ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/28/15

Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: Yui and Lindgren performed their Flight Day 7 (FD7) saliva collection, both in support of Microbiome, and Yui collected for Salivary Markers. Throughout the day Kelly collected urine samples for Biochemical Profile and Twins Study.  He also completed his FD120 Cognition session and along with Kornienko, performed the final Reaction Self-Test for the 43 Soyuz sleep shift.

  • The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight.
  • Twins Study is an integrated compilation of ten different studies led by multiple PI’s at multiple centers.  The studies take advantage of a very unique opportunity to look at the effects of space travel on identical twins, one of whom experiences space travel for one year; the other mains earth-bound for that same year.
  • 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 measure how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance.
  • Reaction Self Test aids crewmembers to objectively identify when their performance capability is degraded by various fatigue-related conditions that can occur as a result of ISS operations and time in space (e.g., acute and chronic sleep restriction, slam shifts, extravehicular activity (EVA), and residual sedation from sleep medications).

Plant Circumnutation and Its dependence on the Gravity Response (Plant Rotation) Run 3: Yui retrieved rice plants from the Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle (FROST) and prepared Plant Rotation Chamber B of the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF).  He then installed Plant Experiment Unit into the 1G rotor and Measurement Experiment Unit into the microG rotor.  For Run 3, the plants will undergo microgravity rotation first followed by 1G rotation.  Many species of climbing plants grow upward in a spiraling shape, a process known as circumnutation. Plant organs, such as stems, leaves, and roots also grow in a spiraling, helical shape. This spiraling process can take many forms, including very tight loops and broad curves. The Plant Rotation experiment verifies the hypothesis that this type of plant growth requires gravity.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3011 Return To Service (RTS) Activities: Today Lindgren and Kelly continued tasks to return EMU 3011 back to service. Lindgren finished gathering tools and hardware in preparation for tomorrow’s Fan Pump Separator (FPS) Remove & Replace (R&R). Kelly and Lindgren R&Rd the gas trap and Kelly R&Rd the Water Line Vent Tube Assembly (WLVTA).

On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization: Padalka and the 43S crew reviewed where emergency hardware is located on the ISS. Items covered include US Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBAs), US and Russian fire extinguishers, emergency masks, fire/ammonia cartridges and ammonia measurement kits. The crew then practiced emergency mask don/purge technique as well as demonstrated their ability to communicate with ground teams from the Soyuz while wearing emergency masks. 

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

  • Self-Reaction Test (morning)
  • HRF – Sample Collection and Prep for Stowage
  • Biochemical Urine Test
  • TWIN – Urine Sample Collection
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (morning)
  • URISYS Hardware Stowage
  • CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake
  • CASKAD. Manual Mixing in Bioreactor
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops.
  • Plant Rotation (PRT) – Plant sample Retrieval from FROST
  • RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Swap (Handover)
  • Gathering of spacesuit replaceable elements, service and personal gear.
  • Plant Rotation (PRT) – Plant sample collection
  • EMU FPS R&R Tool Gathering
  • EMU swap
  • TWIN – Equipment Stowage
  • ТК 717 Transfers and IMS Ops
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • DC1 and ПхО preparation for EVA
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • TOCA Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
  • Plant Rotation (PRT) – Sample Setup
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis
  • EMU backpack replacement
  • EMU – Gas Trap R&R
  • Plant Rotation (PRT) – Plant Sample Insertion into FROST
  • HAM radio session from Columbus
  • CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake
  • Initiate condensate tank offload to CWC
  • ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization OBT
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • DC1 and ПхО preparation for EVA
  • Termination of Condensate Tank Offload to CWC
  • Emergency Mask OBT
  • EMU – Water Line Vent Tube Assembly (WLVTA) R&R
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire
  • On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire
  • TOCA Data Recording
  • COGN – Experiment Ops and Filling Questionnaire
  • CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake
  • Self-Reaction Test. Reaction Time Test (evening)
  • CORRECTSIA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake

Completed Task List Items

  • iPad swap 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • EMU R&R support 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 07/29: FPS install, JEM stowage consolidation part 1, CFE prep
  • Thursday, 07/30: CFE ops, EMU flush, N1 stowage reconfig
  • Friday, 07/31: N1 stowage reconfig, Microbiome

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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