ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/24/15

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Status:  This morning, crew reported that one of the two Vibration Isolation System dashpots on the left side of ARED was broken at the rod end.  As a result, the crew was unable to perform morning session ARED exercises.  Kopra and Kelly subsequently changed out the left and right side dashpots utilizing newer, more robust designed replacements to restore ARED functionality.


Marrow:  Peake took his Flight Day 9 blood and breath and air samples after waking today, in support of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) Marrow investigation.  This investigation looks at the effect of microgravity on human bone marrow. It is believed that microgravity, like long-duration bed rest on Earth, has a negative effect on the bone marrow and the blood cells that are produced in the marrow. The extent of this effect, and its recovery, are of interest to space research and healthcare providers on Earth.


Circadian Rhythms:  Peake doffed the Armband Monitor and Thermolab sensors and belt that he has worn for 36 hours and downloaded the recorded data.  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.


Neuromapping: Kelly completed a NeuroMapping Neurocognitive test on a Human Research Facility laptop today.  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.


Radi-N Neutron Field Study (Radi-N):  Kornienko handed over eight Radi-N detectors to Kelly, who then deployed them in the Japanese Experiment Module (JEM) for the Radi-N experiment. This is the fourth of six RADI-N dosimeter deploys for Increments 45 and 46.  The objective of this investigation is to better characterize the ISS neutron environment and define the risk posed to the crewmembers’ health and provide the data necessary to develop advanced protective measures for future space flight.


Ocular Health Ocular and Cardiac Ultrasounds:  Kelly and Kornienko took ocular and cardiac ultrasounds as part of their series of Flight Day 270 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.


Cardio Ox:  Kopra and Peake collected blood pressure and ultrasound measurements of their carotid and brachial arteries to support their Flight Day 15 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.


Spare Sequential Shunt Unit (SSU) Checkout Teardown:  Following yesterday’s successful checkout of the spare SSU, Peake removed power and data cables, then stowed the spare SSU.  In addition, he relocated the Station Support Computer (SSC) used for the checkout back to its original location in Node 3.   The SSU was declared GO to replace SSU 1B during an Extravehicular Activity (EVA) planned for January 15th


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

  • MARROW – Air Sampling
  • Reaction Self-Test
  • Biochemical Urine Test
  • HRF Urine Sample Collection
  • Biochemical Urine Test
  • URISYS Hardware Stowage
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF – Centrifuge Setup Assistance
  • HRF Closeout Ops
  • HRF – Centrifuge Configuration
  • USND2 – Hardware Activation
  • FINEMOTR – Experiment Test
  • OTKLIK. Hardware Monitoring
  • HRF – Centrifuge Configuration
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • ISS crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Management Team) weekly conference
  • HRF – Blood Sample Collection Closeout Ops
  • Study of cardiovascular system under graded physical load on VELO
  • ТКГ 431 (DC1) Early Unstow and US Cargo Items Transfers and IMS Ops
  • HRF – Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Eye Imaging – Ultrasound Scan Prep
  • Ultrasound 2 – Scan
  • Ultrasound 2 – Scan performed by a Crew Medical Officer (CMO)
  • Deinstallation of Thermolab Instrumentation for Circadian Rhythms
  • Ultrasound Data Export
  • BIOME – Survey Questionnaire Completion
  • NMAP – Experiment Test
  • HRF – Hardware Setup
  • MRM2 comm config to support the P/L Ops
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Gathering and Initialization of BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors.
  • BIOME – Sampling Setup
  • ECLSS Recycle Tank Remove and Replace
  • RADIN – Handover of detectors to USOS for deployment
  • RADIN – Dosimeter Deployment
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeters to USOS / r/g 0972
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter initialization and deployment for exposure
  • CIRCADIAN RHYTHMS – Equipment Stowage
  • MRM2 Comm Reconfig for Nominal Ops
  • DC1 Staging Area Setup, Transfer of Orlan 5 to DC1 and Deactivation of Orlan-4 and Orlan-5
  • KULONOVSKIY KRISTALL. Copy and Downlink Data
  • Image Processing Unit (IPU) Hard Disk Exchange
  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • Eye Imaging – Ultrasound Scan Prep
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • Eye Imaging (assistance)
  • Eye Imaging – Subject
  • Recovery of Orlan No. 5 ИК-0702М Measuring Unit Tagup with specialists
  • Ultrasound  Data Export
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • Eye Imaging – Closeout Ops
  • Checkout of Orlan-MK No.4 and No.5 ИК-0702М
  • Complete the Dose Tracker application – Subject
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • OH – Ocular Health Cardiac Operations
  • Ocular Health (OH) – Operator Assistance with the Experiment
  • Orlan No.5 Bladder Leak Check
  • Brine/urine transfer to Progress 429 (SM Aft) Rodnik H2O Tank 2
  • Bringing ODF up to date using ТКГ 431 delivered files
  • HRF – Blood Collection Stowage
  • Water Recovery System (WRS).  Drain Waste Water Tank, initiate
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • Complete the Dose Tracker application – Subject
  • Post-EVA close-out ops with Orlan suits. .Return equipment in use to stowage location
  • Removal of depress hose for nominal operations
  • OBSTANOVKA. Checking Connection
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Water Recovery System (WRS) Drain Waste Water Tank, terminate
  • OH-CARDIAC – Setup Ops
  • Ocular Health – Cardiac and Blood Pressure Operations
  • OH-CARDIAC – Measurement Ops
  • Date and Time Synch on 6 RS photo cameras to the station time
  • WRS – Recycle Tank Fill
  • Preventive maintenance of DC1- АСП-О and ТКГ 431 [ACA] hatch sealing mechanisms
  • Crew time for ISS adaptation and orientation
  • OH-CARDIAC – Closeout Ops
  • OH-CARDIAC – Data Export
  • SHD – Questionnaire
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Checkout
  • HABIT – Experiment Ops
  • USND2 – Hardware Deactivation
  • Reaction Self-Test (Sleep)
  • 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)) / FGB IVA IFM Part 1 3.2 p. 3-2 (20)
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • ODF Books Update on IPAD
  • Video Recording for All-Russia State Television and Radio Broadcasting Company (ВГТРК)


Completed Task List Items

  • SSU Checkout Teardown
  • ARED Dashpot R&R


Ground Activities

All activities were completed unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal system commanding


Three-Day Look Ahead:

Friday, 12/25: Crew Holiday

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

Sunday, 12/27: Crew Off Duty


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 Idle
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