ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/06/2017

OA-8 Cygnus Release:  After yesterday’s unberth and the overnight GPS shadowing (“Photobomb”) Detailed Test Objective (DTO), today SSRMS ground controllers relocated the Cygnus vehicle to the release point and the onboard crew released the vehicle and monitored its departure.  Cygnus will be held in that position overnight and then repositioned for release tomorrow.  Cygnus arrived at the ISS on the 14th of November carrying supplies, and is now departing with hardware and trash for disposal.

Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) Ignitor Tip R&R:  Today the crew removed and replaced the Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) ignitor tip inside CIR.  The tip burned out last week during Advanced Combustion Microgravity Experiment (ACME) operations, and science operations have been on hold pending this hardware R&R. The ACME project is a set of five independent studies of gaseous flames to be conducted in the CIR. ACME’s primary and secondary goals are (1) improved fuel efficiency and reduced pollutant production in practical combustion on Earth, and (2) spacecraft fire prevention through innovative research focused on materials flammability.

Lighting Effects:  Today a 52S crewmember began a two-week long Sleep Shifted session, by logging into the sleep log application and tracking his daily sleep patterns and wakefulness. 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.

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: Using the NIKON camera the crew captured time-lapse images of the United Kingdom and the Nile at night. The Earth Imagery from ISS investigation creates a series of videos, showcasing Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the International Space Station in 6K hi-resolution, then integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement. 

Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis:  This morning, the crew analyzed water quality on board using the EHS TOCA system, looking for contaminants in the water.

EHS Microbial Capture Device (MCD) and Coliform Water Sample Analysis:  Today, the crew analyzed water samples which were taken on Monday.  This analysis procedure is designed to detect microbial growth in the ISS water system.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Helmet Swap:  Today the crew removed an EMU helmet which has passed its certified lifetime and replace it with a newly launched helmet.  The old helmet will be returned to the ground on SpaceX-13 for refurbishment. 

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

  • Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry – Subject
  • MORZE. Evaluation using SPRUT-2.
  • MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: Tsentrovka, SENSOR Tests
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Downlink
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • ARED Software Big Picture Words review
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Crew Quarters (CQ) Deck Cleaning
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • JEM Camera Robot S/N 002 Preparation
  • UDOD. Experiment Ops with DYKNANIYE-1 and SPRUT-2 Sets.  Tagup with specialists
  • Cygnus PCS Command and PROX Link Verification
  • JEM Mesh Cover-Return Grille Cleaning
  • Monitoring closure of shutters on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14. See Note 5
  • MORZE. Psycho-physiological Evaluation: SUPOS Test
  • Dragon Prepack
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Reconfigure Galley Rack at NOD1S4 Location
  • MORZE. Closeout Ops
  • EXPANDER Exercise
  • SPHERES Battery Setup
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Miniature Exercise Device Equipment Stow
  • Microscope Hardware Setup
  • Photo/TV Ghost Camera in Cuopla on SSC power recording
  • Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Cygnus Release
  • Preventive Maintenance of SM Ventilation Subsystem. Group В1
  • Water sampling from Water Distribution and Heating Unit (БРП-М) to drink bags
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test
  • СВО-ЗВ water sampling to Russian drink bags
  • Configure power cables to XF305 for future use
  • Cygnus PROX Switch OFF
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Social Media Event
  • PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment.
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open
  • SPHERES Battery Swap
  • ESA Weekly crew conference
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Ops.
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Front End Cap Open
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) PPE Kit Restock
  • PCS Laptop Relocate
  • Restore setting of VCA2
  • ACME Chamber Insert Configuration
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • High Definition Video Camera Assemby 2 Activation in High Definition Mode
  • Telescience Resource Kit Laptop Setup
  • ABOUT GAGARIN FROM SPACE. HAM Radio Hardware Activation
  • High Definition Video Camera Assembly 2 Switch to SD Mode
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Microbial Capture Device (MCD) and Coliform Water Sample Analysis 44 +/- 4 hours post processing
  • PILOT-T. Closeout Ops
  • ISS HAM Video Power Up
  • Photo/TV Ghost Camera in Cupola Downlink
  • Photography of pipeline joints and sealing elements delivered on Progress 419
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Front End Cap Close
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Swap
  • IMS Update
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Helmet Swap
  • Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
  • Crew Discretionary Event

Completed Task List Activities

  •  Environmental Health System (EHS) – Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) Kit Sample Collection

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Cygnus positioning and release.

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 12/07: PEPS Inspection, CQ Cleaning, Eye exams, ELF, EIISS, Crew Handover
  • Friday, 12/08: Soyuz OBT, Dragon OBT, RAM Retrieve, NASA Platform2, Arthrospira
  • Saturday, 12/09:  Probiotics, 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