ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/23/14

Neuromapping:  The crew supported operations to complete objectives of the NeuroMapping Neurocognitive Test.  After connecting a control pad to the HRF laptop, Virts launched the NeuroMapping application and completed the Mental Rotation I Test, the Sensorimotor Adaptation Test, the Dual Task Test while tethered, and the Mental Rotation II Test while free-floating. Wilmore took photographs of the subject Virts completing the tasks.  The Neuromapping experiment studies whether long-duration spaceflight causes any changes to the brain, including brain structure and function, motor control, and multi-tasking; as well as measuring how long it takes for the brain and body to recover from those possible changes. Previous research and anecdotal evidence from crewmembers returning from a long-duration spaceflight suggests that movement control and cognition are affected in microgravity. The NeuroMapping investigation utilizes structural and functional magnetic resonance brain imaging (MRI and FMRI) to assess any changes to crewmembers after a six-month mission on the International Space Station.

ISS SERVIR (“to serve” in Spanish) Environmental Research and Visualization System (ISERV):  Wilmore will retrieve the hard drive plugged into the ISERV laptop and connect it to an SSC for imagery downlink.  ISERV is an automated system designed to acquire images of the Earth’s surface from the International Space Station (ISS). It is primarily a means to gain experience and expertise in automated data acquisition from the ISS, although it is expected to provide useful images for use in disaster monitoring and assessment, and environmental decision making.

Bone and Muscle Check: Cristofotetti will collect Saliva and urine samples to support Bone and Muscle Check.   Salivary Markers of Metabolic Changes during Space Missions (Check-Saliva) tests crewmembers’ saliva, blood, and urine before, during and after spaceflight to study whether saliva tests can serve as reliable health monitors. Microgravity reduces bone and muscle mass, which is related to changes in certain substances in the bloodstream and urine. Some of these changes can also be detected in saliva samples. Tests using Check-Saliva can validate whether saliva and/or urine can be used as simple, non-invasive tools to monitor crewmembers’ bone and muscle status during a space mission

Skin-B: Cristoforetti conducted her second Skin-B data collection using the Tewameter probe to measure the skin barrier function; the Visioscan Camera to measure skin surface topography; and the Corneometer probe to measure skin hydration. The Skin-B experiment will improve understanding of skin aging, which is slow on Earth but very much accelerated in space. This will also provide insights into the aging process in other (similar) bodily tissues in general. The data could help in determining impact on astronauts on future missions to the Moon and Mars for example where environmental conditions are more challenging.

Dragon cargo operations:  Virts and Christoforetti continued cargo operations to prepare hardware for return on Dragon.

Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) Hardware Search: Wilmore performed a search for a bag of NORS hardware had been displaced and successfully found the hardware.  The NORS system when installed replaces the Space Shuttle capability to deliver high pressure nitrogen and oxygen to replenish the ISS High Pressure Gas Tanks (HPGTs).

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

  • HRF – Blood collection, centrifuge ops and MELFI insertion
  • SPLANH. Experiment Ops. / r/g 7511
  • RGN-REC TK – Transfer and Replacement
  • BAR. Experiment Ops. / r/g 7532
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection & Insertion Into MELFI
  • NMAP – Hardware Test
  • MIS (Multifunction Crew Information Support System) SW Test on ISS RS. / r/g 7514
  • CIR – Hardware Setup
  • Bone/Muscle Check (BMC) – Sample Collection and MELFI Insertion
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • Adjustment Calibration of Freon Leak Analyzer/Detector (ФИТ) Coefficients.
  • SKNB – Experiment Ops with Data Downlink
  • OBSTANOVKA. Download of Obstanovka P/L Data from БСПН (Payload Server) to RSS1 Laptop
  • Installation of overlay sheets on FGB interior panels (104).
  • ITCS Sampling using the Columbus Coolant Fluid Servicer (CCFS)
  • Dragon Prepack
  • VIRTUAL. Experiment Ops. (as necessary) / r/g 7311
  • RGN REC-TNK – Removal of depress hose for nominal operations
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • RGN – Terminate water drain from EDV to ATV
  • ISERV – Connecting 120 GB USB Hard Drive
  • WRS Maintenance & Water Sample Analysis
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video / r/g 7290
  • Dragon Prepack
  • Filling EDV from ATV5 WDS Tank Using Compressor
  • Analysis of SM Atmosphere for Freon Using ФИТ
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops. / r/g 7535
  • RSS2 Laptop SW Update / r/g 7533
  • SPLANH. Experiment Setup / r/g 7530
  • SM CO measurement using CMS unit / r/g 7392
  • ISS RS Atmosphere Analysis Using АОК ГАНК-4М
  • Remove or mark out erroneous labels on select GLAs
  • TOCA Data Recording

Completed Task List Items

  • Actiwatch return prep
  • IWIS RSU checks RS

Ground Activities
All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

  • Wednesday, 12/24: OOHA test, 40S OBT Emergency Drill, JEMRMS Bus Mon, ELITE 2 Camera Setup, Lab MCA Install
  • Thursday, 12/25: Crew Holiday
  • Friday, 12/26: OOHA Test, CMO OBT, ITCS Samples, ABRS hardware removal, Bone Density

QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:







[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”)


[СКВ] 2 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV2”)


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Lab


Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) Node 3


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Lab


Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3


Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA)


Urine Processing Assembly (UPA)


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab


Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3

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