ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/07/2016

Story Time From Space Demo: The crew recorded a narrated video that pairs with the books Max Goes to Mars and Max Goes to Jupiter, that  demonstrates how in the absence of compressive forces exerted by the earth’s gravity, the human body grows/stretches. Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related children’s books in orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Crew members videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials. 

Fluid Shifts: The crew performed the final day for the Fluid Shift operations in the Russian Service Module (SM) for their Flight Day 45 session.  The subject donned the Lower Body Negative Pressure (LBNP/Chibis) device, while the operator, with ground support in Moscow, assisted in the medical monitoring.  Additionally, while the subject was in the LBNP and experiencing the negative pressure (pulling the fluid feetward), the Crew Medical Officer performed Distortion Product Otoacoustic Emissions (DPOAE), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), and Tonometry measurements. Fluid Shifts is a joint NASA-Russian experiment that investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronaut’s eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage. 

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock Slide Table Reconfiguration: With the completion of the Robotics External Leak Locator (RELL) checkout, the crew extended the JEM Slide Table into the module and removed the RELL and JEM On-orbit Replacement Units (ORU) Transfer Interface (JOTI).  The crew then installed the Small Fine Arm Attachment Mechanism (SAM) and Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) in preparation for the Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployers (J-SSOD) to be delivered on HTV-6.  The JOTI will be returned to its Pressurized Mating Adapter (PMA)-2 stowage location at a future time.

Personal CO2 Monitor Calibration: Prior to next week’s long duration Personal CO2 Monitor demonstration, the crew performed a calibration of the sensor, comparing the sensor’s readings to that of the Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA).  The Personal CO2 Monitor demonstrates a system capable of unobtrusively collecting and downlinking individual crew members’ CO2 exposure for weeks to months. This investigation evaluates wearability principles in microgravity and also demonstrates Modular Wearable Architecture Base Board, allowing rapid certification of future wearable devices. 

EVERYWEAR Tonometry: The crew performed the first session of the Everywear Tonometry test.  By connecting the Tonometer and the EveryWear application on the iPad, the crew was able to monitor and record pulse waves of the carotid and radial arteries. The EVERYWEAR assistant is an ambulatory data collection system that makes use of wearable sensors connected to a space station iPad tablet computer, which itself, is wirelessly synchronized with computers on the ground. This easy-use system seeks to demonstrate the benefits of extensive physiology data collection for both science and medical follow-up purposes, by improving usability for crew members on the ISS. The main advantage of EVERYWEAR is the ability to aggregate data from different tools, but it also brings with it a simplification in procedures for astronauts. This is a versatile device that can cover a wide variety of needs with a tailored data collection capability that allows a unified treatment of data. The use of this personal assistant brings a very important gain in crew-time availability for ISS crew members. 

Meteor Grating Exchange: Today the diffraction grating on the Meteor camera located in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF) was changed from a fine to a coarse grating. By changing the grating, the scientists are able to observe different frequencies of light. The Meteor payload is a visible spectroscopy instrument with the primary purpose of observing meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. Since the parent comets or asteroids for most of the meteor showers are identified, the study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids. 

Optical PAyload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS):  OPALS flight software was updated on Tuesday to correct an issue with the laser RS-422 commanding interface. Yesterday the laser unit was powered on and the RS-422 commanding interface was initialized and verified by test. Following OPALS activation today and prior to the optical laser transmission over the Nice, France ground site, OPALS put itself into a “Safe State”.  OPALS is unable to assess and recover prior to the ground pass today, so these operations will be deferred until OPALS performs some troubleshooting steps today, looks at data, and reschedules this ground site opportunity. OPALS tests the potential for using a laser to transmit data to Earth from space.  Instead of being broadcast on radio waves, data is packaged onto beams of laser light and hardware on the International Space Station will point the laser to a receiver station on the ground. Radio waves transmission is limited by the speed that it can transfer data, but beaming information packages with lasers can greatly increase the amount of information transmitted over the same period of time. 

Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Troubleshooting:  The crew reconnected Fluids Control and Pump Assembly (FCPA) Quick Disconnect (QD)27 earlier today, this QD has been disconnected since GMT 322.  The UPA has been producing distillate with an elevated conductivity.  Sample results have determined Pre-Treated Urine (PTU) is in the purge distillate.  The source of PTU is either the FCPA or the Distillation Assembly (DA).  Troubleshooting involved disconnecting QD27 for two Advanced Recycle Filter Tank Assembly (ARFTA) concentration cycles to isolate the FCPA housing from the purge distillate. 

Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Fluid System Servicer (FSS) Lab Refill Procedure Review: Today, the crew reviewed procedures outlining FSS operations, and gathered FSS hardware.  Over the next couple days the crew will be using the Fluid System Servicer (FSS) Fluid Control Pump Assembly (FCPA) to perform the following ITCS Maintenance Tasks:

  • Refilling the Lab Low Temperature Loop (LTL) Pump Package Assembly (PPA) Accumulator
  • Refilling the JEM Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) Accumulator
  • Refilling the Columbus Water Pump Assembly 2 (WPA2) Accumulator
  • Filling a pair of dry ITCS lines running between Node 1 and Node 3

JEM Pressurized Module (JPM) Smoke Detector Cleaning: As part of routine maintenance, the crew inspected and cleaned JPM Cabin Smoke Detector b using the Intravehicular Activity (IVA) Connector Cleaning Tool and Compressed Air.

