Mission Diary – 20 May

“Houston we did not have a problem” might have been the cry when a loud bang sent the crew scurrying to find the reason, identified as a problem with the ARED exercise device, which caused the pulley to jump several teeth. More attention to the rodent experiment, activity from ground controllers working the Mobile Servicing System and software upload problems with the Meteor imaging equipment preceded two days of rest coming up this weekend.

ISS Daily Report 20 May

Rodent Research-3 (RR-3) Operations: The crew completed operations on 5 more rodents, performing bone densitometry measurements, then transferring the rodents to the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) for sample processing.  Today’s operations conclude this session of RR activities. The next activities are tentatively planned following SpaceX-10 arrival. 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.

Meteor Software Image Loads: Software load was successfully completed using an uplinked image that was copied to the laptop versus using DVDs as originally planned. However, due to a Window Observational Research Facility (WORF) Space Station Power Control Module (SSPCM) inverter trip, the hardware setup could not be completed. Laptop power will remain on to enable the payload developer to exercise command capabilities and the payload 3 power switch will remain off while ground teams work to resolve the issue. Meteor is a new ISS payload with the objective to fly a visible spectroscopy instrument to the ISS to observe meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. Since the parent comets or asteroids for most of the meteor showers are identified, the study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids. The plan is to operate Meteor for 2 years in the Window Observational Research Facility (WORF).

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Last night Robotics Ground Controllers (ROBO) powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to grapple and unstow the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) from Mobile Base System (MBS) Power Data Grapple Fixture 2 (PDGF2). While releasing SPDM from MBS PDGF2, SSRMS Force and Moment Sensor (FMS) Coarse Characterization was performed. The SSRMS, while holding SPDM, was then maneuvered to perform the RapidScat payload video survey. ROBO will return SPDM to the Mobile Base System (MBS) and translate the Mobile Transporter (MT) to Worksite 6. 

Systems Operations Data File (SODF) Updates: The crew incorporated a new hatch diagram schematic reflecting Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) on Node 3 Aft in the emergency procedures. This is in preparation for next week’s planned BEAM vestibule outfitting and inflation operations.

ARED status:  Yesterday, the crew reported a loud noise during ARED exercise.  Ground investigations and on-orbit troubleshooting determined that the right hand ARED rope had come off of its pulley and this resulted in overload of the left hand rope, causing its pulley to jump several teeth.  Today, the crew reset the right hand rope and adjusted it, recovering ARED nominal operations.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Collection / r/g 2306
  • Morning Inspection, Laptop RSS1,2 Reboot / r/g 1460
  • RS1(2) Reboot / Onboard Computer System
  • Morning Inspection. SM ПСС (Caution & Warning Panel) Test
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops / r/g 2306
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Sampling. Stress-Test (Session 1) r/g 2307
  • CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Blood Sample / r/g 2307
  • CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing using Plasma-03 centrifuge / r/g 2307
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Venous blood sample processing (smear) r/g 2307
  • CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Handover to USOS for MELFI Insertion / r/g 2307
  • RUEXP Blood Sample Insertion into MELFI /
  • CORRECTSIYA. NEUROIMMUNITET. Closeout Ops / r/g 2307
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table extension to JEF side
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Hair Sample / r/g 2307
  • ISS crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference (S-band) / r/g 2263
  • IMS Tagup (S-band) / r/g 2304
  • Rodent Research (RR) Node 2 Camcorder Settings Adjustment
  • Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) АСН-К exchange on the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272
  • HAM radio session from Columbus
  • Transition of JEMRMS Small Fine Arm Attachment Mechanism (SAM) to Softdock  position
  • Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back
  • Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops
  • Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Adjustment
  • Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
  • MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops r/g 2302
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Psychological Testing / r/g 2307
  • MOTOCARD. Operator Assistance with the Experiment / r/g 2301
  • Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops
  • METEOR Hardware Setup and Configuration
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Diagnostics of FGB СУБК instruments 11М156М r/g 2279
  • Rodent Research Closeout Ops
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (start) r/g 2224
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JEF side
  • Diagnostics of FGB Power Supply System БФ-2 Filter Unit and БСШ-2 Main Bus Assembly r/g 2280
  • Deactivation of RLT2 Laptop
  • Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) АСН-К exchange on the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272
  • Downlink of БСПН P/L Server and БЗУ memory log files via RSS1 / r/g 2303
  • EMERGENCY Book updates
  • URAGAN. Observation and Photography using [ВСС] hardware r/g 2300
  • Rodent Research Animal transfer to MSG and back
  • SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (МКСД) HDD (end) and start backup r/g 2224
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 2000
  • METEOR Setup Checkout
  • Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops
  • Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Comm config for conference from MRM1 / Communications System
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations
  • СД1-7 Lamp Replacement in MRM1 r/g 2278
  • Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
  • Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) АСН-К exchange on the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Cleaning FGB Gas-Liquid Heat Exchanger (ГЖТ) Detachable Screens 1, 2, 3
  • Rodent Research (RR) Bone Densitometer Scan
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Rodent Research Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • Comm reconfig for nominal ops / Communications System
  • Rodent Research (RR) Post-Experiment Hardware Stowage
  • Progress 431 (DC1) Stowage and IMS Ops / r/g 2234
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops / r/g 2299
  • Rodent Research Rodent Dissection and Bone Densitometer Ops
  • Animal transfer to MSG and back
  • Rodent Research Closeout Ops
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Rodent Research MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • IMS Conference
  • Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) АСН-К exchange on the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272
  • TORU Test with Mated Progress 432 (Aft) r/g 2305
  • SHD Weekly Questionnaire
  • MSG Hardware Deactivation
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Saliva Collection / r/g 2307
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. End of ECG Recording. Close-out Ops, Data Downlink / r/g 2307
  • NEUROIMMUNITET. Stress-Test (Session 2) / r/g 2307
  • Monitoring Progress 432 (Aft) АСН-К exchange on the Laptop during the test / r/g 2272

Completed Task List Items

  • CCE-Superbowl downlink msg [Active] 

Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • RR ops
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 05/21: Crew off duty

Sunday, 05/22: Crew off duty

Monday, 05/23: RR inventory audit, RR MSG cleanup, TREK hardware setup, N3 BEAM sensor cable install, Ocular Health

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 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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