Encyclopedia Astronautica
2007.11.09 - ISS On-Orbit Status 11/09/07


EVA-5 was completed fully successfully in 6 hrs 55 min, accomplishing all objectives.

One get-ahead task was left for a future excursion. During the spacewalk, CDR Peggy Whitson (EV1) and FE-1 Yuri Malenchenko (EV2), supported by Dan Tani as IV (Intravehicular) crewmember ---

Stowed SSPTS (Station-to-Shuttle Power Transfer System) Cabling;
Stowed PMA-2/Lab Umbilicals, prepping PMA-2 for its relocation on 11/12;
Retrieved a Lab CETA (Crew & Equipment Translation Aid) Light;
Temp stowed Node-2 Port & Starboard Tray Avionics;
Installed Node-2 PDGF (Power & Data Grapple Fixture) Horseshoe Connectors & harness;
Removed & replaced RPCM (Remote Power Controller Module) 4B-C on S0 truss;
Removed ACBM (Active Common Berthing Mechanism) Cover & surveyed the CBM;
Mated S0/Node-1 SM Power Cable;
Configured PMA-1/FGB H-Jumpers;
Retrieved a BSP (Baseband Signal Processor); and
Relocated the N 2 VTE (Vent Tool Extender) bag.)

Not done: Installing a Node-2 handrail (a get-ahead task).

(Official start time of the spacewalk, the "left over" fifth EVA from Mission 10A, was 4:54am EDT. It ended at 11:49am. Total EVA duration (PET = Phase Elapsed Time) was 6h 55min. It was the 97 th spacewalk for ISS assembly & maintenance and the 69 th from the station (28 from Shuttle, 47 from Quest, 22 from Pirs) totaling 414h 47m. After today's EVA, a total of 115 spacewalkers (84 NASA astronauts, 21 Russians, and ten astronauts representing Japan-1, Canada-4, France-1, Germany-1 and Sweden-3) have logged a total of 602h 11m outside the station on building, outfitting and servicing. It also was the 119 th spacewalk by U.S. astronauts.)

For safety, the spacewalkers had been advised to wear APMAs (Adjustable Protective Mitten Assemblies), i.e., overgloves, for the entire EVA except for the ACBM thermal cover and S0/N1 SM power cables tasks. (Removing the APMAs was at the crew's discretion if they did not feel safe due to reduced body control or tool manipulation. Inspection of the EMU gloves was required before re-donning the over-glove.)

FE-2 Dan Tani completed the post-ingress reconfiguration of the Russian onboard telephone/telegraph subsystem (STTS) to its pre-EVA settings. (The ""Voskhod-M"" STTS enables telephone communications between the SM, FGB, DC1 Docking Compartment and U.S. segment (USOS), and also with users on the ground over VHF channels selected by an operator at an SM comm panel, via STTS antennas on the SM's outside. There are six comm panels in the SM with pushbuttons for accessing any of three audio channels, plus an intercom channel. Other modes of the STTS include telegraphy (teletype), EVA voice, emergency alarms, Packet/Email, and TORU docking support.)

Dan also disassembled the Kodak-760 DCS digital camera's EVA configuration.

At ~2:00pm EST, Yuri will support the ground's reactivation of the Elektron O 2 generator at 32 amps by monitoring the external temperature of its secondary purification unit (BD) for the first 10 minutes of operations to ensure that there is no overheating. (During nominal operations a gas analyzer is utilized to detect hydrogen (H 2) in the O 2 line (which could cause overheating) but is not included in the control algorithm until 10 minutes after Elektron startup.)

Before sleeptime (4:30pm EST), Peggy and Yuri are to take another session of the standard Russian crew health-monitoring program's medical assessment MO-9/Biochemical Urinalysis. (MO-9 is conducted every 30 days (and also before and after EVAs) and is one of five nominal Russian medical tests adopted by NASA for U.S. crewmembers for IMG PHS (Integrated Medical Group/Periodic Health Status) evaluation as part of the ""PHS/Without Blood Labs"" exam. The analysis uses the sophisticated in-vitro diagnostic apparatus Urolux developed originally for the Mir program. Afterwards, the data are entered in the MEC (Medical Equipment Computer)'s special IFEP software (In-Flight Examination Program).)

AFPR Inspection Update: Teams are continuing to analyze the root cause of the cut EMU spacesuit gloves. No defects were observed on the retrieved APFRs (Articulating Portable Foot Restraints) #3 & #7 during their recent inspection by Whitson. A possible cause could be crew technique or translation paths.

No CEO (Crew Earth Observations) target uplinked for today.

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 7:30am EST (= epoch)):

Mean altitude -- 341.9 km

Apogee height -- 343.4 km

Perigee height -- 340.2 km

Period -- 91.37 min.

Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.64 deg

Eccentricity -- 0.0002365

Solar Beta Angle -- -35.0 deg (magnitude decreasing)

Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.76

Mean altitude loss in the last 24 hours -- 115 m

Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. 98) -- 51370

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