On-Board Training (OBT) Robotics On-Board Trainer (ROBoT): In preparation for HTV-6 capture and berthing, the crew completed another session of training. In addition to self-study the crew practiced a 30 meter approach and 2 Capture Point (CP)-hold runs.

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

  • EveryWear sleep assessment questionnaire filling
  • Acoustic Dosimeter Setup Day 3
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill
  • Story Time from Space Effects on Human Body Demonstration
  • Story Time From Space Historical Photo
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Comm Config for the Experiment
  • Inventory of the Hardware Connected to the Outlets in DC1, MRM1, MRM2, FGB, Systems Power Panels ППС-26 and ППС-31
  • Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Fluid System Servicer (FSS) Coolant Refill of Lab and Columbus – Procedure Review
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Hardware Prep and Setup for Video Coverage
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • Fluid Shifts OCT Service Module Setup
  • Structures and Mechanisms (S&M) JEM ORU Xfer I/F (JOTI) and Robo Ext Leak Locator (RELL) Removal From JEM Airlock
  • Structures and Mechanisms JEM ORU Xfer I/F Robo Ext Leak Locator Assist
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Connection of OCT Laptop to BRI and RS HRF to ППС-26 (instead of RSE-Med).
  • Fluid Shifts Tonometry Service Module Setup
  • Fluid Shifts OCT Service Module Power On
  • Fluid Shifts CCFP Service Module Configuration
  • Fluid Shifts DPOAE Service Module Setup
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Chibis Suit Pressure Control Unit Prep
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Assistance during Operations with Chibis and Gamma-1.
  • Fluid Shifts Experiment Service Module Data Collection
  • Small Fine Arm (SFA) Airlock Attachment Mechanism (SAM) installation To JEM Airlock (AL) Slide Table FLUID SHIFTS. Closeout Ops with Chibis
  • Fluid Shifts CCFP DPOAE Service Module End
  • FLUID SHIFTS. КСПЭ Hardware Deactivation and Closing of SCC Apps
  • Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
  • Fluid Shifts Tonometry Service Module Stow
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Restoration of Nominal Comm Config
  • Fluid Shifts OCT Service Module Power Off
  • Personal CO2 Monitor Payload On Board Training
  • JEM Airlock Capture Mechanism Release
  • FLUID SHIFTS. OCT Laptop Power Off. RSE-Med Connection.
  • Personal CO2 Monitor Sensor Calibration
  • JEMRMS Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation to Small Fine Arm Attachment Mechanism Part1.
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Disconnection of US Inverter from СУБА
  • Fluid Shifts OCT Service Module Stow
  • JEM Airlock Capture Mechanism Capturing
  • JEMRMS Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation to Small Fine Arm Attachment Mechanism Part2.
  • Fluid Shifts CCFP HRF PC Service Module Stow
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • METEOR Grating Configuration
  • Temperature Measurement on ПТАБ-1М (position А304).
  • Pulse Wave monitoring with EveryWear Tonometer
  • Temperature Measurement on ПТАБ-1М (position А304). Assistance
  • Fluid Shifts Hardware Final Gather
  • Fluid Shifts Hardware USOS Transfer
  • ESA Monthly Management Conference
  • Leak Check of МФР fluid section and УС КП-23 Safety Valve Setup. Tagup with specialists
  • Capillary Flow Experiments Interior Corner Flow Procedure Review
  • Fluid Shifts Ultrasound 2 Data Export Alternate
  • On-board Training (OBT) HTV Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session
  • Comm Config in MRM2 for the Experiment
  • Aerosol Passive Samplers Drawer 3 Closure
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) QD27 Remate
  • Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
  • JPM Cabin Smoke Detector b Cleaning
  • Fluid Shifts HRF PC 2 Reconnect
  • Fluid Shifts OCT Laptop US Lab Setup
  • Fluid System Servicer (FSS) Lab Stowage Clear
  • Restoration of Nominal Comm Config in MRM2
  • Fluid Shifts Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Setup Power On From Cargo Transfer Bag
  • Temperature Measurement on ПТАБ-1М (position А304).
  • KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Data Transfer and Downlink
  • Fluid Shifts Hardware Stow
  • On-board Training (OBT) HTV Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session
  • Delta file prep
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
  • SD b Cleaning Closeout
  • In-flight Maintenance (IFM) Rheostat Air Mix Valve (RAMV) Adjustment And Tightening
  • URAGAN. Photo Spectrum System Battery Charge (start) 

Completed Task List Items

  • Veggie 03 Pillow Watering
  • Unpack Inc 50 Coffee
  • Relocate Stowage from NOD2D2 to Clear Hatchway for HTV6

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Cupola AVU Checkout

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 12/08: FSS ITCS Coolant Loop Refill, Solar Array Mast Imagery
  • Friday, 12/09: MSPR Combustion Chamber Installation, ITCS Coolant Loop Fill, HRF Samples, Fine Motor Skills
  • Saturday, 12/10: Weekly Housekeeping, HRF Samples

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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