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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 December 2017

By Marc Boucher
Status Report
December 13, 2017
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NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 December 2017
NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 8 December 2017.

Today – Lighting Effects: A 52S crewmember logged into the sleep log application and provided a sleep log entry to track his daily sleep patterns and wakefulness.
This entry supports a two week long sleep shift session that began earlier this week.The Lighting Effects investigation studies the impact of the change from fluorescent light bulbs to solid-state light-emitting diodes (LEDs) with adjustable intensity and color and aims to determine if the new lights can improve crew circadian rhythms, sleep, and cognitive performance.

Plant Habitat Desiccant Installation: The crew installed four desiccant packs onto the Plant Habitat growth chamber door to help remove humidity from the growth chamber. The Advanced Plant Habitat Facility (Plant Habitat) is a fully automated facility that will be used to conduct plant bioscience research on the International Space Station (ISS). It occupies the lower half of the EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) rack and two International Subrack Interface Standard (ISIS) drawers, providing a large, enclosed, environmentally controlled chamber.

Space Headaches: The crew completed the weekly questionnaire for the ESA Space Headaches investigation. The Space Headaches investigation collects information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crewmembers in space. Headaches during space flight can negatively affect mental and physical capacities of crewmembers that can influence performance during a space mission.

Earth Imagery from ISS Target Operations: The crew captured images and footage of Fitz Roy, Patagonia and Japan. The Earth Imagery from ISS investigation creates a series of videos, showcasing Earth from space. These videos will be taken with cameras on the International Space Station in 6K hi-resolution, then integrated into videos for screensavers for public enjoyment, exploration, and engagement.

51S Thruster test and descent drill: Today the crew and ground teams performed a thruster test of 51Soyuz prior to its descent and landing planned for December 13th/14th. The thruster test is performed within a week of undock and landing to verify nominal performance of the propulsion system prior to free flight. The crew also performed a nominal descent drill to maintain proficiency prior to their return to Earth.

Starboard Radiator Imagery: Today, the crew took imagery of the Starboard Radiator to inspect for damage. Two sets of images are taken, the first from one side, then the second after ground teams rotate the radiator 180 degrees. This imagery is completed annually.

LS1 Server Transition: This evening, ground teams will complete the transition of the LS1 server to run on a new ZBook computer onboard station. The server will run as a virtual machine under HyperVisor.

Fundoscope and Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Eye Exams: The crew completed a routine OCT exam today. Eye exams are performed regularly onboard in order to monitor crewmember’s eye health. Eyesight is one of the many aspects of the human body that is affected by long-duration stays in a microgravity environment.

CEVIS Manual Knob Activated Message – Yesterday, the crew reported that while they were exercising on the CEVIS, they got a message that said “Manual Knob Activated” and the software exited from the exercise protocol. Ground teams think the cause of the message is that the CEVIS braking band is intermittently sticking. Today, a configuration file was updated to disable the “Manual Knob Activated” message to prevent interruptions to crew exercise.

Today’s Planned Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry – Subject
Telescience Resource Kit Laptop Shutdown
SPHERES Battery Stow
USOS Window Shutter Close
Monitoring shutter closure on windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14.Note 5
Download Pille Dosimeter Readings
IMS Tagup
Soyuz 736 [???] Activation
Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
HRF Generic Saliva Collection Setup
Soyuz 736 ???? No.2 Test Before Undocking
Soyuz 734 IRIDIUM Phone Charging, Configuration Setup, Start charging
Charging Soyuz 734 IRIDIUM Phone, Battery Status Check
Soyuz 734 IRIDIUM Phone Charge, Terminate Charge, Teardown of the Setup, Flexible Container
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Rad Detector Rotate
IMS Update
Environmental Health System (EHS) – Radiation Area Monitors (RAM) Retrieval
Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
??? maintenance
JEM Camera Robot Disconnection and Stow
Payload MSG Drawer Cleanup
EMER-1a book change-out pages
LBNP (????) training (preliminary)
Dragon Prepack
EML. Gas Valves Closing
Soyuz 736 descent OBT.
INTER-MAI-75. HAM Radio Hardware Activation
MATRYOSHKA-R. Inspection of holders and photography of protective screen
Photography of FGB enclosures behind panels 220, 222, 420, 422
Photo/TV Node 2 AVN443 HD Encoder Power Cycle
Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Inspection
Photo TV Starboard Radiator Imagery
Soyuz Prepack
Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) Setup
INTERP-MAI-75. Equipment deactivation and cleanup / r/g 7527
Health Management System (HMS), Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT), Subject
Earth Imagery from ISS Crew Conference
Space Headaches – Weekly Questionnaire
OCT Equipment Stowage
Completed Task List Activities

Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow
VEGGIE Science Kit Resupply
AC Dry Vacuum Bag Return
ESA PAO Message

Ground Activities
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.
LS1 transition to ZBook.
Standard commanding.

Three-Day Look Ahead:
Saturday, 12/09: Housekeeping, Crew off duty, Probiotics
Sunday, 12/10: Crew off duty, Probiotics
Monday, 12/11: Lab Light Troubleshooting, N2 Light Install, MSL, SPHERES

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 – Operate
Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3 – Standby
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab – Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 – Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) – Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) – Process
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab – Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 – Off

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