ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/19/2018

Plant Habitat:  Plant Habitat activities were performed today to measure chlorophyll fluorescence parameters of growing plants and provided photos to the ground. Plant Habitat is a fully automated facility that will be used to conduct plant bioscience research on the ISS. The space environment is stressful for all living organisms. Understanding how plants respond 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 plants grown in space and on Earth.  This investigation is expected to provide key insights on major changes occurring in plants exposed to microgravity.

Life Support Rack (LSR):  Power and data umbilical cables, as well as fluid and waste gas umbilicals were mated in preparation for LSR activation in November.  LSR is a European Space Agency technology demonstrator for closed loop air revitalization. It captures carbon dioxide from cabin air and recovers 50% of its oxygen for use by the astronauts. LSR operates for a minimum of one year on the ISS to demonstrate the robustness of the technology for future Exploration Missions

NanoRacks Platform:  Platforms 1 and 2 were relocated from Express Rack 4 to the new Express Rack 10B. Cables were re-mated and the Platforms were powered up. NanoRacks Platforms is a multipurpose research facility on board the ISS. NanoRacks Platforms supports NanoRacks Modules in the CubeSat form factor by providing power and data transfer capabilities to operate investigations in microgravity.

POSSUM (Payload On-orbit Still Shorts for Utilization and Maintenance) Payload Photo:  The crew took high quality still photos of ISS rack locations in the USOS Lab, Columbus, and JEM modules for use on the ground to train astronauts with ISS topography. The POSSUM photo project is a training tool that has the ISS crew take onboard photographs of completed Express rack and experiment installations. These photos are sent to the ground and printed into actual life size marquees that are used for ISS astronaut training and familiarization.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Li-Ion Battery Data Logging:  Today the crew terminated an Autocycle for two EMU Long Life Batteries (LLB) and initiated the Autocycle on two additional batteries. Today’s initiated Autocycle will be terminated on October 23, leaving all 4 LLBs in a nominal, discharged state. Over the course of three days, the auto cycle will capture battery health data and help ground experts understand the charge and discharge capacities of these new and improved LLBs. The data will also be used to compare charging system performance between the on-orbit and ground based systems.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal System Commanding

Three-Day Look Ahead:

Saturday-Sunday, 10/20-21:

  • No Crew Payload activities


  • Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty

Monday, 10/22:

  • BCAT Camera Ops (NASA)
  • ACME Controller H/W Replace (NASA)
  • EKAM Setup (NASA/RUS Joint)
  • BEST Experiment Ops Part 1 (NASA)


  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Fill Routine Maintenance

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

  • Life On The Station Photo and Video
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • SCENERY. Observation and photography using Photo Equipment
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • Visual inspection and leak monitoring using US ULD Leak Detector in Soyuz 739 БО.
  • ISS Crew and ГОГУ (RSA Flight Control Team) weekly conference
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Treadmill 2 (T2) Exercise Session
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Equipment Activation
  • Fan screen maintenance 800А ВПТ, ВБП1, ВБП2. Tagup with specialists as necessary
  • Microscope Hardware Setup via SABL Power
  • Quick-Disconnect (QD) Screw Clamps Maintenance on DC1-Progress 439 Interface. Disposal of faulty units, consolidation of QD Screw Clamps from DC1, MRM2, and SM kits
  • NanoRacks Platform-1 Relocate
  • IMS Update
  • BEAM SSC (SSC24) Battery Reseat
  • Microscope Reposition Post Ops
  • Cold Stowage Glove Locate
  • NanoRacks Platform-2 Relocate
  • Plant Habitat-01 Harvest #1
  • MELFI 3 Electronic Unit Install into Spare Location [Aborted]
  • Multi-purpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) Equipment Deactivation
  • Experiment Laptop Terminal2 (ELT2) Cable Reconfiguration
  • Plant Habitat-01 Plant Harvest Set 1 Part 1
  • Glisser-M GoPro HERO3 battery charge
  • Life Support Rack (LSR) Initial Umbilical Connection
  • Plant Habitat-01 Plant Harvest Set 1 Part 4
  • SODF Warning book change-out pages
  • HTV Transfer Operations [Aborted]
  • EXPRESS Rack 10B Locker Remove
  • Gathering Russian Equipment for Disposal in HTV-7
  • EXPRESS Rack 10B Locker Remove
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB) Terminate
  • Payload On-Orbit Still Shots for Utilization and Maintenance (POSSUM) Payload Photo
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB) Initiate
  • Glisser-M GoPro HERO3 battery charge, Closeout Ops
  • Node1 EartKAM Prep
  • HTV Cargo Operations Conference [Aborted]