ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/13/2019

Veg-04B: The crew performed a harvest for consumption and filled out the taste survey. 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. 

MISSE-FF (Materials ISS Experiment Flight Facility): The crew performed a retraction of the JEM Airlock table and removed the MISSE-MSCs (Material Sample Carriers) from the MISSE Transfer Tray. The MSCs were packed for return. The JEM-EF is a unique platform on the ISS that is located outside of the Japanese Experiment module (JEM), Kibo (Hope) and is continuously exposed to the space environment. Astronauts exchange payloads/payload facilities from the Kibo through the scientific airlock using the Kibo Remote Manipulator System. Payloads/payload facilities positioned on the exterior platform focus on Earth observation, as well as, communication, scientific, engineering and materials science experiments. 

NutrISS (Nutrition Monitoring for the International Space Station): The crew performed measurements on the skin as part of the NUTRISS study. The questionnaire was also completed. Long-duration spaceflight induces relevant changes in body composition and a loss of body mass. In the NutrISS investigation, a periodic assessment of body composition (body weight, fat mass, and fat-free mass) during spaceflight aboard the ISS is carried out using a dedicated bio-impedance analysis device to allow for the measurement of long-term energy balance modification over time. It is hypothesized that an adjusted diet maintaining a near-neutral energy balance, and/or increasing protein, intake can limit microgravity-induced bone and muscle loss. 

PK-4 (Plasma Krystall-4): The crew performed the third set of runs for Commissioning #8 operations involving particle cloud trappings inside the PK-4 Chamber. PK-4 is a scientific collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), performing research in the field of “Complex Plasmas”: low temperature gaseous mixtures composed of ionized gas, neutral gas, and micron-sized particles. The micro-particles become highly charged in the plasma and interact strongly with each other, which can lead to a self-organized structure of the micro-particles: so-called plasma crystals. Experiments in the facility aim to study Transport Properties, Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Physics, and Non-linear waves and Instabilities in the plasmas. 

Ring Sheared Drop: The crew removed the existing syringe and test cell and swapped it with a new syringe and test cell in preparation for the next experiment run. The Ring Sheared Drop investigation uses microgravity to examine the formation and flow of amyloids in the absence of surface tension and other complications created by the solid walls of a container. Fibrous, extracellular protein deposits found in organs and tissues, amyloids are associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Results could contribute to better understanding of these diseases as well as to development of advanced materials.

Space Biofilms: The crew terminated the Group Activation Packs (GAPs) and then placed the GAPs into cold stowage as part of Ops Session 3. The Characterization of Biofilm Formation, Growth, and Gene Expression on Different Materials and Environmental Conditions in Microgravity (Space Biofilms) investigation characterizes the mass, thickness, structure, and associated gene expression of biofilms that form in space by analyzing different microbial species grown on different materials. Biofilm formation can cause equipment malfunction and human illnesses, and could be a serious problem on future long-term human space missions.

Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer (AMS) Extravehicular Activity (EVA):  Today, the ISS crew continued their preparation for AMS EVA #1 by completing On board Training (OBT) Robotics training. The training supports 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.


Functional Cargo Block [sic] (FGB) Acoustic Monitor Survey Part 3: This FGB acoustic monitor survey will be used to assess the acoustic properties of the newly installed low-noise FGB Dust Collectors. Today, MCC Moscow (MCC-M) deactivated the FGB air circulation fans ЦВ1 & 2 and the Thermal Control System (TCS) Heat Exchanger fans 2, 3, and 5. Once the FGB air circulation fans were configured for the acoustic monitoring, the crew took a final set of measurements for the new FGB Dust Collectors. Following the measurements, MCC-M returned the FGB air circulation systems to a nominal configuration. 

Node 3 (N3) Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Cleaning:  Today, the crew cleaned the Node 3 Aft Port IMV fan inlet flow straighteners, inlet silencer and outlet silencer.  This task required the crew to remove the NOD3A1-02 closeout panel to gain access to the Node 3 Aft Port IMV Fan and Silencer. Once accessed, the crew used a vacuum to remove dust and debris from the IMV Fan Inlet Flow Straighteners and the IMV Grille.  Once complete the crew re-installed the closeout panel and the ground team performed a nominal re-activation of the IMV.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • No task list activities completed

