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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 December 2015

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
December 24, 2015
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NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 December 2015
NASA International Space Station On-Orbit Status 23 December 2015.

Traveling about 253 miles over western Mongolia, the unpiloted ISS Progress 62 Russian cargo ship docked automatically with the Pirs docking compartment of the International Space Station at 5:27 a.m. EST today. Progress is delivering 2.8 tons of food, fuel, and supplies to the crew aboard the station.
The spacecraft launched Monday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Following a by-the-book rendezvous and docking with the Progress’ upgraded Kurs automated system, hooks formed a hard mate between the spacecraft and the Pirs docking compartment. Once the crew completes leak checks, the hatches will open, allowing the crew to unload the cargo.

The Progress spacecraft will remain docked until early July 2016.

On-Orbit Status Report

62 Progress (62P) Docking: 62P completed its 34 orbit rendezvous with ISS and successfully docked to Docking Compartment (DC)-1 at 4:27 AM CST. After docking, Volkov successfully performed leak checks and subsequently opened the hatches.

Biochemical Profile and Cardio Ox: Peake has performed his Flight Day 15 session blood and urine collections for the Biochem Profile and Cardio Ox investigations. The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body. The objective of Cardio Ox is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis in astronauts.

Ocular Health: Kelly and Kornienko completed Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) testing and Kelly performed a fundoscopy activity in support of the Ocular Health investigation. OCT is used to measure retinal thickness, volume, and retinal nerve fiber layer, and the fundoscope is used to obtain images of the retinal surface. 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.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit Loop Scrub: Kopra configured Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) suits 3010 and 3011 for loop scrubbing. Once the scrubbing activity was complete, he reconfigured hardware in order to perform Iodination of Ion Filters for both suits. Samples containing 250 mL of the water were obtained after the loop scrub activity to determine the effectiveness of the filtering. 10 mL of this water sample were used for a conductivity test onboard ISS and the remaining water will be sent to the ground for chemical analysis.

Spare Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) Checkout: Peake configured the port Maintenance Work Area (MWA) within Node 2 and connected power and data cables onto a spare SSU. Once cables were connected, power was applied to the SSU and a ground led checkout was successfully performed to ensure valid operations of the SSU’s firmware. The checkout confirmed no health flags and associated refreshes were completed. The SSU has been declared GO to replace SSU 1B during an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) planned for January 15th. The currently installed SSU had experienced an anomaly last month on November 13th.

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

HRF Urine Sample Collection
SLEEP Questionnaire
Closing USOS Window Shutters
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
Activation/Deactivation of MPEG2 Multicast TV Data Monitoring
Closing window 6,8,9,12,13,14 shutters
OCT Hardware Setup
Eye Examination, Subject
Eye Examination, Operator
VIBROLAB. Monitoring hardware activation
Preparation for ??? 431 Docking
HRF – Review Big Picture Words
WHC – Full Fill
Replacement of MSPR-ELT Laptop
??? 431 Docking to DC1
WRS Water Sample Analysis
High Definition Video Camera Assembly (HD-VCA) Remove & Replace
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
??? Maintenance
Activation of TV data and MPEG2 Multicast Controls
VEG-01 Fan Speed Change
??? 431 Docking to DC1
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
WHC Fill
On MCC Go Activation of MPEG2 Multicast Recording Mode on CP SSC
??? 431 Docking to DC1
Video Footage for Nauka 2.0 TV Channel
Closing Applications and Downlink of MPEG2 Multicast Video via OCA
HRF Urine Sample Collection
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
Food Frequency Questionnaire
Start EMU cooling loop scrub
On MCC Go ??? 431 and DC1 Interface Leak Check
On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
HRF Urine Sample Collection
ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Eye Exam
DC1-?? Hatch Opening
On MCC Go Opening of ???-?? Transfer Hatch
OCT Hardware Stowage
IDENTIFICATION. Copy ???-? micro-accelerometer data to laptop
HRF – Hardware Setup
Installation of Quick Release Screw Clamps (???) on DC1-Progress 431 Interface
Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) Setup from the Spares Kit
WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
??? 431 (DC1) deactivation, air duct installation
??? 431 (DC1) Air Sampling using ??-1? sampler
Assistance in Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) Test
Initiate EMU Cooling Loop Scrub Part 1
Photo of a scuffmark left by the Active Docking Mechanism Probe on DC1 ??? Receiving Cone after Progress 431 Docking
Start EMU cooling loop scrub
Downlink Docking Cone Internal Surface Photos and Data via OCA
??? 431 (DC1) Early Unstow and US Cargo Items Transfers and IMS Ops
EMU – Conductivity Test
Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
Terminate METOX Regeneration
VIBROLAB. Copy and Downlink Data
??? 431 (DC1) Early Unstow and US Cargo Items Transfers and IMS Ops
EMU Boot Inspection
TOCA Data Recording
Environmental Control and Life Support (ECL) Battery Removal
Fundoscope Setup for exam
MARROW – Sample Processing
EMU – Cooling Loop Maintenance – EMU Reconfig
Fundoscope – Vision Test
Fundoscope – Eye Exam
CONTENT. Experiment Ops
INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
EMU – Long Dryout
Equipment stowage after Fundoscope Eye Imaging
HRF Urine Sample Collection
Evening Work Prep
HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
HRF – Review Big Picture Words
URISYS Hardware Setup
ISS HAM – Activation of ISS HAM Radio and Video
In-flight Maintenance (IFM). Disconnecting Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) from UOP
Stow Syringes used in ?2? Conductivity Test
IMS Delta File Prep
Installation of inserts to ease opening of SM interior panel locks (Unstow ???????? ??????????? (Structural Elements) kit (004890R), ???1???_4_427_1, ??? No.1112 (004106J)
Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
ECON-M. Observation and Photography
URAGAN Observations and Photography
Video Recording for All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (?????)

Completed Task List Items
EVA-SEMU Launch Enclosure Deltas Training

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.
Nominal system commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 12/24: Ultrasound 2 Scan, Circadian Rhythms, NeuroMapping
Friday, 12/25: Crew Holiday
Saturday, 12/26: Crew Off Duty, Weekly Cleaning

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – Off
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) – Shutdown
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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