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ISS On-Orbit Status, 28-01-2004

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Old January 29th 04, 05:54 PM
Jacques van Oene
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ISS On-Orbit Status 28 Jan 2004

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except as noted previously
or below. Yesterday 37 years ago, NASA's Gus Grissom, Ed White and Roger
Chaffee perished in the Apollo 1 fire at KSC. Yesterday, the Martian hills
surrounding the Gusev Crater landing site of Mars Exploration Rover "Spirit"
were dedicated to their names. One day, humans will climb those hills.
Today 18 years ago, NASA's Francis "Dick" Scobee, Michael Smith, Judith
Resnik, Ronald McNair, Ellison Onizuka, Gregory Jarvis, and Christa
McAuliffe perished in the loss of Shuttle Challenger/STS-51L. Tomorrow one
year ago, NASA's Rick D. Husband, William C. McCool, David M. Brown, Kalpana
Chawla, Michael P. Anderson, Laurel B. Clark and Israeli crewmember Ilan
Ramon were lost with Shuttle Columbia/STS-107.

At the ISS, Progress M-248/12P undocked this morning on schedule at 3:36am
EST, with the crew monitoring its departure from the Service Module (SM)'s
aft compartment. Later it performed its deorbit burn on time and now is
history. FE Alexander Kaleri performed the Russian PFE (physical fitness
evaluation) test MO-3, today only Part 1 on the TVIS (treadmill with
vibration isolation system). [Identical to the Profilaktika
(countermeasures) test for the treadmill in idling mode (i.e., with free
choice of speed within a certain specified range), it calls for the use of
the TEEM-100M gas analyzer, measurement of the lactate and creatine kinase
levels in the subject's blood, and a subjective evaluation of the physical
exertion levels during the test. The Cardiocassette-recorded data were then
downloaded to the U.S. OCA for downlinking.]

CDR Michael Foale held a payload conference with the Principal Investigator
(PI) of the PromISS-3 (Protein Crystal Growth Monitoring by Digital
Holographic Microscope 3) onboard training (OBT) activity scheduled for
tomorrow (1/29).

At 9:40am EST, the crew sent down a telephone message of greetings to the
editorial staff, partners and guests of the Russian magazine "Tennis and
Business", published by Optima Invest Co. [1/31 will be the 2nd
Anniversary of the first issue of this magazine. OPTIMA INVEST was the main
sponsor of the 40th Anniversary celebration of GCTC (Gagarin Cosmonaut
Training Center).]

At 12:44pm EST, Mike set up and conducted a ham radio session with students
of King's School, Canterbury, United Kingdom. [The King's School, founded
in 579 AD, is a co-ed boarding and day school for students 13-18 years of
age. King's is closely following Mike Foale's time on the ISS.

Sasha also conducted the daily routine maintenance of the SM's SOZh life
support system, while Mike performed the regular routine checkup of the
autonomous Increment 8 payloads in the Lab.

Working off the Russian discretionary task list, Sasha performed another set
of observations for the Diatomeya ocean research program, taking photo and
video imagery of water surfaces in various climatic regions of World Ocean.
Recommended was a survey traverse running across dynamically active areas
with massive currents, Mid-Oceanic ridges, and strong divergence zones rich
with biogenic water, using the Nikon F5 with f/80 mm lens and the Sony
DVCAM-150 digital camcorder. As a second task list item, Kaleri performed
another round of Uragan earth observations, using the Kodak 760 electronic
still camera (ESC) with the long f800 lens at SM window #9 to make
observations and take imagery of the recommended target zones of Lagos,
Abudia, Patagonia glaciers and Huascaran volcano.

Foale and Kaleri worked out according to their regular daily physical
exercise program of 2.5 hrs on the TVIS treadmill, RED exerciser, and VELO
bike (with load trainer).

A 16-page familiarization briefing on the Granada Crystallisation Facility
(GCF) was uplinked to the crew, preparatory to the arrival of the GCF
hardware on 13P and its subsequent return on Soyuz 7S.

Launch of Progress 13P at Baikonur is scheduled for tomorrow, 1/29, at
6:58am EST. Docking will nominally occur on Saturday, 1/31, at 8:15am, at
the SM aft end port.

Today's CEO (crew earth observations) targets, in the current LVLH attitude
no longer limited by flight rule constraints on the use of the Lab
nadir/science window, except for the shutter closure and
condensation-prevention plan (limited to 90 min. in 24 hours), wereShanghai,
China (nadir pass over China's major port city of 14.2 million on the south
side of the Chang Jiang [Yangtze] estuary),Cape Town, South Africa(nadir
pass. Trying to include the wide expanse of the city sprawl inland from the
port center),Johannesburg, South Africa(looking right for the center of the
Wi****ersrand conurbation),Patagonian Glaciers(400mm-lens: Weather clearing
in the southernmost Andean ice fields. Detailed images requested of ice
tongues), andBahamas(detailed images near nadir of coral reefs and shallow
[light blue] shelves. CEO color images can now be used for detailed
bathymetric mapping).

CEO images can be viewed at the websites.


See also the website "Space Station Challenge" at


ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 8:54am EST [= epoch]):

Mean altitude -- 368.7 km
Apogee -- 373.9 km
Perigee -- 363.4 km
Period -- 91.9 min.
Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.63 deg
Eccentricity -- 0.000775
Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.66
Mean altitude loss last 24 hours -- 120 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. '98) -- 29624

For more on ISS orbit and worldwide ISS naked-eye visibility dates/times,
see http://www.hq.nasa.gov/osf/station/viewing/issvis.html


Jacques :-)

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