ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/21/2019

Veg-04B: The crew performed a routine plant check.  This includes the assessment of individual plant pillows, the addition of water as necessary, and photography of the Mizuna plants. The Pick-and-Eat Salad-Crop Productivity, Nutritional Value, and Acceptability to Supplement the ISS Food System (Veg-0404A, Veg-04B, and Veg-05) investigation is a phased research project to address the need for a continuous fresh-food production system in space. A healthy, nutritious diet is essential for long-duration exploration missions, which means that the typical pre-packaged astronaut diet needs to be supplemented by fresh foods during flight; the Veggie Vegetable Production System (Veggie) has begun testing aboard the space station to help meet this need, and validation tests have demonstrated that leafy greens can be grown in spaceflight. The research of Veg-04B focuses on the impact of light quality and fertilizer on leafy crop growth for a 56-day grow-out, microbial food safety, nutritional value, taste acceptability by the crew, and the overall behavioral health benefits of having plants and fresh food in space.

The ISS Experience: The crew recorded Astronaut logs for the ISS Experience study. The ISS Experience creates a virtual reality film documenting daily life aboard the ISS. The 8 to 10 minute videos created from footage taken during the six-month investigation cover different aspects of crew life, execution of science aboard the station, and the international partnerships involved. The ISS Experience uses a Z-CAM V1 Pro Cinematic Virtual Reality (VR) 360-degree camera with nine 190° fisheye lenses.


Resupply Stowage Rack (RSR) Transfer to HII Transfer Vehicle (HTV)8: Today, the crew continued with HTV8 cargo transfer operations and transferred the first of three racks that will be disposed with HTV8 at the completion of its mission. This week the crew will continue to focus on HTV8 cargo operations in preparation for HTV8 close out and departure late next week.

Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) tank swap: Today, the crew removed an empty Oxygen tank from Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) in the airlock, and then installed a fully pressurized Nitrogen tank.  Ground controllers then started a transfer of nitrogen from the new tank to the external Airlock High Pressure Gas Tanks.  The Nitrogen gas remaining in the NORS tank after the airlock transfer is completed will be used to re-pressurize the nitrogen portion of the ISS atmosphere later in the week.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • EVA Procedure Reviews (GMT 292 & 293)
  • Merlin Desiccant Swap (GMT 292)
  • ESA PAO Recorded Messages (GMT 293)
  • WHC KTO Replace (GMT 293).
  • HTV8 Rack Transfer Ops Review (GMT 292, 293 & 294)

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Payload Support Operations
  • NORS Tank Swap

Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 10/22 (GMT 295)

  • Probiotic Item Gather (JAXA)
  • SAIBO Cell Biology Facility LEFT (CBEF-L) Equip 2 insertion (JAXA)
  • ISS Experience Log Recording-FE8,FE9 (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Presleep Questionnaire (NASA)
  • Ring Sheared Drop ops (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • VEG-04B Plant check (NASA)


  • HTV8 Cargo Ops
  • PEP Inspection
  • EVA Tool Stow

Wednesday, 10/23 (GMT 296)

  • Probiotics Saliva ops and questionnaire (JAXA)
  • CBEF-L Incubator insertion (JAXA)
  • AMS procedure/video review (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Crew Diet Briefing (NASA)
  • SAMS Drawer 1 fan replace (NASA)
  • VEG-04B Plant check (NASA)


  • EVA Loop Scrub
  • EVA A/L Restow
  • AMS Procedure Review
  • ZSR Install
  • RSP Transfer to HTV8
  • HTV8 Cargo Ops

Thursday, 10/24 (GMT 297)

  • Probiotics Saliva ops and questionnaire (JAXA)
  • CBEF-L LTL distribution box insert into SAIBO Rack (JAXA)
  • CBEF-L act and Ethernet Hub install (JAXA)
  • AMS Procedure Review (NASA)
  • VEG04B Plant check and MMD procedure review (NASA)
  • PCG-19 Ops (NASA)
  • Story Time in Space HISD Photo (NASA)
  • PL NAS Deep Clean (NASA)
  • Rodent Research-17 Inventory Audit and Hab restow (NASA)
  • NanoRacks HW consolidate (NASA)
  • BEST Sample Transfer 2 (NASA)


  • AMS Procedure Review
  • AMS Handrail Training
  • AMS Top Spacer Tool Training
  • AMS Hex Capture Training
  • AMS Debris Shield Handling Training
  • AMS Socket Capture Training
  • HTV8 Cargo Ops

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

  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
  • Acoustic Monitor Setup for Crew Worn Measurements
  • HTV Transfer Operations
  • HRF PC 3 Battery Removal
  • On MCC GO Regeneration of БМП Ф1 Micropurification Cartridge (start)
  • Photo/TV EVA GoPRO Stow
  • Photo/TV Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Camera Disassembly
  • VEG-04B Plant Check/Watering for each Plant Pillow
  • Material Science Laboratory Hardware Ops
  • Structures and Mechanisms PMM1O1 Resupply Stowage Rack Transfer
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Station Support Computer (SSC) Cleanup
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
  • Atmospheric Control System (ACS) Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System(NORS) Oxygen Transfer
  • Structures and Mechanisms Resupply Stowage Rack (RSR) Transfer Assist
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Flush Tank Partial Fill
  • ISS Experience Message Review
  • Resupply Stowage Rack (RSR) Hygiene Curtain Reconfigure
  • IMPACT. Photography Of IMPACT Tray No.1 from the Window of DC1 EV Hatch 1/
  • Atmospheric Control System (ACS) Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System (NORS) Nitrogen Transfer
  • Wetlab Hardware Consolidate
  • US Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tools Stow
  • ISS Experience Payload Review
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • ISS Experience Message Review
  • Battery Charge Discharge Unit (BCDU) Stow
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT2 Setup
  • ISS Hardware Consolidate
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • ISS Experience Crew Conference
  • Acoustic Monitor Battery Swap
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Session
  • БД-2 Exercise, Day 2
  • Evening Preparation Work
  • Evening Preparation Work
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – OCT2 Exams
  • Exercise Data Downlink via OCA
  • On MCC GO Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф1 Absorption Cartridge Regeneration (end)