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L-216: Logbook

Yesterday Anton, Terry and I followed the prime crew, due to launch in May, to Mission Control Center - Moscow (MCC-M) for several hours of briefs concerning the content of their flight. As the backup crew, we need to have the same awareness, just in case.

Briefs covered everything, from the Sun angle expected at the time of docking to any abnormal behavior currently observed on the Russian segment of the Space Station. The latter is especially relevant for our Russian crewmates, of course, since it's mainly up to them to take care of the Russian modules. I had not been at MCC-M, or ЦУП, since a visit with the other Shenanigans during basic training in 2010. Time flies!

Talking about mission content, we'll have a theoretical exam next week, both about the Soyuz flight and the increment time on ISS. Today we had a preparatory session with our Soyuz instructor, in which we went over the different nominal and off-nominal profiles, as well as common crew actions. 

We practiced answering questions like: in any given day, on what orbits is it possible to land in the nominal area in Kazakshan? (Answer: on the 16h, 1st, 2nd and 3rd). 
In what orientation are the burns after insertion given? (Answer: the first two simply "forward", the other two with a rotation calculated by the computer). 
What is the crew expected to report about at the beginning of the 20-min com pass during the second orbit after injection? (Answer: leak checks, first two burns, any anomalies, readiness to perform test of manual controls). And so on, you get the idea. 

I also had just now a short class on the body mass measurement system, the answer (or one of the answers) to the question: how do you weigh yourself in space? You can see the ground model of the system in the picture. In this video NASA astronaut Jeff Williams explains how it works:
Mass Measurement


#SamLogbook  #Futura

(Trad IT)  Traduzione in italiano a cura di  +AstronautiNEWS  qui:
http://www.astronautinews.it/tag/logbook/

(Trad ES) Tradducción en español aquí:
http://www.intervidia.com/category/bitacora/

(Trad FR) Traduction en français par  +Anne Cpamoa  ici:
 https://spacetux.org/cpamoa/category/traductions/logbook-samantha/ 
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Enjoy the Earthday
 
On #EarthDay, see why Earth matters to us in a conversation with Harrison Ford: http://www.nasa.gov/content/why-earth-matters-to-nasa-a-conversation-with-harrison-ford/ #EarthRightNow 
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Thanks.. Happy Earthday to you too +Nurcan sarıcıcek 

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Really agree that it is a powerful message.. This is in sync withour time...
Sharing from/thanks to +Zeynep Inanoglu ..
 
A powerful message
#unexpected  
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Outreach panels (NASA sponsered). Unfortunately may need to hurry up to register as this was posted late everywhere.. or use the webinar option... #STEM #Space
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/discovery/scale_of_discovery.asp
 

Planetary Scientists, Engineers, Educators  converge!
April 26 | Workshop and Webinar Options 

Sami Asmar and Tim Weise from Dawn will join the JPL panel, along with Suzanne Smrekar and Bruce Banerdt of #InSight and Steve Levin of #Juno. For JHUAPL's panel, we have Hal Weaver and Gabe Rogers representing #New Horizons, Oliview Barounin for #OSIRIS-REx, and last but not least, Ralph McNutt for MESSENGER .

Last Days To Register!  
http://1.usa.gov/1hzF5ZB #NASA
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Dawn will come closest to the horizon this week..
 
This week, Dawn comes as close to the Earth as the spacecraft will be for the remainder of the mission - a geocentric range of 1.555 AU. The last time Dawn was this close to Earth was in September 2011, while in orbit around Vesta. The next minimum in geocentric range will be 1.94 AU in July 2015, at which time the spacecraft will be in orbit around Ceres.
http://dawn.jpl.nasa.gov/ 
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Are designer genes, chromosomes really already here..?
 
Scientists make Designer Chromosome in Lab

Look miles into the future and imagine a day, when geneticists can design a flawless set of human genes in a laboratory.

That future vision may never arrive, but it has taken a step closer. Scientists have built a designer chromosome and inserted it into a cell.

Read more here ➨ http://cnn.it/QCHm0D
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It's #EarthDay! Take a year-long video tour of Earth from space. http://go.nasa.gov/1nDX2f3
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This week, several NASA leaders will talk about our path to Mars at the Humans to Mars Summit 2014. 

In today's blog post from NASA Administrator Bolden, he likens the path to Mars to NASA's journey to the moon. 

"It is important to remember that NASA sent humans to the moon by setting a goal that seemed beyond our reach. In that same spirit, we have made a human mission to Mars the centerpiece of our next big leap into the unknown."

Read more here: http://blogs.nasa.gov/bolden/2014/04/21/nasa-leading-the-path-to-mars/
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Here is a wild and crazy idea quantified and put in a nice study, though still is a bit wild. So who is exactly 180 degrees from you on the other side of the world if you drew aline straight through the center of Earth, perpendicular ( hopefully ) to the surface on both sides. I am betting for most it is water.
 
If you drilled a hole down through the centre of the the Earth, check here to see where you'd pop out the other side.
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I lived there before too. The timing wasn't right. 

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International Space Station gets new operational supplies from the SpaceX using their #DragonCapsule design including lots of experiment supplies. I am most curious to see the tests on plant development and #farming experiments in space. Great work by #NASA and the first commercially succesfull Space Payload Delivery company #SpaceX at the #ISS
#SpaceX
 
The SpaceX Dragon cargo spacecraft was berthed to the Harmony module of the International Space Station at 10:06 a.m. EDT while traveling 260 miles above Brazil. The hatch between the newly arrived spacecraft and the space station is scheduled to be opened Monday. The capsule is scheduled to spend 28 days attached to the station. 

Dragon is delivering about 2.5 tons of science investigations, vehicle hardware, spacewalking equipment and supplies for the crew. The scientific payloads on Dragon include investigations into efficient plant growth in space, human immune system function in microgravity, Earth observation, and a demonstration of laser optics communication. Also being delivered is a set of high-tech legs for Robonaut 2, which will provide the humanoid robot torso already aboard the orbiting laboratory the mobility it needs to help with regular and repetitive tasks inside the space station. Dragon also is delivering a second set of investigations sponsored by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), which manages the portion of the space station that is designated a U.S. National Laboratory. The investigations include research into plant biology and protein crystal growth, a field of study experts believe may lead to beneficial advancements in drug development through protein mapping.

For an overview of newly delivered science investigations aboard Dragon, visit: http://go.nasa.gov/QavzGo 
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