ISS Operations Update – May 16, 2016

Photo: NASA
Photo: NASA

Rodent Research 3 – Animal Transfer and Grip Strength Measurements using a specially fabricated Grip Meter [Rodent Research 3, named after the sponsoring company Eli Lilly and Co., will conduct a close study of myostatin inhibition for the prevention of sekeletal muscle atrophy and weakness in mice during long-duration spaceflight. A rapid loss of bone and muscle mass is observed in astronauts during spaceflight, especially to the legs and spine at rates similar to atrophy in people with muscle-wasting deseases on Earth. The study makes use of mice as a model organism to examine the response to certain drugs preventing muscle or bone loss.]

Habitability [Assessment of International Space Station Vehicle Habitability will see teams on the ground study video of the behavior of crew members within the habitable environment of ISS while the crew fills out questionnaires and collects video of areas of interest in order to provide an assessment of the habitability of ISS in its current state for a one-year mission. Results will be used to develop spacecraft with improved habitability properties to allow crew members to optimally utilize the onboard space.]

Pilot-T [This experiment puts crew members through complex tasks, such as piloting a space vehicle, at various stages of a long-duration mission to assess crew member performance reliability over long mission durations.]

Other Activities:

Nominal Inspections/Servicing Tasks (Morning Inspection, Caution & Warning Panel Check, Sozh System Maintenance) (Russian Crew)

Station Support Computer (SSC) for Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) – Hardware & Software Preparation

Extravehicular Mobility Unit Maintenance – Water Loop Scrubbing and Sampling on EMUs #3003 & #3010

Urine Processor Assembly: The UPA transitioned to standby mode during a process cycle when the bowl temperature in the Distillate Assembly (DA) dropped enough to trigger an activation of heaters which increased condenser pressure. A replacement of the brine filter was completed today and the Advanced Recycle Filter Tank Assembly will be replaced tomorrow.

Progress MS Cargo Operations

Progress MS-02 Cargo Operations

Service Module Ventilation Subsystem Preventive Maintenance