ISS Daily Summary Report – 07/18/16

64 Progress (64P) Launch: 64P launched successfully from Baikonur, Kazakhstan on Saturday at 4:41PM CDT with nominal ascent. Docking is scheduled for this evening at 7:22PM CDT.

SpaceX (SpX)-9 Launch: SpX-9 launched successfully on Sunday at 11:45PM CDT. Capture is scheduled on Wednesday, July 20 at 6:00AM CDT with berthing approximately 3.5 hours later. Ingress will occur on Thursday, July 21.

EarthKAM Service Module (SM) De-activation Removal: Over the weekend, Russian crewmembers shut down the EarthKAM payload components before disconnecting and stowing the equipment, concluding a week of imagery sessions in the SM. The objective of Sally Ride EarthKAM is to integrate Earth images with inquiry-based learning to enhance curricula in support of national and state education standards; to provide students and educators the opportunity to participate in a space mission and to develop teamwork, communication, and problem solving skills; to engage teams of students, educators, and researchers in collaborative investigations using remotely-sensed data; and to incorporate the active use of Web-based tools and resources in support of the learning process.

Marrow Blood, Breath, and Ambient Air Sample Collection: The crew completed the blood collection double spin overviews this weekend to prepare for scheduled Marrow activities today and tomorrow. Upon waking this morning, the crew measured the effects of microgravity-induced marrow fat accumulation on red and white blood cell metabolism using breath and ambient air samples to measure carbon monoxide concentration. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Marrow experiment 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.

Human Research Program (HRP) Blood and Urine Collection: The crew collected blood and urine samples and stowed them into the Minus Eighty-degree Freezer for ISS (MELFI).  The samples will be used to support the HRP: Biochem Profile, Repository, and Cardio Ox investigations. 

Cardio Ox Overview: In preparation for Cardio Ox operations planned for tomorrow, the crew will review reference material for ultrasound scanning activities and blood pressure measurements. 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.

Mouse Epigenetics Setup Operations: The crew continued setup activities for the Mouse Epigenetics experiment by replacing MSPR VRU SSD installed in Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Video Compression and Recording Unit (VRU). 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.

Strata-1 Card Change-out: Four Strata secure digital (SD) cards were replaced and the data was downlinked.  The Strata-1 experiment investigates the properties and behavior of regolith on small, airless bodies.  Regolith is the impact-shattered “soil” found on asteroids, comets, the Moon, and other airless worlds, but it is different from soil here on Earth in that it contains no living material. Strata-1’s goal is to give us answers about how regolith behaves and moves in microgravity, how easy or difficult it is to anchor a spacecraft in regolith, how it interacts with spacecraft and spacesuit materials, and other important properties. 

Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations: The crew recorded and submitted a walk-through video documenting observations of life onboard ISS 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. 

Fine Motor Skills: A series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet were completed over the weekend for the Fine Motor Skills investigation. This investigation is critical during long-duration space missions, particularly those skills needed to interact with technologies required in next-generation space vehicles, spacesuits, and habitats. Crew fine motor skills are also necessary for performing tasks in transit or on a planetary surface, such as information access, just-in-time training, subsystem maintenance, and medical treatment.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Separator Plumbing Assembly (SPA) Samples: Last week the crew configured the system with the SPA output disconnected to obtain distillate samples for return to ground to better understand the recent UPA high conductivity. The UPA will continue to process in this configuration for at least a week. A longer term configuration to connect a CWC-I to the SPA output is in work.

Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Pump Separator Remove & Replace (R&R): On July 11, the WHC Check Separator fault light illuminated. Subsequent troubleshooting steps led ground teams to conclude that the separator, which has been in operation since January of this year, was at its end of life. Today the Check Separator fault light illuminated again and the crew was directed to R&R the unit.  After completion of that activity, the WHC was successfully recovered and is go for nominal use.

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

  • MARROW –  Air Samples Collection 
  • REMINDER2 –  Reading Reminder
  • МО-8. Body Mass Measurement. H/W set up
  • Body Mass Measurement.  / R/G 2809
  • HRF. Centrifuge activation and Blood Samples Collection   FE-5
  • МО-8.  Close-out Ops
  • HRF- Blood Sample Collection (assistance) 
  • WSTA Fill
  • KORREKTSIA. Taking food and liquids (medicine) registration in flight log / R/G 2811
  • HRF – Centrifuge 2 Configuration
  • HRF- Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • HRF. Urine Samples Collection
  • HRF- Blood Samples Removal and Stowage in Preparation for Cold Stowage Insertion
  • HRF- Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • PRODUTSENT. ТБУ-[В] No. 02 Thermostat Setup / R/G 2804
  • HRF- Close-out Ops
  • HRF- Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • WSTA Fill
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • Synchronization of RS Still Cameras with Station Time / R/G 1594
  • CALCIUM. Experiment Session Ten / R/G 2808
  • HRF – Urine Collection
  • HABIT-  Habitability Walk-through Video
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • MSPR VRU SSD Replacement
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
  • ALGOMETRIA. Experiment Ops/ R/G 2805
  • ISS HAM Columbus Pass
  • MELF1 Monitoring
  • Recommendations on Monitoring Progress 433 Docking to ISS. / R/G 2812
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • Strata Payload Memory Card Replacement
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software
  • VOZDUKH AVK Valves Functional Closure Test
  • WRS – Distillate Sample Inspection
  • WSTA Fill [Aborted]
  • CSA-CP Extended Maintenance
  • HABIT- Camcorder Setup
  • KORREKTSIA. Taking food and liquids (medicine) registration in flight log / R/G 2811
  • CARDOX –  Familiarization with measurements Procedure

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal ground commanding.

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 07/19: Personal CO2 Monitor recalibration/data collection, Human Research sample collections, CardioOx/Ultrasound, Dragon transfer conference
  • Wednesday, 07/20: SpX-9 berth, Dragon Vestibule outfitting, Circadian Rhythms
  • Thursday, 07/21: Dragon ingress, Mouse Epigenetics reconfig and setup, Heart Cell CO2 insert, NanoRacks Module 9 hardware retrieval, Polar and DCB transfers

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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