Operations, NASA) (Kids in Micro-G): 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): On 6/11 completed JAXA Report 1 from the Task List.

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): No report.

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 2 (JAXA, EPO-6): No report.

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): Active for GEOFLOW-II experiment. Refer to GEOFLOW-II.

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

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

GEOFLOW (ESA): Last week science activities were completed on 6/10 with a Medium-High Rotation run, part of the desired (vs. mandatory) science requirements. After science and MMA data downlink, the science team confirmed that all the data looked good, and gave their GO for FSL HDD deletion. This week, the GEOFLOW-2 experimental program has been impacted by unpredictable Ku coverage between 6/13 and 6/15. On 6/16, the science runs were resumed, but two anomalies (problem with secondary water loop assembly at EC level and later on FSL telemetry freezing) have delayed the start of the planned No Rotation run. At the time of writing, it is not clear if this run will be maintained in the timeline this week.

HAIR (JAXA): No report.

HDTV System (JAXA): Cancelled set up and check out on 6/1 & 6/2.

Hicari (JAXA): We are continuing GHF troubleshooting. On 6/6 we completed preparations for inspection at MP.

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): At last count HICO has taken 3297 images and this number does not include the unprocessed images that have been taken over the last two weeks. The unprocessed HICO images should be processed next week. RAIDS is collecting secondary science including nighttime atmospheric disk photometry, spectra and temperatures. Extreme Ultra Violet airglow spectroscopy and optical contamination studies are also being performed.

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

ICE CRYSTAL (JAXA): Complete.

ICV (Integrated Cardiovascular): No report.

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

INTEGRATED IMMUNE: No report.

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.

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

Marangoni UVP (JAXA): No report.

Matryoshka-2 (RSA): No report.

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

MDCA/Flex: No report.

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-7 (Materials ISS Experiment 7): The 7th Materials on International Space Station Experiment (MISSE-7) reached a successful mission completion on 5/10. During EVA-1, PEC 7A and PEC 7B were retrieved and transferred to the STS-134 Shuttle payload bay for return to Earth. MISSE-7 was launched to the ISS aboard the STS-129 Shuttle mission in November 2009, and operated continuously since that time. During its 1.5 year on-orbit mission, MISSE-7 tested a variety of next-generation solar cells and electronic devices and provided real-time downlink of science data. MISSE-7 also continuously exposed cutting-edge material samples that will be analyzed in ground laboratories to determine how well they survived the space exposure effects of atomic oxygen, ultraviolet exposure, particle irradiation, and extreme temperature cycles.

MISSE-8 (Materials ISS Experiment 8): All MISSE-8 experiments are operating nominally. PASCAL continued nominal commanding that produced IV curves of the solar cells. On 6/13, HyperX sent up nominal self-test commands. Also on 6/13, SEUXSE II was power-cycled and then sent up the nominal start-up sequence. The SpaceCube experiment is continuing to upload files with updated code for new radiation hardening by software experiment algorithms. SpaceCube is about 65% complete with the file uploads and will continue this process for about another month.

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

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 ULF6.

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: “Ron, with your successful blood draw this week, you have completed your FD60 session. Your next session will be FD120. Satoshi, you have successfully completed your FD15 blood draw and urine collection. The blood and urine barcodes that were placed in crew notes have been received on the ground by the PI team. The scheduling of your next blood draw is pending due to ULF-7 launch.”

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

PADLES (JAXA, Area PADLES 3/4; Passive Area Dosimeter for Lifescience Experiment in Space): On 6/14 completed installation of 17 Dosimeters in JPM and JLP.

PASSAGES (JAXA): “Dear Mike and Satoshi, we are pleased to thank you for your swift first session of the PASSAGES experiment. From the video coverage, we confirm that each of your science acquisitions looked nominal. Thanks again!”

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.

POLCA/GRAVIGEN (ESA): Complete.

Pro K: No report.

RadGene & LOH (JAXA): Complete.

RadSilk (JAXA): No report.

RST/Reaction Self Test (Psychomotor Vigilance Self Test on the ISS): 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): 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): No report.

SMILES (JAXA): No report.

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): The next Sun Visibility Window is planned to begin on 6/28. - SOLSPEC: out of Sun window, no science acquisition; - SOLACES: out of Sun window, no science acquisition. Based on the positive results of the previous two dark periods, the temperature of SolACES was set to ~+50degC between 6/2 and 6/12 to counteract the degradation of the spectrophotometers. Now temperature is back to around +23degC.

SOLO (Sodium Loading in Microgravity): “Thanks, Ron, for finding the lost-in-space SOLO PCBA consumable kit!”

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

Space Food (JAXA): Completed & returned on ULF6.

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, your first day of the Sprint exercise prescription starts Saturday! Details of the week’s exercise sessions will be provided in a confidential message called out in the execution note for each exercise activity. We will work with your ASCR to develop these plans weekly.”

SS-HDTV (Super Sensitivity High Definition Camera, JAXA): On 6/11 completed Camera set up and check out at JPM from the Task List.

STP-H3 (Space Test Program �C Houston 3): STP-H3 payloads are operating nominally and are not expected to have thermal problems during this high beta period. MHTEX is in steady state mode. Last week MHTEX evaporator 4 heaters were turned off and evaporator 5 heaters were increased to make up the balance and have higher power density on evaporator 5. As expected, evaporators maintained steady temperatures (within ±0.25C) as environments changed due to beta angle, attitude changes (i.e. Soyuz docking) and solar array angle changes (i.e. PSARJ park). DISC has successfully captured image data and these images are being analyzed. Canary took more data during the recent ATV reboost events and during quiescent periods. Analysis into the performance of the VADER VEDs continues.

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

TASTE IN SPACE (ESA): No report.

