NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 27 December 2016

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson floats through a tangle of cables inside the Columbus module aboard the International Space Station. Whitson was operating the Fluids System Servicer to refill coolant loops in multiple modules on the U.S. segment of the station. Credit: NASA.

Today: Fluid Shifts Dilution Measurements: The second of three 49S subjects completed their Flight Day 45 blood draw with assistance from a Crew Medical Officer (CMO) Operator in support of the first part of the Fluid Shift activities - Diultion Measurement.

Upon wakeup the subject collected saliva, blood and urine and insert them into Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) prior to ingesting a Sodium Bromide (NaBr) tracer. Throughout the day, the subject completed additional urine, blood, and saliva collections and inserted the samples into MELFI. Fluid Shifts is divided into three experiment portions - Dilution Measurements, Baseline Imaging, and Baseline Imaging with Chibis (Lower Body Negative Pressure). The experiment investigates the causes for severe and lasting physical changes to astronauts' eyes. Because the headward fluid shift is a hypothesized contributor to these changes, reversing this fluid shift with a lower body negative pressure device is investigated as a possible intervention. Results from this study may help to develop preventative measures against lasting changes in vision and eye damage.

Japanese-Small Satellite Orbital Deployer-6 (J-SSOD-6) Installation: The crew completed the J-SSOD-6 installation activities on the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) Airlock (JEMAL) Slide Table. The four deployers, holding six satellites, will be grappled by the JEM Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) and deployed in January. The J-SSOD facility provides a reliable, safe and economically viable means of deploying research small satellites into Earth orbit. Atmospheric and surface monitoring, radio communications testing, and small object and sample return to the ground for testing and analysis are all potential candidates for this facility.

Combustion Integration Rack (CIR) Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) Troubleshooting: The crew performed investigative troubleshooting steps to aid in the removal of a stuck MDCA from the CIR Combustion Chamber. Using a boroscope and a feeler tool, the crew attempted to locate suspected Foreign Object Debris (FOD) along the guide rails. The crew was unable to locate any debris, and ground controllers are reviewing the video taken from the boroscope. Once removed, the MDCA will be replaced with the next planned experiment, Cool Flames Investigation (CFI). CFI provides new insight into the phenomenon where some types of fuels initially burn very hot, then appear to go out but continue burning at a much lower temperature with no visible flames (cool flames). Understanding cool flame combustion helps scientists develop new engines and fuels that are more efficient and less harmful to the environment.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) 3008 Loop Scrub: Last Friday the crew attempted to perform the EMU 3008 loop scrub which could not be completed due to a leak at the Service and Cooling Umbilical (SCU) Display and Control Module (DCM) interface. Earlier today the crew removed the SCU however during the installation of the new SCU they encountered resistance while mating the SCU connection. The SCU did not receive power upon activation. The crew reported finding damage to the connecter during an inspection of the connectors. Based on ground specialist recommendations the crew used pliers to unbend the SCU connector back shell prior to them remating the SCU to the UIA. The new SCU has been reinstalled and it powered up nominally. The crew will complete the checkout of the new SCU and EMU 3008 Loop Scrub later this week.

