ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/16/2017

67 Progress (67P) Docking: 67P rendezvous and docking to ISS Service Module (SM) aft port was completed successfully today at 6:37 am CDT.  Following hatch opening the crew began transferring early unstow items.

Japanese Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD): The crew brought the JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) into the ISS and mounted the J-SSOD #7 to it. A checkout was performed of the J-SSOD before removing the launch lock cover and attaching the Multi-Layered Insulation. The ST was then retracted back into the JEMAL and the airlock inner hatch was closed. These activities are in preparation for planned CubeSat deploys from the J-SSOD planned for July 7, 2017. 

Neutron Star Interior Composition ExploreR (NICER): Utilizing views from cameras mounted to the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM), Robotics Ground deployed the NICER today. Teams are conducting routine checks before proceeding to range-of-motion tests. Neutron stars consist of ultra-dense matter at the threshold of collapse to a black hole. These stars emit X-ray radiation that enables investigations into their structure, dynamics and energetics, but their X-rays do not penetrate Earth’s atmosphere. NICER is an articulated payload that provides full-hemisphere sky coverage for astronomical observations in soft X-ray band. Observations with NICER will help resolve competing models of neutron star composition, answer decades-old questions about extreme matter and gravity and reveal workings of high-energy, dynamic phenomena that neutron stars exhibit. 

Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Biophysics 1:  The crew retrieved the Biophysics-1 Plate 2 from a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) and allowed it to thaw for 90 minutes before placing it onto the Petri Base and installing the base into the LMM.  The LMM was then placed into the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) for a Biophysics science run.  Investigators will use the results from LMM Biophysics 3 to examine the movement of single protein molecules in microgravity. This investigation is expected to add to scientists’ understanding of the physical processes that enable high-quality crystals to grow in space, where Earth’s gravity does not interfere with their formation. 

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

  • Seedling Growth-3 Big Picture Words review
  • Seedling Growth-3 Procedure Review
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • MPEG2 Test via Ku-band (MPEG2 Multicast Video and TV Transmission On/Off)
  • Closing the Shutters of Windows #6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14. Note 11
  • SPHERES Battery Stow
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown  
  • Long Duration Sorbent Testbed Status Check.
  • USB Jump drive Return and PPS1 Reconfiguration
  • Columbus audit and repack
  • Coliform Water Sample Analysis 44 +/- 4 hours post processing
  • EVA Metox Regenerator Check
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace Sample Holder Visual Check
  • Preparation for Progress 436 Docking
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • Progress 436 Docking to SM Aft
  • PROGRESS 67P docking to АО СМ
  • JSSOD onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation Part 1
  • MPEG2 Multicast Activation
  • Progress 436 Docking to SM Aft
  • On MCC Go MPEG2 Multicast Video Recording Activation on Central Post SSC
  • Progress 436 Docking to SM Aft
  • LMM MELFI Sample Retrieve
  • Applications Closing and MPEG2 Multicast Video Downlink via OCA
  • Small Satellite Orbital Deployer Checkout Prep
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Open
  • On MCC Go Progress 436 and SM Aft Interface Leak Check
  • LMM Biophysics Plate Installation
  • JEM Camera Robot Activation
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Close
  • Small Satellite Orbital Deployer Checkout Cleanup
  • XF305 Setup
  • ПрК-СУ Transfer Hatch Opening
  • JSSOD onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation Part 2
  • On MCC Go ТКГ-СУ Transfer Hatch Opening
  • Installation of Quick Release Screw Clamps on SM Aft side
  • Air Samples Collection with АК-1М Sampler in Progress 436
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination
  • JEM Camera Robot Deactivation
  • Deactivation of Progress 436, Air Ducts Routing
  • National Flag Setup
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • Unpacking of Urgent, High Priority and USOS Cargo Items from Progress 436 (SM Aft), IMS Update
  • JEM Camera Robot Target Marker Relocate
  • Bacteria Filter Audit
  • FAGEN. Unpacking and Transfer of Kits from Progress
  • FAGEN. Stowage of [MCK] Kit #04 in ТБУ-В #4 Thermostat at +4C˚ and [MCK] Kit #5 behind Panel 328 in the SM. Photography
  • PROBIOVIT. Hardware Unpacking in Progress and Its Stowage on Panel 327. Photography
  • BIOPOLYMER. Transfer from Progress and Stowage
  • LS1 USB Hard Drive Swap
  • Genes in Space Surface Pro 3 Stow
  • Rodent Research Habitat 2 Water Check
  • ISS HAM Radio and Video Power Up
  • Joint Station LAN LAB Router Reboot
  • JEM Camera Robot Cable Swap

Completed Task List Items

  • None 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • 67P Docking ops
  • JSSOD installation 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 06/17: Crew off duty, housekeeping
  • Sunday, 06/18: Crew off duty
  • Monday, 06/19: Bone Densitometer ORU changeout/calibration, CBEF reconfig, Seedling Growth MWA config, StemCell media change