THERMOLAB (ESA): “Yet another good session for Thermolab, Ron! Thanks!”.

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

TREADMILL KINEMATICS: “Ron, Satoshi, Mike, thank you for your good work!”

TRIPLELUX-B (ESA): No report.

ULTRASOUND: Planned.

VASCULAR (CSA): No report.

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

VESSEL ID System (ESA): Acquiring science data with NorAIS receiver. Measurements data were lost during the HCOR outage on 6/1.

VESSEL IMAGING (ESA): No sessions possible due to Ultrasound anomaly.

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 6/11, 955 CEO frames were received on the ground for review and cataloging. “Although 20 new frames of your imagery with times corresponding to those of our daily CEO Target Request lists have been received this reporting period, none included our target areas. As illumination at nadir improves over the next few days we expect to resume normal target requests where atmospheric conditions permit. Your excellent 6/2 view of Estuaries of the northwest coast of Madagascar was published on NASA/GSFC's Earth Observatory website this past weekend. Your image offers an instructive, contextual view of the location, features, and structure of these highly productive, yet environmentally sensitive ecosystems. Nice shot!”

CEO targets uplinked today were Polar Mesospheric Clouds over Asia & Europe. [Current daylight-awake orbit tracks have transitioned into a seasonal pattern in which they temporarily parallel the terminator. Consequently most of the nadir views of CEO target areas fall below the criteria for illumination, with darkness to the right of track and adequate lighting left of track. Today none of the standard target areas has sufficient illumination. This condition is expected to persist for the next 7-10 days. Meanwhile, CEO researchers are continuing to look for dynamic events targets for which oblique views to left of track may be useful or nighttime targets. Auroral activity in the Northern Hemisphere has spiked recently with the dramatic solar flare on 6/7. May-June is also the seasonal peak period for observing noctilucent clouds (a.k.a. polar mesospheric clouds) in the Northern Hemisphere.]

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 6:51am EDT [= epoch])
Mean altitude �C 381.7 km
Apogee height �C 389.4 km
Perigee height �C 374.1 km
Period -- 92.19 min.
Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.64 deg
Eccentricity -- 0.0011355
Solar Beta Angle -- 68.2 deg (magnitude increasing)
Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.62
Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours -- 13 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) �C 72,110

Significant Events Ahead (all dates Eastern Time and subject to change):
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06/20/11 -- ATV-2 “Johannes Kepler” undock (SM aft) �C 10:48:21am EDT
06/21/11 �C ATV-2 “Johannes Kepler” deorbit burn #2 �C ~4:05pm (ocean impact: ~4:52pm)
06/21/11 -- Progress M-11M/43P (#411) launch �C 10:38:18am
06/23/11 -- Progress M-11M/43P docking (SM aft) ~12:35pm
07/08/11 -- STS-135/Atlantis launch ULF7 (MPLM) �C 11:26:46am
07/10/11 -- STS-135/Atlantis docking ULF7 (MPLM) ~11:09am
07/18/11 -- STS-135/Atlantis undock ULF7 (MPLM) �C 1:59pm
07/20/11 -- STS-135/Atlantis landing KSC ~7:07am
07/27/11 -- Russian EVA #29
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 �C Soyuz TMA-21/26S undock/landing (End of Increment 28)
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09/30/11 -- Soyuz TMA-03M/28S launch �C D.Burbank (CDR-30)/A.Shkaplerov/A.Ivanishin
10/02/11 �C Soyuz TMA-03M/28S docking (MRM2)
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
10/25/11 -- Progress M-10M/42P undocking
10/26/11 -- Progress M-13M/45P launch10/28/11 -- 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 �C O.Kononenko (CDR-31)/A.Kuipers/D.Pettit
12/02/11 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/29S docking (MRM1)
--------------Six-crew operations----------------
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)
02/29/12 -- ATV3 launch readiness
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 �C G.Padalka (CDR-32)/J.Acaba/K.Volkov
04/01/12 -- Soyuz TMA-05M/30S docking (MRM2)
--------------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)
05/16/12 -- Soyuz TMA-04M/29S undock/landing (End of Increment 31)
--------------Three-crew operations-------------
05/29/12 �C Soyuz TMA-06M/31S launch �C S.Williams (CDR-33)/Y.Malenchenko/A.Hoshide
05/31/12 �C 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 �C K.Ford (CDR-34)/O.Novitskiy/E.Tarelkin
10/04/12 �C Soyuz TMA-07M/32S docking
--------------Six-crew operations-------------
11/16/12 -- Soyuz TMA-06M/31S undock/landing (End of Increment 33)
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11/30/12 -- Soyuz TMA-08M/33S launch �C C.Hadfield (CDR-35)/T.Mashburn/R.Romanenko
12/02/12 �C Soyuz TMA-08M/33S docking
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03/xx/13 -- Soyuz TMA-07M/32S undock/landing (End of Increment 34)
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03/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-09M/34S launch �C P.Vinogradov (CDR-36)/C.Cassidy/A.Misurkin
03/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-09M/34S docking
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05/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-08M/33S undock/landing (End of Increment 35)
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05/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-10M/35S launch �C M.Suraev (CDR-37)/K.Nyberg/L.Parmitano
05/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-10M/35S docking
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09/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-09M/34S undock/landing (End of Increment 36)
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09/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-11M/36S launch �C M.Hopkins/TBD (CDR-38)/TBD
09/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-11M/36S docking
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11/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-10M/35S undock/landing (End of Increment 37)
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11/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-12M/37S launch �C K.Wakata (CDR-39)/R.Mastracchio/TBD
11/xx/13 �C Soyuz TMA-12M/37S docking
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03/xx/14 �C Soyuz TMA-11M/36S undock/landing (End of Increment 38)
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