ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/07/13

37 Soyuz Launch, Docking and Hatch Opening: Soyuz Commander Tyurin, Mastracchio, and Wakata launched onboard Soyuz 37S last night at 10:14pm CST. Following a successful four-orbit rendezvous, they docked to the Mini-Research Module (MRM)-1 port at 4:27am CST this morning.  Once leak checks between the MRM1 and 37S were performed, the hatches were opened at 6:44 am increasing the ISS to a 9 crew complement.   The arriving crew members took part in a welcome ceremony that included the Olympic Torch.  Later in the day, the 37S crewmembers dried out their Sokol suits and the entire crew participated in an initial safety briefing.

Skin-B Investigation:  Flight Engineer (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.  The 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 to in predicting impacts on astronauts of even more challenging environmental conditions during future missions to the Moon and Mars.

Salivary Markers Investigation:  FE-3 Hopkins performed his Flight Day 90 session of Salivary Markers, the second of his three sessions planned for his time on-orbit.  This included ambient blood, saliva, and urine collections and completion of a health assessment questionnaire. The Salivary Markers investigation includes the bodily fluid collections and health assessment on subjects pre-, in- and post-flight to determine if spaceflight induced immune system dysregulation increases infection susceptibility or poses a significant health risk to crewmembers onboard the ISS. The investigation utilizes measures designed to determine the effects of long-term exposure to microgravity on a host of salivary antimicrobial proteins (AMPs), latent viral reactivation, antibacterial properties of saliva, and blood markers associated with innate host immune defense.

35Soyuz Return Cargo Preparations: FE-3 Hopkins retrieved the Radiation Area Monitors (RAMs) deployed throughout the ISS for return on 35S.  Photos were taken and downlinked for ground teams to reference during retrieval of the RAMs from the Soyuz at the landing site.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) Test / Manual Controls [РСУ] [Complete]
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • HRF Saliva Sample Collection [Complete]
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion [Complete]
  • Running NASA MPEG2 Viewer Application to Monitor MPEG2 Multicast on CP Laptop SSC [Complete]
  • HMS – Stow for return or discard personal and medical items prior to return to Earth  [Complete]
  • Sanitary & Epidemiological Status Monitoring  [Complete]
  • Cleaning of Deck Crew Quarters (CQ)  [Complete]
  • Preparation ТК 711 for Docking to MRM1  [Complete]
  • Sanitary & Epidemiological Status Monitoring
  • Configure comm for ТК 711 docking [Complete]
  • MPEG2 MULTICAST streaming from КЛ-154М TV camera [Complete]
  • Monitoring of ТК 711 approach to ISS (from MRM1 side) / SM СУДН [Complete]
  • HRF – Stow Urine Collection Equipment  [Complete]
  • SKINB – Hardware Setup  [Complete]
  • Monitoring of ТК 711 Approach to ISS (from MRM1 side)  [Complete]
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video /  [Complete]
  • Crew Departure Prep [Complete]
  • Close SSC CP Applications (Downlink via OCA) [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • Comm Reconfig after ТК 711 Docking [Complete]
  • Prep for Symbolic Activity [Complete]
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire  [Complete]
  • On MCC Go ТК 711 – MRM1 Interface Leak Check [Complete]
  • IMS Update [Complete]
  • Activation of ТК 709 Gas Analyzer / Ascent and Descent [Complete]
  • PAO TV Crew Preference Kit (КСПЭ) hardware setup for TV coverage of “Hatch Opening. [Complete]
  • ТК – MRM1 Hatch Opening, TV PAO Expedition 38 Arrival.  Olympic Torch Handover  [Complete]
  • Video Recording of “Olympic Torch Relay”  [Complete]
  • Safety briefing after ТК 711 docking  [Complete]
  • Deactivation of SM TVS. Close CP SSC Applications  [Complete]
  • Terminate Drying of Suit 1,2  [Complete]
  • Start Drying Spacesuit 3 and Set Up the 1st Pair of Gloves for Drying  [Complete]
  • Daily Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Radiation Area Monitors (RAM) Removal [Complete]
  • Microbial Sample Collection (Kit 1 Sampling)   [Complete]
  • Finish drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the second pair  [Complete]
  • ТК 711 Transfers and IMS Ops  [Complete]
  • MO-21 Prep. Ecosphere battery charge  [Complete]
  • Terminate drying the second pair of gloves  [Complete]
  • ТК 711 Deactivation (without ГА deactivation)  [Complete]
  • ISERV – Opening window shutters in the LAB [Complete]
  • LBNP Exercise (FINAL)  [Complete]
  • ТК 710 config for EVA-36  [Complete]
  • Gas Analyzer Activation in ТК 710 / Ascent and Descent, [Complete]
  • Finish Drying the 3rd suit, Start Drying the 3rd Pair of Gloves  [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
  • Terminate drying the 3rd pair of gloves  [Complete]
  • Stow suits and gloves after drying  [Complete]

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evacuation
  • Load Master Questionnaire  [Complete]
  • T2 Debris Inspection
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • KTO Replace
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • 35S Prepack [In Work]
  • 37S Unpack
  • Crew Departure Prep [In Work]
  • Data Prep Return
  • Windows on Earth Photos
  • Cygnus Pregather  [In Work]
  • D2X Camera Sensor Cleaning
  • JSL NOD1 Switch Deploy


  • Nominal Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Friday, 11/08: JEM Wireless Access Point Install, Biolab
  • Saturday, 11/09: RS EVA 36
  • Sunday, 11/10: Change of Command, US Tool Transfer, 35S pack/stow, 35S undock/landing

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) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full up