ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/09/2020

Autonomous Medical Officer Support (AMOS): The crewmembers performed autonomous ultrasound imaging using only the AMOS software instead of remote (ground team) guidance as is typical of these scans. They were able to successfully use the ultrasound instrument to image the urinary bladder and left/right kidney areas and no issues were reported.  As missions venture farther from Earth, astronauts need the capability to diagnose and treat acute medical conditions without ground support. The AMOS Demonstration tests a software tool designed to help minimally trained or untrained users conduct complicated medical procedures, without assistance from Earth. For the study, the crew uses AMOS to perform ultrasound imaging of the bladder and kidneys, a plausible Mars mission medical scenario.

Food Acceptability:  As a continuation of the ongoing Food acceptability experiment, the crew used the data collection tool on one of the SSCs (Station Support Computer) to complete the investigation survey.  This investigation seeks to determine the impact of repetitive consumption of food currently available from the spaceflight food system.  Results will be used in developing strategies to improve food system composition to support crew health and performance on long duration missions.

Veggie Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System (PONDS): The crew inspected the PONDS plant growth units for seed germination and noted what may be the start of plant growth in at least 2 of the 12 modules.  Seed germination was expected before this time, and the ground team is looking into possible causes of the delay.  Organisms grow differently in space, from single-celled bacteria to plants and humans. Future long-duration space missions will require crew members to grow their own food. Therefore, understanding how plants respond to microgravity and demonstrating the reliable vegetable production on orbit are important steps toward that goal. Veggie PONDS uses a newly developed passive nutrient delivery system and the Veggie plant growth facility aboard the ISS to cultivate lettuce and mizuna greens which are to be harvested on-orbit, and consumed, with samples returned to Earth for analysis. 


62 Soyuz Launch/Dock: 62S launched on Thursday, April 9, from Baikonur Cosmodrome at 3:05 AM CT carrying Anatoly Ivanishin, Ivan Vagner, and Chris Cassidy to the ISS. Docking to the MRM2 port occurred at 9:13 AM CT with hatch opening at 11:29 AM CT. Following hatch opening, all 6 crewmembers performed the ISS Crew Safety Briefing during which the 61S crew familiarized the 62S crew with potential hazards and available safety measures. Plans were reviewed for emergency actions, roles and responsibilities in response to depressurization, fire and toxic release hazards.

Acoustic Monitor Noise Survey: The crew used an acoustic monitor to measure the acoustic environment in the habitable areas of the ISS by taking sound level readings. Measurements were taken in JLP, Node2, US Lab, Cupola and Service Module. This is a regularly scheduled activity to maintain acceptable noise levels which contributes to overall crew health.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Countermeasures Systems (CMS) Exercise Equipment Gather

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

  • 62S docking ops
  • Payloads ground support

Look Ahead Plan

Friday, 4/10 (GMT 101)

  • Actiwatch Plus
  • Food Acceptability
  • MELFI OBT review
  • STP-H5 photo
  • Transparent Alloys stow


  • 61S Transfer Operations – Prepack US items for loading into Soyuz
  • On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Pre-Treat Tank Remove & Replace
  • Crew Departure Preparations 

Saturday, 4/11 (GMT 102)

  • ER 10B flow control adjust
  • SMD sample exchange
  • HRP saliva setup


  • Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review
  • Crew Quarters (CQ) Starboard Cleaning
  • Nitrogen Oxygen Recharge System(NORS) Nitrogen Transfer

Sunday, 4/12 (GMT 103)

  • Probiotics
  • Standard Measures


  • PAO Symbolic

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

  • KORREKTSIYA. Starting Accelerometry
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Columbus
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
  • AMOS Demonstration Ultrasound 2 Scan Operator
  • Video Compression and Recording Unit 2 (VRU2) Cable Check and Reconfiguration
  • Soyuz 745 ODF Ops
  • KORREKTSIYA. Log Entry of Liquids and Food (Medicine) Intake
  • SOYUZ Gas-Analyzer Activation
  • AMOS Demonstration Operations Review Scanee
  • CASKAD. Cascade thermostat prep
  • AMOS Demonstration Ultrasound 2 Scan Scanee
  • Verify cover closure on SM windows 6, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14. Note 7
  • Preparation for Soyuz 745 Docking
  • MPEG2 Multicast Test via Ku-band (Activation/Deactivation of TV data and MPEG2 multicast controls)
  • Comm config for Soyuz docking to MRM2. Comm check with Soyuz 745 in RSA2-S/G2
  • Monitoring Soyuz 745 Rendezvous with ISS (MRM2)
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Acoustic Monitor Setup
  • SPECTRUM MELFI Retrieve and Trash
  • Private Psychological Conference (PPC)
  • Acoustic Monitor Setup for Static Measurements
  • Activation of TV Data and MPEG2 Multicast Monitoring Equipment
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • VEGGIE PONDS Plant Photos
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
  • On MCC Go Switching DC-Soyuz PEV in MRM2 to ELECTR CONTROL mode
  • Comm reconfig after Soyuz 745 docking
  • Closing Applications and Downlink of MPEG2 Multicast Video via OCA
  • Soyuz 745 – MRM2 Interface Leak Check. Start drying the first and the second space suits
  • Hardware setup in SM for “Expedition 63 Arrival” TV coverage from SM
  • Hardware setup in MRM2 for Hatch Opening from MRM2 TV Coverage
  • Soyuz-MRM2 hatch opening, Expedition 63 Arrival TV coverage
  • JEM Common Gas Support Equipment (CGSE) Lower CO2 Gas Supply Stop.
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • Handover of the third space suit and gloves for drying in Soyuz 744
  • Drying of the third spacesuit in Soyuz 744, start
  • Comm reconfig for nominal ops
  • End of drying space suits 1, 2 (Soyuz 745)
  • ISS Safety Briefing
  • Arrival Private Medical Conference (PMC)
  • Setup the first pair of gloves for drying in Soyuz 745
  • Exiting Applications, Deactivation of camcorders and TV monitors
  • Soyuz 745 Deactivation (without Gas Analyzer deactivation)  Transfer Atmosphere Purification & Filtration Unit (АФОТ-2М), ИПК-1М gas mask, and Portable Repress Tank (БНП) from MRM2 to Soyuz 745 БО
  • ISS Crew Orientation
  • Pressurization of Elektron-VM Liquid Unit before Activation
  • End drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the second pair (Soyuz 745)
  • End drying the third space suit, start drying the third pair of gloves (Soyuz 744)
  • Private Medical Conference (PMC)
  • End drying the second pair of gloves (Soyuz 745)
  • Stow the first, the second suits, and gloves in Soyuz 745 after drying
  • Handover of Increment 62 Crew
  • Terminate drying the third pair of gloves (Soyuz 744)
  • Handover of the third space suit and gloves after drying in Soyuz 744
  • Stow the third space suit and gloves in Soyuz 745 after drying
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Up
  • CASKAD. Transfer of БОП kit from Soyuz 745
  • BIOPLENKA, MICROVIR. Hardware transfer from Soyuz 745 and insertion into thermostat at
    +4 deg C
  • CASKAD. Connecting БОП with БКУ to Cascade
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter. Hardware transfer from Soyuz 745
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter. Visual Inspection of the Cuvettes Kits
  • Soyuz 745 Transfers and IMS Ops
  • CASKAD. Cascad thermostat activation at +29°C
  • KORREKTSIYA. Accelerometry end