ISS Update: Weekly Recap for May 14, 2012

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Good day and Happy Friday.
This is Mission Control Houston.
You're joining us live inside the International Space Station
Flight Control Room where the team has been monitoring the
systems aboard the station and supporting today's activities
of the Expedition 31 crew members.
Leading the Orbit 2 Team here
in the station flight control room today is Flight Director
Courtenay McMillan and next to her
as NASA astronaut C.J. Sturckow serving as CAPCOM.
He's been relaying all ground messages up to the crew.
Aboard the orbiting complex station Commander Oleg Kononenko
and Flight Engineers European Space Agency astronaut Andre
Kuipers and NASA astronaut Don Pettit,
there on the right-hand side,
are now completing their 21st week in space
and also now have the help
of three new crew members Flight Engineers Russian cosmonauts
Gennady Padalka, Sergei Revin and NASA astronaut Joe Acaba
who joined them aboard the International Space Station
early yesterday morning.
They are shown here in the left hand side.
And now for a look back at this week in space.
On Monday Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Don Pettit
and Andre Kuipers worked
to replace a failed global positioning system unit
and the International Space Station's attitude control
system on Monday.
The GPS unit is needed for the impending arrival
of the SpaceX Dragon commercial spacecraft that is slated
to arrive at the orbital laboratory later this month.
Meanwhile, Pettit and Kuipers documented their meals
and took water and urine samples for the Energy experiment
that studies methods
for maintaining crew members' energy balance
and for counteracting the effects of long-term exposure
to the microgravity environment of space.
Station Commander Oleg Kononenko worked
with the radiation payload suite Matryoshka which is designed
for sophisticated radiation studies and is named
after the traditional Russian set of nested dolls.
He also performed routine servicing
of this SOZH Environmental Control and Life Support System
in the Zvezda module, one of the station's treadmills as well.
And on late Monday night at the Baikonur Cosmodrome
in Kazakhstan the Soyuz rocket with NASA astronaut Joe Acaba
and cosmonauts Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin launched
into orbit at 10:01 p.m. Central time aboard their Soyuz TMA-04M
spacecraft to the International Space Station.
And on Tuesday the Expedition 31 crew
of the International Space Station focused Tuesday
on preparations for the arrival of those three new crewmates.
Pettit and Kuipers both began their morning
with the Reaction self test - a short reaction time task
that allows the crew to track the effects of fatigue
on performance before moving onto the day's activities.
Kuipers then collected water samples throughout the station
testing some of the samples
with the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer to check
for any contamination and labeling others for return
to Earth for additional study.
Kuipers also unloaded additional cargo
from the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle-3
which delivered 7.2 tons of food, fuel and supplies
when it docked to the aft end
of the Zvezda service module on March 28.
Also on Tuesday, Pettit had participated in a session
with the Sprint experiment as he conducted an Ultrasound scan
of his leg with that remote guidance from the ground team.
Sprint measures the effectiveness of high-intensity,
low-volume exercise training in minimizing the loss
of muscle mass and bone density
that occurs during long-term exposure to weightlessness.
Pettit performed a thorough cleanup
of the overhead crew quarters
which are the closet-sized compartments built
as small staterooms to give each crew member personal space
to relax and sleep at night.
Each crew quarters contain lighting, laptop connectivity,
power, fans, ventilation and a caution and warning system.
And on the Russian side of the house Kononenko worked
with the Typology experiment
which studies a crew member's psychophysical state during
long-duration spaceflight.
He conducted an MPEG-2 video test
with the station's KU-band communication system
to make sure the live views of the Soyuz rendezvous
and docking will be available
to flight controllers later this week.
The commander also gathered treadmill hardware for return
to Earth aboard SpaceX's Dragon cargo craft that is set
to launch tomorrow and arrive at the station next week.
Again that launch is scheduled to launch,
take place at 3:55 a.m. Central time.
