ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/11/2017

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparation:  Today, the USOS crew continued preparing tools that will be used during Friday’s EVA, which will support the upgrade from Nickel Hydride Channel 1A batteries to Lithium Ion batteries. The crew verified that the Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFERs) are functional, and configured two cameras that will be used during the EVA. The crew also performed a final EVA procedure review. US EVA #39 is scheduled for Friday, January 13th with Joint Airlock Egress occurring at ~6:15am CST. 

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Yesterday and overnight (GMT 010-011), the Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Body and Arm1 as required to use SPDM Arm1 to remove the 1A-3 Nickel-Hydrogen (NiH2) battery from its slot in the 1A Integrated Electronics Assembly (IEA).  They then maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM as required to use SPDM Arm2 to unstow a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery from slot F of the H-II Transfer Vehicle 6 (HTV6) Exposed Pallet (EP) and install it in slot 3 of the 1A IEA.  Next they unstowed the Robotic Offset Tool (ROST) from the SPDM Tool Holder Assembly (THA) and attempted to fasten the H1 bolt of the 1A slot 5 battery, but the ROST socket was not able to engage the H1 bolt. An activity will be added to allow EVA crewmembers to fasten this H1 bolt during the upcoming EVA. To back away the ROST from the H1 fixture, pull force needed to be increased up to 70 N. Then, the same attempt was performed on 1A slot 1 and after pushing with a higher force (110 N) when fastening with the ROST socket, the H1 bolt was successfully bolted. However, when trying to pull the ROST away from H1 fixture with the maximum force allowed (110 N), ROST stayed stuck on the fixture and forces and moments sensed were not expected. After multiple attempts to pull it off, ROST was finally released after unfastening slightly the ROST Socket.  Finally the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the SSRMS and SPDM to a park position.

Biomolecule Sequencer (BMS) Sample Stop: On Monday, the crew initiated the final BMS run off of the tasklist.  Today, the crew completed the 48-hour sample session. To complete the analysis the crew captured a screenshot of the Surface Pro 3, then downlinked the image to the ground for the BMS team to evaluate. The goals of the BMS experiment are to provide a proof-of-concept for the functionality and evaluate crew operability of a DNA sequencer in a space/microgravity environment. The capability for sequencing of DNA in space could provide for a better ability to identify microbes in real-time, instead of requiring sample return and ground based analysis. 

Human Research Collections: This morning the crew continued their urine collection and performed a blood collection in support of several Human Research experiments today. Samples for the Biochemical Profile, Repository, and Cardio Ox were collected and stowed in Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. Repository is a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions. Cardio Ox determines 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 in astronauts.

Cardio Ox Ultrasound: In addition to fluid collections, today’s Flight Day 60 (FD60) Cardio Ox session included ultrasound and Electrocardiogram (ECG) measurements.  With scanning assistance from a Crew Medical Officer (CMO) and ground remote guidance specialists, the crew donned ECG electrodes, and marked the Carotid and Brachial arteries to make locating them easier when scanning.  By collecting ultrasound and ECG data, paired with blood and urine samples, scientists are trying 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. 

Habitability Narrated Task: In support of the Habitability experiment, the crew performed a narrated video of nominal on-orbit tasks which give unique insight into the day in the life of an ISS crew member. Today’s narrated video was of meal preparation, including using the food warmer, reconstituting drinks and setting up eating areas. Observations documented through an iPad application help characterize the ways crew members live and work in microgravity, and how their interactions with their environment might require different layouts, additional space, or other alterations to future manned space vehicles.

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N): After retrieving the RaDI-N hardware from the Russian crewmembers, a USOS crewmember deployed eight Space Bubble Detectors around the ISS for the Radi-N2 experiment. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) RaDI-N investigation will be conducted by measuring neutron radiation levels while onboard the ISS. RaDI-N uses bubble detectors as neutron monitors which have been designed to only detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation. 

External (EXT) Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM) Upgrade: The crew configured a new Enhanced Processor and Integrated Communications (EPIC) EXT MDM by removing two circuit cards from a donor MDM and installing them, plus an additional spare card, into the spare EXT MDM. The MDM Front Cover was then exchanged for an EXT MDM Ethernet Cover. EPIC MDMs feature faster processors, increased memory, and an Ethernet port for data output, allowing for the simultaneous operation of a greater number of experiments.  The upgraded EXT MDM is scheduled to be installed during a future EVA.

Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) Routine Maintenance:  The crew performed a change out of the WHC UR and insert filter. After replacement, a functionality test of the WHC was successfully performed.

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

  • HRF Generic Urine Collection
  • Multi Omics Saliva sample MELFI Insertion
  • Multi Omics Saliva Stow
  • Multi Omics Question
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection
  • HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • MERLIN 2 Desiccant Swap
  • Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Cardio Ox Ultrasound Preparation
  • Storage Battery Current Converter ПТАБ-1М (А305) temperature check
  • HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Cardio Ox Ultrasound Scan – Subject
  • RELAKSATSIYA Hardware Setup.
  • Cardio Ox Ultrasound Scan – Operator
  • MRM1 Fan Screen Cleaning (Group B)
  • Cardio Ox CDL Holter Arterial BP Unit Battery Installation – Subject
  • Cardio Ox CDL Holter Arterial BP Measurement – Subject
  • Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue GN2 Check
  • External Multiplexer/De-multiplexer (EXT MDM) Big Picture Word Review
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings Adjustment
  • Cardio Ox CDL Holter Arterial BP Hardware Doff – Subject
  • External Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (EXT MDM) Upgrade
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Conclude Stow
  • Waste and Hygeine Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) and Insert Filter (IF) Remove and Replace
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Observation
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal.
  • TIMER. Battery Charge
  • Storage Battery Current Converter ПТАБ-1М (А305) temperature check.
  • Study of cardiovascular system under graded physical CYCLE load.
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB)/Metal Oxide (METOX) Installation
  • Photo TV Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Turnaround
  • US Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tether Inspection
  • Habitability Narrated Task Video Setup
  • Packed Bed Reactor Experiment Lab Video Setup
  • Habitability Narrated Task Video End
  • Video Recording of Greetings
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Stow
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config Columbus Setup
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Lighting Effects Light Meter Readings Alternate 1
  • PAO Preparation
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) in Columbus
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • Recharging Soyuz 732 Samsung PC Battery (if charge level drops below 80%)
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
  • Dose Tracker Data Entry
  • Confirm location of DVD for MSG Laptop H/D Swap
  • TIMER. Experiment setup and initiation of video recording
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops.
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Prep and Initialization of Bubble-Dosimeter Detectors
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations
  • Packed Bed Reactor Experiment Lab Video Return
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons Hardware Handover
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors to RS
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter initialization and deployment for exposure
  • TIMER. Experiment Ops Video Termination and Cleanup
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) /Group Combustion Module (GCM) Component Activation
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
  • Terminate Soyuz 732 Samsung PC Battery Recharge (as necessary)
  • Delta file prep
  • URISYS Hardware Setup
  • Flight Director/ISS CREW CONFERENCE
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment (initiate 

Completed Task List Items

  • WIF Adapter EVA Prep 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Channel 1A Battery Robotics Ops

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 01/12: EVA Procedure Review, EVA Conference, Airlock Equipment Lock Prep, EVA Tool Audit
  • Friday, 01/13: Airlock Depress, S4 Battery EMU EVA
  • Saturday, 01/14: EVA Debrief, EVA Camera Disassembly, Airlock Deconfig, EMU Recharge

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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