ISS Daily Summary Report – 2/08/2021


3DMM: The crew collected swab samples from Node 1. This investigation will conduct a series of over 1000 swab sample collections throughout several modules of the ISS. Surfaces in the space station contain microbes and associated biomolecules excreted by these microorganisms. Three-dimensional Microbial Mapping of ISS Environment (3DMM) uses DNA sequencing and other analyses to construct a 3D map of bacteria and bacterial products throughout the station. The team also plans to characterize how these microbes respond at a molecular level to specific stress conditions, including altered gravity and atmospheric composition.

Antimicrobial Coatings (Boeing Environment Responding Antimicrobial Coatings): The crew touched each coupon on Antimicrobial Coatings placard.  Boeing Environment Responding Antimicrobial Coatings tests an antimicrobial coating on several different materials that represent high-touch surfaces. Some microbes change characteristics in microgravity, which could create new risks to crew health and spacecraft systems as well as creating the possibility of contaminating other planetary bodies. The samples remain in space approximately six months then return to Earth for analysis.

CBEF-L (Cell Biology Experiment Facility-L): The crew installed humidifiers into CBEF IU uG and 1G. CBEF-L is a Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) new subrack facility, which is an upgraded facility of the original Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) currently aboard the ISS. CBEF-L provides new capabilities with additional new resources such as Full High Definition video interface, Ethernet, 24 VDC power supply, and a larger diameter centrifugal test environment. By using the original CBEF and CBEF-L as one facility for the same experiment, the payload user is provided with an upgraded experimental environment that can handle the processing of more experimental samples for a wider array of experiments.

Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) – Fluids and Combustion Facility: The crew replaced the CIR Manifold #2 bottle and the CIR Manifold #4 bottle. The CIR includes an optics bench, combustion chamber, fuel and oxidizer control, and five different cameras for performing combustion investigations in microgravity.

FRIDGE (Freezer/Refrigerator/Incubator Device for Galley and Experimentation): Fridge 1 was emptied and the ground team started to finalize commissioning. FRIDGE is a locker-sized unit that provides active temperature control with a range from -20.0°C to +48.0°C. It can accommodate storage of both crew galley items and scientific research samples and can be fully operated and maintained from the ground.

HRF Veg: Crewmembers are scheduled to complete the Veg Questionnaire just prior to sleep. Crew members take surveys to evaluate their moods and assess any psychological benefits from interacting with plants in the spaceflight environment. Pick-and-eat Salad-crop Productivity, Nutritional Value, and Acceptability to Supplement the ISS Food System is a hybrid experiment with plant research, as well as human organoleptic and behavioral research.

Plant Water Management: The crew set up the Plant Water Management experiment. This experiment seeks to demonstrate engineered capillary fluidic soils that can deliver water and nutrients to plants at rates actually required by the plant.  Crew also setup the digital camera and initiated a 48-hour imaging session. The Plant Water Management investigation demonstrates passive measures for controlling fluid delivery and uptake in plant growth systems. Reduced gravity creates challenges in providing adequate fluid and nutrition for plant growth. This investigation examines using other physical properties such as surface tension, wetting and system geometry to replace the role of gravity.

Repository: The crew performed blood and urine collections in support of the Repository study. Repository is a storage bank of crew biological specimens collected over extended periods of time. Repository supports scientific discovery that contributes to our fundamental knowledge in the area of human physiological changes and adaptation to a microgravity environment and provides unique opportunities to study longitudinal changes in human physiology spanning many missions.

Veg-03: The crew installed Root Mats and then placed small Plant Pillows on top of the root mat. The crew then primed the small Plant Pillows with water. Photos of the plant pillows were downlinked.       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.


Nanoracks Airlock (NRAL) Vestibule Outfitting Part 1: The crew performed activities to configure the Node 3 Port vestibule for the NRAL initial vestibule outfitting. These activities included removing an existing Node 3 external antenna communications cable and Controller Panel Assemblies (CPAs), connecting NRAL power and data connections, installing IMV ducts and kickplates, and re-installing the CPAs.

Countermeasures (CMS) Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation Stabilization (CEVIS) Ergometer Swap: The crew completed a removal and replacement (R&R) of the CEVIS ergometer and performed a checkout after experiencing issues with the unit making noise and not responding to resistance inputs this past weekend. Teams have reviewed data and CEVIS is GO for exercise.

