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ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/23/2017
Space Headaches Questionnaire: The crew performed their weekly questionnaire, answering questions utilizing the Data Collection Tool.  This European Space Agency (ESA) investigation collects information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crewmembers in space. Headaches during space flight can negatively affect mental and physical capacities of crewmembers that can influence performance during a space mission.  MagVector Closeout:  The crew completed closeout and cleanup activities for Science Run#9 of MagVector. The run was initiated on March 16, 2016 and has been ongoing for a week. MagVector and the venting system will be subsequently deactivated until a new science run is initiated. Cleanup steps included verifying the experiment has finished and moving the external USB memory drive to an Space Station Computer (SSC) for downlink and powering off the MagVector. The investigation studies how Earth?s magnetic field interacts with an electrical conductor. Using extremely sensitive magnetic sensors placed around and above a conductor, researchers can gain insight into ways that the magnetic field influences how conductors work. This research not only helps improve future ISS experiments and electrical experiments, but it could offer insights into how magnetic fields influence electrical conductors in general ? the backbone of our technology. Remote Power Control Module (RPCM) LAS52A3B-A RPC 4 Remove & Replace (R&R): On March 17, 2017, this RPC which powers Common Video Interface Unit (CVIU) 4 failed to close when commanded. The fault signature was indicative of a Field Effect Transistors (FET) Controller Hybrid (FCH) failure. The crew was successful in replacing the RPCM this morning, restoring functionality to RPC 4 and CVIU 4. Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #40 Preparations: The crew completed the following in preparation for tomorrow?s EVA: Configured 2 EVA GoPro cameras. Relocated Station Support Computers (SSCs) 8 and 9 in the US Lab for EVA video. Updated procedures in the EVA Systems Checklist book. Configured EVA tools. Performed procedures review followed by a conference with ground teams. Prepared Equipment Lock, EMUs, and required ancillary hardware. Today?s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Test video recording for RT TV channel Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media URAGAN. Observation and photography EKON-M. Observations and photography Biochemical Urine Test Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Reminder for On-Orbit Fitcheck Verification (OFV) NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample. Psychological Test (morning) Biochemical Urine Test NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing (smear). KORREKTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing using Plasma-03 centrifuge Insertion of Russian experiments blood samples into MELFI URISYS Hardware Stowage On MCC GO Regeneration of ??? ?2 Micropurification Cartridge (start) Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Pre EVA Examination Changeout of Replaceable Condensate Removal Lines [????].  Replacing ???-3 Smoke Detectors in FGB Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill NEUROIMMUNITET. Psychological Test Relocate Station Support Computers (SSCs) 8 and 9 in the US Lab NEUROIMMUNITET. Hair Samples Collection Recharging Soyuz 733 Samsung PC Battery (if charge level is below 80%) In-flight Maintenance (IFM) LAB1S5 Remote Power Controller Module (RPCM) Remove and Replace BIOCARD. Experiment Session EVA Systems book and Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cuff Checklist Print Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring PILLE dosimeter data download and placement before USOS EVA ISS HAM Service Module Pass Terminate Soyuz 733 Samsung PC Battery Charge (as necessary) Recharging Soyuz 732 Samsung PC Battery (if charge level is below 80%) USB Jumpdrive Return and PPS1 Reconfiguration RGN WSTA Fill Robotic Workstation (RWS) Setup Changeout of Replaceable Condensate Removal Lines [????] Extravehicular Activity (EVA) iPad Contingency Procedures preparation Photo TV GoPro Setup MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review Equipment Lock (E-LK) Preparation RS Comm Panel Head set and PTT switch audit Terminate Soyuz 732 Samsung PC Battery Charge (as necessary) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Audit. INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sample. Psychological Test On MCC GO Regeneration Micropurification Unit (???) ?2 Absorption Cartridge             Completed Task List Items None Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. EVA preparation activities Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 03/24: EPIC MDM/SPDM Lube EVA, Orbital-7 Launch Saturday, 03/25: Crew off duty, EMU water recharge, EVA debrief, Fluid Shifts h/w gather Sunday, 03/26: Crew off duty, N2 CBCS powerup, PMA3 relocate QUICK ISS Status ? Environmental Control Group:   Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [???] 1 ? SM Air Conditioner System (?SKV1?) Off           [???] 2 ? SM Air Conditioner System (?SKV2?) On Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Standby Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) ReProcess Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  
ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/22/2017
As mentioned at the IMMT this morning, the teams have been assessing their ability to support 2 EVAs and the PMA3 relocation prior to the arrival to OA-7.  This was reviewed at the Inc 50 JOP this afternoon and there were no issues identified.  Based on this and the IMMT Chair’s approval, we have baselined the following plan: March 24 – EVA1 (EPIC MDM and SPDM LEE Lube) March 26 – PMA3 Relocation from N3 to N2 March 30 – EVA2 (EPIC MDM and Shields) April 2 – OA7 Capture/Berthing April 6 – EVA3 (ExPCA R&R)  The OA7 launch date is currently under review. Once OATK and ULA determine their launch date, then we will re-assess the Apr 2 OA7 capture/berth date and the Apr 6 EVA date as required.  
ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/21/2017
Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI):  The crew obtained both front-on and profile view pictures to check for facial edema followed by a conference with ground teams.  Scheduled at Launch + 4 months (L+4m), the IPVI investigation studies changes to crewmembers? eyes and optic nerves by analyzing arterial blood pressure and blood flow to the brain before and after spaceflight. The IPVI investigation uses non-invasive methods as compared to current invasive methods (spinal tap) to measure intracranial pressure. Extravehicular Activity (EVA) #40 Preparations: The crew participated in a briefing covering the following preparations: Crew member specific reminders Suit specifics and refreshers Key points in an emergency EVA day procedure sequence EVA day comm overview for suits Hardware management The crew is also performed the following: Onboard Training (OBT) EVA Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) session. Verified Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) is functional prior to EVA. Installed Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) in EMUs 3006 and 3008. Verified EMU 3006 and 3008 glove heater functionality. Environmental Health System (EHS) Surface Sample Kit (SSK), Microbial Air Samper (MAS): The crew pre-gathered items for MAS and SSK sampling planned for tomorrow. Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Yesterday and overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and walked the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) off the Lab Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF) onto the Functional Cargo Block (FGB) PDGF.  They then performed a survey of the Starboard side of 48 Soyuz (48S).  When the survey was completed, Controllers walked the SSRMS off the FGB PDGF onto the Lab PDGF and maneuvered the SSRMS to a park position.  MSS performance was nominal. Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 275 Recovery:  Overnight, TDRS 275 returned to service for S-Band and Ku-Band. The communications satellite had been out of service due to timeout event which occurred on 3/16/17. The TDRS Network continues to investigate the root cause of the anomaly. Today?s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. KORREKTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake MORZE. Logging Liquid and Food (Medicine) Intake Photography of RS windows (3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 26 in SM) VIZIR. Experiment set up and start using ???? P/L Diagnostics of FGB Power Supply System Filter Units (??-2) and Main Bus Assembly (???-2) with Infra-Red camera.  Monitoring RS structural shell surfaces using Multipurpose Eddy Current Device ???-2? (Cross-section of SA setup).  Collecting atmospheric condensate samples [???] from [???-?2?] up to Gas-Liquid Mixture Filter (???) to Russian Samplers, terminate Sampling atmospheric condensate [???] upstream of ???-?2? ??? (Water Purification Column Unit), configuration set up, sampler installation (drink bag) Data prep on monitoring RS structural surfaces for downlink via OCA In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill Sampling atmospheric condensate [???] upstream of ??? ???-?2?, Sampler Change out (drink bag) Intracranial Pressure & Visual Impairment (IPVI) Face Photo-taking ASEPTIC. Samples photo after incubation ???-? water sampling to drink bags VIZIR. ???? Closeout Ops Charging EVA Camera D4 Battery Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review SVO-ZV water sampling to Russian drink bags ASEPTIC Photo Edit and Downlink Filling (separation) of ??? (???) for Elektron or ???-?? Preparing for Changing Replaceable Condensate Removal Lines.  ASEPTIC. Cryogem-03 Removal Delta file prep MORZE. Experiment setup Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Airlock Unstow Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) Checkout On-board Training (OBT) EVA Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown Surface Sampler Kit (SSK) and Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) Gather Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Installation Sampling Condensate Water [???] upstream of [????-2?] ??? (Water Purification Column Unit), sampler (drink bag) removal, configuration teardown Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Powered Hardware Checkout Completed Task List Items ARED Detent Follow Up (Completed GMT 79) Carbon Dioxide Monitor (CDM) Set-up (Completed GMT 79) ESA Active Dosimeter Area Monitoring Mobile Unit Stow (Completed GMT 79) EVA Fluid QD Fam (Completed GMT 79) Crew evaluation of EveryWear Medical Module Medication list (Completed GMT 79) PMM Cleanup (Completed GMT 79) Carbon Dioxide Monitor (CDM) Data Download (Completed GMT 79 and 80) Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. ROBoT OBT support SSRMS walkoff from N2 PDGF A to MBS3 Three-Day Look Ahead: Wednesday, 03/22: MELFI Icebrick Install, MSL SCA Exchange, Surface/Microbial Sampling, BEAM Ingress/Google Streetview, EVA Preps (ROBoT, Camera Config), CMO OBT Thursday, 03/23: EVA Preps (Procedure Review/Conf, Tool Config, Equip Lock Prep, Tool Audit) Friday, 03/24: EPIC MDM/SPDM Lube EVA, Orbital-7 Launch QUICK ISS Status ? Environmental Control Group:   Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [???] 1 ? SM Air Conditioner System (?SKV1?) Off           [???] 2 ? SM Air Conditioner System (?SKV2?) On Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Standby Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) ReProcess Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  
ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/20/2017
With the decision today to move the OA7 launch to NET March 27, we have decided to move the IMMT OA7 Readiness Review from March 22 to March 27.  We will have the IMMT OA7 RR at 08:00 CDT on March 27 and if OA7 launches later that day, it would be around 18:49 CDT.   We will still have an IMMT this Wednesday, March 22, but the focus will be on the EVA Readiness Review, including the EPIC Ext R9 Transition Readiness Review.
ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/19/2017
Dragon was successfully released by the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and is on its way to re-entry.  Splash down is scheduled for 9:50 am CDT.
ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/18/2017
Dragon SpaceX (SpX)-10 Unberth: The crew packed critical items and egressed the vehicle in preparation for Dragon departure.  Dragon was unberthed from the ISS via ground commanding at approximately 4:45 PM CST today.  Ground teams have started maneuvering the Dragon into a IDA viewing position followed by another maneuver about an hour and a half later to the overnight park position.   Dragon release is planned tomorrow morning at 5:11 AM CST with splashdown approximately 5 hours later.  Double Cold Bag (DCB) Packing: The crew performed the final DCB packing of the samples for planned for return on SpX-10.  The crew transferred samples and Ice Bricks from Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI), General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER), Freezer-Refrigerator Of STirling cycle (FROST), and Space Automated Bioproduct Laboratory (SABL) into the DCBs.  Warm samples and their conditioned Ice Bricks from MERLIN were packed into a Mini Cold Bag for SpX-10 return. Today?s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Weekly Housekeeping Double Coldbag Dragon Pack Cargo Transfer to Dragon Transfer Center Stack to Dragon Telephone Conference with the Russian Space Magazine Editor (S-band) Dragon Cargo Operations Conference ??? maintenance Dragon Egress in Preparation for Departure Node 2 Nadir CBM Control Panel Assembly (CPA) Installation USOS Window Shutter Close Dragon Vestibule Configuration for Demate Dragon/Node 2 VESTIBULE DEPRESS Closing Shutters on windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 Dragon/Node 2 Vestibule MPEV Close Completed Task List Items Water Recovery System Waste Water Tank Drain Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. EPS ORU Refresh Dragon Unberth Operations IDA Viewing Dragon Overnight Park Three-Day Look Ahead: Sunday, 03/18: Dragon Release, Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty Monday, 03/19: USOS Crew Off Duty Tuesday, 03/21: EVA Preps (Procedure Review/Conf, ROBoT, Safer Checkout, Airlock unstow) QUICK ISS Status ? Environmental Control Group:   Component Status Elektron On Vozdukh Manual [???] 1 ? SM Air Conditioner System (?SKV1?) Off          [???] 2 ? SM Air Conditioner System (?SKV2?) On Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Standby Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Operate Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Standby Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) ReProcess Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up  
ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/17/2017
Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 275 Failure: On Wednesday evening, White Sands Facility reported a timeout of the 275 satellite. This resulted in a loss of both S-band and Ku-band communications. The ISS team worked to fill comm gaps where possible.  As of Friday, Network Specialists are still troubleshooting the issue with TDRS 275.  Currently TDRS 275 is expected to return to operations on Monday.  There have been no significant impacts to operations. Dragon Departure Preparations:  The crew completed a computer based training session to review the Dragon departure documentation and a Robotic Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) session which included two simulated Dragon release runs.  The crew have also successfully transferred Polar-1, Polar-2, Polar-3, and General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerator (GLACIER)-5 to Dragon.  All units are providing good data and are actively cooling. SpX-10 Sample Return Preparations: In support of this weekend?s SpX-10 departure, the crew stowed NanoRacks Module 9, NanoRacks Platform 1, and Simple Solar Neutron Detector.  