ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/12/2019

Bio-Monitor: The crew doffed and stowed the headband and Garment hardware. The crew then connected the data unit to the controller for data downlink. Although the ISS is equipped with health and life sciences research tools, the existing instrumentation for continuous and simultaneous recording of several physiological parameters is lacking. To tackle this issue, the Bio-Monitor Commissioning activity tests the Bio-Monitor facility; a wearable garment capable of monitoring relevant physiological parameters for up to 48 hours in a non-invasive and non-interfering way.  The physiological parameters which can be monitored consist of heart rate, respiration rate, ECG (Electrocardiogram), skin temperature, peripheral blood oxygen saturation, etc.

GRASP: Crewmembers performed Seated GRASP measurements. The purpose of the Gravitational References for Sensimotor Performance:  Reaching and Grasping (GRASP) investigation is to better understand how the central nervous system (CNS) integrates information from different sensations (e.g. sight or hearing), encoded in different reference frames, in order to coordinate the hand with the visual environment. More specifically, the science team seeks to better understand if, and how, gravity acts as a reference frame for the control of reach-to-grasp.

Inertial Spreading: The crew stowed the Inertial Spreading hardware. Inertial Spreading and Imbibition of a Liquid Drop through a Porous Surface (Inertial Spreading) observes a drop of water spreading over and through a sponge-like metal object. When water touches a sponge-like material such as dry soil, it penetrates microscopic holes too small to see; widening these holes makes the water disappear too quickly. Microgravity slows down this process, allowing use of larger holes for more detailed observations to create a benchmark for computer simulations.

Cell Biology Experiment Facility-L (CBEF-L): The crew completed part 2 of the CBEF setup activities including swapping the IPU hard drive. CBEF-L is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) new subrack facility, which is an upgraded facility of the original 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.

NanoRacks Module-85: The crew transferred the Module-85 tubes (3) and inserted them into cold stowage. Microgravity Effect on Entomopathogenic Nematodes’ Ability to Find and Kill Insects (Module-85 Pheronym) tests the effects of microgravity on the movement and infection behavior of beneficial nematodes, which are used to control agricultural insect pests. The research looks at whether these nematodes can navigate through soil, infect insects and reproduce in space. It also looks at whether their symbiotic bacteria function normally in microgravity and has any effects on insect host physiology.

NanoRacks Zero-G Oven: The crew installed samples into the oven for processing and cooling. Zero-G Oven examines heat transfer properties and the process of baking food in microgravity. It uses an oven designed specifically for use aboard the space station with a top temperature of 363.3° C. On future long-duration missions, fresh-baked food could have psychological and physiological benefits for crew members.

Rodent Research-19 (RR-19): The crew continued to perform Bone Densitometer scans using the Experiment box in the Life Science Glovebox. This experiment uses rodent models on the ISS to investigate the potential benefits of targeting the myostatin (MSTN) and activin 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.

Space Tango MultiLab Locker (TangoLab-2): The crew swapped out the Payload Cards from slot 6 and 7. Also the Cubes were removed from Card 02 and 03. TangoLab-2 is a reconfigurable general research facilities designed for microgravity research and development and pilot manufacturing in the ISS.


SpX-19 Dragon Trunk Operations: Overnight, JAXA’s Hyper-Spectral Imager Suite (HISUI) payload was removed from the SpX-19 trunk with Space Station Remote Manipulator System- Special Dexterous Manipulator (SSRMS-SPDM) and handed to the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS). The JEMRMS will berth HISUI to the JEM Exposed Facility EFU #8.  Next, the newly arrived Li-Ion batteries will be extracted from the Dragon trunk.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • LAB IMV Bypass Duct Installation

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Payload Operations Support
  • Dragon LiOH Battery Removal 

Friday, 12/13 (GMT 347)

  • Bio-Monitor hardware stow (CSA)
  • GRASP Free Session (ESA)
  • RR-19 Water check (NASA)
  • LSR H2 sensor 2&3 removal and closing cap install (ESA)
  • NR Zero-G oven sample insert and retrieve (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Saliva collect (NASA)
  • CIR/ACME Controller change outs (NASA)


  • Dragon Cargo Transfer
  • CST Conference

Saturday, 12/14 (GMT 348) – Crew Off-Duty

  • No experiment activities


  • No systems activities

Sunday, 12/15 (GMT 349) – Crew Off-Duty

  • No Experiment activities


  • No systems activities

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

  • Uragan. Observations and photo
  • SCENARIY. Observation and photography of catastrophic events and their aftermath
  • ECON-M. Observations and photo
  • GRASP experiment constraints reminder
  • NanoRacks Zero-G Oven Preheat
  • GRASP Big picture reading
  • XF305 Camcorder Setup
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility Left (CBEF-L) initial setup part2
  • GRASP additional set-up in seated configuration
  • CONTROL. Switching Indicator-ISS P/L measuring modes
  • БСК-1В1 #10Ю=А497 R&R.
  • Checking RSK1 laptop charge for video recording ops and recharging, if needed
  • Filling ЕДВ from Progress 443 (DC1) Rodnik H2O Tank 2
  • SODF EMER-1a updates
  • JEM Airlock Press
  • GRASP science performance in seated position
  • On MCC Go Replacement of БСК-1В1 #10Ю=А497 (mating Telemetry connector).
  • REPLACEMENT OF БСК-1В1 UNIT, #10Ю=А497 (Current Converter Control Unit)
  • JEM Airlock Leak Check
  • Rodent Research Bone Scan and Anesthesia Recovery Session
  • Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) Cable Connection
  • Image Processing Unit (IPU) Video Recording Unit (VRU) #3 Hard Disk Exchange
  • Rodent Research Bone Densitometer Scan
  • Inertial Spreading Hardware Stow
  • NanoRacks Zero-G Oven POLAR Sample Retrieve
  • NanoRacks Zero-G Oven Sample Installation
  • Glacier Desiccant Swap
  • NanoRacks Zero-G Oven Sample Swap 1
  • Replacement of High Gain Antenna [ОНА] #10Ю=А715 Power Switching Unit (БСК).
  • NanoRacks Module-85 Tube Retrieval
  • Monthly monitoring of video recording equipment performance on the ISS RS (use RSK1 Laptop)
  • NanoRacks Module-85 MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Locker Removal from Dragon
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • Station Support Computer, Hypervisor 4 Reseat
  • RFID Ember 1 Plugin [Aborted]
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection Setup
  • On MCC Go Replacement of High Gain Antenna [ОНА] #10Ю=А715 Power Switching Unit (БСК) (mating Telemetry connector).
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Replacement of High Gain Antenna [ОНА] #10Ю=А715 Power Switching Unit (БСК) (Closeout Ops)
  • Delta file prep
  • Emergency RS ISS VHF-1 Comm Checkout from USOS
  • NanoRacks Zero-G Oven Sample Swap 2
  • NanoRacks Zero-G POLAR Sample Insertion
  • TangoLab-2 Card Cube Replace
  • Bio-Monitor Wearables Data Transfer And Removal
  • High Definition (HD) Config JEM Camera Setup for Crew Choice Event
  • CCE Preparation
  • Crew Choice Event
  • Bio-Monitor Wearables Stow