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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 24 December 2014

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
December 29, 2014
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NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 24 December 2014
NASA ISS On-Orbit Status 24 December 2014

Today: Rodent Research: Crew powered down, removed and prepared the Rodent Research habitat for stow. At the conclusion of Rodent research-1 operations, Habitat -2 was positioned in several locations (EXPRESS Rack 1 (ER1), ER2 and Aisle deploy) to thermally characterize areas within the US Lab in preparation for future Rodent Research operations.
Circadian Rhythms: Cristoforetti completed her 36 hour Circadian Rhythms session and removed the equipment. Circadian Rhythms investigates the role of synchronized circadian rhythms, or the “biological clock,” and how it changes during long-duration spaceflight. Researchers hypothesize that a non-24-hour cycle of light and dark affects crewmembers’ circadian clocks. The investigation also addresses the effects of reduced physical activity, microgravity and an artificially controlled environment. Changes in body composition and body temperature, which also occur in microgravity, can affect crewmembers’ circadian rhythms as well. Understanding how these phenomena affect the biological clock will improve performance and health for future crewmembers.

ELITE-S2 (ELaboratore di Immagini TElevisive, Space qualified, version 2 (Blind and Imagined): Cristoforetti reviewed procedures and set up cameras in preparation for her second Blind & Imagined test run. She performed a camera calibration test, a system calibration, placed body markers and executed test protocols. The Movement in Orbital Vehicle Experiments Short and Blind (MOVE SB) and Space Height Reference In Non-gravitational Kinetics (SHRINK) Investigations, collectively known as Blind and Imagined, are a series of tests crewmembers perform on the ISS to test their physical senses. Crewmembers move their arms and hands, and then imagine themselves throwing a ball on Earth and in microgravity, while cameras record their movement. The results will help scientists study the sensory and motor changes that take place in the unique environment of space.

40 Soyuz (40S) Emergency Operations Training: The 40S crew, Wilmore, Samokutyaev and Serova conducted a training exercise to review Soyuz emergency operations in the event of a contingency undock and landing. They reviewed procedures for preparing the Soyuz systems and Sokol suits for undocking and landing. This training is done periodically through the Increment.

Lab Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Component Installation: Virts installed three new components into the Lab MCA: Mass Spectrometer, Verification Gas Assembly and Data and Control Unit. The old components were previously removed and the new components were delivered on SpaceX-4. The MCA measures major constituents of the ISS atmosphere.

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

SPLANH. Experiment Ops. / r/g 7530
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Downlink data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) HDD (start). / r/g 5349
JEMRMS Bus Monitor Cable Setup
EXPRS4 – Cable Connection
JEMRMS – Virus Check, Transfering data to SSC, Deactivating, and Disconnecting Power Cables
Circadian Rhythm – Deinstrumentation and Cleaning
IFM-LAB – MCA Hardware Gather
On-orbit Hearing Assessment using EARQ
Photography of Soyuzes 714 & 715 Descent Module Manual Control Unit (????), Neptune Console / r/g 7545
ISS Emergency OBT Drill (Soyuz 714 Descent). / r/g 7540
??1, ??2 Dust Collector Filter Changeout (???1???_4_419_1, Zone 28? enclosure.
Connecting Bonding Strap to ??-2 / r/g 7544
Measuring Gradient Heating Furnace (GHF) Heating Units Insulation Resistance
Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) – Locating Ziploc bags for CPA maintenance
SPLANH. Blood Biochemistry Analysis Repeat / r/g 7530
MATRYOSHKA-R. Monitoring Lulin-5 readings / r/g 6768
Verification of ??-1 Flow Sensor Position
JRNL – Journal entry
OTKLIK. Equipment Check. / r/g 7409
MRM2 comm config to support voice comm for the experiment
Filling (separation) of EDV (KOV) for Electron or EDV-SV for ???.
Draining Urine from Recycle Tank to ATV WDS
Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run. / r/g 7528
URAGAN. Photo Spectrum System (???) Checkout. / r/g 7539
Blind and Imagined (B&I) – Test Operations
Switching ISERV Camera to Video Mode
MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops
IFM-LAB – MCA ORU Installations
KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copy and Downlink Data / r/g 7528
Return FGB interior panels to initial configuration post overlay sheet installation.
ELITE2 Cable Stow [Deferred to Friday because Blind and Imagined (B&I) ran long]
Tightening QD Screw Clamps on SM Docking Assembly and ATV Interface
Installation of Adapter Cable in MCA
JRNL – Journal Entry
SEISMOPROGNOZ. Download data from Control and Data Acquisition Module (????) HDD (end) and start archiving. / r/g 5349
Completed Task List Items

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

Nominal commanding
Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 12/25: Crew Holiday
Friday, 12/26: OOHA Test, CMO OBT, ITCS Samples
Saturday, 12/27: Weekly Cleaning, Crew Day Off
QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

Component – Status
Elektron – On
Vozdukh – On
[???] 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 – Stop
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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