This morning, the crew moved the temporarily stowed APEX-04 Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Fixation Tube (KFT) to Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for conditioning prior tomorrow?s Double Cold Bag packing. At Home In Space Questionnaire: The crew attempted to answer the second of two At Home in Space questionnaires, however due to issues with the app the crew was unable to complete the questionnaire. Ground teams are looking into the issue. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) experiment, At Home in Space, assesses culture, values, and psychosocial adaptation of astronauts to a space environment shared by multinational crews on long-duration missions. It is hypothesized that astronauts develop a shared space culture that is an adaptive strategy for handling cultural differences and they deal with the isolated confined environment of the spacecraft by creating a home in space. At Home In Space uses a questionnaire to investigate individual and culturally related differences, family functioning, values, coping with stress, and post-experience growth. Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Remote Manipulator System (RMS):  Overnight, Ground Robotics Controllers activated the JEMRMS and stowed the Small Fine Arm (SFA) on the SFA Storage Equipment (SSE).  They then deactivated the JEMRMS.  Next Tuesday, the JEMRMS will grapple the JEM Exposed Facility (EF).  The crew removed the Launch Lock and Mount, performed a sharp edge inspection and performed a fit check of the Wrist Vision Equipment (WVE) camera. These tasks are in preparation for changeout of the JEMRMS WVE camera planned during the Extravehicular Activity (EVA) on March 24, 2017.  Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Flywheel Set Screw Tightening: There are 4 Flywheels in ARED that provide inertial smoothing of an exercise cycle, avoiding a jerky exercise cycle. Each flywheel has 2 set screws that are torqued annually. The two left flywheels for the left ARED cylinder each have had 1 of 2 set screws whose torque could not be verified because the torque wrench would not fit. A redesigned tool was flown on HTV6 and used yesterday to successfully torque all 8 set screws. Robotic Work Stations (RWS) Remote Power Controller Module (RPCM) Failure: Today, during checkout of the Lab and Cupola RWS, RPCM LAS52A3B-A RPC-4 would not close.  This RPC powers Common Video Interface Unit (CVIU)-4 for the Cupola RWS.   Investigation of the signature indicates it is an FET Controller Hybrid (FCH) failure and must be Removed and Replaced (R&R?d). During the investigation, ground teams uncovered that RPC 1 may have a similar failure, and the Video Tape Recorder (VTR)-2 load on this RPC was previously declared failed. R&R of this RPCM has minimal powerdown impacts and is easily accessed. The result of this failure is only 2 of 3 Cupola RWS monitors are available. Only 2 RWS monitors are required for Visiting Vehicles capture and release. Additionally, a PCS (Portable Computer System) can be deployed in the Cupola for a third monitor if desired. There is no impact to the upcoming Extravehicular (EVAs) since these robotic operations are ground controlled. Ground teams are evaluating R&R of RPCM LAS52A3B-A next week.  Today?s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. IMS Tagup Payload Stowage Reconfiguration Photo T/V (P/TV) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Setup APEX-04 MELFI Sample Insertion PILOT-T. Preparation for the experiment. Nikon still camera sync with station time Polar Express Rack Uninstall, Transfer, Handover and Dragon install Polar Express Rack Uninstall, Transfer and Handover PILOT-T. Experiment Ops. At Home In Space Questionnaire [Aborted] Vacuum cleaning ventilation grille on FGB interior panels (201, 301, 401) On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Departure Review MRM1-FGB Screw Clamp Tightening RELAKSATSIYA Hardware Setup. Glacier #5 Dragon Transfer On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Release RELAKSATSIYA.  Parameter Settings Adjustment Polar Express Rack Uninstall, Transfer, and Dragon Install RELAKSATSIYA. Observation RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal Rodent Research. Cleaning Rodent access module PAO Preparation Strata Status Check Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup PAO Preparation Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM Recharging Soyuz 732 Samsung PC Battery (if charge level is below 80%) Photo/TV Photo/TV, Checking Camcorder Settings Double Coldbag Pack Review Long Duration Sorbent Testbed Status Check. Robotics Work Station (RWS) Display and Control Panel (DCP) Checkout NanoRacks Platform-1 Modules Removal Rodent Research. Stowage of Habitat Module MELFI Sample Insertion into a Box Module NanoRacks Module 9 Ops Session 5 Simple Solar Neutron Detector Hardware Stow Dragon Vestibule Outfitting Kit (VOK) Gather Double Coldbag Pack Review JEM Remote Manipulator System Wrist Vision Equipment (WVE) Z-93 Precautionary Unpack Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire Photo T/V (P/TV) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Stow JEMRMS Wrist Vision Equipment (WVE) Preparation for EVA. ??? Maintenance ?3 Fan Screen Cleaning in MRM2 JEM Remote Manipulator System Wrist Vision Equipment EVA Tool Configuration Rodent Research. Stowage of Habitat Module JEM Remote Manipulator System Wrist Vision Equipment (WVE) Z-93 Stow PCG-5 Hardware Deactivation and Stow PCG-5 Hardware Photography Pressurized Mating Adapter 3 (PMA 3) Leak Check Term IMS Update Terminate Soyuz 732 Samsung PC Battery Recharge (if necessary) Rodent […]
ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/16/2017
Rodent Research (RR) Habitat Stow: Following Tuesday?s completion of operations, today the crew stowed the RR habitats.  The habitats were cleaned and sealed prior to their next use, planned for RR-5 scheduled for SpX-11.  Advanced Plant Experiments (APEX)-04 Harvest: The crew removed the APEX-04 petri plate from the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) facility and harvested the plants. The crew photographed the plants within the petri plate on the Advanced Biology Research Facility (ABRS) photogrid then all plants were inserted into a single Kennedy Space Center (KSC) Fixation Tube (KFT) with RNAlater. The APEX-04 (Epigenetic change in Arabidopsis thaliana in response to spaceflight – differential cytosine DNA methylation of plants on the ISS) experiment investigates how spaceflight can affect an organism on a molecular level without altering its outward appearance. Previous research has demonstrated that large numbers of plant genes are expressed differently in space compared to plants on Earth, which can alter how plants grow. This investigation studies the entire genome of thale cress plants grown in space, creating maps of spaceflight-specific changes in certain groups of genes. Results give new insight into plants? molecular responses to spaceflight, which benefits efforts to grow plants in space for food and oxygen. TangoLab Card Removal and Cold/Conditioned Stowage Transfer: The crew removed several experiments from the TangoLab Facility and then stowed them in the returning General Laboratory Active Cryogenic ISS Experiment Refrigerators (GLACIERs).  Additionally, the crew transferred conditioned stowage samples from Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) to the GLACIERs and Polar facilities that will be returning on SpX-10.   Aquapad Analysis: The crew performed the analysis for the water samples taken on Tuesday. Using the EveryWear application, the crew captured images of the Aquapad Containment Boxes which will be downlinked for analysis.  After image capture, the Aquapad Containment Boxes were packed for SpX-10 return. Aquapad is a new approach developed by France?s CNES space agency: paper impregnated with powdered growth medium creates a 3D petri dish. When water is added, the microbes form colored spots revealing their locations. Using a tablet computer application the crew will photograph the dots to calculate precisely how many bacteria are present. Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Suit Maintenance: The crew performed routine maintenance tasks on EMU 3006 and EMU 3008 including a water recharge, loop scrub, a post-loop scrub water sample and an EMU conductivity test.  Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight, the Robotics Ground Controllers stowed the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) on Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture #2 (PDGF2).  After Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) had released SPDM, SSRMS Latching End Effector (LEE) diagnostics and checkouts as well as SSRMS Joint Diagnostics were performed on the prime and redundant strings. Finally, SSRMS grappled the SpX-10 Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF) in preparation of the SpX-10 release.  MSS performance was nominal.  Tracking and Data Relay Satellite (TDRS) 275 Failure:  White Sands Facility reported a timeout of the 275 satellite.  Specialist are working the issue and expect a return to service no earlier than 18:30 GMT.  Depress Pump Test:  Today the crew turned on the airlock depress pump for 44 minutes in order to verify proper Node 3 to Airlock Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) cooling. This test was performed because when the Airlock cooling was switched from Lab MTL to Node 3 MTL the team realized the flow is in reverse.  Temperatures during the test confirmed better cooling to the depress pump and downstream hardware than predicted. Today?s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Crew Prep for PAO ISS HAM Video Power Down Rodent Research Habitat Bag Retrieval Review of Polar transfer to Dragon Overview TV PAO Conference with the Participants of the Russian Schoolchildren Olympiad Step into the Future, Cosmonautics Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge Aquapad Water double Analysis ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure and Thermal Algometry preparation for and measurement session. FGB (??) Vacuum Cleaning AQUAPAD Packing Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Initiation Manufacturing Device Dragon to ISS Stow Depress Pump cooling test with MTL cooling reversed. Coliform Water Sample Analysis 44 +/- 4 hours post processing Depress Pump cooling test with