ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/23/13

Vascular Blood Collection Operations:  Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Nyberg performed a blood sample collection by self-phlebotomy.  The blood sample was then spun in the Refrigerated Centrifuge followed by inserting the sample into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).  This is Nyberg’s final blood draw, completing her in-flight Vascular sessions. This Canadian Space Agency (CSA) research is performed to determine the impact of long-duration space flight on the blood vessels of astronauts. Space flight accelerates the aging process and data from this activity may help determine the need for specific countermeasures.  Data for Vascular is collected before, during and after space flight to assess inflammation of the artery walls, and changes in blood vessel properties and cardiovascular fitness.

Skin-B Investigation:  FE-5 Parmitano connected the Skin B instruments to a laptop in the Columbus module and performed Corneometer, Tewameter, and Visioscan measurements on his forearm. This is Parmitano’s final Skin-B session.  The European Space Agency’s (ESA) Skin-B investigation may improve the understanding of skin aging, which is accelerated in space. This investigation may also provide insights into the aging process in organs covered with epithelial and connective tissue which adapt and age over time under the physical stresses imposed by the environment.  Skin-B data may be used in predicting impacts on astronauts of even more challenging environmental conditions during future missions to the moon and mars.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-C1 Sample Setup: Parmitano homogenized the 3rd of CSA BCAT-C1 samples while images of the activity were captured. The CSA BCAT-C1 experiment studies nano-scale particles dispersed in a liquid, known as a colloidal suspension, commonly found in such commercial commodities as paint, electronic polishing compounds and food products. These suspensions have the unique property that the particles phase separate and then self-assemble into crystals that interact strongly with light. Photographing these samples in microgravity allows the measurement of these processes while avoiding the effects of particle sinking due to gravity.

Extravehicular (EVA) Mobility Unit (EMU) Loop Scrub: FE-3 Hopkins performed the regularly scheduled EMU cooling loop maintenance. The activity includes powering up and configuring EMU 3011 and 3015 for ionic and particulate filtration (scrubbing). In addition, Biocidal maintenance (iodination) were performed on the EMUs and the Airlock cooling water loops. During the EMU 3015 loop scrub, the ground experienced a loss of data using the primary EMU radio. The loop scrub continued nominally on the alternate radio with no impact.  Ground teams are reviewing the suit telemetry.

Cygnus Status: Cygnus Re-entry Delta-V (RDV) burn was initiated at 12:41pm CDT today.  The vehicle crossed the entry interface and destructively re-entered the atmosphere off the coast of New Zealand at approximately 1:16pm CDT.  The re-entry was not visible from the ISS.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • KHROMATOMASS. Experiment Setup  [Complete]
  • HRF-SALIVA. Sample Processing [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • VASC – Blood Draw – Subject [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Saliva and Blood Collection  [Complete]
  • Reaction Self Test [Complete]
  • Vascular Refrigerated Centrifuge (RC) Configure [Complete]
  • SEINER. Photo Spectral System (ФСС) Battery Charge (start)  [Complete]
  • Vascular Refrigerated Centrifuge (RC) Spin Conclude [Complete]
  • VASC – Blood Sample Insertion into MELFI [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Closeout Ops  [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Test Setup [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Blood Pressure Operations [Complete]
  • Preparation of Spacesuit Replaceable Elements, Service and Personal Gear  [Complete]]
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (start) [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) Tonometry Test  [Complete]
  • Vascular Blood Collection Stow [Complete]
  • Study of veins in lower extremities [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) – Equipment Stowage [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance  [Complete]
  • SKIN Nominal Ops, No Downlink [Complete]  
  • Ocular Health (OH) Fundoscope Troubleshooting [Complete]
  • Camcorder setup to capture T2 exercise [Complete]
  • DC1 and ПхО configuration for EVA [In Work]
  • BLR48. Attaching Holter and Electrodes [In Work]
  • Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-C1 (BCATC1) Initialization and Photography of SFU Samples  [Complete]
  • Stow Video Equipment Used to Film Treadmill Т2 Exercise [Complete]
  • BCATC1 Hardware Setup Photo  [Complete]
  • Switching SM МБС Channel 1 to a Backup Set [Complete]
  • High Pressure Oxygen Bypass Configuration [Complete]
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance, Part 1 [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
  • TV PAO event with participants of International Space Olympiad for Schoolchildren  [Complete]
  • HAM Radio Session [Complete]
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • DC1 and ПхО configuration for EVA [Complete]
  • SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group C [Complete]  
  • Surface Sampling And Analysis (T+5) [Complete]
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance, Part 2 [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
  • PAO Event [Complete]
  • EMU FPS R&R Procedure Review [Complete]
  • SEINER. Observation and Photography using Photo Spectral System (ФСС) [Complete]  
  • DC1 and ПхО configuration for EVA  [Complete]
  • ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Check [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]
  • EMU Conference  [Complete]
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance, Part 3 [Complete]
  • Alternate Station Computer (ASC) Load Preparation [Complete]
  • EKAM Lens Change [Complete]
  • BCATC1 – Intervalometer Change [Complete]
  • БМП Ф2 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (termination) [Complete]  
  • VIRU. Battery Charge [Complete]  
  • Reaction Self Test [Complete]

Task List

  • ATV MLU Test
  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation
  • EMU FPS R&R Study [In Work]
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • ATV Cargo Transfer  [In Work]
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • 35S Prepack [In Work]
  • Crew Arrival Prep
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • Crew Discretion PAO [In Work]
  • Data Prep for Return
  • CDRA ASV Clean  [Complete] 
  • Node 1 JSL 16-port ethernet switch deploy assessment
  • SM Printer Troubleshooting


  • Nominal Commanding
  • ATV Fuel Line Purge  [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 10/24: EMU 3011 Fan/Pump/Separator R&R, Fundoscope Exam
Friday, 10/25: Ocular Health, ATV Undock OBT, EMU 3011 Screen test
Saturday, 10/26: Weekly Housekeeping, Off Duty

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On
[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) Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Normal
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up