ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/01/2020


Plant Habitat-02: The crew cleaned the Plant Habitat-02 facility. 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.

Bio-Monitor: The crew performed a full overwrite update to the Bio-Monitor Application database on the crew I-Pad. Although the ISS is equipped with health and life sciences research tools, the existing instrumentation for continuous and simultaneous recording of several physiological parameters is lacking. To tackle this issue, the Bio-Monitor Commissioning activity tests the Bio-Monitor facility; a wearable garment capable of monitoring relevant physiological parameters for up to 48 hours in a non-invasive and non-interfering way. The physiological parameters which can be monitored consist of heart rate, respiration rate, ECG (Electrocardiogram), skin temperature, peripheral blood oxygen saturation, etc.

Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL) Soft Matter Dynamics & Compacted Granulars: The crew repacked the Soft Matter Dynamics Sample Cell Unit 06 with wet packaging. FSL Soft Matter Dynamics – Hydrodynamics of Wet Foams (Foam Coarsening) aims to investigate bubble size and rearrangement dynamics for “wet foams”. Microgravity offers the opportunity to investigate such “wet” foams, which cannot be stabilized on Earth because of drainage. Moreover, microgravity conditions are essential to study rearrangement phenomena, such as coarsening and coalescence, disentangled from drainage.

Materials ISS Experiment Flight Facility (MISSE-FF): The crew removed the MISSE Transfer Tray #2 along with seven returning MSCs (Material Sample Carriers) from the JEM Airlock slide table and temporarily stowed items for return. The MISSE-FF platform provides the ability to test materials, coatings, and components or other larger experiments in the harsh environment of space, which is virtually impossible to do collectively on Earth. Testing in low-Earth orbit (LEO) allows the integrated testing of how materials react to exposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV), atomic oxygen (AO), ionizing radiation, ultrahigh vacuum (UHV), charged particles, thermal cycles, electromagnetic radiation, and micro-meteoroids in the LEO environment.

Drop Vibration: The crew continued with the Drop Vibration experiment. These tests occurred at several different frequencies and on different substrates. Inertial Spreading with Vibration and Water Coalescence (Drop Vibration) examines the behavior of big liquid drops whose perimeter of contact, called the contact line, moves rapidly as the drops change shape either forced by vibration or freely by merger. These motions, fast and small on Earth, become slower and larger in microgravity and so can be more closely observed. Such observations improve the currently limited understanding of contact lines, important in applications such as self-cleaning surfaces, water harvesting devices, anti-frost coatings and the fabrication of semiconductors.

Food Physiology: The crew performed Urine and Blood collections in support of the Food Physiology and Repository studies. The crew also performed the Saliva collection setup. The Integrated Impact of Diet on Human Immune Response, the Gut Microbiota, and Nutritional Status During Adaptation to Spaceflight (Food Physiology) experiment is designed to characterize the key effects of an enhanced spaceflight diet on immune function, the gut microbiome, and nutritional status indicators. These factors are interlinked, but diet is the only one that can be easily and meaningfully altered on Earth or during flight. This investigation aims to document the effect of dietary improvements on human physiology and the ability of those improvements to enhance adaptation to spaceflight.

Standard Measures: The crew performed the setup to allow Actiwatch data to be downlinked to the ground 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.


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.

Crew On-board Training (OBT): The crew completed several OBT activities. First, the crew completed Dragon rendezvous OBT in order to become familiar with Dragon docking to Node 2 Zenith where SpaceX-21 is planned to dock. The crew also completed OBT required for Space Station Remote Manipulator System (SSRMS) proficiency using the Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT). The ROBoT is an on-orbit version of the ground-based Dynamics Skills Trainer (DST) that simulates robotics operations with graphical feedback.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Station Support Computer (SSC) 19 HDD Swap
  • WHC KTO Replace

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

  • JEMAL Pressurization
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • PMA Ventilation Prior to Ingress

Look Ahead Plan

Wednesday, 12/2 (GMT 337)

  • BioServe Microscope Configuration
  • Drop Vibration Coalescence Runs
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • Food Physiology Sample Collection
  • Glacier Desiccant Swap
  • HRF Sample Collection
  • Iceberg Desiccant Swap
  • Microscope Hardware Setup via SABL Power
  • Plant Habitat-02 Water Fill
  • Rodent Research Video Test Start


  • Docking Dragon Monitoring Tools Setup
  • Airlock Unstow
  • CWC-I Degas
  • ISS Emergency Review & Simulation OBT

Thursday, 12/3 (GMT 338)

  • CIR Manifold #2 Bottle Replacement
  • Drop Vibration Stow
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • Food Physiology Sample Collection
  • HRF Sample Collection
  • Plant Habitat-02 Science Carrier Installation
  • Rodent Research Activity Review
  • Tomatosphere Big Picture Words


  • EVA Tether Inspect
  • Dragon Cargo Conference
  • RGN Recycle Tank Drain, Fill, & Process

Friday, 12/4 (GMT 339)

  • Food Physiology Saliva and urine collect and Diet brief (NASA)


  • Crew Off-Duty

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

  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Manual Fill
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood, Urine, Saliva Collection Conclude and Stow
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to and Retraction from JPM Side
  • Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE) MTT Removal and Stowage
  • Recharging Soyuz 747 Samsung tablet prior to training, start recharge
  • Regeneration of Micropurification Unit (БМП) Ф1 Absorption Cartridge end and Ф2 Cartridge, start
  • Actiwatch Plus HRF Rack 1 Setup, Swap, and Stow
  • Materials ISS Experiment (MISSE) MSC Pack
  • Crew to repack FSL Sample Cell Unit 06 with wet packaging.
  • SEPARATION.ЦМВД drive with rotor spin check
  • Transfer Cygnus Cargo Operations (DEFERRED)
  • Max Cycle Ergometer w/Vibration Isolation & Stabilization (CEVIS) Portable PFS Subject
  • PMA3 Hardware Clearout
  • INTER-MAI-75. Hardware Setup And Activation in SSTV Mode Note 9
  • Fungistat treatment of SM structural elements and shell surfaces
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Stow Hardware
  • On-board Training (OBT) Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Proficiency
  • SpX-21 DRAGON Rendezvous Review CBT
  • BIOLAB T61P Battery removal
  • Drop Vibration Final Frequency Runs
  • Troubleshooting FGB Power Supply System БФ-2 and БСШ-2 devices using infrared camera and oscilloscope
  • Food Consolidation
  • Express Rack 8 Label Replace
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Checkout Part 2
  • Plant Habitat-02 Facility Clean
  • Bio-Monitor Application Configuration File Upload Verify
  • N2 Hatch Open and Close
  • Life Science Glovebox LLC Crew Boot
  • Acoustic Monitor Battery Swap and Setup for Crew Worn Measurements
  • Review Emergency OBT Simulator Functionality