ISS Daily Summary Report – 1/19/2023


Food Physiology: A diet briefing was conducted between the crew and the Principal Investigator team in support of the Food Physiology investigation. 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.

ISS Ham: The crew participated in an ISS Ham pass with Escola Secundária de Lagoa, Lagoa, Azores. Some of the questions asked by the students included the effect of microgravity on muscles, bones, and organs; what would happen if Earth had the same gravity as Mars; and if astronauts require a special diet. Since the earliest space station expeditions, ISS Ham Radio has allowed groups of students in schools, camps, museums, and planetariums to hold a conversation with the people living in space. As the ISS passes overhead, students have about nine minutes to ask crew members 10 to 20 questions.

Materials Science Research Rack/Materials Science Laboratory (MSRR/MSL): The crew gained access to the MSL furnace area, removed the processed Fabrication of Amorphous Metals in Space (FAMIS)-C2 Sample Cartridge Assembly (SCA) and installed the Growth of Ternary Compound Semiconductor-C3 (GTCS-C3) SCA. This will be the third attempt to process the GTCS-C3 SCA. The previous two attempts both experienced temperature control issues. GTCS grows semiconductor crystals based on zinc selenide (ZnSe) compounds in microgravity. ZnSe-based crystals have been potential applications for high-power lasers operating in infrared wavelengths. The investigation compares structural quality of crystals grown on Earth and in microgravity to establish how gravity-driven fluid flows contribute to formation of various types of crystalline defects.


USOS Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparation Activities: In preparation for the upcoming 1A ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (IROSA) Prep EVA scheduled for January 20th, the crew completed Pistol Grip Tool Battery Installation, Procedure Review/Conference, Tool Gather/Audit, and Equipment Lock (E-LK) Preparation. The main goal of this EVA is to route cables on two mod kits and install the 1A Mod Kit on the 1A Solar Array Wing (SAW) Mast Canister to prepare these SAWs for future IROSA installations.

On-orbit Hearing Assessment (OOHA) with KUDUwave Software Setup and Test: The crew performed a hearing test using an OOHA Headset and KUDUwave software. The assessment measures hearing function while crewmembers are exposed to noise and microgravity during long-duration spaceflight.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • N/A

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

  • PRO FIR Deactivation Commanding
  • AL MDM Slot 9 Channel 2 Data Dump
  • PRO MSRR Activation Commanding
  • MT Translation

Look Ahead Plan

Friday, January 20 (GMT 020)

  • Plasma Kristall-4
  • Veg-05 Plant Check


  • 1A IROSA Prep EVA

Saturday, January 21 (GMT 021)

  • Veg-05 Plant Check


  • EVA Debrief for US EVA
  • EMU Water Recharge
  • EMU Helmet Light Inspection
  • EVA Air Lock Deconfiguration

Sunday, January 22 (GMT 022)

  • LSG Operations, Plasma Kristall-4, Veg-05 Plant Check


  • Crew Off Duty Day

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

  • OOHA with Kuduwave Software Setup and Test
  • EVA Pistol Grip Tool Battery Installation, Procedure Review/Conference, Tool Configuring/Audit
  • HMS PHS Pre EVA Examination
  • Acoustic Monitor Data Transfer
  • SABL Hard Drive Swap
  • Food Physiology Crew Diet Briefing
  • VEG-05 Plant Check/Water
  • MSL SCA Exchange, Big Picture Words Review, and Procedure Review
  • E-LK Preparation
  • SSC 20 and 12 Swap
  • ISS HAM Columbus Pass Kenwood
  • ISS HAM Kenwood Radio Power Down in Columbus
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module