ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/27/2017

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: Over the weekend, the crew captured images and video footage of the Australian Desert, Italy at night, Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, and Ireland to Moscow at night. The Earth Imagery from ISS investigation creates a series of videos, displaying Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the International Space Station in 6K hi-resolution, integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement. 

Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEM A/L) Operations: After successfully deploying all five of the NRCSD#13 silos last week, today the CubeSat deployer was removed from the Multipurpose Experiment Platform (MPEP).  The crew initiated the JEM A/L pressurization and performed a leak check before opening the JEMAL inner hatch and extending the slide table to the Japanese Experiment Module Pressurized Module (JPM) side to remove the deployer from the MPEP.  The MPEP was then be removed from the side table before the slide table was retracted from the JPM and the inner hatch was closed.

Sarcolab-3: Today a USOS subject, with Russian operator assistance, conducted the final knee protocol for Sarcolab-3, by ingressing into the Muscle Atrophy Research & Exercise System (MARES) chair, installing the knee Electromyography (EMG) electrodes, and conducting the knee exercises. Today’s activity concludes the Sarcolab-3 session that began last week on GMT 324. The Sarcolab-3 data will be compared to pre and post flight measurements to assess the impact of hypothesized microgravity induced muscle loss.  Myotendinous and Neuromuscular Adaptation to Long-term Spaceflight (Sarcolab) investigates the adaptation and deterioration of the soleus (calf muscle) where it joins the Achilles tendon, which links it to the heel and carries loads from the entire body. Muscle fiber samples are taken from crewmembers before and after flight, and analyzed for changes in structural and chemical properties. MRI and ultrasound tests and electrode stimulation are conducted to help assess muscle and tendon changes caused by microgravity exposure.

Probiotics Operations: Today a crewmember initiated the third of four sampling phases for the JAXA Probiotic investigation by collecting fecal samples and immediately stowing the samples into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). This sampling phase includes fecal and saliva sample collections and a questionnaire. The saliva sample collection and questionnaire will be conducted on GMT 334. 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.

Personal Carbon Dioxide (CO2) Monitor Installations: Using an iPad and readings from a Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) sample port, the crew performed a single point calibration of the Personal CO2 monitors. The Personal CO2 Monitor demonstrates a system capable of unobtrusively collecting and downlinking individual crewmembers’ CO2 exposure for weeks to months. This investigation evaluates wearability principles in microgravity and demonstrates Modular Wearable Architecture Base Board, allowing rapid certification of future wearable devices. 

Zero Boil-Off Tank Particle Injection: The crew injected Digital Particle Imaging Velocimetry (DPIV) particles into the test section for an imaging test. Rocket fuel, spacecraft heating and cooling systems, and sensitive scientific instruments rely on very cold cryogenic fluids. Heat from the environment around cryogenic tanks can cause their pressures to rise, which requires dumping or “boiling off” fluid to release the excess pressure, or actively cooling the tanks in some way. ZBOT uses an experimental fluid to test active heat removal and forced jet mixing as alternative means for controlling tank pressure for volatile fluids.

Sabatier removal preparation:  In preparation for the upcoming removal, return, and refurbishment of the Sabatier hardware, the crew performed velocicalc (airflow) measurements inside OGS, and reviewed procedures both on their own and via a crew conference with specialists on the ground.  Sabatier is planned to be returned to the ground on SpaceX-13 in January.

Cygnus cargo ops and departure OBT:  Today the crew continued cargo operations and unberth/release on board training in preparation for the upcoming departure of OA-8. 

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

  • JEM Airlock Press
  • Plant Checkout Prep
  • Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Cartridge (start)
  • JEM Airlock Leak Check
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation
  • Periodic Health Status Data Entry and Stow
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
  • MARES Knee Shaving Preparation
  • Cygnus Russian Trash Handover
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Columbus Video Camera Assembly 2 Adjustment
  • Photo T/V (P/TV) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video
  • NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Removal from the MPEP
  • EMG electrodes installation and Sarcolab knee protocol execution
  • MARES subject electrodes equipment assistance
  • US Food warmer maintenance
  • Treadmill 2 (T2) Exercise Video
  • Cycle Ergometer ВБ-3М spares bag audit
  • DAN Experiment Ops
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Two-Phase Flow Experiment Equipment Deactivation
  • Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) Removal JEM Airlock Slide Table
  • MARES knee configuration deinstallation
  • MRM1-FGB Screw Clamp Tightening
  • Passive Capture Mechanism Installation to JEM Airlock (AL) Slide Table
  • Replacement of RSE1 Laptop Network Cable
  • MARES battery discharge process initiation
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
  • Personal CO2 Monitor Sensor Calibration
  • NanoRacks Microbial Growth Experiment Imagery
  • Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI) Face Photo-taking
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Crew Medical Restraint System (CMRS) – Checkout
  • Payloads Network Attached Storage (NAS) Vent Cleaning
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • Temperature and Humidity Control (THC) Oxygen Generation System (OGS) Avionics Air Assembly (AAA) Flow Measurement
  • Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI) Medical Conference
  • Probiotics Fecal Sample Operations
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • Inventory of docking and internal transfer system (ССВП) kits with video recording
  • Probiotics Fecal Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Zero Boil-Off Tank Particle Injection
  • JEM MSPR ELT Relocate for FROST2 Temperature Monitor
  • VZAIMODEISTVIE-2. Experiment Ops
  • In flight Maintenance (IFM) Sabatier Removal Big Picture Word (BPW)  and Procedure Review
  • Multi Omics FOS Stow
  • Plant Habitat Waterbag Prep
  • MARES battery discharge status control
  • Multi Omics FOS Preparation
  • Periodic Fitness Evaluation (Treadmill Test)
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Review
  • MARES Guided data transfer
  • Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Set-Up
  • In flight Maintenance (IFM) Sabatier Crew Conference
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • Acoustic Dosimeter Setup Day 1
  • MARES files transfer verification and shutdown
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
  • Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end)
  • Preparation for Antivirus Scanning on [ВКС] Laptops 

Completed Task List Activities

  • Biolab Incubator Sign Print
  • ESA PAO Message Padova Space Night
  • ESA Skin-B Kit audit and relocate for OA-8 disposal.
  • Photo/TV D4 Camera Stow
  • Station Support Computer SM Printer Swap
  • Photos of harvested lettuce from VEG03-PLANT-HARVEST. 

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Standard commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 11/28: Sabatier removal, MARES, SPHERES test run, Rodent Research habitat installation
  • Wednesday, 11/29: Sabatier removal, Dragon capture OBT, TangoLab retrieval, NR Vuze, Meteor, Circadian Rhythms, CIR maintenance, JEM camera robot checkout
  • Thursday, 11/30: HRF blood and urine sample collections, MAS and SSK sampling, Cygnus release OBT, Dragon Offset Grapple OBT, Manufacturing Device, Plant Habitat Sound Level Measurements 

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