ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/7/2021


Veg-03: The crew opened wicks on each Veg-03 Plant Pillow. Organisms grow differently in space, from single-celled bacteria to plants and humans. But future long-duration space missions will require crew members to grow their own food, so understanding how plants respond to microgravity is an important step toward that goal. Veg-03 uses the Veggie plant growth facility to cultivate Extra Dwarf Pak Choi, Amara Mustard and Red Romaine Lettuce using Seed Film which are harvested on-orbit with samples returned to Earth for testing.

Bacterial Adhesion and Corrosion (BAC): The crew performed fixations and samplings on the BAC cell habitats. BAC explores the formation under microgravity conditions of multi-species biofilms, which may behave differently from single-species biofilms. This investigation identifies the bacterial genes used during biofilm growth, examines whether these biofilms can corrode stainless steel, and evaluates the effectiveness of a silver-based disinfectant. The microorganisms in biofilms can become resistant to traditional cleaning chemicals, leading to contamination of water treatment systems, damage to equipment, and potential health risks to astronauts.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • VEG questionnaire
  • Backup EDV swap

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

  • Robotics MAC commissioning
  • Payloads ops support

Look Ahead Plan
Friday, January 8 (GMT 008)

  • BioAsteroid Deinstall (ESA)
  • KUBIK 5, 6 Deinstall (ESA)
  • MicroMonitor Water sample collect (JAXA)
  • Food Accept Survey (NASA)
  • Antimicrobial Coatings pad touch ops(NASA)
  • Repository: Saliva collect and Urine setup (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Brief (NASA)
  • BAC Cell fixation (NASA)


  • EVA procedure review/conference
  • Collapsible Contingency Urinal in-cabin demo 

Saturday, January 9 (GMT 009)

  • NanoRack Module 9 mixture ops 5 (NASA)
  • CommuBios Hardware pack (NASA)
  • Rodent Transfer setup (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Historical photo and Fecal setup and collect and ambient blood setup (NASA)
  • MVP module removal (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Saliva setup and collect (NASA)
  • Repository Urine collect (NASA)
  • Cardinal Heart Media change (NASA)
  • STaARS Bio-4 MELFI insert (NASA)


  • Housekeeping 

Sunday, January 10 (GMT 010)

  • PAUL Hardware removal and TangoLab mission 19 cube removal
  • Repository saliva and urine collect (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Historical photo and fecal processing (NASA)
  • Rodent Live animal return (NASA)
  • Rodent Habitat stow (NASA)
  • Food Physiology: ambient blood collect (NASA)
  • POLAR 8 dragon insert (NASA)


  • Dragon cargo transfer ops

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

  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • Acoustic Monitor Setup for Crew Worn Measurements
  • BAC MELFI Sample Retrieve
  • VEG-03 Wick Open
  • Bacterial Adhesion and Corrosion Fixation
  • Photo/TV Camcorder Setup Verification
  • BAC MELFI Sample Insertion
  • BAC MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Rodent Research Sample Relocation
  • Bacterial Adhesion and Corrosion Fixation
  • BAC MELFI Sample Insertion
  • PAO Preparation
  • Station Support Computer (SSC) 21 Relocate.
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • PAO Preparation
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in High Definition (HD) – Lab
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • Acoustic Monitor Battery Swap