Mission Diary – 10 June

Only a few more days before separation of the Cygnus module and a flurry of work was conducted this day to prepare the module for re-entry after departing the ISS on 14 June. Tim Peake conducted further tests on the “headaches in space” experiment defining the intensity and frequency of such impacting nuisances which can serious reduce work efficiency.

ISS Daily Report 10 June

Skin-B Operations: Earlier this morning the crew performed 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 on the ISS.

Improved Payload Ethernet Hub Gateway (iPEHG) Installation: The crew replaced the iPEHG in the EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack 5 with a newly designed unit. The rack has been powered and checkout is in work. The new iPEHG design corrects performance limitations often experienced by the older iPEHG. 

Auxin Transport Run #3-2: The crew retrieved samples that were installed in the Cell Biology Experiment Unit (CBEF) four days ago for incubation and conducted the fixation, sampling and closeout activities which completes the final of four Auxin Transport experiment runs. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) Auxin Transport investigation clarifies the role of auxins in pea and maize (corn) seedlings grown in microgravity, leading to new insight into how gravity, or the lack of gravity, affects plant development. This study may contribute to increasing the efficiency of plant cultivation in plant factories. The data obtained from the second experiment run will provide evidence of spaceflight‐alterations in auxin polar transport and endogenous levels of auxin, resulting in automorphogenesis.

Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutron (RaDI-N) Retrieval: A USOS crewmember retrieved all 8 of the Space Bubble Detectors that were deployed last week in the ISS for the Radi-N experiment and handed them over to the Russian crewmember to be processed in the Bubble Reader. The Canadian Space Agency (CSA) RaDI-N investigation measures neutron radiation levels in the ISS. RaDI-N uses bubble detectors as neutron monitors which have been designed to only detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation.

Material Science Laboratory (MSL) Sample Cartridge Assembly (SCA) Exchange 2B #1: The crew removed the MSL Furnace Calibration Cartridge, installed the new MSL SQF Sample Cartridge, and prepared the facility for a sample run next week. During these operations, debris was found inside the MSL and vacuumed out by the crew.  MSL engineers are evaluating, but the operations team is proceeding with preparation for the upcoming science run, pending an engineering decision.  The MSL can accommodate one Furnace Insert (FI) at a time for experiment processing. Two ESA-developed FIs are presently available: the Low Gradient Furnace (LGF) and the Solidification and Quenching Furnace (SQF), Sample-Cartridge Assemblies (SCAs) for science programs. 

Human Research Program (HRP) Operations: The crew continued HRP operations that began earlier the week by collecting saliva and urine samples and processing a set of blood samples for double spin operations using the Refrigerated Centrifuge. The samples will be stowed in the Minus Eighty-degree Freezer for ISS MELFI.

Space Headaches: The European Space Agency (ESA) Space Headaches questionnaire was completed to provide information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crew members in space. Headaches during space flight can negatively affect mental and physical capacities of crew members which can influence performance during a space mission.

Cygnus Departure Preparations: Last night Robotics Ground Controllers commanded the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) to grapple Cygnus for release and departure scheduled for next Tuesday, June 14. Today the crew completed an On Board Training (OBT) session to review release procedures.

Cygnus Cargo Operations: The crew reported that he needed an additional 45 minutes to complete operations and take closeout photos. Forty-five minutes will be added to the crew’s timeline over the weekend. Approximately 49 hours have been completed.

Today’s Planned Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Samples Collection in a CQ with CDM
  • HRF. Samples Collection and Stowage Preparation
  • HRF. Samples Insertion into MELFI
  • HRF. Urine Samples Collection
  • HRF. Assistance during Blood Samples Collection
  • HRF. Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • HRF. Blood Samples Retrieval and their Preparation for Cool Stowage
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Treadmill 2 (T2) Exercise Session
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • EML. Experiment Operations
  • HRF. Insertion of Samples into MELFI
  • HRF. Closeout Operations
  • Skin B. Nominal Operations with Downlink
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops with СКПФУ Hardware r/g 2493
  • LBNP Training (PRELIMINARY) r/g 2494
  • ER5. Locker Removal
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • ER5. Cables Demating
  • IMS Conference (S-band)
  • STRATA. Hardware Check
  • SHD Questionnaire
  • PLASMA CHRYSTAL
  • Installation of PEHG Hardware on EXPRESS Rack 5
  • DAN. Experiment Operations r/g 0119
  • MSL. Replacement of Calibration Cartridges for the First Sample Run
  • Monitoring of ИП-1 Sensors Installation
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring / r/g 1588
  • HRF. Urine Samples Collection
  • Separation Assembly Operations r/g 2498
  • HRF. Insertion of Samples into MELFI
  • On MCC Go ISS N2 Pressurization from Section 2 of 62P СрПК (DC1) (start)
  • INTER-MAI-75. РЛС Hardware Activation r/g 2486
  • ALBEDO. Observation and Photography with VSS / r/g 2491
  • Cargo Transfer into Cygnus
  • On MCC Go ISS N2 Pressurization from Section 2 of 62P СрПК (DC1) (end)
  • Soyuz 719 Descent OBT. Consultation on the Composition and Location of Return Cargo.  r/g 2374, 2495
  • Installation of PEHG Hardware on EXPRESS Rack 5
  • MATRESHKA-R. Gathering and Taking Measurements of BUBBLE Dosimeters r/g 2492
  • [В3] Fan Screen Cleaning in DC1 / Ventilation and Air Conditioning System [СВКВ]
  • Cygnus. Cargo Transfer Conference
  • AUT. Hardware Setup
  • RADIN. Radi-N Detectors Retrieval
  • MATRESHKA-R. Takeover of BUBBLE Dosimeters from the USOS r/g 2492
  • RADIN. RADI-N Detectors Handover to RS
  • MATRESHKA-R. Gathering and Taking Measurements of BUBBLE Dosimeters. Memory Card Replacement r/g 2492
  • ER5. Cables Mating
  • AUT. MEU-B (2) Detachment
  • ER5. Locker Installation
  • AUT. Samples Fixation
  • AUT. MEU-B (2) Detachment
  • Preparation of fructooligosaccharides (FOS) for Multi Omics Experiment
  • AUT. Samples Fixation
  • Vacuum Cleaning of [ВД1] and [ВД2] Air Ducts in MRM2
  • Transfer of Equipment into Soyuz 719 (MRM1) for Removal / r/g 2446
  • HRF. Urine Samples Collection
  • AUT. Insertion of Samples into MELFI
  • AUT. Closeout Ops
  • HRF. Insertion of Samples into MELFI
  • OBT. Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Release
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Measurement of Perforation Holes in SM Inflight Maintenance Intravehicular Activities Outfitting ODF / r/g2497
  • INTER-MAI-75. Hardware Deactivation and Closeout Ops / r/g 2486

Completed Task List Items

  • iPAD certification update [Active]

Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Cygnus OBT support
  • Nominal ground commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 06/11: Crew off duty, housekeeping

Sunday, 06/12: Crew off duty

Monday, 06/13: Cygnus egress, REBR activation/installation, CQ deck cleaning, CBEF reconfig 

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 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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