ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/15/16

Mouse Epigenetics Setup Operations: The crew continued setting up for the Mouse Epigenetics experiment by refilling the Mouse Habitat Cage Unit with water, configuring the Glove Box, and gathering supplies to prepare for the investigation arriving on SpaceX-9. 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.

Gecko Gripper Setup and Operations: The crew attached the Gecko Gripper to various locations in the U.S. Lab to test a gecko-adhesive gripping device that can stick on command in the harsh environment of space. The technology promises to enable many new capabilities, including robotic crawlers that could walk along spacecraft exteriors; grippers that use a touch-to-stick method to catch and release objects; and sensor mounts that can work on any surface and be reused multiple times.

Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through video documenting observations of an area or activity providing insight related to human factors and habitability. The Habitability investigation collects observations about the relationship between crew members and their environment on the International Space Station. Observations can help spacecraft designers understand how much habitable volume is required, and whether a mission’s duration impacts how much space crew members need. 

Emergency Roles & Responsibilities Review: With the arrival of the 47S crew and return to 6-crew operations, all crew members participated in this activity. Topics covered included crew accountability, escape vehicle readiness, ISS Commander responsibilities and use of the emergency response flow chart. Priorities in an emergency are safety of crew and safe configuration of the ISS.

On Board Training (OBT) Dragon Offset Grapple: In preparation for SpX-9 capture currently scheduled for July 20, the crew practiced grapple approaches. On the last approach of the session, the ground sent a safing command for the crew to practice a hot backup transition. Particular attention was given to managing volumetric constraints in the Cupola as well as lighting on the grapple fixture and how it changes.  After the OBT session, ground controllers maneuvered the SSRMS into position to be ready for next week’s SpX-9 rendezvous and capture.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Pump Separator:  Today, the WHC “Check separator” light illuminated, indicating an anomaly in the WHC system.  A power cycle of the WHC recovered operability. 

S31A A CETA Light Reclose Test  – On May 11th the RPCM (RPCM S31A_A RPC 3) powering the S3-1 CETA Luminaire tripped and the DDCU 50Hz latched data indicated a real overcurrent event.  Today an attempt was made to reclose the RPC to verify the failure signature.  RPC tripped upon first attempt with same over current signature.   The go forward plan is to request R&R of the CETA luminaire. 

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

  • EarthKAM Experiment in SM, Battery Changeout
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample Psychological Testing (Session 1) r/g 2799
  • CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Blood Sample / r/g 2799
  • CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Processing venous blood sample using Plasma-03 centrifuge r/g 2799
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing (smear) r/g 2799
  • CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Handover to USOS for MELFI Insertion / r/g 2799
  • RUEXP Blood Sample Insertion into MELFI /
  • CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops / r/g 2799
  • PL CTB Transfer
  • Removal of the locker from the rack in preparation for Payload
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • GLACIER1 Desiccant Replacement
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Psychological Testing /  r/g 2799
  • Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Tank Drain
  • Video Downlink End
  • Gecko Gripper Operations
  • Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS), Recycle Tank Drain Part 2
  • Crew’s Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review
  • DAN. Experiment Ops r/g 2780
  • DAN. Experiment Operator Assistance / r/g 2780
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • Mouse Habitat Unit Cage Water Refill
  • HABIT Video Recording
  • Glovebox Practice
  • IMS Tagup (S-band) / r/g 2798
  • Dust Filter cassette replacement
  • MERLIN 3 desiccant pack replacement
  • Mouse Epigenetics Item Gathering
  • HABIT Task Video End
  • PAO hardware setup
  • Crew Prep for PAO / r/g 2792
  • TV Conference with the Participants of Voskhod camp space tour r/g 2792
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • Onboard Training (OBT) Dragon Attached Phase Operations Review
  • Purification Column Unit (БКО) R&R r/g 2797
  • EarthKAM Experiment in SM Battery Changeout
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Hair Sample / r/g 2799
  • Progress 432 [AO] Transfers and IMS Ops / r/g 1812, 1832
  • CALCIUM. Experiment Session 4 / r/g 2793
  • OBT Dragon Offset Grapple
  • Preventive maintenance of MRM1 АСП-О Hatch Sealing Mechanism and Soyuz 731 hatch / IRS Activation/Deactivation
  • Physical Fitness Evaluation (on the treadmill) r/g 2795
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • OBT SSRMS Debrief Conference
  • Progress 432 Stowage Completion Report / r/g 1812, 1832
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 2794
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample Psychological Testing (Session 2) / r/g 2799
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. End of ECG Recording. Close-out Ops r/g 2799
  • EarthKAM Experiment in SM – Battery Changeout

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Dragon OBT
  • Nominal ground commanding.

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 07/16: 64P launch, crew off duty, housekeeping
  • Sunday, 07/17: SpX-9 launch, crew off duty
  • Monday, 07/18: 64P dock, CSA CP maintenance, 47S unpack, Dragon OBT, MELFI pressure check, STRATA card changeout

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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