ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/01/14

FLame Extinguishment Experiment (FLEX)-2 Operations: Gerst removed the Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) alignment guides, isolating the rack and allowing ground teams to start another FLEX-2 test point via ground commanding.

Drug Metabolism:  Wiseman inserted the Drug Metabolism Stow Bag (containing BioCells) into Commercial generic Bioprocessing Apparatus-4 (CGBA-4), reconfigured CGBA-4 power and data cables and opened the locker door so that CGBA-4 can be removed without being powered off during future operations.  Metformin is a drug commonly used to treat type 2 diabetes, which is often associated with obesity. Along with lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, metformin has been shown to protect diabetic patients against several forms of cancer. Repurposing Metformin as an anti-cancer agent: microgravity studies in Saccharomyces cerevisiae (Drug Metabolism) studies yeast cells to understand how drugs act on tumors, and whether metformin can serve as an anti-cancer drug.

Plant Gravity Sensing (PGS):  Wilmore setup the experiment laptop terminal 2 (ELT2), retrieved a Seed Paper Kit from the MELFI, prepared the Seed Paper in a culture dish and placed the kit in the +2C MELFI.  Gravity is a critical environmental factor affecting the morphology and functions of organisms on the Earth. Plants sense the gravity vector and regulate their growth direction accordingly. We examine whether the gravity sensing machinery can be formed under the micro-gravity condition in the international space station, and examine the gravity sensing mechanism in plant seedlings.

RapidScat: Ground teams will send commands to activate and checkout the RapidScat external payload this evening.

Salivary Markers:  Wilmore collected his first saliva samples in the seven day Salivary Marker investigation.  The Effects of Long-Term Exposure to Microgravity on Salivary Markers of Innate Immunity (Salivary Markers) investigation involves the collection of blood, saliva, urine and a health assessment on six 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 International Space Station. The investigation utilizes a longitudinal, repeated measures design 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.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations:  The crew performed fit checks on Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Mobility Unit (EMU) 3003 and 3010 to ensure correct sizing prior to upcoming EVAs.  Once fit checks were complete, Gerst installed Rechargeable EVA Battery Assemblies (REBA) into both EMUs. EVA 27 is scheduled for next week on October 7th to carry out a Pump Module (PM) relocation and Mobile Transporter Relay Assembly (MTRA) installation.

Radiation Area Monitor (RAM) Deployment:  Wiseman deployed a total of 23 RAMs in various locations within the ISS. Once installed, he photo documented each newly deployed RAM.

Today’s Planned Activities

All activities have been completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Laptop RS1(2) & RSS2 Reboot
  • SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) Test
  • Visual Inspection of Circuit Breaker [АЗС] Position on DC1 Power Switch Panel (БВП) and Fuses
  • HRF – Sample Collection, Prep for Stowage, and MELFI Insertion
  • Closing USOS Window Shutters
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – ISS Medical Accessory Kit (IMAK) Unpack
  • OTKLIK. Equipment Check
  • ASEPTIC. Glovebox Closeout Ops
  • On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings
  • Removal of two КЛ-152М TV cameras and СГ2-14В light units from Soyuz 714
  • ECLSS Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • ТКГ 423 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops
  • PGS – ELT2 Installation, Retrieval from MELFI, Sample prep, MELFI Insertion
  • Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Removal ops
  • Rodent Research (RR) – Water Box Check
  • High Pressure Oxygen Bypass Configuration
  • EMU Stowage
  • 24-hour ECG (termination)
  • Cleaning FGB ГЖТ Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3
  • 24-hour BP Monitoring (start)
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • ISS Repress from ТКГ 423 (DC1) СрПК section 1 (start & terminate)
  • EMU Resizing & stowage
  • Elektron-VM БКО Flush
  • Installation of Radiation Area Monitors
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • ТК 714 Transfers and IMS Ops
  • ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Verification
  • Hematocrit  Hardware Setup
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
  • IVA – Complete Questionnaire / USOS procedures
  • Crew Handover
  • Installation of REBA batteries
  • Oxygen Supply System Reconfig to Initial
  • CIR – Hardware Teardown
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • DRMET – Kit Insertion into CGBA-4
  • IVA – Clothes Disposal & Everyday Clothes Survey
  • БМП Ф2 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (termination)

Completed Task List Items

  • ISS Crew Handover [In Work]

Completed Ground Activities

  • UHF activation/deactivation to support EMU On-Orbit Fit check
  • ATV Refueling System (RFS) Purge 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 10/2:  Zebrafish water quality measurement, EVA MTRA Prep, Emer H/W  Fam, BRIC-19 activation
  • Friday, 10/3:  USOS Crew Half Duty Day, PGS PEU insertion, Drug Metabolism Biocell, EVA ECWS OBT
  • Saturday, 10/4: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Off Duty

Meeting Schedule: 

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:







[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”)


[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”)


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3


Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA)


Urine Processing Assembly (UPA)


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3

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