ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/08/2018

Soyuz 55S Docking: The 55S vehicle completed a nominal docking to the ISS at 8:01 CDT (13:01 GMT).  The 55S Crew, Sergey Prokopev, Alexander Gerst and Serena Auñón-Chancellor, returned ISS to 6-crew operations after hatch opening at 10:18 CDT (15:18 GMT).  Late this afternoon, the entire ISS crew conducted a Safety Briefing to familiarize the new Soyuz crew with potential hazards and available safety measures on-board ISS; they reviewed the Emergency Equipment in the 55S Soyuz and practiced utilizing various emergency egress routes in the new station configuration. 

Plant Habitat-1:  Today the crew installed Science Carrier #1 into the Plant Habitat Facility. Photographs of each quadrant of the Science Carrier and of the final configuration of the Science Carrier inside the Growth Chamber were taken.  The crew injected water into the distribution system.  Plant Habitat is a fully automated facility that will be used to conduct plant bioscience research on the ISS. The space environment is stressful for all living organisms. Understanding how plants respond will help crews on future missions successfully grow plants for food and oxygen generation. The Plant Habitat-1 investigation compares differences in genetics, metabolism, photosynthesis, and gravity sensing between plants grown in space and on Earth.  This investigation is expected to provide key insights on major changes occurring in plants exposed to microgravity. 

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID):  The crew installed ten RFID Logistics marker tags in PMA-1 today.  RFID Logistics aims to utilize RFID enabled tags on hardware throughout the ISS to assist in the tracking of the hardware as it is moved around the ISS. 

Atmosphere Space Interaction Monitor (ASIM): ASIM Cadmium-Zinc-Telluride (CZT) crystal detectors, are not responding as expected in daylight. As part of the on-going ASIM commissioning, science teams requested use of the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) to illuminate the foil covering the detectors and therefore check the response from a known light source.  Overnight, robotics ground controllers positioned and configured the MSS to provide the requested illumination.  They captured pictures of ASIM from different angles to identify/detect any potential damage or contamination to the instrument.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: Today the crew performed a Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) gas check, swapped out EVA GoPro camera equipment, and set up the EVA GoPro camera for EVA.  The crew continued configuring EVA tools and equipment needed during the upcoming US EVA #51 Node 2 External Wireless Communications (EWC) planned for 14th. 

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

  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down
  • Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue GN2 Check
  • EVA GoPro Setup
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain
  • Gas Analyzer Activation in Soyuz 738
  • COLUMBUS Bay 1, 2, 3 clean-up
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • MSG LAN Cable Check
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • Plant Habitat Science Carrier Installation #1
  • MPEG2 Multicast Test via Ku-band (Activation/Deactivation of TV data and MPEG2 Multicast controls)
  • СТТС configuration for Soyuz 739 docking to MRM1. Comm check with Soyuz 739 in RSA-S/G2
  • Biolab Glovebox Gloves Exchange
  • Preparation for Soyuz 739 Docking
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Activation of TV Data and MPEG2 Multicast Monitoring Equipment
  • Monitoring Soyuz 739 Rendezvous with ISS (MRM1)
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring
  • Comm reconfig after Soyuz 739 docking
  • Soyuz 739 – MRM1 Interface Leak Check
  • MERLIN Desiccant Swap
  • Cold Atom Lab Fiber Inspect
  • Disconnecting КЛ-153М TV Camera from MRM1 TV System
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Intravehicular Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter (IV-TEPC) Relocate
  • Radio Frequency Identification Logistics Marker Tag Installation in Node1 and US LAB
  • Soyuz-MRM1 Hatch Opening,
  • Handover of Increment 55S Crew
  • Space suit and glove drying for Soyuz 738 crewmembers
  • Arrival Private Medical Conference (PMC)
  • Comm reconfig for nominal ops
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Up
  • Transfer of Atmosphere Purification Filter Assembly АФОТ-2М from Soyuz 738 БО to MRM1 
  • Soyuz 739 post-docking safety briefing
  • Plant Habitat Water Refill
  • Soyuz 739 Deactivation 
  • Connecting TV Camera КЛ-153М to MRM1 TV System
  • Stowage of Soyuz space suits and gloves after drying
  • Soyuz 739 Transfers and IMS Ops
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Transfer and Setup of Passive SPD Assemblies.
  • CALCIUM. Transfer of Calcium- Э from Soyuz and Setup in MRM1
  • CALCIUM. Experiment session 1 

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None 

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • System configuration to support docking
  • Lab CDRA Activation
  • N3 CDRA to Standby
  • Plant Habitat Support 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Saturday, 06/09: Weekly Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty, ISS Crew Handover
  • Sunday, 06/10: Crew Off Duty, ISS Crew Handover
  • Monday, 06/11: CSA Blood, EHS Water Samples, EMER Role&Resp, EVA Prep (Doug Rvw, Proc Rev/Conf), GRIP, Exercise Handover, Frost Foam Correction. MT translation WS4 to WS3

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

Standby In Progress

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