ISS Daily Summary Report – 10/19/2020


Payload Network Attached Storage (PL NAS):  In an effort to resolve issues with the PL NAS, which is currently unresponsive, the crew rebooted the unit.  More troubleshooting will be required, and there are no immediate impacts.  The Payload NAS is a file server with five hard drive bays that provides a total of twenty terabytes of raw disk space when used with four terabyte hard drives.  Among other capabilities, the PL NAS supports user file transfers from their machine via web browser, and allows onboard ISS systems to access a shared folder location on the NAS. 

Phospho-Aging (PA): The crew collected blood and urine samples in support of the PA investigation.  JAXA’s Phospho-aging Mechanism of Accelerated Aging Under Microgravity (Phospho-aging) examines the molecular mechanism behind aging-like symptoms, such as bone loss and muscle atrophy, that occur more rapidly in microgravity. Using analysis of human premature-aging syndromes (progeria) in mouse models, scientists identified calciprotein particles (CPPs) as a pro-aging factor in mammals. CPPs behave like a pathogen, inducing chronic inflammation and systemic tissue damage that could be the mechanism behind accelerated aging in space.

Rhodium Inflight Biomanufacturing: The crew removed science chambers 6-10 from their ambient stowage location, took photos of the science chambers, and then placed them in MELFI.  Establishing Biomanufacturing Processes for Human Systems in Remote Environments (Rhodium Inflight Biomanufacturing) examines the effects of spaceflight on microbial production processes. Recent studies show that spaceflight affects the composition and function of microbial communities. A better understanding of these effects could help harness microbial production to produce key chemical compounds needed on space missions as well as in remote, resource-limited locations on Earth.


Extravehicular Mobility Units (EMU) 3008/3009 Loop Scrub, and Iodination: The crew performed EMU water loop scrubs and then acquired and tested water samples for conductivity on units 3008 and 3009. In addition, the ground team took action to rollback the EDaR software on EMU 3008. EMU Loop Scrubs are required preventive maintenance needed to remove any chemical and biological contaminants from the EMU transport loop.

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.

On-Orbit Sampling: The crew deployed two Formaldehyde Monitoring Kits (FMKs) in designated sample locations for post-flight analysis of on-orbit formaldehyde levels. The crew also used a Grab Sample Container (GSC) to collect instantaneous air samples for post-flight analysis. Sampling is performed every 45 days.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Microgravity Sciences Glovebox (MSG) Cargo Transfer Bags (CTB)s Audit [on-going]
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Treadmill 2 System (T2) Monthly Inspection

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

  • Ground Support for RRM Ops (Thruster Ops, Video Supt, LS FDIR Inh/Ena)
  • IAS Config for EMER OBT
  • UHF 1 activation/deactivation for EMU activities
  • Airlock LTL Init/Term (for EMU Loop Scrub)
  • Lab MCA Zero Calibration
  • EMU Data Recorder (EDaR) Firmware Rollback
  • Crew Email Migration (Exchange 2010 to Exchange 2016 servers)

Look Ahead Plan

Tuesday, 10/20 (GMT 294)

  • CAL Science Module 2 Power Off/On
  • Food Physiology
  • POLAR1 Hardware Remove
  • Standard Measures
  • TangoLab-2 Cardcube Replace
  • TReK Laptop Off/On
  • Veggie Monitoring Surface Sample


  • WHC Manual Fill
  • EHS TOCA Run
  • HMS AED Inspect

Wednesday, 10/21 (GMT 295)

  • Food Physiology
  • HERO Product Photo Ops
  • Standard Measures 


  • PEPS Inspect
  • FMK Stow 

Thursday, 10/22 (GMT 296)

  • No Utilization Activities


  • Extended Sleep Period (Crew Off Duty)

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva & Urine Collection
  • OMIKi-SPK. Experiment setup. Capillary blood collection
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Phospho-Aging HRF Centrifuge Setup And Frozen Blood Collection Subject And Centrifuge Run
  • Regeneration of Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф1 Cartridge
  • PL NAS Reboot
  • Recharging Soyuz 747 Samsung tablet battery
  • ТБУ (Universal Bioengineering Thermostat). Checking ТБУ-В No.07 thermostat temperature and unobstructed area near ТБУ-В inlet/outlet vents
  • On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • ISS Crew departure preparation
  • LBNP Training (FINAL) Operator
  • Phospho-Aging Generic Urine Collection Female
  • Phospho-Aging Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Familiarization with Auxiliary Computer System [ВКС]
  • LBNP Exercise (FINAL)
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Swap
  • ISS Crew Orientation
  • Rhodium Inflight Biomanufacturing Science Chamber Ambient Stowage Removal
  • Inspection of voltage converter ПН28-120 (behind SM panel 231А)
  • Weekly c/o of RS video recording equipment,  Handover
  • Weekly c/o of RS video recording equipment
  • Rhodium Inflight Biomanufacturing Melfi Sample Insertion 2
  • Urine Transfer System Offload EDV Swap
  • Soyuz 745 equipment stowage for return
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Maintenance Iodination
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain/Fill
  • BIOPOLIMER. Hardware removal from exposure location and transfer to Soyuz
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Deployment Operations
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations
  • Recharging Soyuz 745 GoPro HERO3 Batteries (6)
  • PILOT-T. Experiment Session 1
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Recharging Iridium EXTREME 9575 phone in Soyuz 745
  • Crew Departure Preparations for Return to Earth
  • Preventive maintenance of MRM2 Passive Docking Assembly (АСП) and Soyuz 745 hatch sealing mechanisms
  • Commercial Generic Bioprocessing Apparatus 4, Power Off
  • Program Management/ISS Crew Conference
  • Resetting of devices and units of SM ПрК
  • EVA Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Cooling Loop Scrub
  • Phospho-Aging Generic Urine Collection Stow
  • Crew Choice Event
  • Recharging Soyuz 745 U55 external batteries (2)