ISS Daily Summary Report – 05/18/2015

Fluid Shifts Before, During and After Prolonged Space Flight and Their Association with Intracranial Pressure and Visual Impairment (Fluid Shifts): Kelly begun his Flight Day (FD) 45 Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements today.  Upon wakeup he collected baseline saliva, blood and urine and inserted them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer.  Throughout the day, he performed more urine, blood, and saliva collections, inserting those samples into MELFI as well.  The Dilution Measurements are the first part in the series of FD45 Fluid Shifts measurements. Next week, Kelly and Kornienko will be performing their Baseline Imaging using the ultrasound.  The third portion of the Fluid Shifts experiment involves utilization of the Russian Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure – LBNP) during ultrasound measurements.  Fluid Shifts investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage.

Ocular Health: Virts and Cristoforetti performed their Return-30 (R-30) Ocular Health sessions.  Each crew acted as the Crew Medical Officer (CMO) for each other’s tonometry session, and Cristoforetti assisted Virts in collecting his blood pressure.  The crew also performed vision tests and questionnaires.  The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.

Dragon Release On-Board Training (OBT): In preparation for SpX-6 unberth scheduled this Thursday, today Virts and Kelly performed proficiency training on the Dragon departure profile, departure crew procedures, and crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding Dragon.  The lesson walks through the steps in the departure procedures and provides representative Remote Work Station (RWS) and Portable Computer System (PCS) screenshots for each step. The lesson also provides an overview of the Dragon commands available to the crew via the Crew Command Panel (CCP). The crew will also perform Dragon Robotics On-Board Trainer (RoBOT) OBT. 

ISS Reboost: The ISS reboost attempt Friday night using 58 Progress (58P) thrusters was aborted within the first second of the burn. MCC-M confirmed the abort was due to Rendezvous and Docking (R&D) Thrusters #1 on Manifold #1 unable to pass an automatic readiness check at the time of ignition.  A second attempt to reboost ISS was successfully performed overnight on Sunday utilizing Manifold #2. The burn duration was 32 min and 3 sec. The planned delta velocity (dV) was 1.75 m/s, but the actual dV was 1.89 m/s. This difference was within family to previous reboosts in this configuration and is not expected to cause any long-term trajectory impacts. MCC-M will be investigating the issue with Thruster #1 on Manifold #1.

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Power Strip (PS)-120 Junction Box: Today, Virts installed the JEM PS-120 Junction Box at the JPM1F7 location. The newly installed junction box will provide crews the ability to have a total of eight simultaneous 120V loads plugged in.

JEM Network Storage (NeST):  Virts installed the NeST, which will provide more network storage capability on JEM LAN during Ku LOS period.  This hardware was required to be installed to accommodate the PS-TEPC, scheduled to arrive onboard later this year. 

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

  • Makita tool battery capacity restoration – hardware prep
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • OBT – Review Dragon departure training procedures
  • OH – Tonometer test config
  • Setup for preliminary charge of Makita tool battery, installation for charge
  • Dragon – cargo transfer ops
  • Monitoring Makita tool battery preliminary charge
  • Cardio-Vascular Research with incremented physical load on VELO. Tagup with specialists
  • Monitoring Makita tool battery preliminary charge
  • Vision check
  • OH – BP ops
  • OH – Tonometer ops
  • Cardio-Vascular Research with incremented physical load on VELO. Tagup with specialists
  • Makita tool battery discharge
  • OBT – Review Dragon departure training procedures
  • Vision Questionnaire
  • Vision Check
  • BD MELFI – reconfig
  • HXP platform – stowing of materials
  • HDPCG – photography
  • HDPCG – hardware transfer and deactivation
  • БД-2 exercise, Day 3
  • Makita tool battery setup for charge
  • Post-tonometer test stow
  • Dragon – cargo transfer ops
  • T2 treadmill monthly inspection
  • Monitoring Makita tool battery charge
  • MATRESHKA-R. BABBLE-dosimeter initialization and placement for exposure. Tagup with specialists
  • Monitoring Makita tool battery charge
  • Makita tool battery charge complete, log in charge time into table, remove battery from the charge unit
  • MELFI – procedure review
  • BCAT – battery change and downlink of images
  • Cleaning of digital matrices of Nikon cameras. Tagup with specialists
  • Air ducts ВД1 and ВД2 vacuum cleaning in MRM2
  • Transfer of POLAR samples from MELFI
  • Makita tool battery setup for preliminary charge
  • V3 fab grid cleaning in MRM2
  • Monitoring Makita tool battery preliminary charge
  • ОВТ’s – ROBoT – release
  • NANO – Module-53 to Module-24 replacement ops
  • VISIR. Experiment ops
  • Photo/Video Life on the Station
  • NANO – Module-53 insertion into MELFI
  • IMS Ops
  • Evening Work Prep
  • Dragon – cargo transfer conference
  • Makita tool battery charge complete


Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities are completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Ocular Health ops
  • Dragon departure OBT
  • Dragon Comm Processor B/Flight computers reboot 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 05/19: OCT exams, CUCU checkout, POLAR transfer to Dragon
  • Wednesday, 05/20: Double Cold Bag pack in Dragon, N3 stowage removal, Dragon egress/vestibule config for demate/N2 CPA install
  • Thursday, 05/21: SSRMS walkoff, Dragon N2 vestibule demate/depress, Dragon unberth/landing, ACE M-3 sample prep, COL stowage relocate

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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