ISS Daily Summary Report – 8/16/2017

SpaceX (SpX)-12 Capture and Berthing: SpX-12 rendezvous and capture were successfully completed today  at 5:54 AM CDT using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS). The crew monitored Dragon’s approach from the Cupola Robotic Workstation. Vestibule outfitting, vehicle ingress and critical cargo transfer began following capture.

Light Microscopy Module (LMM) Biophysics 3:  The crew retrieved LMM Biophysics 3 Plate 1 from the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) and placed it into a Microgravity Experiment Research Locker / INcubator (MERLIN).  The LMM was placed in the FIR on Monday to begin the science run.  Using the three-dimensional structure of proteins, scientists can determine how they function and how they are involved in disease. Some proteins benefit from being crystallized in microgravity, where they can grow larger and with fewer imperfections. Access to crystals grown on the ISS supports research for a wide range of diseases, as well as microgravity-related problems such as radiation damage, bone loss and muscle atrophy. This investigation identifies which proteins would benefit from crystallization in space.

Food Acceptability:  The crew completed a Food Acceptability questionnaire for this investigation which seeks to determine the impact of repetitive consumption of food currently available from the spaceflight food system.  Results will be used in developing strategies to improve food system composition to support crew health and performance on long duration missions. 

Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI)-1 Anomaly:  Overnight during the crew sleep period, the Electronics Unit (EU) for MELFI-1 experienced an anomaly. Following crew wake, science samples were successfully relocated to alternate MELFI units without issue.  Ground teams are working a forward plan to replace the MELFI-1 EU with an on orbit spare.

NeuroMapping: The crew was unable to perform the Neuromapping assessments today due to a software fault that caused the laptop to lock up. Ground experts are investigating the anomaly.

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

  • Video recording for KOROLYOV TV channel
  • Soyuz 735 Samsung PC Battery check and recharge
  • Soyuz 736 Samsung PC Battery check and recharge
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos web site and social media
  • ECON-M. Observation and photography
  • Crew Command Panel (CCP) Cable Route and Checkout
  • Reminder ESA Nutritional Assessment
  • Reminder NeuroMapping
  • MELFI Transfer
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • On MCC Go Regeneration of Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф2 Cartridge (start)
  • Acoustic Dosimeter Operations – Setup Dosimeter for Static Measurement
  • Food Acceptability Questionnaire
  • Updated EVA Timeline Review
  • Microscope (MS) Thermal Container Check
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Downlink
  • Photo/TV Ghost Camera in Cupola on SSC power recording
  • Robotics Workstation (RWS) Dragon Configuration
  • Dragon R Bar Approach
  • JEM Camera Robot Cable Swap
  • Cold Stowage Double Cold bag Unpack Review
  • Check to see that shutters are closed on windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14
  • Dragon R Bar Approach
  • Pistol Grip Tool Torque Analyzer Kit Data Collection
  • On MCC Go Purging Elektron-VM Liquid Unit (БЖ) after Shutdown
  • Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Dragon Capture
  • Pre-EVA PILLE dosimeter data collection and deployment
  • Node 2 to Dragon Pressurization and Leak Check Equipment Pregather
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Deactivation
  • Ghost camera teardown in Cupola
  • Photo TV High Definition (HD) Dragon Video Setup
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Upper Rack Doors Open
  • Dust collectors ПФ1, ПФ2 – filter replacement, fans В1, В2 grille cleaning in DC1 (without replacement)
  • Fuel Oxidizer Reaction Products (FORP) KIT Prep 
  • Multi-Omics-Mouse Pre-experiment Transfer Familiarization 1
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold Bottle Replacement
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Rad Detector Relocate
  • Vacuum cleaning of КВД and КСД valve screens before EVA
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Upper Rack Doors Close
  • Orlan-MK No.6 Drink Bag Refill and Install
  • Orlan-MKS No.4 Drink Bag Refill and Install
  • ARED Platform Pip Pin Inspect and Secure
  • Advanced Space Experiment Processor Overview On-Board Training
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
  • NeuroMapping Experiment Neurocognitive Test – Subject [Aborted]
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Surface Sample Kit (SSK) Analysis (T+5)
  • On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open
  • LMM Biophysics Plate Removal
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – ESA Nutritional Assessment
  • Crew Command Panel (CCP) Cable Deroute
  • Node 2 to Dragon Pressurization and Leak Check
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Close
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
  • Dragon Vestibule Outfitting
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
  • Node 2 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Removal
  • On MCC Go Regeneration Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф2 Absorption Cartridge (end)

Completed Task List Activities

  • Rendezvous and Prox Ops Program (RPOP) Setup 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Dragon berthing and vestibule outfitting support
  • N2 CBM Bolt loading

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 08/17: SpX-12 cargo transfer operations, RS EVA 43
  • Friday, 08/18: Rodent Research-9 (RR-9) transfer, Vascular Ultrasound, Mouse Habitat, RS EVA Cleanup
  • Saturday, 08/19: RR-9 access unit cleaning, TangoLab 2 installation/checkout, ADSEP cell transfer, Lung Media fixation, NanoRacks Module 9 ops, ADSEP cell transfer, POLAR desiccant pack swap

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