ISS Daily Summary Report – 05/24/16

Marrow: Upon waking this morning, the crew took breath and ambient air samples for the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Marrow experiment which investigates the effect of microgravity on human bone marrow. It is believed that microgravity, like long-duration bed rest on Earth, has a negative effect on bone marrow and the blood cells that are produced in the marrow. The extent of this effect and its recovery are of interest to space research and healthcare providers on Earth.


Rodent Research (RR-3) Inventory Audit: The crew continued auditing the remaining RR-3 equipment and supplies. The audit follows the completion of RR-3 operations last week.


Ocular Health (OH) Cardiac Operations: The crew began the first of two Ocular Health sessions planned for the week by using a Tonometer on an eye simulator before conducting Tonometry exams. They also performed blood pressure measurements using the Cardiolab (CDL) Holter Arterial Blood Pressure (BP) Unit with guidance from the Ocular Health ground team. Crew members’ bodies change in a variety of ways during space flight, and some experience impaired vision. The Ocular Health investigation gathers data on crew members’ visual health during and after long-duration space station missions. Tests monitor microgravity-induced visual impairment, as well as changes believed to result from elevated intracranial pressure. The investigation will measure how long it takes for crew members to return to normal after they return to Earth.


Cardio Ox Ultrasound Operations: With remote guidance from the Cardio Ox ground teams, the crew conducted an ultrasound scan after attaching the Electro Cardiogram (ECG) Electrodes and marking the arteries followed by blood pressure measurements using the Cardiolab Holter Arterial Blood Pressure Unit. The goal of the Cardio Ox investigation is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis risk in astronauts. Twelve crewmembers provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15 and 60 days after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans of the carotid and brachial arteries are obtained at the same time points as well as through 5 years after landing as an indicator of cardiovascular health.


Micro-Gravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Video Upgrade Equipment (VUE) Setup: The crew upgraded MSG video equipment by replacing the current MSG video drawer with the new High Definition (HD) video drawer before installing two HD video monitors that will be used with the new video drawers.


Dose Tracker: The crew completed entries for medication tracking. This investigation documents the medication usage of crew members before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The data is expected to either support or counter anecdotal evidence of medication ineffectiveness during flight and unusual side effects experienced during flight. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics (PK) or pharmacodynamics (PD) is occurring during missions.


Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) Preparations: The crew removed the Node 3 (N3) Aft Hatch Positive Pressure Relief Valve (PPRV) Sample Port Cap and pressurized N3 to BEAM vestibule to 5psi. An 8-hour leak check is currently in work. The crew also reviewed updates to emergency procedures and key points that were emphasized during BEAM training. In preparation for BEAM viewing, Robotics Ground Controllers walked off the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to the Lab Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF).

External robotics:  Today, the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) was walked off from Node2 Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) to Lab PDGF, and manuevered to the BEAM viewing position in preparation for BEAM deployment later this week.


Cygnus cargo operations:  36 hours and 50 minutes of cargo work have been completed, with an estimate of 8 hours and 20 minutes remaining to complete all Cygnus (OA-6) cargo operations.



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

  • MARROW – Air Samples Collection
  • MORZE. Examination using SPRUT-2 device
  • HMS – equipment config before intraocular test
  • COSMOCARD. Closeout ops / r/g 2311
  • VIZIR. СКПИ battery charge / r/g 2320
  • HMS – vision test
  • COSMOCARD. Preparing for and Starting 24-hr ECG Recording / r/g 2335
  • HMS – vision test
  • HMS – vision questionnaire
  • OH – blood pressure measurement
  • EDV (KOV) fill (separation) for ELEKTRON or EDV-SV. Fill from Progress 432 Water Tank r/g 2129
  • MORZE. Psychophysiological survey: testing, centering, SENSOR
  • HMS – vision questionnaire
  • RR- samples retrieval from MELFI
  • OH – blood pressure measurement
  • Soyuz #720 Samsung Tablets Charging – init
  • HMS Tonometry CMO – assist
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment ops r/g 2333
  • USND2 – hardware activation
  • HMS Tonometry Test – subject
  • SOZh Maintenance
  • CARDOX – prep ops
  • CARDOX- ultrasonic survey
  • Progress #432 АСН-К deinstall, data download to Laptop r/g 2272
  • DOSETRK- data download
  • CARDOX-ultrasonic survey – assist
  • RR – Habitat Stow Review
  • RR- hardware inventory
  • GREAT START. Experiment prep / r/g 2322
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Tonometry Test Stow
  • GREAT START. Educational Session and Video Shooting on DUBRAVA Experiment  r/g 2322
  • Checking of Camcorder Setup for Photo/TV
  • CARDOX- blood pressure measurement
  • MORZE. Psychophysiological Survey: Strelau Test
  • USND2- hardware deactivation
  • GREAT START. Concluding Ops / / r/g 2322
  • VIZIR. Charging СКПИ Infrared Receiver (ИКП) battery – terminate / r/g 2320
  • COL Ethernet Cable Disconnect
  • Checking Camcorder Setup for Photo/TV
  • MPCC Laptop Power Connect
  • BEAM Deployment OBT
  • MPCC – Р2 Laptop Activation to LAN Network
  • УРАГАН. Observation and Photography Using Photo Hardware r/g 2336
  • ESA – weekly crew conference
  • Soyuz #720 Samsung Tablets Charging – terminate
  • USOS window shutters closing
  • PAO – crew prep
  • PAO Event
  • Soyuz #719 Samsung Tablet Charging – init
  • MORZE. Psychophysiological Survey: Kettle Test
  • WRM – water balance placeholder
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Sprint Exercise Optional
  • MSG- hardware stow after video shooting
  • Sync RS Photo Cameras with on-board time / / r/g 1594
  • ВОЛ Fan Test Activation – noise level control.
  • On MCC Go listen to the noise level from activated Lira Cooling Fan (ВОЛ) near pan
  • Camcorder Setup Checking for Photo/TV
  • Video-Recording of Greetings r/g 2342
  • Microgravity Science Glovebox Video Drawer Exchange
  • WRM – water balance placeholder
  • Personal Hygiene Items (СЛГ) Inventory r/g 2343
  • Cargo Transfer from Cygnus
  • MSG- video hardware install
  • MORZE. Psychophysiological Survey: SUPOS Test
  • Cargo Transfer from Cygnus
  • Node 3 Aft Hatch Positive Pressure Relief Valve (PPRV) Sample Port Cap Removal
  • MORZE. Concluding ops
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Soyuz #719 Samsung Tablet Charging – init
  • Node 3 Aft – vestibule repress and leak check
  • OBT ISS CMO)Computer Based Training (CBT)
  • MORZE. Experiment setup r/g 2332
  • ARED Photo/Video Stow
  • MSG – glovebox activation
  • Cygnus – cargo transfer tagup
  • Crew Choice Event


Completed Task List Items

  • None


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • BEAM activities
  • OH support
  • Nominal ground commanding


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 05/25: BEAM vestibule outfitting, EHS SM water collect/MCD, CFM process, RR habitat stow, Ocular Health

Thursday, 05/26: BEAM leak check, inflation, deploy, EMCS water pump tube install, Cygnus cargo transfer

Friday, 05/27: Vascular Echo ultrasound, Ocular Health, Cygnus cargo transfer


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) Off
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby
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) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up