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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 December 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
December 18, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 December 2015
NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 16 December 2015.

The new Expedition 46 trio aboard the International Space Station is settling in for a six-month mission and getting right to work. They arrived Tuesday morning, had a quick safety briefing and rested up before their first full day aboard the orbital laboratory.
New Flight Engineers Yuri Malenchenko, Tim Kopra and Tim Peake worked throughout Wednesday familiarizing themselves with station systems and emergency procedures. During the afternoon Kopra began unloading the new Cygnus private cargo ship while Peake worked on NanoRacks gear and life support hardware. Malenchenko began unloading science experiments, including the Biosignal human cell study, and other supplies from the new Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.

One-Year crew members Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko are over nine months into their mission aboard the station. Flight Engineer Sergey Volkov has been with the crew since September. Kelly and Volkov paired up for eye exams today as part of the Ocular Health study. Kornienko assisted Malenchenko with the Soyuz cargo transfers. He also explored how vibrations affect the station structure caused by crew activities such as spacewalks, vehicle dockings and exercise.

On-Orbit Status Report

Human Research Facility (HRF)-2 Resupply: Kopra restocked the HRF supply kits in the HRF2 rack in the Columbus module and removed expired limited life items. He then took photographs of the kits for downlink.

Fine Motor Skills: Newly arrived ISS crewmembers Kopra and Peake each completed a session of the Fine Motor Skills experiment today. During the experiment they performed a series of interactive tasks on a touchscreen tablet. This investigation is the first fine motor skills study to measure long-term microgravity exposure, different phases of microgravity adaptation, and sensorimotor recovery after returning to Earth gravity.

Space Headaches: Peake completed another Daily Space Headaches questionnaires as part of his week-long series. The daily questionnaires are only scheduled immediately after arrival of a new crewmember to the ISS. Weekly questionnaires will be completed in subsequent weeks. Headaches can be a common complaint during spaceflight. The Space Headaches experiment will 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.

NanoRacks Module Installations: Installation of the NanoRacks modules that arrived on the Orbital ATK-4 in a NanoRacks Platform-2 locker in the JEM Pressurized Module (JPM) has been postponed due to issues experienced overnight with responses received from ground commands sent to the hardware.

Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review: With the arrival of the 45S crew, all 6 crew members discussed priorities in the event of an emergency response and how to achieve safety of the crew as well as safe configuration of the ISS. Topics covered included crew actions during emergency retreat in the Soyuz, ISS Commander responsibilities, and communication and coordination among crew members and with ground teams.

Cygnus Cargo Operations: Today, Kopra unpacked cargo that arrived on the Cygnus vehicle. Additional cargo operations with all three USOS crewmembers are scheduled for tomorrow.

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

??? – Hardware setup
WRS – recycling system tank fill
FINEMOTR- experiment test
On MCC Go Progress 428 (DC1) ???? Section 2 fill with N2
ISS crew adaptation
??? – eye scan
IDENTIFIKATSYA. ???-? linear acceleration meter measurements data copy to laptop
BIOSIGNAL. CRYOGEM-03 thermostat activation to +29 deg ?
??? – hardware stow
Elektron ?? liquid tank repress
Crew adaptation and familiarization
Exercise Hardware familiarization
EVA – toothbrush state photography and stowage
ER6-DVD- SW install
Review of crew roles and responsibilities in contingencies
??? Maintenance
CMS – ?2 – Glenn harness configuration
??? – CMO – onboard computer training
WRS – recycling system tank fill
NANO – modules install [Aborted]
WRS – water samples analysis
Crew prep for PAO
REGENERATSYA-1. Hardware relocation and placement
HRF2- hardware setup for experiment
REGENERATSYA -1. Photography at hardware location
??? – CMO – onboard computer training
BIOSIGNAL. Hardware transfer from Soyuz
POIC – camcorder setup and video shooting
BIOSIGNAL. Photography
BIOSIGNAL. Hardware placement in CRYOGEM -03 at +29 deg. C.
CSA-CP check out
Video hardware stow post ARED Exercise video
On MCC Go Local temperature commutator (??251?1?) #1417726325 and ROM #1417726934 (??1??_3_314_1, bag 353-8 (00037141R) install in Soyuz 719 orbital module
ER6- SW install
Fundoscope examination prep (eye drops for pupil dilation)
HMS – food questionnaire entry
Crew adaptation and familiarization
Hardware setup for Fundoscope examination
Crew adaptation and familiarization
Fundoscope – eye test
Hardware stow post Fundoscope examination
SHD- questionnaire entry
ER6- experiment close-out ops
TOCA – data recording
POIC – video recording d/l
Soyuz 719 transfers with IMS update
ECON-M. Observation and Photography
Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
Installation of inserts to ease opening of SM interior panel latches (Unstow ???????? ??????????? (Structural Elements) kit (004890R), ???1???_4_427_1, ??? No.1112 (004106J)

Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were competed unless otherwise noted.
Nominal Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 12/17: Cygnus Cargo Ops, ISS Crew Handover
Friday, 12/18: VEG-01, CIR Ops
Saturday, 12/19: Crew Off Duty, Weekly Cleaning

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

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

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