ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/03/15

Nanoracks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD): Overnight, 4 Dove satellites were successfully launched from Deployers 5 and 6. Two additional deploys are scheduled for this evening. 

Cardio Ox: The Crew set up and configured ultrasound hardware.  Cristoforetti acted as Crew Medical Officer (CMO) to support Wilmore’s return minus 15 days (R-15) Cardio Ox session.  With guidance from the Cardio Ox ground team, ultrasound scans and blood pressure measurements were performed on Wilmore. The objective of Defining the Relationship Between Biomarkers of Oxidative and Inflammatory Stress and the Risk for Atherosclerosis in Astronauts During and After Long-duration Spaceflight (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 in astronauts. Twelve crewmembers will provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15 and 60 days after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries will be obtained at the same time points, as well as through 5 years after landing, as an indicator of cardiovascular health.

Aniso Tubule:  Cristoforetti prepared an Aniso Tubule sample by injecting water into an Aniso sample chamber and stowed the sample chamber into MELFI cold stowage.  This begins Run #9 which will continue for 9 days. The crew removed the sample from run #8 from the Microscope Scanning Stage and stowed.  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.

Astro Palate:  Virts retrieved a special Astro Palate prepackaged meal, consumed as his midday meal and completed the Mood and Food Consumption/Satisfaction Questionnaires.  Factors Contributing to Food Acceptability and Consumption, Mood and Stress on Long-Term Space Missions (Astro Palate) studies the relationship among emotions, mood, stress and eating during spaceflight. The study explores ways to minimize stressful aspects of the eating situation so that individuals consume more food and are better satisfied with it. Additionally, the experiment examines ways to use eating itself to reduce the stress or negative moods that crewmembers might normally experience in flight. 

Post Extravehicular Activity (EVA):  USOS crew members and ground teams conducted a debrief to discuss last Sunday’s successful EVA.  The crew completed loop scrubs and Airlock deconfiguration.

Fluids Control and Pump Assembly (FCPA) Remove & Replace (R&R):  In response to Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) failure that occurred on February 17th, this morning Wilmore R&Rd the FCPA. Ground teams have since reactivated the system and have started a process cycle without issue.

40 Soyuz (40S) Return Prep/ISS Reboost using 58 Progress (58P):  Earlier this morning, Mission Control Center-Moscow (MCC-M) performed an ISS reboost to complete the ISS phasing for 40S landing in the southern zone next week.  The initial test burn using 58P was successfully performed last Thursday.

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

  • Verification of antivirus scan results on Auxiliary Computer System (ВКС) laptops
  • Sokol Suit Leak Check in ТК 714
  • Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) High Pressure Oxygen Temporary Bypass Configuration
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance.
  • Acoustic Dosimeter Setup for FE-1 and FE-5
  • TPLXB – Hardware Retrieval
  • TPLXB – Preparation for EC Assembly
  • Replacement of urine receptacle (МП) and filter-insert (Ф-В) in АСУ.
  • LBNP Exercise
  • Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Fluids Control and Pump Assembly (FCPA) ORU R&R
  • TPLXB – Retrieval of Culture Tube from GLACIER and Transfer to Glovebox
  • TPLXB – Thawing of Culture Tube and Assembly of EC
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • BAR.  Experiment Ops
  • EMU Water Sample
  • Drying Sokol Space Suits
  • Drying out EMU vent loops 
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance.
  • WRM Condensate Pumping Start
  • Sampling condensate water [КАВ] before СРВ-К2М Gas-liquid mixture filter (ФГС) to drink bags 
  • ANISO –  Sample Setup
  • SPLANH. Blood Biochemistry Analysis Repeat
  • WRM Condensate Pumping Terminate
  • SPLANH. Closeout Ops
  • Sampling condensate water [КАВ] upstream of СРВ-К2М БКО 
  • TPLXB –  Transfer of Triplelux EC from incubator to TCU 2
  • Post-Exercise Hygiene Procedure
  • USND2 – Hardware Activation
  • CARDOX – Preparation Steps and Hardware Setup
  • AP-MOOD – Preparation Ops
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • AP-SAL – Preparation Ops
  • Sampling condensate water [КАВ] before СРВ-К2М БКО – sampler swap.
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • TPLXB –  Hardware Stowage
  • Routine Maintenance of КН, КВ, and КД Valves in SM Rodnik Tanks
  • Terminate Drying of Suits 1,2
  • Start Drying Spacesuit 3 and Set Up the 1st Pair of Gloves for Drying
  • Terminate IODINATION of EMUs
  • CARDOX Ultrasound Ops
  • CARDOX – Experiment Ops
  • AP-MOOD – Closeout Ops
  • Finish drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the  second pair
  • CARDOX. Blood Pressure Operations
  • AP-SAL – Closeout Ops
  • Terminate drying the second pair of gloves
  • Replacement of BRI configuration file
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Pre-pack cargo items for return or disposal on ТК 714
  • CARDOX. Blood Pressure Operations
  • EVA Debrief
  • Terminate IODINATION and reconfigure the EMUs for dryout
  • USND2 – Close-out Ops and Stowage
  • Sampling Condensate Water [КАВ] before СРВК-2М БКО
  • HRF – Hardware Setup
  • Finish Drying the 3rd suit, Start Drying the 3rd Pair of Gloves
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • Buttoned EMU Dryout
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • Crew handover conference
  • Terminate drying the 3rd pair of gloves
  • Stow suits and gloves after drying
  • Hardware prepack for return and disposal on ТК 714
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance.
  • Bringing Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) to Nominal Configuration
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
  • Air Lock Deconfig after EVA
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • Terminate EMU METOX Regeneration
  • Start EMU Metox Regeneration

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities are completed unless otherwise noted. UHF Activation in support of EMU Loop Scrub

  • CubeSat Deploys
  • PEP R11.1 Software load onto Payload MDMs

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 03/04: 40S prepack, IDA ethernet cable install, Soyuz OBT
  • Thursday, 03/05: Airway Monitoring AirLock prep, EVA tool stow, 40S prepack
  • Friday, 03/06: Airway Monitoring AirLock activities, OBT Soyuz Drill, crew departure prep

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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