ISS Daily Summary Report – 11/08/2018

Meteor: The crew removed and replaced the hard drive in the Meteor laptop and completed a software anti-virus update. The Meteor payload is a visible spectroscopy instrument used to observe meteors in Earth orbit. Meteor uses image analysis to provide information on the physical and chemical properties of the meteoroid dust, such as size, density, and chemical composition. The study of the meteoroid dust on orbit provides information about the parent comets and asteroids.

Plasma Kristall-4 (PK-4): The crew exchanged the hard drive containing Run #2 data and inserted a new hard drive for Run #3. The crew then reconfigured the gas chamber from Neon to Argon gas usage. PK-4 is a scientific collaboration between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), performing research in the field of “Complex Plasmas”: low temperature gaseous mixtures composed of ionized gas, neutral gas, and micron-sized particles. The micro-particles become highly charged in the plasma and interact strongly with each other, which can lead to a self-organized structure of the micro-particles: so-called plasma crystals. Experiments in the facility aim to study Transport Properties, Thermodynamics, Kinetics and Statistical Physics, and Non-linear waves and Instabilities in the plasmas.

Onboard Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Simulation:  The full crew participated in a simulation to practice emergency responses based on information provided by simulator displays. They translated through ISS to appropriate response locations and practiced procedure execution and decision making based on cues from the simulator. Following the training, they conducted a review session with Houston and Moscow Control Centers.

Northrop Grumman-10 (NG-10) Cygnus Rendezvous On-board Training (OBT):  The crew reviewed the NG-10 mission profile, rendezvous crew procedures, and interfaces necessary for monitoring and commanding to the Cygnus vehicle.  NG-10 is scheduled to arrive at the ISS on November 18.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • None

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • ISS Emergency Simulation Support
  • LSR Checkout [In Work]

Three Day Look Ahead:
Friday, 11/09:

  • BCAT Imagery Transfer (NASA)
  • CIR Manifold Bottle Change (NASA-RUS joint)
  • PK-4 Run 4 and Chamber Cleaning (ESA-RUS)
  • BPC Plate Loading (NASA)
  • VEG-03 Check and Watering (NASA)
  • BEST H/W Stow (NASA)
  • Time Perception (ESA)
  • LMM Biophsics-06 Reconfiguration (NASA)


  • Port Radiator Survey

Saturday/Sunday, 11/10-11:

  • PK-4 Chamber Clean and stow, Data downlink and HD packing (ESA-RUS)


  • Housekeeping, Crew Off Duty

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

  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • Stowage of Pille-ISS Dosimeter No.16 Reader and Lulin-ISS I/F Control Unit. Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Meteor Hard Disk Drive and Antivirus Update
  • Review Emergency OBT Simulator Functionality
  • PK-4 data hard drives exchange
  • VHF-2 Emergency Communication Check Out from Soyuz over US Ground Sites
  • ESA Weekly crew conference
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Robotics Review
  • Training for Emergency Response On-board ISS
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Food Acceptability Questionnaire
  • Restore ISS comm to the nominal configuration
  • On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Drill Conference
  • JEM Camera Robot Stow
  • Photography of SM interior panels 245, 246, 429, 430
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) High Definition (HD) Config LAB Setup
  • HTV PROX Switch OFF
  • Team Task Switching Experiment Survey
  • Inventory Management System (IMS) Conference
  • PK-4 Chamber filling with Argon gas
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Test
  • ISS HAM Service Module Pass
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Questionnaire
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Vision Test
  • On-Board Training (OBT) CYGNUS OBT Conference
  • On-board Training (OBT) Cygnus Rendezvous Review