ISS Update - Nov. 9, 2012

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>> Good day, and welcome to Mission Control Houston
where the team of flight controllers is watching
over the activities
of the Expedition 33 crew aboard the International Space Station.
Space Station currently orbiting
about 240 statute miles just off the eastern coast of Canada,
heading out over the Atlantic Ocean over cloudy skies.
On board, Commander Suni Williams is continuing to work
with her crew mates,
which include fellow NASA astronaut Kevin Ford,
Japan aerospace exploration agency astronaut Akihiko
Hoshide, and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonauts Yuri
Malenchenko, Oleg Novitskiy, and Evgeny Tarelkin.
As the six crew members get ready for the departure of three
of those crew members and the continued operations
of the Space Station with three
of the newly arrived crew members.
Here at Mission Control Houston guiding the activities
of the team today is flight director Tomas Gonzales Torres
on the second shift of the day.
He's working with spacecraft communicator Jay Marschke
and a visiting payload operations control center work,
who is here in Mission Control to get some familiarization
with how things go here in Houston.
With maintenance work completed earlier this week,
today is devoted to science experiments,
particularly ultrasound data takes.
The ultrasound is going to be used part
of the integrated cardiovascular experiment,
which looks at how the heart relates
to long duration space flight.
It's also going to be used to look at the human eye as part
of an ongoing set of research that looks
at how long-term stays in space flight affect vision
for astronauts.
Some of that can be long term changes to the vision
of the astronauts that last
after they have returned home to Earth.
Going to be taking advantage of these ultrasound studies
of the eye to get more information on that.
Williams, Hoshide,
and Malenchenko are continuing their departure preparations
for their return to Earth a week from Sunday.
They have all week to continue working
on those activities while Ford, Novitskiy,
and Tarelkin are continuing to familiarize themselves
with their new home in space.
Just to wrap up the week.
The week started out with the station completing its 80,000
orbit of the Earth, which is about 2.1 billion miles
or roughly the distance from here to Pluto and was set
up so the integrated cardiovascular experiment work.
They also did some troubleshooting for the waste
and hygiene compartment toilet that had clogged
over the weekend and were working on their familiarization
and departure preparations.
Tuesday started on a challenging note with both
of the local area network servers
on the space station failing.
Those laptop servers support non-critical computer activities
like messaging, scheduling, and procedure holding.
Mission Control was able to perform some work arounds
to the schedule so that all
of the day's work could be completed,
but the crew spent much
of Monday morning replacing hard drives
so that Mission Control could restore the server software.
Additional troubleshooting on the toilet plumbing continued,
but Kevin Ford was able to do his first work
with the elite experiment.
That's a European space agency investigation that looks
at the connections between the brain, visualization,
and motions in micro gravity.
Wednesday was devoted to more plumbing work,
but the crew also conducted an emergency equipment
familiarization drill to be sure that the new crew members know
where all the portable breathing, fire fighting,
and other emergency equipment are located and how
to operate them on orbit,
although they would receive thorough training
on the ground before they launched.
Always good to get an on-orbit training session in.
On Thursday the crew finally fixed the toilet
by replacing a pre-treatment liquid tank.
Kevin Ford actually got his hands dirty doing
that plumbing work.
Good familiarization with the toilet
in the U.S. operating segment
of the Space Station before the experiment crew members,
the experienced crew members head for home.
And that means the two restrooms are now conveniently available
to the crew on board the Space Station.
This is recorded video of Kevin Ford doing
that last troubleshooting work.
Aki Hoshide also had an opportunity to work
with the newly arrived Jacks Aquarium,
which he performed some collection and freezing
of the sample [inaudible] fish that are being used
to study how bones are affected by long stays in space.
The [inaudible] fish, which have skeletons, are good analogs
for the human skeleton, and the fact
that their lives are much shorter allows more exposure
to the micro gravity environment from a comparative aspect.
And meanwhile at the [inaudible] Cosmonaut Training Center
in Star City, Russia, two of the crew members for the next crew,
[inaudible] and Chris Hadfield,
are conducting additional soil use simulation runs today.
Hadfield eventually will become the first Canadian commander
of the International Space Station.
Meanwhile, their crew mate, Tom Marshburn, is returning
to Star City Monday to begin final pre-launch training.
The current crew is looking forward to a two-day weekend,
but while International Space Station update
on NASA television has the day off Monday
for the Veterans' Day holiday,
the station crew will work a full day on Monday.
They'll be completing their preparations
for the upcoming change of command ceremony on Saturday
and the Expedition 33 crew's departure on Sunday.
There's several other big-ticket items coming
up for the final work for that crew.
The advanced resistive exercise device, that cable arm rope,
an exercise rope are going to be replaced on Monday.
There'll be some work
on the combined operation load bearing treadmill.
Regular six-month maintenance, and some additional work
on the local area network plan during the week.
There's also some installation
of ultrasound background noise sensors on the laboratory.
And some additional work on Friday next week
with the carbon dioxide removal assembly to check and see
if Aki Hoshide can isolate a small leak that's been noticed
in that system that's used
to scrub excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.
NASA TV will provide full coverage
of the departure activities beginning on Saturday
with the change of command ceremony
at 1:15 P.M. Central time,
and then on Sunday NASA TV will begin its coverage
of the actual departure with farewell and hatch closure
at 12:45 P.M. That will be the start of coverage
with the closure expected at 1:10 P.M. Central time.
Undocking coverage starts at 4:00 P.M.
with the undocking planned about 4:26 P.M. Central time,
and then deorbit burn and landing coverage begins
at 6:30 P.M. with landing expected on the step
of Kazakhstan at 7:53 P.M. Central time.
On Monday we'll have a video file, on the November the 19th
that provides a lot
of post-landing coverage and interviews.
With the International Space Station now
on its 80,060th orbit, this is Mission Control Houston.