ISS Daily Summary Report – 6/03/2020


Advanced Colloids Experiment (ACE) Module photos:  The crew took images of 4 ACE modules (ACE-T4, ACE-T11, and 2 ACE-T-Ellipsoid modules).  This was performed to determine the viability of the various samples in these modules so order of operations can be planned accordingly.  ACE modules are processed in the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR)/Light Microscopy Module (LMM).  Briefly, ACE-T4 looks at ordered/disordered particle systems, ACE-T11 studies the design and assembly of 3 dimensional structures from colloids, and ACE-T-Ellipsoids studies design and assembly of complex three-dimensional colloids.

Electrolysis Measurement (EM): The crew installed the EM experiment hardware in the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and the investigation was initiated.  Electrolytic Gas Evolution Under Microgravity (Electrolysis Measurement) examines the influence of gravity on electrolytic gas evolution, a complex electrochemical process with multiple applications on Earth and in space. For example, electrolysis generates bubbles that can be used to create pressure differentials in microfluidic devices, such as skin patches, used to deliver medications.  Microgravity makes it possible to single out bubble growth and study its effect on the process.

Hourglass-SD swap: As a continuation of the data downlink for Hourglass run 2, the crew swapped out secure digital (SD) memory cards.  JAXA’s Hourglass investigation examines the relationship between gravity and the behavior of granular materials such as regolith that covers the surface of planets and planetary-like bodies. Researchers observe various granular materials inside an hourglass and a measuring cylinder under different gravity conditions. Better understanding of the behavior of these materials supports the design of spacecraft for future missions landing on the surfaces of planets and other celestial bodies.

Plant Habitat-02: The crew reviewed the appropriate procedures, gathered hardware, and set up the maintenance work area (MWA) in preparation for the Plant Hab-02 facility work later this week.  Assessment of Nutritional Value and Growth Parameters of Space-grown Plants (Plant Habitat-02) cultivates radishes as a model plant that is nutritious and edible, has a short cultivation time, and is genetically similar to Arabidopsis, a plant frequently studied in microgravity. Developing the capability for food production in space requires understanding cultivation conditions such as intensity and spectral composition of light and the effects of the culture medium or soil. This research could help optimize plant growth in the unique environment of space, as well as evaluation of nutrition and taste of the plants.


Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Collection: The crew collected water samples from the PWD for in-flight and post-flight analysis. Collections are performed multiple times throughout the increment to verify water quality. During the in-flight analysis today, the crew noticed the session had terminated with indications the PWD sample bag was under-filled. The crew verified the sample bag was appropriately filled. Ground team will continue to assess to determine the cause of the termination. The sample bag is valid for a day so analysis may be delayed if the issue is resolved prior to tomorrow.

ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization Onboard Training (OBT): The crew completed the Emergency Hardware OBT which is designed to familiarize the crew with the locations of equipment and the positions of valves used in emergencies as well as practice communication from the Russian Segment (RS) modules in case of emergency. 

Emergency Mask Procedure Review On-Board Training (OBT): The crew reviewed and practiced the emergency mask don/purge technique for an ammonia leak scenario. This is nominal training to maintain crew proficiency using emergency masks.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • LAB1P6 CCAA MFCV and Gas Trap Inspection
  • Microgravity Science Glovebox Video Camera Lens Check

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

  • Nitrogen Repress
  • JEM RMS Ops Ground Support
  • Node 3 MCA Full Calibration
  • SSRMS Walkoff to MBS4
  • MT Translate from WS5 to WS7

Look Ahead Plan

Thursday, 6/4 (GMT 156)

  • CIR Manifold Bottle Change
  • ELF Round Robin sample install
  • Electrolysis Measurement Sample Exchange
  • Plant Habitat-02 


  • EVA SOP R&R (EMU 3006)
  • HTV Cargo Ops
  • EHS AQM Relocate
  • Thermal Amine Scrubber Powercycle 

Friday, 6/5 (GMT 157)

  • Electrolysis Measurement Sample Exchange
  • Food Physiology
  • J-SOLISS removal
  • MSRR/MSL/GEDS sample Exchange
  • NanoRacks MOD-48 Imagery
  • Radi-N2 retrieve and handover


  • SpaceX-20 SODF Quick Response Crew Trainer
  • HTV Cargo Ops
  • ISS Crew Handover

Saturday, 6/6 (GMT 158)

  • No payload activities


  • Crew Off Duty 

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

  • Hourglass SD Card exchange on PL Cntl Box S/N 002 for data downlink
  • Power up Soyuz 745 Angular Rate Integration Unit (БИУС)
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. Tritel Hardware Monitoring
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Potable Water Dispenser (PWD) Sample Collect, Analysis & Data Record
  • Switching Air Conditioner System 2 [СКВ2] Air Pressure Valve [ВН1] to position “2”
  • SCENARIY. Observation and photography using photo equipment
  • Video Recording of Greetings
  • Integrated Emergency Procedure Review
  • Filling (degassing) ЕДВ [КОВ] for Elektron or ЕДВ-[СВ]
  • Cleaning vent screens on FGB interior panels (panels 116, 316, 231, 431)
  • Electrolysis Measurement Hardware Gather & Setup
  • Electrolysis Measurement Payload Overview
  • Plant Habitat-02 Facility Procedure Review
  • Cleaning FGB ЦВ1 Circulation Fan 1 Protective Screen
  • Weekly checkout of RS video recording equipment
  • Monitoring RS structural shell surfaces using Multipurpose Eddy Current Device МВП-2К (with data downlink)
  • Progress 443 (DC1) stowage and IMS ops
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (RGN) Wastewater Storage Tank Assembly (WSTA) Fill
  • Electrolysis Measurement Sample Exchange (with Functional Handover)
  • DUBRAVA. Observation and photography using photo equipment
  • ACE Module Photo documentation
  • Station Support Computer (SSC) System Vent Cleaning
  • Systems Operations Data File (SODF) Update
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
  • Crew Dragon Wi-Fi Test
  • Crew Dragon Tablet Sync & Stow
  • Plant Habitat-02 Dual MWA Preparation
  • Swap the Dragon PCS with the N2 PCS (PCS Only)
  • Plant Habitat-02 Facility Prep Gather
  • VIZIR. Session with Photo image coordinate referencing system (СКПФ-УМ)
  • CEVIS Handover Video Review
  • CEVIS Crew Handover
  • On-Board Training (OBT) HTV Emergency Review
  • On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection