ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/29/13

53 Progress Docking:  53P was manually docked to the Service Module aft port at 4:30 pm CST. The Progress vehicle launched Monday, November 25 carrying more than 1400 kg of cargo including a spare Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Fluids Control Pump Assembly (FCPA). 

Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Video Compression And Recording Unit (VCRU) Software Checkout:  Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Wakata activated MSPR components and changed the software configuration of the MSPR Laptop for the VCRU. He then performed a checkout of the new configuration. This activity is in preparation for the Zebrafish Muscles experiment which will arrive on the 54 Progress (54P) vehicle. The MSPR has 2 workspaces and a work table that can be used for a wide range of space environment experiments in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM), including those that require an aquatic habitat or combustion chamber.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-C1 Experiment: FE-5 Mastracchio completed the second run of BCAT-C1 Sample 3 after homogenizing the sample and taking photographs of the mixed sample. A camcorder provided live High Definition video during the run.This CSA 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.

eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE the ISS (VIABLE) Experiment:  Wakata reviewed VIABLE Onboard Training (OBT), then touched the palm of his hand to experimental materials located on the top covers of VIABLE 4 bags.  He also blew on experimental materials located on those covers. This activity is performed every 45 days and the bags are photographed at 6 month intervals. VIABLE involves the evaluation of microbial biofilm development on metallic and textile space materials located inside and on the cover of Nomex pouches. Microbial biofilms are known for causing damage and contamination on the Mir space station and the ISS.  The potential application of novel methodologies and products to treat space materials may lead to improvements in the environmental quality of confined human habitats in space and on earth.

Biological Rhythms 48 Hour Experiment:  Wakata completed a session of JAXA’s Biological Rhythms 48 hour experiment, removing the Digital Walk Holter Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Actiwatch and saving the accumulated Holter data. This study examines the circadian variation of astronaut’s cardiac autonomic function during space flight. The research is expected to provide insights 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.

Biological Experiment Laboratory (BIOLAB) Commissioning Completion: Mastracchio performed the Triplelux Experiment Containers (EC) swap from Rotor A to Rotor B. Ground teams then completed commissioning activities and the crew stowed the Biolab equipment.  BioLab is a multiuser research facility used to perform space biology experiments on microorganisms, cells, tissue cultures, small plants, and small invertebrates. BioLab will allow scientists to gain a better understanding of the effects of microgravity and space radiation on biological organisms.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • REACTION – Self-reaction test [Complete]
  • VIRU. Battery Charge (terminate) [Complete]
  • ISS crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference [Complete]
  • Photography of FGB Interior panels in Hygiene Ops Area  [Complete]
  • BCATC1 – Test  and Samples Photography [Complete]
  • VIRU. Installation of Relaksatsiya P/L components. [Complete]
  • MSPR Activation [Complete]
  • MSPR – Laptop Reconfiguration [Complete]
  • COSMO – Camera Preparation [Complete]
  • VIRU. Relaksatsiya Experiment Ops. [Complete]
  • COSMO – Setting Camera, Connecting Microphone [Complete]
  • BCATC1 – Hardware Setup and Photography [Complete]
  • VIRU. Relaksatsiya Hardware Removal. [Complete]
  • AMINE – Screen Cleaning [Complete]
  • Closeout Ops after Desiccant Module Inspection in Columbus [Complete]
  • Verification of connectors in RS SM [Complete]
  • Study of veins in lower extremities [Complete]
  • VIRU. Fill out and Downlink of VIRU Log Sheet. [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video [Complete]
  • Treadmill Т2 Monthly Inspection [Complete]
  • WRS Maintenance [Complete]
  • Columbus Dessiccant Module Inspection [Complete]
  • IMS tagup [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • Study of veins in lower extremities [Complete]
  • Columbus CWSA Dessiccant Module Inspection — Restow activity [Complete]
  • MSPR – Camera and Laptop Deactivation [Complete]
  • COSMO – Camera View Check [Complete]
  • SEINER Ocean Observations [Complete]
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire [Complete]
  • NANORACK – Hardware Relocation [Complete]
  • Verification of connections in RS SM [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video [Complete]
  • SHD. Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
  • VIABLE – Review [Complete]
  • VIABLE – Monitoring [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]
  • BLR48 – Data Saving [Complete]
  • Closing USOS Window Shutters [Complete]
  • WRS Maintenance [Complete]
  • Windows on Earth Photos  [Deferred]
  • BCATC1 – Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • IMS and Stowage Conference [Complete]
  • SHD. Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
  • JRNL – Questionnaire Data Entry [Complete]
  • COSMO – Hardware Deactivation, Closeout [Complete]
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Monitoring TV Signal on SSC2 Laptop during MPEG-2 Video Streaming Test. [Complete]
  • Data downlink from 4K camera – start  [Aborted]
  • SHD. Weekly Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Flight Director/ISS Crew Tagup [Complete]
  • BLR48 – Data Save [Complete]
  • Preparation for ТКГ 421 Docking  [Complete]
  • Ham Radio Deactivation [Complete]
  • ТКГ 421 Docking to SM Aft [Complete]
  • Comm Configuration for Nominal Ops after Docking [Complete]
  • Data downlink from 4K camera – Terminate  [Aborted]
  • Activation of MPEG2 Multicast TV Monitoring. [Complete]
  • Deactivate SM TVS and Close CP SSC Applications [Complete]
  • REACTION – Self-reaction test [Complete] 

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation  
  • Food Rations Setup
  • IWIS JPM Redeploy [In Work]
  • KTO Replace
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • URAGAN. Observations and Photography
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • IWIS RSU and accelerometer redeploy in JPM. [In Work]
  • JEM PCS Swap [Complete]
  • Cygnus ROBOT Self Study  [In Work]
  • Stows loose items [In Work]
  • JAXA Report 2 [Complete]
  • SSC20 cleanup [Complete]
  • Thermolab repair [Complete]


  • Nominal Commanding
  • ISS Configuration for 53P docking

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 11/30: 53P leak check and ingress, SODI DSC Cell Array Install
  • Sunday, 12/1: Crew Off Duty Day
  • Monday, 12/2:  Spinal Scan, CFE, Emergency Procedure Review, Vision Test, ARED Rope Replace

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) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up