ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/13/2020

Standard Measures (SM):  The crew performed their saliva collection and insertion into MELFI.  The aim of the SM investigation is to ensure consistent capture of an optimized, minimal set of measures from crewmembers until the end of the ISS Program in order to characterize the adaptive responses to and risks of living in space.  Among other things, the ground teams perform analyses for metabolic and chemistry panels, immune function, microbiome, etc.

Vection: The crew setup the appropriate hardware, performed the Vection science session, stowed the hardware and transferred to the session data to the ground.  The principal investigator confirmed the data is on the ground and looks good.  Vection is made up of 3 tasks that test how orientation perception, motion processing, and depth perception are affected by long duration 0g and return to 1g. The objective of the study is to determine to what extent an astronaut’s ability to visually interpret motion, orientation, and distance may be disrupted in a microgravity environment, and how it may adapt, and how it may be changed upon return to Earth. Multiple experimental time points inflight and upon return to Earth allows for the adaptation and recovery process to be investigated.

Veggie PONDS (Passive Orbital Nutrient Delivery System): The crew reviewed the On-Board Training (OBT), inspected/took imagery of the Veggie PONDS plant growth units, and watered them as needed.  It has previously been noted that germination has been delayed or has not occurred at all in the various PONDS units in the on-going experiment session.  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. 


Food Consolidate: Crew performed a food consolidation to reorganize Node 1 to make room for the transfer of food items from the Permanent Multipurpose Module (PMM) to Node 1 for the newly arrived USOS crewmember.  These crew provisions were delivered on various vehicles including NG-13 and SpX-20. Unused items and United States Crewed Vehicle (USCV) food provisions removed from the food pantry were stowed in the PMM. 

Soyuz Descent Drill:  In preparation for their departure from the ISS on Thursday evening, the 61S Crew completed a nominal descent and landing drill today.  During this training, the crew was inside their Soyuz spacecraft reviewing and practicing undock and landing procedures. 

ISS Crew Handover: 61S crew continued handover to 62S crew including on-orbit practices and lessons learned related to ISS systems and payloads. They also reviewed topics that are not limited to a particular module or scheduled activity as well as those that are usually scheduled as separate activities. This will allow the crew to be on the same page regarding various onboard techniques.

Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Routine Maintenance: Today, the crew replaced the receptacle and filter in the WHC.  Upon replacing the components, the crew performed a successful functionality test of the unit. Routine maintenance allows for continuous hardware operation and minimizes the possibility of a functional failure. Periodic checks during this maintenance verifies the equipment is operating within specification.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Nominal Ops AC Dry Vacuum Cleaner debris bag/filter R&R

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

  • СУДН undock test ground support
  • INT MDM Swap

Look Ahead Plan

Tuesday, 4/14 (GMT 105)

  • CBEF cleanup
  • Food Acceptability
  • Food Physiology
  • GLACIER desiccant swap
  • Myotones
  • Probiotics
  • Standard Measures
  • Veggie monitoring BPW review


  • Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Inspection
  • ARED Quarterly Inspection
  • HMS Personal Medication Stow
  • Crew Handover

Wednesday, 4/15 (GMT 106)

  • Food Acceptability
  • Food Physiology
  • Functional Immune
  • Repository
  • Standard Measures 


  • Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) Kit Sample Collection
  • Surface Sample Kit (SSK) Collection/Incubation
  • Crew Departure Prep
  • JEM Ethernet Hub Unit Power Cable Reconfiguration

Thursday, 4/16 (GMT 107)

  • AWP
  • Food Physiology
  • Functional Immune
  • ISS Experience
  • Repository
  • Standard Measures 


  • 61S Departure Ops
  • Relocating Emergency Hardware from SM Aft
  • JEM ORU Transfer I/F Removal

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
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
  • Control of the closed state of a window №6,8,9,12,13,14 cover
  • OMIKi-SPK. Experiment setup
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • OMIKi-SPK. Capillary Blood Collection
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • BIOPLENKA. Retrieval of Bioplenka kit from the thermostat, squeezing. Insertion of kit for incubation in ТБУ-В at +37 deg С.
  • Auxiliary Laptop Computer System Anti-Virus Software Update
  • ISS Crew departure preparation
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Vection Hardware Deployment
  • Vection Crew Member Training
  • OMIKi-SPK. Closeout Ops
  • IDENTIFIKATSIYA. Copy ИМУ-Ц Micro-Accelerometer Data to HDD for return
  • ISS Crew Orientation
  • Soyuz 744 АСУ Activation
  • СТТС configuration for MRM1
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter. Session 1 Closeout.
  • Soyuz 744 СУДН No.2 test prior to undocking.
  • Vection Experiment Session
  • VECTION Hardware Teardown
  • COLUMBUS Bay 1, 2, 3 clean-up
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Removal of Passive Detector Assemblies (PDA) and prepack for return on Soyuz 744
  • VEGGIE Display On-Board Training
  • Soyuz 744 Stowage Ops for Return
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter. Preparing Cuvettes No.2 kit for the activity
  • LOR. Experiment Session
  • ISS Crew Adaptation
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter. Configuring magnetic bioprinter for operation
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter. Session 2 ops.  Shaking cuvettes No.2-1, No.2-6 S/N 09 and setup in magnetic bioprinter
  • Comm reconfig for nominal ops
  • Atmosphere Control and Supply (ACS) Nitrogen Transfer (N2 XFER) Terminate
  • Waste and Hygine Compartment Urine Hose Inspection
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Urine Receptacle (UR) & Insert Filter (IF) Remove and Replace with Pre-Treated Urine Inspect
  • Vection Flash Drive Stow
  • LBNP – Exercise (PRELIMINARY) assistance
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter. Video recording of constructs in magnetic bioprinter with installed cuvettes Nos.2-1 – Nos.2-6 S/N 09
  • Replace urine receptacle (МП) and filter-insert (Ф-В) in [АСУ].  [АСУ] Activation after replacement
  • Probiotics Item Gathering
  • Soyuz 744 Descent OBT
  • BIOPLENKA. Retrieval of Bioplenka kit from the thermostat, squeezing. Insertion of kit for incubation in ТБУ-В at +37 deg С.
  • Removal of TV cameras 1,2 and Light Units ССД-302 in Soyuz 745 (MS-16) [CA]
  • Arrival Private Medical Conference (PMC)
  • Food Consolidation
  • Air sampling for CO in SM
  • Air sample collection using Draeger tube air sampler (ИПД) in SM for ammonia
  • Air sample collection SM and FGB using АК-1М sampler
  • Air sample collection using АК-1М absorber in SM for Freon
  • Soyuz 745 Transfers and IMS Ops
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config JEM Setup
  • Recharging Soyuz 744 Samsung tablet, initiate recharge
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Waste Water Bag (WWB) Changeout
  • PAO Preparation
  • Veggie Ponds Plant Photography
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Descent Private Medical Conference (PMC) – [Aborted]
  • Handover of Increment 62 Crew
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • POIC Overview OBT
  • Private Special Conference (PSC)
  • BIOPLENKA. Retrieval of Bioplenka kit thermostat, squeezing.  Insertion of kit for incubation in ТБУ-В at +37 deg С.
  • Preparing for SW Antivirus Scan on Auxiliary Computer System Laptops