ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/15/2017

Probiotics Operations: The crew completed the second half of the second sampling phase that began on GMT 316 with fecal sample collections. Today’s activities included saliva sample collections, a questionnaire, and a capsule intake. This sampling phase was the second of four sampling phases for the JAXA Probiotic experiment. Some species of harmful bacteria such as Salmonella grow stronger and more virulent in the microgravity environment of space. At the same time, the human immune system is weaker in space, leading to increased health risks. The objective of the Probiotics investigation is to study the impact of continuous consumption of probiotics on immune function and intestinal microbiota in astronauts under closed microgravity environment This investigation studies the effects of beneficial bacteria (Probiotics) to improve crew members’ intestinal microbiota as well as their immune function on long-duration space missions.

TangoLab-2 Card Cube Placement: The crew removed two CubeLabs from a polar that arrived on Orbital 8 (OA-8) and placed the cards in slots 5 and 7 of the TangoLab-2.  TangoLab provides a standardized platform and open architecture for experimental modules called CubeLabs. CubeLab modules may be developed for use in 3-dimensional tissue and cell cultures. 

Microgravity Experiment Research Locker / INcubator (MERLIN) Sample Transfer: The crew transferred science samples from the powered MERLIN in OA-8 to the STaARS-1 Experiment Facility on the ISS. The objective of the Space Technology and Advanced Research Systems, Inc.-1 Experiment Facility (STaARS-1 EF) is to support biotechnology and life science investigations to characterize the effects of microgravity on living systems. The STaARS-1 EF aims to facilitate advanced studies targeting the molecular responses to microgravity that alter cell physiology and lead to unique cellular processes and the production of novel compounds that can impact pharmaceutical, tissue engineering, regenerative medicine, biofuel, and discovery sciences.

Robotics Operations:  Overnight, ground controllers ungrappled the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) from the Cygnus module and maneuvered it to pick up the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM).  Today, the SSRMS/SPDM system will be used to move the UTA from ESP2 to ELC-1, and moved the LEE from its place on ELC-1 to ESP2. 

Cygnus Status: Following yesterday’s successful berthing and crew ingress, today the crew began cargo transfer operations:

On-Board Training (OBT) Cygnus: With the arrival and ingress of OA-8 yesterday, the crew performed an emergency procedures review. All crew members participated in this mandatory OBT. 

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Probiotics Saliva Operations
  • Probiotics Salive Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Probiotics Question
  • Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations
  • MRM1 fan screen (Group B) cleaning, cleaning behind panels 405, 406
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Tritel Readings
  • BIOCARD. Operator Assistance During the Experiment
  • BIOCARD. Experiment Session. Tagup with specialists
  • JEM Internal Thermal Control System (ITCS) Sample Collection
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – COL
  • Checkout of handrail-adapter No.4 27КСМ.1101-0-03 inside of MRM2
  • ITCS Maintenance Canister Installation in JEM
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Polar Cygnus Uninstall, Transfer, And EXPRESS Rack Install
  • ESA Weekly crew conference
  • Biolab Inc EC Exch Door Check
  • Probiotics Capsule Preparation
  • Probiotics Capsule Photo
  • Replacement of RSE1 Laptop Main Hard Drive
  • Galley Rack MERLIN Transfer
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
  • Retrieve Laptop Power Cable from JSB 1091
  • JEM Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle 2 (FROST2) Temperature check
  • MERLIN 1 Desiccant Insert
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • Prep for Central Post Computer 2 (КЦП2) Test (r/g review, equipment gathering)
  • MATRYOSHKA-R.  BUBBLE-Dosimeter Measurement Data
  • SM, DC1, MRM2, MRM1, FGB, Power Supply Panels ППС-6, ППС-31 Plug-in Audit
  • Restow Vestibule Outfitting Kit (VOK)
  • TangoLab-2 Polar Remove
  • TangoLab-2 Card Cube Replace
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
  • Vacuum Cleaning ВД1 and ВД2 airducts in MRM2
  • Waste Hygiene Compartment (WHC) to Internal EDV
  • On board Training Cygnus Emergency Procedure Review 

Completed Task List Activities

  • Cygnus Cargo Photo
  • Cygnus Ingress
  • Take Baseline GSC and CDM readings
  • Node 1 Nadir Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM) Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Removal
  • Node 1 Nadir to Cygnus Vestibule Outfitting Part 2
  • Photo TV High Definition (HD) Cygnus Video Setup
  • VEG-03 Plant Pillow Water

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Cygnus support
  • LEE/UTA swap
  • Standard commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 11/16: T2 SLS Install, Nanoracks Microgrowth, Cygnus Cargo Ops, WHC Urine Receptacle R&R
  • Friday, 11/17: Cubesat deployer installation, MARES/Sarcolab, SLS installation
  • Saturday, 11/18:  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