ISS Daily Summary Report – 04/06/15

Blood Pressure Regulation (BP Reg) Experiment:  Virts set up a video camera and configured hardware in preparation for leg cuff and re-breathing protocol tomorrow. This Canadian Space Agency (CSA) investigation tests the effectiveness of in-flight manipulation of arterial blood pressure (BP) as an indicator of post-flight response to a brief stand test, since space flight negatively impacts the regulation of BP on return to upright posture on Earth. In this experiment a Leg Cuff test induces a brief drop in BP following the release of a short obstruction of blood flow to the legs. The change in BP from pre-flight to in-flight will be used to predict those astronauts who may be susceptible to experiencing the greatest drops in BP in the post-flight stand test. A second objective is to determine whether cardiac output calculated from the analysis of the finger BP waveform provides an accurate estimate both pre-flight and in-flight by comparison with a re-breathing method.

Fine Motor Skills: Kelly performed his Flight Day (FD) 10 session of Fine Motor Skills. The investigation is the first fine motor skills study to measure long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth’s gravity. The goal is to assess how fine motor performance in microgravity trends/varies over the duration of a 6-month and year-long space mission; how fine motor performance on orbit compares with that of a closely matched participant on Earth; and how performance trends/varies before and after gravitational transitions, including the periods of early flight adaptation, and very early/near immediate post-flight periods.

Aniso Tubule: Cristoforetti removed Aniso samples from the Aquatic Habitat (AQH) microscope following 2 days of observations by ground experts. The experiment examines growth modifications of Arabidopsis hypocotyls in space. Scientists aim to analyze the changes in dynamics of cortical microtubules and microtubule-associated proteins by observing Arabidopsis hypocotyls and microtubule-associated proteins with a fluorescence microscope.

Solution Crystallization Observation Facility (SCOF) Launch Lock Fix:  Cristoforetti fastened the launch lock on the SCOF in the Ryutai rack as part of planned maintenance of the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). The SCOF is used to investigate the morphology and growth of crystals. It is equipped with several microscopes to simultaneously measure changes in morphology and growth conditions (temperature and concentration) of crystals.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Maintenance: Virts and Kelly performed a partial dump and fill on EMU 3010.The crew then performed a ionic and particulate filtration (scrubbing) and biocidal maintenance (iodination) of EMUs 3010 and Airlock cooling water loops.  Finally the crew performed a dryout of the EMU Fan Module and Vent Loop.

On-Board Training (OBT): Kelly and Kornienko completed ISS Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Computer Based Training (CBT). Following the training they completed self-assessment questions.

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

  • Fine Motor Skills – Experiment Ops
  • 24-hour BP Monitoring (start)  r/g 8425
  • EMU Water Tank Maintenance
  • Replacement of Kurs-P container on FGB r/g 8417, 8419
  • Greasing Exposed ARED Wires
  • MSPR – Deactivation of VRU/HUB in MSPR
  • ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation
  • ANISO – Closeout Ops
  • BIOME – Survey Completion
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 8358
  • Fine Motor Skills Experiment – Set up hardware for the experiment
  • SCOF – Fixing launch lock
  • Photography of space behind SM panels 326, 327 / r/g 8427
  • EMU Cooling Loop Scrub, Part 1
  • SCD – Hardware Temperature Check
  • Recharge Air Conditioner with Khladon from the bottle – preparation.  / r/g 8422
  • Downlink photos of areas behind SM panels 326,327 r/g 8427
  • Periodic fitness evaluation – subject
  • BP REG – Hardware Setup
  • Analysis of SM Atmosphere for Freon Using ФИТ. / r/g 8428
  • CALCIUM. Experiment session 4. / r/g 8421
  • EMU Cooling Loop Scrub, Part 1
  • EMU Short Dryout
  • СКВ2 Refill with Freon from tanks. / r/g 8422
  • EMU Cooling Loop Scrub, Part 1
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ
  • Analysis of SM Atmosphere for Freon Using Freon Leak Analyzer/Detector (ФИТ)
  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance
  • Condensate Tank Offload into CWC
  • 24-hour ECG (start) / r/g 8424
  • EMU Dryout
  • Psychological Evaluation Program (WinSCAT)
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • Video Footage for Roscosmos TV Studio / r/g 8429
  • EMU Cooling Loop Scrub, Part 1
  • Termination of Condensate Tank Offload into CWC
  • PAO Event
  • СТТС Configuration for MRM2 / SM Communication System [РТК]
  • Removal of Command Generator (БФК) No.60Ю=А1 in MRM2. / r/g 8418
  • PAO Event
  • Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) Conference
  • ER1 – Configuration
  • RR – Laptop Software Load
  • Comm reconfig for nominal ops / SM Communication System [РТК]
  • Crew Medical Officer (CMO) proficiency training
  • RR – Laptop Software Load
  • Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Proficiency Training
  • Polar 1 Software Load
  • VZAIMODEISTVIEYE-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 8420
  • Sprint VO2 Kit Operations
  • Lab condensate tank to WPA WW tank reconfig [Aborted]
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Exercise data downlink / r/g 6797
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 8358
  • BIOME – Sampling Setup
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • WRM – Configuration

Completed Task List Items

  • JEM PCS Shell Swap
  • Completed Saturday
  • 41S return bag swap
  • AMO plan input
  • AMO TOCA activities analysis
  • COL ETC E1 photo audit

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • EMU maintenance activities
  • S0 MDM EEPROM Refresh

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 04/07: BP Reg, MSG H/W Gather for Rodent Research, Dragon OBT offset grapple
  • Wednesday, 04/08: ISS emergency response training & conference, Sprint,
  • Thursday, 04/09: Ocular Health, Bone Densitometer Cal 1, MSG setup for Rodents Research

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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