ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/25/2018

Advanced Colloids Experiment-Temperature-2 (ACE-T-2):  The crew performed a sample module exchange for the ACE-T2 experiment.  ACE-T-2 is performed in the Light Microscopy Module in the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR/LMM). The experiment looks at the assembly of complex structures from micron-scale colloidal particles interacting via tunable attractive interactions. The samples contain suspensions of colloidal particles that upon nearing the critical solvent temperature, give rise to critical interactions between the particles. Regulating the temperature enables control of the particle interactions, leading to the growth of complex structures. 

Atomization: The crew performed a nominal sample syringe replacement for the Atomization investigation today. The Atomization experiment is performed in the JEM. It investigates the liquid spraying process in microgravity in order to confirm the new atomization concept developed from drop tower experiments on Earth. The knowledge gained can be applied to improve various engines utilizing spray combustion.

Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST): The BEST experiment run initiated on Monday was continued.  In today’s session, the crew prepared the amplified DNA and began processing in the Biomolecule Sequencer.  This BEST experiment uses the miniPCR hardware to extract deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) from the samples. The BEST investigation studies the use of sequencing for identification of unknown microbial organisms living on the ISS, and how humans, plants and microbes adapt to living on the ISS.

Plant Hab-01:  The crew removed the Acoustic Blanket, removed the Growth Chamber Door, and took photos of the installed Science Carrier #2.  The Plant Habitat was then returned to its nominal state to allow the experiment to continue. Understanding how plants respond to the space environment will help crews on future missions successfully grow plants for food and oxygen generation. The Plant Habitat-1 investigation compares differences in genetics, metabolism, photosynthesis, and gravity sensing between various Arabidopsis plant lines grown in space and on Earth. This investigation is expected to provide key insights on major changes occurring in plants exposed to microgravity. 

Bigelow Expandable Aerospace Module (BEAM) Strut Reinforcement and Cargo Transfer: Earlier today the crew ingressed BEAM and installed diagonal knee braces on each of the four (4) Anomalous Depressurization and Stabilization System (ADSS) struts to reinforce the ADSS in the event of a contingency depressurized scenario for a fully loaded BEAM.  The crew then transferred approved hardware into the BEAM for extended storage  prior to egressing the module.

Portable Work Station (PWS)1 Replace:  Today the crew replaced the failed PWS1 hardware and setup and loaded software on the new PWS1 laptop. Columbus PWS1 failed April 2018. Nominally, there is one active PWS and one spare PWS available on-board, PWS is used by crew to command and control the nominal part of the Columbus Data Management System (DMS) and by ground to perform regular maintenance and troubleshooting activities.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Lab MCA Zero Calibration
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Camera Cal Synchronization

Two-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 09/26:


  • BCAT camera activity
  • EarthKAM lens change
  • FIR/LMM hardware audit
  • Fast Neutron Spectrometer relocate
  • Food acceptability
  • Lighting Effects
  • Fluidics


  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Install and Checkout
  • Soyuz 54S Descent OBT/Drill #2
  • HTV-7 ROBoT OBT #2
  • RPCM N21A4A_A and N21A4A_B Swap
  • RPCM N21A4A_C and N21A4A_D Swap

Thursday, 09/27:


  • Fluidics
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold #4 Bottle Replacement
  • Atomization closeout


  • HTV Grapple and install
  • HTV/N2 Vestibule pressurization and outfitting part 1
  • EMU 3003 and 3008 water recharge

Today’s Planned Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • SOKOL leak check
  • Sokol Space Suit Leak Check.  Translation to Orbital Module (БО) and photography drill
  • New PWS1 Laptop and accessories gather for PWS1 replacement
  • PROBIOVIT. Insertion of Probiovit kit No.3 in Glovebox-S and turning the light on in the GB
  • New PWS1 Laptop installation part 1
  • PROBIOVIT refill №3
  • 8K Recording of ATOMIZATION Science
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • Sokol space suits drying – Initiate suit 1 and 2 drying
  • Atomization syringe replacement 2
  • PROBIOVIT. Photography of water filling of the container from СРВК
  • PROBIOVIT. Filling Kit No. 3 “Product” container in Glovebox-S
  • PROBIOVIT. Photography during filling in the Glovebox
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Setup
  • Columbus Video Camera Assembly 2 adjustment
  • ARED Platform Fold
  • BIOS Setup on Portable Work Station 1
  • Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Stow
  • Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) Node 3 Aft Unstow
  • PROBIOVIT. Kit retrieval from Glovebox-S
  • PWS1 T61P Software Load Part 1 of 2
  • Photo/TV N3/BEAM Camcorder Setup
  • Wanted Poster for MSG Auxiliary Power Cable
  • PROBIOVIT. Setup of Probiovit kit No.4 in Glovebox-S
  • Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) Ingress
  • PROBIOVIT. Filling Kit No.4 Water container from [СРВК]
  • Station Support Computer (SSC) Relocate
  • Soyuz 738 stowage operations
  • Beam Strut Stiffen
  • Temperature Measurement of Insulator connected to RHX outlet hose
  • PROBIOVIT. Filling Kit No. 4 “Product” container in Glovebox-S
  • Transfer Operations – Prepack of US items to be loaded into Soyuz
  • PROBIOVIT. Kit retrieval from Glovebox-S, transfer and setup of Probiovit kits No.3 and No.4 in ТБУ-В No.02 at +37 deg C. Photography
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Terminate drying of Soyuz space suit 1, 2
  • Initiate drying the 3rd space suit and the 1st pair of gloves
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Beam Stowage
  • Terminate drying the first pair of gloves and initiate drying the second pair
  • Terminate drying the second pair of gloves
  • Scheduled monthly maintenance of Central Post Laptop. Laptop Log-File Downlink via OCA.
  • Onboard Training (OBT) Robotics On-board Trainer (ROBoT) Setup
  • Portable Workstation 1 Activation
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Open
  • 8K Recording of ACE-MODULE-CHGOUT Science
  • ACE Module Changout
  • Flushing Water Purification Column Unit (БКО) for Elektron-VM and for Condensate Water Recovery System [СРВ-К2М]
  • Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Terminate drying the third Soyuz space suit, start drying the third pair of gloves
  • Water Recovery Management (WRM) Condensate Pumping Initiation
  • ISS Crew departure preparation
  • Changeout of Purification Column Assembly (БКО) for Elektron-VM [СВО]
  • Columbus new PWS1 restow
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Doors Close
  • Terminate drying the third pair of gloves
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Tritel Hardware restart and monitoring.
  • Soyuz space suits and gloves stowage after drying
  • KENTAVR fit check
  • MELFI # Ice Brick Insert X
  • BEAM Cleanup and Egress
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MiniPCR Sample Removal and Stow
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • 8K Recording of  MELF2-ICEBRICK-INS3 Science
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MELFI Sample Retrieve
  • Bigelow Expandable Activity Module (BEAM) Node 3 Aft Stow
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) Experiment 1 Part 3
  • 8K Recording of  BEST Science
  • Plant Habitat Science Carrier Installation #2 Photography
  • ARED Platform Unfold Back to Nominal Position
  • MELFI 3 Dewar Maintenance
  • Overlay Camera Calibration