ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/28/2017

MagVector: The crew completed setup activities and began the 7-day MagVector #14 experiment run. The European Space Agency (ESA) MagVector investigation studies how Earth’s magnetic field interacts with an electrical conductor. Using extremely sensitive magnetic sensors placed around and above a conductor, researchers can gain insight into ways that the magnetic field influences how conductors work. This research not only helps improve future International Space Station experiments and electrical experiments, but it could offer insights into how magnetic fields influence electrical conductors in general, the backbone of our technology.

At Home in Space Questionnaire and Photo:  The crew took photos to document ISS culture in support of the At Home in Space investigation. This Canadian Space Agency experiment assesses culture, values, and psychosocial adaptation of astronauts to a space environment shared by multinational crews on long-duration missions. It is hypothesized that astronauts develop a shared space culture that is an adaptive strategy for handling cultural differences and they deal with the isolated confined environment of the spacecraft by creating a home in space. At Home in Space uses a questionnaire to investigate individual and culturally related differences, family functioning, values, coping with stress, and post-experience growth.

Circadian Rhythms: The 51S crewmember removed and stowed the Double Sensors and Thermolab Unit equipment that was used to complete a 36 hour Circadian Rhythms session that began on Tuesday. Circadian Rhythms investigates the role of synchronized circadian rhythms, or the “biological clock,” and how it changes during long-duration spaceflight. Researchers hypothesize that a non-24-hour cycle of light and dark affects crewmembers’ circadian clocks. The investigation also addresses the effects of reduced physical activity, microgravity and an artificially controlled environment. Changes in body composition and body temperature, which also occur in microgravity, can affect crewmembers’ circadian rhythms as well. Understanding how these phenomena affect the biological clock will improve performance and health for future crewmembers.

Two Phase Flow:  The crew setup the Two Phase Flow laptop in the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR).  The Two Phase Flow investigation seeks to build a database on the heat transfer efficiency of liquids in space that can be used in the design of high-performance thermal management systems for future space platforms. 

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Camera Robot: Following yesterday’s checkout activities, today the crew conducted a cable swap to allow the ground team to perform a software update. This device is a free-flying camera robot that provides real time video downlink and photographs. It is expected to reduce the crew time requirements to support video recording of activities, especially at the blind spot of existing JEM internal cameras.  

Meteor Hard Disk Drive and Antivirus Update: The crew removed and replaced the hard drive in the Meteor laptop located in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF) and transfered an updated Antivirus file to the laptop.  The Meteor payload is a visible spectroscopy instrument with the primary purpose of observing meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. Since the parent comets or asteroids for most of the meteor showers are identified, the study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids.  

Device for the study of Critical Liquids and Crystallization) DECLIC Hose Relocation: The DECLIC supply and return hoses from the Upper Control Panel (UCP) to the Lower Control Panel (LCP) were relocated to continue troubleshooting the moderate temperature loop (MTL) flow issues to the DECLIC directional solidification insert (DSL). DECLIC is a multi-user facility utilized to study transparent media and their phase transitions in microgravity onboard the International Space Station (ISS). The DSI portion of the DECLIC multi-user facility experiment will study a series of benchmark experiments on transparent alloys that freeze like metals under microgravity onboard the International Space Station (ISS) using SCN (succinonitrile-a transparent organic substance in the liquid state that is used to study the phenomena related to solidification processes) based alloys. The DSI insert will be installed for the second run of the three series of DECLIC experiments.

Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device (SLAMMD) Hardware Setup and Control Run:
The crew performed a SLAMMD control run by setting up the calibration arm and attaching the calibration mass, prior to setting the software to implement a control run and payload body mass measurement. SLAMMD follows Newton’s Second Law of Motion by having two springs generate a known force against a crewmember mounted on an extension arm, the resulting acceleration being used to calculate the subject’s mass. The device is accurate to 0.5 pounds over a range from 90 pounds to 240 pounds.

Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) preparations:  Today the crew configured EVA tools, inspected the EVA Mobility Unit (EMU) Sublimators, performed an EMU loop scrub, filled the Liquid Cooled Ventilation Garment (LCVG), recharged the EMU water, and performed a conductivity test on that water in preparation for the upcoming trio of EVAs in October.  The goals of the EVAs include Remove and Replace (R&R) of a Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Latching End Effector (LEE), lubrication of the LEEs, and R&R of two external cameras. 

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

  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Reminder for On-Orbit Fitcheck Verification (OFV)
  • RELAXATSIYA. Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment (initiate)
  • At Home In Space Culture Photo
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub
  • iPad Air 2 Install Part 1
  • Rechecking basic sets of Quick Release Screw Clamps (ЗВБ) in MRM1 and DC1. Video recording and downlink via OCA.  Tagup with specialists as necessary
  • European Modular Cultivation System Gas Valve Close
  • Equipment Lock (E-LK) Preparation
  • JEM Camera Robot Cable Swap
  • Replacement of Pretreat Container (E-K) and hose, Replacement of Pretreat and Water Dispenser (ДкиВ) in [АСУ]. [АСУ] Activation after Replacement
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Subject
  • Preparing For Upcoming MagVector Science Run
  • Circadian Rhythms Deinstrumentation
  • Two Phase Flow(TPF) Experiment Laptop Terminal 2(ELT2) Relocation
  • Two Phase Flow(TPF) MMA Laptop Terminal 2(MLT2) Cable Connection
  • MSPR ELT Relocation
  • Handover of Increment 53 Crew
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring
  • ESA Weekly crew conference
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Post Scrub Cooling Loop Water (H2O) Sample
  • Water Recovery System Waste Water Tank Drain
  • Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Sublimator Flange Inspection
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Soyuz 736 Kazbek Fit Check
  • Meteor Hard Disk Drive and Antivirus Update
  • DAN. Experiment Session. Tagup with specialists
  • DAN Operator. Experiment Session. Tagup with specialists
  • SSC-12 and SSC-16 Logout
  • DECLIC Hose Relocate
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Liquid Cooling Ventilation Garment (LVCG) Water Fill
  • COSMOCARD. Setup. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording
  • Extrvehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Conductivity Test
  • Vacuum Cleaning of ВД1 and ВД2 air ducts in DC1
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
  • SLAMMD Hardware Control Run
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Countermeasures System (CMS) Exercise session using КОР-01-Н set
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Social Media Event
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • IMS Update
  • RELAXATSIYA.  Parameter Settings Adjustment. Tagup with specialists
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection
  • RELAXATSIYA. Observation. Tagup with specialists
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – ESA Nutritional Assessment
  • Flight Director/ISS CREW CONFERENCE 

Completed Task List Activities

  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) On-Board Trainer (OBT) for CDR, FE-2 and FE-3
  • WHC UR R&R #2

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Standard commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Friday, 09/29: EVA Preps, Finemotor, LMM AFC config, PMM Hygiene Curtain Install
  • Saturday, 09/30: EarthKAM Shut Down, Crew Off Duty
  • Sunday, 10/01: Crew Off Duty

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