ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/14/2020

Food Physiology: The crew performed saliva collections in support of the Food Physiology investigation.  The Integrated Impact of Diet on Human Immune Response, the Gut Microbiota, and Nutritional Status During Adaptation to Spaceflight (Food Physiology) experiment is designed to characterize the key effects of an enhanced spaceflight diet on immune function, the gut microbiome, and nutritional status indicators. These factors are interlinked, but diet is the only one that can be easily and meaningfully altered on Earth or during flight. This investigation aims to document the effect of dietary improvements on human physiology and the ability of those improvements to enhance adaptation to spaceflight. 

Myotones (Muscle Tone in Space): The crew reviewed the big picture words, set up the appropriate hardware, performed the skin marking, and the Myotones science session.  7 muscles, 2 tendons and 1 fascia area are were studied.  These targets were either known to be affected by atrophy during extended inactivity periods, or they were used as a control. The Myotones investigation observes the biochemical properties of muscles during long-term exposure to the spaceflight environment. Results from this investigation are expected to provide insight into principles of human resting muscle tone, which could lead to the development of new strategies for alternative treatments for rehabilitation both on Earth and for future space missions.

Probiotics: The crew performed sampling and questionnaire activities for the ongoing Probiotics investigation.  Some species of harmful bacteria such asSalmonella grow stronger and more virulent in the microgravity environment of space. At the same time, the human immune system is weaker in space, leading to increased health risks. The objective of the Probiotics investigation is to study the impact of continuous consumption of beneficial bacteria (probiotics) on immune function and intestinal microbiota in astronauts in a closed microgravity environment.  The results of this investigation may be used to support improvements in crew members’ intestinal microbiota and their immune function on long-duration space missions. 


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 operations techniques.

Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Inspection:  Today, the ISS crew performed the periodic Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Inspection that included inspecting and photographing the Portable Breathing Apparatus (PBA), Pre-Breath Masks, and the Quick Don Mask (QDM) and Harness.  The PEPS inspection is designed to ensure the ISS emergency equipment is in good working order.

Crew Quarters (CQ) Clean:  A USOS crewmember cleaned the Deck Crew Quarters today. During this activity, the crew cleaned behind panels, intake and exhaust ducts, fans and airflow sensors as required.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Solid Waste Container Replace
  • Hypervisor 3 (HV3) Hardware Swap – Part 1
  • Systems Operations Data File (SODF) Deploy
  • Airlock PCS Shell Swap

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

  • Thermal Amine Scrubber (TAS) Update
  • N2 Cabin Repress from NORS
  • Deck Crew Quarters Cleaning Ground Support

Look Ahead Plan

Wednesday, 4/15 (GMT 106)

  • Food Acceptability
  • Food Physiology
  • Functional Immune
  • ISS Experience overview
  • 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
  • Emergency Hardware Relocate from SM Aft
  • JOTI Removal

Friday, 4/17 (GMT 108)

  • No utilization activities


  • No systems activities

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Probiotics Saliva Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Probiotics Questionnaire
  • Verification of anti-virus scan results on Auxiliary Computer System (ВКС) laptops
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Jeweler’s Screwdriver Swap
  • Vacuum Cleaning of ПН28-120 Voltage Converter for SM printer (behind panel 231А). Visual inspection of GFCI cable and extension cable.
  • Recharging Soyuz 744 Samsung Tablet after OBT, end recharge
  • MRM1-FGB screw clamp tightening
  • Soyuz 744 hardware stowage for return
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility-Left (CBEF-L) Wipe post JAXA Mouse Mission 5
  • Myotones Big Picture Words reading
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Weekly check of video recording equipment performance on the ISS RS
  • BIOPLENKA. Retrieval of Bioplenka kit from thermostat, squeezing. Insertion of Bioplenka kit in ТБУ-В at +4 deg С.
  • Myotones Kit Gathering for Session 1
  • LOR. Experiment Session.
  • Myotones Device Setup with EPM Laptop – Session 1
  • BIOPLENKA. Removal of ТБУ-В thermostat after the experiment
  • Myotones Measurements
  • Teardown of GoPro HERO3 camcorders in Soyuz 745. Transfer video data to hard drive. Flash card clearing. Start charging batteries (6 count).
  • Glove Box Closeout
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Crew Quarters (CQ) Deck Cleaning
  • Myotones Device Data Transfer
  • Recharging Iridium EXTREME 9575 phone in Soyuz 744 – configuration setup, start recharge
  • LBNP Exercise (CLOSEOUT)
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility – Left (CBEF-L) 120 to 24VDC Power Cable Removal
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Condition Check After Disinfection
  • Soyuz 745 Transfers and IMS Ops
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Personal Medication Stow
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Quarterly Inspection
  • Iridium EXTREME 9575 phone in Soyuz 744 – status check and stow
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • ISS Crew Orientation
  • Filling (separation) of ЕДВ-СВ or ЕДВ (КОВ) for Elektron-VM
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Soyuz 745 HERO3 GoPro camcorder batteries end of charge and stowage.
  • Handover of Increment 62 Crew
  • Screen cleaning in Progress 443 Air Heater Fan (БВН)
  • Photography of Plume Impingement and Deposit Monitoring Unit [БКДО] position on MRM2 through SM window No.13 – setup
  • Recharging Soyuz 744 GoPro HERO3 Batteries – start
  • Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Inspection
  • Multi-Use Variable-G Platform-02 Polar Sample Removal and Trash
  • Photography of Plume Impingement and Deposit Monitoring Unit [БКДО] position on MRM2 from SM window No.13
  • Soyuz 744 Stowage Ops for Return
  • Photography of Plume Impingement and Deposit Monitoring Unit (БКДО) position on MRM2 through SM window No.13 – Closeout Ops
  • COLUMBUS Bay 1, 2, 3 restow
  • ISS Crew departure preparation
  • Veggie Monitoring Reference Material Review
  • Descent Private Medical Conference (PMC)
  • Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System N2 Repress Part 2
  • Early Mission Debrief Conference
  • Glacier Desiccant Swap
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Hardware Setup
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Setup First Time Performance
  • Recharging Soyuz 744 GoPro HERO3 Batteries (6)  – end