ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/05/14

Microbiome:  Cristoforetti completed survey questions, set up for the body surface and perspiration sampling operation, and performed the body sample collection throughout the day.  Wilmore collected surface samples from inside ISS.  The Microbiome experiment investigates the impact of space travel on both the human immune system and an individual’s microbiome (the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body at any given time). To monitor the status of the crewmembers’ microbiome and immune system and their interaction with the unique environment of the ISS, periodic samples from different parts of the body and the surrounding ISS environment are taken.

3D Printing in Zero-G:  Cristoforetti removed and stowed a 3D printed coupon. The 3D printing in Zero–G technology demonstration experiment aims to validate extrusion-based additive manufacturing technology’s ability to function in a micro-gravity environment.

Cognition:  Acting as the Cognition test operations subject, Virts powered on Human Research Facility (HRF) laptop, launched the Cognition application, and completed pre-test questions and an array of cognitive tests with performance feedback. Cognition is a battery of tests that measure how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance. Cognition includes ten brief computerized tests that cover a wide range of cognitive functions, and provides immediate feedback on current and past test results.

Aniso Tubule:  Virts injected water into an Aniso sample chamber and stowed the sample chamber into MELFI cold stowage.  Experimenters will examine growth modifications of Arabidopsis hypocotyls and the changing orientation of cortical microtubule under microgravity conditions in space. Scientists will further observe changes in dynamics of cortical microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins by observing Arabidopsis hypocotyls and microtubule-associated proteins with a fluorescence microscope.

Combustion Integration Rack (CIR):  Wilmore replaced a manifold bottle in the CIR Rack.  This is in preparation for continuing the Flame Extinguishment Experiment-2 (FLEX-2) operations.   FLEX-2 uses small droplets of fuel to study the special burning characteristics of fire in space. 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.

GLACIER:  Wilmore replaced the desiccant packs in the General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER) in preparation for SpaceX-5Desiccant kits are used with cold stowage to collect moisture.

Body Measure:  Cristoforetti set up equipment and took body measurements.  This study will involve collecting anthropometric data (body measurements) using digital still and video imagery and a tape measure to measure segmental length, height, depth, and circumference data for all body segments from astronauts for pre-, post-, and in-flight conditions.

Advanced Colloids Experiment (ACE):  Wilmore reviewed overview materials and then mixed the ACE samples using a magnetic stir bar in preparation for ACE M-3 runs scheduled for next week.  The Crew then configured the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) for the next ACE science runs, removed Preliminary Advanced Colloids Experiment Target and placed wipes and oil dispensers inside LMM Auxiliary Fluids Container. The crew installed the sample and then dispensed oil onto the sample.  In the ACE-M-3 investigation, a model colloidal system is used to observe the microscopic behavior of liquids and gases separating from each other, near the critical point, via a process called spinodal decomposition. Previous ISS experiments observed the macroscopic behavior for weeks of slow separation, while this experiment looks at the level of individual particles, with the aid of a new microscope that allows observation of the behavior at short times. The ISS is a unique environment for these experiments, as liquids and gases of the same material almost invariably have different densities, and the lack of gravity prevents sedimentation.

Plate Reader:  Virts reviewed Nanoracks Plate Reader Onboard Training materials.  This was in preparation for the Nanoracks Module-27 scans scheduled for next week.

SpaceX-5 Prepack:  Wilmore and Virts have started packing and staging items that are scheduled for return on SpaceX-5. SpaceX-5 is scheduled to launch on December 16th then berth with ISS on the 18th.

Node 3 Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Status:  Following this week’s Node 3 CDRA bed cleaning, ground teams have successfully activated and checked out the system.  The Lab CDRA, which had been operating all week has been deactivated.

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

  • Calf Volume Measurement
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection & MELFI Insertion
  • BIOME – Survey Completion
  • SM Power Supply System Feeder Test: Switching current probe
  • HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI
  • ISS Crew Weekly Conference with ГОГУ Management Team
  • VIZIR. Battery Charge
  • IFM Node 3 PEPS relocation
  • DECLIC HTI, instrument & locker removal
  • IMAX GMT reset
  • Dragon prepack
  • GLACIER 2 & 4 dessicant swaps
  • ACE sample mix and setup
  • Nanoracks USB insert
  • Opening СНТ pit
  • ESA Monthly Flight Management Conference
  • СТТС Configuration for MRM1
  • KHIMIYA OBRAZOVANIYE. Preparation Steps
  • SM Power Supply System Feeder Test: Switching/Disconnecting current probes
  • Filling RGN Recycle Tank
  • Removal of СНТ-50МП А22
  • EXPANDER Exercise
  • PROBOY. Document review and equipment gathering
  • 3DP – Printed Coupon Removal and Stowage
  • Comm reconfig for nominal ops
  • IFM – Teardown of Measurement configuration using 1- and 2-channel USB oscilloscope, hardware stowage
  • SM Power Supply System Feeder Test: Disconnecting SSC Laptop from SM onboard outlet
  • URAGAN. Observation and Photography using VSS
  • Installation of СНТ from spares No. 93040013 in СНТ-50МП А22 location
  • IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ИМУ-Ц Micro-Accelerometer Data to HDD for return
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops. (as necessary)
  • CDRA Replacement in Node 3
  • Filling RGN Recycle Tank
  • Mating СНТ А22 telemetry connector to БИТС2-12)
  • Installation of СНТ from spares No. 93040013 in СНТ-50МП А22 location
  • Installation of БД-2 at nominal location
  • BIOME – Sampling Setup
  • IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ИМУ-Ц Micro-Accelerometer Data to HDD for return
  • ANISO – Sample Setup & insertion into MELFI
  • Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Bottle Replacement
  • ANISO – Ziploc bag insertion into MELFI
  • BIOME – Sample Collection
  • GLACIER2 – Velcro Removal and Battery Swap
  • GLACIER4 – Velcro removal and switching power off
  • Rodent Research (RR) – Equipment stowage
  • BIOME – Sample Collection & Stowage
  • Reconfiguration SSC22
  • HRF – Urine Sample Insertion Into MELFI
  • COGN – Hardware power on and starting test ops

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Node 3 CDRA Checkout

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 12/06: Weekly Cleaning.  Crew Day Off
  • Sunday, 12/07: Crew Day Off
  • Monday, 12/08: CUCU Checkout, FPS R&R Procedure Review, Body Measures, Ocular health

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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