ISS Daily Summary Report 03/13/15

Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) Activation: Virts pressurized and then perform a leak check of the JEMAL. These tasks were performed in advance of operations on March 25 to remove the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer (NRCSD) and Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP)/Small Fine Arm Attachment Mechanism (SAM) from the slide table.

Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI)-3 Cold Box Inspection: Cristoforetti performed regular maintenance on MELFI-3 located in the LAB1S1 rack.  She inspected cables for corrosion and applied Braycote 601 where needed.

Aniso Tubule Closeout (Roles of Cortical Microtubules and Microtubule-associated Proteins in Gravity-Induced Growth Modification of Plant Stems): Cristoforetti deactivated the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) and removed the Aniso Tubule Run 9 from the Aquatic Habitat (AQH) Microscope. The next Aniso Tubule Run begins with the insertion into MELFI on March 27. This investigation seeks to understand the mechanisms that plants use in growing stems of the correct thickness to support them against gravity. Microtubules, part of a plant cell’s molecular skeleton, align themselves with the local gravity field and thus produce short, thick bodies in hypergravity. This research will germinate Arabidopsis hypocotyls in space and use a fluorescence microscope in the Kibo module to analyze the directions taken by tubules in the stem just below the leaves of new seedlings.

Ocular Exam:  Virts performed an eye exam using the Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) hardware and software.  This exam is part of a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers.

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

  • JEMAL – Pressurization
  • ISS HAM – HAM Radio Power up
  • IMS Tagup (S-band)
  • RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement
  • Inspection of Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA) and Portable Fire Extinguisher (PFE)
  • Purging Elektron-VM Liquid Unit (БЖ) after Shutdown
  • JEMAL – Leak Check after Pressurization
  • MELF3 – Deactivation of Thermostat
  • Replacement of БУПТ-1М (А407)
  • Mating Telemetry Connectors of БУПТ-1М (A407)
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • CEVIS Isolator Checkout
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • Installation of NANORACK Locker Door Panel
  • Terminate BSA Battery Stowage Assembly Maintenance Cycle
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Check / r/g 8240
  • PAO Event
  • RGN REC-TNK – Remove depress hose for nominal operations
  • MSPR – Closeout Ops
  • ANISO – Closeout Ops
  • IMS and Stowage Conference
  • Columbus Portable Power Supply #1 outlet J01 switch off
  • Force Loader Test (HC-1M) / r/g 8241
  • Private Exercise Conference (PEC)
  • OCT Setup
  • WRS – Payload Water Reservoir (PWR) Fill
  • RGN – Initiate drain into EDV
  • OCT Setup
  • RGN – Terminate drain into EDV
  • OCT Exams

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • MELFI3 to standby/reactivation
  • OGA Shutdown [In work]
  • Lab IFHX Heater PPL Load

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 03/14: Crew off duty, housekeeping duties
  • Sunday, 03/15: Crew off duty
  • Monday, 03/16: OGA H2 Sensor R&R, Biolab Smoke Detector R&R, N1 IMV fan cleaning

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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