Space Integrated Global Inertial Navigation System (SIGI) 1 GPS Receiver R&R: The crew performed an R&R of the failed GPS receiver located in the LAB1S7 rack. Once replaced, the ground performed a checkout of the unit. The primary function of SIGI is to produce the GPS based position, velocity, and attitude outputs needed to control the ISS’s position in space.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

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

  • Thermal Amine Scrubber Troubleshooting
  • SPS NRAL Node 3 Deactivation
  • SSRMS Maneuver to Park

Look Ahead Plan

Tuesday, February 9 (GMT 040)

  • 3DMM US LAB and Node 1 Sample Collection
  • EXPRESS Rack 11B Locker Removal
  • Solidification Using Baffles in Sealed Ampoules OBT
  • Vection Experiment Session
  • ELF sample Holder Change including Debris Bag R&R
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Plant Water Management – Soil Refill Ops


  • CEVIS Ergometer Stow
  • WHC UR and IF R&R
  • Tele Operational Control Mode Drill
  • Node 3 Port Forward and Port Aft IMV Install and C/O
  • EVA A/L Unstow
  • EBOT Hardware Prep

Wednesday, February 10 (GMT 041)

  • 3DMM Node 2 Sample Collection
  • Antimicrobial Coatings Touch
  • AstroRad Vest Familiarization
  • GRIP science performance in seated position
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • JEM Cell Biology Experiment Facility Alternative Checkout
  • Solidification Using Baffles in Sealed Ampoules Sample Exchange


  • FSS Setup and Refill of Node 2 and Lab LTL PPA
  • EBOT Install and Closeout
  • PMD Teardown 

Thursday, February 11 (GMT 042)

  • 3DMM Node 3 Sample Collection
  • ASTRORAD Vest Survey 1
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • Food Physiology Crew Diet Briefing
  • GRIP science performance in seated position
  • HRF Veg Subject Operations Veg Questionnaire
  • Plant Water Management Hydroponics Operations
  • Solidification Using Baffles in Sealed Ampoules OBT


  • FSS Teardown and Stow
  • EVA A/L Restow
  • PiP AC Inverter Secure
  • NRAL Vestibule Outfitting Part 2
  • Node 3 Endcone Stowage Replace

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

  • Phospho-Aging Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval and Insertion Operations
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Periodic Health Status (PHS) Evaluation – Subject
  • Progress 444 (DC1) stowage and IMS ops
  • JEM Cell Biology Experiment Facility Alternative Reconfiguration B
  • MATRYOSHKA-R. BUBBLE-dosimeter initialization and deployment
  • Cell Biology Experiment Facility (CBEF) Humidifier Installation
  • Maintenance of DC1 АСП hatch sealing mechanisms and Progress 444 (DC1) [АСА] hatch
  • Activation of Progress 444 (DC1)
  • In-Flight Maintenance GPS Receiver Processor 1 at LAB1S7 R&R and C/O
  • Telescience Resource Kit Emerald Brick Power Cycle
  • Antimicrobial Coatings Touch
  • DC1-Progress 444 Hatch Closure
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection
  • DC1-Docking Assembly and Progress-Docking Assembly hatch leak check
  • Combustion Integrated Rack Manifold #2 and #4 Bottle Replacement
  • Fluid System Servicer (FSS) Procedure Review
  • Pressure Management Device (PMD) Partial Teardown
  • Plant Water Management-Soil Prime and Operations
  • Nanoracks Airlock (NRAL) Vestibule Outfitting Part 1
  • Galley Refrigerator/Freezer 1 Content Transfer
  • VEG-03 Experiment Install
  • Simplified Aid for EVA Rescue (SAFER) Maintenance (DEFERRED)
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test
  • Three-Dimensional Microbial Monitoring (3DMM) Node 1 Sample Collection
  • Countermeasures (CMS) Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation Stabilization (CEVIS) Ergometer Swap
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Manual Fill Initiation and Termination
  • ISS HAM Kenwood Radio Power Down in Columbus and Service Module
  • Node 3 EWC WAP Power On
  • Plant Water Management Fast Refill
  • USOS Window Shutter Close