ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/04/2019

MSFO-2 (Made In Space Fiber Optics 2): Today a crewmember removed and stowed the MSFO-2 hardware. The Optical Fiber Production in Microgravity (Made In Space Fiber Optics) investigation demonstrates the merits of manufacturing fiber optic filaments in microgravity. The fiber optic material chosen for this demonstration is Zirconium, Barium, Lanthanum, Aluminum, and Sodium.

STaARS BioScience-4 (Space Technology and Advanced Research Systems): Today a crewmember removed Bioscience-4 experiment containers from the STaARS 1 facility and placed the containers into cold stowage. The STaARS BioScience-4 investigation examines how oligodendrocyte progenitor cells (OPCs) react to microgravity, specifically the rate at which the cells proliferate and differentiate in the microgravity environment.

Circadian Rhythms: Today a crewmember donned on the Circadian Rhythms hardware as part of flight day 30 measurements. Circadian Rhythms investigates the role of synchronized circadian rhythms, or the “biological clock,” and how it changes during long-duration spaceflight. Researchers hypothesize that a non-24-hour cycle of light and dark affects crewmembers’ circadian clocks.

NanoRacks Platforms: Today a crewmember removed the NanoRacks Modules 75, 76, 78, and 80 from Platform 1 in preparation for return on SpX-16. Module 77 was removed and then reseated into Platform 1 as there have been indications of a bad connection. Module 77 will return on SpX-17. 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.

TangoLab-1 (Space Tango MultiLab Locker): Today a crewmember removed cards 1-3 from the TangoLab-1 facility and placed card s/n-002 back into slot 2. Removed cards were packed and prepped for SpX-16 return. Space Tango MultiLab Locker (TangoLab-1) is a reconfigurable general research facility designed for microgravity research and development and pilot manufacturing aboard the International ISS.

Rodent Research-8 (RR-8): Today a crewmember replaced all the food bars in the Animal Transporters with clean uncontaminated food bars and also added additional attachment efforts to secure the food bars on the mounted plates. The Rodent Research-8 (RR-8) investigation utilizes mice flown aboard the ISS, and maintained on Earth, to investigate the physiology of aging in response to microgravity and the role of aging in the onset and progression of disease.

Cygnus On-Board Training (OBT): Today the space station crew completed a training session to practice Cygnus (NG-10) emergency response scenarios. The crew regularly completes OBT sessions to refresh their familiarity with the various emergency procedures that may be necessary during off-nominal events onboard ISS. 

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Yesterday evening and this morning, the space station robotics ground controllers performed Material on ISS Experiment (MISSE) Sample Carrier (MSC) transfers from the MISSE Transfer Tray (MTT) to the MISSE Flight Facility (FF). Ground controllers are scheduled to translate the MSS Mobile Transporter (MT) from work site two to work site six overnight tonight.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Attached Phase Operations review.
  • Cygnus 10 Compact Disk Transfer

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • MT Translation from WS 2 to WS 6 (Planned this evening)
  • MISSE Transfer Tray (MTT) Install on JOTI (Planned this evening)

Three Day Look Ahead:

Saturday, 1/5: Crew Off Duty

  • NanoRacks Module-9 Session 3 activations (NASA)

Sunday, 1/6

  • TangoLab-2 card removal (NASA)
  • STaARS BioScience-4 container removal (NASA)
  • CASIS PCG 16 Microscope photo ops (NASA)
  • Circadian Rhythms hardware doffing (ESA)
  • MISSE-10 MSC Pack removal review (NASA)


  • Dragon cargo operations

Monday, 1/7:

  • MISSE-10 MSC-6 and switch box removal (NASA)
  • Micro-14 activation (NASA)
  • Rodent Research Animal Transporter prep (NASA)
  • CASIS PCG 16 samples into Cold Stowage (NASA)
  • Cerebral Autoregulation hardware stow (JAXA)
  • Actiwatch Spectrum Plus check (NASA)
  • CASIS PCG 13 Microscope photography (NASA)
  • ICE Cubes sample swap (ESA)


  • JEM Airlock Pressurization
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Operations
  • Medical Laptop Relocate
  • Dragon Cargo Operations
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Procedure Reviews

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

  • Reminder to the crew about Circadian Rhythms experiment constraints
  • Standard Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Attached Phase Operations review.
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • ECON-M. Observations and photo
  • Reminder HRF Generic Urine Collection End
  • Behavioral Core Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
  • Standard Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
  • Reminder Standard Measures Cognition Testing
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Survey
  • Reminder NeuroMapping
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Collection
  • Reminder Behavorial Core Measures ROBoT-r Testing
  • Behavioral Core Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Survey
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Collection
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Male
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • Soyuz 741 Kazbek Fit Check
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Female
  • MOTOCARD. Experiment Session
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Stow
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection
  • HRF Generic Sample MELFI Insertion Operations
  • Standard Measures Cognition Testing HRF PC 1
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection Stow
  • MOTOCARD. Experiment Ops
  • NanoRacks Platform-1 Modules Removal
  • NeuroMapping Experiment Neurocognitive Test With Video
  • Rodent Research Foodbar Creation
  • Space Technology and Advanced Research Systems BioScience-4 Experiment Container Removal
  • BioScience MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Actiwatch Plus Evaluation Display Check
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Progress 440 [AO] Transfers and IMS Ops
  • TangoLab-1 Card Cube Remove
  • Lighting Effects Visual Performance Tests Light Setting
  • TangoLab Card Cube Pack
  • NanoRacks Module-9 OBT
  • Powered Ascent Utility Locker Hardware Removal (Deferred)
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Stow
  • Dragon Lithium Hydroxide (LiOH) Filter Bag Installation
  • Rodent Research Foodbar Relocation
  • Preventive Maintenance of SM Ventilation Subsystem. Group А
  • Made In Space Fiber Optics Removal & Stow
  • Behavioral Core Measures ROBoT-r Testing
  • Circadian Rhythms Instrumentation
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
  • On board Training Cygnus Emergency Procedure Review