ISS Update - Feb. 6, 2012


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Transcript:
Good morning.
This is mission control Houston.
Thank you for joining us for today's ISS update this Monday, February 6.
You are now looking live view inside the International Space Station Flight Control Room
where the team here has been monitoring the systems aboard the station
and supporting the day's activities of the Expedition 30 crew members.
Leading the team here in the station flight control room today is Flight Director Emily
Nelson, seen here on the right-hand side of your screen in a striped sweater,
with Robert Hanley there next to her serving as capcom,
who is relaying all ground messages up to the crew.
The six crew members currently aboard the station include NASA astronaut and commander
of the complex Dan Burbank and his crewmates and flight engineers cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov
and Anatoly Ivanishin, NASA astronaut Don Pettit, cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko
and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers.
Commander Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin launched
to the orbiting complex aboard their Soyuz spacecraft
as the Expedition 29 crew last November.
They had docked to the Poisk module of the space station a few days
after their launch on November 16.
Burbank then assumed command of the station only one week after the trio had arrived.
Today he and his crew members complete their 86th consecutive day
and began the 13th week in space.
Meanwhile Pettit, Kononenko and Kuipers launched aboard their Soyuz TMA-03M
from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on December 21.
They begin their two-day chase on-orbit to catch up to the International Space Station.
With their Soyuz docked to the Rasvett module, they will complete their 48th consecutive day
and begin their seventh week in space today.
The space station with its crew aboard is now flying
at an altitude of about 250 statute miles.
The orbiting facility is making a southeastern track across the south Pacific Ocean,
off the southwest coast of Brazil, where it will eventually cross the southwest tip of Brazil,
and begin making in northeastern track
across the south Atlantic Ocean and eventually across Africa.
After an off-duty weekend, the Expedition 30 crew members began their morning with the first
of two daily planning conferences a couple hours after their wakeup at midnight.
Planning conferences are held with ground controllers at mission control centers
around the world to review the day's activities and plan for the next set of tasks.
The Expedition 30 crew continues to tend to a variety of science experiments
that take advantage of their microgravity environment, perform regular maintenance
to their orbital home and prepare for an upcoming spacewalk outside the complex.
During today's ISS update hour, Commander Dan Burbank is performing some maintenance work
to the onboard Water Recovery System,
specifically he is removing a Filter Tank Assembly for the Advanced Recycle System
so it can be restored to its regular configuration to work
with the Urine Processing Assembly.
Flight engineers and Russian cosmonauts Kononenko
and Shkaplerov are reviewing spacewalk timeline procedures,
just ten days out from the planned six-hour excursion outside the complex to relocate one
of two Strela cargo cranes from the Pirs docking compartment to the Poisk module,
and also to install five debris shields on the hull of the Zvezda service module.
Meanwhile, Flight Engineer Pettit has been working to reset a video overlay display
for the SPICE, or Smoke Point In Co-flow Experiment, that studies a soot-emitting flame,
which is important in understanding the ability of fires to spread.
During the hour he will conduct an inspection and cleaning of the filter heat sink
and a screen cover for the SLICE, or Structure and Liftoff and Combustion Experiment.
SLICE is part of the Smoke Point In Co-flow Experiment that could lead to improvements
in technologies which aim to reduce pollution emissions and improve burning efficiency.
Meanwhile, Andre Kuipers will spend today's update hour setting
up portable pulmonary function system in advance of the VO2Max testing,
which observes the aerobic capacity of an individual on a long-duration space mission.
Earlier this morning aboard the International Space Station, Commander Burbank spent most
of his time on the Water Recovery System maintenance
to replace the Advanced Recycle Filter.
Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers worked on updating operations data file procedures ,
hile Flight Engineer Don Pettit spent much of his morning setting up and working
with the video overlay of that SPICE experiment that provides insight
on heat release and spread rates of fires.
Later today after the update hour, Commander Burbank will participate
in a regular private psychological conference, he will perform his second hour
of daily exercise the using the onboard stationary bicycle
and will update his dietary log for an ongoing study known as SOLO,
or Sodium Loading in Microgravity, that investigates the mechanisms of fluid
and salt retention in the body during spaceflight.
Also Flight Engineer Kuipers will continue maintenance on the Pretreat Tank
in the Waste Hygiene Compartment and Pettit will perform his second hour
of daily exercise using the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device
that simulates weightlifting here on Earth.
The Expedition 30 crew will then participate in a second daily planning conference
with ground controllers around the world before entering its pre-sleep period.
The Expedition 30 crew is then scheduled to go to bed at 3:30 p.m. CT.
This is mission control Houston.