Encyclopedia Astronautica
2007.11.10 - ISS On-Orbit Status 11/10/07

Crew off duty.

Station sleep cycle remains at the regular 1:00am - 4:30pm EST.

For today's workouts by all crewmembers on the RED (Resistive Exercise Device), CDR Whitson set up the video camcorder for filming the sessions. Afterwards, the video equipment was put back in stowage. (The RED video, showing the apparatus on the "ceiling" hatch of the Node, is periodically required to support biomechanical evaluation of the exercising crewmember and assessment of the on-orbit setup of equipment during data collection.

Following up on yesterday's successful EVA-5, FE-1 Malenchenko recorded the post-EVA radiation readings from the EMU/suit-worn and background "Pille-MKS" dosimeters and returned the sensors to their regular sites.

FE-2 Tani took air samples for the periodic (weekly) atmospheric status check for ppO 2 (Partial Pressure Oxygen) and ppCO 2 (pp Carbon Dioxide), using the hand-held CSA-O 2 (Compound Specific Analyzer-Oxygen sensor) and CDMK (CO 2 Monitoring Kit). Batteries are to be replaced if necessary. (Purpose of the 10-min. activity is to trend with MCA (Major Constituents Analyzer), i.e., to correlate the hand-held readings with MCA measurements.)

At ~8:30am EST, the crewmembers held 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.

Afterwards, at ~9:00am, the crew held the standard post-EVA debriefing session with ground specialists, discussing details of yesterday's spacewalk. (EVA-5 by Whitson and Malenchenko achieved all objectives except for the get-ahead task of installing handrail HR-0371 on Node-2. EV2 Malenchenko had problems getting the second bolt installed, almost identical to the problems reported during the 10A EVA-2. Repeated increases in installation torque put the handrail into an undefined and structurally unstable configuration, so the handrail was brought back inside. The crew also reported minor RTV (Room Temperature Vulcanizing) material damage to Malenchenko's EMU gloves. Glove photos are currently under review.)

Dan Tani filled out the regular FFQ (Food Frequency Questionnaire), his first, on the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer). (By means of these FFQs, U.S. astronauts keep a personalized log of their nutritional intake over time on special MEC software. Recorded are the amounts consumed during the past week of such food items as beverages, cereals, grains, eggs, breads, snacks, sweets, fruit, beans, soup, vegetables, dairy, fish, meat, chicken, sauces & spreads, and vitamins.)

Yuri Malenchenko used the SKDS CMS (Pressure Control & Atmosphere Monitoring System/Countermeasure System) to take readings of potentially harmful contaminants in the SM (Service Module). The hardware was then returned to initial stowage. (The CMS uses preprogrammed microchips to measure Formaldehyde (H 2CO, methanal), Carbon Monoxide (CO) and Ammonia (NH 3), taking one measurement per microchip.)

Later, Malenchenko took CWC (Contingency Water Container) #1069 to the Russian Segment for the periodic (about twice a month) replenishing of the Elektron oxygen generator's water supply for electrolysis, filling the KOV thermal loops' EDV container, also vom CWC #1029 if necessary). Once filled, the EDV was connected to the BPK transfer pump for processing. (The 40-minute procedure is specially designed to prevent air bubbles larger than ~10 mm from getting into the BZh Liquid Unit where they could cause Elektron shutdown.)

CDR Whitson worked on stowage relocation from Node-2, preparing "Harmony" for the relocation on 11/14.

At ~7:05am, Yuri had his weekly PFC (Private Family Conference) via S-band/audio and Ku-band/MS-NetMeeting application (which displays the uplinked ground video on the SSC-8 laptop).

Dan Tani had another 60 minutes for general crew orientation (station familiarization & acclimatization), as is standard daily rule for the first two weeks after starting station residency.

Malenchenko performed the regular daily maintenance of the SOZh system (Environment Control & Life Support System, ECLSS) in the SM.

The crewmembers completed their regular 2.5-hr. physical workout program (about half of which is used for setup & post-exercise personal hygiene) on the CEVIS cycle ergometer (CDR, FE-2), TVIS treadmill (FE-1), RED resistive exercise device (CDR, FE-2), and VELO bike with bungee cord load trainer (FE-1).

Dan then transferred the crew's exercise data file to the MEC for downlink, as well as the daily wristband HRM data of the workouts on RED, followed by their erasure on the HRM storage medium (done six times a week).

Weekly Science Update(Expedition Sixteen -- 3 rd)

ALTCRISS (Alteino Long Term monitoring of Cosmic Rays on the ISS): Radiation measurements will continue to be performed throughout the Increment 16.

