ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/24/2019

BEST (Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology):  The crew performed BEST experiment operations part 2 involving the transfer of cells from the Media Kit to the new Media Tubes using pipettes and then temp stowed for the next 5-10 days. The BEST investigation studies the use of sequencing for identification of unknown microbial organisms living on the ISS, and how humans, plants and microbes adapt to living on the ISS.

CIR (Combustion Integrated Rack): The crew did a full replacement of the FCF CIR image processor (IPSUG) due to a previous failure of the hard drive. The CIR includes an optics bench, combustion chamber, fuel and oxidizer control, and five different cameras for performing combustion experiments in microgravity.

CASIS PCG 19: The crew inserted PCG 19 vial samples located in Ziplock bags into the Box Module inside the MELFI (Minus Eight-degree Freezer for ISS) Rack for a 12 week period. The crew took photos of the transfer. This investigation seeks to understand the stability of monoclonal antibody formulations in microgravity. When these formulations degrade and exceed their shelf life, they must be discarded. This leads to increased cost and reduces the areas of the world where the formulations can be offered to patients. By storing formulations in microgravity, it may be possible to see additional processes that lead to degradation. Researchers hope that an understanding of the degradation process could lead to methods of slowing the degradation down.

Veg-04B: The crew performed a plant status check and setup the hardware for the upcoming Mass measurement Device setup. 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.

Exploration Demonstration Charcoal/HEPA Filters (CHIPS): The crew replaced three Airlock HEPA and Charcoal filters in the aft Deck standoff and cleaned the IMV air return screens of the Airlock Duct Selector Panel. Installing the filters on ISS is a key objective for maturing the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) systems for exploration vehicles to improve the understanding how they impact various systems such as condensing heat exchanger lifetime, Water Processor Assembly (WPA) efficiency and lifetime, and other hardware downstream of the Common Cabin Air Assembly Heat Exchanger (CCAA HX).


Post Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Operations:  Following last week’s EVA, the ISS crew has worked on multiple Post EVA activities. Today’s activities consisted of refurbishing the Metal Oxide (Metox) canisters by baking out the CO2 in the Metox Regenerator Oven. Also known as the Metox Regen, this activity prepares the canisters for the next EVA.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • No completed Task List Activities

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Payload Support Operations

Look Ahead:

Friday, 10/25 (GMT 298)

  • VESSEL ID system Deinstall (ESA)
  • Myotones Measurements (ESA)
  • Cerebral Autoregulation measurement (JAXA)
  • FIR-ACE-T6 Module reconfig (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • LTE HW consolidate (NASA)
  • Standard Measures (NASA)
  • LSG WV fan replace (NASA)
  • VEG-04B MMD Calibrate and ops (NASA)
  • POSSUM PL Photos (NASA)


  • EVA Metox
  • HTV Cargo Transfer
  • S&M PMM1S2 ZSR Install

Saturday, 10/26 (GMT 299)

  • VEG-04B Plant check (NASA)
  • Standard Measures (NASA)


  • No planned activities

Sunday, 10/27 (GMT 300)

  • VEG-04B Plant check, watering and MMD measurements (NASA)


  • No planned activities

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

  • Preparation of reports for Roscosmos website and social media
  • URAGAN. Observation and Photography
  • Photography of space behind SM panel
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • Biochemical Urine Test
  • URISYS Hardware Stowage
  • Daily Planning Conference
  • Rodent Research Inventory Audit
  • PCG-19 Ambient Unstow
  • PCG-19 MELFI Sample Insertion
  • PCG-19 MELFI Sample Retrieve
  • VEG-04B Plant Check/Watering for each Plant Pillow
  • IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ИМУ-Ц micro-accelerometer data to laptop
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – ESA Nutritional Assessment
  • PCG-19 MERLIN Sample Removal
  • FCF Hardware Consolidate
  • Inspection and photography of ISS RS windows 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 26
  • Checking and photography of БД-2 treadmill carriage position. Photograph position of БД-2 carriage relative to the pullout roller after lifting БД-2 skirt. Downlink photo via OCA. Laptop БД-2 Status Check
  • Mass Measurement Device Setup Procedure Review in support of VEG-04B
  • Payload On-Orbit Still Shots for Utilization and Maintenance (POSSUM) Photos (Deferred)
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • AMS Procedure/video review
  • VIZIR. СКПФ-УМ PL Session.
  • AMS Procedure/video review
  • Photo T/V (P/TV) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Exercise Video Stow
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Mass Measurement Device Hardware Setup in Support of VEG-04B
  • AMS Handrail training
  • Wanted Poster to Locate Missing SPHERES Battery Packs.
  • Change-out of ПФ1-4 dust filter cartridges in SM (ФГБ1ПГО_4_424_1, bag 440-21 (00074645R). Discard the removed items. Reflect changes in IMS
  • On MCC GO Removal of Storage Battery Current Converter (ПТАБ-2) Unit (А304).
  • PCG-19 MELFI Sample Insertion
  • HV2 Server recovery
  • On MCC GO Water Transfer to ЕДВ from Progress 442 (DC1) H2O Tank 2 using compressor and Progress 442 (DC1) H2O Tank 2 Bladder Compression
  • Cleaning ВБП1, ВБП2 fans screens
  • In-Flight Maintenance Airlock HEPA and Charcoal Filter Remove and Replace
  • Payloads Network Attached Storage (NAS) Deep Cleaning
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Doors Open
  • AMS Procedure/video review
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Optics Bench Translation Out
  • Installation of ПТАБ-2 unit in position А304.
  • In-Flight Maintenance Node 1 HEPA and Charcoal Filter Remove and Replace Part 1
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Image Processor Replace
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • СОЖ Maintenance Verification of ИП-1 Flow Sensor Position
  • In-Flight Maintenance Node 1 HEPA and Charcoal Filter Remove and Replace Part 2
  • NanoRacks Hardware Consolidate
  • Audit of disposable covers for Low-Noise Headsets ГНШ-К-24
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Optics Bench Translation In
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MWA Preparation
  • AMS Top Spacer Tool training
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MELFI Sample Retrieve
  • Evening Preparation Work
  • AMS Hex Head Capture tool training
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Doors Close
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) Experiment 2 Part 2
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
  • AMS Debris Shield Handling Aid training
  • PAO Preparation
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MELFI Sample Insertion into a Box Module
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Termination
  • AMS Socket Head Capture Tool training
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Initiation
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • Flight Director/ISS CREW CONFERENCE