ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/01/13

ENERGY (Astronaut’s Energy Requirements for Long-Term Space Flight):  Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Parmitano began his diet protocol for a 10 day session of ESA’s ENERGY experiment.  He also positioned an armband monitor on his right triceps, where it will be worn for the entire 10 day period.  A loss in astronauts’ body mass is a common observation during space flight. ENERGY measures change in energy balance in crewmembers following long term space flight.  It also measures adaptations in the components of total energy expenditure of crewmembers, so that an equation to determine the energy requirements of crewmembers during space flight may be derived. Such knowledge is of great importance to ensure optimal crew health and performance, overall mission success, and to ensure adequate exercise load and cargo allotments for food are provided while the crew is on-orbit.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-C1 Sample Setup: FE-5 Parmitano homogenized the second BCAT-C1 sample while images of the activity and results 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 the particles 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.

Dose Distribution Inside the International Space Station – 3D (DOSIS-3D):  FE-3 Hopkins installed DOSIS 3D passive detector packs in the Columbus module.  ESA’s DOSIS-3D payload determines the radiation field parameters absorbed dose and dose equivalent inside the ISS with various active and passive radiation detector devices, supporting creation of a concise three dimensional (3D) dose distribution map of all the segments of the ISS.

Advanced Colloids Experiment (ACE)-M-1 Experiment:  Today FE-6 Nyberg mixed the 9th of 10 samples for the ACE-M-1 experiment in the Fluids Integrated Rack facility.  ACE-M-1 is the first in a series of microscopic imaging investigations of materials which contain small colloidal particles which remain evenly dispersed and distributed within the material. Colloidal gels define the microstructure of materials, including many consumer products.  When the structures created in commercial colloidal gel products can no longer support the gravitational stresses (e.g. buoyancy) on the structures, they collapse.  This often determines the shelf life of the product. This investigation takes advantage of the unique environment onboard the ISS to separate the effects induced by Earth’s gravity to examine flow characteristics and the evolution and ordering effects within these colloidal materials.

Emergency Roles and Responsibilities: All six crewmembers participated in a review of general emergency response instructions and assessed roles and responsibilities in the event of an onboard emergency.

US Segment Crew Handover: Parmitano performed a handover to newly arrived crewmember Hopkins. Topics covered included recommendations for on-orbit practices, lessons learned, and familiarization of ISS Systems and Payloads within each USOS module.

Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Transient Failure:  Node 3 CDRA experienced a transient failure today.  Although the exact cause of the failure is unknown at this time, the team did observe Air Selector Valve (ASV)-1 slow transit time just prior to the failure.  Ground teams have since restarted the Node 3 CDRA and the system is operating nominally.  Ground teams will continue investigating the cause of the failure.


Today’s Planned Tasks

  • Biochemical Urine Test [Complete]
  • HRF-SALIVA. Sample Processing [Complete]
  • HRF-MELFI – Sample Insertion into MELFI [Complete]
  • HRF- Frozen Blood Samples Ops [Complete]
  • Biochemical Urine Test  [Complete]
  • HRF – Assistance with blood sample collection [Complete]
  • HRF – Centrifuge Configuration [Complete]
  • URYSIS Hardware Stow [Complete]
  • БМП Ф1 Absorption Cartridge regeneration (start) Handover [Complete]
  • HRF – Sample removal and centrifuge deactivation [Complete]
  • HRF – Blood Sample MELFI Insertion [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Photography of medium before the experiment.  [Complete]
  • ТК 710 Transfers and IMS Ops   [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor  [Complete]
  • BIOME – Questionnaire Data Entry [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance  [Complete]
  • ТК 710 Transfers and IMS Ops  [Complete]
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
  • DOSIS. Passive dosimeter installation [Complete]
  • FIR Rack Doors Open [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Placement in GB  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC Box Sterilization Activation [Complete]
  • HRF – Close-out Ops and Stowage [Complete]
  • LMM – Setup and Video [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC Photo Edit and Downlink  [Complete]
  • ACE – Sample Prep [Complete]
  • VIRTUAL. Set up, Conduct Experiment and Closeout Ops.  [Complete]
  • VIRTUAL. Photography of the experiment ops [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC Repositioning Equipment in the Box  [Complete]
  • LMM – Setup and Video [Complete]
  • FIR – Rack Door Close and Video [Complete]
  • BCATC1 Initialization [Complete]
  • CIR Hardware Gather [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC Box Sterilization Deactivation  [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Surface sampling and beginning of air sampling [Complete]
  • Recovery of КОБ2 Thermal Loop 4СПН2 Panel – Preparation [Complete]
  • CIR – Maintenance Work Area Prep [Complete]
  • Crew Handover; Emergency Roles and Responsibilities [Complete]
  • PAO Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • WRM – Condensate Pumping Initiation [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
  • PAO Event [Complete]
  • ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Check  [Complete]
  • ТК 710 Transfers and IMS Ops [Complete]
  • Cleaning ventilation screens on FGB interior panels (panels 201, 301, 401) [Complete]
  • Crew Prep for PAO [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC Monitoring Automatic Pump Shut Off [Complete]
  • PAO Event [Complete]
  • TOCA Data Recording [Complete]
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation [Complete]
  • Clean FGB ЦВ1 Fan Guard Screen [Complete]
  • ISS 37 Crew Handover [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Preparation and Start of Air Sampling [Complete]
  • OBSTANOVKA. Review, Search and Configure Hardware [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]
  • BIOME. Sample setup [Complete]
  • RGN REC-TNK – Remove depress hose for nominal operations [Complete]
  • SEINER Ocean Observations [Complete]
  • ENERGY. Monitor Setup [Complete]
  • ENERGY. Water Sample Collection [Complete]
  • ENERGY-PFS. Installation [Complete]
  • Space Headaches – Daily Questionnaire [Complete]
  • WHC Fill [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC Monitoring Automatic Pump Shut Off [Complete]
  • ASEPTIC. Retrieving samples from box and placing in thermostat [Complete]
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor [Complete]
  • BCATC1 – Intervalometer Change [Complete]
  • БМП Ф1 Absorption Cartridge regeneration (closeout) [Complete]


Task List

  • CEO Ops
  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation
  • Cygnus Prepack
  • КТО replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Cleaning FGB ГЖТ Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • Recording video for Roskosmos Press Service
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • Cygnus IMV Duct inspect  [Complete]
  • Capillary Flow Experiments Interior Corner Flow 6 Ops [Complete]
  • Crew Discretionary PAO Event[In Work]
  • EXPRESS rack light bulb assemblies removal and replace
  • Increment 37 crew handover [In Work]
  • PAO Video Documentation for ISS 15th Anniversary
  • Service Module Printer Replacement
  • Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Flow Measurement
  • Cygnus Cargo Ops
  • Check each ZSR location per the table and put a check mark to indicate state (zipped/unzipped) and condition (good/broken).



  • Amine Swingbed test points 59 and 63 [Complete]
  • Nominal Ground Commanding [Complete]


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 10/2: ENERGY, MDCA R&R

Thursday, 10/3: ENERGY, Cargo Ops, Ocular Health

Friday, 10/4: Ocular Health, WHC Urine Receptacle R&R


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:




Elektron On
Vozdukh On
[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