ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/27/15

Pre-determined Debris Avoidance Maneuver (PDAM): On Saturday, the ISS performed a PDAM using 58 Progress R&D thrusters.  This was the result of a late notification conjunction. Delta-V was 0.50 meters/second (m/s); burn duration was 4 minutes, 12 seconds. This PDAM will likely replace a reboost that was scheduled for August 6 as the first of three reboosts to set up 4-orbit rendezvous conditions for 44S launch and 42S landing this September.

Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: The United States On-orbit Segment (USOS) and 1-Year Mission crewmembers participated in a suite of HRP activities today.  Kelly performed blood draws and urine collections in support of his Flight Day (FD) 120 Biochemical Profile and Twins Study experiments.  Yui continued his FD7 Microbiome with body, perspiration, and surface sample collections.  Lindgren performed his FD6 Cognition, and both Kelly and Kornienko continued their 7-day Sleep Shift Reaction Self-Test operations. 

  • The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.
  • Twins Study is an integrated compilation of ten different studies led by multiple PIs at multiple centers.  The studies take advantage of a unique opportunity to look at the effects of space travel on identical twins, one of whom experiences space travel for one year; the other remains earth-bound for that same year.  The experiment studies changes in the human body in the fields of genetics, psychology, physiology, microbiology, and immunology.
  • The Microbiome experiment investigates the impact of space travel on both the human immune system and an individual’s microbiome (the collection of microbes that live in and on the human body at any given time).
  • Individualized Real-Time Neurocognitive Assessment Toolkit for Space Flight Fatigue (Cognition) is a battery of tests that measures how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance. Cognition includes ten brief computerized tests that cover a wide range of cognitive functions and provides immediate feedback on current and past test results. The software allows for real-time measurement of cognitive performance while in space.
  • 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.

Veggie Hardware Validation Test (Veg-01): Lindgren added water to the plant pillows and root mat. He then took photos and downlinked for ground teams to evaluate the status of the plants.  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 provide information on growth anomalies when compared with ground controls and 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.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Fan Pump Separator (FPS) Remove and Replace (R&R) Procedure Review: Due to the loss of Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3017 on SpaceX (SpX)-7, the EVA community was directed to return EMU 3011 to operational status. The EMU was originally taken out of service due to corroded bearings in the FPS which was removed and not replaced. Today the crew reviewed FPS R&R procedures followed by a conference with ground teams to address questions in preparation for tomorrow’s planned gas trap and Water Line Vent Tube Assembly (WLVTA) R&Rs. Lindgren also gathered tools for configuration/staging of tools and hardware prior to starting the maintenance activities tomorrow.

Japanese Experiment Module (JPM) Stowage Consolidation: Yui removed trash and gathered hardware to be stowed under the JEM Airlock in preparation of the arrival of H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)5. He also consolidated Cargo Transfer Bags (CTBs) to optimize JEM stowage configuration. 

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

  • Reaction time test (morning)
  • Inspection of [МНР-НС]’s [СМ-У] connection, [РУ2], [РУ4], [РУ5] behind АСУ panel 139 and of the transparent 5182-03 hose running from [ДКиВ] to [МНР]
  • Laptop RSS 1,2 reboot / r/g 7437
  • BIOME – sampling off the body surfaces
  • TWIN – urine sampling
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI
  • Reaction self-test. Reaction time test (morning)
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI
  • HRF – blood sampling
  • HRF – blood sampling (assistance)
  • DPC (S-band)
  • KORREKTSIYA. Logging the liquid and food (medicine) intake parameters / r/g 9431
  • Morning meal
  • HRF – cooling centrifuge configuration
  • Morning meal
  • Removal equipment transfer to Progress-425 (docked at SM [АО]) along with IMS updates / r/g 9288
  • KASKAD. Manual stirring inside the bioreactor / r/g 9277
  • HRF – blood sampling cleanup ops
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Copy data from [МКСД] HDD data (start) r/g 9013
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI
  • HRF – blood sampling and processing equipment stow
  • JEM stowage setup – part 1
  • EVA-41 equipment and tools search r/g 9420
  • ISS adaptation and familiarization time
  • Water treatment system sampling
  • VEG-01 – plant water filling
  • GoPro camera uninstall in Soyuz 717. Video copy to HDD. Flash card cleaning
  • TOCA – potable water dispenser sample analysis
  • HRF- hardware installation
  • VELO-1 exercise
  • TWIN – urine sampling
  • KONSTANTA-2. Retrieve the cartridge from [ТБУ-В] and stow at panel 418 to warm up for one hour / r/g 9436
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI
  • EMU FPS pump maintenance procedure review
  • KONSTANTA-2. 1st study setup and run r/g 9436
  • KORREKTSIYA. Logging the liquid and food (medicine) intake parameters / r/g 9431
  • Equipment transfer from Soyuz 717 and IMS update / r/g 9410
  • Water composition analysis using MCD
  • KONSTANTA-2. Photography during the science operation / r/g 9437
  • Crew preparation for audio-only PAO / r/g 9438
  • ISS adaptation and familiarization time
  • Audio only PAO with All-Russia Space Educational Month in Artek camp (S-band) / r/g 9438
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Copy data from [МКСД] HDD data (term); archiving (start) r/g 9013
  • EMU FPS pump maintenance procedure conference
  • Crew handover
  • ISS adaptation and familiarization time
  • Soyuz 717 delivered ODF replacement / r/g 9424
  • TWIN – urine sampling
  • TOCA – data recording
  • EMU FPS pump maintenance tools setup
  • BIOME – sweat sampling setup
  • ISS adaptation and familiarization time
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI
  • VZAIMODEYSTVIYE-2. Science ops run / r/g 9435
  • Crew preparation for PAO / r/g 9446
  • Exercise data dump over OCA / r/g 6797
  • Equipment preparation for PAO / Refer to OSTPV for guidance
  • PAO during a one year-long mission r/g 9446
  • HRF- hardware installation
  • SHD – questionnaire fill-up
  • TWIN – urine sampling
  • BIOME – sweat sampling
  • PMC
  • URISIS hardware setup
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI
  • BIOME – sample stowage
  • KASKAD. Manual stirring inside the bioreactor / r/g 9277
  • HRF – sample insertion into MELFI
  • SHD – questionnaire fill-up
  • COGN – science ops run and questionnaire fill-up
  • Crew discretion activity
  • KORREKTSIYA. Logging the liquid and food (medicine) intake parameters / r/g 9431
  • Reaction self-test. Reaction time test (evening)

Completed Task List Items

  • COL ETC rotate inspection 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • EVA FPS procedure conference
  • Battery 1A3 Capacity Test

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 07/28: OBT ISS emergency hardware familiarization, EMU gas trap R&R, EMU WLVTA R&R, Plant Rotation sample
  • Wednesday, 07/29: FPS install, JEM stowage consolidation, CFE prep
  • Thursday, 07/30: CFE ops, EMU flush, N1 stowage reconfig

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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