ISS Daily Summary Report – 08/31/2016

Trailing Thermal Control Radiator (TTCR) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: The Commander and Flight Engineer-6 completed their pre-EVA medical checkup, final EVA tool configuration and EVA timeline review earlier today.  This afternoon the crew performed a conference with EVA ground specialist to discuss any final question about tomorrow’s TTCR EVA.  The crew also prepared the Equipment Lock, EMUs and ancillary hardware to support EVA prep activities.  Crew egress of the Airlock is scheduled for 7:10 am CDT. 

Multi-Omics sample collections: Flight Engineer-5 collected samples for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics experiment.  Samples were then placed into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).  The Multi-omics analysis of human microbial-metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem (Multi-Omics) investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts’ immune function, by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the gut microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system.  Biomarkers for immune dysfunction during the crewmembers time on the ISS could be useful for the health management of astronauts.

Habitability walkthrough: The Commander performed his sixth and final Habitability walkthrough video.  Williams has been requested to focus on the windows available to the crew on the ISS, and their impact on habitability and productivity.  The Habitability investigation results will be used to assess the relationship between crew members and their environment in order to better prepare for future long-duration spaceflights. Observations recorded during 6 month and 1 year missions can help spacecraft designers determine how much habitable volume is required, and whether a mission’s duration impacts how much space crew members need. 

Fine Motor Skills (FMS): Flight Engineer-5 completed his 9th of 20 sessions of FMS.  Performing a series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet 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. 

Circadian Rhythms: After 36 hours of wear-time, Flight Engineer-5 doffed the Double Sensors and Thermolab Control Unit and stowed the equipment.  The objective of the experiment is to get a better understanding of any alterations in circadian rhythms in humans during long-term space flights. Such knowledge will not only provide important insights into the adaptations of the human autonomic nervous system in space over time, but also has significant practical implications by helping to improve physical exercise, rest- and work shifts as well as fostering adequate workplace illumination in the sense of occupational healthcare in future space missions. 

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

  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Samples Collection
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops
  • Multi Omics (MO) Multi Omics Saliva P/L. Saliva Sampling Ops
  • SPLANKH. Setup and Starting EGEG Recording
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Samples Collection
  • Multi Omics (MO) Multi Omics Saliva P/L
  • Multi Omics (MO) Multi Omics P/L Questionnaire
  • KORREKTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Blood Samples Collection
  • KORREKTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Processing venous blood samples using Plasma-03 centrifuge
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood samples processing (smear)
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge
  • Soyuz 720 Stowage Ops for Return
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Psychological Test
  • EVA Tool Config
  • Fine Motor Skills (FINEMOTR) Experiment Ops
  • Replacement of FS1 laptop main HDD.
  • DOSETRK iPad data entry
  • Greetings Video Footage
  • Removal of deployed Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Monitors
  • EVA Procedure Review
  • HABIT Habitability Walk-Through Video
  • USOS EVA Tool Audit
  • SPLANKH. Termination of EGEG Recording and Closeout Ops
  • SPLANKH. Photography of the Experiment Ops
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • LBNP Training
  • Soyuz 731 IRIDIUM Phone Recharging
  • Soyuz 720 Stowage for Return
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Experiment Ops
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Hair Samples Collection
  • Replacement of СРВ-К2М Separator and Membrane Filter Separator (МФР)
  • EV1 Glove Repair
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Robotics Workstation Monitor Checkout
  • PAO Hardware Setup
  • Changeout of СРВ-К2М purification column assembly (БКО)
  • EVA Procedure Conference
  • Download Pille Dosimeter Readings
  • Crew Prep for PAO
  • PAO Event
  • Pille sensors prep for USOS EVA
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • Equipment Lock Preparation
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • EVA, iPad Contingency Procedures preparation
  • ISS HAM RADIO Power Down
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. End of ECG Recording. Closeout Ops and Data Downlink
  • Airlock LHA Replacement

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Lab CDRA to Standby
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 09/01: TTCR EVA
  • Friday, 09/02:  EVA Debrief, EMU H2O Recharge, Post EVA PHS, Soyuz Descent Training
  • Saturday, 09/03: Crew Off Duty, Housekeeping, Overhead CQ Cleaning

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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