ISS Update: Weekly Recap for March 23, 2012

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Good morning, this is Mission Control Houston.
Welcome and thank you for joining us today for today's edition
of ISS update this Friday, March 23.
We're now coming to you live from inside the International Space Station flight control room
where the team here has been monitoring the systems aboard the station
and supporting today's activities of the Expedition 30 crew members.
Leading the orbit two team here today is flight director Mike Lammers,
shown here on the right-hand side of your screen in the blue shirt
with astronaut Dan Tani serving as Capcom who is relaying all messages up to the crew.
The space station with its crew aboard is now flying
at an altitude of about 240 statute miles.
The orbiting facility is making a southeastern track across the South Atlantic ocean just
between the east coast of Brazil and west coast of Africa.
Circling the world every 90 minutes aboard the station the six crew members will soon reach a
close of week 15 in what has been yet another busy week of Expedition 30.
The six crew members aboard the station now include NASA astronaut and Commander
of the complex Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers and cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov
and Anatoly Ivanishin, as well as NASA astronaut Don Pettit cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko
and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers.
Top in the news for the International Space Station,
the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle three Edoardo Amaldi successfully
launched late last night as scheduled at 11:34 PM central time atop an Ariane five rocket
from the Ariane space launch site in Kourou, French Guiana.
At the time of launch the station was flying about 243 miles
above the South Pacific Ocean west of Chile.
Edoardo Amaldi reached its planned orbit and deployed its solar arrays about an hour
and a half after it launched last night.
The unmanned cargo spacecraft is then scheduled to dock to the International Space Station
at 5:32 PM on Wednesday, March 28, delivering 220 pounds of oxygen, 628 pounds of water,
4.5 tons of propellant and nearly 2.5 tons of dry cargo including experiment hardware,
spare parts, food and clothing., And now for look back
at this week aboard the International Space Station.
The Expedition 30 crew kicked off the week with science.
Flight Engineer Don Pettit worked with the Structure And Liftoff In Combustion Experiment
or SLICE, which investigates the nature of flames in microgravity.
Results from SLICE could lead to improvements
in pollution control technology and fuel efficiency.
On Monday Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers performed three experiments using the Nano
Rack's Smart Phone which looks at how smartphones operate in space.
The hope is to use the compact hardware in future research studies
and to augment crew performance and productivity and operational activities.
Meanwhile, Oleg Kononenko took photographs of Earth as part
of the Russian Uragan earth imaging program which is the name
for the Russian word for hurricane.
Uragan is a ground and space-based system for predicting natural and man-made disasters.
Also on Monday, Commander Dan Burbank took water samples
from the environmental health monitoring system and Water Recovery System.
He also analyzed the samples with the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer which is necessary
for checking drinking water quality.
On Tuesday the crew upgraded the station communication system.
Commander Dan Burbank began his day installing a High Rate Communication System connector panel
in the Destiny laboratory.
Additional cable routing work is planned in the next few weeks ahead along with the installation
of improved Ethernet hub Gateway and KU communications unit later this year
to support this upgrade to the station's KU band system.
Once it's fully installed and operational it will provide substantially faster uplink
and downlink speeds, improved bandwidth, two extra voice communication links
and two additional video downlink channels.
Later on Tuesday the commander inspected the flush water lines and water valve block
of the Waste Hygiene Compartment to track down the source of air bubbles in the system.
Fight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers spent much of their time working in concert.
They participated in a periodic health status evaluation.
The results from these routine physical exams are downlinked to researchers
who then track any changes to crew health due to the long-term exposure to microgravity.
Also on Tuesday Pettit began his work to load software on a laptop computer associated
with an EXPRESS rack that enables quick, simple integration of up to 10 experiment payloads.
Then in the Russian side of the house Kononenko, Shkaplerov
and Ivanishin had performed routine maintenance on the life-support system
in the Elektron oxygen generator and conducted several experiments.
Shkaplerov also worked with the Bar experiment which looks at methods and instruments
for detecting the location of loss of pressure with the station.
He also worked with Ivanishin later with the Typology experiment
that studies a crew member's psychophysical state during long-duration spaceflight.
