Mission Diary – 12 May

Tim Peake can look forward to a three-day “rest” as the USOS crew make up for working Victory Day on 9 May but before that Thursday brought its usual flurry of science tasks and activities supporting a wide range of international science activities. Most notable was activity with Japan’s small satellite deployer in preparation for deployment next week of the NRCSD #7 release.

ISS Daily Report 12 May

Japanese Experiment Module Airlock (JEMAL) JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) Removal and NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer #7 (NRCSD) Installation: In preparation for next week’s NRCSD #7 deployment, the J-SSOD was removed from the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) on the JEMAL Slide Table followed by installation of the NRCSD #7 onto the MPEP. The slide table was retracted into the JEMAL.  The J-SSOD is the first of its kind to deploy small satellites from the ISS. The NRCSD is a commercially operated small satellite deployer that maximizes full capabilities of each airlock cycle of deployments. The MPEP/NRCSD is put into position to be grabbed by the robotic arm which places the CubeSat deployer into the correct position for release of miniature satellites into proper orbit.

Rodent Research 3 (RR-3) CASIS: In preparation for next week’s RR-3 operations, crewmembers referenced the RR-3 Grip Strength, Bone Scan, and other required documentation before participating in a conference with the payload developer. They also gathered hardware to configure the Grip Strength equipment in the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox (MSG). 

Skin-B Operations: The crew completed Corneometer, Tewameter and Visioscan measurements on his forearm. The Corneometer measures the hydration level of the stratus coreum (outer layer of the skin); the Tewameter measures the skin barrier function; and the Visioscan measures the skin surface topography. Skin B is a European Space Agency (ESA) investigation that aims to improve the understanding of skin aging, which is greatly accelerated in space. The data will also be used to verify the results from previous testing for the SkinCare investigation on the ISS.

NeuroMapping Operations: The crew set up hardware to support the NeuroMapping investigation and performed the experiment including testing in both a “strapped in” and ”free floating” body configuration. The investigation studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes changes to the brain, including brain structure and function, motor control, and multi-tasking abilities. It also measures how long it takes for the brain and body to recover from possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from astronauts suggests movement control and cognition can be affected in microgravity. The NeuroMapping investigation performs structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and fMRI) to assess changes that occur after spending months on the ISS.

Fine Motor Skills: A series of interactive tasks was completed for the Fine Motor Skills investigation. This investigation is the first fine motor skills study to measure long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after return to Earth’s gravity.

Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) Radio Frequency (RF) Checkout: The C2V2 Comm Units are two fully redundant radios (C2V2 A and C2V2 B) that are planned for use with future visiting vehicles. The units were installed on March 11 in the LAB with initial activation on April 1.  Today’s test commands and voice communication checkouts concluded the series of tests performed over the last several weeks to verify end to end functionality of both C2V2 Comm Units.

Today’s Planned Activities


All activities are on were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • MIRT-3 Micro-integrator Changeout (4)  Install
  • JEMAL Slide Table extension
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Charging battery for Relaksatstiya experiment (initiate) / r/g 0167
  • Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Tank Drain
  • Removing JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer
  • HAM radio session from Columbus
  • FINEMOTR Experiment Ops
  • DATA TRANSMISSION RADIO LINK (РСПИ) Service Data Downlink from БСПН (Payload Server) via RSS1 (start) / r/g 2217
  • Separator Valve Installation r/g 2214
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • Rodent Research (RR) Procedure Review
  • High Definition Video Camera Assembly (HD-VCA1) Remove & Replace in Columbus
  • CUBESAT  Procedure Review
  • WRS Recycle Tank Fill
  • WRS Maintenance
  • Deactivation of High Definition Video Camera Assembly (HD-VCA1) in Columbus
  • CUBESAT Hardware Setup
  • Replacement of Power Switching Unit БСК-1#10Ю=А457, Preparation r/g 2215
  • SKNB  Preparation and hardware gathering
  • ExPRESS Rack Manufacturing Device Power On
  • WRS Recycle Tank Fill
  • ARED PIP Pin Remove and Replace [Aborted]
  • IDENTIFICATION. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop / r/g 1589
  • Rodent Research (RR) Hardware Setup
  • USOS CWC condensate samples / r/g 2213
  • Rodent Research (RR) Procedure Review
  • Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) Hardware Power Up
  • On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops with СКПФУ Hardware r/g 2216
  • RSS1 laptop BRI data download / r/g 2052
  • Rodent Research (RR) Camcorder Setup
  • PAO Hardware Setup
  • PAO Event
  • JEMAL Slide Table Retraction
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 2000
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • Rodent Research (RR) Hardware Setup
  • NeuroMapping (NMAP) Experiment Ops
  • Multi Omics (MO) Item gathering for tomorrow’s saliva sampling
  • RELAKSATSIYA Hardware Setup r/g 2205
  • DATA TRANSMISSION RADIO LINK (РСПИ) РСПИ Service Data Dump from БСПН (Payload Server) via RSS1 (end) / r/g 2217
  • On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ
  • Checking water container and lights in rodents modules during RR ops
  • Rodent Research (RR) Cleaning Rodent access module
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Parameter Settings r/g 2205
  • IMS and Stowage Conference
  • Common Communications Equipment for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) Check 2
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Observation r/g 2205
  • Rodent Research (RR) Cleaning Rodent access module
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 2209
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • RELAKSATSIYA. Closeout Ops and Hardware Removal r/g 2205
  • Common Communications Equipment for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) Video Powerdown
  • VHF1 test from SM (using backup СТТС sets) (VHF)
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops / r/g 2207
  • Rodent Research Crew Conference
  • Video Footage of Greetings / r/g 2218

Completed Task List Items

  • EVA mesh bag locate 

Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • CCS TLM Format Swap [Aborted]
  • Battery 4A2 reconditioning
  • J-SSOD removal/Cubesat deployer install
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 05/13: USOS crew off duty as payback for working Russian Victory Day holiday on Monday, May 9

Saturday, 05/14: Crew off duty

Sunday, 05/15: Crew off duty

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

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