ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/15/2016

Mouse Epigenetics Cage Unit Maintenance: The crew completed standard maintenance for the Mouse Epigenetics experiment by refilling the Transportation Cage Units and Mouse Habitat Cage Unit with water and checking the water nozzles of the individual cages. 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 deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of their offspring. Results from the investigation identify genetic alterations that happen after exposure to the microgravity environment of space.

NanoRacks Platforms-1 Module Removal: Four NanoRacks Modules were removed from NanoRacks Platform 1 and installed in the Minus Eighty-degree Freezer for ISS (MELFI).  NanoRacks Modules 43 (Slime Mold), 44 (Awty-Yeast Cell Growth in a Microgravity Environment), 45 (Duchesne-Light Wavelengths on Algae Production), and 46 (Duchesne-Plant Growth Chamber) will remain in MELFI until they return on SpX-9.

At Home in Space Questionnaire: The CDR completed a questionnaire for the At Home in Space investigation. This Canadian Space Agency (CSA) experiment assesses culture, values, and psychosocial adaptation of astronauts to a space environment shared by multinational crews on long-duration missions. It is hypothesized that astronauts develop a shared space culture that is an adaptive strategy for handling cultural differences and they deal with the isolated confined environment of the space craft by creating a home in space. 

NeuroMapping Operations: The crew performed testing in both a “strapped in” and ”free floating” body configuration for this investigation which studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes changes to the brain, including brain structure and function, motor control, and multi-tasking abilities. It also measures how long it would take for the brain and body to recover from possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from astronauts suggests movement control and cognition can be affected in microgravity. The NeuroMapping investigation performs structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and fMRI) to assess any changes that occur after spending months on the ISS.

Fluid Shifts Hardware Transfer and Service Module Setup: To prepare for Ultrasound activities in the Service Module (SM) this week, the crew transferred and set up hardware that supports the Fluid Shifts investigation from the Russian Segment. The experiment measures how much fluid shifts from the lower body to the upper body, in or out of cells and blood vessels, and determines the impact these shifts have on fluid pressure in the head, changes in vision and eye structures. 

Fine Motor Skills: A series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet was completed for the Fine Motor Skills investigation which tests skills needed to interact with technologies required in next-generation space vehicles, spacesuits, and habitats. The crewmember’s 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. 

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: The crew completed a procedures review in preparation for next Friday’s planned International Docking Adapter (IDA)2 EVA. Topics covered included prebreathe protocol review, Equipment Lock activities and suit donning plan, egress/ingress plan and EVA extension considerations. Following the review the crew participatet in a debrief with ground teams to discuss questions or concerns. The crew also verified that the Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) glove heaters are functional and that the EMU TV is receiving power from the Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA).

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC): This morning the crew reported the WHC fan powered off during use which was followed by a “Check Separator Light” illumination. The crew performed the standard troubleshooting procedure to clear the Check Separator Light. The WHC was returned to normal use upon completion of the malfunction procedure.  Additionally, the crew reported they have been seeing the “Check Separator Light” on previous use. The engineering team has scheduled a coordination meeting tomorrow to discuss these developments.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Mobile Transporter (MT) Translation:  Today, ground controllers moved the MSS MT from work station 4 to workstation 6 in preparation for the removal of IDA2 from the SpaceX-9 trunk on Wednesday, and the installation of IDA2 onto PMA2 during the EVA on Friday.

LA Multiplexer/De-multiplexer (MDM) Patch – Ground Controllers successfully loaded a patch to the LA 1 MDM in preparation for IDA installation.

Payload MDM Transition Ground Controllers were performing a scheduled PLMDM-2 High Rate Data Link (HRDL) reset which resulted in a complete lockup of the PLMDM-2 HRDL card.  To recover from the HRDL card lockup, ground controllers performed a PLMDM transition.  PLMDM-1 was subsequently powered ON and reconfigured as the primary PLMDM.  All payload Health and Status (H&S) indications pre- and post-recovery were nominal.  The PLMDM transition resulted in a loss of Health and Status for ~57 minutes. 

