ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/24/14

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 (МКСД) 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 (БРУС), Neptune Console / r/g 7545
  • ISS Emergency OBT Drill (Soyuz 714 Descent). / r/g 7540
  • ПФ1, ПФ2 Dust Collector Filter Changeout (ФГБ1ПГО_4_419_1, Zone 28Б enclosure.
  • Connecting Bonding Strap to БД-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 ИП-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 АСУ.
  • Draining Urine from Recycle Tank to ATV WDS
  • RR-HABITAT. Stowage
  • Kulonovskiy Kristall Experiment Run. / r/g 7528
  • URAGAN. Photo Spectrum System (ФСС) 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 (МКСД) HDD (end) and start archiving. / r/g 5349

Completed Task List Items

  • None 

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:







[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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