ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/30/2017

Astronaut Energy Requirements for Long-Term Space Flight (Energy): Over the weekend a 51S crewmember completed day 5 and 6 activities of the 11-day Energy experiment run. Today the subject performed day 7 activities by logging their food and drink consumptions throughout the day. The Energy investigation is conducted over an 11 day period (day 0 through day 10) and measures an Astronaut’s Energy Requirements for Long-Term Space Flight, a crucial factor needed for sending the correct amount of the right types of food with space crews. Nine astronauts will be examined during exercise and rest cycles three months before launch, three months after arriving at space station and adapting to the space environment, and after return to Earth. Physicians will measure metabolic rates, urine content, and bone density to determine energy needs. 

Plant Habitat Installation: Following last week’s successful assembly and installation of the Plant Habitat facility into the EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack 5 (ER5), today the crew moved the Space Acceleration Measurement System (SAMS) Sensor Enclosure (SE) from the European Drawer Rack to ER5. The Advanced Plant Habitat Facility (Plant Habitat) is a fully automated facility that will be used to conduct plant bioscience research on the International Space Station (ISS). It occupies the lower half of the EXPRESS rack and two International Subrack Interface Standard (ISIS) drawers, providing a large, enclosed, environmentally controlled chamber. 

Lighting Effects:  A 52S crewmember conducted a Visual Performance Test by stowing the hardware in their crew quarters, setting the light to the correct mode, turning all other light sources in the crew quarters off, and performing a Color Discrimination Test. After the test was completed, the crewmember setup the Actiwatch hardware to prepare for a two week long sleep study session, which will track his sleep patterns and wakefulness. The sleep study session begins tomorrow. The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance. 

Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle School Students (EarthKAM) Node 2 Setup and Activation: The crew set up the payload components for EarthKAM in Node 2 for a week-long imaging session. Sally Ride EarthKAM allows thousands of students to photograph and examine Earth from a space crew’s perspective. Using the Internet, the students control a special digital camera mounted on-board the International Space Station. This enables them to photograph the Earth’s coastlines, mountain ranges and other geographic items of interest from the unique vantage point of space. The team at Sally Ride EarthKAM then posts these photographs on the Internet for the public and participating classrooms around the world to view. 

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N) Retrieval:  Today a USOS crewmember retrieved all 8 of the Space Bubble Detectors that were deployed last week for the RaDI-N experiment and handed them to a Russian crewmember to be processed in the Bubble Reader. This Canadian Space Agency (CSA) RaDI-N investigation measures neutron radiation levels while onboard the ISS.  Bubble detectors are used as neutron monitors designed to only detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation.

Manufacturing Device (MD) Operations: The crew removed, inspected, and reinstalled the MD feedstock canister, and replaced the extruder head. The Manufacturing Device – Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) enables the production of components on the ISS for both NASA and commercial objectives. Parts, entire experiments, and tools can be created on demand utilizing the AMF that is installed into an Express Rack locker location. The AMF is capable of producing parts out of a wide variety of thermopolymers including engineered plastics.

Meteor Hard Drive R&R: The crew removed and replaced the hard drive in the Meteor laptop located in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF).  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.   

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEM A/L) Activities:  The JEM A/L slide table was extended into the JEM Pressurized Module (JEM PM).  Kaber was removed from the Airlock adapter plates, caps were installed and the hardware was stowed.  The JEM A/L adapter plate was then removed from the JEM A/L slide table and the JEM Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) Transfer Interface (JOTI) was installed.  The Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) spare was installed on the JOTI and the slide table was retracted into the airlock.  The MBSU will be transferred to External Stowage Platform (ESP) 2 on November 4th.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit Loop Scrub:  The crew configured Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) suits 3006 and 3010 for loop scrubbing.  Once the scrubbing activity was complete, they reconfigured hardware and performed iodination of ion filters for both suits. A sample of the water was obtained after the loop scrub activity to determine the effectiveness of the filtering.  A small portion of this water sample will be used for a conductivity test onboard ISS and the remaining water will be sent to the ground for chemical analysis.

Crew Quarters (CQs) Airflow Measurements:  The crew took airflow measurements in all four CQs using the velocicalc tool.  Measurements were taken at the exhaust outlet and inlet vents, intake inlet vent and head region at three different fan speeds.

