ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/23/14

Debris Avoidance Maneuver (DAM): Ground teams evaluated tracking data yesterday and throughout the night for a possible conjunction with Object #38925. Due to inconsistent tracking on the object, a 32 second, .5m/sec. Service Module (SM) main engine DAM was performed at 5:56am CDT. To protect 56 Progress (56P) 4-orbit rendezvous today, the DAM was performed retrograde.

56 Progress (56P) Launch/Dock: 56P launched at 4:44pm CDT today from the Baikonur Cosmodrome and docked to the Service Module (SM) Docking Compartment (DC1) at 10:30pm CDT.

Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS)-II Operations: Flight Engineer (FE)-6 Gerst conducted flame tests for the BASS-II investigation. Gerst burned a 4 mm thick, 1 cm wide acrylic slab at multiple velocities. At high flows, the flame was long and sooty. When the flow was reduced, the flame stabilized. This investigation examines the burning and extinction characteristics of a wide variety of fuel samples in microgravity. The experiment will guide strategies for materials flammability screening for use in spacecraft as well as provide valuable data on solid fuel burning behavior in microgravity. BASS-II results contribute to the combustion computational models used in the design of fire detection and suppression systems in microgravity and on Earth.

Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) Igniter Replacement: Commander (CDR) Swanson removed the Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Chamber Insert Assembly (CIA) from the CIR combustion chamber and replaced the igniters. He reinstalled the hardware and closed the CIR. The new igniters will allow the ground team to continue FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 test points. The FLEX-2 experiment studies the rate and manner in which fuel is burned, the conditions that are necessary for soot to form, and the way in which a mixture of fuels evaporate before burning. The results from these experiments will give scientists a better understanding how fires behave in space and will provide important information that will be useful in increasing the fuel efficiency of engines using liquid fuels. The next FLEX-2 experiment run is scheduled for Friday, March 21st.

Skin-B: Gerst conducted his fourth Skin-B data collection using the Tewameter probe to measure the skin barrier function; the Visioscan Camera to measure skin surface topography; and the Corneometer probe to measure skin hydration. The Skin-B experiment will improve understanding of skin aging, which is slow on Earth but very much accelerated in space. This will also provide insights into the aging process in other (similar) bodily tissues in general. The data could help in determining impact on astronauts on future missions to the Moon and Mars for example where environmental conditions are more challenging. 

Sprint Ultrasound: With assistance from Swanson, FE-5 Wiseman took Sprint ultrasound data for his Flight Day (FD) 60 ultrasound Sprint session. Sprint evaluates the use of high intensity, low volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in International Space Station (ISS) crewmembers during long-duration missions. Ultrasound scans are on FD 14, 30, 60, 90, 120, 150, and R-7 for mission duration of six months and are used to evaluate spaceflight-induced changes in the muscle volume.

Binary Colloidal Alloy Test (BCAT)-Canada 1 (C1): Wiseman set up the BCAT-C1 module near the JEM Airlock (JEMAL) in the place of the BCAT-KP hardware. The BCAT-C1 experiment will study nano-scale particles dispersed in liquid, known as a colloidal suspension, commonly found in such commercial commodities as paint, electronic polishing compounds and food products. These suspensions will have the unique property that the particles will phase separate (like oil and water) and the particles will self-assemble into crystals that interact strongly with light (like opal). Photographing these samples in microgravity will allow the measurement of these processes while avoiding the effects of particle sinking due to gravity. This study will allow the development of new insights into this important material process.

Ocular Health: Swanson completed his FD 120 Ocular Health vision test with Gerst’s assistance in ultrasounding his eyes. The ultrasound images will be used to identify changes in globe morphology, including flattening of the posterior globe, and document optic nerve sheath diameter, optic nerve sheath tortuosity, globe axial measurements, and choroidal engorgement. Gerst will also help Swanson conduct a cardiac echo as part of the Ocular Health data collection. Wiseman will assist Gerst with his eye ultrasounds, and Swanson will assist Gerst with his cardiac echo. 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 post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (VIS) Rail Greasing: Swanson greased the ARED VIS rails and rollers today. This is nominal maintenance that is scheduled every 90 days.

