ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/08/2019

Rodent Research-19 (RR-19): On Saturday, the crew performed the Life Science Glovebox setup in preparation for rodent research operations. The Rodent Research -19 investigation examines the Preclinical Evaluation of a Broad Spectrum Myostatin Inhibitor to Prevent Muscle and Bone Loss Due to Disuse in rodent models.  Specifically, this study is gaining a better understanding of the potential benefits of targeting Myostatin (MSTN) and active signaling pathways to prevent skeletal muscle and bone loss during spaceflight and on the recovery of muscle and bone following return to Earth. This research could provide valuable preclinical data to support clinical trials for MSTN therapies for a wide range of conditions that affect muscle and bone health. Such research is particularly important for conditions that involve disuse muscle atrophy (muscle wasting due to immobility or lessened activity)—for example, patients recovering from hip fracture surgery, intensive care patients, and the elderly.

Biomolecule Extraction and Sequencing Technology (BEST): On Saturday, the crew transferred cells from previously stowed media tubes in cell kits to new media tubes using pipettes. The cell media tubes were then stowed into the MELFI (Minus Eight-degree Freezer for ISS) cold stowage facility. The BEST investigation studies the use of sequencing for identification of unknown microbial organisms living on the ISS.  It also examines how humans, plants and microbes adapt to living on the ISS.

BioFabrication Facility (BFF): On Saturday, the crew successfully printed three Tissue Cassettes into the BioFabrication Facility. This was the first time that BFF had successfully printed with three “bio-inks” and achieved a thickness of approximately 6mm, which is double of what has been accomplished on the ground.  After the print was completed, the crew cleaned out the print heads in preparation for another print on Sunday.  All printed samples were installed into the Advanced Space Experiment Processor (ADSEP), where they will be conditioned and later returned to ground for analysis. The BFF is dedicated to manufacturing human organs and tissues in space, primarily for use by patients on Earth. Besides printing tissue, the BFF also can help maintain the health of deep space exploration crews by producing food and personalized pharmaceuticals on demand.

The ISS Experience: On Saturday, the crew recorded an Astronaut log. 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.


SpX-19 Capture and Berth:  Today, the ISS crew completed the robotic capture of the SpX-19 Dragon at approximately 04:00 CT using the Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS).  This was followed by the berthing of the Dragon vehicle to the Node 2 Nadir port. Next, the ISS crew performed a Node 2 vestibule pressurization and leak check along with installing the power data jumper cables that are essential to Dragon activation.  Finally, the crew opened the hatch and ingressed Dragon. SpX-19 Dragon includes 2,617 kilograms of cargo carried up to the ISS.

Mobile Support System Operations: Last night (December 7), the Robotic Ground Controllers powered up Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) in the Hot Backup Configuration and then performed a visual survey of the Node 2 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (CBM). This morning, the ISS crew monitored the SpaceX-19 Dragon approach to the ISS from the Cupola Robotic Workstation (RWS) and at 10:05 GMT they captured the Dragon using the SSRMS. The Robotic Ground Controllers then maneuvered the SSRMS in position to support the inspection of the Dragon Passive CBM sealing surface and then installed the Dragon on the Node2 Nadir Active CBM. Once the CBM Ground Controllers had captured and A-bolted the Dragon to Node2, the Robotic Ground Controllers de-configured the MSS from the Hot Backup Configuration and powered it down.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Dragon Transfer Cargo Review
  • WHC KTO Replace Activity
  • BEST MELFI Inserts Part 4 (GMT 341)
  • BEST MWA Part 1 (GMT 341)
  • BEST Sample Transfer Part 3 (GMT 341)
  • PMM Overhead HYG CVR INS (GMT 341)

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Dragon Rendezvous and Capture Operations
  • Payload Support Operations

Monday, 12/9 (GMT 343)

  • GRIP Seat Setup (ESA)
  • Fluid Shifts Baseline Scans (NASA)
  • Bone Densitometer Rack install and Calibration and photo (NASA)
  • JAXA-PCG Crystallization Start (JAXA)
  • Rodent-19 Habitat install (NASA)
  • Space Moss Item Gather and sample attach (JAXA)
  • Cold Atom lab module 3 transfer to powered temp stow ER1 (NASA)
  • XENOGRISS activation (NASA)
  • NanoRacks Module 83 install (NASA)
  • TangoLab PAUL Hardware install (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)