ANITA: Completed.

BCAT (Binary Colloidal Alloy Test): Reserve.

CARDIOCOG-2: Completed.

CCISS (Cardiovascular & Cerebrovascular Control on Return from ISS): "Dan, thanks for volunteering your time for the first CCISS session. The Investigator team is very pleased to have you as a subject. We've been able to look over some of the data and so far it looks good."

CFE (Capillary Flow Experiment): Planned.

CHROMOSOME-2 (E14 SFP): Completed.

CSI-2/CGBA (CGBA Science Insert #2/Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus): "We have received CHab and Cell Culture Hab (just returned from CSI-02). At first glance: CHab seems to have inoculated and grown well (Yeast). One of the Cell Culture Hab opticells containing the orchid cells was contaminated, the other looked good. It appears the arabidopsis did not grow well in the flight or ground units but further checking is required to confirm. If true, this is most likely due to low initial cell counts. The tree cells grew more and differently in flight compared to both grounds. It was obvious at a glance. More detail to follow."

CGBA-2 (Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus 2): Complete.

CSLM-2 (Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures 2): Planned.

EarthKAM (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students): Complete.

EMCH (Elastic Memory Composite Hinge): Complete.

EPO (Educational Payload Operation) Kit C: Planned.

ETD (Eye Tracking Device): First session for Yuri Malenchenko has been performed nominally on 10/18.

Integrated Immune: "Peggy and Dan, thanks for your time and participation in the first Integrated Immune session. So far the PI has received strong, viable samples for analysis."

IMMUNO (Saliva Sampling): Inc-15 first session samples have been returned on 10A. First report confirms good transportation to ground.

LOCAD-PTS (Lab-on-a-Chip Application Development-Portable Test System): Complete.

MISSE (Materials ISS Experiment): Ongoing.

MTR-2 (Russian radiation measurements): Passive dosimeters measurements in DC1 "Pirs".

MULTIGEN-1: Since last report on 11/1, the scientists have intensively observed the stem that appeared in the A2 Experiment Container. Images acquired by EMCS have indicated that there exist weak circumnutation motions in 0-g and 1-g conditions. This was never observed in the past space experiments. From 10/30 on, side shoots have also been observed. 2D then 3D-recordings of stem circumnutation - in 0-g and 1-g conditions and in light and darkness conditions - have been performed for several days, making use of any possibility to get additional science between the planned power outages during the 10A mission. Before the end of the experiment run (scheduled on 11/10), it is expected that flowering and pollenization will occur, leading possibly to seeds that may be collected by the science team after return with 1E mission. Experiment Container A2 is currently in dry-out mode, progressively decreasing its relative humidity level. The EMCS Facility will be switched off and 8 Experiment Containers will be removed from EMCS on 11/15 and stowed until return on 1E.

MSG-SAME (Microgravity Science Glovebox): Complete.


NOA-2 (Nitric Oxide Analyzer): Planned.


PMDIS (Perceptual Motor Deficits in Space): Complete.

SAMS/MAMS (Space & Microgravity Acceleration Measurement Systems: n/a

SLEEP (Sleep-Wake Actigraphy & Light Exposure during Spaceflight): " Peggy, thanks for performing the Sleep Actiwatch download for yours and Dan's Actiwatch. Also thanks for downloading the data for the CCISS experiment. We've looked at some of the data and so far everything looks good. We heard the good news that it was easy to use the neoprene band on the Actiwatch Reader, and we look forward to the download next month of the Actiwatches. Please feel free to perform any extra logbooking in the SleepLog software per your preference. Dan, thanks for your participation in Sleep so far. The data is looking good. Please feel free to perform any extra logbooking in the SleepLog software per your preference."

SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellite): Planned.

Swab (Characterization of Microorganisms & Allergens in Spacecraft): In progress.

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

CEO (Crew Earth Observations): Planned.

CEO (Crew Earth Observation) photo targets uplinked for today were Tigris-Euphrates Delta(the crew was asked to shoot the coastline under and left of track. Draining of swamplands just upstream of the delta (by the previous Iraqi government) has released vast quantities of sediment into the rivers. The shape of the coastline has consequently changed as the sediment has poured in), and West African dust event (Dynamic event. A dust mass several hundred km wide is moving off the coast of West Africa into the Atlantic Ocean. Saharan dust reaches the Americas every month, and may be critical in seeding Amazon basin soils with critical nutrients. Looking left for the densest part).

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