ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/23/2017

Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites (SPHERES) Halo: The crew completed a test session for the SPHERES Halo investigation. For this investigation the ISS fleet of SPHERES satellites are upgraded to enable each satellite to communicate with six external objects concurrently, supporting testing of new control and remote assembly methods. Results may be used to support remote or autonomous servicing of retired, obsolete, or failed satellites that otherwise eventually become space debris.  SPHERES Halo also supports research into future assembly of space habitats including large telescopes and exploration vehicles that may be too difficult and costly to launch from Earth but could be assembled in orbit.

Microbial Tracking-2 (MT-2):  The crew collected surface and air samples at different locations and a saliva sample and placed them inside a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) in support of the Microbial Tracking-2 investigation. MT-2 monitors the different types of microbes that are present on ISS over a 1 year period.  After the samples are returned to Earth, a molecular analysis of the RNA and DNA will be conducted to identify the specific microbes that are present on ISS in order to understand the microbial flora diversity on the ISS and how it changes over time. 

Vascular Echo Ultrasound: Ultrasound scans of a crewmember’s neck, torso, heart, and back of the knee were taken today. The crewmember donned Electrocardiogram (ECG) electrodes and with remote guidance assistance from the ground, collected ultrasound measurements.  They donned leg cuffs for several hours and repeat the ECG and ultrasound measurements. This Canadian Space Agency (CSA) investigation examines changes in blood vessels and the heart while the crew members are in space, and again upon their return to Earth. The results could provide insight into potential countermeasures to help maintain crew member health.

Cardiac Stem Cells: In support of the ongoing Cardiac Stem Cells investigation, the crew changed out the media in one of the BioCell Habitats in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). Cardiac Stem Cells investigates how microgravity affects stem cells and the factors that govern their activity, in order to clarify the role of stem cells in cardiac biology and tissue regeneration. This investigation also supports research into the possible acceleration of the aging process in microgravity.  

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

  • Microbial Tracking-2 Reminder for Surface sampling
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Body Sample Collection
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Sample MELFI Retrieval Insert
  • ISS Crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Team) weekly conference
  • Glacier #4 Sample Remove
  • ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE. HAM Radio Session with Ufa State Aviation Technical University
  • Group Combustion Module (GCM) Experiment Laptop Terminal 2 (ELT2)  Setup
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Preparation for and Conducting Pressure and Thermal Algometry Measurements.
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) /Group Combustion Module (GCM) Component Activation
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Alignment Guide Install
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Crew Conference
  • Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (start of test 1)
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Environmental Sample Collection
  • Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (end of test 1, conducting test 2)
  • Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (start of test 3)
  • Checkout of Window #9 External Cover Drive
  • Start of Transfer from CWC-I to EDV #1237 (ФГБ1ПГО_1_111, 3.0 CTB for EDV 00053480R )
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
  • SPHERES Crew Conference
  • Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (end of test 3, start of test 4)
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Sample MELFI Insert
  • SPHERES Test Session Setup
  • Termination of Transfer from CWC-I to EDV
  • Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On
  • R&R of Rubber Valves on ISS RS Power Panel
  • Vascular Echo Leg Cuffs Ultrasound Scan 1 – Subject
  • Cardiac Stem Cells SABL Insertion
  • Routine Maintenance of Central Post Laptop (end of test 4, closeout operations Public Affairs Office
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure Algometry Measurements
  • Cardiac Stem Cells Media Change 1 BioCell Habitat
  • Filling (degassing) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV SV
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • SPHERES Halo Test Session
  • PK4. Chamber Gas Refill
  • Rodent Research Access Unit Clean
  • Vascular Echo Leg Cuffs Ultrasound Scan 2 – Subject
  • SPHERES USB Download
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure and Thermal Algometry Measurements. Closeout Operations
  • Reminder Rodent Research Thermal Consideration
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Experiment Laptop Terminal (ELT) Cables Connection
  • Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Proficiency Training
  • Wanted poster for the missing Manufacturing Device prints 

Completed Task List Items

  •  None 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • ROSA ops
  • SPHERES ops

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Sunday, 06/25: Crew off duty
  • Monday, 06/26: Seedling Growth ops, Surface Sampling, HRF ops
  • Tuesday, 06/27: StemCell media changeout, OBT CMO, Dragon LiOH filter bag R&R

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

Full up

Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3