ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/18/2019

NanoRacks Module-82 (Palm Tree Growth): The crew removed the Module 82 from the NanoRacks Frame-3 and took photographs of the Palm Seed Flask, then temporarily stowed in an ambient temperature location. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) investigation examines germination of palm tree seeds to determine the best conditions for generating tissue samples for research. A process for growing healthy plant tissue in microgravity could be adapted for testing other indigenous plants of scientific, commercial or educational interest in the UAE. The investigation also observes and documents root growth in microgravity for educational purposes.

Rodent Research-17 (RR-17): The crew performed Day 3 of Rodent Research Operations. RR-17 uses younger and older mice as model organisms to evaluate the physiological, cellular and molecular effects of the spaceflight environment. Some responses to spaceflight in humans and model organisms such as mice resemble accelerated aging. This investigation provides a better understanding of aging-related immune, bone, and muscle disease processes, which may lead to new therapies for use in space and on Earth. 

BioLab (Biological Experiment Laboratory): The crew removed the Life Support Module 4 from the BioLab facility and packed it for return to ground. The BioLab is a multiuser research facility located in the European Columbus laboratory. The facility is used to perform space biology experiments on microorganisms, cells, tissue cultures, small plants, and small invertebrates. BioLab allows scientists to gain a better understanding of the effects of microgravity and space radiation on biological organisms.

Starboard Solar Array Wing (SAW) Imagery: The crew photographed the inboard, starboard SAWs 1A and 3A and their masts. Images for the outboard, starboard arrays 1B and 3B, were previously photographed on August 14, 2019. The photos have been downlinked for team review.

Urine Processing Assembly (UPA) Shutdown: Yesterday the UPA experienced a high flow rate fault during nominal UPA processing. Data suggests that during Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) fills, gas was introduced into the system. Review of telemetry from an overnight process cycle indicated that most of the gas has been removed, but not eliminated. Ground teams continued the process cycle to reduce the WSTA quantity to 5% in an attempt to eliminate remaining gas from the system. The process cycle completed with no additional faults. Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) is now configured to process urine via UPA and teams are monitoring telemetry for any remaining gas.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • HERMES payload assist
  • ITCS jumper remove
  • Module Lighting Units 5, 7 R&R

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Payloads ground support

Look Ahead:

Thursday, 9/19 (GMT 262)

  • Probiotics Saliva Ops and Questionnaire (JAXA)
  • Express Rack bulb Replace (NASA)
  • MUSES Server Vent Clean (NASA)
  • Rodent Research-17 Ops (NASA)
  • Universal Battery Charger Charging check  (Joint)
  • Ring Sheared Drop Overview and setup (NASA)
  • LSR H2 Sensors exchange R&R (NASA)


  • Crew departure preparation

Friday, 9/20 (GMT 263)

  • MSPR Adapter removal and insertion (JAXA)
  • Glacier Desiccant Swap (NASA)
  • ISS Experience NanoRacks Rotational Dynamics Recording (NASA)
  • NanoRacks Rotational Dynamics Ops (NASA)
  • Cryo Chiller Cartridge removal and Decontamination (NASA)
  • Microgravity Crystals Ops (NASA)
  • BEST Sample Transfer Ops (NASA)
  • HERMES – Vacuum Vlv Close (NASA)


  • Crew departure preparation

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

  • Preparation of reports for Roscosmos website and social media
  • Photography of removable handrails covers inside RS
  • Photography of space behind SM panel
  • ECON-M. Observations and photo (Task list)
  • Standard Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Male
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • ISS HAM Radio Session in SM
  • RFID Antenna Ops
  • ESA Weekly crew conference
  • COSMOCARD. Closeout Ops
  • Remove and Replace Waste Hygeine Compartment (WHC) ЕДВ-Y
  • Collecting atmospheric condensate samples [КАВ] from [СРВ-К2М] up to Gas-Liquid Mixture Filter (ФГС) to Russian Samplers, terminate
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Stow
  • Biolab Life Support Module 4 Removal
  • Collecting condensate water samples [КАВ] up to СРВ-К2М БКО, equipment setup, sampler installation
  • Hardware prepack for return and disposal via Soyuz 742
  • Rodent Research 17
  • Rodent Research Assist
  • Probiotics Item Gathering
  • Collecting condensate water samples [КАВ] up to [СРВ-К2М] БКО, sampler replacement
  • Rodent Research Cryo Chiller Insert-3
  • Rodent Research Centrifuge Setup Configure
  • Environmental Health Systems Surface Sample T+5 Visual Analysis
  • Rodent Research MELFI Insert
  • Rodent Research Cryo Chiller Insert-3
  • HRF Centrifuge Spin Conclude
  • Rodent Research MELFI Insert 3
  • Rodent Research Assist
  • Photo/TV SAW and MAST Camera Setup
  • Photo/TV STBD SAW and Mast Survey
  • Hardware prepack for return and disposal via Soyuz 742
  • Replacement of SM Power Supply System Current Regulator РТ-50-1М No.4 (А204),  Review, Search and Configure Hardware
  • PILOT-T. Preparation for Experiment
  • Rodent Research 17
  • Rodent Research Assist
  • Photo/TV STBD SAW and Mast Survey
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Ops
  • Sampling atmospheric condensate [КАВ] upstream of БКО СРВК-2М, Sampler removal, setup teardown
  • Photo/TV SAW and Mast photography equipment teardown
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Rodent Research Cryo Chiller Insert-3
  • Rodent Research MELFI Insert
  • Rodent Research (RR). MELFI sample insertion
  • ISS Crew departure preparation
  • Rodent Research Cryo Chiller Insert-3
  • Rodent Research MELFI Insert
  • Measuring MRM2 antenna amplifier power supply voltage while testing SM Kurs-P in a loop with Soyuz 746 (MRM2) Kurs-NA
  • Rodent Research Cryo Chiller Insert-3
  • Private Special Conference (PSC)
  • Rodent Research Centrifuge Configure
  • HRF Centrifuge Spin Conclude Final
  • Rodent Research MELFI Insert 3
  • Rodent Research Assist-1
  • PILOT-T.  Experiment Ops
  • RR Cryo Chiller Sample Transfer to MELFI
  • Rodent Research Sample Relocation
  • Microgravity Science Glovebox Activation
  • Microgravity Science Glovebox Illumination Check
  • NanoRacks Module-82 Photography
  • PILOT-T. Closeout Ops
  • Collecting surface samples from FGB equipment and structures
  • Ring Sheared Drop Hardware Gather