ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/03/2018

54S Undocking:  The ISS crew has sleep shifted to accommodate 54S undock/landing tomorrow at 02:56/06:45 CT respectively.  The crew is scheduled to wake up at 4:30 pm tonight to complete final undock preparations.

Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST):  The crew began a 48hr BEST experiment 3 copy-DNA (cDNA) session.  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.

Functional Immune: The crew will perform saliva and blood collection activities as part of the Functional Immune experiment.  Functional Immune analyzes blood and saliva samples to determine the changes taking place in crewmembers’ immune systems during flight. The changes in the immune system are also compared with crewmembers’ self-reported health information. Results are expected to provide new insight into the possible health risks of long-duration space travel, including future missions to Mars, asteroids, or other distant destinations. 

JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD)-10: The crew performed part 2 of 2 of the J-SSOD installation onto the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP).  This is being performed in preparation for the J-SSOD-10 deploys this Saturday, GMT 279.  The J-SSOD is a unique satellite launcher, handled by the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS), which provides containment and deployment mechanisms for several individual small satellites. Once the J-SSOD is installed on the MPEP by crewmembers, it is passed through the JEM airlock for retrieval, positioning and deployment by the JEMRMS. 

Microbial Aerosol Tethering on Innovative Surfaces in the International Space Station (MATISS):  The crew removed the MATISS Sample Holder S/N5 and prepared it for return to the ground. The MATISS experiment investigates the antibacterial properties of materials in space for possible application in future spacecraft. MATISS is expected to provide additional insight into the mechanisms of attachment of biofilms in microgravity conditions. 

Express Rack (ER)9B and 10B Umbilical Mate:  The crew mated the umbilical for ER9 at COL1F2 and installed an AC Inverter onto the rack.  The crew also mated the umbilical for the ER-10B at JPM1A5 and install an AC Inverter onto the rack.

Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event:  Expedition 56 Flight Engineer Alexander Gerst participated in a live event with The International Astronautical Congress in Bremen, Germany.  An audience of about 5000 people participated in the event.  Topics discussed included space safety, daily life on the ISS and progress of the current mission. 

Change of Command Ceremony:  The Change of Command Ceremony with Expedition 56 Commander Drew Feustel handing off station command to Expedition 57 Commander Alexander Gerst was held earlier today.  Gerst is the second European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut to serve as the ISS Commander (CDR).

HTV Cargo Operations: Today the crew continued with HTV7 Cargo Ops by completing loading the HTV Port 2 rack with trash and Starboard 2 rack unpack. The crew has been given flexibility on which JSBs can be loaded to increase efficiency. The crew has completed a total of 15 hours of HTV cargo transfer, ground specialist estimate the crew will require another 6 hours to complete HTV cargo transfer.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • MSS Powerup
  • JEMAL Slide Table extend and retract

Two-Day Look Ahead:
Thursday, 10/04: 54S Undock and Landing


  • Functional Immune (continuing)
  • METEOR laptop recovery
  • Time Perception


  • PMD Unpack and setup

Friday, 10/05:

  • Lighting effects (continuing)
  • LMM Biophysics MERLIN insertion


  • Treadmill 2 Accelerometer Remove and Replace
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Resize
  • Lab/Node 1 Vestibule Depress and Leak Check
  • Lab/Node 2 Vestibule Depress and Leak Check
  • HTV Cargo Operations

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

  • Functional Immune Historical Documentation Photography
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes – Subject
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Lighting Effects Sleep Log Entry
  • Transfer Operations – Pack and stow items on HTV
  • Signing ISS RS Handover Protocol
  • Deinstallation of MATISS Sample Holders
  • BIOPOLIMER. Hardware removal from exposure location and transfer for stowage in Soyuz 738
  • Soyuz 738 Equipment Stowage for Return.  Note 5
  • Deploy ZBook Station Support Computer (SSC)
  • FAGEN. Removal and handover of MSK kits for stowage in Soyuz 738
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • STRUKTURA.  Deactivation of Crystallization
  • JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform (MPEP) Installation Part 2
  • STRUKTURA.  Photography after deactivation
  • STRUKTURA.  Luch-2 hardware handover for stowage in Soyuz 738
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron or ЕДВ-СВ
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MWA Preparation
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
  • Express Rack (ER) 9 Inverter Install and Umbilical Mate
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MELFI Sample Retrieve
  • Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) Experiment 3 cDNA Run
  • Express Rack (ER) 10 Inverter Install and Umbilical Mate
  • CALCIUM. Experiment Session 10
  • PAO Preparation
  • Plant Habitat-01 Glacier to MELFI Sample Transfer #1
  • Comm Check and Operations from Soyuz 738 via RGS
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config Columbus Setup
  • Team Task Switching Experiment Survey Subject
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) in Columbus
  • Report Soyuz 738 P/L Container Stowage Completion  (S-band)
  • Soyuz 738 [СА] cooling down prior to descent
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • Change of Command
  • Internal Audio Subsystem (IAS) Crew Quarter (CQ) Audio Cable Configuration
  • HTV Cargo Operations Conference
  • LSG Software Load Verification
  • Microgravity Science Glovebox Power Down
  • Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test