ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/03/2016

Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle Schools (EarthKam) Set Up: ISS CDR set up the Sally Ride EarthKam equipment in the Node 2 window which begins a week-long imaging session. The objective of Sally Ride EarthKam is to integrate Earth images with inquiry-based learning to enhance curricula in support of national and state education standards; to provide students and educators the opportunity to participate in a space mission and to develop teamwork, communication, and problem solving skills; to engage teams of students, educators, and researchers in collaborative investigations using remotely-sensed data; and to incorporate the active use of Web-based tools and resources in support of the learning process. 

Fine Motor Skills (FMS): FE-5 performed a weekly FMS session which involves the crew performing a series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet. This investigation is critical during long-duration space missions, particularly those skills needed to interact with technologies required in next-generation space vehicles, spacesuits, and habitats. The crewmember’s fine motor skills are also necessary for performing tasks in transit or on a planetary surface, such as information access, just-in-time training, subsystem maintenance, and medical treatment. 

Water Monitoring Suite – Microbial Monitoring System (WMS-MMS): FE-6 performed two MMS runs today.  Both samples were obtained from the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) water analysis sample bag and analysis was performed on ISS unfiltered water.  The first run utilized a low DNA concentration pouch, the second a high DNA concentration pouch. The WMS is a set of hardware that monitors microbes, silica and organic material in the water supply on the ISS. The hardware ensures crew members can test and monitor the safety of their water supplies on future space missions, especially on long-duration missions to Mars, asteroids or other destinations where Earth-based testing would be difficult or impossible.

ENERGY (Astronaut’s Energy Requirement for Long-Term Space Flight): Over the weekend FE-5 completed Day 3 and Day 4 of the ENERGY experiment and continued with Day 5 today. The 11 day ENERGY experiment will require FE-5 to continue diet logging and wear of the Armband Activity Monitor for the duration of the experiment. In addition, FE-5 took urine and water samples on Saturday and repeated those activities again today. The Energy investigation measures an Astronaut’s Energy Requirements for Long-Term Space Flight, a crucial factor needed for sending the correct amount of the right types of food with space crews. Astronauts often lose body mass with extended stays in space for reasons that remain unclear, although increased exercise as a microgravity countermeasure may be a factor. Knowing details of astronaut metabolism and activity, combined with other conditions, will help ensure that crews are properly nourished on long missions. 

Tropical Cyclone: FE-5 set up a camera in Cupola window 1 to provide images of Hurricane Matthew, which was rated as a Category 4 cyclone as of this morning.  The Tropical Cyclone investigation is used to capture images of tropical cyclones and hurricanes that are rated at Category 3 or greater on the Saffir-Simpson scale.  A pseudo-stereoscopic method is used to determine the altitudes of the cloud tops near the center (eye) of a cyclone by precisely tracking the apparent positions of cloud features with respect to the Earth and how those positions change over time as an observer (the ISS in this case) passes over the storm.  The photographic images will be used to demonstrate that pseudo-spectroscopy can be used to measure the cloud altitudes to sufficient precision so that, when combined with other remote-sensing data, an accurate determination of the intensity of hurricane or cyclone can be made.

Cygnus Robotics On-Board Training (OBT):  FE-5 and FE-6 studied materials for Cygnus rendezvous and capture.  They will also perform several 30m Approach, 2m Approach and Capture Point (CP) Hold runs using the Robotics On-Board Training (ROBoT). 

Cygnus Proximity Communication System (PROX) System Checkout:  FE-5 checked out commanding function of the Cygnus Portable Computer System (PCS) Hardware Command Panel (HCP).  This checkout verified that commands from PCS HCP are received by PROX. 

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • ENERGY Diet Log of Breakfast
  • Personal CO2 Monitor iPad Application Restart
  • Microbial Monitoring System Hardware Gather
  • Acoustic Dosimeter Setup Day 1
  • Microbial Monitoring System MWA Preparation
  • ВКС Laptops Antivirus software refresh
  • EarthKAM Joint Research Node 2 Prep
  • Fine Motor Skills Experiment Test – Subject
  • Replacement of expired Germetic Sealant 17КС.300Ю9276-0 repair set with the new one
  • Microbial Monitoring System Sample Setup
  • Cygnus PROX Switch ON
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Laptop Setup
  • MELFI-3 to MELFI-1 Sample Transfer
  • Hard To Wet Surfaces Image Transfer
  • Hard To Wet Surfaces Stow
  • ENERGY Water Sample
  • Progress 432 [AO] stowage for disposal and IMS Ops
  • Energy Urine Sample Collection
  • Microbial Monitoring System Sample
  • Glacier MELFI Transfer
  • Profile of Mood States (POMS) Questionnaire
  • Recharging Samsung tablet in 47S
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Microbial Monitoring System Data Transfer
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
  • Personal CO2 Monitor Doff
  • Cygnus PCS HCP Selfcheck (Side B)
  • EarthKAM Node 2 Setup and Activation-Russian
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Lunch
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Pre-Treat Tank Remove & Replace
  • Cygnus PCS HCP Selfcheck (A Side)
  • DOSIS Mode Switching from Mode 1 to Mode 2
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Crew Medical Restraint System (CMRS) – Checkout
  • Recharging Samsung tablet in 47S – end
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 1
  • Exercise data D/L via OCA
  • ENERGY Diet Log of Dinner

Completed Task List Items

  • PMM Cleanup [Completed Saturday]
  • Food Consolidation Part 1 [Completed Saturday]
  • Food Consolidation Part 2 [Completed Sunday]
  • N1 FWD Seal Clean [Completed Sunday]
  • CBEF Cable Config [Completed Sunday]
  • ELF Sample Holder Check [Completed Sunday]

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Prox Checkout for Cygnus
  • Lab MCA Zero Cal [Cancelled]
  • N3 MCA Zero Cal
  • Battery 4B2 Reconditioning 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Tuesday, 10/04: EMU 3006 Checkout, Soyuz Imagery, Cygnus Offset Grapple
  • Wednesday, 10/05: Fluid Shifts, Vascular Echo Ultrasound, OGS Flow Measurement
  • Thursday, 10/06: SPHERES preps, MSL SCA Exchange, Fluid Shifts, ELF Troubleshooting 

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


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3

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