Lab Umbilical Interface Panel Reconfiguration:  The crew reinstalled the necessary power harness and potable water connectors on the Lab1P1 Z-panel.  These connectors are required for use by the European Space Agency (ESA) Life Support Rack to be delivered on H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV)-7.

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

  • Reminder 2 Lighting Effects Actiwatch Spectrum – Standard Sleep
  • Orthostatic Tolerance Exercise Reminder
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Breakfast
  • Zero Boil-Off Tank GN2 Valve Open/Close
  • ALGOMETRIA. Preparation and measurements in strain-gage – and thermoalgometry modes
  • Mass Measurement Device Procedure Review
  • Earth Imagery from ISS Crew Preference Target Operations
  • JEM Airlock Press
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination
  • Multi-Omics-Mouse Item Consolidation 2
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation
  • KONSTANTA-2. Cassette retrieval from ТБУ-В and stowage on panel for 1-hour warmup
  • JEM Airlock Leak Check
  • VIZIR. Preparatory ops
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • SM-AGAT-U42 monitor install and c/o
  • Water Recovery System (WRS) Waste Tank Sample
  • KONSTANTA-2. Preparation and Carrying out Research #4
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • JEM Airlock Adapter Plate Removal
  • Structures and Mechanisms (S&M) JEM ORU Transfer Interface (JOTI) Installation for Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) Transfer
  • Meteor Hard Drive Swapout
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Post Scrub Cooling Loop Water (H2O) Sample
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Iodination
  • SREDA-MKS. Setup Ops and observation start
  • ISS HAM Video Pass
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter gathering and measurements
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Conductivity Test
  • Structures and Mechanisms (S&M) JEM ORU Xfer I/F (JOTI) Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) Assist 2
  • In-flight Maintenance (IFM) Main Bus Switching Unit (MBSU) Stanchion Cover Teardown
  • В3 fan grill cleaning in DC1
  • Radi-N Detector Retrieval/Readout
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons Hardware Handover
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors from USOS
  • Lighting Effects Color Discrimination Test
  • VEG-03 Plant Photo
  • Environmental Health System Crew Quarter Airflow Measurement
  • EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Deconfiguration
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
  • ALGOMETRIA. Measurements setup and performance in tenso- and thermo-algometria mode
  • SREDA-MKS. Concluding ops
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Lunch
  • EarthKAM Node 2 Setup and Activation
  • Manufacturing Device Feedstock Canister, Extruder And Print Tray Exchange
  • VIZIR. Concluding ops
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Social Media Event
  • MELFI 2 Ice Brick Insert 2
  • SPLANH. Preparation for the experiment
  • In-flight Maintenance (IFM) Pivot Fitting Installation
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • Actiwatch Spectrum HRF1 Setup
  • In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) Reconfiguration of the LAB1P1 Utility Interface Panel (UIP)
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops
  • Stow Syringes used in H2O Conductivity Test
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Plant Habitat Space Acceleration Measurement System Sensor Move
  • IMS Update
  • PMM1S4 Rack Audit
  • Actiwatch Spectrum HRF1 Stow
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Saliva Setup
  • URAGAN. Observation and photography
  • Preparation for Antivirus Scanning on [ВКС] Laptops
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Dinner
  • Microbial Tracking-2 Reminder for Saliva and Body Collection

Completed Task List Activities

  • Pesquet saxophone transfer and label
  • ESA trash pregather for OA8 disposal
  • Node 1 Video Survey and Charcoal Filter Photography
  • Plug in Plan Inverter Swap
  • VEG-03 Plant Pillow Water (X3)
  • Wanted Trash Bag CTB 

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Node 3 CDRA Blower Test
  • Standard commanding and support of crew activities

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 10/31: JEM Stowage, MMD, ASTROBEE JPM Map, N2 Fwd IMV Mod prep, INSITU, FSL maintenance, EIISS Target Ops, ELF Cartridge Clean, Microbial Tracking, N1 IMV Jumper Install, Storytime, PEPs Inspect
  • Wednesday, 11/01: N2 Fwd IMV Reconfig, P/RV SAW Mast Survey, EIISS Target Ops, ER8 iPEHG Install
  • Thursday, 11/02: A/L PHA QD, Energy, COL WOOV8 Inspect, Miniature Exercise Device ARED, Lab Rack Swap, Hatch Seal Inspect, Storytime 

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

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Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3