ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/03/14

Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL):  Cristoforetti and ground teams pressurized the JEMAL and performed a leak check in preparation for Cyclops launcher removal, currently scheduled for 17 December 2014.

Human Research Facility (HRF):  Virts collected blood and Cristoforetti collected blood and saliva in support of Human Research experiments Biochem profile and Cardio Ox. The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. The goal of Cardio Ox is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis risk in astronauts. Twelve crewmembers provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15, and 60 after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries are obtained at the same time points, as well as through 5 years after landing, as an indicator of cardiovascular health.

BIOLAB: Cristoforetti unstowed tools required for the TCU Silica Gel Bag Exchange. The crew then cleaned the Biolab Temperature Control Units (TCUs), exchanged the Biolab TCU Silica Gel Bag for TCU 1 and 2 and exchanged the Biolab Glove box Gloves with new ones.  Later in the day, the crew performed health checks of the Biolab Glove box seals and gloves including sensors for the fan status, delta pressure, temperature and relative humidity. This work was performed in preparation for the Triplelux-B experiment scheduled to arrive via SpaceX-5 on December 18th.

Node 3 Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Bed Cleaning:  Following yesterday‘s successful removal of Desiccant/Sorbent Beds 201 and 202, Wilmore and Virts separated each CDRA Bed into two halves (Desiccant and Sorbent).  Once separated, the crew vacuumed the Adsorbent Dynamic Baffle Plate and Screen Retainer, cleaned a check valve on the Desiccant Bed, then installed a new filter screen and gasket onto the Adsorbent Cover.  Once the new filter was in place, the crew re-assembled each of the beds and performed a leak check to ensure that the new seals and check valves were working properly.  Desiccant/Sorbent Bed 201 passed its leak check, however Bed 202 exhibited an air leak. Tomorrow’s scheduled activity will focus on taking Bed 202 apart in order to troubleshoot the leak. The Lab CDRA continues to operate nominally in order to remove CO2 from the atmosphere.    

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Yesterday evening, the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and used the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to unstow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2) and to stow it on the Lab PDGF. The SPDM move was performed in preparation for upcoming SpaceX-5 external payload operations.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • HRF Urine Sample Collection & MELFI Insertion
  • HRF – Activation of Refrigerated Centrifuge
  • BIOME – Survey Completion
  • ISERV – Opening window shutters
  • OTKLIK. Equipment Check
  • HRF – Crew removes blood tubes and powers off the Refrigerated Centrifuge.
  • 24-hour ECG (termination)
  • Opening СНТ pit
  • Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Removal
  • JEM Airlock Pressurization
  • SM Electric Power Supply System Feeder Test: Switching scope meters
  • 24-hour BP monitoring (start)
  • JEM Airlock – Leak check
  • JPM – High Rate Data Multiplexer (HRMS) Panel Reconfiguration
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops
  • ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position Verification / Pressure Control & Atmosphere Monitoring System
  • BLB -Cleaning Temperature Controlled Unit and Silica Bags Exchange
  • Photography of ISS RS window 3,5,6,7 / Photo Equipment
  • CDRA – Removal and Cleaning Aerosol Filters in Node 3
  • BLB – Exchange of Gloves in Biolab Glovebox
  • SM Electric Power Supply System Feeder Test: Switching scope meter 
  • Cleaning ВД1 and ВД2 Air Ducts in MRM2
  • CDRA – Node 3 Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Bed Filter R&R
  • BLB – Glovebox Activities
  • SM Electric Power Supply System Feeder Test: Switching scope meter
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification / USOS procedures
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • VIZIR. Battery Charge
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • Filling RGN Recycle Tank
  • Node 3 CDRA – Leak check
  • ПФ1-4 Dust Filter Cartridge Replacement in SM
  • Photography of ISS RS window 3,5,6,7 panes – Closeout ops / Photo Equipment
  • FGB ЦВ1 Circulation Fan Screen Cleaning
  • Node 3 CDRA – Insulation Replacement
  • Closing СНТ pit
  • CDRA – Node 3 CDRA Bed Filter Installation
  • Filling RGN Recycle Tank

Completed Task List Items

  • 3D Printer Coupon Removal and Stow
  • Create seattools USB 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • MT Translate from WS-6 to WS-4

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 12/04: Node 3 CDRA Bed 202 Leak Troubleshooting, 3D Printing, SKIN B, Robotics OBT
  • Friday, 12/05: 3D Printing, CDRA install and leak check, Glacier 2 Desiccant Pack Swap
  • Saturday, 12/06: Weekly Cleaning.  Crew Day Off

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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