ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/3/15

Orbital ATK (OA)-4 Launch Attempt:  Today’s planned launch of OA-4 from Cape Canaveral, Florida was scrubbed due to weather.  The next attempt will be tomorrow (Friday 12/4) at 4:33 pm Central time.  The Enhanced Cygnus spacecraft will be launched atop a United Launch Alliance Atlas V Rocket and will be delivering approximately 3,500 kg of pressurized cargo to the ISS.  Tomorrow’s launch sets the stage for ISS rendezvous and capture on Monday, December 7th.


Portable Computer System (PCS) Relocation:  Lindgren relocated a JEM Pressurized Module (JPM) PCS and cables to the LAB in preparation for OA-4 capture on Sunday.  The PCS will provide command redundancy during OA-4 capture operations.


Cardio Ox:  Lindgren, with assistance from Kelly, collected blood pressure and ultrasound measurements of his carotid and brachial arteries for this Return minus 14 Day (R-30) Cardio Ox session.  The objective of Cardio Ox is to determine whether biological markers of oxidative and inflammatory stress are elevated during and after space flight and whether this results in an increased, long-term risk of atherosclerosis in astronauts. Twelve crewmembers will provide blood and urine samples to assess biomarkers before launch, 15 and 60 days after launch, 15 days before returning to Earth, and within days after landing. Ultrasound scans are obtained at the same time points and through 5 years after landing.


Cognition:  Lindgren performed his Return minus 10 Day session of the Cognition experiment today.  The Individualized Real-Time Neurocognitive Assessment Toolkit for Space Flight Fatigue (Cognition) investigation is a battery of tests that measure how spaceflight-related physical changes, such as microgravity and lack of sleep, can affect cognitive performance. Cognition includes ten brief computerized tests that cover a wide range of cognitive functions, and provides immediate feedback on current and past test results. The software used allows for real-time measurement of cognitive performance while in space.


Ocular Health Ocular and Cardiac Ultrasounds:  Yui and Lindgren took ocular and cardiac ultrasounds as part of their series of Flight Day 120 Ocular Health tests.   The ultrasound images will be used to identify changes in globe morphology and document optic nerve sheath diameter, optic nerve sheath tortuosity, globe axial measurements, and choroidal engorgement. The Ocular Health protocol calls for a systematic gathering of physiological data to characterize the risks of microgravity-induced visual impairment and increased 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.


Twins Study:  In support of the Twins Study, Kelly completed another Flight Day 240 saliva collection, stowing samples in a Minus Eighty Degree Celsius Laboratory Freezer for ISS (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.


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.


Journals:  Kelly completed a Journals entry and a mid-mission questionnaire today. The Journals investigation obtains information on behavioral and human issues that are relevant to the design of equipment and procedures used during astronauts during extended-duration missions. Study results provide information used in preparation for future missions to low-Earth orbit and beyond.


Space Headaches:  Lindgren completed his weekly Space Headaches questionnaires today.  Headaches can be a common complaint during spaceflight. The Space Headaches experiment will provide information that may help in the development of methods to alleviate associated symptoms and improvement in the well-being and performance of crew members in space.


43 Soyuz (43S) Nominal Descent Drill:  Yui and Kononenko participated in a nominal Soyuz Decent Drill.  As part of this training they reviewed preliminary undocking and descent data, then worked through the descent timeline (from Soyuz activation through post-landing activities).  The 43S Crew is scheduled to return to earth on December 11th.


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


Water Sample Analysis:  As a follow up to water samples obtained earlier this week, Kelly visually analyzed Coliform Detection Bags and Microbial Capture Devices after 48 hours of incubation.  Samples were then prepared for return onboard 43S.


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

  • TWIN – Sample Collection
  • HRF – Sample Collection and Prep for Stowage
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF – Sample collection and stowage
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF – Blood Sample collection operator assistance
  • USND2 – Hardware activation
  • HRF Refrigerated Centrifuge Configuration
  • Cleaning Nikon camera Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) Digital Image Sensor
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Soyuz 717 Pre-pack Ops
  • USND2 – Hard Drive Cleaning
  • Crew Discretionary Conference
  • Eye Imaging (Ocular Health)
  • HRF – Blood Sample Collection Closeout Ops
  • HRF – MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Routine Maintenance of [КН], [КВ] and КД Valves in SM Rodnik Tanks
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops
  • BIOME – Survey Questionnaire Completion
  • CARDOX – Setup Ops
  • MOTOCARD. Operator Assistance with the Experiment
  • Soyuz 717 Packing with Hardware for Disposal
  • CARDOX – Scanning
  • Preparing for ЛКЦ2Б14 Device (БИТС2-12 system) Replacement
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • ECLSS Recycle Tank Remove and Replace
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF – Equipment Stowage
  • HRF Closeout Ops
  • Progress 428 (DC1) Stowage Ops with IMS Support
  • PCS Relocation
  • INTERACTION-2. Data Downlink
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection [Deferred]
  • Relocations in PMM and NOD3 in prep for OA-4 capture
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion [Deferred]
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • ОН – Cardiac Scan
  • COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops
  • USND2 – Hardware Deactivation
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • SM Ventilation System Preventive Maintenance. Group C
  • Soyuz 717 Descent Drill and Return Equipment List & Stowage Consultation
  • Water Recovery System (WRS)  Drain Waste Water Tank, initiate
  • ISS-MCC-M TV. TV Conference with Russia Today TV Channel Host
  • Robotic Work Station (RWS) Setup
  • Camcorder Setup to View LAB RWS Monitor 3
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • Progress 428 (DC1) Stowage Ops with IMS Support
  • Water Recovery System (WRS) Drain Waste Water Tank, terminate
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • RGN REC-TNK – Remove depress hose for nominal operations
  • BRI Log Dump from RSS1
  • EHS MCD – In-flight Microbiology Water analysis and data recording
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • NINJA Document Printout
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • SHD – Weekly Questionnaire
  • JRNL – Journal Entry
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
  • JRNL – Survey Questionnaire Completion
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • Relocations in PMM and NOD3 in prep for OA-4 capture
  • COGNITION – Experiment Ops and Filling Questionnaire [Deferred]
  • Crew Discretionary Conference
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • ECON-M. Observations and Photography
  • URAGAN Observations and Photography
  • Video Recording for All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (ВГТРК)
  • Personal Data Prep for Return


Completed Task List Items

  • None


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Camera calibrations in preparation for OA-4


Three-Day Look Ahead:

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

Sunday, 12/06:  Cygnus Rendezvous, Capture, and Berth,  CBCS Removal, Journals


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

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