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ISS On-Orbit Status, 26-10-2003

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Old October 27th 03, 06:02 PM
Jacques van Oene
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ISS On-Orbit Status 26 Oct 2003

All ISS systems continue to function nominally, except as noted previously
or below. Expedition 7 is one day away from their return home, and the
count for their stay in space today stands at 183 days.

Using the MO-21 "Ecosfera" air sampler and incubation equipment, broken out
and set up yesterday, CDR-7 Yuri Malenchenko performed a 40-min. data take
of the Russian MO-21/"Ecosfera" air sampler and incubation equipment,
collecting air samples for atmospheric microbial analysis to monitor
sanitary-hygiene status, for return on 6S [MO-21 determines microbial
contamination of the ISS atmosphere, specifically the total bacterial and
fungal microflora counts and microflora composition according to morphologic
criteria of microorganism colonies.]

Later in the day, FE-8 Alex Kaleri collected air samples in the station,
first using the standard Russian AK-1M sampler device in the SM and FGB,
then performing the second ammonia (NH3) sampling, using the Russian IPD
Draeger tube device (after the first NH3 take by Malenchenko on 10/22).

Yuri Malenchenko completed the second and final 1.5-hr. close-out training
session in the "Chibis" ODNT suit as part of his preparations for returning
into gravity, today complete with telemetry of vital body readings to the
ground. Ed Lu provided assistance. [The below-the-waist reduced-pressure
device ODNT (US: LBNP) in the "Chibis" garment provides gravity-simulating
stress to the body's cardiovascular/circulatory system for reestablishing
the body's orthostatic tolerance (e.g., the Gauer-Henry reflex) after the
six-month stay in zero-G. Yuri's ODNT protocol today consisted of first
downing 150-200 milliliters of water or juice, followed by a sequence of
progressive regimes of reduced ("negative") pressure, set at -15, -20, -25,
and -30 mmHg for five minutes each, then at -20, -25, -35 mmHg, 10 minutes
in each mode, and at -25 mmHg for 5 min, while shifting from foot to foot at
10-12 steps per minute. The body's circulatory system interprets the
pressure differential between upper and lower body as a gravity-like force
pulling the blood (and other liquids) down.]

Malenchenko deinstalled and removed the LKT local temperature sensor
commutator (TA251M1B) of the BITS onboard telemetry system and its read-only
memory (ROM) unit (PZU TA765B) from the Soyuz TMA-2/6S Orbital Module (OM),
now no longer required (OM to be jettisoned tomorrow evening), and stowed
the units for future reuse.

VCFE Pedro Duque worked close-out activities for ESA's Cervantes research
program. [For the BMI blood pressure monitoring experiment, he did final
collection & transfer of data to the EGE2 laptop and questionnaire entries,
before deactivating BMI. In the Russian segment (RS), Pedro then set up the
APIS (Analisis dwe Propiedades Inerciales de Solidos) experiment, with which
he demonstrated the behavior of a rigid body rotating around its center of
mass, showing the different types of motion. After the activities were
video recorded, Duque deinstalled APIS. For the PromISS-2 experiment in the
MSG (Microgravity Science Glovebox), Duque changed out video tape #6 with
#7. After downloading all Cervantes data from the EGE2 to an HDD (hard disk
drive) for taking back home, the EGE2 was reconfigured for nominal
operations after departure of the visiting crew by installation of a new HDD
for the GFI-8 Uragan program and doing an ops checkout of the laptop.]

FE-8 Aleksandr Kaleri continued imagery of Pedro with the 3D (stereoscopic)
camera, as well as regular video and photo recording of his onboard
activities for documentary and PAO use on Earth. Later, the DVCAM 150
camcorder battery was recharged.

Sasha Kaleri performed the regular Sunday tasks of collecting the weekly
counter readings of the SM's toilet flush system (with inspection of the SP
urine collection and pretreat assembly) and SVO water supply status, both
for calldown to TsUP/Moscow.

He also conducted the periodic inspection of the Elektron oxygen generator's
VM gas/liquid system for obstructing air bubbles.

ISS-7 and ISS-8 crewmembers performed last handover operations, with
transfer of PC control to Expedition 8. The activities also included
signing of the formal equipment transfer documents.

Yuri Malenchenko and Ed Lu transferred their final return cargo to the Soyuz
for stowage in the descent module. For Malenchenko, this included the
long-running Biorisk-MSV experiment and the BTKh-12 "Bioekologiya" payload.
[Biorisk units have been monitoring the cabin air in the SM. The
battery-driven BTKh-12 studied the effects of cosmic rays, instantaneous
radiation and flows of heavier charged particles on microbiological objects
used in the Russian national economy, attempting to get high-performance
strains of microorganisms to manufacture petroleum biodegradants, means of
plant protection, and exopolysaccharide used in the oil industry.]

Malenchenko also downloaded stored photo data files from the TP1 laptop to
an HDD for return to Earth.

Pedro Duque again had half an hour set aside to work through and answer his
email from "down home".

