ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/09/2021


ISS HAM:  A crewmember initiated an ISS HAM contact with South Yarra Primary School, South Yarra, Victoria, Australia.  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.

Plant Habitat-04:  Plant litter (detritus) was removed from the growth chamber and photography of the plants/peppers were taken.  Numerous healthy peppers have been reported and the crew has been watching the plants with interest.  Microgravity Growth of New Mexico Hatch Green Chile as a Technical Display of Advanced Plant Habitat’s Capabilities (Plant Habitat-04) demonstrates using the Advanced Plant Habitat (APH) by growing peppers in space for the first time. An excellent source of Vitamin C, peppers are more difficult to cultivate than many possible space crops because they take longer to germinate, grow, and develop fruit. The investigation includes microbial analysis to improve understanding of plant-microbe interactions in space and assessment of flavor and texture, which vary based on the growth environment and care such as amount of watering. 

Spacesuit Evaporation Rejection Flight Experiment (SERFE):  A crewmember performed a SERFE Water Sampling for Post Flight Analysis and then removed and replaced the CWC-I.  SERFE demonstrates a new technology to remove heat from spacesuits and maintain appropriate temperatures for crew members and equipment during space walks. The technology uses evaporation of water for cooling. The investigation determines whether microgravity affects performance and evaluates the technology’s effect on contamination and corrosion of spacesuit material.


Lab Low Temperature Loop (LTL) Gas Trap Plug Replacement: Today, the crew reinstalled the Gas Trap Plug on the Lab Low Temperature Loop (LTL) Pump Package Assembly (PPA). The purpose of the Gas Trap Plug is to slow the release of ammonia escaping from the ITCS Gas Trap vent holes into the cabin in the event of an Interface Heat Exchanger (IFHX) breach.  

Stowage Mitigation: In preparation for Crew-3 arrival, the crew unstowed items to clear out the Node 2 Forward end cone. The Crew Dragon vehicle is scheduled to dock to the Node 2 Forward/PMA 2 hatch later this week.

Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test: Today the crew performed a monthly WinSCAT test. The test is a screening tool developed by NASA to monitor astronauts and their neuro-cognitive status while in space and alert NASA flight surgeons to any accuracy or reaction time changes in an astronaut’s performance. WinSCAT tests working memory, computational skills, attention, visual tracking and spatial processing.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

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

  • Lab Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) Zero Calibration

Look Ahead Plan

Wednesday, November 10 (GMT 314)

  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • HRF VEG Questionnaire (NASA)
  • Lumina Data Transfer (ESA)
  • Standard Measures Postsleep Questionnaire (NASA)


  • HMS TOCA Water Analysis/Data Record
  • Stowage Improvement
  • High Rate Dosimeter (HRD) Data Take
  • WHC Manual Fill

Thursday, November 11 (GMT 315)

  • Off Duty


  • Crew-3 Dragon Docking
  • ISS Safety Briefing
  • Dragon Tools Setup
  • CASA Outfitting
  • ISS Crew Handover
  • Dragon SSC Deploy/Return

Friday, November 12 (GMT 316)

  • Actiwatch Donning (NASA)
  • MAND Print Removal and Stow (NASA)


  • Crew Sleep/Recovery

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection/Stow with MELFI operations
  • Plant Habitat-04 DEBRIS Hardware Gather/Removal
  • ISS HAM Columbus Pass Kenwood
  • Stowage Items Unstow
  • SERFE-CWCI Gather-2
  • SERFE-CWCI Degas-3
  • SERFE Water Sampling for Post Flight Analysis
  • SERFE MELFI insertion
  • SERFE CWC-I Remove and Replace
  • PCS Laptop Transition
  • Emergency Equipment Return
  • On Board Training (OBT) Dragon Forward Rendezvous Review
  • Dragon Rendezvous/ OBT Conference
  • US LAB Low Temperature Loop (LTL) Gas Trap Plug (GTP) Reinstall
  • Dragon Monitoring Tools Teardown
  • Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Water Container (ЕДВ) Remove and Replace
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Inspection
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test