ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/06/2019

Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer – 02 (AMS): The crew performed an AMS procedure review in support of the upcoming EVA to replace the Tracker Thermal Control System (TTCS) with an Upgraded Tracker Thermal Control System (UTTPS).  Over time, the TTCS cooling pumps have slowly degraded and have experienced a loss of coolant (liquid CO2).  The UTTPS will allow the AMS team to continue to collect data to on anti-helium nuclei and dark matter.  AMS-02 is a state-of-the-art particle physics detector that uses the unique environment of space to advance knowledge of the universe and lead to the understanding of the universe’s origin by searching for antimatter, dark matter and measuring cosmic rays.

BEST (Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology): The crew transferred BEST cell samples from the Media kit to the new growth Media Tubes using pipettes and then stowed the tubes.  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. 

CBEF-L (Cell Biology Experiment Facility-L): Crew continued to perform steps for the installation of CBEF-L Control Equipment into Saibo Rack. Cell Biology Experiment Facility-L (CBEF-L) is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) new subrack facility, which is an upgraded facility of the original Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) currently aboard the International Space Station (ISS). CBEF-L provides new capabilities with additional new resources such as Full High Definition video interface, Ethernet, 24 VDC power supply, and a larger diameter centrifugal test environment. By using the original CBEF and CBEF-L as one facility for the same experiment, the payload user is provided with an upgraded experimental environment that can handle the processing of more experimental samples for a wider array of experiments.

EXPRESS Rack ER6 (EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments for Space Station Racks): Crew was not able to complete the software installation due to problems with the ER6 Zbook not being able to recognize the thumb drive.  The EXPRESS Racks support science experiments in any discipline by providing structural interfaces, power, data, cooling, water, and other items needed to operate science experiments in space. 

ISS HAM:  The crew completed a contact pass with I.C. Montignoso – Scuola secondaria I grado “G.B.Giorgini”, Montignoso and I.C.  “G.B. Perasso”, Milano, Italy.  ISS Ham Radio provides opportunities to engage and educate students, teachers, parents and other members of the community in science, technology, engineering and math by providing a means to communicate between astronauts and the ground HAM radio units. 

Standard Measures: The crew collected blood samples for the Standard Measures experiment.  The aim of the investigation is to ensure consistent capture of an optimized, minimal set of measures from crewmembers until the end of the ISS Program in order to characterize the adaptive responses to and risks of living in space.  Among other things, the ground teams perform analyses for metabolic and chemistry panels, immune function, microbiome, etc.  These measures populate a data repository to enable high-level monitoring of countermeasure effectiveness and meaningful interpretation of health and performance outcomes, and support future research on planetary missions. 

Vascular Echo: The crew participated in a Vascular Echo session that included arterial blood pressure measurements, and ultrasound scans of the neck, thigh, portal vein and heart.  Cardiac and Vessel Structure and Function with Long-Duration Space Flight and Recovery (Vascular Echo) examines changes in blood vessels, and the heart, while the crew members are in space, and then follow their recovery on return to Earth. The results could provide insight into potential countermeasures to help maintain crewmember health, and quality of life for everyone.    

Veg-04B: The crew performed a routine plant check, and watered the plants as needed.  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.


Cygnus NG-12 Operations:  Today, the ISS crew continued to work on Cygnus cargo transfer to the ISS including unpacking and transferring payloads. The Cygnus spacecraft is currently operating off ISS power configured with prime and backup power. The Cygnus/NG-12 vehicle is part of the new Commercial Resupply Services-2 (CRS-2) program that includes multiple upgrades that expands the vehicle capabilities.

Mobile Servicing System:  Yesterday, the Robotic Ground Controllers powered up the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) and released the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) from the Cygnus vehicle.  Once clear, they maneuvered the SSRMS towards the International Docking Adapter (IDA) to complete a seal survey.  Once that was complete, the SSRMS was maneuvered clear and powered down.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • WHC-KTO-Replace

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Payload Operations Support

Thursday, 11/07 (GMT 311):

  • AMS EVA Preparations (NASA)
  • HRF Saliva Collection (NASA)
  • BioFabrication Facility (NASA)
  • NanoRacks ZGO SMPL Photo (NASA)


  • Photo/TV Port Solar Array Survey
  • Lab CCAA SCP Installation
  • ISS Emergency Prep
  • IFM WHC Pre-Treat Tank R&R 

Friday, 11/08 (GMT 312):