Malenchenko conducted the routine technical maintenance of the SM's SOZh
environment control & life support system, incl. toilet equipment (ASU).

Assisted by Kaleri, Pedro Duque set up the TV equipment in the SM at 1:35am
EST 3:00am and later downlinked two live TV interviews with German TV
networks, one at 1:50am with Sat-1 TV, the other at 3:10am with RTL TV, with
the ESA and Spanish flags as backdrop in the SM.

At 7:05am EST, Duque conducted a 10-min. amateur radio (ARISS) session with
ham radio fans at the school Verbum Casa das Palabras in Vigo, Spain. [The
students gathered at the school had won the national space competition
launched by ESA. Represented were five Spanish classes and one Portuguese

Ed Lu and Yuri Malenchenko was thanked by MCC-H for their hard work
yesterday on successfully removing and replacing the EMU #3013 gas trap as
planned. [The video footage of the ops, especially the close-up of the gas
trap, helped considerably. The ground is looking forward to seeing the
photos too. As of now, it appears that troubleshooting for EMU #3013 is

Weekly Science Update (Expedition Seven -- 25th/final): To the Expedition 7
crew from Lead Increment Scientist Vic Cooley: "Expedition 7 has been
phenomenal. We have accomplished a significant amount of payloads
activities. You guys captured great imagery for CEO and aided in the
completion of an important EarthKAM session this summer. The EPO
demonstrations will serve as valuable teaching tools for students
nationwide. You were also subjects for a few of our experiments and
impressed us with you interacting abilities, your handiwork with HPA; as
well as your diligence in checking out the GASMAP. You also found time in
your busy schedules to perform the Lab Payload Status Check on the PCG-STES
and CGBA. Your patience and perseverance shone through when working with
CBOSS, ISSI and the "Great Cable Hunt" for PFMI. The CSLM, InSPACE and PFMI
payload developers received excellent data thanks to your efforts. The
Payloads community would like to thank the Expedition 7 crew for their great
work and welcome the Expedition 8 crew to the wonderful World of Payloads on
ISS." GASMAP: Completed.

Human Research Facility/Workstation (HRF WS): Continuing.

Ultrasound (USND): Completed.

Hand Posture Analyzer (HPA): Completed for this Increment.

In-Space Soldering Investigation (ISSE): Completed for this Increment.

Pore Formation and Mobility Investigation (PFMI): Completed for this

NANOSLAB: NANOSLAB was successfully concluded on 10/22. The experiment
performed its mission nominally and all ten specimens have been processed
and followed their foreseen temperature cycling. According to the first
reaction of the PI, the results look great.

PromISS-2: PromISS-2 is currently operating nominally. The video is
showing some excellent crystal formations.

Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS): Ed Lu was thanked for his
troubleshooting work on SAMS. The ground team is "putting their heads
together", hoping to have words to the crew soon.

Microgravity Acceleration Measurement System (MAMS): MAMS has enabled
HiRAP to capture acceleration data for the 6S undocking tomorrow.

Protein Crystal Growth-Single Locker Thermal Enclosure System (PCG-STES):
Behaving nominally.

Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal
Emulsions (InSPACE): During 11 runs 19 test points were completed. Some
of the most interesting phenomena (chattering and particle migration)
occurred during the exploration of the higher frequency regimes that the
crew performed during the last few sessions. These findings will influence
future tests. For Expedition 8, at this time InSPACE is a reserve payload.
If operations become a reality, the team looks forward to working with Mike

Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE): In progress. Deployed outside. Nominal
and collecting data.

Cellular Biotechnology Support Systems (CBOSS): Completed for this

Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM): Activities
are completed for Increment 7.

Earth Science Toward Exploration Research (ESTER): Completed for this

Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures-2 (CSLM-2): Activities have been
concluded for this Expedition.

Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA): The GCF (Granada
Crystallization Facility) will be removed from CGBA tomorrow for return on

Educational Payload Operations (EPO): Completed for this Increment.

Crew Earth Observation (CEO): There were no CEO target lists for this week
during docking. However, ISS CEO imagery continues to be down linked. This
week's Earth Observatory publication of CEO imagery is a beautiful view of
the coastal sand dune field of northern Brazil. This striking feature with
its unique habitat is now protected as the Lençóis Maranhenses National

Upcoming Soyuz Events:

6S hatch closu 10/27 (Monday), 3:05pm Eastern.
6S undocking: 6:15pm Eastern, 2:15am (10/28) Moscow;
6S landing: 10/27 (Monday), 9:41pm Eastern, 5:41am (10/28) Moscow.

ISS Orbit (as of this morning, 7:15pm EST [= epoch]):

Mean altitude -- 379.4 km
Apogee -- 383.7 km
Perigee -- 375.1 km
Period -- 92.1 min.
Inclination (to Equator) -- 51.63 deg
Eccentricity -- 0.0006409
Orbits per 24-hr. day -- 15.63
Mean altitude loss in last 24 hours -- 100 m
Revolutions since FGB/Zarya launch (Nov. '98) -- 28152
For more on ISS orbit and worldwide naked-eye visibility dates/times, see


Jacques :-)

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