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Payload Operations Support 

Thursday, 11/14 (GMT 318): Half Off-Duty

  • ADSEP OBT Review (NASA)
  • BFF Cleaning Test Install #1 and #2 and Syringe swap (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Post-Sleep (NASA)
  • BEST Sample transfer from Media kit to Tubes (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Crew Diet Briefing (NASA)
  • PK-4 HD swap, Chamber Cleaning and Monitor De-install (RS Joint)


  • THC IMV Flow Measurement
  • 73P IMS Stow 

Friday, 11/15 (GMT 319): AMS EVA #1

  • VEG-04B chk (NASA)
  • HERMES Vacuum Valve Close (NASA)
  • Space Biofilms Sample GAP Term and MELFI insert (NASA)
  • PK-4 Hard drive swap, Chamber Gas Exchange and stow (RS Joint)


  • 73P IMS Stow 

Saturday, 11/16 (GMT 320):

  • VEG-04B chk (NASA)


  • EDAR Start
  • EMU Water & LLB Recharge
  • EMU Metox Regen

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

  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Reminder for EVA In-Suit Light Exercise (ISLE) Preparation
  • МО-8. Configuration Setup
  • Body Mass Measurement – BMMD
  • Bioimpedance Assembly Measurement
  • МО-8. Closeout Ops
  • On MCC GO Regeneration of Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф2 Cartridge, initiate
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Prep and Initialization of Bubble-Dosimeter Detectors
  • Photo/TV Lab Standard Definition (SD) Reconfiguration
  • РК-4. Replacement of hard drives
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons Hardware Handover
  • MATRYOSHKA-R.Photography of BUBBLE-dosimeter During handover
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors to USOS
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter initialization and deployment for exposure
  • High Rate Dosimeter (HRD) Data Take
  • РК-4. Run 3
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • FGB Acoustic Monitor Setup and Noise Survey
  • VEG-04B Part 1 Consumption Harvest
  • COSMOCARD. Preparing for and Starting 24-hr ECG Recording.
  • VEG-04B Harvest Assist for Consume Harvest
  • Temperature measurements of battery modules No.1-No.8 of ПТАБ case and connectors (before mating circuit connectors).
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring
  • Temperature measurements of battery modules No.1-No.8 of ПТАБ case and connectors, assistance
  • VEG-04B MERLIN Sample Insertion
  • VEG-04B Part 2 & 3 Consumption Harvest
  • Acoustic Monitor Data Transfer
  • Portable Onboard Computers (POC) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software Review
  • VEG-04B MELFI Insertion #3
  • VEG-04B MERLIN Sample Removal
  • VEG-04B Plant Sanitize
  • Temperature measurements of battery modules No.1-No.8 of ПТАБ case and connectors, assistance
  • Temperature measurements of battery modules No.1-No.8 of ПТАБ case and connectors (when ДПР3 responds).
  • Ring-Sheared Drop Syringe and Test Cell Removal and Install
  • РК-4.  Run 3
  • HRF Veg Veg-04 Taste Test And Survey
  • Preparing for ТА515 Replacement (БФС2А) in SM Onboard Measurement Telemetry Subsystem (БИТС2)-12 system.
  • RSD MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Audit & Configuring
  • Vacuum cleaning of FGB pressurized adapter
  • JEM Airlock Ops
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • In-flight Maintenance (IFM) Node 3 Aft Port Intermodule Ventilation (IMV) Fan Cleaning
  • MISSE-FF MSC Retrieval and Pack Procedure Review
  • Space Biofilms GAP Termination
  • Space Biofilms MELFI Sample Insertion Operations Session 4
  • Materials ISS Experiment – Flight Facility (MISSE-FF) JEM Video Setup
  • Space Biofilms MELFI Sample Insertion Operations Session 5
  • GREAT START. Preparation for the Experiment
  • Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE) MTT Removal and Stowage
  • GREAT START. Video Recording the Great Start Session
  • Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE) MSC Pack
  • JEM ORU Xfer I/F Removal
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Recording
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • GREAT START. Closeout Ops
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table Suspect Fastener Hole Inspection
  • Perform EDV-Adapter Test
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • CONTENT. Experiment Ops
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion (CSA-CP) Checkout
  • VEG-04B Plant Check/Watering for each Plant Pillow
  • BioFabrication Facility Procedure Review1
  • Simplified Aid For EVA Rescue (SAFER) Checkout
  • Standard Measures Pre-sleep Questionnaire
  • On MCC GO Regeneration Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф2 Absorption Cartridge, terminate