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NASA Space Station Status Report 5 December, 2022 – Following Spacewalk, a Rest for Four Crew Members

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Status Report
December 5, 2022
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NASA Space Station Status Report 5 December, 2022 – Following Spacewalk, a Rest for Four Crew Members
NASA spacewalker Josh Cassada rides the Canadarm2 robotic arm carrying the roll-out solar array to its installation site on the Starboard-4 truss segment.

Four Expedition 68 crew members took Monday off following a busy weekend of spacewalk activities. The rest of the International Space Station crew focused on electronics, life support, and Orlan spacesuit maintenance.

NASA astronauts Josh Cassada and Frank Rubio are relaxing today following a spacewalk on Saturday that saw the successful installation of a roll-out solar array on the station’s Starboard-4 truss segment. The duo then spent Sunday cleaning up after the spacewalk in the Quest airlock and discussing the results of the excursion with specialists on the ground. Flight Engineers Nicole Mann of NASA and Koichi Wakata of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) also took Monday off having assisted the spacewalkers over the weekend.

The next spacewalk is planned later this month to relocate a radiator from the Rassvet module to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module. Commander Sergey Prokopyev and Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin are replacing pumps inside their Orlan spacesuits today as they prepare for that spacewalk.

Flight Engineer Anna Kikina spent the day servicing a variety of electronics and life support hardware aboard the orbiting lab. She replaced gear and reconfigured cables then worked on the Nauka module’s ventilation system.

On-Orbit Status Report

USOS 3A ISS Roll Out Solar Array (IROSA) Install Extravehicular Activity (EVA): This past weekend on Saturday EV1 (Josh Cassada) and EV2 (Frank Rubio) conducted USOS EVA #82. The main goal of this EVA was to install and deploy the 3A IROSA and perform a 1B cable demate. Hatch opening occurred at 6:16 AM CT. The final Phase Elapsed Time (PET) from today’s EVA was 7 hours and 5 minutes and the crew completed the following objectives:

  • Release IROSA from FSE
  • Install IROSA on S4 3A Mast Canister
  • Connect IROSA Electrical Connectors
  • Deploy S4 3A IROSA
  • 1B Cable Demate
  • Release FSE Restraint Bolts on 4A IROSA (Get-Ahead)


Kubik 5 and 6 Deinstall:  Following the completion of the Osteogenic Cells experiment, the crew deinstalled Kubik 5 from COL1D1 and Kubik 6 from COL1D2, and stowed them.  Exposure of the human body to microgravity conditions during long-duration spaceflight results in the loss of bone mass, especially in weight-bearing bones, with conditions resembling that of disuse osteoporosis. The general understanding of the underlying processes state that bone formation is decreased, whereas bone resorption remains unaltered, or is slightly increased. The main goal of the Osteogenic Cells investigation is to study whether the gravity response is restricted to a particular osteogenic cell type, and whether the composition of Extra-Cellular Matrix (ECM) affects, or even rescues, the gravity-response in the formation of bone cells (osteoblasts).


Post EVA Activities: Today, the crew terminated charging on Li-Ion Batteries using EVA battery operations terminal. This is done in preparation for the upcoming 4A IROSA EVA. The crew also terminated the first cycle of Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Metal Oxide (METOX) regeneration. Following this, a second METOX regeneration cycle was initiated by baking out CO2 in the METOX regenerator oven.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • JAXA Space Food Video Taking

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

  • OCA Uplink Bandwidth Reduced
  • ASIM Daily File Uplink and Transfer
  • SMLA-R System Message Router Reboot
  • PRO NICER Heater Commanding
  • SPDM RMCT Checkout
  • SAGE Data Downlink

Look Ahead Plan

Tuesday, December 6 (GMT 340)

  • BRIC-26 Cannister Actuation and Transfer
  • CIR Hardware Gather
  • COSMIC Cover Setup
  • HRF Rack Handle Replace
  • Lumina Reboot And Data Transfer
  • PAUL Cube Replacement TL Mission-30
  • Plant Habitat Hardware Retrieve
  • PLT4 and PLT5 Relocate
  • RFID Tag Install
  • RR-25 Hab Restock and Access Unit Clean
  • STaARS BioScience-15 Sample Transfer


  • EMU Cooling Loop Maintenance
  • Food Transfer
  • EDV Drain to RST using UTS
  • HMS IMAK Unpack

Wednesday, December 7 (GMT 341)

  • BCM Robot Test
  • BRIC-26 Cannister Retrieval And Insertion into CS
  • CIR/SoFIE Solenoid Valve Replacement
  • HRF Urine and Blood Setup
  • NanoRacks Mainframe A Module Install
  • Particle Vibration Mix
  • SIS Biolab EC Deinstall and Biolab Reference EC install


  • ECLSS PEPS Inspection
  • EVA EMU FPS R&R Tool Gather and Study
  • SpX Crew Dragon Emergency Departure Review
  • VTE Scan

Thursday, December 8 (GMT 342)

  • CIR Hardware Return
  • FSL SMD SCU Exchange
  • HRF Blood and Urine Collect
  • HRF/CIPHER/Falcon Goggle Checkout
  • ISS HAM Pass
  • JWRS Component Installation
  • MSG Activation
  • NanoRacks Deployer Disassembly


  • EVA EMU Radio and FPS R&R
  • Transfer Crew Dragon Cargo Operations

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

  • EVA Battery Operations Terminal Terminate
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Initiation and Termination
  • Kubik 5 and 6 Deinstallation

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