ISS Daily Summary Report – 7/17/2018

Electro-static Levitation Furnace (ELF): Today the crew exchanged sample cartridges to prepare for ground-commanded operations in the ELF. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and solidify materials by containerless processing techniques using the electrostatic levitation method. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved. 

Rodent Research-7 (RR-7): Today the crew calibrated the Mass Measurement Device that was installed yesterday in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). The mice were placed individually into the Container, loaded into the MMD and had three measurements performed on them. Fecal pellets and Food Bar swabs were collected and placed into a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI).  Half of the mice went through this process today and the other half will go through it tomorrow. The RR-7 investigation examines how the space environment affects the community of microorganisms in the gastrointestinal tract of mice (also known as the microbiota). It also looks at microgravity’s effects on multiple physiological systems known to be affected by the microbiota, including the gastrointestinal, immune, metabolic, circadian, and sleep systems. These studies should help explain mechanisms underlying interactions between these systems and the role of the microbiota in these interactions

Space Algae: The crew agitated and installed an additional six Space Algae culture bags in the Veggie facility today. The Space Algae investigation explores the genetic basis for productivity of algae cultivated in space and whether this requires genetic adaptations or not. Algae may perceive microgravity as an abiotic stress, which can trigger production of high value compounds. Investigators plan whole genome sequencing of the space-grown algal populations to identify genes related to growth in spaceflight and testing of algal composition for production of high value compounds. 

Aerosol Samplers: Today the crew retrieved the Active Aerosol Samplers (AASs) that were deployed yesterday in Node 1 and Node 3.  They connected them to the sample chargers and then redeployed them for a second run. The battery-powered AASs actively pull in air and collect particles using the principal of thermophoresis. This is accomplished by flowing the sampled air through a large thermal gradient in a narrow channel. During this process, particles are driven to the cold side of the channel, where an electron microscope (EM) grid is held in place by a tiny magnet. When returned to Earth, these grids are easily removed and placed directly in an EM for analysis. 

Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) Operations: Today the crew pressurized the JEMAL, performed a leak check, and then extended the JEMAL slide table into the JEM. They removed the NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer-14 (NRCSD-14) from the table and installed the Handhold Experiment Platform Adapter on the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Assembly (MPEP) that is mounted to the table. This latter operation is in support of the Exposed Experiment Handrail Attachment Mechanism (ExHAM) #1 operations planned for next week. The crew then retracted the slide table into the JEMAL and depressurized and vented the airlock.  

Columbus Condensate Collection: The crew collected a 500ml sample of the Columbus condensate that will be returned on SpaceX-15. Data from this sample may be used to provide further clarification of the reaction mechanism and primary pathway by which Dimethylsilanediol (DMSD) is generated. Improved understanding will be used to potentially circumvent this pathway, as well as provide valuable information that may be used in the design of future habitats for manned missions.

Onboard Training (OBT) Preparation: Tomorrow, the full crew will participate in an ISS Emergency Simulation session; in preparation for this activity, the crew reviewed the simulator functionality on their iPADs. The crew regularly completes OBT sessions to refresh their familiarity with the various emergency procedures that can result from off-nominal events onboard ISS.  

Dragon Cargo Operations: Today the crew continued packing and loading items slated for return on Dragon early next month.  Having just started the second cargo message yesterday, ground specialist estimate ~35 hours of work remain to completely pack the vehicle. 

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

  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • БМП Ф2 Absorbent Cartridge Regen
  • Aerosol Samplers Battery Charge
  • JEM Airlock Press
  • Photograph the Position of БКДО Device on MRM2 From SM Window #13 – Preparation
  • Columbus Condensate Sampling Part1
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace(ELF) Cartridge Exchange
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Photograph the Position of БКДО Device on MRM2 From SM Window #13
  • JEM Airlock Leak Check
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer Removal from the MPEP
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Experiment Session on BD-2 (Individual Strategy Test).
  • Water Recovery and Management Condensate Pumping Init
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • VEG-03E MWA Preparation
  • Space Algae Experiment Install
  • БСС Spacesuit Interface Unit Checkout in DC1.
  • Water Recovery and Management Condensate Pumping Term
  • Pressure Check in БК-3М Units in DC1.
  • Battery Installation on БРТА-2 in Orlan-MKS #5.
  • Cargo Transfer to Dragon
  • Backup Orlan-MKS #5 Bladder Leak Check.
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Handhold Exp Platform Adapter installation
  • ORLAN-MSK #5 and БСС Spacesuit Interface Unit Leak Check. Valves Functionality Check.
  • FSL soft matter dynamics experiment container feedthrough panel reconfiguration [Aborted]
  • Vacuum Cleaning of the Ventilation Screens on the FGB Interior Panels (panels 201, 301, 401)
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • Aerosol Active Samplers Hardware Installation
  • JEM Airlock Depressurization
  • Aerosol Active Samplers Hardware Photography
  • Micro-11 Glacier Sample Removal 1
  • Condensate Sampling Check1
  • Rodent Research Node 2 Camcorder Video Setup
  • NanoRacks Cubesat Deployer Maintenance Work Area Preparation
  • Rodent Research 7 Mass Measurement Device Restock
  • Rodent Research 7 Mass Measurement Device Restock 2A
  • Comm Assets Setup
  • NanoRacks CubeSat Quad Deployer Single Deployer Installation
  • Condensate Sampling Check 2
  • Transfer of Brine and Urine from EDV to Rodnik БВ1 Water Tank in SM Aft Progress #438; БВ1 Water Tank B1 Connector Flushing
  • ORLAN-MKS #5, БСС Spacesuit Interface Unit and Comm Assets Checkout on the basis of the Telemetry.
  • Cargo Transfer to Dragon
  • Recover Nominal Comm Config
  • Switching ORLAN-MKS #5 and БСС Spacesuit Interface Unit in the Stow Mode
  • Switching ORLAN-MKS #4 and БСС Spacesuit Interface Unit in the Stow Mode
  • Hardware Restow after Orlan-MKS #5 Checkout
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • JEM Airlock Vent
  • Photograph the Sample ТП228 Temperature Sensors installed on the External MRM2 Surface
  • Rodent Research MELFI Insert
  • Rodent Research 7 Mass Measurement Device Restock 2A
  • Dragon Cargo Operations Conference
  • JEM Airlock Vent Confirmation
  • MATRESHKA-R. Tritel Hardware Check.
  • Columbus ECLSS Condensate Water Sampling part 2
  • SPLANKH. Experiment Setup
  • Check the Position of BD-2 Roller.
  • Pille-MKS Control Panel Setup
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Setup
  • Rodent Research MELFI Insert
  • Rodent Research Access Unit Clean
  • Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow
  • Review Emergency OBT Simulator Functionality
  • БМП Ф2 Absorbent Cartridge Regen (end)

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • JEMAL ops
  • Lab MCA zero calibration

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 07/18: Tangolab, HRF, Rodent Research Ops, OBT ISS EMER Sim/Rvw/Conf, Nano-Mod9, Dragon Cargo Transfer, BEST, MICS, AngieX Cancer, Aerosol Sampler
  • Thursday, 07/19: Micro11, Aerosol Samplers, BEST, ATED, FSL Install, EMU Water Dump/Fill, MICS, RADI-N, Polar Dessicant Ops
  • Friday, 07/20: Micro11, AML Sample Detach, N1 Bac Fltr R&R, BEST, Dragon Cargo Transfer, Microbial Tracking, Aerosol Samplers, MSL Gas supply exchange, Plant Habitat 

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