ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/23/15

62 Progress (62P) Docking:  62P completed its 34 orbit rendezvous with ISS and successfully docked to Docking Compartment (DC)-1 at 4:27 AM CST.  After docking, Volkov successfully performed leak checks and subsequently opened the hatches.


Biochemical Profile and Cardio Ox:  Peake has performed his Flight Day 15 session blood and urine collections for the Biochem Profile and Cardio Ox investigations.  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.  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.


Ocular Health:  Kelly and Kornienko completed Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) testing and Kelly performed a fundoscopy activity in support of the Ocular Health investigation.  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.


Extravehicular Mobility Unit Loop Scrub:  Kopra configured Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) suits 3010 and 3011 for loop scrubbing.  Once the scrubbing activity was complete, he reconfigured hardware in order to perform Iodination of Ion Filters for both suits.  Samples containing 250 mL of the water were obtained after the loop scrub activity to determine the effectiveness of the filtering.  10 mL of this water sample were used for a conductivity test onboard ISS and the remaining water will be sent to the ground for chemical analysis.


Spare Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) Checkout:  Peake configured the port Maintenance Work Area (MWA) within Node 2 and connected power and data cables onto a spare SSU.  Once cables were connected, power was applied to the SSU and a ground led checkout was successfully performed to ensure valid operations of the SSU’s firmware.  The checkout confirmed no health flags and associated refreshes were completed.  The SSU has been declared GO to replace SSU 1B during an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) planned for January 15th.  The currently installed SSU had experienced an anomaly last month on November 13th.


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

  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • SLEEP Questionnaire
  • Closing USOS Window Shutters
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Activation/Deactivation of MPEG2 Multicast TV Data Monitoring
  • Closing window 6,8,9,12,13,14 shutters
  • OCT Hardware Setup
  • Eye Examination, Subject
  • Eye Examination, Operator
  • VIBROLAB. Monitoring hardware activation
  • Preparation for ТКГ 431 Docking
  • HRF – Review Big Picture Words
  • WHC – Full Fill
  • Replacement of MSPR-ELT Laptop
  • ТКГ 431 Docking to DC1
  • WRS Water Sample Analysis
  • High Definition Video Camera Assembly (HD-VCA) Remove & Replace
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Activation of TV data and MPEG2 Multicast Controls
  • VEG-01 Fan Speed Change
  • ТКГ 431 Docking to DC1
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • WHC Fill
  • On MCC Go Activation of MPEG2 Multicast Recording Mode on CP SSC
  • ТКГ 431 Docking to DC1
  • Video Footage for Nauka 2.0 TV Channel
  • Closing Applications and Downlink of MPEG2 Multicast Video via OCA
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Food Frequency Questionnaire
  • Start EMU cooling loop scrub
  • On MCC Go ТКГ 431 and DC1 Interface Leak Check
  • On-orbit hearing assessment using EARQ
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • ARED Flywheel Cylinder Evacuation
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) – Eye Exam
  • DC1-СУ Hatch Opening
  • On MCC Go Opening of ТКГ-СУ Transfer Hatch
  • OCT Hardware Stowage
  • IDENTIFICATION. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop
  • HRF – Hardware Setup
  • Installation of Quick Release Screw Clamps (ЗВБ) on DC1-Progress 431 Interface
  • Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) Setup from the Spares Kit
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill from EDV
  • ТКГ 431 (DC1) deactivation, air duct installation
  • ТКГ 431 (DC1) Air Sampling using АК-1М sampler
  • Assistance in Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) Test
  • Initiate EMU Cooling Loop Scrub Part 1
  • Photo of a scuffmark left by the Active Docking Mechanism Probe on DC1 АСП Receiving Cone after Progress 431 Docking
  • Start EMU cooling loop scrub
  • Downlink Docking Cone Internal Surface Photos and Data via OCA
  • ТКГ 431 (DC1) Early Unstow and US Cargo Items Transfers and IMS Ops
  • EMU – Conductivity Test
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • Terminate METOX Regeneration
  • VIBROLAB. Copy and Downlink Data
  • ТКГ 431 (DC1) Early Unstow and US Cargo Items Transfers and IMS Ops
  • EMU Boot Inspection
  • TOCA Data Recording
  • Environmental Control and Life Support (ECL) Battery Removal
  • Fundoscope Setup for exam
  • MARROW – Sample Processing
  • EMU – Cooling Loop Maintenance – EMU Reconfig
  • Fundoscope – Vision Test
  • Fundoscope – Eye Exam
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • EMU – Long Dryout
  • Equipment stowage after Fundoscope Eye Imaging
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • Evening Work Prep
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF – Review Big Picture Words
  • URISYS Hardware Setup
  • ISS HAM – Activation of ISS HAM Radio and Video
  • In-flight Maintenance (IFM).  Disconnecting Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) from UOP
  • Stow Syringes used in Н2О Conductivity Test
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Installation of inserts to ease opening of SM interior panel locks (Unstow Элементы конструкции (Structural Elements) kit (004890R), ФГБ1ПГО_4_427_1, СТВ No.1112 (004106J)
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • URAGAN Observations and Photography
  • Video Recording for All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (ВГТРК)


Completed Task List Items

  • EVA-SEMU Launch Enclosure Deltas Training


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal system commanding


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Thursday, 12/24:  Ultrasound 2 Scan, Circadian Rhythms, NeuroMapping

Friday, 12/25:  Crew Holiday

Saturday, 12/26: Crew Off Duty, Weekly Cleaning


QUICK ISS Status – Environmental Control Group:

                              Component Status
Elektron Off
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 Idle
Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Node 3 Operate
Oxygen Generation Assembly (OGA) Process
Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Shutdown
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Lab Full Up
Trace Contaminant Control System (TCCS) Node 3 Off