NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 20 September 2005

Status Report From: NASA HQ/SpaceRef/NASA Watch
Posted: Tuesday, September 20, 2005


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All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except those noted previously or below.

In preparation of the third round of the Renal (kidney) stone experiment activities, FE/SO John Phillips unstowed and installed the Renal payload equipment.  The crew then began the round by starting their diet logs that record all foods and drinks consumed today and tomorrow, as they start their 24-hr. collection phase.   [This long-range preventive medicine investigation features daily random ingestion of either potassium citrate or placebo tablets.  This NASA-JSC double-blind research study investigates methods to prevent formation of kidney stones in zero-G.  Part of the experiment consists in keeping a metabolic diet log (food and fluid intake), followed by collection of urine samples several times per day during each session.]

The CDR collected the standard fluid sample from the SRVK-2M condensate water processor in the Service Module (SM) as part of his current monitoring activity, then closed out the KAV sampling configuration again.

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After disconnecting the EGE-2 laptop from the new BSR-TM Regul interface unit (part of the Russian radio control & communications system) and reconfiguring it, Sergei Krikalev conducted his second session with the European “Neurocog” experiment.  Activities featured virtual rotation in free floating and fixed position “corridor” passages while recording EEG (electroencephalography).  The session was supported by tagup with ground specialists and videotaped, and the BSR-TM was later reconfigured in its original state.  [Krikalev was equipped with the “Halley” head electrodes.  After doing the virtual turns/corridor episodes in fixed state (subject strapped down) and free-floating in zero-G called for by the Neurocog protocol, he downloaded the EEG data to a PCMCIA memory card for subsequent return to Earth, and dismantled the equipment.  The BSR-TM was then reconnected to the EGE-2.]

John Phillips completed the monthly PEP (portable emergency provisions) audit and inspection, supported by the IMS.  [The audit involved verification that PFEs (portable fire extinguishers), PBAs, QDMAs (quick-don mask assemblies) and EHTKs (extension hose/tee kits) are free of damage to ensure their functionality, and to track shelf life/life cycles on the hardware.  There are a total of 5 PBAs in the U.S.segment (USOS).  There is only one EHTK, in the Lab.]

After the crew had removed obstructing stowage from the location of a failed RPCM (Remote Power Controller Module, #NOD1D1) in the Node, Phillips was scheduled to remove and replace the RPCM.  The stowage bags were to be returned afterwards.

In the SM, Krikalev removed two bolts and a cross section element from behind the closeout panel 425 in the SM and repaired a damaged section of isolation in the cable network (BKS) from the condensate water processor control panel (PURV-K).

Both crewmembers continued the longer-term task of surveying and organizing their equipment in preparation for their departure on 10/11.

John and Sergei completed their regular 2.5-hr. physical exercise program on the TVIS treadmill, RED resistive machine and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer, with John’s PFE session on the CEVIS accounting for his workout today.   [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 2 of a new set).]

Afterwards, John transferred the exercise data files to the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer) for downlink, as well as the daily wristband HRM (heart rate monitor) data of the RED workouts, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium (done six times a week).

At ~2:30pm, the crew has another comm pass scheduled over NASA VHF (very high frequency) sites at Dryden and White Sands for a VHF proficiency exercise, talking with Houston/Capcom, MSFC/POIC and Moscow/Glavni (TsUP Capcom) in the normal fashion via VHF radio from a handheld microphone and any of the U.S. segment ATUs (audio terminal

The FE performed the daily routine maintenance of the SM's SOZh environment control & life support system, including the ASU toilet system.  Working off his discretionary task list, he also prepared the regular daily IMS “delta”/update file for automated export/import to the three IMS databases (MCC-H, TsUP, Baikonur).

Working from the task list, Krikalev is to use the Nikon D1 (800mm-lens) to take areal KPT-3 photography for Russia's Environmental Safety Agency (ECON) of the Red Sea and the Persian Gulf.   [KPT-3 photography is a continuing earth observing experiment for ECON.]

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