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After being unable to complete its third thruster burn to fine-tune its approach to the International Space Station, the crew of the Soyuz with Russian mission control successfully completed the first additional burns for a 34 orbit rendezvous.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 25 March 2014

Today: 38 Soyuz (38S) Launch: Soyuz Commander Skortsov, Artemyev, and Swanson launched onboard Soyuz 38S this afternoon at 4:17pm CDT. Ascent was nominal, but the subsequent DV3 burn was not performed as planned and today's docking was postponed. Docking is now planned for Thursday evening at 6:58pm CDT. The vehicle is in a stable configuration and the crew is in good spirits.

Today: Japanese Experiment Pressurized Module Inter Module Ventilation (IMV) Cleaning: Commander (CDR) Wakata temporarily removed the Starboard Forward Fan and IMV grills and cleaned behind them. Wakata and and Flight Engineer (FE) Mastracchio then measured the air velocity in the JEM using the Velocicalc instrument.

With the move of its Soyuz spacecraft and booster to the launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on March 23, the Expedition 39/40 crew is a step closer to a March 25 Eastern Daylight Time (March 26, Kazakhstan time) launch to The International Space Station. NASA Astronaut Steve Swanson and Russian cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev are headed to the space station for a six month mission.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 21 March 2014

Today: Conjunction with Object #27391 Status: The Pre-Determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM) that was tentatively planned due to this high concern conjunction was cancelled. Ground teams tracked the object closely and determined that the probability of collision with the object had dropped significantly enough that the PDAM maneuver was not required. Time of closest approach has now passed.

Today: Capillary Flow Experiment (CFE) Interior Corner Flow (ICF)-2 Test: Commander (CDR) Wakata set up hardware on the Maintenance Work Area (MWA) and conducted an ICF test using the ICF2 hardware.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 19 March 2014

Today: FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: Commander (CDR) Wakata replaced the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) manifold bottle within the CIR, allowing ground teams to start FLEX-2 operations via commanding.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 18 March 2014

Today: Reversible Figures (RF): Commander (CDR) Wakata completed his fifth of six sessions of the RF protocol. RF investigates whether the perception of ambiguous perspective-reversible figures, a figure that can normally be seen to change in perspective or orientation in two different ways, is affected by microgravity.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 14 March 2014

Today: National Geographic "Live from Space" Event: The ISS crew will participate in the National Geographic "Live from Space" program tonight and again on Sunday. The program is a live, two hour special being broadcast from Johnson Space Center's Mission Control viewing room.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 13 March 2014

Today: SpaceX-3 Launch Delayed: Due to contamination found on the beta cloth shields in the SpaceX-3 unpressurized external trunk, the decision was made to move the launch of SpX-3 to later in the month. The exact day of launch will be assessed by ground teams. Specialists are reviewing options for addressing the contamination issue on the beta cloth shields.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 March 2014

Today: Crew Handover Conference: In preparation for 38 Soyuz (38S) arrival scheduled for March 26, Commander (CDR) Wakata and Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Mastracchio participated in a conference to pass on lessons learned to the 38S Crew.

Command of the International Space Station was passed from cosmonaut Oleg Kotov to Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency on March 9.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 22 January 2014

Today: Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Examination: Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata acting as Crew Medical Officer (CMO) helped measure Hopkins's blood pressure and vital signs and then conducted a vision and tonometry test on Hopkins.

NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 12 November 2013

Today: Emergency Roles and Responsibilities: All six crew members participated in this activity to familiarize the three new crew members on common responses to emergencies. Some of the topics covered include crew accountability, escape vehicle access, Commander responsibility, communication and coordination, and use of personal protective equipment.

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