ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/12/2017

NanoRacks Vuze (One Strange Rock) Camera Operations in the Service Module: The crew used the NanoRacks Vuze camera to record 3-Dementional 360-degree videos inside of the ISS. The handheld camera was used in the USOS and Russian Segment to capture long corridor footage to give the viewer a 3D perspective of floating through the ISS. The mounted camera captured “a day in the life” style footage of the crew as they conduct their nominal tasks. The National Geographic Channel–Virtual Reality Educational Video for Television Series–“One Strange Rock” (One Strange Rock Virtual Reality) is a 10-part series that transports a virtual reality camera to the ISS for recording of a National Geographic special on the Earth as a natural life-support system. The crew aboard the ISS records a series of virtual reality pieces for incorporation into a larger documentary about natural history and the solar system. Each episode features a different crewmember and addresses different topics using next generation virtual reality technology to raise awareness about the Earth system and the space program.

Dose Distribution Inside the International Space Station – 3D (DOSIS-3D):  Today the crew de-installed DOSIS 3D passive detectors and handed them over to a Russian crewmember for packing in the returning 51S Soyuz vehicle.  DOSIS-3D uses several active and passive detectors to determine the radiation doses inside the ISS. The goal is a three-dimensional radiation map covering all sections of the ISS. 

Multi-Omics Sample Collections: A 52S crewmember conducted fecal sample collections for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Multi-Omics experiment. The samples were placed into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). The Multi-Omics analysis of human microbial-metabolic cross-talk in the space ecosystem (Multi-Omics) investigation evaluates the impacts of space environment and prebiotics on astronauts’ immune function, by combining the data obtained from the measurements of changes in the gut microbiological composition, metabolites profiles, and the immune system.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections – Functional Immune: The crew completed the fourth day of the five day Functional Immune session, which collects saliva samples the each day and blood samples on the fifth day. Today the crew also conducted an audit of the HRP supplies. The samples collected will support the mid-mission HRP compliment for the 52S crewmembers and the return minus zero Day (R-0) compliment for the 51S crewmember. The Functional Immune investigation analyzes blood and saliva samples to determine the changes taking place in crewmembers’ immune systems during flight. The changes in the immune system are also compared with crewmembers’ self-reported health information. Results are expected to provide new insight into the possible health risks of long-duration space travel, including future missions to Mars, asteroids, or other distant destinations.

Two Phase Flow (TPF) Operations: Following the completion of a TPF experiment run, the crew deactivated the TPF experiment equipment in the Multi-Purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) and then adjusted the valve setting before re-activating the experiment equipment for the next experiment run. The Two-Phase Flow experiment investigates the heat transfer characteristics of flow boiling in the microgravity environment. It provides a fundamental understanding of the behaviors of bubble formation, liquid-vapor flow in a tube, and how heat transfers in cooling systems. Two-phase flow employs a sample cooling loop using perfluorohexane, often used in coolant for electronics, to establish flow rate, heating power, and other effects on different conditions. 

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: Using the RED camera, the crew captured images and video footage of the Iberian Peninsula, This investigation creates a series of videos, showcasing Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the ISS in 6K hi-resolution, then integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement.

Water Delivery System (WDS) Disassembly:  The crew completed an activity to disassemble the WDS in preparation for returning the unit on SpaceX-13.  The WDS was used in the past to provide an interface for the crew to dispense potable water from water containers, but is no longer needed. The WDS Orbital Replacement Unit (ORU) is being returned to the ground so that its components can be refurbished and used for Water Processor Assembly (WPA) sparing. 

Dragon Capture OBT:  Today the crew performed on board training to maintain proficiency for the upcoming capture and berthing of the SpaceX-13 Dragon vehicle.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) preparation:  Today the crew prepared the EMU soft goods components for return on SpaceX-13.

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes – Subject
  • PARODONT-2. Activities with Microbial Control and Mouthwash sets
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Functional Immune Saliva Collection Dry Book – Subject
  • Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry – Subject
  • Auxiliary Computer System [ВКС] Laptops Antivirus Software Checkout and Report
  • 51S Gas Sample Container Pack
  • Multi Omics Fecal Sample Operations
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Sanitary & Hygiene Status Monitoring
  • iPad Air 2 Charge
  • Multi Omics Fecal Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Multi Omics Fecal Stow
  • International Procedures Viewer Tablet Server Configuration
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Two-Phase Flow Experiment Equipment Deactivation
  • Two-Phase Flow Experiment Equipment Valves Setting
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Two-Phase Flow Experiment Equipment Activation
  • In-Flight Maintenance Water Delivery System (WDS) Disassembly and Packing
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Review
  • Soyuz 736 Stowage Ops for Return.
  • DOSIS 3D Passive Detectors De-Installation from Columbus (10 PDPs and 1 TDP).
  • DOSIS 3D Passive Detector Pouch handover to Russian crew for download of dosimeters with Soyuz.
  • To prepare Extravehicular Mobility Unit soft good components for return on SpX-13 and unpack components that arrived on OA-8.
  • LBNP Exercise (CLOSEOUT).
  • Multiple User System for Earth Sensing Server Vent Cleaning
  • Handover Procedure Review
  • Data Prep for Return
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Microbial Sample Collection
  • Dragon Capture Review
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • HRF1 Drawer Audit
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 2
  • FGB Gas Analyzer Vacuum Cleaning
  • NanoRacks Vuze Camera – SM Operations
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron or ЕДВ-СВ
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • Preventive Maintenance of Hatch Sealing Mechanism on MRM1 Passive Docking Assembly (АСП) and Soyuz 736 Active Docking Mechanism [ACA] hatch
  • NanoRacks Vuze Camera – SD Removal

Completed Task List Activities

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • 67P propellant purge

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 12/13: Change of Command, Emer Roles & Resp Review, 51S Undock, ECHO, Dragon OBT, PCG Handover, Veggie Facility Clean, HRF Sample, RAM Deploy, Acoustic Monitor Setup, Lighting Effects
  • Thursday, 12/14: 51S Landing, Crew off duty
  • Friday, 12/15:  Lighting Effects, MetOx Regen, Earth Imagery from ISS

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