ISS Daily Summary Report – 4/15/2020

Functional Immune: Dry saliva collection was performed in support of the Functional Immune investigation.  The Functional Immune Alterations, Latent Herpesvirus Reactivation, Physiological Stress and Clinical Incidence Onboard the International Space Station (Functional Immune) investigation analyzes blood and saliva samples to determine the changes taking place in crew members’ immune systems during flight.

ISS Experience: In preparation for capturing an event later this week, the crew reviewed material containing goals of the investigation, guidelines, and an overview of the hardware it uses.  The ISS Experience creates a virtual reality film documenting daily life aboard the ISS. The 8 to 10 minute videos created from footage taken during the six-month investigation cover different aspects of crew life, execution of science aboard the station, and the international partnerships involved. The ISS Experience uses a Z-CAM V1 Pro Cinematic Virtual Reality (VR) 360-degree camera with nine 190° fisheye lenses. 

Repository: The crew performed sample collections in support of the repository investigation.  The NASA Biological Specimen Repository (Repository) investigation is a storage bank that is used to maintain biological specimens over extended periods of time and under well-controlled conditions. This repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.


Environmental Health System (EHS) Microbial Air and Surface Sampling: The crew took surface and air samples for microbial analysis using the Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) and Surface Sample Kit (SSK). These samples will be incubated in Petri dishes, giving medical personnel a gauge of microbial growth in the air and on surfaces of the ISS. The EHS monitors the atmosphere for gaseous contaminants from nonmetallic materials off-gassing, combustion products, and propellants, microbial contaminants from crewmembers and Station activities, water quality, acoustics, and radiation levels.

Change of Command Ceremony: Today, the ISS Crew participated in a Change of Command Ceremony during which Expedition 62 Commander Oleg Skripochka handed over command of the ISS to Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy.  Oleg Skripochka, Jessica Meir and Drew Morgan will return to Earth Thursday night/Friday morning on 61S. Undocking is scheduled for 8:53 pm CT Thursday evening with the landing in Kazakhstan scheduled early Friday morning at 12:17 am CT.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Resize

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

  • LSR Rack Activation Support Commanding

Look Ahead Plan

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 items


  • No systems activities

Saturday, 4/18 (GMT 109)

  • Food Physiology
  • ISS Experience stow
  • Veggie PONDS 


  • USOS Window Shutter Close

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva and Urine Collections
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • OMIKi-SPK. Capillary Blood Collection
  • Functional Immune Saliva Collection Dry Booklet
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Ops
  • JEM Ethernet Hub Unit Power Cable Reconfiguration
  • CARDIOVECTOR. Experiment Session and Photos during preparation
  • Check and maintain comm from Soyuz 744 via RGS (VHF2)
  • JAXA Mouse Mission 5 Item Consolidation
  • Maintenance of SM АСП-О Hatch Sealing Mechanism and Soyuz 744 Active Docking Assembly [ACA] Hatch cover
  • Sanitary-Hygiene Status Monitoring
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter. Experiment Session 2 cleanup ops.
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Surface Sample Kit (SSK) Collection/Incubation and Microbial Air Sampler (MAS) Kit Sample Collection
  • Veggie Monitoring Surface Sample Collection Historical Documentation Photography
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • LBNP Exercise (CLOSEOUT)
  • Magnetic 3D-bioprinter. Gathering and transfer of Cuvettes No.1 and Cuvettes No.2 kits to Soyuz
  • Microbial Air Sampling (sample collection) Download
  • ISS Crew Orientation
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • ISS Experience Payload Review
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
  • KORREKTSIYA.  Actimeter battery charging
  • Transfer of items for 61S from USOS crew to RSOS crew.
  • Familiarization with onboard computer network (Auxiliary Computer Systems)
  • Soyuz 744 Stowage Ops for Return. Note 8
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Soyuz 745 Transfers and IMS Ops
  • Food Physiology Crew Diet Briefing & Work Area Prep
  • Soyuz 744 P/L container transfer operations Report
  • Food Physiology Fecal Sample Collection (Review, Setup, Stow)
  • Food Physiology MELFI Sample Insertion
  • HRF Generic Ambient Blood Collection Setup
  • Signing ISS RS Handover Protocol
  • Change of Command
  • Standard Measures Pre/Post-sleep Questionnaire
  • Soyuz 744 [СА] cooling down prior to descent