ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/08/15

Plant Gravity Sensing 2 (PGS2):  After Kelly removed a seed paper kit from a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) he noted mold on the growth media.  He discontinued the PGS2 activities and reported his observations to ground experts.  This investigation supports the study of cellular formation of the gravity sensors and the molecular mechanism for gravity sensing in plants grown in microgravity conditions.

Capillary Effects of Drinking in the Microgravity Environment (Capillary Beverage):  Kelly drank water from a specially designed Space Cup to demonstrate how a fluid reacts to the cup’s design. High definition video was used to capture images that will be analyzed on the ground.  Since microgravity affects fluid dynamics, in the past crew members have drunk from special sealed bags instead of using straws or normal cups. The Capillary Beverage investigation studies the process of drinking from Space Cups with different design configurations that mimic the gravitational flow of a liquid through capillary forces.

VEG-01 Investigation:  Kelly reviewed on-board training for VEG-01 and installed root mats and plant pillows to initiate the VEG-01 experiment in the Veggie facility. Veggie provides the necessary lighting and nutrient delivery for efficient plant growth in space. The Veg-01 investigation is used to assess on-orbit function and performance of the Veggie facility, focusing on the growth and development of ‘Outredgeous’ Lettuce (Lactuca sativa) seedlings in the spaceflight environment.  It is also used to determine the effects of the spaceflight environment on composition of microbial flora on the plants and the Veggie facility. 

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

  • ASEPTIC. Photography of Medium before the experiment r/g 9284
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor r/g 9277
  • PGS2 – Item Gathering
  • Fine Motor Skills – Experiment Ops
  • VEG – Onboard Training
  • ASEPTIC. Setup in the Glovebox  r/g 9284
  • VEG – Onboard Training
  • Installation of SW Version 4.1 on station RSE-Med Laptop.  r/g 9282
  • ASEPTIC. Activation of Bench Cleaning. r/g 9284
  • ASEPTIC. Photo Edit and Downlink / r/g 9284
  • TOCA Calibration
  • PGS2 – Sample Retrieval
  • PGS2 – Sample Setup [Aborted]
  • On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ
  • PGS2 – Sample Installation [Aborted]
  • ТКГ 428 (DC1) Early Unstow, Priority, and US Cargo Transfers and IMS Ops r/g 9239, 9246, 9253
  • Set up video equipment to record ARED exercise
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification for ARED Exercise Video
  • ASEPTIC. Equipment Repositioning in the Box / r/g 9284
  • ASEPTIC. Disable Glove Box Sterilization r/g 9284
  • ASEPTIC. Surface and Air Samples Collection after Sterilization r/g 9284
  • Checkout of Vozdukh Atmosphere Purification System [СОА] assemblies r/g 9268
  • On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification for ARED Exercise Video
  • TOCA Calibration
  • VEG – Experiment start
  • ASEPTIC. Monitoring Pump Automatic Shut off r/g 9284
  • Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) from SM Rodnik БВ2 for Elektron and EDV-SV  r/g 9161
  • VEG – MELFI Water Sample Insertion
  • ASEPTIC. Preparation and Start of Air Sampling. r/g 9284
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • JRNL – Journal Entry
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification for ARED Exercise Video
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • CAPBEV. Hardware and Camcorder Setup
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 9278
  • MICROBS1. Gathering  Samples 1
  • ASEPTIC. Monitoring Pump Automatic Shut off.  r/g 9284
  • ASEPTIC. Retrieving samples from box and placing in thermostat. r/g 9284
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 9277
  • CAPBEV. Transfer Video and Closeout Ops
  • ARED Exercise Video Equipment Stowage
  • ASEPTIC.  Glovebox Closeout Ops r/g 9279 

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal commanding

 Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 07/09: NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer install on MPEP and JEMAL depress, training for Emergency Response
  • Friday, 07/10: MELFI inspection, N3 CDRA leak check, Journals
  • Saturday 07/11: Crew off duty, housekeeping

 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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