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

  • Install 17КС.2076А-0 case onto SM ПрК thermal control pipework r/g 3003
  • FINEMOTR – science ops run.
  • Video equipment installation for БД-2 exercise video shooting / r/g 2071
  • Replace MRM2;s [ПФ1], [ПФ2] dust filters and [В1], [B2] fan grids
  • On MCC Go test БД-2 БД-2 exercise – 3
  • MOUSE – h/w setup
  • DRAGON. Cargo transfer ops
  • WRS – water sample analysis
  • XF305 camcorder setup
  • EVA procedures’ final printout
  • MOUSE – module water replacement
  • MRM2 [ВД1] & [ВД2] air ducts vacuuming
  • Video equipment de-installation for БД-2 exercise video shooting r/g 2071
  • Mouse Epigenetics – Habitat 4 cleaning and Micro-G battery R&R, part 1
  • АСУ’s [Е-К] container and hose R&R. Post-R&R АСУ activation / r/g 3061
  • DAN. Science Ops run r/g 2780
  • EVA procedure reviews
  • INTER-MAI-75.  [РЛС] h/w setup and activation. Refer to comment 6 r/g 3057
  • On-orbit life photography and video / r/g 2747
  • DAN. Science Ops run r/g 2780
  • Review EVA-related IDA installation procedure 
  • AHIS. Questionnaire fill-up
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Equipment transfer to ROS.
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound 2 hardware install in SM
  • Equipment preparation for PAO in LAB
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Ultrasound equipment connection to [РБС] / r/g 3054
  • Crew preparation for PAO / r/g 3060
  • PAO with Pyaty Element Project team r/g 3060
  • Mouse Epigenetics – Habitat 4 cleaning and Micro-G battery R&R, part 2
  • NMAP – science ops run
  • BIMS. Science Ops run r/g 3053
  • MRM2 Science Ops conference comm config
  • COULOMBIC CRYSTAL. H/w installation and setup r/g 3052
  • NANO. Module retrieval from the rack.
  • Regular preventive health care sprint exercise (at crew discretion).
  • DRAGON. Cargo transfer ops
  • COULOMBIC CRYSTAL. Science Ops run r/g 3052
  • INTER-MAI-75. H/w deactivation and closeout / r/g 3057
  • EDV (KOV) or EDV-SV fill (separation) for ELEKTROB. Inspect КОВ No. 1212
  • NANO. Sample insertion into MELFI
  • Progress 432 (h/w comp’t) unstow and IMS update. Unstow КРП items from Progress 432 Zone 3
  • EVA procedure conference
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Return to MRM2 nominal comm config
  • COULOMBIC CRYSTAL. Data copy and downlink / r/g 3052
  • Glacier 2 trays removal
  • EVA camera D4 batteries charging
  • 2.085 MSG file transfer
  • REBA batteries install
  • REBA-powered equipment c/o
  • Symbolic activity setup / r/g 3064
  • DRAGON. Cargo transfer ops
  • Downlink exercise data via ОСА
  • DRAGON. Dragon – cargo transfer conference
  • TOCA – data recording
  • HABIT reminder review
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Reminder 2 about Chibis suit measurements in SM

Completed Task List Items

  • Mouse M6 food R&R
  • EVA NZGL familiarization 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • EVA prep
  • MT translate from WS4 to WS6
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 08/16: Fluid Shifts, FIR ACE T1 install, Microbial Air Sample pack for return, Mouse Epigenetics cage maintenance
  • Wednesday, 08/17: Fluid Shifts, OGA H2 sensor R&R, Dragon cargo ops
  • Thursday, 08/18: EVA procedures review/tool config/Equipment Lock prep, Mouse Epigenetics cage maintenance

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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