Mission Diary – 22 January

Further work on vision and heart measurements took Tim Peake’s attention this day with Tim Kopra participating in tests to evaluate the degree of visual impairment experienced by astronauts in weightlessness. Other crewmembers continued with a full programme of experiments and with some of the general housekeeping activities essential to maintaining an efficient station.

Two days of rest and further housekeeping lay ahead before the next working week, which would include more Cygnus cargo transfer.

ISS Daily Report 22 January

Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) Setup Part 2:  Kelly attempted the final setup for the ELF facility. He was only able to connect one of four Quick Disconnects (QDs) due to accessibility. Ground teams are reviewing downlinked imagery to determine the next steps to complete connection of the MTL and Gaseous Nitrogen (GN2) supply and return lines. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate, melt and solidify materials employing containerless processing techniques that use the electrostatic levitation method with charged samples and electrodes. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved.

Ocular Health: Kopra and Peake completed their Flight Day 30 Ocular Health activities this morning, performing both ocular and cardiac ultrasound scans. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.

Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) Task Board 4 Removal:  Earlier this month, the RRM Task Board 4 and the Robot Micro Conical Tool (RMCT) was placed on the JEMAL Slide Table and last week the table was retracted and JEMAL repressed. Today, Peake removed the Task Board and RMCT and packed them for return on a future flight. Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) is an external International Space Station (ISS) investigation that demonstrates and tests the tools, technologies and techniques needed to robotically refuel, repair, and upgrade satellites in space, especially satellites that were not designed to be serviced.

Observation Analysis of Smectic Islands in Space (OASIS) Removal:  Kelly started removal of OASIS from the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG). Ground teams are developing a timeline and troubleshooting plan for one of the camera focusing axes. Removal of OASIS took longer than expected, mainly due to the amount of hardware that needed to be restowed, and will be completed next week. After OASIS removal is completed next week, the crew will insert the Burning and Suppression of Solids-Milliken (BASS-M) experiment into the MSG. Observation and Analysis of Smectic Islands In Space (OASIS) studies the unique behaviour of liquid crystals in microgravity, including their overall motion and the merging of crystal layers known as smectic islands. Liquid crystals are used for display screens in televisions and clocks, and they also occur in soaps and in cell membranes. The experiment allows detailed studies of the behaviour of these structures, and how microgravity affects their unique ability to act like both a liquid and a solid crystal.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Conductivity Test: Today, Kopra tested the conductivity of water samples obtained earlier this week from EMUs 3008 and 3011. The results were reported as expected.

ISS Medical Accessory Kit (IMAK) Unpack: Kopra unpacked the IMAK kits delivered on Orbital-ATK-4 (OA-4).  He distributed the crew personal IMAKs, resupplied earwear, resupplied ISS Medical Kits, and prepacked controlled medications for return to ground on SpaceX-8 (SpX-8).

Today’s Planned Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Reaction Self-Test
  • SLEEP – Questionnaire
  • AIRMON
  • ISS crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference / r/g 1188
  • IMS Tagup
  • On-orbit hearing assessment
  • PEV Activation Test
  • Ultrasound2
  • MSPR2. Cable Connection
  • DOUG Review
  • Charging Soyuz 719 Samsung tablet
  • Study of EVA 42 Translation Path and Work Zones using DOUG Application.
  • Replacement of Storage Battery Module 800А No.8 (A108) and No.1 (A101) in SM
  • Ocular Health (OH)
  • COSMOCARD. r/g 1204
  • Hand Ergometry Test. / r/g 1219
  • EXPANDER -3
  • ELF Experiment Setup
  • EMU – Conductivity Test
  • Review EVA-42 Translation Paths and Work Zones through ISS Windows
  • Troubleshooting to investigate the reason why Soyuz 230 DM gas analyzer blows power line fuses. / r/g 1220
  • USND2 – Hardware Deactivation
  • Urine Processor (UPA) Procedure Review
  • JEMAL – Slide Table extension
  • Robotic Refueling Mission Experiment (RRM) TB4 Removal
  • Pre-packing cargo Items for disposal via Cygnus AO-4 / r/g 1021
  • OASIS
  • VIZIR. СКП-И Hardware Setup. / r/g 1221
  • ПхО EVA Support Panel (ПОВ) Checkout.
  • JEMAL – Slide Table Retraction
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire
  • DC1 EVA Support Panel Test.
  • URAGAN / r/g 1222
  • ISS Medical Accessories Kit (IMAK) Unpack
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • Nutritional Assessment (ESA)

Completed Task List Items

  • None

Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • RWS AVU Checkout
  • JEMAL Deactivation Post-RRM Activities
  • Nominal System Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 01/23: Crew Off Duty, Weekly Housekeeping

Sunday, 01/24: Crew Off Duty

Monday, 01/25: SPHERES Zero Robotics Test, UPA Fill Drain Valve Mod Kit Install, Cygnus Cargo Transfer

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off
[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”) On
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 Override
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off
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