NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 3 December 2018

At the post-launch news conference for the Expedition 58 crew, Roscosmos and NASA officials announced that NASA astronaut Nick Hague and cosmonaut Alexey Ovchinin of Roscosmos, who were forced to abort their recent mission Oct. 11 to the International Space Station, are now scheduled to launch again Feb. 28, 2019, from the Baikonour Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

Hague, Ovchinin and NASA astronaut Christina Hammock Koch will launch aboard the Russian Soyuz MS-12 spacecraft and join NASA astronaut Anne McClain, David Saint-Jacques of the Canadian Space Agency, and Oleg Konenenko of Roscosmos as station’s Expedition 59 crew.

Hague and Koch will serve as flight engineers for Expeditions 59 and 60. Ovchinin will serve as a flight engineer on Expedition 59 and the commander of Expedition 60. The trio will return to Earth in October 2019 as members of Expedition 60.

All three crew members will participate in a news conference at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 12, at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston that will air live on NASA TV and the agency’s website.

This will be Koch’s first spaceflight. Flight dynamics specialists determined Hague and Ovchinin achieved enough altitude on their aborted climb to orbit to qualify for previous spaceflight status, making this Hague’s second spaceflight and Ovchinin’s third.

On-Orbit Status Report

57 Soyuz (57S) Launch and Docking: The 57S vehicle launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome this morning at 5:31 CT and completed a nominal docking to the ISS at 11:33 CT. The 57S crew, Oleg Kononenko, David Saint-Jacques, and Anne McClain, returned ISS to 6-crew operations after hatch opening at 13:38 CT. This afternoon, the entire ISS crew conducted a Safety Briefing to familiarize the new Soyuz crew with potential hazards and available safety measures on-board ISS; they reviewed the Emergency Equipment in 57S and practiced utilizing various emergency egress routes in the new station configuration.

Actiwatch Spectrum: Today the crew connected two Actiwatch Spectrum monitors to the Human Research Facility (HRF)1 rack for ground commanding and then stowed both monitors. Later, two crewmembers donned the Actiwatch Spectrum monitors. The Actiwatch Spectrum is a waterproof, nonintrusive, sleep-wake monitor worn on the wrist of a crewmember. The device contains an accelerometer for measuring motion and color sensitive photodiodes (a photodetector capable of converting light into voltage) for monitoring ambient lighting. Together, these capabilities enable the Actiwatch Spectrum to be used to analyze circadian rhythms, sleep-wake patterns, and activity.

Design of Scalable Gas Separation Membranes via Synthesis Under Microgravity (Cemsica): Today the crew removed the processed second Cemsica science cartridge from the Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules (SUBSA) facility and inserted the third science cartridge. Later, another swap was performed to insert the fourth sample. Cemsica tests a novel approach of using particles of calcium-silicate (C-S) to synthesize nanoporous membranes (those with pores 100 nanometers or smaller) that can separate carbon dioxide molecules from air or other gases. Synthesizing the materials in microgravity may resolve existing challenges in membrane manufacturing and lead to development of lower-cost membranes with improved flux and high-temperature stability.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Powerup : Today the Robotics ground controllers powered up the MSS and positioned the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) in preparation for the crew offset grapples practice. The crew practiced several times flying SSRMS into the grapple envelope of the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF) for training/familiarization in preparation of SpX-16 capture. After the crew completed their practice, ground controllers maneuvered SSRMS back at Rendezvous (RDV) Park, in position for the Dragon capture day December 6.

Completed Task List Activities:

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
ISS System commanding in support of 57S Docking

Two Day Look Ahead:
Tuesday, 12/04:

Behavioral Core Measures (NASA)
Probiotics Saliva hardware gather (JAXA)
SABL Tray swap (NASA)
Standard Measures Questionnaire (NASA)
Vection configuration (CSA)
SUBSA Hardware Stow (NASA)

ISS Crew Handover
EMER Role/Responsibility Review
57S USOS Unpack
Crew Departure Prep
EVA LCVG Water Fill
EVA REBA Installation/Removal

Wednesday, 12/05:

Behavioral Core Measures (NASA)
Standard Measures Questionnaire (NASA)
Express Rack Locker remove (NASA)
Rodent Research habitat installs (NASA)
Probiotics Saliva collections (JAXA)
Molecular Muscle Big Picture words (ESA)

Cygnus Egress
ISS Crew Adaptation
Crew Departure Prep
Dragon OBT
JEM IMV Aft Side Cleaning
Transfer Dragon Cargo Conference

Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Probiotics Saliva Operations
Probiotics Salive Sample MELFI Insertion
HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection
Max Cycle Ergometer w/ Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Partial Set Up
HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Power Up
CEMSICA Sample Exchange
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Checkout Part 2
825МЗ power supply voltage measurement.
FOTOBIOREAKTOR. Cell sterilization activation
825М3 power supply recharge term
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Setup
HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow
57S procedure-based operations
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Swap
ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Columbus
ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Stow
FOTOBIOREAKTOR. Culture medium container swap
On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Offset Grapple
USOS Window Shutter Close
Verify SM window covers ##6,8,9,12,13,14 are closed
‘MRM2 transfer hatch closure PAO’ & ‘ISS-58 Arrival’ PAO procedure reviews.
55S gas analyzer activation
Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations
57S docking prep
MPEG-2 Ku-band link c/o
Pre-Soyuz-MRM2 docking comm config. 57S RSA2-S/G2 link c/o
Monitoring of the rendezvous
Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
Robotics Onboard Training (ROBoT) Session for Dragon
ТВС turn on
mpeg2 recording on
57S ISS (MRM2) approach monitoring
Food Relocate Part 1 and 2
Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) Checkout
Applications run term, mpeg2 multicast stream downlink via ОСА
At Home In Space Questionnaire Verision 2 Follow Up
Post 57S dock comm reconfig
Russian Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Transfer
57S-MRM2 interface leak check. Spacesuits #1,#2 drying init
ISS-58 arrival PAO equipment setup in SM
Transfer Operations – Prepack of US items to be loaded into Soyuz
MRM2 hatch closure PAO equipment setup in MRM2
VEGGIE Facility Sanitization [Aborted]
СОЖ maintenance
ТПК-57S hatches open and PAO-TV-rep.Hatches open
Actiwatch Spectrum Watch Don
SS3 & gloves handover for 55S drying
55S SS3 drying init
Max Cycle Ergometer w/ Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Partial Set Up
Handover of Increment 57S Crew
ISS Safety Briefing
Return to nominal comm config
57S suits #1,2 drying term
Apps run term, camcorders OFF, TV monitors OFF
57S gloves #1 drying init
57S deactivation (save gas analyzers)
Magnetic 3D bio-printer. Camcorder SM install
57S gloves #1 drying term, gloves #2 drying init
57S deactivation (save gas analyzers)
55S SS3 drying term, gloves #3 drying init
57S gloves #2 drying term
57S SS1 and SS2 gloves post-drying stow
57S cargo ops, IMS update
DOSIS 3D Passive Detectors De-Installation from Columbus (10 PDPs and 2 TDPs).
55S gloves #3 drying term
SS3 & gloves post-drying handover to 57S
57S SS3+gloves post-drying stow
USOS Window Shutter Close
DOSIS 3D Passive Detector Pouch handover after upload of dosimeters with Soyuz.
57S cargo ops, IMS update
Installation of the DOSIS 3D passive detector packs in Columbus and photo documentation.

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