Then on Wednesday station residents got ready for ATV-3,
Europe's third cargo craft the Automated Transfer Vehicle 3 that was set
to launch Thursday night at 11:34 PM central time from Kourou, French Guiana.
The Edoardo Amaldi spacecraft that successfully launched last night is now on its way
to the International Space Station with its 7.2 tons of cargo.
Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers reviewed rendezvous
and docking procedures ahead of the Automated Transfer Vehicle 3 launch.
They are the two that are responsible for monitoring its automated arrival and docking.
Before beginning their ATV 3 reviews, Kuipers wore gear for an experiment
that that observes the decrease in blood pressure that occurs in microgravity.
Kononenko took part in a study that assesses the crew members' mental state
and how it impacts spaceflight performance.
The rest of the six-member crew focused on science and station maintenance on Wednesday.
Commander Burbank had taken high-resolution photographs of crystal samples
from the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test 5 experiment.
During the afternoon he switched hats from a scientist to a plumber and removed
and replaced a pretreat water pump on the Waste Hygiene Compartment.
Pettit then changed out and reconfigured laptop computers on those two EXPRESS computers,
one in the Kibo laboratory and also one in the Destiny laboratory.
He then scanned his legs with the ultrasound for the Sprint experiment which evaluates exercise
and its ability to minimize the effects of long-duration space missions.
Here now we're getting a at live view outside the International Space Station.
Yesterday on Thursday the European cargo craft that is now on its way
to the International Space Station was the primary focus of work aboard the station.
Commander Burbank, Pettit and Kuipers worked on the stowage and relocation of cargo
in the Permanent Multipurpose Module also known as Leonardo to make room for the cargo
that will soon arrive aboard the ATV after it docks to the station next week on March 28.
Yesterday also Kuipers performed maintenance to the Water Recovery System.
Ivanishin worked with the Pneumocard experiment, which observes the adaptation
of the cardiovascular system during long-term missions and Kononenko took more photographs
as part of the Russian Urugan or hurricane experiment that aims
to predict natural and man-made disasters.
Meanwhile, the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle 3 was set for launch
as the crew went to bed Thursday at 3:30 PM central time.
While the crew was scheduled to be asleep mission control Houston uplinked real-time video
of last night's successful launch from Kourou, French Guiana.
The spacecraft with its 7 tons of supplies is now en route to the space station.
Edoardo Amaldi is scheduled to arrive and link up with the station next Wednesday,
March 28 with a docking time at 5:32 PM central time.
You're now getting a live view inside the International Space Station flight control room
where the orbit two team continues to monitor the systems and the activities
of the crew aboard the International Space Station.
Today this Friday, March 23, Edoardo Amaldi's anticipated arrival
at the station takes center stage aboard the International Space Station.
Commander Burbank and his crew will spent a few hours today moving some items out of storage
for the Permanent Multipurpose Module to make room for the cargo now on its way
to the station set to arrive next week.
Meanwhile, Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers are participating
in an onboard training with the rendezvous and docking simulation to practice and prepare
for the arrival of the European space agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle 3.
Kononenko and Kuipers are the two crew members will be responsible for monitoring spacecraft
as it approaches and docks to the aft port of the Zvezda module.
And here is some animation of the ATV 3 as it approaches the International Space Station
and is what Kononenko and Kuipers will be monitoring next Wednesday, March 28.
Again that docking is scheduled to take place at 5:32 PM central time.
Also today Commander Burbank has conducted a six-month maintenance tuneup
on the onboard treadmill, one of three types of exercise equipment in the space gym.
Other equipment includes a stationary bicycle and the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device
that simulates weightlifting here on Earth.
He also spent some time cleaning bacteria filters in nodes 1,
2 and 3 of the space station while Flight Engineer Don Pettit is working
with the Microgravity Science Glovebox to conduct the Structure and Liftoff
And Combustion Experiment or SLICE
which investigates the nature of flames in microgravity.
Results from SLICE could lead to improvements
in pollution control technology and fuel efficiency.
And later today Commander Burbank and Flight Engineers Don Pettit
and Andre Kuipers will take a break to talk with Bloomberg,
Moscow as part of a documentary on US Russian space cooperation.
That interview will air live here on NASA Television at 10:40 AM central time.
And that's a wrap of this week aboard the International Space Station.
This is Mission Control Houston