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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 7 August 2005

Status Report From: NASA HQ/SpaceRef/NASA Watch
Posted: Sunday, August 7, 2005

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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.  Sunday, off-duty for Sergei Krikalev & John Phillips except for some housekeeping and voluntary tasks.  Ahead:  Week 16 for Increment 11.

Flight Day 13 of the STS-114/LF-1 mission, Discovery flying solo for KSC landing tomorrow morning at ~4:46am EDT.   [Second KSC opportunity: 6:22am. Opportunities on Tuesday: KSC: 5:08am & 6:43 am; EAFB: 8:13am & 9:48am; plus two additional opportunities at White Sands.]

Crew wake-up this morning was back at the normal 2:00am EDT.

As part of today's morning inspection after wake-up, CDR Krikalev did the periodic checkup behind panel 139 in the Service Module (SM) on a fluid connector of the urine collection system, looking for potential moisture.

Sergei also performed the daily routine maintenance of the SM's SOZh environment control & life support system, which today included the weekly collection of the toilet flush (SP) counter and water supply (SVO) readings for calldown to TsUP/Moscow.

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The crew completed the regular weekly 3-hr task of thorough station cleaning, wearing protective garment.   ["Uborka", normally done on Saturdays, includes removal of food waste products, cleaning of compartments with vacuum cleaner, damp cleaning of the Service Module (SM) dining table, other surfaces and the CDR's sleep station with "Fungistat" disinfectant and cleaning fan screens to avoid temperature rises.]

At ~8:35am, the crew conducted their regular weekly planning conference (WPC) 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.

Both crewmembers conducted their regular 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the TVIS treadmill, RED resistive machine and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer.   [Sergei's daily protocol prescribes a strict four-day microcycle exercise with 1.5 hr on the treadmill and one hour on VELO plus load trainer (today: Day 4 of a new set).]

A new item added by MCC-H to the "job jar" task list for John concerned the transfer of the remainder of the STS-114 crew's image files from the Shuttle-scavenged STS-8 A31p ThinkPad laptop to a PCMCIA memory card and from there to the ISS File Server for downlink.  [There were approximately 139 image files remaining which have to be downloaded before the STS-8 laptop can be reloaded.]

Sleep time for the crew begins at the regular 5:30pm.  

Next sleep cycle shift will start on Saturday, 8/13, in preparation for the Russian EVA-14 spacewalk from the DC-1 airlock, scheduled for 8/18 (egress ~2:50pm EDT; ingress ~8:50pm).

Consumables transfers to the ISS during LF-1 amounted to -

1739.7 lbs (788.8 L) supply water in 18 CWCs (collapsible water containers) plus 115.5 lbs (52.4 L) water in five PWRs (payload water reservoirs);

29 lbs (13.2 kg) of nitrogen gas (N2), and 

31 LiOH (lithium hydroxide) canisters for CO2 absorption (32 used LiOH cans were returned to the Shuttle).

No CEO (crew earth observation) targets uplinked.

CEO photography can be viewed and studied at the websites:

See also the website "Space Station Challenge" at:

To view the latest photos taken by the expedition 11 crew visit:

Expedition 11 Flight Crew Plans can be found at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/station/timelines/

Previous NASA ISS On-orbit Status Reports can be found here. Previous NASA Space Station Status Reports can be found here. Previous NASA Space Shuttle Processing Status Reports can be found here. A collection of all of these reports and other materials relating to Return to Flight for the Space Shuttle fleet can be found here.

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ISS Orbit  (as of this noon, 12:01pm EDT [= epoch]):

  • Mean altitude -- 354.4 km
  • Apogee height -- 355.7 km
  • Perigee height -- 353.2 km
  • Period -- 91.63 min.
  • Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.64 deg
  • Eccentricity -- 0.0001833
  • Solar Beta Angle -- -19.4 deg (magnitude decreasing)
  • Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.71
  • Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours -- 178 m
  • Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) -- 38378

ISS Altitude History

Apogee height -- Mean Altitude -- Perigee height

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For more on ISS orbit and worldwide ISS naked-eye visibility dates/times, see http://www.hq.nasa.gov/osf/station/viewing/issvis.html. In addition, information on International Space Station sighting opportunities can be found at http://spaceflight.nasa.gov/realdata/sightings/ on NASA's Human Spaceflight website. The current location of the International Space Station can be found at http://science.nasa.gov/temp/StationLoc.html at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center. Additional satellite tracking resources can be found at http://www.spaceref.com/iss/tracking.html.

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