ISS Daily Summary Report – 01/13/14

Ants In Space Experiment:  After setting up cameras to record the experiment, Flight Engineer (FE)-5 Mastracchio and FE-3 Hopkins set up 2 of the 8 ant forage habitats and then open doors to release ants into the forage areas.  This experiment uses the Pavement Ant (Tetramorium Caespitum), which is common throughout most of the United States.  The experiment is being conducted as part of the Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA) Science Insert (CSI) program conducted by BioServe Space Technologies and sponsored in part by NASA and the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS).  Classrooms across the country and the world are invited to participate in this program by conducting their own classroom controls.  The curriculum is developed by the Baylor College of Medicine Center for Education Outreach.  Results of the experiment will indicate if ants will take straighter paths in the larger space and if they adjust their paths differently in microgravity, when their contact with each other may be disrupted by the absence of gravity.

NanoRacks Module 9:  FE-6 Wakata activated and shook designated NanoRacks Module 9 mixing tubes.  This investigation results from a commercial Science Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education program overseen by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE), called the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). Student teams from across the United States design their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. The investigation consists of different science experiments flown in a NanoRacks Module on board the ISS.

NanoRacks Microscope Operation with Module-38:  Wakata used Microscope-2 to perform microscopic analysis of the NanoRacks Module-38 Petri Dishes.  These Module-38 experiments are designed by students as part of a competition sponsored by the International Space School Educational Trust (ISSET).  This particular experiment examines three-dimensional growth of slime mold in petri dishes utilizing the NanoRacks Microscopes Facility.

Reversible Figures Experiment:  FE-3 Hopkins performed his fifth session of the Reversible Figures experiment in free floating conditions and Wakata completed his third session. Each subject performs this activity at least four times during their stay on board.  ESA’s Reversible Figures experiment investigates whether the perception of ambiguous perspective reversible figures that can normally be seen to change in perspective or orientation is affected by microgravity.  A comparison will be made of the perceived reversals during visualization of the figures in crewmembers that occurs before, during and after long-term exposure to microgravity.   It is expected that measurable, perceptual differences will provide insight into human cognitive-perception dynamics in the microgravity environment of the ISS and in normal gravity on Earth.

Emergency Procedure Review: All six crew members took part in an onboard training session to review Cygnus emergency procedures.

Cygnus Cargo Operations: All three USOS crew members continued cargo transfer operations. They reported working a combined total of 8 hours of cargo transfer between yesterday and today.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Today the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS, released Latching End Effector (LEE)-A from the Orbital-1 Cygnus Power and Video Grapple Fixture (PVGF) and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to position LEE-A such that it was facing the Cupola windows.  FE-5 Mastracchio then took photos of the SSRMS LEE-A snare cables from Cupola window 3.  The team then walked the SSRMS off the Node 2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) onto the Lab PDGF and maneuvered the SSRMS to position LEE-B such that it is facing the Cupola windows.  Wakata is scheduled to take photos of the SSRMS LEE-B snare cables tomorrow, January 14th.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • Crew Quarters Laptop Powerdown [Complete]
  • CIR – Alignment Guide Removal [Complete]
  • СОЖ Maintenance [Complete]
  • Node 2 Camera Setup for Hatch Opening [Completed January 12]
  • Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Removal [Completed January 12]
  • Comm config for tagups from МRМ1 (МRМ2)  [Complete]
  • KAPLYA-2. [НА] Installation, Vacuum Configuration Setup, Noise Filter (ФПП) Installation, Particle Cooler/Generator Module (МКХИ) Connection to Remote Control Panel (ПДУ). [Complete]
  • Taking PILLE readings [Complete]
  • Node 2 Nadir to Cygnus Vestibule Outfitting[Completed January 12]
  • Air Sampling in SM and FGB Using [АК-1М] Sampler [Complete]
  • Cygnus Ingress[Completed January 12]
  • Air Sampling in Cygnus using [АК-1М] sampler prior to air duct installation  [Complete]
  • Air Sampling in SM for Freon using [АК-1М] sampler [Complete]
  • Air Sampling for CO in SM using ИПД samplers  [Complete]
  • Exercise data download and downlink  [Complete]
  • KAPLYA-2. check MCC [НА] connection to MRM1 СFE.  [Complete]
  • Cygnus Cargo Photo[Completed January 12]
  • CGBA- status check and screen cleaning [Complete]
  • Robotics Work Station (RWS) Teardown [Complete]
  • KAPLYA-2. [НА] connection and camcorder setup.  [Complete]
  • ANTS – Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • WRS – Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
  • KAPLYA-2. Hardware activation.
  • ANTS – Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • NANO- Procedure Review [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Forage Habitat A Open [Complete]
  • NanoRacks Module-9 OBT.  [Complete]
  • Double Coldbag Orbital 1 Unpack [Complete]
  • KULONOVSKY KRYSTALL. Experiment Ops.  [Complete]
  • TERMO-LADA. Module ТК-LADA No.02 Removal, Module ТК-LADA No.03 Installation. Start Measurements.  [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Forage Habitat A Open [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Forage Habitat B Open [Complete]
  • NanoRacks Module 9 Ops [Complete]
  • Recharge batteries for Russian EVA-38 [Complete]
  • Cupola Window Shutter Close [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Forage Habitat B Open [Complete]
  • Comm reconfig in MRM2 (MRM1)  [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Forage Habitat A Open [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Forage Habitat A Open [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Forage Habitat B Open [Complete]
  • check MCC Replacement of ТА735 (УСМ2) in SM БИТС2-12.  [Complete]
  • NanoRacks Microscope Operation with Module-38. [Complete]
  • GREAT BEGINNING. Setup  [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Forage Habitat B Open [Complete]
  • GREAT BEGINNING. Video Recording during ISS RS Experiments  [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Nest View [Complete]
  • Ants In Space Stow and File Transfer [Complete]
  • ANTS – Camera setup [Complete]
  • Tighten screw clamps at МRМ1-ГА-FGB Interface [Complete]
  • Camera Setup [Complete]
  • ANTS – Transfer and Stowage [Complete]
  • Lab Window Shutter Close [Complete]
  • SSRMS – LEE Photography [Complete]
  • GREAT BEGINNING. Closeout Ops  [Complete]
  • TOCA – Data Recording [Complete]
  • Stow Items for Disposal  to Progress 420 with IMS Update  [Complete]
  • Cardiovascular evaluation during graduated VELO exercises. [Complete]
  • NLP VACCINE-21 CGBA-2 transfer from Cygnus to Express Rack [Complete]
  • Auxiliary Computer System [ВКС] Equipment Pre-Pack For Disposal In Progress 420 [Complete]
  • HMS Profile of Mood States Questionnaire [Complete]
  • Reversible Figures experiment protocol performance [Complete]
  • KULONOVSKY KRYSTALL. Preparation and downlink of files [Complete]
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Tagup [Complete]
  • Auxiliary Computer System Laptop Virus Definition Update [Complete]
  • RVF. Experiment protocol performance. [Complete]
  • Journals Nominal Entry [Complete]
  • On board Training Cygnus Emergency Procedure Review [Complete]
  • TERMO-LADA. Visual Inspection of Hardware Operation [Complete]  

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • IMS Update
  • Replace KTO
  • ЕДВ-У R&R
  • Preparation of reports for Roskosmos site
  • Stow Items for Disposal  to Progress 420 with IMS Update
  • URAGAN. Observation and photography
  • EKON-M. Observations and photography
  • Deploy AC INVERTER on LAB UOP2-J4, PS-120 Junction Box J4
  • ENERGY Equipment Pre-gather
  • National Geographic B Roll Part 4 [In Work]
  • Cable Consolidate
  • Columbus HD Assessment
  • Gather fluid plugs
  • SSC Return  [Complete]
  • Audit and consolidate wet trash bags and trash bag liners.
  • Cygnus Cargo Transfer Ops  [In Work]


  • Nominal Commanding
  • SSRMS Cygnus ungrapple  [Complete]
  • SSRMS LEE Snare Cable Photo [Complete]

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 01/15: Emergency OBT, Try Zero G Exp, SPHERES
  • Thursday, 01/16:  NightPod Photo, NANORACK Mod38, BCAT, SPHERES ELC ZR, EVA Tool Stow
  • Friday, 01/17: SPHERES ELC ZR Run, MDCA Fuel Reserve Replace, Crew Provision Audit

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