ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/09/13

Photography of the Juno Spacecraft: Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Parmitano set up a camera in the MRM2 port window for automated photography of the transit of the Juno spacecraft during its closest and final approach to Earth on its way to Jupiter. The Juno spacecraft launched aboard an Atlas V-551 rocket from Cape Canaveral, Florida on August 5, 2011, and will reach Jupiter in July 2016. The spacecraft will orbit Jupiter 32 times, skimming to within 3,100 miles above the planet’s cloud tops, for approximately one year. Juno’s principal goal is to understand the origin and evolution of Jupiter.

Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions (InSPACE)-3 Experiment:  FE-6 Nyberg conducted the 2nd of the new series of 12 InSPACE-3 runs. This new series uses the same test parameter settings as previous runs but with an increase in the duration from 2 hours to between 4.5 and 6 hours.  This will allow investigation of a continued chain-like aggregation phenomena observed towards the end of some of the previous shorter duration runs. InSPACE-3 studies the behavior of magnetic colloidal fluids which transition to a solid-like state with the formation and cross-linking of microstructures in the presence of a magnetic field. This technology can be used for vibration damping systems and to improve the design of structures.

Reversible Figures Experiment:  FE-3 Hopkins connected the Reversible Figures hardware to the ESA Multipurpose Payload Laptop in Columbus and performed the Reversible Figures experiment protocol in free floating conditions. Each subject performs this activity at least four times during their stay on board.  Reversible Figures investigates whether the perception of ambiguous perspective-reversible figures that can normally be seen to change in perspective or orientation is affected by microgravity.  A comparison will be made of the perceived reversals during visualization of the figures in crewmembers that occurs before, during and after long-term exposure to microgravity. It is expected that measurable, perceptual differences will provide insight into human cognitive-perception dynamics in the microgravity environment of the ISS and that of the Earth.

ISS Emergency Drill:  All six crewmembers participated in an ISS emergency drill and debrief. Today’s scenario was a fire in the Columbus module.  The purpose of this drill is to practice ISS emergency responses based on information provided by the simulator. The crew will physically translate through ISS to appropriate locations in order to visualize the use of station equipment and interfaces. They also practiced procedure execution and associated decision making, all while exercising communication skills with MCC-H and MCC-M.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • KHROMATOMASS. Experiment Setup  [Complete]
  • Crew performs urine test  [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Saliva and Blood Collection  [Complete]
  • HRF Blood Collection Operations  [Complete]
  • HRF – Assistance with blood sample collection  [Complete]
  • HRF – Blood Sample Draw and Photography  [Complete]
  • MSG – Visual inspection and activation  [Complete]
  • HRF – Centrifuge Configuration  [Complete]
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Breakfast  [Complete]
  • Video Footage for the 15th Anniversary of the ISS  [Complete] 
  • Acoustic Dosimeter Setup  [Complete]
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection and Scanning  [Complete]
  • Inspection and Photography of cable 17КС.520Ю8252А-120 connection with PCE БКГ АФУ   [Complete]
  • JEMRMS – Bus Monitor Stop Part 1  [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion  [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Test Setup [Complete]
  • HRF – Sample removal and centrifuge deactivation [Complete]
  • HRF – Blood Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
  • Study of Cardiovascular System Under Graded Physical Load on VELO  [Deferred]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Blood Pressure Operations [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Test [Complete]
  • HAM Radio Session [Complete]
  • Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Proficiency Training [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor  [Complete]
  • Greetings Video Footage   [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Blood Pressure Operations [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Test  [Complete]
  • Video for Roskosmos TV Channel  [Complete] 
  • KHROMATOMASS. Closeout Ops  [Complete]
  • ENERGY – Water Sample Collection [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) – Equipment Stowage [Complete]
  • ENERGY – Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • INSP3 – Start experiment ops [Complete]
  • VHF Comm Test via Gibrid-N RGS-33 (VHF) [Complete]
  • Video for Roskosmos TV Channel  [Complete]
  • Cygnus Transfers  [Complete] 
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification  [Complete]
  • Reversible Figures Protocol Execution   [Complete] 
  • Video Footage for the 15th Anniversary of the ISS  [Complete]
  • On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ  [Complete]
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation  [Complete]
  • Download Pille Dosimeter Readings  [Complete]
  • CYGNUS. Cargo Transfer Tagup  [Complete]
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Lunch  [Complete]
  • ISS Emergency Response OBT  [Complete]
  • Integrated Emergency response training – ISS crew internal debrief  [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance  [Complete]
  • ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Check  [Complete]
  • On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ  [Complete]
  • GLACIER44 Desiccant Pack Swap  [Complete]
  • INSP3 – Closeout Ops  [Complete]
  • BODYM – Equipment Setup  [Complete]
  • On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Drill Conference  [Complete]
  • EXPRS7 – Laptop SW load  [Complete]
  • Stow Video Equipment Used for ARED Exercise Video  [Complete]
  • IV-ТЕРС Transfer  [Complete]
  • CIR Hardware Gather  [Complete]
  • EXPRS7 – Laptop SW load  [Complete]
  • Handover  [Complete]
  • GLACIER – ELC Laptop Software Load  [Complete]
  • Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus MDCA MWA prep  [Complete]
  • Juno Spacecraft Target Setup  [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor  [Complete]
  • Microgravity Science Glovebox Power Down  [Complete]
  • Juno Spacecraft Target Teardown   [Complete]
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Dinner  [Complete]

Task List

  • CEO Ops
  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation
  • Cygnus Prepack
  • IMS Edit
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • Recording video for Roskosmos Press Service
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • MSG Access Verify
  • ESA Recorded Video Message  [Complete]
  • CFE ICF7 Ops   [Complete]  
  • Crew Discretionary PAO Event [In Work]
  • Node 3 Reorganize  [In Work]
  • SM Printer Troubleshooting


  • Nominal Commanding
  • Battery 3B3 Reconditioning [In Work]
  • JEM SFA Ground Control Demonstration

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 10/10: Body Measures Experiment, CIR, Cygnus Cargo Ops, Ocular Health

Friday, 10/11: EMU 3005 and 3010 loop scrub, Ultrasound Scan, Energy and Ocular Health Cardiac Operations

Saturday, 10/12: Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:



Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Off
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up