ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/03/2017

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VEG-03 Operations: Today the crew continued to conduct Veg-03 operations that began last week by thinning out the plants to one plant per pillow, in order to promote growth of the larger plants. The crew then watered the plant pillows. The crew will now begin the autonomous space gardening phase of the experiment.  The Veg-03 investigation uses the Veggie plant growth facility to cultivate a type of cabbage, lettuce, and mizuna. The first crew consumption harvest should be in about 3-4 weeks.  Organisms grow differently in space, from single-celled bacteria to plants and humans. Future long-duration space missions will require crew members to grow their own food, so understanding how plants respond to microgravity is an important step toward that goal. 

Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Configuration Change: Following the completion of last month’s Multi-Omics Mouse investigation, today the crew continued to perform closeout activities by changing the configuration of the CBEF from the Multi-Omics configuration, back to its nominal configuration. The CBEF is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) sub rack facility located in the Saibo (living cell) Experiment Rack. The CBEF is used in various life science experiments, such as cultivating cells and plants in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) and consists of an incubator and control equipment for control and communications. 

Clean Bench (CB) Valve Checkout: The crew conducted standard maintenance on the CB relief valves and the microscope stage clips, located inside the Saibo Rack. This maintenance activity is performed every 6 months to prevent the valves from sticking. The CB is a glovebox with a High-Efficiency Particulate Air (HEPA) filter and a high-performance optical microscope.

Story Time from Space: Two crewmembers participated in the Story Time from Space activity by reading “Max Goes to Mars” and “Sunset” on camera. The video recordings will be downlinked and used for educational purposes. Story Time from Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the ISS. Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related children’s books in orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Crew members videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials.

Extra Vehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations:  EVA preparations continued today with setup of Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) and camera configuration and battery charging.  A trio of EVAs will begin with the Latching End Effector (LEE) R&R EVA on Thursday. 

Eye Exams:  Two crewmembers underwent eye exams using the onboard ultrasound device.  Periodic eye exams are critical for monitoring crew health.

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

  • Acoustic Dosimeter Reminder
  • Virus Definition File Update on Auxiliary Computer System (ВКС) Laptops
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron or ЕДВ-СВ
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Configuration Change 2
  • HRF1 PC 3 USB Installation
  • Acoustic Dosimeter Setup Day 1
  • Photo TV EVA Go Pro Battery Charging
  • LAB1S3 CIR Rack Lower Right Snubber R&R
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Clean Bench (CB) Valve Checkout
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Preparation for the experiment.
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Operator Assistance in Preparation for the Experiment
  • JEM CTB Consolidation for OA-8 Part 1 [Aborted]
  • CBEF Temp Controller Ethernet Cable Disconnection
  • Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Setup And Power On
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment Ops on БД-2 Treadmill (Individual Strategy Test)
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • ПРОФИЛАКТИКА-2. Заключительные операции
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Social Media Event
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout Ops
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan
  • JEM CTB Consolidation for OA-8 Part 2
  • Ultrasound 2 Guided Data Export
  • VEG-03 Plant Thin
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • Station Support Computer (SSC) Client Power On
  • VEG-03 Plant Pillow Prime.
  • VIZIR. Preparation Steps.
  • URAGAN. Observation and photography using photo equipment
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • TOTAL ORGANIC CARBON ANALYZER (TOCA) FUNCTIONAL CHECKOUT
  • Preventive Maintenance of SM Ventilation Subsystem. Group А
  • Portable Onboard Computers (POC) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software Review
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Node 1 Vacuum Access Port (VAP) Check
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedures Print
  • Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Configuration
  • ISS HAM Video Color Bar and Tone Activation
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Story Time Book Max Goes To Mars Translation Read
  • Photo TV GoPro Setup
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill
  • VIZIR. Closeout Ops
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Setup
  • Reconfigure Galley Rack at NOD1S4 Location [Aborted]
  • Story Time Sunset Book Read
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Educational Imagery Recording
  • TV conference with the participants of “Cosmos 360” Project (Ku+S-band)
  • IMS Update
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Protoflight Unit #3 (PFU3) Close Out 

Completed Task List Activities

  • Extravehicular (EVA) Disposable in Suit Drink Bag (DIDB) Audit
  • Manufacturing Device Print Removal and Stow
  • Maintenance Work Area Relocate

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • IMS Upgrade
  • Standard commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 10/04: EVA Tool Config, EVA Procedure Review, HRF2 Inventory
  • Thursday, 10/05: US EVA 44: LEE-A R&R
  • Friday, 10/06: Eye Exams, EVA Debrief, EVA Preps, STPH5 Photo, Insitu, BEAM IMV Insp, Meteor H/D Swap

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

  Component

Status

Elektron

On

Vozdukh

Manual

[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”)

Off          

[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”)

On

Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab

Standby

Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3

Operate

Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab

Idle

Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3

Operate

Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA)

Process

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA)

Standby

Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab

Full up

Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3

Off