ISS Daily Summary Report – 2/05/2020

Change of Command Ceremony and 59S Undock/Landing: Today, the ISS Crew participated in a Change of Command Ceremony during which Luca Parmitano handed over command of the ISS to Oleg Skripochka.  Luca Parmitano, Aleksandr Skvortsov and Christina Koch will return to Earth tonight on 59S. Undocking is scheduled for 11:49 PM CT with landing in Kazakhstan scheduled tomorrow at 3:14 AM CT.


Confined Combustion: The crew continued the experiment using acrylic and fabric samples with a combination of black and transparent baffles to ignite and observe combustion results. This project aims to study flame spread in confined spaces, specifically the interactions between spreading flames and surrounding walls. Flame spread in confined spaces (such as buildings and vehicles) may pose a more serious fire hazard than flame spread in open spaces because of acceleration caused by radiative heat feedback from the surrounding walls and a tunnel flow acceleration effect. However, several aspects of flame spread are difficult to study in normal gravity conditions. Gravity-driven buoyancy flow complicates the fire growth process and prohibits a fundamental understanding of the underlying physics. However, in microgravity, buoyancy is eliminated, allowing scientists to better study the physics of flame spread.

Bio-Monitor: The crew completed the 48 hour data measurement session using the Bio-Monitor garment. Data was secured and the garment and support hardware was stowed. 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, Electrocardiogram (EKG), skin temperature, peripheral blood oxygen saturation, etc.

Actiwatch Plus: Crewmembers doffed and stowed the hardware. The Actiwatch is a waterproof, nonintrusive, sleep-wake activity monitor worn on the wrist of a crewmember. The device contains a miniature uniaxial accelerometer that produces a signal as the subject moves. The data are stored in nonvolatile memory within the Actiwatch until they are downloaded for analysis. 


On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Self Study Session: FE-8 and FE-9 completed a session of this training to practice 2 meter, Capture Point (CP) and High Hover (HH) approaches in preparation for NG-13 launch on February 9 and berthing on February 11.

Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Maintenance: The crew retrieved EMUs 3006 and 3009 and removed the Lower Torso Assembly (LTA) stowage bags. They then installed the bags on EMUs 3004 and 3008. This reconfiguration is in preparation for a planned EVA in April. Currently the crew is performing a full dump and fill on EMUs 3006 and 3009 to meet annual maintenance requirements.

Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Filter R&R: The crew is R&Ring the PWD filter including cleaning the fan filter areas on the back side of the PWD. This is preventative maintenance that is required every 18 months.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Data prep return FE-3 & CDR
  • Crew departure prep

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • EMU maintenance support
  • 59S departure activities

Friday, 2/7 (GMT 037)

  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • CBEF-L LTL box vlv setting (JAXA)
  • HOURGLASS SD card removal (JAXA)
  • Confined Combustion Ops (NASA)
  • SAMS laptop screen cleaning (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Sample to cold stowage (NASA)


  • Valve Box Remote Controller fastener repair
  • N1 CBCS install/checkout
  • OBT Cygnus offset grapple

Saturday, 2/8 (GMT 038)

  • No Science activities


  • Crew off duty

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • JEM Airlock Depressurization
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Personal Medication Stow
  • Comm check and ops from Soyuz 746 via RGS (VHF2)
  • Soyuz 746 Stowage Ops for Return. Note 9
  • Confined Combustion Test Operations
  • Bio-Monitor Wearables Data Transfer And Removal
  • JEM Airlock Vent
  • Probiotics Capsule Stow
  • JEM Airlock Vent Confirmation
  • Soyuz 746 P/L Container Transfer Operations Report (S-band)
  • Soyuz 746 [СА] cooling down prior to descent
  • Change of Command
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection Stow
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Columbus
  • MSK-2. Hardware deactivation
  • HRF Generic Ambient Blood Collection 15 Minutes Subject
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
  • Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Filter Remove and Replace (R&R)
  • HRF Generic Ambient Blood Collection Operator
  • MSK-2. Transfer of MSK-2 cultivator and Delivery Battery stowage in Soyuz 746
  • HRF Generic Ambient Blood Collection 15 Minutes Subject
  • Transfer emergency equipment (Portable Repress Tank (БНП), ИПК-1М gas mask, Atmosphere Purification & Filtration Unit АФОТ-2М)  from Soyuz 746 to MRM2
  • HRF Generic Ambient Blood Collection Pack And Handover
  • Soyuz 746 time critical stowage,  Photography of [СА] and cargo bags return for return,  GoPro HERO3 camcorders adjustment and installation in Soyuz 746 for operation during the descent
  • Bio-Monitor Hardware Stow
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Soyuz 746 Transfers Status Report
  • Photography of the external surface of Soyuz 746 [СА] БО hatch cone
  • Actiwatch Plus Watch Doff
  • Comm check with Soyuz 746 in RSA2-S/G2
  • Soyuz 746 Activation (without deactivation of Gas Analyzers).  Transfer of Soyuz 746 Emer-1a Book to MRM2
  • On MCC GO Soyuz-MRM2 Hatch Closure, Mpeg2 TV Coverage of Soyuz 746- MRM2 Hatch Closure
  • Closing of transitive hatches Soyuz – MRM2
  • On MCC GO  Soyuz 746- MRM2 Hatch Leak Check
  • Soyuz 746 ODF Ops