ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/15/2018

Vascular Echo: With ground team assistance, a 53S crewmember performed a Vascular Echo protocol, which included scans of his neck, thigh, portal vein, and heart. Following the scanning activity, the subject completed three consecutive blood pressure measurements using the Cardio-lab Holter Arterial blood pressure unit. Vascular Echo examines changes in blood vessels, and the heart, while the crew members are in space, and then follow their recovery on return to Earth. The results could provide insight into potential countermeasures to help maintain crewmember health, and quality of life for everyone.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections (Biochemical Profile, Repository): Today a 52S subject began a 24-hour urine sample collection to support the Biochemical Profile and Repository experiments. The samples were placed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).

  • The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.
  • Repository is a storage bank used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.

Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI): A 52S crewmember took both front and side view pictures to check for any facial edema, followed by a conference with ground experts.  The IPVI investigation studies changes to crewmembers’ eyes and optic nerves by analyzing arterial blood pressure and blood flow to the brain before and after spaceflight. This investigation uses non-invasive methods to measure intracranial pressure instead of the more common invasive methods.

Meteor Hard Drive Swap-out with Diffraction Grating Configuration: The crew removed and replaced the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) hard drive and changed the diffraction grating 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.  

Earth Imagery from ISS Target (EIISS): Using the Red camera, the crew took images of Fitz Roy, Patagonia. EIISS is used to support creation of a series of videos showcasing Earth views taken from space. The videos are taken with cameras on the ISS in 6K hi-resolution and are integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement.

SpaceX (SpX)-13 Dragon Departure: On Saturday at 4:00am CST, the ISS Crew released Dragon utilizing the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS). Following Dragon departure, Controllers maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position and provided video support of the Node 2 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (ACBM) petals closure. Dragon splashed down in the Pacific Ocean on Saturday at 9:38am CST.  Recovery forces then retrieved cargo, including human and animal science samples, biotechnology studies, and physical science and education investigations. 

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Operations: The crew performed EMU 3004 suit maintenance, which included scrubbing and iodination of EMU and Airlock cooling water loops. A water sample was taken for subsequent conductivity testing in order to determine the effectiveness of the scrubbing.

Hatch Seal Inspection: The crew performed scheduled maintenance to clean the United States On-orbit Segment (USOS) hatch seals in Columbus, Node 2, Airlock, Node 3, Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM), and the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM). They will also inspect the sealing surface and hatch handle mechanism for Foreign Object Debris (FOD) or damage. 

Transition to (X2) R16 Software:  As part of the R16 software transition starting today, the crew will install hard drives containing the latest Portable Computer System (PCS) software (R19) onto 5 PCS laptops. Once installed, the ground will load the latest Command and Control software (R16) onto the Command and Control Multiplexer/Demultiplexer (MDM)s. The software transition is expected to be completed on January 18th. 

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

  • Reminder 2 Vascular Echo Resting Ultrasound Scan
  • Reminder HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection
  • IMS Update
  • ПФ1, ПФ2 Dust Filter Replacement and В1, В2 Fan Screen Cleaning in DC1.
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • SCENARIO. Observations and photography
  • URAGAN. Observation and photography
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • ECON-M. Observation and photography
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Male – Subject
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • SPLANH. SPLANHOGRAF Setup, Initiate EGEG Recording. Tagup with specialists
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection 30 Minutes – Subject
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection – Operator
  • SPLANX. Photography during experiment
  • HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • Daily Planning Conference
  • Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI) Face Photo-taking
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • HRF Generic Refrigerated Centrifuge Spin Conclude
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
  • JEM Airlock Press
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
  •  X2R16 Software Transition Review
  • Installation and Test of Force Loader [HC-1M] Control Panel
  • ISS HAM Video Power Down
  • Restow Vestibule Outfitting Kit (VOK) and SpX IMV duct.
  • Vascular Echo – Echo Ultrasound Setup for Ultrasound Scan Session
  • Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI) Medical Conference
  • Emergency egress drill
  • Station Support Computer (SSC) Relocate To LAB
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
  • Water Refill Kit Battery Charge
  • JEM Airlock Leak Check
  • Replacement of ПФ1, ПФ2 Dust Filters and Cleaning В1, B2 Fan Screens in MRM2
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test
  • Charging GoPro 360 Camcorder Battery, start
  • SPLANH. ECG data recording end. Closeout Ops. Tagup with specialists as necessary
  • Vascular Echo 125min Scan – Subject
  • Photo TV ISS Video Survey
  • MRM1-FGB Screw Clamp Maintenance
  • BIOCARD. Experiment Ops. Tagup with specialists
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation
  • Meteor Hard Drive Diffraction
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Vascular Echo CDL Holter Arterial BP Measurement – Subject
  • Filling (separation) of EDV [KOB] for Elektron or EDV-SV.
  • Charging Soyuz 737 IRIDIUM Phone, Start Recharge
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Post Scrub Cooling Loop Water (H2O) Sample
  • Portable Computer System(PCS) R19 Hard Drive Pre-Gather
  • Charging GoPro 360 Camcorder Battery, terminate
  • Soyuz 737 IRIDIUM telephone charging – charge monitoring
  • Portable Computer System R19 Hard Drive Install
  • Soyuz 737 IRIDIUM Phone Charging, Terminate Charge / (Hand over Iridium charger to CDR)
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Iodination
  • Health Check of GoPro 360 Camcorder
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Soyuz 734 IRIDIUM Phone Recharging, Setup, Start Recharging (Take the charger for Iridium from FE-4)
  • Soyuz 734 IRIDIUM telephone charging – charge monitoring
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow
  • Charging Soyuz 734 IRIDIUM Phone, Terminate Charge, Teardown of the Setup
  • Lighting Effects Numerical Test Packet Photo
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection
  • X2R16 Portable Computer System (PCS) Connect
  • EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Deconfiguration
  • Vascular Echo – Echo Ultrasound Stow
  • Hatch Seal Inspection
  • MELFI 1 Nitrogen Pressure Check
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Swap
  • MELFI 2 Nitrogen Pressure Check
  • MELFI 3 Nitrogen Pressure Check
  • CALCIUM. Experiment Session 10
  • ISS HAM Video Power Up

Completed Task List Activities

  • Airlock Camera Swap
  • Food Stowage Consolidation Part 1
  • EVA PHA Hose Reconfig
  • EVA On Orbit Fit Check [Active]
  • JAXA Video Take Part 4 [Active]
  • EVA Procedure Review
  • Handover Debrief

Ground Activities
All activities complete unless otherwise noted.

  • X2R16 – CCS R16 Software Load
  • CCS Reconfig

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 01/16: EVA Preps, RR-6, Hatch seal inspect, MSPR valve config, Microbial Tracking, X2R16 Transition
  • Wednesday, 01/17: Reboost, EVA Prep, Arthrospira, SPHERES TSLOSH, NR Rock Candy, FIR Lamp Replacement, Petri Plate, Neuromapping, Circadian Rhythms, X2R16 Transition
  • Thursday, 01/18: EVA Prep, EMU Swap, NR Rock Candy, Wisenet, Plant Habitat, X2R16 Transition

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