And on Wednesday the International Space Station's
Expedition 31 crew had a shorter
than normal workday Wednesday going to bed early to prepare
for the impending arrival of the three new crew members
to the orbital complex.
Station Commander Kononenko reviewed procedures
for the opening of the hatch between the complex
and the Soyuz spacecraft.
He also gathered exercise tools for his new crewmates.
On Wednesday, Pettit and Kuipers documented their meals
and took water and urine samples for the Energy experiment
that studies methods for maintaining crews,
crew members' energy balance and for counteracting the effects
of long-term exposure
to the microgravity environment of space.
The pair transferred cargo
from the European Space Agency's Automated Transfer Vehicle-3
known as "Edoardo Amaldi" and also spoke
with European YouTube Spacelab participants
at the European Astronaut Center in Cologne, Germany.
Pettit and Kuipers spent some time reviewing docking data
and procedures for the upcoming arrival
of the SpaceX Dragon commercial cargo craft.
And late Wednesday night NASA astronaut Joe Acaba
and Russian cosmonauts Gennady Padalka
and Sergei Revin aboard their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft docked
to the station's Poisk mini-research module
at 11:36 Central time Wednesday night.
The trio joined the current station residents
to begin a four-month tour of duty aboard the orbiting complex
when the hatches opened early Thursday morning
at 3:10 a.m. Flight Engineers Gennady Padalka, Joe Acaba
and Sergei Revin were welcomed aboard the orbiting laboratory
after the hatches opened.
All six crew members then participated
in a greeting ceremony and conference with family
and mission officials followed by a safety briefing.
The station crew members then performed a variety
of post-docking operations and Soyuz transfers before returning
to the regular science and maintenance activities.
Pettit had worked with the SPHERES experiment
troubleshooting the reference clock.
He also replaced a manifold bottle
in the Combustion Integrated Rack experiment
and observed some microbial samples
for the Environmental Health System,
the microbial capture device.
Kuipers worked on the water resource system to prepare
for water transfers and perform flow measurements
on the Temperature and Humidity Control Intermodule Ventilation
System, also known as the space station air-conditioner.
Kononenko worked with the Identification experiment
which examines the station's dynamic loads during events
such as docking and reboost.
He also spent some time in the Russian segment
of the station performing maintenance
and monitoring its systems.
Meanwhile, the newest station residents set
up their crew quarters and began familiarization tasks
as they adjust to life aboard the orbiting laboratory.
And today, on Friday Commander Kononenko set
up the sound meter equipment
and gathered noise level measurements
when the, within the complex.
He performed a check out of the, Kuipers performed a check
out of the BioLab Glovebox.
Flight Engineer Don Pettit checked the power supply
on the new image processing unit and removed
and replaced the pre-treat tank in the Waist
and Hygiene Compartment and transferred an EXPRESS laptop
from the EXPRESS rack five to EXPRESS rack seven.
On his first full day on the station Acaba took some time
for ISS crew orientation.
He assisted Pettit with the pre-treat tank remove
and replacement and powered on the Ham radio
in the Columbus module.
He and Don Pettit then recorded video messages
for later downlink.
Acaba made his first journal entry as part
of the Journal study and participated
in his first private medical conference aboard the
space station.
Kuipers worked with the Energy medical equipment experiment.
He inspected the portable emergency provisions.
This is the portable fire extinguishers,
the portable breathing apparatus and extension hose tee kits.
He checked the BioLab Glovebox seals and gloves
and performed more troubleshooting
on the SPHERES clock.
And today the newly arrived crew members will continue to adapt
to the microgravity environment and become acquainted
with the exercise protocol aboard the space station.
Inside the station's gym there is a stationary bicycle,
a treadmill and a machine known
as the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device
that simulates weightlifting here on Earth.
The Expedition 31 crew members will do some evening prep work
before their evening meal and presleep period.
They also will participate
in their final daily planning conference before bedtime.
The crew is scheduled to go to bed at 4:30 p.m. Central time.
This is Mission Control Houston.