ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/2/15

Biochemical Profile:  Lindgren continued his Return minus 14 (R-14) blood and urine collections and Yui his R-14 saliva collection for the Biochem Profile investigation.  Samples were stowed in a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (MELFI) for return on a later flight. The Biochemical Profile experiment tests blood and urine samples obtained from astronauts before, during, and after spaceflight. Specific proteins and chemicals in the samples are used as biomarkers, or indicators of health. Post-flight analysis yields a database of samples and test results, which scientists can use to study the effects of spaceflight on the body.


Ocular Health:  Lindgren and Yui continued their Flight Day 120 Ocular Health activities by performing their Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) and fundoscopy, with Kelly acting as the Crew Medical Officer.  OCT is used to measure retinal thickness, volume, and retinal nerve fiber layer, and the fundoscope is used to obtain images of the retinal surface.  The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risk of microgravity-induced visual impairment/intracranial pressure in ISS crewmembers. Researchers believe that the measurement of visual, vascular and central nervous system changes over the course of this experiment and during the subsequent post-flight recovery will assist in the development of countermeasures, clinical monitoring strategies, and clinical practice guidelines.


Veggie (Veg-01):  Lindgren refilled the Veg-01 plant pillows with water.  The Veg-01 investigation is used to assess on-orbit function and performance of the Veggie facility, focusing on the growth and development of seedlings in the spaceflight environment and the composition of microbial flora on the plants and the facility.  For this run, Zinnias will be grown for 60 days and are expected to produce flowers.


Twins Study:  In support of the Twins Study, Kelly completed his Flight Day 240 saliva collection, stowing samples in a MELFI.  This investigation is an integrated compilation of ten different studies led by multiple investigators.  The studies take advantage of a unique opportunity to look at the effects of space travel on identical twins, with one of them experiencing space travel for a year while the other remains earth-bound for that same year.  The study looks at changes in the human body that are important in the fields of genetics, psychology, physiology, microbiology, and immunology.


EXPRESS (EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station) Rack 3 Laptop Software Load:  Kelly supported the ongoing software updates to ISS EXPRESS Rack laptops by copying a software load to the EXPRESS Rack 3 laptop.  These software updates include enhanced security with the Windows 7 operating system, new features and support for new capabilities.


Sleep Log:  Kelly recorded a Sleep Log entry today after waking.  The Sleep ISS-12 experiment monitors ambient light exposure and crew member activity and collects subjective evaluations of sleep and alertness.  The investigation examines the effects of space flight and ambient light exposure on sleep during a year-long mission on the ISS.


Habitability:  Today Kelly documented his recent observations related to human factors and habitability for the Habitability investigation.  Habitability assesses the relationship between crew members and their environment in order to better prepare for future long-duration spaceflights to destinations, such as near earth asteroids and Mars. Observations recorded during 6 month and 1 year missions can help spacecraft designers determine how much habitable volume is required, and whether a mission’s duration impacts how much space crew members need.


Mid-Increment Debrief Questionnaires:  As part of Kelly’s half way point into his yearlong mission onboard ISS, he answered questions from Logistics & Maintenance and Medical Operations questionnaires.  The answers will then be downlinked to the ground in order to assist ground teams and future crews.


Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Installation and Checkout:  In preparation for Cygnus berthing on Sunday December 6th, Yui  installed the CBCS System onto the Node 1 Nadir Hatch.  Following the installation Yui worked with ground teams in order to successfully checkout the system.  The checkout involved routing the video from the camera to the Cupola Robotics Work Station (RWS) monitors and the ground.  Video from the CBCS is used to aid the crew during Visiting Vehicle mating operations.


Crew Departure Preparation:  Yui continued to pack his personal items in preparation for his crews return to earth onboard Soyuz 43 (43S) on December 11th. The items will be returning by way of 43S, SpaceX-8, and SpaceX-9.


Sokol Suit Leak Check:  This morning the 43S crew performed a nominal Sokol suit leak check.  Prior to the leak check, they reported a light “burning” odor in the 43 Soyuz, later classified as a “plastic” odor coming from one of the panels.  Compound Specific Analyzer – Combustion Products (CSA-CP) readings were zero.  Russian specialists are investigating.


Kurs Loopback Test:   Today MCC-M performed a test of the FGB KURS-P with the 43S Kurs-A.  FGB Kurs semi-set 1 passed the test, but semi-set 2 was not successful.  Further testing has been deferred pending investigation by Russian specialists.