MTL cooling reversed. Polar Transfer To Dragon Overview Review Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Post Scrub Cooling Loop Water (H2O) Sample Google Street View Dragon Photo Operations Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Deconfiguration APEX-04 Hardware Gather #3 Rodent Research. Stowage of Habitat Module Water Recovery System Waste Water Tank Drain Termination Dose Tracker Data Entry Subject SODI Flash Disk Wrap On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Conductivity Test Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Open LMM APEX-04 LMM Petri Plate Remove ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure Algometry Measurement Ops Preparing For Upcoming MagVector Science Run Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination Video Recording of Greetings Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Close ESA Weekly crew conference APEX-04 LMM Petri Plate Harvest Fluid Shifts CCFP Setup IMS Update Fluid Shifts CCFP Data Transfer MOTOCARD. Operator Assistance with the Experiment Fluid Shifts CCFP Baseline Stow Rodent Research. Stowage of Habitat Module COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Crew Command Panel (CCP) Checkout TangoLab Card Cube Remove ??? maintenance TangoLab Glacier Sample Insertion Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill Rodent Research Habitat Stow MELFI to Glacier Sample Transfer Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Set Screw Tightening MELFI to POLAR Sample Transfer Stow Syringes used in H2O Conductivity Test ALGOMETRIYA. Pressure and Thermal Algometry Measurement Session. Closeout Ops RELAKSATSIYA Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment (initiate)                      Completed Task List Items Replace KTO when full Recorded Greeting – SCH 25th Anniversary Recorded Greeting – RNASA Ground Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. SSRMS Dragon Grapple CUCU Checkout  Three-Day Look Ahead: Friday, 03/17: At Home In Space, Dragon Depart OBT, Dragon Transfers, Rodent Research Stow, Conclude PMA3 Fine Leak Check, WVE R&R Prep Saturday, 03/17: Dragon Unberth Prep (Coldbag Packing, Center Stack […]
ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/15/2017
Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Overnight, the Robotics Ground Controllers unstowed the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) Payload from the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) Enhanced Orbit Replaceable Unit (ORU) Temporary Platform (EOTP).  They then stowed the RRM on the Dragon Trunk Site 1 Passive Flight Releasable Attachment Mechanism (PFRAM).  Next they released the RRM and withdrew SPDM Arm1 from the Dragon Trunk.  Finally the Robotics Ground Controllers rotated the SPDM EOTP to its nominal park position.  MSS performance was nominal.  Manufacturing Device Feedstock Exchange: The crew replaced the Feedstock Canister for the Manufacturing Device, resupplying the 3-D printer with Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS) for future prints.  The Manufacturing Device-Additive Manufacturing Facility (AMF) enables the production of components on the ISS for both NASA and commercial objectives. Parts, entire experiments, and tools can be created on demand utilizing the AMF that is installed into an Express Rack locker location. The AMF is capable of producing parts out of a wide variety of thermopolymers including engineered plastics. NanoRacks Multi-Gas Monitor (MGM): This morning the crew removed the MGM from EXpedite PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack 4, and packed it for return on SpX10. The ground teams elected to return the MGM as they have been unable to command to it and hope to retrieve saved data during ground troubleshooting.  The Nanoracks MGM is a proof of concept sniffer type payload mounted in a Nanoracks platform that continuously monitors oxygen, carbon dioxide, ammonia and water gases in the ISS cabin air.   NanoRacks Module 9 Operations: The crew is scheduled to perform the Return minus 5 days (R-5) operations in support of the NanoRacks Module 9 experiments for the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP)/National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) experiments. Supporting various schools and student designed experiments studying a range of objectives, the SSEP lets students design experiments that address real challenges of living and working in space. The program also is a key initiative for U.S. science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, educating and inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers to work on the space program. Arabidopsis Germination in Martian Soil Simulant (Open Window School, Bellevue, WA) The experiment determines if Arabidopsis thaliana germinates in Martian soil simulant in microgravity. Other researchers have shown A. thaliana grows in Martian soil simulant, but the lower gravity of Mars cannot be simulated on Earth. The microgravity environment on the ISS allows for testing of plant growth in an environment closer to the gravity on Mars than that of Earth. Living