ISS Daily Summary Report – 2/17/2020

Mouse Mission-5: As a continuation of the preparation for the upcoming Mouse Mission-5, the crew performed the Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) power cable reconnect and filter installation.  Stress caused by partial G may alter gene expression in cells of the body. The investigation analyzes any such alterations and their possible effects on development of germ cells, which carry genetic information and expression to subsequent generations.

Hermes:   The crew performed the periodic vacuum valve opening for HERMES.  These operations maintain the desired vacuum levels for the granular/regolith simulation experiments typically hosted by the HERMES facility.  Hermes is a reconfigurable on-orbit facility capable of accommodating up to four user-configurable experiment volumes at a time. The facility provides long duration exposure to microgravity, vacuum (at least 10-3 torr), power, lighting, cameras, customizable experiment tools, downlink of data, access to data storage, autonomous monitoring, acceleration measurements, and ground commanding of the lighting, cameras, and experiments tools.

JEM Water Recovery System (JWRS):  As a continuation of the operations with JWRS, the crew disconnecting the appropriate hoses, cables and bags from JEM WRS Processor.  This is the first in a series of three sets of activities to accomplish the current goal. The JWRS demonstration will generate potable water from urine using some different, and possibly more efficient, technologies than the water reclamation currently in use on the ISS.  In the past on manned spacecraft, urine and waste water were collected and stored, or vented overboard. For long-term space missions, however, water supply could become a limiting factor. Demonstrating the function of this water recovery system on orbit contributes to updating the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) to support astronauts on the space station and future exploration missions.

Radi-N2 deploy: After initialization and handover from the Russian crew, the neutron detectors were deployed in the Cupola window 3 and 4 area.  The objective of this Canadian Space Agency investigation is to better characterize the ISS neutron environment, define the risk posed to the crew members’ health, and provide the data necessary to develop advanced protective measures for future spaceflight.  It’s been recognized that neutrons make up a significant fraction (10-30%) of the biologically effective radiation exposure in low-Earth orbit.  The bubble detectors used in the investigation are designed detect neutrons and ignore all other radiation.


Northrop Grumman (NG)-13 Arrival Preparation: In preparation for Cygnus arrival, the crew completed a second Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) session. The Cygnus spacecraft is scheduled to rendezvous with the ISS on Tuesday, February 18th with an estimated capture time of 3:00 am CT.

Completed Task List Activities:

Found Items Stow

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Node 1 Nadir Active Common Berthing Mechanism (ACBM) Inspection

Tuesday, 2/18 (GMT 049)

  • Cold Stowage transfers


  • Robotics Workstation (RWS) Configuration
  • Cygnus R-BAR Approach
  • Capture Cygnus
  • Cygnus PCS Command and PROX Link Verification
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Ops and Teardown
  • Photo TV High Definition (HD) Cygnus Video Setup
  • Vestibule Outfitting
  • Cygnus Ingress and Photos

Wednesday, 2/19 (GMT 050)

  • NRCSD-17 deploys
  • DOSIS-3D cable swap
  • LSG prep
  • Mobile Space Lab install
  • OsteoOmics
  • Phage Evolution
  • PL NAS clean
  • Cold Stowage transfers
  • Tangolab 2 card cube replace


  • Review Emergency OBT Simulator Functionality
  • Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations
  • Centerline Berthing Camera System (CBCS) Stow

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

  • MO-8. Preparation
  • Body Mass Measurement – BMMD
  • МО-8. Closeout Ops
  • Hermes Vacuum Valve Open
  • Soyuz 744 Kazbek Fit Check
  • Cygnus 13 Cargo Ops
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Power Cable Reconfiguration.
  • COSMOCARD. 24hr electrocardiogram recording (prep + init)
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility – Left (CBEF-L) Filter Attachment
  • TERMINATOR. RSS2 Software Update.
  • SEPARATION [СРВ-У-РС] System Activation. Starting distillation cycles.
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility-Left (CBEF-L) and Video Compression and Recording Unit 2 (VRU2) Cable Reconfiguration
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE dosimeter detector setup and initializing
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • JEM Water Recovery System (JWRS) Cable Disconnection.
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Handover of BUBBLE-dosimeter detectors to USOS
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons Hardware Handover
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE dosimeter initialization and deployment for exposure
  • Radiation Dosimetry Inside ISS-Neutrons
  • OFT Bag Unpack
  • SEPARATION Distillation monitoring.
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Review
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Update Navigation Computer Module-1 [НВМ-1] SW configuration file. Connect RSK1 Laptop to [НВМ-1] Module
  • Cygnus Cargo Operations Conference
  • SEPARATION [СРВ-У-РС] System Deactivation. Log file Downlink
  • Cygnus Capture Review
  • HAM Radio Procedure Review
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session 2
  • Update Navigation Computer Module-2 [НВМ-2] SW configuration file. Connect RSK1 Laptop to [НВМ-2] Module
  • Replace ПФ1-4 dust filter cartridges (МИМ1_ЛБ_208, Bag 442-14 (00076772R). Discard de-installed items. Reflect changes in IMS.) in SM
  • Update Navigation Computer Module-2 [НВМ-2] SW configuration file. Hardware nominal reconfiguration
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Virus Definition File Update
  • Overlay Camera Calibration
  • Battery Stowage Assembly (BSA) Operation Termination
  • Private Special Conference (PSC)
  • Monitoring shutter closure on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14 Note 8
  • Preparation for Antivirus Scanning on [ВКС] Laptops