  • Dragon Cargo Ops
  • HMS AED Inspection

Tuesday, 12/10 (GMT 344)

  • Rotifer-B1 inserts into Kubik 5 & 6 (ESA)
  • Bio-Monitor Battery replace and Wearable hardware setup (CSA)
  • ICE Cubes #6 install into facility (ESA)
  • GRIP session #2 (ESA)
  • Life Support Rack H2 sensor installation (ESA)
  • ELF Gas bottle unit air vlv-close (JAXA)
  • Bone Densitometer chk (NASA)
  • RR-14 Transfers (NASA)
  • Inertial Spreading setup (NASA)
  • CIR ACME controller replace (NASA)


  • Polar Dragon Transfer
  • J-CGSE CO2 Supply Start

Wednesday, 12/11 (GMT 345)

  • Bio-Monitor Wearable changeout (CSA)
  • GRIP Session #3 (ESA)
  • RR-19 Transporter stow and Access clean and BD scans (NASA)
  • Inertial Spreading Payload Ops (NASA)
  • ISS HAM pass (NASA)


  • OBT Dragon Debrief Conference
  • Regen Tank, FILL, Process
  • 74P Transfer

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

  • Preparation of reports for Roscosmos website and social media
  • Video Recording of Greetings
  • URAGAN. Observation and Photography
  • ECON-M. Observation and Photography
  • Reminder N2 HD Camera On
  • Crew Command Panel (CCP) Cable Route and Checkout
  • Reminder 1 Fluid Shifts Baseline Imaging Measures
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) High Definition (HD) Monitor Downlink
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • Monitoring shutter closure on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 Note 7
  • BioFabrication Facility Tissue Print With Cells Install
  • Robotics Workstation (RWS) Dragon Configuration
  • BFF MERLIN Sample Removal
  • BioFabrication Facility MELFI Sample Retrieve
  • Dragon R Bar Approach
  • Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) Dragon Capture
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Manual Fill Initiation
  • LSG Secondary  Crew Restraint Initial Fold
  • LSG Work Volume Stow
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Manual Fill Termination
  • Fluid Shifts Hardware Battery Installation
  • Fluid Shifts OCT2 Gather
  • SpaceX/Node 2 Leak Check Preparation
  • Fluid Shifts CCFP Baseline Imaging Setup
  • Crew Command Panel (CCP) Cable Deroute
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Fluid Shifts Baseline Imaging Reference Material Review
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
  • СОЖ MAINTENANCE. Data downlinks on Water supply system [СВО], Sanitary and Hygiene Equipment (СГО), [АСУ] Waste Management system with facilities for receiving and preserving urine (СПКУ) Counter, POTOK Air Purification System in SM and FGB
  • BioFabrication Facility Cleaning Syringe Install
  • Photo TV High Definition (HD) Dragon Video Setup
  • SpaceX/Node 2 Pressurized Leak Check
  • Double Coldbag Unpack Review
  • BioFabrication Facility Glacier Sample Retrieve
  • Dragon Vestibule Outfitting
  • BioFabrication Facility Tissue Cassette Removal
  • Glacier 2 Ice Brick Insert
  • Node 2 Nadir Controller Panel Assembly (CPA) Removal/Rotation
  • МСК-2. Transfer of ТБУ-В No.05 from MRM2. Setup and activation of ТБУ-В No.07 at +4 deg С
  • Glacier Desiccant Swap
  • Glacier 5 Ice Brick Insert
  • Crew Quarters (CQ) Door Closing
  • Dragon Ingress
  • Collecting Dragon (SpX-18) Air Samples Using АК-1М Sampler prior to Air Duct Installation
  • Glacier Desiccant Swap
  • MELFI 1 Ice Brick Insert 5
  • Daily Planning Conference
  • Dragon Arrival Photos
  • Center Stack Transfer
  • BFF MERLIN Sample Insertion
  • Restow Node 2 Nadir Vestibule Outfitting Kit (VOK)
  • Double Coldbag Unpack