Mission Diary – 17 May

More rodent research operations this Tuesday together with deployment of six Dove satellites from the JEM nanoracks, while Tim Peake  began three days of activity on a circadian rhythms experiment which aims to determine the effect long duration flight might have on the daily cycle of body activity.

ISS Daily Report 17 May

Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) NanoRacks CubeSat Deployer #7 (NRCSD 7) Deployment Operations: Today a total of 6 Dove satellites will be deployed via ground commanding. This morning the NRCSD 7 Silos 1 and 2 were deployed and Silo 3 is planned to be deployed this evening during crew sleep. This will complete the second of three consecutive days of deployment operations this week. NRCSD 7 contains 17 satellites comprised of MinXSS, CADRE, STMSat-1, 2 NODeS, 8 Doves, and 4 LEMUR satellites. The NRCSD is a commercially operated small satellite deployer from the ISS, maximizing full capabilities of each airlock cycle of deployments. The Dove satellites are a fleet of nanosatellites that enables imagery of the entire changing planet to be taken on a frequent basis, with humanitarian and environmental applications ranging from monitoring deforestation and the ice caps to disaster relief and improving agriculture yields in developing nations.

Rodent Research-3 (RR-3) Operations: Following yesterday’s successful grip strength measurements, today the crew transferred rodents from their habitats to the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG), and then performed Bone Densitometry measurements and sample processing. This investigation studies the molecular and physical changes to the musculoskeletal system that occur in space. Results will expand scientists’ understanding of muscle atrophy and bone loss in space while testing an antibody that has been known to prevent muscle wasting in mice on Earth.

Thermolab Instrumentation for Circadian Rhythms: The crew began the first of a three-day European Space Agency (ESA) Circadian Rhythms experiment by performing instrumentation with the Thermolab Double sensors, mounting the Thermolab Unit in the belt, and activating the Thermolab Unit before beginning a 36 hour continuous measurement. The objective of the experiment is to get a better understanding of alterations in circadian rhythms in humans during long-term space flights. Such knowledge will not only provide important insights into the adaptations of the human autonomic nervous system in space over time, but also has significant practical implications by helping to improve physical exercise, rest and work shifts as well as fostering adequate workplace illumination in the sense of occupational healthcare in future space missions.

Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) Status: During a process cycle on Thursday night, the stationary bowl temperature in the Distillate Assembly (DA) dropped enough to activate thermostatically-controlled heaters which caused the condenser pressure to increase. The UPA was taken to standby. Due to continued concerns regarding elevated conductivity and precipitation events, a FIT was held and one of the recommendations was to R&R the brine filter which was completed yesterday. An Advanced Recycle Filter Tank Assembly (ARFTA) R&R as well as conversion of the WHC to alternate pretreat were completed today and the UPA is performing as expected.

ARED Right Upper Stop Cable R&R:  This morning, the crew reported that the ARED Right Upper Stop Cable had failed.  They replaced it with a spare which was launched during Increment 42, and ARED is now fully operational.

Today’s Planned Activities


All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Biochemical Urine Test
  • IMMUNO. Saliva Sample (Session 1) r/g 2253
  • IMMUNO. First stress test, questionnaire data entry r/g 2253
  • IMMUNO. Test-Tube Blood Collection (finger) r/g 2253
  • IMMUNO. Blood Sample Processing r/g 2253
  • URISYS Hardware Stowage / МО Book 2 11.4 p. 11-7(118)
  • IMMUNO. Equipment Stowage / r/g 2253
  • Auxiliary Computer System [ВКС] Laptops Antivirus Scan Check and DPC Status Report / r/g 8247
  • CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2267
  • Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Tank Drain
  • Rodent Research (RR) Node 2 Camcorder Settings Adjustment
  • On MCC Go Regeneration of БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
  • ARED Access Assessment for BEAM Ops
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis
  • Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain Part 2
  • Audit of СОТР Equipment (fluid connectors) / r/g 2260
  • Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back
  • RED Dragon Camera Activation Field Of View
  • Rodent Research. Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops
  • Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV-SV
  • Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Adjustment
  • CubeSat Deployment Photos
  • RED Dragon camera final power OFF
  • Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
  • RED Dragon Camera File Downlink
  • RED Dragon Camera Deactivation
  • COSMOCARD. Setup. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording r/g 2262
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • COSMOCARD. Photography of the Experiment Ops / r/g 2265
  • Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Study of Cardiovascular System Under Graded Physical Load on VELO
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops
  • Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Initiate
  • Rodent Research Closeout Ops
  • ECLSS Recycle Tank Remove and Replace
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Vacuum cleaning ventilation grille on FGB interior panels (201, 301, 401)
  • Photography of windows No.1, 12 in SM, EV hatch window No.2 in DC1 / r/g 2259
  • WRS  Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • TOCA Data Recording
  • In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) WHC Equipment Gathering and Setup
  • PAO Hardware Setup
  • Crew Prep for PAO
  • PAO Event
  • Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back
  • CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2267
  • WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • Soyuz 719 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Terminate
  • Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops
  • CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2261
  • CALCIUM. Experiment Session 8 / r/g 2254
  • Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
  • VIZIR -СКПФУ. Experiment Ops r/g 2264
  • WHC Pre-Treat Tank and Pre-Treat Tank Hose R&R
  • Water separation mode selection r/g 2268
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
  • Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops
  • Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back
  • Rodent Research Closeout Ops
  • CONTROL. Switching Indicator-ISS P/L measuring modes / r/g 2255
  • WRS Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Weekly conference with the Program Management
  • MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops r/g 2256
  • MOTOCARD.  Operator Assistance with the Experiment / r/g 2257
  • IMMUNO. Saliva Sample (Session 2) / r/g 2253
  • IMMUNO. Second stress test, questionnaire data entry / r/g 2253
  • Environmental Control & Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
  • IMMUNO. Final Equipment Stowage / r/g 2253
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Soyuz 720 Samsung Tablet Recharge, Initiate /Video & Audio
  • Circadian Rhythms.  Setup of Equipment Retrieved from Thermolab
  • Air Heater Fan [БВН] Screen Cleaning in Soyuz 720 /Orbital Flight
  • On MCC GO БМП Ф2 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end)
  • Soyuz 720 Samsung tablet charge, End / Video & Audio
  • HABIT Reminder
  • Habitability Observations
  • CORRECTSIYA. Logging Liquid and Food (Medication) Intake / r/g 2267

Completed Task List Items

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Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • NRCSD deploy
  • RR ops
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 05/18: RR, WHC hardware gather/pre-treat tank R&R, NRCSD Cubesat deploy

Thursday, 05/19: RR, Sprint Ultrasound, Circadian Rhythms

Friday, 05/20: RR, Emergency book update, Cygnus cargo ops

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
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[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) Off
[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) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Full Up
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