ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/03/2018

57 Soyuz (57S) Launch and Docking: The 57S vehicle launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome this morning at 5:31 CT and completed a nominal docking to the ISS at 11:33 CT. The 57S crew, Oleg Kononenko, David Saint-Jacques, and Anne McClain, returned ISS to 6-crew operations after hatch opening at 13:38 CT. This afternoon, the entire ISS crew conducted a Safety Briefing to familiarize the new Soyuz crew with potential hazards and available safety measures on-board ISS; they reviewed the Emergency Equipment in 57S and practiced utilizing various emergency egress routes in the new station configuration.

Actiwatch Spectrum: Today the crew connected two Actiwatch Spectrum monitors to the Human Research Facility (HRF)1 rack for ground commanding and then stowed both monitors. Later, two crewmembers donned the Actiwatch Spectrum monitors. The Actiwatch Spectrum is a waterproof, nonintrusive, sleep-wake monitor worn on the wrist of a crewmember. The device contains an accelerometer for measuring motion and color sensitive photodiodes (a photodetector capable of converting light into voltage) for monitoring ambient lighting. Together, these capabilities enable the Actiwatch Spectrum to be used to analyze circadian rhythms, sleep-wake patterns, and activity.

Design of Scalable Gas Separation Membranes via Synthesis Under Microgravity (Cemsica): Today the crew removed the processed second Cemsica science cartridge from the Solidification Using a Baffle in Sealed Ampoules (SUBSA) facility and inserted the third science cartridge. Later, another swap was performed to insert the fourth sample. 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.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Powerup : Today the Robotics ground controllers powered up the MSS and positioned the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) in preparation for the crew offset grapples practice. The crew practiced several times flying SSRMS into the grapple envelope of the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) Flight Releasable Grapple Fixture (FRGF) for training/familiarization in preparation of SpX-16 capture. After the crew completed their practice, ground controllers maneuvered SSRMS back at Rendezvous (RDV) Park, in position for the Dragon capture day December 6.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • ISS System commanding in support of 57S Docking

Two Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 12/04:

  • Behavioral Core Measures (NASA)
  • Probiotics Saliva hardware gather (JAXA)
  • SABL Tray swap (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Questionnaire (NASA)
  • Vection configuration (CSA)
  • MELFI OBT Review (NASA)
  • SUBSA Hardware Stow (NASA)


  • ISS Crew Handover
  • EMER Role/Responsibility Review
  • 57S USOS Unpack
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • EVA LCVG Water Fill
  • EVA REBA Installation/Removal

Wednesday, 12/05:

  • Behavioral Core Measures (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Questionnaire (NASA)
  • Express Rack Locker remove (NASA)
  • Rodent Research habitat installs (NASA)
  • Probiotics Saliva collections (JAXA)
  • Molecular Muscle Big Picture words (ESA)


  • Cygnus Egress
  • ISS Crew Adaptation
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • Dragon OBT
  • JEM IMV Aft Side Cleaning
  • Transfer Dragon Cargo Conference

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

  • Probiotics Saliva Operations
  • Probiotics Salive Sample MELFI Insertion
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/ Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Partial Set Up
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Power Up
  • CEMSICA Sample Exchange
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Checkout Part 2
  • 825МЗ power supply voltage measurement.
  • FOTOBIOREAKTOR. Cell sterilization activation
  • 825М3 power supply recharge term
  • Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Setup
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow
  • 57S procedure-based operations
  • Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Swap
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Columbus
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Actiwatch Spectrum HRF Rack 1 Stow
  • FOTOBIOREAKTOR. Culture medium container swap
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Offset Grapple
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • Verify SM window covers ##6,8,9,12,13,14 are closed
  • ‘MRM2 transfer hatch closure PAO’ & ‘ISS-58 Arrival’ PAO procedure reviews.
  • 55S gas analyzer activation
  • Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations
  • 57S docking prep
  • MPEG-2 Ku-band link c/o
  • Pre-Soyuz-MRM2 docking comm config. 57S RSA2-S/G2 link c/o
  • Monitoring of the rendezvous
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
  • Robotics Onboard Training (ROBoT) Session for Dragon
  • ТВС turn on
  • mpeg2 recording on
  • 57S ISS (MRM2) approach monitoring
  • Food Relocate Part 1 and 2
  • Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) Checkout
  • Applications run term, mpeg2 multicast stream downlink via ОСА
  • At Home In Space Questionnaire Verision 2 Follow Up
  • Switch DC-Soyuz HPV in MRM2 to ELECTRIC CONTROL
  • Post 57S dock comm reconfig
  • Russian Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Transfer
  • 57S-MRM2 interface leak check. Spacesuits #1,#2 drying init
  • ISS-58 arrival PAO equipment setup in SM
  • Transfer Operations – Prepack of US items to be loaded into Soyuz
  • MRM2 hatch closure PAO equipment setup in MRM2
  • VEGGIE Facility Sanitization [Aborted]
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • ТПК-57S hatches open and PAO-TV-rep.Hatches open
  • Actiwatch Spectrum Watch Don
  • SS3 & gloves handover for 55S drying
  • 55S SS3 drying init
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/ Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Partial Set Up
  • Handover of Increment 57S Crew
  • ISS Safety Briefing
  • Return to nominal comm config
  • 57S suits #1,2 drying term
  • Apps run term, camcorders OFF, TV monitors OFF
  • 57S gloves #1 drying init
  • 57S deactivation (save gas analyzers)
  • Magnetic 3D bio-printer. Camcorder SM install
  • 57S gloves #1 drying term, gloves #2 drying init
  • 57S deactivation (save gas analyzers)
  • 55S SS3 drying term, gloves #3 drying init
  • 57S gloves #2 drying term
  • 57S SS1 and SS2 gloves post-drying stow
  • 57S cargo ops, IMS update
  • DOSIS 3D Passive Detectors De-Installation from Columbus (10 PDPs and 2 TDPs).
  • 55S gloves #3 drying term
  • SS3 & gloves post-drying handover to 57S
  • 57S SS3+gloves post-drying stow
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • DOSIS 3D Passive Detector Pouch handover after upload of dosimeters with Soyuz.
  • 57S cargo ops, IMS update
  • Installation of the DOSIS 3D passive detector packs in Columbus and photo documentation.