ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/26/2021


FSL (Fluid Science Laboratory): The crew removed the RUBI Multi-Scale Boiling experiment container hardware and installed the new Soft Matter Dynamics Container. The FSL is a multiuser facility designed by the European Space Agency (ESA) for conducting fluid physics research in microgravity. It can be operated as a fully automatic or semiautomatic facility and can be controlled onboard by the International Space Station (ISS) crew or from the ground in telescience mode.

Story Time From Space: The crew performed a reading of “Willow the Water Bear” to a live audience as part of the educational STEM and Literacy project. Story Time From Space combines science literacy outreach with simple demonstrations recorded aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Crew members read five science, technology, engineering and mathematics-related children’s books in orbit, and complete simple science concept experiments. Crew members videotape themselves reading the books and completing demonstrations. Video and data collected during the demonstrations are downlinked to the ground and posted in a video library with accompanying educational materials.

Veg-03:  The crew performed a check and watering of the VEG-03J plants. 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.

ISS HAM: The crew demated the Columbus module ISS Radio Antennas in preparation for upcoming EVA transmission inhibits. ISS Ham Radio provides opportunities to engage and educate students, teachers, parents and other members of the community in science, technology, engineering and math by providing a means to communicate between astronauts and the ground HAM radio units.

CIR-Combustion Integrated Rack – Fluids and Combustion Facility: The crew stowed CIR hardware for return. The Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) includes an optics bench, combustion chamber, fuel and oxidizer control, and five different cameras for performing combustion investigations in microgravity.


Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: The crew continued preparations for the Columbus Upgrades EVA which is planned for tomorrow, January 27th. The crew performed an EVA procedure review, tool audit and configuration and installed batteries into the Portable Grip Tools (PGT). The crew also setup the robotics workstation and configured laptops in support for tomorrow’s EVA. 

Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain: Today, the crew set up the recycle tank to drain to a ЕДВ-У. Following the setup the ground performed the tank drain using the Urine Transfer System (UTS). Once the ground specialists completed the transfer, the crew verified the recycle tank was empty, terminated the drain, and repositioned the fill/drain valve to fill. The crew also swapped the ЕДВ in the offload ЕДВ spot of the UTS.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

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

  • ARS MCA Rapid Sampling
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain
  • Payload Rack Officer Fluids Integrated Rack Deactivation Commanding
  • ETHOS Caution and Warning Configuration
  • Airlock Moderate Temperature Loop (MTL) Flow Adjust

Look Ahead Plan

Wednesday, January 27 (GMT 027)

  • Astrobee batt charge (NASA)
  • BioNutrient-1 MELFI insert and Crew Survey (NASA)
  • Capillary Structures Assembly (NASA)
  • HRF PFS Gas Cylinder Photos (NASA)
  • AC Touch (NASA)
  • MSG CTB Audit (NASA)


  • SSRMS EVA Support
  • Columbus Upgrades EVA
  • COLKA IVA Cabling Connection

Thursday, January 28 (GMT 028)

  • Capillary Structures Sorbent Contactor Demo ops (NASA)
  • COL HAM antenna demate/remate (NASA)
  • AWP Data downlink and charge (NASA)


  • Water Recovery Management (WRM) Water Balance
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Debrief for US EVA
  • Portable Onboard Computers (POC) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Software Review
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB) Initiate

Friday, January 29 (GMT 029)

  • AC Touch (NASA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • VEG-03X plant chk/H2O (NASA)
  • Astrobee Crew conf (NASA)
  • RFID reconfig and install on Astrobee/chkout (NASA)
  • AstroRad Vest Exercise and survey (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Diet Brief (NASA)
  • HRF Centrifuge tube carrier replacement (NASA)


  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Full Water Tank Dump and Fill
  • Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Powered Hardware Checkout
  • On-board Training (OBT) EVA Robotics Onboard Trainer (ROBoT) Session
  • EVA Tool Config

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

  • SSC4 and SSC16 laptop swap
  • Onboard Training (OBT) Robotics On-board Trainer (ROBoT) Setup
  • FSL EC SWAP On Board Training
  • FSL Facility Core Element locking at the end of scientific operations
  • FSL MULTISCALE BOILING Experiment Container Deinstallation
  • Equipment Lock (E-LK) Preparation
  • FSL soft matter dynamics experiment container feedthrough panel reconfiguration
  • PILLE sensors gathering and setup for USOS EVA
  • FSL Soft Matter Dynamics Experiment Container Installation
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Relocate PBAs for upcoming EVA
  • EVA Pistol Grip Battery Install
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Review
  • FSL Facility Core Element release in preparation of SMD or RUBI operations
  • Restow items used for FSL activities.
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Procedure Conference
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Configuring
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Drain
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Setup
  • Recover SAMS SU Zbook drive by interrupting BIOS startup to secondary drive
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) iPad Contingency Procedures preparation
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Tool Audit
  • VEG-03 Plant Check/Water
  • Columbus Ham Radio Demate
  • HUNCH Tape Dispenser Overview [DEFERRED]
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Hardware Return
  • Station Support Computer 8 and Portable Computer System Data Acquisition System Setup
  • Portable Onboard Computers (POC) Dynamic Onboard Ubiquitous Graphics (DOUG) Setup
  • SSC (Station Support Computer) 5 and 4 move to LAB RWS
  • Story Time PAO Live Reading Event in High Definition (HD) – JEM
  • Story Time Historical Photo Documentation
  • IMS Delta File Prep
  • Urine Transfer System Offload EDV Swap
  • Node 104 ZSR Video Survey [DEFERRED]