Water Filters: Triops in Microgravity (North Star Charter School, Boise, ID) This student experiment investigates the capability of Triops longicaudatus to filter bacteria out of pond water in microgravity as well as they do on Earth. After the experiment returns to Earth, analysis will be conducted in cooperation with Boise Waste Water Treatment facility to determine which kinds of bacteria remain, using a Heterotrophic Plate Count method. Also to be measured is the mass of the Triops that were hatched in microgravity and compare it to the mass of the Triops that were hatched on Earth. Shells of Glass Capsules, Covered with Different Substances Reacting in Regular Water (Langevin Science School, Calgary, Alberta, Canada) The focus of this investigation is to determine how three different capsule shells dissolve in water when coated in cornstarch (carbohydrates), gum Arabic (gum) or sucrose (carbohydrates) in a microgravity environment. Research indicates that these substances dissolve in water and that certain coatings may react ?faster? or ?slower? resulting from a lack of gravity. After the test is completed aboard the ISS, observations are made to determine which substances can be completely dissolved, which can?t be dissolved at all, or which were approaching their dissolving point. Based on this information, astronauts can be sent encapsulated medication with a certain substance covering the outer shell for more effective treatment. Knowing the differences may improve how a medication is produced and delivered into space. SLIPS in Microgravity (Arts and Technology Academy, Eugene, OR) The investigation tests Slippery Liquid-Infused Porous Surfaces (SLIPS) in a microgravity environment to find out if the change in gravitational environment changes its properties as comparted to Earth. If it does it could possibly solve frost-over for rockets at launch and in microgravity. Using three volumes with various surfaces and tubes coated on the inside with SLIPS in both volume 2 and 3. In this experiment the hope is to solve frost-over on the ISS with SLIPS by finding if SLIPS cannot only stay on the face of a solid but also still make liquids slip off of the solid in microgravity. Streptococcus mutans Production of Lactic Acid in Microgravity (Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical High School, Fitchburg, MA). This experiment hopes to find a more efficient dental care regimen for astronauts. The factor observed in the experiment is whether or not Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) produce more lactic acid in microgravity and if the reproduction rate of the previously stated bacteria is affected in space. Improper oral hygiene is a factor that contributes to poor health in the rest of the body. If the S. mutans prove to be a greater force in space than they do on Earth, then the aseptic habits of astronauts may need to be modified.  Germination of Quinoa in Space (Mabry Elementary School, Hillsborough County, FL) The investigation studies how microgravity affects the germination of quinoa seeds by comparing the number of seeds that germinate on Earth with the number of seeds that germinate in microgravity. The MixStix is loaded with Chenopodium quinoa seeds on a growth substrate and water separated by a clamp. The crew is requested to open the clamp and shake the tube gently to introduce the seeds to water beginning germination, 14 days before undock. Testing the Effectiveness of Tobramycin and Loteprednol Etabonate (Zylet) on Staphylococcus Epidermidis Type of Bacterial Conjunctivitis in Microgravity (Bearden Middle School, Knox County, TN) Bacterial conjunctivitis is a common infection and can affect astronauts during space travel. As space travel progresses bacterial conjunctivitis could […]
ISS Daily Summary Report ? 3/14/2017
2A Direct Current to Direct Current Converter Unit (DDCU) Trips: Today, all of the DDCUs on the 2A power bus tripped off simultaneously due to a bus undervoltage.  This included DDCU 2A, DDCU LA2A, DDCU N2P2A, and DDCU N32A.  The trip of DDCU 2A removed power from the 2A Pump Flow Control Subassembly (PFCS).  Loads from the other DDCUs were picked up by parallel DDCUs and did not unpower hardware.  Ground controllers stopped the 2A battery capacity test that was in progress and reactivated DDCU 2A and the 2A PFCS.  Cooling has been re-established to the 2A Batteries.  There were no thermal clock exceedances.  Ground teams are reconfiguring the EPS system back to nominal and investigating the cause, suspecting that an unexpected power load during the battery capacity test triggered the bus undervoltage.  Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations:  Overnight, Robotics Ground Controllers stowed the Materials International Space Station Experiment (MISSE) payload inside the SpX-10 Dragon trunk.  The Robotics Ground Controllers then configured the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) for the start of the Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) payload stow in the Dragon trunk later tonight.  MSS performance was nominal. Rodent Research-4: Today, the crew performed the last day of operations for Rodent Research-4.  