ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/13/2020


Phospho-aging: The crew performed Urine and blood Collection setups in support of the Phospho-aging and Repository studies. 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.

The ISS Experience: The crew performed the setup of the ISS Experience recording hardware in Node-2 in order to capture Crew-1 arrival activities. The International Space Station Experience (The ISS Experience) is a cinematic virtual reality (VR) series documenting life and research aboard the space station. Filmed over multiple months, the immersive VR series documents different crew activities – from science conducted aboard the station to preparation for a spacewalk.

Standard Measures: The crew performed saliva, fecal and Body sampling collections in support of the Standard Measures study. The aim of the investigation is to ensure consistent capture of an optimized, minimal set of measures from crewmembers until the end of the ISS Program in order to characterize the adaptive responses to and risks of living in space.  Among other things, the ground teams perform analyses for metabolic and chemistry panels, immune function, microbiome, etc.  These measures populate a data repository to enable high-level monitoring of countermeasure effectiveness and meaningful interpretation of health and performance outcomes, and support future research on planetary missions.

Plant Habitat-02: The crew performed a Radish leaf harvesting on two plants from each quadrant of the Plant Habitat-02 experiment. Photographs of per and post sampling were taken. 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.

Space Organogenesis: The crew performed the final setup of the microscope and test sample insert. These final steps will prepare the microscope for experiment samples arriving on SpX-21. The Development of Advanced 3D Organ Culture System Utilizing the Microgravity Environment (Space Organogenesis) investigation demonstrates growth of organ buds from human stem cells in three-dimensional (3D) cultures in microgravity. Researchers plan to use these cultures to observe growth of the organ buds and analyze changes in gene expression. Cell culture on Earth needs supportive materials or forces to achieve 3D growth, but in microgravity cell cultures likely can expand into three dimensions without those devices.


Crew-1 Preparations: The crew completed the relocation and reconfiguration of a Space Station Computer (SSC) for use during Crew-1 approach and docking. Additionally, the crew setup and checked out crew monitoring tools required for US Visiting Vehicles, including vehicle-specific and Rendezvous and Proximity Operations Program (RPOP) software.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • SSC 19 Shell Swap
  • SSC 11 Shell Swap

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

  • FSL file uplink and transfer
  • Command and Control Software (CCS) Service Module Central Computer (SMCC) Data Dump
  • PMA Preparations for Ingress

Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, 11/14 (GMT 319)

  • Repository (NASA) and Phospho –Aging (JAXA) Urine collect


  • Crew Off-Duty

Sunday, 11/15 (GMT 320)

  • Repository (NASA) and Phospho –Aging (JAXA) Urine and blood collect
  • ISS Experience record Crew-1 arrival (NASA)
  • Actiwatch Plus donning (NASA)


  • Crew-1 Dragon Docking
  • ISS Safety Briefing
  • Crew Dragon Docked Configuration
  • Crew Dragon/ISS Audio Checkout
  • ISS Crew Handover 

Monday, 11/16 (GMT 321)

  • FLUIDICS run (ESA)
  • CBEF-L laptop setup and measurement setup (JAXA)
  • Drop Vibration Run (NASA)
  • ISS Experience H/W stow (NASA)
  • EKAM Node 2 hardware shutdown and stow (NASA) 


  • Emergency Equipment Transfer
  • THC IMV Flow Measure
  • Dragon Emergency Procedure OBT

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection Stow
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Survey
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Collection
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Insertion Operations
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Stow
  • Connecting cable 17КС.42Ю8242А-9050 to local analog switch ЛКА1Б (А147).
  • Configure and connect crew support kit (КСПЭ) camcorder in MRM2 for TV Mpeg2 coverage EVA-47 Dry Run via Ku-band
  • Comm config for suited run
  • Air duct disassembly in MRM2 before dry run
  • Pre-dry run Orlan-MKS No.4, No.5 systems check.  Note 14
  • MRM2 Orlan interface unit and Orlan-MKS No.4 and No.5 check
  • Donning EVA gear for Orlan-MKS No.5 and No.4
  • Comm check and medical parameter monitoring in Orlan-MKS No.4, No.5
  • Orlan systems и БСС checkout during pre-EVA training
  • Entry into Orlan, sealing off backpacks
  • Entry Into and  Sealing of Orlans – assistance
  • Orlan suit and Orlan Interface Unit (БСС) controls check
  • Orlan and БСС Preliminary Leak Check
  • Orlan fit check at suit pressure Р.СК= 0.4
  • Orlan translation training
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection Stow
  • Exit from Orlan
  • Turning off camcorder, TV system controls, closing applications
  • Comm reconfig for nominal ops after EVA training
  • Plant Habitat-02 Leaf Sampling Hardware Gather
  • Plant Habitat-02 Leaf Sample
  • Orlan post-training activities
  • Plant Habitat-02 Leaf Sample MELFI Insertions
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Setup
  • Installation of Orlan-MKS ORUs for EVA
  • Dragon Forward – Station Support Computer Relocate
  • On MCC Go Oxygen tanks (БК-3М) replacement
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Hardware Setup
  • Assembly of air ducts in MRM2 after the training
  • N2 Hatch Open
  • Docking Dragon Monitoring Tools Setup
  • N2 Hatch Close
  • ISS Experience Payload Review
  • ISS Experience Node 2 Setup
  • Reminder MELFI Insert
  • Reminder HRF Generic Urine Collection
  • Reminder HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection