ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/04/2020


SERFE (Spacesuit Evaporation Rejection Flight Experiment): The crew partially installed the SERFE hardware into EXPRESS Rack 11B. Data cables were connected to EXPRESS Rack 6, and the SERFE was connected to the Waste Gas QD and to the initial CWC-Iodine supply bag. SERFE demonstrates a new technology to remove heat from spacesuits and maintain appropriate temperatures for crew members and equipment during space walks. The technology uses evaporation of water for cooling. The investigation determines whether microgravity affects performance and evaluates the technology’s effect on contamination and corrosion of spacesuit material.

Rhodium Space Rhizosphere: The crew removed Samples serial numbers (S/Ns) 0008 through 0011 along with Rhodium Science Temp Log S/N 0001 from ambient stowage and took documentary photos of each item ensuring the S/Ns were visible. The Rhodium Science TempLog was stowed for return. Soil Health in Space: Determination of Gravitational Effects on Soil Stability for Controlled Environment Agriculture (Rhodium Space Rhizosphere) examines the effects of spaceflight on the soil aggregates formed by fungi and bacteria. Recent studies have shown a connection between biological activity, aggregation formation, and the overall capacity of soils to sustainably produce nutritious food crops. A better understanding of fungal and bacterial structures and functions in soil could improve food production on Earth and in space. 

EML Batch 2 (Electromagnetic Levitator): The crew set the EML valves to a closed Helium and opened Argon configuration. The Batch 2 experiments aim to deepen the understanding of the physical principles that govern solidification processes in metal alloys. The patterns of the crystals resulting from transitions of liquids to solids is of substantial importance to processes in producing materials such as solar cells, thermoelectrics, and metal alloys.


Max Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS): The crew completed Max CEVIS today which is used by the medical community to evaluate astronauts’ aerobic fitness. The test is performed every 90 days and upon the crew’s arrival and departure from the ISS.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

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

  • Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS) Deactivation
  • Lab Vacuum System Leak Check
  • Node 3 CDRA Troubleshooting

Look Ahead Plan

Thursday, 11/5 (GMT 310)

  • NRCSD Deploy photo (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)


  • Lab CDRA Valve 102 R&R
  • EVA BSA Termination
  • EVA Tool Transfer

Friday, 11/6 (GMT 311)

  • SERFE Water Sample collect (NASA)
  • EKAM Node 2 setup and act (NASA)


  • T2 6-Month Routine Maintenance

Saturday, 11/7 (GMT 312)

  • Off Duty


  • Off Duty 

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

  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/ Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Partial Set Up
  • EML Helium Valve Closing and Argon Valve Opening
  • Comm Config for MRM2 Voice Comm
  • Preparation and Setup of KСПЭ Camcorder in MRM2 for “EVA Tools Gather” TV Session in MPEG2 via Ku-band
  • Preparation of EVA Equipment and Tools. Packing of EVA Kits.
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Power Up
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Acoustic Monitor Setup (DEFERRED)
  • Acoustic Monitor Setup for Static Measurements (DEFERRED)
  • Rhodium Space Rhizosphere Science Chamber Ambient Stowage Removal
  • Rhodium Space Rhizosphere MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Subject
  • Activation of Camcorder, [TBC] Equipment and Closing Applications
  • Nominal Comm Reconfig
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Partial Stow
  • Filling (Degassing) of EDV (KOV) for Elektron or EDV-SV
  • MRM1 Smoke Detection System (СПО) ИДЭ-4 Smoke Detector Needle Cleaning.
  • SERFE Hardware Installation
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • On-Orbit Hearing Assessment (O-OHA) with EarQ Software Setup and Test
  • Countermeasures System (CMS) Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Conclude
  • Water Resource Management (WRM) Condensate Tank Offload Initiation (DEFERRED)
  • СТТС reconfiguration in MRM1
  • On Board Training (OBT) ROBoT T&C Proficiency (DEFERRED)
  • Water Resource Management (WRM) Condensate Tank Offload Termination (DEFERRED)
  • Reminder Portable O2 Monitor (POM) Reading