Today’s Planned Tasks

  • RSS1, 2, Reboot / r/g 1009 [Complete]
  • Laptop RS1(2) Reboot [Complete]
  • SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
  • USND2. HRF Rack Activation [Complete]
  • Ultrasound – Scanning Preparation [Complete]
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band) [Complete]
  • Ultrasound – Ultrasound Scanning – subject [Complete]
  • IVA. Photography when Wearing Everyday Clothes / USOS procedures [Complete]
  • Ultrasound – Ultrasound Scanning – assistance [Complete]
  • Lower Body Veins Examination  r/g 6178 [Complete]
  • Ultrasound – Data Download [Complete]
  • ESA – Weekly conference with the Crew [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Battery Charge [Complete]
  • MDCA. Worksite Setup [Complete]
  • WRS – Water Sample Analysis [Complete]
  • Ultrasound – Ultrasound Scanning – assistance [Complete]
  • Ultrasound – Ultrasound Scanning – subject [Complete]
  • CIR- Prep Ops [Complete]
  • IVA-Photography when Wearing Exercise Clothes / USOS Procedures [Complete]
  • Lower Body Veins Examination  r/g 6178 [Complete]
  • VIRTUAL. Experiment Run / r/g 5285 [Complete]
  • Opening of CIR Rack Front Cover [Complete]
  • MDCA – Hardware Replace [Complete]
  • IVA. Exercise Clothes Questionnaire / USOS Procedures [Complete]
  • WHC – Fill [Complete]
  • Ultrasound – Data Download [Complete]
  • Ultrasound Scanning [Complete]
  • MSG – Hardware Visual Inspection [Complete]
  • BASS – Prep Ops [Complete]
  • SKNB- Experiment Run [Complete]
  • BCATC1. Documentation Review Prior to Experiment [Complete]
  • Closing of CIR Rack Front Cover [Complete]
  • CIR- Closing of Rack Doors [Complete]
  • CIR Hardware Stowage [Complete]
  • SPRINT- Hardware Install [Complete]
  • Stowage of Dried Clothes / USOS Procedures [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Battery Charge [Complete]
  • SPRINT – Donning Assist during Experiment Run [Complete]
  • BASS – Test Ops [Complete]
  • IVA. Exercise Clothes Questionnaire Fill out [Complete]
  • JRNL- Journal Entry [Complete]
  • PROK- Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • OH – Heart Scanning and Blood Pressure Measurement Ops [Complete]
  • TOCA – Data Recording [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Battery Charge [Complete]
  • JRNL – Journal Entry [Complete]
  • OH – Scanning and Measurement (assist) [Complete]
  • BCATC1 – Partial Installation in JEM [Complete]
  • OH – Heart Scanning and Blood Pressure Measurement Ops [Complete]
  • OH – Scanning and Measurement (assist) [Complete]
  • BCATC1. Photo and Video Hardware Setup [Complete]
  • Filling (separation) ЕДВ (KOB) for Elektron system [Complete]
  • Life On-board ISS. Photography and Video Shooting / r/g 5720 [Complete]
  • СОЖ maintenance [Complete]
  • SSC Relocate and Config to Prepare for Subsequent Work with EMU [Complete]
  • EMU Battery Charge – Init [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Battery Charge [Complete]
  • IVA. Photography when Wearing Everyday Clothes [Complete]
  • Closing Covers of Windows ## 6,8,9,12,13 and 14 / r/g 5451 [Complete]
  • IVA. Photography when Wearing Everyday Clothes [Complete]
  • Return SSC (at crew’s discretion)  to be used for subsequent EMU-LLB-CHRG INIT activity [Complete]
  • Closing of USOS Windows Shutters [Complete]
  • BASS – Closeout Ops [Complete]
  • USND2- Hardware Powerdown [Complete]
  • Control of TV-signal on SSC2 Laptop during MPEG-2 Transmission Channel Test.  [Complete]
  • IVA. Everyday clothes questionaire / USOS Procedures [Complete]
  • IVA. Exercise Clothes Questionnaire Fill out [Complete]
  • IVA. Everyday Clothes Questionnaire Fill out / USOS Procedures [Complete]
  • Stowage of Dried Clothes [Complete]
  • ARED – Lubrication [Complete]
  • Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test [Complete]
  • IMS edit [Complete]
  • IVA. Everyday Clothes Questionnaire Fill out / USOS Procedures [Complete]
  • Preparation for Progress #423 Docking  r/g 6168 [Complete]
  • MSG – Glovebox Powerdown [Complete]
  • SPHERES – Battery Charge [Complete]
  • Enable TV-info Control and MPEG2 Multicast Stream. [Complete]
  • Progress #423 Docking to DC1  r/g 6168 [Complete]
  • Enable Record Mode for MPEG2 Multicast Stream on Central Post SSC [Complete]
  • Return to Nominal Comm Config [Complete]
  • SM TV Subsystem Turn Off and Closing of Applications on Central Post SSC [Complete] 

Task List

  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • WHC KTO replace
  • Roscosmos Report
  • Uragan photo
  • 3DA1 cam ops
  • ACE video view
  • ARED detent flip
  • T2 HRM relocate
  • CSA CP taping
  • EVA A/L reconfig part D
  • EVA A/L flr bin reconfig
  • Cygnus transfer cargo ops


  • Nominal commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 07/24: Cubesat deployer install, Clean Bench clean/valve checkout
  • Friday, 07/25: Cardio ops, SPHERES
  • Saturday, 07/26: Crew off duty

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron Off
Vozdukh Manual
[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 Stop
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up