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

  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF Blood Sample Collection and Cold Stowage
  • Eye Exam (Ocular Health) – OCT Setup
  • HRF Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • ER3 –  Laptop Gateway IP Configuration
  • On MCC GO Regeneration of БМП Ф2 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
  • ER1 – Software Installation
  • HRF – Blood Sample Collection Closeout Ops
  • VIBROLAB. Monitoring hardware activation
  • Soyuz 717 Samsung tablet charge – start
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Collecting condensate water samples  [КАВ] from [СРВ-К2М] up to Gas-Liquid Mixture Filter (ФГС) to Russian Samplers – end
  • Eye Exam (Ocular Health) – OCT Exam
  • Soyuz 717 Stowage Ops
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops
  • Collecting condensate water samples [КАВ] up to СРВ-К2М БКО – equipment setup, sampler installation
  • ER1 – Closeout Ops
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Photography of the Experiment Ops
  • BIOME – Survey Questionnaire Completion
  • HRF Urine Collection Hardware Setup
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • ER1 – Computer Software Load
  • Soyuz 718 Samsung tablet charge – start
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis
  • Eye Exam (Ocular Health) – OCT Exam
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Ops
  • HAM radio session from Columbus
  • JAXA Video Recording. Part 8
  • Perform Quick Don Mask Assembly (QDMA) maintenance on spare QDMAs that were not performed in last PEPS audit
  • Eye Exam (Ocular Health) – OCT Equipment Stowage
  • Charging Soyuz 717 Samsung tablet – end
  • Sampling condensate water [КАВ] upstream of [СРВ-К2М] БКО – sampler replacement
  • Mid-point mission debrief – Part 3
  • Soyuz 717 Sokol Suit Leak Check
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • Cleaning vent screens on FGB interior panels  (panels 116, 316, 231, 431)
  • Drying Sokol suits – setting up suits 1 and 2 (Soyuz 717) for drying
  • RSS1 Laptop “Monitor БЗУ-М” Software Upgrade.
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) – Equipment Gathering
  • COSMOCARD. Setup. Starting 24-hr ECG Recording
  • TOCA Data Recording
  • Charging Soyuz 718 Samsung tablet – end
  • TOCA Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
  • VEG-01 – Refilling Root Mat with Water
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill [Aborted]
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Review
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • VIZIR. Experiment Ops. Tagup with specialists
  • Preventive maintenance of MRM1 АСП-О Hatch Sealing Mechanism and Soyuz 717 hatch
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Installation and Checkout
  • Termination of Suit 1, 2 Drying (ТК 717)
  • Start suit 3 drying and set up the 1st pair of gloves for drying (ТК 717)
  • Sampling condensate water [КАВ] upstream of СРВК-2М БКО – removing sampler, equipment disassembly
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • БРП-М water sampling to drink bags
  • PAO Event
  • Terminate drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the second pair (ТК 717)
  • Cleaning of TVS LIV voltage converter vent grille
  • ОВТ – Computer Based Training (OBT) – Crew Medical Officer (CMO)
  • EXPOSE-R. Copy and Downlink Data
  • TWIN – Saliva Collection Hardware Setup
  • Ventilation grille cleaning on FGB interior panels (panels 201, 301, 401)
  • Terminate drying the second pair of gloves (ТК 717)
  • ER1 – Hardware Removal
  • VIBROLAB. Copy and Downlink Data
  • HRF – Hardware Setup
  • Habitability Overview Video Recording, Setup
  • SPRINT – Discretionary Exercise
  • Evening Work Prep
  • Nikon Still Camera Battery Charging
  • HRF – Equipment stowage after sample collection
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • Eye Imaging (Ocular Health) – Fundoscope Setup
  • Terminate the 3rd suit drying, start drying the 3rd pair of gloves (ТК 717)
  • Eye Imaging (Ocular Health) – Prep for Fundoscope Ops
  • Habitability Overview Video Recording, Terminate
  • Eye Imaging (Ocular Health)
  • Terminate drying the third pair of gloves (ТК 717)
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • Suit and Glove Stowage after Drying (ТК 717)
  • Eye Imaging (Ocular Health) – Fundoscope Ops
  • Generic Urine Collection
  • On MCC Go Regenegation of Micropurification unit (БМП) Filter 2 cartridge (end)
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • Video Recording for All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (ВГТРК)
  • Installation of inserts to ease opening of SM interior panel latches (Unstow Элементы конструкции (Structural Elements) kit (004890R), ФГБ1ПГО_4_427_1, СТВ No.1112 (004106J)
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Personal Data Prep for Return


Completed Task List Items

  • None


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • CBCS Checkout


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 12/03: Orbital ATK 4 Launch , Ocular Health, CARDOX, Soyuz Descent OBT

Friday, 12/04: 1/2 Duty Day, Cygnus Robotics OBT, Crew Departure Prep, RAM Retrieval, Biome

Saturday, 12/05:  Cygnus Capture Review, Crew Off Duty, Weekly Cleaning


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron On
Vozdukh Manual
[СКВ] 1 – SM Air Conditioner System (“SKV1”) On
[СКВ] 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 Shutdown
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Standby
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off