ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/08/16

47 Soyuz (47S) Docking: 47S is scheduled to dock to the ISS tonight at 11:12PM CDT. With the arrival of Expedition 48 crew members Anatoly Ivanishin, Takuya Onishi and Kate Rubins, the ISS will be in 6-crew operations until 46S return on September 6.

Mouse Epigenetics Setup Operations: In preparation of the Mouse Epigenetics experiment arriving on SpaceX (SpX)-9, the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) laptop was relocated, the medical laptop was configured, and a converter was set up in the Experiment Laptop Terminal 2 (ELT2) and the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF). The Mouse Epigenetics investigation studies altered gene expression patterns in the organs of male mice that spend one month in space, and also examines changes in the DNA of their offspring. Results from the investigation identify genetic alterations that happen after exposure to the microgravity environment of space. 

3D Printing in Zero-G Experiment: The ground team continued remotely operating the 3D printer to produce 3D printed test coupons in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG), after which the crew removed and stowed them. This second week of printing has produced a variety of 3D printed test coupons including calibration, tensile, compression, and layer specimen coupons. The 3D Printing In Zero-G experiment demonstrates that a 3D printer works normally in space. A 3D printer extrudes streams of heated plastic, metal or other material, building layer on top of layer to create 3 dimensional objects. Testing a 3D printer using relatively low-temperature plastic feedstock on the ISS is the first step toward establishing an on-demand machine shop in space, a critical enabling component for deep-space crewed missions and in-space manufacturing.

Expedite the Processing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack-3 Locker Removal: In preparation for SpX-9 Polar 3 installation, the EXPRESS Rack locker was removed and the vent closeout panel was installed. EXPRESS Racks are multipurpose payload rack systems that store and support research aboard the ISS. They can support science experiments in any discipline by providing structural interfaces, power, data, cooling, water, and other items needed to operate science experiments in space and provide simple, standard interfaces to accommodate up to 10 small payloads, resulting in a total capability to operate up to 80 experiments. 

Lab Robotic Work Station (RWS) Monitor R&R:  Today the ISS crew replaced Lab RWS Monitor 3 with an on-orbit spare.  That monitor was observed to have failed on the morning of the recent Cygnus release.

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

  • Water flow through Microbial Removal Filter
  • PAO hardware setup in LAB
  • Crew Prep for PAO / r/g 2741
  • ELT2 Battery Changeout
  • TV Session with the participants of N.E. Bauman University Pan-Russian Youth Science School r/g 2741
  • Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Hardware Removal and Relocation
  • Medical Laptop (MDLT) Deactivation and Removal
  • Experiment Laptop Terminal 2 (ELT2) Removal and Relocation
  • ELT2  Setup
  • ELT2 Converter Setup
  • Changing Configuration between CBEF IPU
  • Food Pantry Installation [Deferred]
  • Terminate BSA Battery Stowage Assembly Maintenance Cycle
  • Start BSA Battery Charge
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • POLAR3 Hardware preparation for SpX-9 Polar 3 installation
  • 3DP Coupon removal and stowage
  • Microbial Removal Filter (MRF) Purge
  • Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus 4 (CGBA4)  Unit Activation
  • SSC15 Relocation
  • IMS Conference
  • IFM-RWS MON Robotics Workstation (RWS) Monitor 3 R&R
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Terminate transfer of water to water storage tank via MRF filter [Deferred]
  • Water flow through Microbial Removal Filter
  • Closing USOS Window Shutters

Completed Task List Items

  • None 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • 47S docking
  • Nominal ground commanding. 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 07/09: 47S dock (end), leak check, hatch open, safety briefing
  • Sunday, 07/10: Crew off duty
  • Monday, 07/11: Mouse Epigenetics Habitat Unit install, Fine Motor Skills, OBT Emergency Hardware familiarization

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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