ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/27/2018

CASIS PCG-16 card fill: The crew continued the PCG Card Micro-G card fill that was not fully completed the previous day. This was performed using some of today’s microscope observation time due to the relatively short lifetime of the protein precipitant solution. Crystallization of LRRK2 Under Microgravity Conditions-2 (CASIS PCG 16) evaluates growth of Leucine-rich repeat kinase 2 (LRRK2) protein crystals in microgravity. LRRK2 is implicated in Parkinson’s disease, but crystals of the protein grown on Earth are too small and compact to study. Detailed analysis of larger, space-grown crystals can define the protein’s exact shape and morphology and help scientists better understand the disease’s pathology. 

Microgravity Investigation of Cement Solidification (MICS) – Multi-use Variable-g Processing Facility (MVP Cell-05) insert 2: The crew mixed the samples, inserted them into the MICS Module, then installed the MICS Module into the MVP Platform. This will start run 2 of 3 for the investigation. MVP Cell-05 investigates the complex process of cement solidification at gravity levels of interest (lunar, Mars and 0.7-g). The MVP facility is used to conduct research in space with a wide variety of sample types, such as fruit flies, flatworms, plants, fish, cells, protein crystals and many others. It includes internal carousels that simultaneously can produce up to 2 g of artificial gravity.

Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules (SUBSA) setup in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) 2: The crew finished the installation of the SUBSA hardware in the MSG work volume, installed the calibration sample, and took 5 – 10 photos of hardware setup. This is being performed in support of the Cemsica investigation setup that was not fully completed yesterday. Cemsica tests a novel approach of using particles of calcium-silicate (C-S) to synthesize nanoporous membranes (those with pores 100 nanometers or smaller) that can separate carbon dioxide molecules from air or other gases. Synthesizing the materials in microgravity may resolve existing challenges in membrane manufacturing and lead to development of lower-cost membranes with improved flux and high-temperature stability. SUBSA offers a gradient freeze furnace for materials science investigations that can reach 850°C.

The Effect of Long Duration Hypogravity on the Perception of Self-Motion (VECTION): The crew performed the setup of the reference length for use in future operations.  However, issues with the Zbook laptop prevented execution of the commissioning activities today for the VECTION experiment. The objective of the VECTION study is to determine to what extent an astronaut’s ability to visually interpret motion, orientation, and distance may be disrupted in a microgravity environment, and how it may adapt, and how it may be changed upon return to Earth. Multiple experimental time points inflight and upon return to Earth allows for the adaptation and recovery process to be investigated. 

SpaceX 16 (SpX-16) Dragon On-Board Training (OBT): The crew reviewed Dragon Robotics procedures and participated in a conference with ground specialists in support of SpX-16 Dragon arrival. Using computer based training, the crew reviewed the Dragon mission profile, rendezvous crew procedures, and the crew interfaces for monitoring and commanding Dragon. SpX-16 Dragon launch is currently scheduled for December 4 with capture and berthing planned for December 6.

Treadmill 2 (T2) Monthly Inspection: The crew completed the monthly T2 inspection with no issues noted. This activity has the crew inspect all four Snubber Arms for signs of free play.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • JEM Airlock Depressurization in support of NREP Exchange

Two-Day Look Ahead:

Wednesday, 11/28:

  • Cemsica Sample exchange
  • JEMAL Pressurization (supports crew access to NREP)
  • NREP Hardware Swap
  • Myotones
  • Veg-03G Harvest


  • EMU Loop Scrub
  • 55S Undock Prepack
  • Dragon Prepack
  • SPDM Direct Drive Characterization

Thursday, 11/29:

  • Myotones
  • Cemsica Sample exchange


  • Surface and Air Sampling
  • ARED Cylinder Evac
  • SSC14 Shell Swap

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

  • Auxiliary Computer System [ВКС] Laptops Antivirus Software Checkout and Report
  • PHOTOBIOREACTOR. Visual monitoring and photography
  • Food Acceptability Questionnaire
  • Retrieval of PCG-16 Sample Tube from MELFI
  • PCG-16 Card Fill Operations
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • DC1 EVA Support Panel Test. Tagup with specialists
  • ПхО EVA Support Panel (ПОВ) checkout. Caution & Warning Panel (ПСС) checkout
  • Microscope Reposition Preparation
  • PCG-16 PCG Card Microscope Photo Operations [Aborted]
  • СОЖ maintenance. Replacement of ИК0501 fan. Install No.040 (00069446R, СМ1РО_4_449_1, Bag ЗИП ГА). Stow dismantled fan No.028 (00039245R) in СМ1РО_4_449_1, Bag ЗИП ГА. Reflect changes in IMS
  • Microscope Reposition Post Ops
  • Water Recovery and Management (WRM) Waste Water Bus (WWB) Recombine with Isolated Condensate Tank
  • Condensate transfer from Lab Condensate tank to WPA Waste Water Tank
  • EXPRESS Rack 9 Locker Removal [Aborted]
  • HRF Supply Check
  • Condensate direct transfer from Lab condensate tank to WPA waste water tank.
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Rendezvous Review
  • Water Recovery and Management (WRM) Waste Water Bus (WWB) Split
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Rendezvous Review
  • Vection Length Assembly
  • PEV Activation Test from DC1 EVA Support Panel
  • Soyuz 739 Kazbek Fit Check
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Robotics Review
  • Preventive Maintenance of SM АСП-О and Progress 440 [ACA] hatch Sealing Mechanisms prior to RS EVA
  • On-Board Training (OBT) Dragon OBT Conference
  • RS1 Laptop hard drive swap, RS1 Laptop upgrade to software version 08.10.
  • Multi-use Variable-g Platform Module Removal
  • Station Support Computer (SSC) 12 Client Troubleshooting
  • Glacier Desiccant Swap
  • Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Initiation
  • Multi-use Variable-g Platform MWA Preparation
  • Multi-use Variable-g Platform Cell-05 Insert
  • JEM Regenerative Heat Exchanger (RHX) Water Wipe
  • Soyuz 739 Pre-pack Ops
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Solidification Using Baffles in Sealed Ampoules Hardware Setup
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • Vection ZBook Configuration