NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 August 2004

Space Ref
Aug 7 2004

NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 6 August 2004

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

Before breakfast, FE/SO Michael Fincke performed the 24-hr. data
registration of the acoustic dosimeters (two body-worn and one
static) deployed yesterday. Readings will again be taken tonight
before sleep time. [Before turning the dosimeters back on again,
their batteries were changed out. The dosimeters were then
statically deployed for approximately 16 hrs in specified locations.]

In preparation for more upcoming ADUM (Advanced Diagnostic Ultrasound
in Microgravity) activities, the Science Officer set up and took
another training session on the ADUM experiment’s On-board
Proficiency Enhancer (OPE). [Mike used the ADUM OPE compact disk on
the HRF PC/laptop, focusing on cardiac, thoracic & bone scanning,
plus data acquisition (probe positioning) and principles of remote
guidance, ultrasound and anatomy.]

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CDR Gennady Padalka meanwhile set up and configured equipment for
another test of the Russian ASN-M satellite navigation system’s NPM
receiver module, using the ASN-2401 antenna system and Laptop 3.
[Purpose of today’s experiment is to test the NPM’s performance under
real flight conditions, including assessment of the precision of the
acquired state vector (SV), generation of statistics for the
successful operation of the NPM test mode on orbit, evaluation of the
NPM data integrity in flight as well as its Cold and Hot start times,
verification of software functionality in the ASN-M NVM (navigation
computing module), and analyzing navigation satellite signal and ISS
structures multipath effects on the NPM. When functioning, the ASN
will use GLONASS satellites (the Russian GPS equivalent) to update
the SV without using the ground (which up to now has to uplink daily
SV updates) or requiring SV transfers from the USOS from time to
time. The ASN equipment was originally installed in the SM but was
found faulty and had to be returned to the ground. After repair it
was shipped again to the station on Progress 11P and re-installed by
Yuri Malenchenko on 7/8/03, followed by various troubleshooting
attempts en suite.]

In the Lab module, Mike Fincke powered up the HRF GASMAP (Human
Research Facility/Gas Analyzer System for Metabolic Analysis
Physiology) and its laptop for the regular routine 30-day health
check (without environmental sampling), for a minimum run of six
hours. Afterwards, the equipment was turned off again.

Mike also activated the EXPRESS Rack 5 laptop computer (ER5 ELC) for
the subsequently scheduled payload activities. Using the new SNFM
(Serial Network Flow Monitor) application, the SO then initiated a
3-hr. session to capture packet data traffic on the LAN-2 science
network on the ELC during the subsequent SAMS (space acceleration
measurement system) repair. Later tonight, ER5 ELC will be powered
off again. [The software automatically transmits stored files to
the ARIS POP computer (Active Rack Isolation System/Payload On-orbit
Processor) in ER2 for later downlink and analysis on the ground.]

On the SAMS, Fincke performed a software upgrade, installing the
newly revised software load, then downloaded files from the SAMS ICM
(interim control module). After reviewing an OBT (onboard training)
course for operating the CGBA (Commercial Generic Bioprocessing
Apparatus), the FE later tonight will activate the payload for
autonomous operation.

In the Service Module Work Compartment (SM RO), Gennady removed two
IMU-128-2 microaccelerometers behind wall panels and replaced them
with new units brought up on Progress 14P. The old IMUs were
discarded as trash to be loaded on the next Progress. Part of the
task was to take photo documentation of the new accelerometers with
the Nikon D1 digital camera.

Padalka had an additional hour on his schedule reserved for stowing
remaining EVA tools, batteries etc.

At ~9:30am EDT, the CDR started another run of the Russian BIO-5
Rasteniya-2 (“plants-2”) experiment in the “Lada-5” greenhouse,
setting it up for operation and activating it by turning on
environmental control power (pumps, light and fan), priming the
tensiometers and setting laptop mode to cultivation. [Rasteniya-2
researches growth and development of plants under spaceflight
conditions. After hardware installation, Gennady planted six seeds
of acacia leaf peas between the wicks of the root module, made power
connections and locked the tray. Regular daily maintenance of the
experiment involves monitoring of seedling growth, humidity
measurements, moistening of the substrate if necessary, and
photo/video recording.]

Later today, CDR Padalka is to perform the periodic replenishing of
the Elektron’s water supply for electrolysis, filling the KOV thermal
loops’ EDV container with purified (deionized) water from the BKO
multifiltration/purification column unit. [The procedure was
specially designed to prevent air bubbles from getting into the BZh
liquid unit where they could cause micropump impeller cavitation and
Elektron shutdown, as numerous past times. In the procedure, the EDV
water is drawn from the BKO and the air/liquid separator unit (GZhS)
while the crewmember checks for any air bubbles in the EDV (and, if
visible, estimates their number).]

On the basis of yesterday’s tagup and an uplinked list of
instructions, Mike Fincke assembled the new flexhose cover box from
its individual pieces delivered on Progress. The box was then
installed on the U-jumper flexhose at the Lab science window, to
protect it from inadvertent “grasps” by crewmembers hovering at the

The daily routine maintenance on the SOZh life support system was
performed by Gennady, who also prepared the daily IMS “delta” file
update, while Mike took care of the standard routine checkup of
autonomous Lab payloads.

Mike Fincke also worked on the PC printer, printing out revised ODF
(operations data file) Warning pages, complete with P&I (pen & ink)

Padalka conducted his weekly IMS (inventory management system) tagup
with ground specialists, discussing open issues concerning
identification of equipment and storage locations for updating the
IMS database.

For the SO’s OBT preparation for the MFMG (Miscible Fluids in
Microgravity) demo scheduled for the next “Saturday Science” program,
POIC (Payload Operations & Integration Center) uplinked sample movies
showing Mike Foale performing MFMG.

Fincke and Padalka performed their full regimen of physical exercise
on VELO with force loader, RED (resistive exercise device) and TVIS
(treadmill with vibration isolation and stabilization).

Working off the Russian task list, the CDR was to conduct another run
of the Russian Uragan earth-imaging program, using the Kodak 760 DSC
(digital still camera) with 800mm-lens from SM windows #9. [Among
today’s observation targets are the Altai glaciers, the South shore
of the Baikal Sea, Trans-Baikal population centers, the Amur river,
the Far East coast towards Sovetskaya Gavan, Sakhalin Island,
volcanoes in Armenia and Yerevan, etc.]

The station continues to fly in XPOP attitude (X-axis perpendicular
to orbit plane), pitch: 0.8 deg, yaw: -8.0 deg, roll: 0 deg.