ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/24/13

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Troubleshooting: Flight Engineer (FE)-3 Hopkins and FE-6 Nyberg removed and replaced the EMU 3011 Fan Pump Separator (FPS) Assembly. The R&R is part of an ongoing troubleshooting effort stemming from an issue experienced with the suit during USOS EVA #23, when water leaked into Parmitano’s helmet. The new pump which was installed today was recently launched onboard Soyuz 36S. Pump priming and Screen Testing is scheduled to occur on Friday, October 25.

Biological Rhythms 48 Hour Experiment: As part of the continuing JAXA Biological Rhythms 48 hour experiment, FE-6 Nyberg terminated the first 24-hour measurement, exchanged the Multi Media Card and battery, and started the latter 24 hour measurement. Data for this portion of the experiment is being taken from the Digital Walk Holter Electrocardiogram (ECG) and attached sensors that Nyberg donned yesterday.  This study examines the circadian variation of astronaut’s cardiac autonomic function during space flight. The research is expected to provide insight into changes in those functions before, during, and after long-duration space flight and may be used to improve the health care technology used for future ISS crewmembers.

Ocular Health (OH) Fundoscope: FE-3 Hopkins continued his Flight Day 30 Ocular Health session with a Fundoscope eye examination.  FE-5 Parmitano, performing as the Crew Medical Officer (CMO), administered drops for dilation of Hopkin’s pupils and then performed the Fundscope examination.  The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers.  Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular, and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent postflight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies and clinical practice guidelines.

Completion of Circadian Rhythms Session: FE-5 Parmitano’s final 36 hour Circadian Rhythms session was extended after he noticed that the Thermolab unit had unexpectedly powered off.  After application of tape over the battery cover, the Thermolab unit remained powered and ground teams elected to continue the experiment for an additional 24 hours.  Tomorrow he will remove the Actiwatch and Thermolab instrumentation from his body. The ESA Circadian Rhythms experiment examines the role of synchronized circadian rhythms (the human body’s 24 hour light-dark cycle) and its maintenance during long duration spaceflight. Understanding how changes in body composition, body temperature regulation, and physical activity affect circadian rhythms will support development of enhancements for performance and health care of future crewmembers.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • KHROMATOMASS. Experiment Setup  [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Saliva and Blood Collection  [Complete]
  • BIOME. Survey, Question 1  [Complete]
  • ТК 709 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Setup, Initiate Charging  [Complete]
  •  ПхО EVA Support Panel (ПОВ) Test  [Complete]
  • CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS – Removal of the Double Sensors and Thermolab Hardware [Deferred]
  • USOS Window Shutter Close [Complete]
  • BLR48. Multi Media Card Exchange for Karen [Complete]
  • ТК 709 IRIDIUM Phone Charge – Battery Status Check  [Complete]
  • KHROMATOMASS. Closeout Ops  [Complete]
  • ТК 709 IRIDIUM Phone Charge  [Complete]
  • CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS – Data Downlink [Deferred]
  • ТК 710 IRIDIUM Phone Charging – Initiate Charge [Complete]
  • DC1 EVA Support Panel (ПОВ) Test  [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance[Complete]  
  • Testing КВД (Pressure Equalization Vlv) from ПхО ПОВ (ПхО EVA Support Panel)  [Complete]
  • Configure Video Equipment to take macro pictures of EMU T/S [Complete]
  • Configure Video Equipment to take pictures of EMU T/S [Complete]
  • SSC Laptop Relocation[Complete]
  • ТК 710 IRIDIUM Phone Charge – Battery Status Check [Complete]  
  • ТК 710 IRIDIUM Phone Charge, Terminate Charge, Teardown of the Setup  [Complete]
  • EMU – Fan Pump Separator (FPS) Remove and Repair  [Complete
  • VIRU. Software Upgrade.  [Complete]
  • Collecting surface samples from FGB equipment and structures   [Complete]
  • Testing КВД (Pressure Equalization Valve) from DC1 ПОВ  [Complete]
  • ПхО БСС (Orlan Interface Unit) Checkout [Complete]
  • VIRU. Conduct the experiment using Photo Spectral System (ФСС) Hardware.  [Complete]
  • Checkout of БСС (Spacesuit Interface Unit) in DC1  [Complete]
  • ПхО БСС cooling loop separation using Degassing Pump Unit (БОС) [Complete]
  • VIRU. Fill out and Downlink VIRU Log Sheet  [Complete]
  • ESA Weekly Crew Conference [Complete
  • Activation and inspection of Orlan suits No. 4, No. 5  [Complete]
  • ATV – Equipment Prep for ATV Egress [Complete]
  • Surface samples from SM panel 130 (after removal of the detachable panel)  [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Sample collection from the surfaces of equipment and structural elements in SM (panels 102, 103, 104, 451, 455, 463, overhead in АСУ)  [Complete]
  • Orlan Spacesuit and Orlan Interface Unit [БСС] Cooling Loop Separation in DC1 [Complete]
  • PAO Event [Complete]
  • Working with Orlan replaceable Elements, Orlan Inspection [Complete]
  • ISERV – Opening window shutters in the LAB [Complete]
  • EMU Tool Stow following FPS R&R  [Deferred]
  • IMS and Stowage Conference [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]
  • Equipment Setup [Complete]
  • Ocular Health (OH) – Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Pro K Urine PH Kit Unstow [Complete]
  • Fundoscope Prep [Complete]
  • Eye Exam – Fundoscope [Complete]
  • Fundoscope Stow [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation [Complete]
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • 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
  • Node 1 JSL 16-port ethernet switch deploy assessment
  • NOD1O4 Reconfiguration [Complete]
  • SM Printer Troubleshooting


  • Nominal Commanding [Complete]
  • ATV-4 Reboost  [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 10/25: Ocular Health, ATV Undock OBT, EMU 3011 Screen test
Saturday, 10/26: Weekly Housekeeping, Off Duty
Sunday, 10/27: Off Duty, Regen ECLSS Tank R&R

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