  • BioFabrication Facility Tissue Print With Cells Install (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability Survey (NASA)
  • Rodent Research Water Box and Light Check (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Cognition Testing HRF PC1 (NASA)
  • VEG-04B Plant Check/Watering for each Plant Pillow (NASA)
  • PK-4 hard disk Audit, PK-4 Experiment Campaign 8 – Familiarization (ESA)


  • THC P6 CCAA Swap
  • ISS Emergency OBT
  • ISS Emergency Medical Contingency Drill OBT
  • ISS Emergency Conference OBT
  • ISS Emergency Simulation OBT 

Saturday, 11/09 (GMT 313): Off-Duty Day

  • Sally Ride Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle Schools (EarthKAM) Shutdown (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Saliva Collection (NASA)
  • Veg-04B Plant Check/Watering (NASA)


  • SNRKL-Cond-Wipe

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

  • Kapton tape build
  • Preparation of reports for Roscosmos website and social media
  • URAGAN. Observation and Photography
  • SCENARIO. Observation and photography of catastrophic phenomena and their aftermath
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • Recharging Samsung tablet in 61S
  • KORREKTSIYA. Starting Accelerometry
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection 25 Minutes Subject
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Operator
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Configuration
  • Photo TV Camera Set Up For Radiator Inspection
  • Photo TV Port Radiator Image 1
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB) Initiate
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
  • KORREKTSIYA. Log Entry of Liquids and Food (Medicine) Intake
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Charging EVA Camera D4 Battery
  • Vascular Echo Ultrasound Echo Unit Setup
  • EXPRESS Rack ZBook Replace
  • Window glass photography on EV hatch 1, hatch 2 in MRM2 and EV hatch 1, hatch 2 in DC1
  • Enhancements to sound suppressor attachment brackets on the re-installed dust collectors in FGB.
  • PCS Laptop Relocate
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Conclude And Stow
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • SAIBO Cell Biology Experiment Facility Left (CBEF-L) Control Equipment 2 Insertion Troubleshooting 2
  • Vascular Echo Resting Ultrasound Scan 125 Minutes
  • Diagnostics of FGB Power Supply System Filter Units (БФ-1М) and Main Bus Assembly (БСШ-1М), Preparation
  • On MCC GO Transfer of brine and urine from ЕДВ-У to Progress 442 Rodnik H2O Tank 2
  • 24-hour ECG Recording (termination)
  • Virtual Reality Training (VRT) Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER)
  • VEG-04B Plant Check/Watering for each Plant Pillow
  • 24-hour BP recording (terminate)
  • PCS Laptop Relocate
  • PROBOY. End of Copying.
  • Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations
  • EXPRESS Rack ZBook Setup Finish
  • Vascular Echo CDL Holter Arterial BP Measurement
  • PROBOY. Disconnecting Acoustic Signal Converter Unit (БПАС) power cable from РБС outlet.
  • MTT/MSC Installation Review
  • EXPRESS Rack ZBook Setup Finish
  • СОЖ Maintenance
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Airlock Unstow
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MWA Preparation
  • Vascular Echo Ultrasound Echo Unit Stow
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MELFI Sample Retrieve
  • PAO Preparation
  • Nikon still camera sync to station time
  • KORREKTSIYA. Log Entry of Liquids and Food (Medicine) Intake
  • В3 Fan Screen Cleaning in DC1
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config Columbus Setup
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) in Columbus
  • Polar Hardware Install into Express Rack
  • INTERACTION-2. Experiment Ops
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) Experiment 2 Part 2
  • AMS Procedure/video review
  • AMS Procedure/video review
  • Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST) MELFI Sample Insertion into a Box Module
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Evening Preparation Work
  • Rodent Research Transporter Stow
  • MERLIN Drawer Remove
  • PROFILAKTIKA-2. Hardware Setup
  • VELO Exercise, Day 3
  • MERLIN 4 Ice Brick Insert
  • БД-2 Exercise, Day 2
  • Photo/TV Port Radiator Image 2
  • Photo TV Deactivation for Radiator Imagery
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Setup
  • Program Management/ISS Crew Conference
  • UF-ATMOSFERA. Hardware and electrical connections setup
  • AMS Swage Unstow
  • EarthKAM Node 2 Lens Change-Russian
  • Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Prep
  • Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE) MSC Hardware Gather
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) CMO – Fundoscope
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Eye Exam – Fundoscope
  • UF-ATMOSFERA. PL activation. Tagup with specialists
  • Daily Planning Conference
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Fundoscope Tear Down and Stow