ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/03/2017

Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements: The 48S subjects initiated their Return minus 45 (R-45) Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements activities, beginning at wakeup the subject collected saliva, blood and urine and insert them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, the crew performed more urine, blood, and saliva collections, inserting those samples into MELFI as well. The crew configured for tomorrow’s Baseline Imaging in the USOS. Fluid Shifts is divided into three experiment portions – Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The Fluid Shifts experiment 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. 

Energy Requirements for Long-Term Space Flight (Energy): The crew performed Day 2 of the 11-day Energy protocol, continuing with urine collection and stowage of deployed Pulmonary Function System (PFS) equipment.  Throughout the day, the crew continued to log their food and drink consumptions as well.  The Energy investigation measures adaptations in the components of total energy expenditure of crewmembers, so that an equation to determine the energy requirements of crewmembers during space flight may be derived. Such knowledge of energy requirements is of a great importance to ensure health, good performance and the overall success of a mission, and also contributes to ensure adequate exercise load and cargo allotments for food during space flight.

Advanced Plant Experiments (APEX)-04 Photo: The crew retrieved an APEX-04 petri plate and photographed it on the Advanced Biology Research Facility (ABRS) photogrid. The picture will be downlinked for ground teams to evaluate the growth status. The APEX-04 (Epigenetic change in Arabidopsis thaliana in response to spaceflight – differential cytosine DNA methylation of plants on the ISS) experiment investigates how spaceflight can affect an organism on a molecular level without altering its outward appearance. Previous research has demonstrated that large numbers of plant genes are expressed differently in space compared to plants on Earth, which can alter how plants grow. This investigation studies the entire genome of thale cress plants grown in space, creating maps of spaceflight-specific changes in certain groups of genes. Results give new insight into plants’ molecular responses to spaceflight, which benefits efforts to grow plants in space for food and oxygen.

Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 (PMA3) Ingress: The crew ingressed PMA3. They removed the Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Center Disk Cover to provide access to the vestibule areas. They then ingressed PMA3 and removed stowage which needs to be removed prior to the PMA3 relocation.  The crew also scavenged  the Node 3 Port Forward Intermodular Ventilation (IMV) Valve. There are no spare IMV Valves on orbit currently.  Due to the PMA3 ingress and stowage relocation out of PMA3, the removal of this valve became much more feasible for access and crew time requirements. When the crew is complete with today’s PMA3 activities they will close the Node 3 Port Hatch.  Over the next few weeks the crew will continue to prepare the PMA-3 to be relocated from Node 3 Port to Node 2 Zenith for its new job as an IDA docking port for ISS. 

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Overnight, the Robotics Ground Controllers maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) to extract the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) Instrument Panel (IP) from the SpX-10 Dragon Trunk.  They then maneuvered the SPDM and SSRMS to install the SAGE IP on the SPDM Enhanced Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) Temporary Platform (EOTP).  Finally the Robotics Ground Controllers rotated the SPDM EOTP and reconfigured the SPDM for the extraction of the SAGE Nadir Viewing Platform (NVP) from the Dragon Trunk.  This afternoon, they extracted the Stratospheric Aerosol and Gas Experiment (SAGE) Nadir Viewing Platform (NVP) from the SpX-10 Dragon Trunk.  They then maneuvered the SPDM and SSRMS to remove the Optical Payload for Lasercomm Science (OPALS) from the SPDM EOTP.  Later today, SSRMS & SPDM will install OPALS into the Dragon trunk.  MSS performance was nominal..  

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

  • Fluid Shifts Saliva Baseline Collection
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Urine Sample Collection
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Sample MELFI Insertion
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Basic blood collection
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Breakfast
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Galley Water Collection and Tracer Ingestion Ops
  • Fluid Shifts Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Blood sample removal from refrigerated centrifuge
  • Replacement of БД-2 Treadmill Belt.
  • Energy PFS Conclude
  • MSG Clean Up
  • Waste Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Piping R&R
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
  • Node 3 Endcone Cleanout
  • Photo TV Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 (PMA 3) Video Setup
  • PMA3 Ingress
  • PMA 3 CPA Locate
  • APEX-04 Petri Plate Photo
  • FLUID SHIFTS. 3-hour blood sample collection
  • Fluid Shifts Blood Collection – Operator
  • Structures and Mechanisms Center Disk Cover Removal
  • Fluid Shifts Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • FLUID SHIFTS. 3-hour saliva sample collection
  • Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 (PMA 3) Stowage Removal
  • FLUID SHIFTS. Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Fine Motor Skills iPad App Update
  • Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations – Subject
  • Connecting HDV Sony HVR-Z7E Camcorder in SM and Running NASA MPEG-2 Viewer
  • ENERGY Water Sample
  • Energy Urine Sample Collection
  • IFM Node 3 Port Intermodule Ventilation Cap Installation
  • FLUID SHIFTS. 5-hour Saliva Sample
  • Node 3 Port Forward IMV Valve Scavenge
  • Energy Urine Sample Collection
  • Fluid Shifts CCFP Baseline Setup
  • Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 (PMA3) Node 3 Port Hatch Close
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) /Group Combustion Module (GCM) Component Deactivation
  • Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Termination
  • Replacement of БД-2 Treadmill Belt.
  • Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Initiation
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Lunch
  • PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment.
  • Fluid Shifts Urine Collection Stow
  • Deactivation of HDV Sony HVR-Z7E camcorder and closing of NASA MPEG-2 Viewer application
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • Strata Status Check
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Ops.
  • Long Duration Sorbent Testbed Inlet Filter Change.
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • FLUID SHIFTS. HW batteries installation
  • Long Duration Sorbent Testbed Status Check.
  • Polar Hardware Install into Express Rack
  • Polar Desiccant Pack Swap
  • Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • PILOT-T. Closeout Ops.
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire
  • NanoRacks Module-40 Ops in Cupola
  • Microgravity Expanded Stem Cells Wash Kit MERLIN Insertion
  • URAGAN. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment
  • Regeneration Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф2 Absorption Cartridge (end)
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Dinner

Completed Task List Items

  • EVA H2O Hardware Label
  • PIP COL SUP1 Hardware Deploy
  • CDM Data Download

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • SAGE Extraction
  • OPALS Transfer

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 03/04: Weekly Housekeeping, Microgravity Expanded Stem Cells (MESC) Session
  • Sunday, 03/05: Microgravity Expanded Stem Cells (MESC) Session
  • Monday, 03/06: EVA Tool Config, Fluid Shifts, MESC Hardware Teardown

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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