NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 8 December 2014

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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 8 December 2014.

Today: Ocular Health: Virts conducted Flight Day 15 Ocular Health vision test. With Wilmore acting as the Crew Medical Officer (CMO), eye and blood pressure measurements were collected on Virts.

Tomorrow, retinal images will be collected using the fundoscope. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.

Body Measures: Wilmore, acting as an operator, assisted subject Virts in setting up equipment, collecting the calibration, body pose photographs and the circumference measurements in support of the Body Measures experiment. Currently, NASA does not have sufficient in-flight anthropometric data (body measurements) gathered to assess the impact of physical body shape and size changes on suit sizing. This study will involve collecting anthropometric data (body measurements) using digital still and video imagery and a tape measure to measure segmental length, height, depth, and circumference data for all body segments from astronauts for pre-, post-, and in-flight conditions.

Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus (CGBA): Wilmore connected cables to the CGBAs #4 and #6 in the Express Rack, powered on the units, and performed a checkout in preparation for payloads arriving on SpaceX-5.

Nanoracks Module 27: Virts reviewed Nanoracks Plate Reader Onboard Training materials, retrieved microplates from MELFI and utilized the Plate Reader to scan Module-27 Microplates. NanoRacks-Module-27 compares the growth rates of microbes isolated from samples collected from ground-based public venues both in the microgravity environment of the ISS and in the lab at UC Davis. This study also characterizes the microbial communities found on surfaces aboard the ISS using culture-independent methods.

Bone and Muscle Check: Cristoforetti collected Saliva and urine samples to support Bone and Muscle Check. Salivary Markers of Metabolic Changes during Space Missions (Check-Saliva) tests crewmembers' saliva, blood, and urine before, during and after spaceflight to study whether saliva tests can serve as reliable health monitors. Microgravity reduces bone and muscle mass, which is related to changes in certain substances in the bloodstream and urine. Some of these changes can also be detected in saliva samples. Tests using Check-Saliva can validate whether saliva and/or urine can be used as simple, non-invasive tools to monitor crewmembers' bone and muscle status during a space mission.

Commercial Orbital Transport Services (COTS) UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Checkout: In preparation for the upcoming SpaceX-5 mission, Virts worked with ground teams in order to activate the CUCU System and performed a Crew Command Panel (CCP) checkout. CUCU provides a command and telemetry communications link between ISS and Dragon during rendezvous operations and is part of Launch Commit Criteria Flight Rules.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Mobility Unit (EMU) 3005 Fan Pump Separator (FPS) Procedure Review: Wilmore and Cristoforetti reviewed procedures associated with the replacement of EMU 3005 FPS. The FPS had failed to spin up during a Loop Scrub activity in October and a replacement was subsequently flown onboard Soyuz 41S. The FPS change out is scheduled to occur tomorrow and Wednesday with a full EMU 3005 return to service checkout occurring on Thursday.

Today's Planned Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

HRF- urine samples collection & insertion into MELFI
BODYM - H/W assembly and prep for measurements
Brine Transfer From Recycle Tank to ATV WDS
OH - ocular health check
PK4 - Pressure readings Monitoring
PK4 - Chamber filling with Neon gas
Physical Exercise Data Downlink
Ocular Health Questionnaire filling
OH - Blood Pressure Measurement
OH - Hardware Installation
OH - Tonometer Measurements (СМО)
RSS2 Laptop - Installation of new S/W Version 4.0
RGN-REC TK - transfer and replacement
PK4 - Monitor Check out / ESA PODF
PK4 - Gas Supply Hardware Switch-over / ESA PODF
Assets Configuration for Communication from MRM 1
WRS - Filling the container from EDV for processing
EMCS - Degassing Module Replacement
Fitness Evaluation (Assistance)
CHEMISTRY EDUCATION. "Sphere - C" session run.
MRM 1 Comm Config - bring back to nominal.
PROBOY. Set up and Cables connection.
CGBA4 & 6- Hardware set up
CUCU - Testing
EMU Separator Repair Procedure Ops Conference
MOD27 - Micropads Scanning
RGN REC-TNK - Pressure Relief Hose Removing for Nominal Operations
HRF- Urine Samples Collection
HRF- Samples Installation into MELFI
P/L VIRU. АБ battery charging
Completed Task List Items

3D Printer coupon removal and stow
ESA Recording Video- UNICEF
GeoFlow bag transfer
Ground Activities
All activities are on schedule unless otherwise noted.

CUCU Checkout
Primary Power System (PPS) Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) Shunt Test [In Work]
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 12/09: Ocular Health, FPS Tool Gather, FPS R&R part 1, NanoRacks Centrifuge, Module-27 Plate Reader Scan
Wednesday, 12/10: Ocular Health, FPS R&R part 2, Circadian Rhythms,
Thursday, 12/11: EMU 3005 Return To Service, Body Measures, Dragon Robotics OBT
QUICK ISS Status - Environmental Control Group:

Component - Status
Elektron - On
Vozdukh - On
[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 - Stop
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 - Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) - Standby
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) - Normal
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab - Off
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 - Full up

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