ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/26/2016

Meteor Operations: FE-6 exchanged the hard drive then removed and replaced the grating in the Meteor Camera 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.

Microgravity Science Laboratory (MSL) Sample Cartridge Assembly (SCA) Exchange: FE-3 was unable to locate the calibration cartridge and was directed to cap the cable connectors on the MSL chamber. The MSL was left in a safe configuration while ground teams investigate the potential locations for the cartridge.  The cartridge that FE-3 removed was used for Metastable Solidification of Composites (METCOMP1) Run 4 and completed on October 20. The calibration cartridge must be installed prior to the next science run.  The Batch-2b of the Materials Science Laboratory Sample Cartridge Assemblies (MSL SCA-Batch 2b-ESA) serves two projects investigating how different phases organize in a structure when metallic alloys are solidified. The METCOMP project studies the phase formed by the reaction of the remaining liquid phase with an already formed solid, to form a second solid phase on cooling. For this purpose, Bronze (Copper-Tin Alloys) of different compositions will be processed. The other project, Solidification along a Eutectic path in Ternary Alloys (SETA), looks at how two phases that form together organize into lamellar, or fibre, structures when cooling Aluminum (Copper-Silver Alloys). Both projects will provide benchmark samples that will enable to test numerical models that aim to predict these structures. 

Radiation Area Monitor (RAM) Retrieval:  FE-2 retrieved the RAMs that are located throughout ISS and package them for return on 47 Soyuz (47S).

Soyuz 47 (47S) Nominal Descent Drill:  The 47S crew participated in a nominal Soyuz Decent Drill.  As part of the training they reviewed preliminary undocking and descent data and worked through the descent timeline from Soyuz activation through post-landing activities.  The 47S crew is scheduled to return to Earth on Saturday, October 29th.

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

  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Collection
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops
  • MICROVIR. Removal of Cassetta-M No.1-3 and No.1-4 from ТБУ-В No.04 and setup in Cryogem-03 at +37 deg C
  • COSMOCARD. Setup. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording
  • PRODUTSENT. Removal from ТБУ-В No.02 and Transfer to ТБУ-В No.04 at 4 deg C
  • MICROVIR. Squeezing out and photography of Cassetta-M No.№1-3, No.1-4 bottom cells.  Setup in Cryogem-03 at +37 deg C. 
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Soyuz 731 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Initiate
  • EVA Find Payload Water Reservoir Degas Tool
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron or ЕДВ-СВ
  • Soyuz 731 Return Stowage Ops
  • Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
  • Handover of Increment 49 Crew
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • DOSIS 3D Passive Detectors De-Installation from Columbus (10 PDPs and 1 TDP).
  • Meteor Hard Drive Swapout
  • DOSIS 3D Passive Detector Pouch handover to Russian crew for download of dosimeters with Soyuz.
  • MICROVIR. Glovebox-S Closeout Ops
  • MICROVIR. Photographing the state of the cells of the lower cassette-M № 1-1, 1-2. Final operations.METEOR Grating Configuration
  • Soyuz 731 Samsung tablet recharging, end
  • LBNP Training (PRELIMINARY).
  • PRODUTSENT. Deactivation and Removal of ТБУ-В S/N 02
  • JAXA Education Payload Observation Communication Event
  • MICROVIR. Photography of bottom cells
  • CALCIUM. Bioekololgiya containers: Photography, Processing, and Photo Downlink, Pre-pack for Return
  • Soyuz 732 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Initiate
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Indicator Position
  • BIOPLENKA. Removal of Samples from the Thermostat, fixation of Constanta cassette No.4-4 biofilm.
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Crew Prep for TV Conference
  • TV PAO event with participants of International Space Olympiad for Schoolchildren
  • Scheduled monthly maintenance of Central Post Laptop Log-File Downlink from the Laptop.
  • MICROVIR. Photography of bottom cells
  • Material Science Laboratory SCA Exchange2B #4
  • Soyuz nominal descent training 2
  • Soyuz 731 descent OBT.
  • Download Pille Dosimeter Readings
  • IDENTIFICATION. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • MICROVIR. Photography of bottom cells
  • Radiation Area Monitors (RAM) Retrieval
  • Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject
  • SODI DSC Flash Disk Exchange
  • NeuroMapping Experiment Neurocognitive Test – Subject
  • Dose Tracker Historical Documentation Photography
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Habitability Human Factors Directed Observations – Subject
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • MICROVIR. Photography of cell condition. Start of video recording
  • Soyuz 732 Samsung tablet recharging, end
  • MICROVIR. Photography of cell condition. End of video recording

Completed Task List Items

  • Biomolecule Sequencer Sample Stop and Restow Flow Cell
  • Biomolecule Sequencer MELFI Insert

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • SSRMS Unstow SPDM

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 10/27: Airway Monitoring, Handover
  • Friday, 10/28: Cygnus Cargo Transfer, 47S Prepack, Change of Command
  • Saturday, 10/29: 47S Undock and Landing

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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