ISS Daily Summary Report – 03/8/16

Rodent Research (RR) Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Hardware Gather: Peake gathered hardware and consumables needed to set up MSG for RR operations which will begin following the arrival of SpX-8. Spaceflight causes a rapid loss of bone and muscle mass especially in the legs and spine with symptoms similar to those experienced by people with muscle wasting diseases or weakness in mice exposed to long-duration spaceflight (RR-3), studies molecular and physical changes in the musculoskeletal system that occurs in space. Results expand scientists’ understanding of muscle atrophy and bone loss in space, while testing an antibody that has been known to prevent muscle wasting in mice on Earth.

Observation and Analysis of Smectic Islands in Space (OASIS): Kopra installed and configured the OASIS hardware into the MSG for operations. Several issues were encountered and overcome via troubleshooting, including replacement of the Micro Camera to Monitor-1 cable to recover video feed to that monitor, and a software reboot to recover lens commanding.  Troubleshooting activities to resolve pneumatic commanding capabilities that were identified during the video checkout will precede the OASIS Gylcerol/Water Fill procedure which will begin the next science run tomorrow.   OASIS studies the unique behavior of liquid crystals in microgravity, including their overall motion and the merging of crystal layers known as smectic islands. Liquid crystals are used for display screens in televisions and clocks and they also occur in soaps and in cell membranes. The experiment allows detailed studies of the behavior of these structures and how microgravity affects their unique ability to act like both a liquid and a solid crystal.

Individualized Real-Time Neurocognitive Assessment Toolkit for Space Flight Fatigue (Cognition): Kopra completed the Cognition test battery which includes pre-test questions and cognitive tests with performance feedback. Cognition 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.

NanoRacks Display Photos: Kopra took photos of the NanoRacks Monitor installed in the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM) at Platform-1 as well as the NanoRacks Multi-Gas Monitor Liquid Crystal Display which will be used to assess and prioritize future NanoRacks activities. Platform-1 is used for modules that do  not need power. Data connectivity issues with Platform-1 began after SpX-4 unberth. The ground support team has been working to determine the cause and develop a solution.


Multi-Omics: Peake completed the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics investigation by collecting body samples and inserting them into a Minus Eight-degree Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts’ immune function by combining data obtained from the measurements of changes in the gut microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system.


Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Distillation Assembly (DA) Remove & Replace (R&R): The ground team has activated the UPA following this morning’s successful DA R&R.  The first process cycle is underway and is looking nominal.  The next planned process cycle will occur on GMT 069 Orbit 1, after the crew performs a WSTA Fill from a US urine EDV.


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

  • MSG – Activation of MSG glove box
  • DA R&R
  • OASIS – Hardware Setup
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops with СКПИ Hardware / r/g 1612
  • HAM radio session from Columbus
  • Transfer of IV-TEPC from SM (panel 328) to Lab
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter initialization and deployment r/g 1608
  • Multi Omics
  • Progress 431 (DC1) Transfesr and IMS Ops /  r/g 0947, 0963
  • OASIS – Hardware Setup
  • AQM 1005 – Troubleshooting
  • VIZIR. СКПИ Closeout Ops / r/g 1612
  • Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge – Initiate
  • WRS Maintenance
  • Replacement of СО2 Filter Unit (БФ)
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • PAO Hardware Setup
  • Crew Prep for PAO
  • PAO Event
  • Video Footage of Greetings / r/g 1609
  • WRS Maintenance
  • Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge – terminate
  • Rodent Research (RR) – Equipment Gathering
  • NanoRacks Displays Photos
  • HAM radio session from Columbus
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Nutritional Assessment (ESA)
  • Private Medical Conference (Ku + S-band)
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • VCA1 Camera Adjustment
  • Daily Planning Conference (S-band)
  • COGNITION – Experiment Ops


Completed Task List Items

  • WHC KTO replace


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal ground commanding


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 03/09: OASIS experiment, OBT 45S Emergency Drill, Neuromapping

Thursday, 03/10: C2V2 H/W install. LAB1P5 RPCM R&R, SPRINT Ultrasound

Friday, 03/11: C2V2 comm unit install, LAB1P5 reconfig, OBT Cygnus conference


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron Off
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Override
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Norm
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up