ISS Daily Summary Report – 9/08/2020


Confocal Space Microscopy: The crew removed optical lenses from the Confocal Space Microscope hardware. The Payload Control Box Hard Drive was also reconfigured for the Confocal Space Microscope. The Confocal Space Microscope (Confocal Microscope) is a JAXA facility that provides fluorescence images of biological samples aboard the International Space Station. Confocal microscopy uses spatial filtering techniques to eliminate out-of-focus light or glare in specimens whose thickness exceeds the immediate plane of focus. With the Confocal Microscope, data can be obtained on the fundamental nature of cellular and tissue structure and functions in real-time.

STP-H5-Innovative Coatings Experiment (ICE): On GMT 251, the crew took photographic images of the STP-H5 ICE experiment through the JEM window as part of a quarterly imagery requirement. The harsh radiation and extreme temperatures of space can corrode the paint and coatings that protect spacecraft exteriors, potentially damaging a spacecraft’s hull. Optical coatings are also important for robotic and human navigators, who would rely on specialized markings to capture or repair spacecraft. The Space Test Program-H5-Innovative Coatings Experiment (STP-H5 ICE) studies new coatings for use on spacecraft in low-Earth orbit, determining their stability after two years in space.

Genes in Space-6: The crew performed the setup of the Biomolecule Sequencer with a new Flow Cell sample and initiated a sequencing run. Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) damage caused by increased exposure to radiation can affect the long-term health of astronauts. Genes in Space-6 determines the optimal DNA repair mechanisms that cells use in the spaceflight environment. The investigation evaluates the entire process in space for the first time by inducing DNA damage in cells and assessing mutation and repair at the molecular level using the miniPCR and the Biomolecule Sequencer tools aboard the space station.


Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain/Fill: Today, the crew set up the recycle tank to drain to a ЕДВ-У. Following the setup the ground performed the tank drain using the Urine Transfer System (UTS). Once the ground specialists completed the transfer, the crew verified the recycle tank was empty, terminated the drain, and repositioned the fill/drain valve to fill.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Rodent Research Habitat Stow
  • In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) Jumper Quick Disconnect (QD) Maintenance
  • FGB NASA Audit
  • Photo/TV Flash Fix
  • Node 2 Diffuser Label
  • Extravehicular Activity Repair Cargo Transfer Bag Cleanup
  • JEM Payload Control Box (S/N 002) Power Cable Replace
  • JEM Payload Control Box (S/N 002) Power Cable Replace
  • Temperature and Humidity Control Keep-Out-Zone Clear
  • Refabricator Cartridge Swap
  • Wanted CEVIS Ergometer

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

  • PMA3 Shell Heater Test
  • PCU Deact

Look Ahead Plan

Wednesday, 9/9 (GMT 253)

  • Confocal Microscope Setup (JAXA)
  • MSPR2 Setup for P/L Ctrl Box (JAXA)
  • GIS-6 BioMolecular Sequencer Stow (NASA)


  • HMS Ultrasound
  • EHS FMK Deploy
  • EHS GSC Sample

Thursday, 9/10 (GMT 254)

  • FLUIDICS Run 1 (ESA)
  • Astrobee Power-On (NASA) 


  • IFM MF Bed R&R
  • NINJA Swap

Friday, 9/11 (GMT 255)

  • FLUIDICS Run 2,3 & Closeout (ESA)
  • CBEF CO2 Sensor Replace (JAXA)
  • Astrobee Power-Off (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Brief (NASA)
  • RR Hab-4 Stow (NASA) 


  • EHS Acoustic Monitor
  • EHS FMK Stow

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

  • Body Mass Measurement – BMMD
  • Confocal Space Microscopy Familiarization
  • Aquatic Habitat (AQH) Lens collection
  • Progress 448 [SM Aft] Cargo Transfers and IMS Ops
  • TBU (Universal Bioengineering Thermostat). Monitoring ТБУ-В No.07 thermostat temperature and maintaining unobstructed area near inlet/outlet vents
  • 24-hour ECG Recording (start)
  • PL Control Box (PLCB) HDD Exchange Part 1
  • Reading Data from Pille Dosimeter Sensors
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain/Fill
  • ALGOMETRIYA. Science ops run
  • Urine Transfer System Offload EDV Swap
  • Fungistat Treatment of FGB structural elements
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Node 1 Camcorder Towards Airlock
  • Brine/urine transfer from EDV-U to Progress 448 [SM Aft] Rodnik Water Tanks БВ1 and БВ2, БВ 1 [В1] and БВ 2 [В2] Connector Flushing
  • Genes in Space 6 Freeze and Fly 2 Run Part 2
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Ops
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) Cylinder Flywheel Evacuation
  • URAGAN. Installation and activation of SOVA and VSS scientific hardware