ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/031/2019

Rodent Research-8 (RR-8): Today a crewmember performed restock of Rodent Habitats 3 and 4. A crewmember also consolidated samples for return. The Rodent Research-8 (RR-8) investigation utilizes mice flown aboard the ISS, and maintained on Earth, to investigate the physiology of aging in response to microgravity and the role of aging in the onset and progression of disease.

Vection: Crewmember performed a video recording in support of the Vection experiment. The objective of The Effect of Long Duration Hypogravity on the Perception of Self-Motion (Vection) study is to determine to what extent an astronaut’s ability to visually interpret motion, orientation, and distance may be disrupted in a microgravity environment, and how it may adapt, and how it may be changed upon return to Earth. Multiple experimental time points inflight and upon return to Earth allows for the adaptation and recovery process to be investigated. 

CASIS PCG 13: Today a crewmember prepared the CASIS PCG 13 solutions by hydrating lyophilized powder and then used a micropipette to fill the PCG-13 sample card wells and then inserted the sample card into cold stowage. The In Situ Space Protein Crystal Growth (CASIS PCG 13) investigation seeks to enhance the way crystals are grown in a microgravity environment by allowing crewmembers to observe imperfections within a crystal and make real-time adjustments to follow-up experiments, rather than returning a sample to Earth and relaunching to try again. This dramatically reduces the time it takes to conduct an experiment aboard the space station and creates a timely, realistic and more cost-effective solution for prospective researchers.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • PWS1 Laptop Battery Pack Swap (Completed GMT 363)
  • Handover Questionnaire (Completed GMT 363)
  • HV4 Ultrabay hard drive Reseat (Completed GMT 363)
  • PAO Downlink Message (Completed GMT 363)
  • Wanted Poster for Ultrasonic Leak Detection Kit (Completed GMT 363)
  • EVA Tool Stow (Completed GMT 363)
  • ARED Load Cell Characterization (Completed GMT 364)
  • CSA Dare to Explore story on video (Completed GMT 364)
  • Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Extended Maintenance  (Completed GMT 364)
  • Ethernet Cable Stow  (Completed GMT 364)
  • Pistol Grip Tool (PGT) Torque Analyzer Kit (TAK) Calibration  (Completed GMT 364)
  • Food Consolidation part 2  (Completed GMT 364)
  • ISS Crew Handover Questionnaire (Completed GMT 364)
  • Respiratory Support Pack (RSP) – Checkout  (Completed GMT 364)
  • Vection Video record (Completed GMT 364)
  • Plug-in Plan Cable Wanted Poster  (Completed GMT 364)
  • WHC KTO Replace  (Completed GMT 364)

Ground Activities:
All activities are complete unless otherwise noted.

  • Nominal ground commanding.

Two Day Look Ahead:

Tuesday, 1/1: Crew Holiday

Wednesday, 1/2:

  • Probiotics (JAXA)
  • CASIS PCG-16 Card well fills (NASA)
  • NeuroMapping (NASA)
  • Rodent Research-8 Access Unit Cleaning (NASA)
  • MISSE-10 Transfer to ELC-2 (NASA)


  • T2 Quarterly Maintenance
  • Dragon Cargo Ops
  • WHC Urine Receptacle R&R

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

  • Roskosmos and social media features preparation
  • Uragan. Observations and photo
  • ECON-M. Observations and photo
  • Equipment transfer for removal to DC1 Progress #439, IMS updates
  • Weekly cleaning
  • Ultrasound 2 HRF Rack 1 Power On
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Ultrasound 2 Scan
  • Water Resource Management (WRM) Condensate Sample Init
  • Water Recovery Management (WRM) Condensate Pumping Gather
  • PCG-13 MWA Preparation
  • PCG-13 Lyophilized Powder Re-Hydration
  • PCG-13 Card Fill Operations
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Formaldehyde Monitoring Kit (FMK) Deployment Operations
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Grab Sample Container (GSC) Sampling Operations
  • Exercise Data Downlink
  • Retrieval of PCG-13 Sample Tube (purple-striped) from MELFI
  • Water Resource Management (WRM) Condensate Sample Terminate
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Water Recovery System (WRS) Sample Analysis
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
  • JEM System Laptop Terminal Reboot
  • Space Station Computer unplug power
  • Water Recovery Management (WRM) Condensate Pumping Initiation
  • Rodent Research Sample Configuration
  • Manovacuumeter reading c/o
  • Active Tissue Equivalent Dosimeter Sensor Pack
  • Food Acceptability Questionnaire
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Full Fill
  • Rodent Research Habitat 3 & 4 Restock
  • СОЖ maintenance
  • Water Recovery Management (WRM) Condensate Pumping Bag Swap
  • Water Recovery Management (WRM) Condensate Pumping Termination
  • SSC Plug Power back in
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Total Organic Carbon Analyzer (TOCA) Sample Data Record
  • Probiotics Fecal Sample Operations
  • Probiotics Fecal Sample MELFI Insertion
  • Rodent Research Sample Relocation
  • Food Acceptability Questionnaire