ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/24/2016

ISS Reboost: This morning, an ISS reboost was performed using 63P R&D thrusters. This reboost was to set up for 46S landing.

Biological Rhythms 48 Holter Start: The crew began the operations phase of the Biological Rhythms experiment by attaching the Digital Walk Holter Electrocardiogram (ECG) and electrodes and initiating the first of two 24-hour measurements. The objective of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Biological Rhythms 48 is to study the effects of long-term microgravity exposure on heart function by analyzing an astronaut’s electrocardiogram for 48 hours.

Mouse Epigenetics Transfer and Reconfiguration Operations: Crewmembers detached the Mouse Habitat Cage Unit from the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Incubator Unit (IU) Micro-G and 1G and transferred mice from Mouse Habitat Cage Unit to Transportation Cage Unit. The crew also reconfigured the CBEF video cables for the Image Processing Unit (IPU) and the Video Compression and Recording Unit 2 (VRU2).

NanoRack Module 9: The crew completed the last of the 5 NanoRack Module 9 experiment sessions by activating, deactivating, and shaking the mixture tubes to facilitate the experiment. Module-9 is a collection of student research projects utilizing the NanoRacks Mixsticks. Student teams from across the United States design their own experiments using flight approved fluids and materials. The investigation consists of several science experiments flown in a NanoRacks Module on board the ISS.

Plant Ribonucleic Acid (RNA) Regulation Preparation: To prepare for the Plant RNA Regulation investigation run that begins next month, the experiment containers on the European Modular Cultivation System (EMCS) Rotors A and B were replaced with new experiment containers. Plant RNA Regulation studies the first steps of gene expression involved in development of roots and shoots. Scientists expect to find new molecules that play a role in how plants adapt and respond to the microgravity environment of space, providing new insight into growing plants for food and oxygen supplies on long-duration missions. 

Microgravity Experiment Research Locker Incubator (MERLIN)1: Last week MERLIN 1 was automatically safed after a false Payload Potential Fire warning annunciated due to out of limit temperature sensors. Today MERLIN 1 was repowered for troubleshooting. The temperature sensors are now in the expected range and will be monitored for 24 hours. Assuming no anomalous signatures during the monitoring period, the unit will be configured to an operational state tomorrow. 

Dragon Packing:

  • Polars 2 & 4 ISS to Dragon Transfer: The crew uninstalled and transferred Polars 2 and 4 from the EXPRESS Rack and install into Dragon.
  • Payload Card Multilab Card Cube Removal: The crew removed the Multilab card(s) from the Payload Card Multilab facility for return.
  • Lithium HydrOxide (LiOH) R&R:  The crew replaced LiOH bags on Dragon in preparation for life support operations after ISS departure.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: In preparation for the Trailing Thermal Control Radiator (TTCR) EVA planned for September 1, the CDR and FE-6 completed a procedures review. Following the review, the crew participated in a conference with ground teams. 

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

  • MORZE. Evaluation Using SPRUT-2
  • MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 3186
  • ISS Crew/SSIPC (Space Station Integration And Promotion Center) Conference
  • EMCS Valve Open
  • NANO Mixture tubes activation and shaking
  • CBEF Cable Reconfiguration
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Tsentrovka, SENSOR Tests
  • On MCC Go Collecting condensate water samples from СРВ-К2М before Gas-Liquid Mixture Filter (ФГС) into Russian Samplers, start / r/g 3195
  • BLR48 Starting Measurement
  • MOUSE Equipment Transfer Review
  • Relocate Double Coldbags for access to Dragon Lithium Hydroxide (LiOH) Enclosure
  • Evaluation of Orthostatic Stability with LBNP (without display and control panel)
  • DRAGON. Transfers
  • Dragon Lithium Hydroxide Filter Bag Remove and Replace
  • KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copy and Downlink Data / r/g 3181
  • Countermeasures System (CMS), Sprint Exercise, Optional
  • MOUSE Epigenetics Item Gathering for the upcoming mouse ops
  • KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Hardware Teardown / r/g 3181
  • Evaluation of Orthostatic Stability with LBNP (without display and control panel)
  • DRAGON. Transfers
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis
  • Soyuz 720 Samsung Tablet Recharge, initiate
  • VCA1 Camera Adjustment
  • Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Tank Drain
  • Plant RNA Regulation (PRR) Replacement of Experiment Container (EC) European Modular Cultivation System Experiment Container (ЕМCS)
  • DOSETRK Questionnaire Completion
  • ALGOMETRIA. Experiment Ops / r/g 3182
  • Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain Part 2
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • Terminate BSA Battery Stowage Assembly Maintenance Cycle
  • EMU Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Removal
  • MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 3186
  • Installation of REBA batteries
  • PAO hardware setup in LAB
  • Diagnostics of FGB Power Supply System БФ-2 Filter Unit and БСШ-2 Main Bus Assembly r/g 3168
  • REBA powered equipment test
  • MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Strelau Test
  • Crew Prep for PAO / r/g 3193
  • CBEF Cable Reconfig
  • TV Conference with Teatral Magazine Editor  r/g 3193
  • EVA Procedure Review
  • CALCIUM. Experiment Session 11 / r/g 3183
  • Terminate EMU LIB Battery Charge Operations
  • MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Cattell’s Test
  • EMU Metal Oxide (METOX) Canister Installation
  • EVA Procedure Conference
  • Polar 2 Transfer to Dragon
  • MORZE. Closeout Ops
  • WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • Polar 4 Transfer to Dragon
  • SPLANH. Preparation for Experiment / r/g 3191
  • EMCS Valve Closure
  • TOCA Data Recording
  • OBT Dragon Departure Review
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 3184
  • WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • CMS ARED Quarterly Maintenance
  • MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: SUPOS Test
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • OBT, ROBoT onboard simulator, Release
  • POLAR Transfer Review
  • Evening Work Prep
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 3189
  • WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • MORZE. Experiment setup / r/g 3172
  • Soyuz 720 Samsung tablet recharge, terminate
  • Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
  • POLAR Transfer Review
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Profile of Mood States (POMS) Questionnaire
  • CUCU Check
  • WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake / r/g 3186 

Completed Task List Items

  • None 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Dragon departure OBT
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 08/25: Biological Rhythms 48, Double Cold Bag packing, Mouse Habitat Unit transfer for return, Dragon egress
  • Friday, 08/26: Dragon unberth, Biomolecule Sequencer ops, Biological Rhythms 48, Fine Motor Skills, HMS Fundoscope exam, Crew departure prep
  • Saturday, 08/27: Crew off duty

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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