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

Fluid Shifts Blood Collection
Fluid Shifts Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
TIMER. Battery Charging
Service and Cooling Umbilical (SCU) Remove and Replace
XF305 Camcorder Setup
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
Small Satellite Orbital Deployer Checkout Prep Part 1
Kazbek Fitcheck (Soyuz 732)
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill [Aborted]
Service and Cooling Umbilical (SCU) Activation and Checkout Part 1
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) Multi - 4 Deployers onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation Part 2
BIMS. Assistance during the Experiment
BIMS. Experiment Ops.
Meteor Hard Disk Drive and Antivirus Update
ESA PAO Recorded Message "SpaceUp France"
CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops.
TIMER. Preparation and Video Recording (start) of the Experiment
Photo T/V (P/TV) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Setup
CONTURE-2. Hardware Setup on Panel 418 (hardware location: МИМ2_Б2, bag #423-23 (00064228R))
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Calibration Check
Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Checkout Part 2
CONTURE-2. Experiment Session Prep and Execution.
Fluid Shifts Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
VEG-03 Plant Photo
Small Satellite Orbital Deployer Checkout Cleanup
СОЖ Maintenance
Service and Cooling Umbilical (SCU) Activation and Checkout Part 2 [Deferred]
JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) Multi - 4 Deployers onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation Part 3
Vacuum Cleaning of BД1 and ВД2 Air Ducts in DC1
Countermeasures System (CMS) ЭСПАНДЕР Exercise session
Service and Cooling Umbilical (SCU) Activation and Checkout Part 3 [Deferred]
TIMER. Video Recording of the Experiment (end) and Closeout Ops
JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
Combustion Integrated Rack Hardware Troubleshooting Review
Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Open
Hardware Prep for Spacesuits #4 and 6 Functionality Check.
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
Combustion Integrated Rack Front End Cap Open
Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
Combustion Integrated Rack Hardware Troubleshooting
Activation of Spacesuits #4 and 6.
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance - Part 1[Deferred]
Onboard Interface Unit (БСС) Checkout in DC1.
Joint Separation of the Water System of Spacesuits #4 and 6 and the Onbaord Interface Unit (БСС) in DC1.
Recording of Human Physiology and Microgravity Message
Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup
PAO Preparation
Water System Scrubbing with БОС Purification and Degassing Unit in ПхО Transfer Compartument. [Deferred]
Air Samples Collection with [АК-1М] in SM and FGB
Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) - JEM
Combustion Integrated Rack Hardware Troubleshooting
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Post Scrub Cooling Loop Water (H2O) Sample[Deferred]
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Scrub Reconfiguration[Deferred]
Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Calibration Check Data Record
Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Water Recharge[Deferred]
EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub Termination[Deferred]
Combustion Integrated Rack Front End Cap Close
Combustion Integrated Rack Rack Doors Close
Fluid Shifts Dilution Measures Reference Material Review
Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) WSTA Fill

Completed Task List Items
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) High Calibration [Completed Saturday]
Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow [Completed Saturday]
XF305 Camcorder deploy [Completed Saturday]
Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) Checkout [Completed Saturday]
NanoRacks Platform-1 Module-72 Move [Completed Saturday]
CEVIS Control Panel Time Synch [Completed Saturday]
Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) High Calibration Data Record [Completed Sunday]
ESA Active Dosimeter Area Monitoring Mobile Unit Stow [Completed Sunday]
ESA Active Dosimeter PSD Restow [Completed Sunday]
ESA PAO Recorded Message "Air France" [Completed Sunday]
ESA PAO Recorded Message "St.Exupery Writing Contest" [Completed Sunday]
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Node 3 Axial Shield Bundle Build [Completed Sunday]
Locate spare SCU for upcoming SCU R&R. [Completed Sunday]
Lighting Effects Numerical Verification Test Packet Trash [Completed Sunday]
Manufacturing Device 1.0 CTB Audit [Completed Sunday]
Photo/TV RED Dragon Camera Assembly [Completed Sunday]
At Home In Space Culture Photo [Completed Monday]
Treadmill 2 System (T2) Monthly Inspection [Completed Monday]
Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Extended Maintenance [Completed Monday]
Recording of Mission X 2017 Closing Message [Completed Monday]
ESA PAO Recorded Message "UNICEF Ambassador Message" [Completed Monday]
Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuration [Completed Monday]
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection [Completed Monday]
Crew Medical Restraint System (CMRS) Swap and Check out [Completed Monday]
Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test [Completed Monday]
OCT Laptop Cable Secure [Completed Monday]
PAO Filming of B-Roll Material for Super Bowl LI [Completed Monday]
USC Galen Center "Hidden Figures" Screening Message [Completed Monday]
Space Station Research Explorer [Completed Monday]
Veggie 03 Pillow Watering [Completed Monday]
Located Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Waste Water Bags (WWBs) [Completed Monday]
BelAir WAP Deploy - Lab
Columbus MLU8 Lamp Housing Assembly Remove and Replace.

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
PCPA Pumpdown

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Wednesday, 12/28: Fluid Shifts, Body Measures, Skinsuit measurements, EVA procedures review
Thursday, 12/29: Fluid Shifts, CIR bench ops, EVA DOUG review, P/TV safety video survey
Friday, 12/30: Fluid Shifts, Ultrasound/Ocular Health, EVA Equipment Lock prep/on-orbit fit check

QUICK ISS Status - Environmental Control Group:
Component - Status
Elektron- Off
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 - Operate
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Idle
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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