In coordination with ground specialists, the crew collected samples and stowed them in Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for return on SpX-10.  The Tissue Regeneration-Bone Defect (RR-4) investigation studies what prevents vertebrates such as rodents and humans from regrowing lost bone and tissue, and how the microgravity extraterrestrial condition impacts the process. Results could lead to tissue regeneration efforts in space and a better understanding of limitations of limb regrowth at wound sites. Water Sampling: Today the crew performed nominal Environmental Health System (EHS) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) sampling for in-flight and post-flight analysis.  In-flight Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) samples were also performed.  In coordination with the water sampling, the crew initiated the ESA sponsored Aquapad (Paper Analytical Device) technological demonstration and sampling using the Microbial Monitoring System (MMS) portion of the WMS experiment. By using the same water collected for the EHS sample, ground teams can evaluate the capabilities of the new hardware. For the MMS analysis, the crew configured the hardware to sample a low and high DNA concentration sample using the Razor Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) Microbial Monitoring System. 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. Aquapad is a new approach developed by France?s CNES space agency: paper impregnated with powdered growth medium creates a 3D petri dish. When water is added, the microbes form colored spots revealing their locations. Using a tablet computer application the crew will photograph the dots to calculate precisely how many bacteria are present.  Advanced Plant Experiments (APEX)-04: The crew checked the status of the APEX-04 Petri Plate for condensation, then photographed the plate on the Advanced Biology Research Facility (ABRS) photogrid. The LMM Biophysics plate that was in the Light Microscopy Module (LMM) facility was inserted into the Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) and APEX-04 petri plate was installed. The APEX-04 (Epigenetic change in Arabidopsis thaliana in response to spaceflight – differential cytosine DNA methylation of plants on the ISS) experiment investigates how spaceflight can affect an organism on a molecular level without altering its outward appearance. Previous research has demonstrated that large numbers of plant genes are expressed differently in space compared to plants on Earth, which can alter how plants grow. This investigation studies the entire genome of thale cress plants grown in space, creating maps of spaceflight-specific changes in certain groups of genes. Results give new insight into plants? molecular responses to spaceflight, which benefits efforts to grow plants in space for food and oxygen. Local Bus (LB) Mech Bus Checkout ? Yesterday, in preparation for the Enhanced Processor Integrated Communications (EPIC) EXT Multiplexer/DeMultiplexer (MDM) upgrade, ground controllers performed a checkout of the LB-MECH-P1, P2, S1, and S2 buses.  This checkout serves as a baseline assessment of the health of the buses before the new EPIC EXT MDMs are installed. There were no issues with the buses.  When the Payload Attach System (PAS) 3 Umbilical Mechanism Assembly (UMA) was powered in the checkout, the mated switch did not show mated.  This is thought to be caused by an already-known issue in which the UMA springs backdrove the active connector enough to lose the mated indication from the switch but did not demate the connector.  External Stowage Platform (ESP)-3, which is on PAS 3, is receiving power nominally.  Today?s Planned Activities All activities were completed unless otherwise noted. Environmental Health System (EHS) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Collect Photo T/V (P/TV) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Setup ASEPTIC. Glovebox-C Hardware Power On ALGOMETRIA. Measurement Prep & Ops in the strain-gauge and thermal algometry modes Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open ASEPTIC. Taking samples from Glovebox-C surface after sterilization. Air Sample Collection Prep. H/W set up. Pump Activation. APEX-04 Petri Plate Check Verification of ??-1 Flow Sensor Position Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Analysis Medical Kits Inventory Check Light Microscopy Module APEX-04 change out of Petri Plates Microbial Monitoring System Hardware Gather DAN. Experiment Ops. Microbial Monitoring System MWA Preparation Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) EDV Transfer Hose Remove and Replace (R&R) Fluids Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification Rodent Research Node 2 Camcorder Video Setup Rodent Research 4 Pink Habitat Transfer Coliform Water Processing Kurs-P Cable Reconnection from DC1 AFD to MRM2 AFD and photography of the connection location Aquapad Double Water Sampling Rodent Research 4 Green Habitat Transfer ASEPTIC. Monitoring Automatic Pump Power off OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring […]