ISS Daily Summary Report – 5/02/2018

SpaceX (SpX)-14 Dragon Operations: Yesterday, SpaceX reported unfavorable conditions at the landing site and the decision was made to slip to the alternate release date of May 5th. Today the crew relocated payloads and cold stowage from Dragon to ISS as required. Based on the modified timeline, the crew will resume loading activities, and complete preparing Dragon for unberth on Friday. Dragon release is scheduled at approximately 08:24 AM CDT on Saturday. 

Advanced Colloids Experiment-Temperature-7 (ACE-T-7):  The crew removed the ACE-T-9 module from the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) today and replaced it with an ACE-T-7 module.  The ACE-T-7 experiment involves the design and assembly of complex three-dimensional structures from small particles suspended within a fluid medium. These “self-assembled colloidal structures” are vital to the design of advanced optical materials and active devices. In the microgravity environment, insight is provided into the relation between particle shape and interparticle interactions on assembly structure and dynamics. 

Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS):  Today the crew thinned and photographed the plants growing for the Veggie PONDS experiment. Organisms grow differently in space, from single-celled bacteria to plants and humans. Future long-duration space missions will require crew members to grow their own food. Understanding how plants respond to microgravity and demonstrating reliable vegetable production on orbit are important steps toward that goal. Veggie PONDS uses a newly developed passive nutrient delivery system and the Veggie plant growth facility aboard the ISS to cultivate lettuce and mizuna greens which are to be harvested on-orbit, and consumed, with samples returned to Earth for analysis. 

Lighting Effects: The crew obtained light meter readings in the Airlock and Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) today.  The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: Today the crew continued preparations for the upcoming US EVA Pump Flow Control System (PFCS) Relocate currently planned on May 16th.  In addition to terminating a Metox canister regeneration cycle, the crew completed their On-Orbit Fit Verification (OFV).  During the OFV, crew will take body measurements of the two crewmembers scheduled to perform the EVA. These measurements are used to ensure the EMU suit is sized properly for that crewmember. 

Environmental Health System (EHS) Microbial Air and Surface Sampling: Today the crew took surface and air samples for microbial analysis using the Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) and Surface Sample Kit (SSK). These samples will be incubated in Petri dishes, giving medical personnel a gauge of microbial growth in the air and on surfaces of the ISS. The EHS monitors the atmosphere for gaseous contaminants from nonmetallic materials off-gassing, combustion products, and propellants, microbial contaminants from crewmembers and Station activities, water quality, acoustics, and radiation levels.

Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event:  Today the crew participated in two live-to-air PAO events.  Tingle and Feustel participated in the first event, answering questions from students in the Champlain Valley School District in Hinesburg, Vermont.  Kanai participate in an event with Makuhari New City in Chiba Prefecture, Japan.

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

  • ALGOMETRIYA. Preparing and Conducting tensor- and thermo-algometry measurements.
  • Lighting Effects Light Meter Setup
  • Installation of additional fans to improve thermal conditions of SM Electric Power Supply 800А storage batteries.
  • Photography of ТП228 mockup temperature sensors on the external surface of MRM2
  • Lighting Effects Light Meter Readings
  • Cold Stowage Double Coldbag Unpack
  • Window glass photography on EV hatch 2 in MRM2 and EV hatch 1, hatch 2 in DC1
  • Lighting Effects Light Meter Stow
  • ASIM to Columbus serial line connection test
  • Dragon CTB Retrieve
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup
  • Monitoring shutter closure on windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14.
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • FAZOPEREKHOD. Preparation steps and starting the experiment.
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron-VM or ЕДВ-СВ
  • Fruit Fly Lab-03 Hardware Transfer
  • Team Task Switching Experiment Survey – Subject
  • Multi-use Variable-g Platform Installation Operations
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Food Acceptability Questionnaire – Subject
  • Miniature Exercise Device Hardware Gather
  • Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) Kit Sample Collection
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Open
  • Miniature Exercise Device Surface Pro 3 Charge
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Strain Measurements Mode
  • ACE Module Changout
  • ISS RS SM Lights Audit
  • FAZOPEREKHOD. Closeout Ops.
  • FAZOPEREKHOD. Preparation steps and starting the experiment.
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Social Media Event
  • PROBOY. Document review and equipment gathering.
  • Payloads Network Attached Storage (NAS) Vent Cleaning
  • Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Close
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Airlock Unstow
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination
  • Cargo Water Container – Iodinated Degas
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Decontamination Training
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • Surface Sample Kit (SSK) Collection/Incubation
  • Veggie Ponds Plant Thin
  • Big Picture Words for ZSR Photo Activities
  • HRF Centrifuge Payload Drawer Checkout
  • FAZOPEREKHOD. Closeout Ops
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) On-orbit Fitcheck Verification Measurements
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Conducting measurements in tenso- and thermo-algometry mode. Closeout Ops 

Completed Task List Activities

  • None

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Battery 3B1 Capacity Test 

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Thursday, 05/03: JEM ZSR Photo Survey, Mini Exercise Device Ops, ETVCG Assembly, EMU Loop Scrub
  • Friday, 05/04: Dragon Double Cold Bag Repack, Dragon Center Stack Transfer, Dragon Egress and Closeout
  • Saturday, 05/06: Housekeeping, Dragon Release Operations

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