ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/24/15

Reaction Self-Test: Kelly and Kornienko continued with their daily Reaction Self-Test to document changes due to the sleep shift required for the 43 Soyuz docking.  The crew performed a test upon wakeup and will complete a second test prior to their scheduled sleep period.  Reaction Self-Test is a portable, five-minute task that enables astronauts to monitor the daily effects of fatigue on performance while in space. Sleep restrictions and residual effects from sleep medications, slam shifts that change the sleep/wake cycle, and effects from spacewalks can cause fatigue and degrade astronaut performance. Periodically during the mission, and in association with major events, an astronaut performs a reaction-time test on a computer to measure changes in responses.

Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Protein Crystal Growth (PCG): Yui installed the JAXA PCG in the Protein Crystallization Research Facility (PCRF) located in the Ryutai rack.  Ground controllers will continue the experiment through commanding and monitoring data.  The JAXA PCG experiment attempts to grow crystals of biological macromolecules by the counter-diffusion technique. The main scientific objective of the JAXA PCG experiment is to make high quality protein crystals in a microgravity environment.

Veggie Hardware Validation Test (Veg-01): Lindgren watched an On-Board Training (OBT) video, then added water to the plant pillows and root mat.  The primary goal of the Veg-01 testing is to demonstrate plant growth in the Veggie hardware using lettuce as a test species. Plants will be grown in two different sizes of arcillite, a calcined clay media. This test will help compare root zones of the two media sizes to determine water and root distribution in the different sized particles to provide recommendations for future Veggie investigations. Shoot samples will also provide information on growth anomalies when compared with ground controls as well as information on microbial growth and food safety. Photographs will be used to assess plant growth rates and plant health. A data logger will record the environment within the Veggie hardware. Crew questionnaires will provide insight into the appropriateness and thoroughness of the crew procedures for Veggie hardware and plant growth operations.

LAB Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) Remove and Replace (R&R): The RPC that powers Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Air Selector Valves (ASVs) 1-6 has experienced trips since early 2014. Data analysis indicates a true overcurrent event signifying a fault downstream of the RPC. The trips are irregular so standard troubleshooting methods to identify the suspect ASV have been unsuccessful. Lindgren and Kelly R&Rd the RPCM to eliminate it as the source of the trips and attempt to restore reliable power to the ASVs. The RPC has been closed and ground teams are monitoring.

Chip Measurement System (CMS): Kelly cleaned battery corrosion from one of the Draeger CMS. Corrosion was found by the crew in the battery compartment during a scheduled Emergency On-Board Training (OBT) on July 9. The CMS battery compartment will be air dried for a day followed by new batteries being installed tomorrow.

Treadmill 2 (T2) False Fire Annunciation: T2 annunciated a false fire today by the smoke detector located in the rack behind T2. All ISS safing responded correctly. CSA-CP readings were taken in the atmosphere as well as the fire port.  All values were zero and it was declared a false fire. One of the crewmembers had just started to run on T2 when the event occurred.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Quarterly Maintenance: Lindgren and Kelly completed this regularly scheduled maintenance earlier this morning. They greased the Vibration Isolation System (VIS) rails and rollers and inspected the X-rotation dashpots and main arm bearings.

Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review: With the arrival of the 43S crew, all 6 crew members discussed priorities in the event of an emergency response and how to achieve safety of the crew as well as safe configuration of the ISS. Topics covered included crew actions during emergency retreat in the Soyuz, ISS Commander responsibilities, and communication and coordination among crew members and with ground teams. 

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

  • Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (morning)
  • ISS crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference r/g 9391
  • CONSTANTA-2. Thermostat Activation at +4 deg С / r/g 9415
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 9277
  • CMS – ARED Quarterly Maintenance
  • ISS Crew Adaptation
  • IMS Tagup (S-band)
  • Installation of ЛКТ2Д3 on ТПК 717
  • Reviewing EVA-41 procedure, preliminary timeline, viewing DVD. / r/g 9414
  • ТК 717 Transfers and IMS Ops / r/g 9410
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • CONSTANTA-2. Transfer and Setup in ТБУ No.4 (+ 4 deg С) / r/g 9416
  • FAGEN. Kit Transfers to Soyuz / r/g 9421
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • FAGEN. Setup of MCK Kit No.4 in TBU-V No.4 thermostat r/g 9421
  • RPCM R&R in LAB as part of IFM
  • KRISTALLIZATOR. Transfer of two JAXA bags – PCG from ТК and Inspection / r/g 9417
  • KRISTALLIZATOR. Photo of PCG Kits Handover / r/g 9418
  • Receiving and Installing Kits
  • Pretreat and Water Dispenser (ДкиВ) Replacement No.1406041
  • АСУ Activation after Replacement
  • STRUKTURA. Luch-2 Hardware Transfer from ТК. / r/g 9413
  • STRUKTURA. Process Activation, Photography and Setup / r/g 9413
  • HMS Defibrillator Inspection
  • VEG – Onboard Training
  • IFM-CMS – Battery Cleaning
  • VEG-01 – Water refills
  • Audio Recording for Nauka 2.0 TV Channel / r/g 9423
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Up
  • Crew’s Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review
  • ТКГ 425 (Aft) Transfers and IMS Ops / r/g 9288
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • Preventive maintenance of MRM1 АСП-О hatch sealing mechanism and ТПК 717 hatch
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor / r/g 9277
  • Unpack items from 43S
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Battery Recharge Terminate
  • Handover of Increment 43 Crew
  • MELFI – Experiment Ops Review
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire
  • Crew conference with Astronaut Office
  • Flight Director / ISS Crew Tagup
  • Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (evening) 

Completed Task List Items

  • None 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Lab RPCM R&R support
  • PMM EEPROM Refresh

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 07/25: Crew off duty, housekeeping
  • Sunday, 07/26: Crew off duty
  • Monday, 07/27: EVA FPS process review/conference/tool gather, Microbiome, VEG-01 watering

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

Warm Up