ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/07/2019

MISSE-10 Materials International Space Station Experiment-10 (MISSE-10): Crewmembers removed the MISSE Sample Container #6 (MSC) and failed Switch Box from the MISSE Transfer Tray (MTT) and packed them for return on SpX-16. Crewmembers also removed the MTT from the JEM Airlock slide table. The MISSE-10 experiment hosts a suite of eight NASA investigations aboard the Materials International Space Station Flight Facility (MISSE-FF). The MISSE-10 mission exposes 188 samples consisting of radiation protection, radiation detection, laminates, coatings, polymetric, high-efficiency low-mass solar cell systems, composites and additively-manufactured materials to the space environment.

Rodent Research-8 (RR-8): Crewmembers prepared the Rodent Animal Transporter and reviewed procedures for Animal transfer. 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.

Crystallization of LRRK2 Under Microgravity Conditions-2 (CASIS PCG 16): The last set of Sample microscope photography sessions were completed and the CASIS PCG 16 sample cards #12 and 13 were placed into cold stowage completing the CASIS PCG 16 experiment. 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.

International Commercial Experiment Cubes (ICE Cubes): Today, a crewmember removed Cube #1 and installed Cube #2 into the ICE Cube facility and inserted the cubes into the TCU tray. The ICE Cubes Facility is a capable experiment platform that offers flexibility to host many different experiments for research, technology demonstration or educational objectives.

Micro-14: Today a crewmember activated sample Group Activation Packs (GAP). The Micro-14 (Characterizing the Effects of Spaceflight on the Candida albicans Adaptation Responses) life science research mission will investigate and evaluate the responses of the Candida albicans microorganism to microgravity conditions and, in particular, to assess changes at the physiological, cellular, and molecular level and to characterize virulence factors.

Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Crew Command Panel (CCP) Checkout: In preparation for SpX-16 Dragon vehicle departure, currently planned for January 10, the crew successfully checked out the CUCU and CCP. The CUCU system provides a command and telemetry communications link between the ISS and Dragon vehicle during free flight operations while in close proximity of the ISS.

Mobile Servicing System (MSS) Operations: Saturday, Ground Controllers powered up the MSS and maneuvered the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) and the Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator (SPDM) as required to stow SPDM on US LAB Power Data Grapple Fixture (PDGF). They then commanded the SSRMS to release the SPDM and maneuvered it to grapple Node 2 PDGF. After a base change, the SSRMS released the Mobile Base System (MBS) PDGF 3 and maneuvered the SSRMS to a park configuration. Next, Ground Controllers performed Latch End Effector (LEE) checkouts and diagnostics required for the upcoming Dragon release. Finally, they translated the Mobile Transporter (MT) from Worksite 6 to 3.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Deploy two pair of HUNCH Ball Clamp Foot Restraints (GMT 005)
  • Consolidate various CQ hardware Ziplocks into one larger Ziplock for more efficient stowage (GMT 005)
  • Cygnus Trash Gather (GMT 005)
  • SAFER Battery R&R (GMT 005)
  • Replace missing fasteners and move Cupola Window 7 Vacuum Line Covers to correct positions (GMT 005)
  • In Flight Maintenance EДВ Transfer Hose Clean and Test (GMT 005)
  • MELFI 1 Nitrogen Pressure Check (GMT 005)
  • MELFI 2 Nitrogen Pressure Check (GMT 005)
  • MELFI 3 Nitrogen Pressure Check (GMT 005)
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Attached Phase Operations review (GMT 005)
  • Photo/TV D5 Camera Deploy (GMT 005)
  • CCHA Wanted Poster (GMT 005)
  • Microscope Reposition Post Ops (GMT 006)
  • Microscope Reposition Preparation (GMT 006)
  • PCG-13 Hardware Photo (GMT 006)
  • PCG-13 PCG Card Microscope Photo Operations (GMT 006)
  • Spotlight Battery and Bulb Replacement (GMT 006)
  • Reorganization of the ISS Leak Kit and Spare Ultrasonic Leak Detector (ULD) Kit (GMT 007)

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • CUCU Checkout
  • Dragon Grapple

Two Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 1/8

  • Space Pup Dosimeter MELFI retrieval and stow
  • Performance Crystal Packing
  • RR-8 Animal Transfers
  • Food Acceptability
  • PCG11 HDPCG Deact2 and MELFI insert
  • CGBA4 poweroff
  • NALCO Biofilms termination
  • Micro-14 Termination


  • Dragon Cargo Transfer
  • PMD Operations
  • Condensate Pumping Operations

Wednesday, 1/9:
Payloads (Dragon Egress)

  • No Experiment activities


  • Dragon Cold Stowage Packing
  • Dragon Center Stack Transfer
  • Dragon Egress
  • Dragon Vestibule Operations

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

  • At Home In Space Culture Photography
  • Cerebral Autoregulation Item Restow
  • Record video of 1 orbit of Earth for CSA outreach
  • Record video for CSA about physical activity in space
  • Insertion of Experiment Cube#2 into Biolab TCU1
  • COTS UHF Communication Unit (CUCU) Crew Command Panel (CCP) Checkout
  • SpX-16 Dragon Payload Cable Preparation.  Cut wire ties to release Dragon cargo power & data cables.
  • Removal of Experiment Cubes 1 and 2 from the ICE Cubes Facility
  • ISERV Hardware Cleanup
  • JAXA Medical Laptop Relocate
  • JEM Airlock Leak Check
  • JEM Airlock Press
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • Materials ISS Experiment – Flight Facility (MISSE-FF) JEM Video Setup
  • Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE) MSC Pack
  • Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE) MTT Removal and Stowage
  • On-board Training (OBT) Dragon Departure Review
  • On Board Training (OBT) Dragon Ground Control Release Self Study
  • Photo/TV CUCU SD Video Operations
  • Protein Crystal Growth 16 MELFI Insert
  • Polar Express Rack Uninstall, Transfer And Handover
  • Preparation of Reports for Roscosmos Web Site and Social Media
  • Rodent Research Transporter Setup
  • Rodent Research 8 Live Animal Return Review
  • Water Refill Kit Battery Charge
  • URAGAN. Observations and photography
  • Preparation for the Antivirus Scanning of [ВКС] Laptops
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
  • ECON-M. Observation and photography
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • СОЖ maintenance