ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/16/2018

Rodent Research 6 (RR-6):  In support of the on-going RR-6 investigation, today the crew refilled the rodent habitat water supply using the water refill kit and later remove the mice and restocked the rodent habitats with new food bars in addition to cleaning the lids and interiors cages of the habitats. The Rodent Research-6 (RR-6) mission uses mice flown aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and maintained on Earth to test drug delivery systems for combatting muscular breakdown in space or during disuse conditions. RR-6 includes several groups of mice selectively treated with a placebo or implanted with a nano-channel drug delivery chip that administers compounds meant to maintain muscle in low gravity/disuse conditions.

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) Gas Chromatograph (GC) Supply Bottle Preparation for Testing: The crew removed the CIR helium burst disk from the CIR optics bench before replacing the CIR GC helium bottle, argon bottle, and the check gas bottle. The CIR is used to perform combustion experiments in microgravity. The CIR can be reconfigured easily on orbit to accommodate a variety of combustion experiments. It consists of an optics bench, a combustion chamber, a fuel and oxidizer management system, environmental management systems, and interfaces for science diagnostics and experiment specific equipment.

Human Research Program (HRP) Collections (Biochemical Profile, Repository): Today a 52S subject concluded his Flight Day (FD) 120 urine sample collection that began yesterday to support the Biochemical Profile and Repository experiments. The samples were placed in the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI). 

Earth Imagery from ISS Target (EIISS): Using the Nikon camera, the crew captured images of Seattle and the Pacific Northwest and the Gulf of Thailand. The crew also used the Red camera to take images of S. Australia and Tasmania.  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.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations:  In preparation for the US EVAs later this month, the crew utilized the Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software to review translation paths during the upcoming EVA, followed by a conference with ground specialists to answer any questions. The first of the two EVAs to swap Latching End Effectors (LEEs) and bring a failed LEE inside is scheduled for Tuesday, January 23rd. 

Hatch Seal Inspection: Yesterday the crew performed hatch seal inspections on several of the hatch seals on the United States On-orbit Segment (USOS). Today, the crew continued this scheduled maintenance to clean the hatch seals in Node 1, Lab, Node 2, and Node 3. They also inspected 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, the crew installed hard drives containing the latest Portable Computer System (PCS) software (R19) onto two remaining PCS laptops. The X2R16 software transition is expected to be completed on January 18th. Ground controllers then updated the software on the Payload Multiplexor-Demultiplexor (PL MDM), along with the last Command & Control (C&C) MDM. 

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

  • Reminder HRF Generic Urine Collection End
  • IMS Update
  • Nikon Camera Time Synch with Station Time
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • 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
  • Daily Planning Conference
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment prep
  • Photo TV Battery Charge Initiation
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment prep assist
  • 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
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Stow
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Liquid Cooling Ventilation Garment (LVCG) Water Fill
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment ops on БД-2 (individual strategy test)
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout ops (assist)
  • Drying Biolab Incubator Cold Spot Sponge
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Closeout ops
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
  • Vacuum cleaning of vents grille on FGB interior panes (pan. 201, 301, 401)
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Cleaning removable ГЖТ grille 1, 2, 3 in FGB
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Test
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Questionnaire
  • Photo TV Battery Charge Swap
  • RODF Review, EVA44 preliminary timeline
  • Portable Onboard Computers (POC) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software Review
  • Water Refill Kit Review
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Rodent Research Node 2 Camcorder Video Setup
  • Hatch Seal Inspection
  • Water Refill Kit Habitat H2O Fill
  • Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) Checkout
  • Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue GN2 Check
  • Evening Preparation Work
  • Rodent Research Habitat 3 & 4 Restock
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Conference
  • Rodent Research Access Unit Clean
  • Portable Computer System (PCS) Release 19 Deploy Part 2
  • Photo TV Battery Charge Deactivation
  • EVA Procedure Review

Completed Task List Activities

  • None 

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • X2R16 – Payload MDM update
  • C&C MDM software update

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 01/17:  EVA Loop Scrub, EVA Tool Gather, Arthrospira, Petri Plate Survey, SPHERES Run, FIR Lamp Replace, Neuromapping
  • Thursday, 01/18: EMU Fit Verification, EMU Swap, EVA Tool Config, WiseNet Install, Plant Habitat N2 Filter Install, NanoRacks Rock Candy
  • Friday, 01/19: EVA Tool Config, Camera Config, Procedure Review, Vascular Echo, Fundoscope, Rodent Research Habitat Stow, Space Headaches 

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