ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/30/2016

Cardio Ox Ultrasound Operations: With remote guidance from the Cardio Ox ground teams, the crew conducted an ultrasound scan after they configured the VOX, attached the ECG Electrodes, and marked the arteries; followed by blood pressure measurements using the Cardiolab Holter Arterial Blood Pressure Unit. The goal of the Cardio Ox investigation is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis risk in astronauts. Twelve 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.

Dose Tracker: The crew completed entries for medication tracking on an iPad today. This investigation documents the medication usage of crewmembers before and during their missions by capturing data regarding medication use during spaceflight, including side effect qualities, frequencies and severities. The data is expected to either support or counter anecdotal evidence of medication ineffectiveness during flight and unusual side effects experienced during flight. It is also expected that specific, near-real-time questioning about symptom relief and side effects will provide the data required to establish whether spaceflight-associated alterations in pharmacokinetics (PK) or pharmacodynamics (PD) is occurring during missions. 

Fine Motor Skills: A series of interactive tasks were completed 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. 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. 

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 ISS. 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.

Trailing Thermal Control Radiator (TTCR) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: The EV crew continued the EVA tool configuration in preparation for the TTCR EVA on Thursday. The IV crew accessed the Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) software and completed additional robotics reviews of Space Station Remote Manipulator System support plan for the EVA.

External Television Camera Group (ETVCG) Troubleshooting:  The crew performed a procedure to verify that the heaters on the spare ETVCG Light are functional. They utilized the two jumpers that were built from pin kit materials and tested the ETVCG light and heaters. After the troubleshooting, the crew confirmed a functional camera light and heater circuit on the ETVCG. This light will be used to replace the degraded light at the P1 Lower Outboard location during Thursday’s TTCR EVA. 

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

  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample Collection
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops
  • KORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood samples processing using Plasma-03 centrifuge
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood samples processing (smear)
  • Russian Experiments (RUEXP) FE-2 Blood Sample Handover for MELFI Insertion (KORRECTSIYA, Neuroimmunitet)
  • KORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake
  • Fine Motor Skills (FINEMOTR) Test
  • Respiratory Support Pack Checkout
  • USND2 Activation of Ultrasound Equipment
  • CARDOX Ultrasound Equipment Setup
  • Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Hardware Setup and Activation
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring
  • CARDOX Ultrasound Scan Operations
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Psychological Test
  • On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ
  • Soyuz 720 Stowage Ops
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Hair Sample Collection
  • UDOD. Experiment Ops with DYKNANIYE-1 and SPRUT-2 Sets
  • CARDOX Battery Installation
  • CARDOX  Blood Pressure Operations
  • Multi Omics. Item gathering
  • CARDOX Post-ops hardware stowage
  • Removal of one of two [АСН-К] Navigation Modules from Progress 432
  • PAO Event
  • EVA Tool Config
  • Water Recovery System (WRS) Drain Waste Water Tank
  • CEVIS Isolator Checkout
  • Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Payload Closeout Ops
  • KORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake
  • Soyuz 731 Kazbek Fit Check
  • Soyuz 720 Descent Drill and Return Equipment List & Stowage Consultation
  • Flushing Multi-Filtration Unit (БКО) Prior to its installation in СРВ-К2М
  • US EVA Tool Preparation
  • EVA Tool Config
  • HABIT Questionnaire Completion
  • External TV Camera Group (ETVCG) Troubleshooting part 2
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • On-board Training (OBT) Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT)
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • SPLANH. Preparation for Experiment
  • DOUG Software Review
  • EVA Procedure Conference
  • DOSETRK Questionnaire Completion
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample Collection. Psychological test (evening)
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. End of ECG Recording. Closeout Ops, Data Downlink
  • KORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample Collection
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording. BP measurement

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities completed unless otherwise noted.

  • ЦВМ Restart
  • DOUG review
  • Lab CDRA Activation
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 08/31: CBEF reconfig, EVA preparations
  • Thursday, 09/01: TTCR EVA
  • Friday, 09/02:  EVA Debrief, EMU H2O Recharge, Post EVA PHS, Soyuz Descent Training

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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