ISS Daily Summary Report – 3/19/2021

63S Soyuz Port Relocation: Today, the 63S crew boarded the 63S Soyuz and undocked from the ISS Mini-Research Module (MRM)-1 at 11:39 AM CT and docked to the MRM-2 at 12:12 PM CT. Prior to undocking, the crew performed leak checks on the vestibule and hatches between the descent and habitation modules. Once docked to MRM-2, the crew repeated leak checks then ingressed the ISS at 2:20 PM CT. This relocation was performed to clear the MRM-1 docking port for the 64S Soyuz, which is scheduled to dock to the ISS on April 9th, 2021.


Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) Image Processing and Storage Unit (IPSU) Troubleshooting: Following the transfer of operating system files to a suitable Hard Drive, the crew installed it into the IPSU unit in the FIR.  The IPSU has been through various troubleshooting steps since issues first occurred on February 18th.  The FIR is a fluid physics research facility designed to host investigations in areas such as colloids, gels, bubbles, wetting and capillary action, and phase changes, including boiling and condensation.  It has also been used to hold plant growth experiments.

Freezer/Refrigerator/Incubator Device for Galley and Experimentation (FRIDGE)-2 Troubleshooting:  The crew reconfigured the power supply for the FRIDGE-2 unit in order to help determine the cause of previous circuit breaker trips.  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.

JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) Microsat-2 (M2): The crew installed the J-SSOD-M2 hardware to the JEM Airlock slide table.  The J-SSOD-M2 launcher will be later passed through the JEM airlock and satellite deployment is planned for early next week.  The JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (J-SSOD) provides a novel, safe, and small satellite launching capability to the ISS. The J-SSOD is a unique satellite launcher, handled by the Japanese Experiment Module Remote Manipulator System (JEMRMS), which provides containment and deployment mechanisms for several individual small satellites.

KEyence Research Microscope Testbed (KERMIT): In preparation for the installation of the KERMIT microscope hardware next week, the crew loaded the appropriate software onto the system.  KERMIT is a commercial off-the-shelf microscope that provides researchers with fundamental microscope capabilities, including state-of-the-art imaging and analysis modules. KERMIT is designed to streamline imaging and analysis through a single platform with easy operation by the International Space Station crew and from the ground. KERMIT provides the ability to perform advanced microscopy during spaceflight and remotely from the ground.

Real-time Protein Crystal Growth Phase II (RTPCG-2): The crew pipetted and mixed solutions of varying viscosities onto crystallization plates, sealed the wells, and then transferred the completed plates into Space Automated Bioproduct Laboratory (SABL).  RTPCG-2 demonstrates new methods for producing high-quality protein crystals in microgravity. Previous work has shown that microgravity can sometimes produce high-quality protein crystals that can be analyzed to identify possible targets for drugs to treat disease. RTPCG-2 tests high-quality proteins crystals for detailed analysis back on Earth.


Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Hardware Install: The crew installed a High Definition EMU Camera Assembly (HECA) and Lithium-Ion EVA Helmet Interchangeable Portable Light (EHIP) Power Adapters (LEPA) on EMU 3009. After completing the installation, the crew performed an activation and checkout using a Rechargeable Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Battery Assembly (REBA). With this installation, HECA is equipped on three EMUs on-orbit. The HECA is a collaborative technology between the Gateway/xEVA Project and the ISS/EMU program. 

Crew-1 Dragon Hatch Seal Cover Install: The crew installed a hatch seal cover over the Crew-1 Dragon Forward hatch seal. Prior to completing the final installation of the hatch seal cover, the crew installed and then removed the cover in order to become familiar with the removal process. The hatch seal cover is designed to keep hatch seals free of debris and remove the need for periodic cleanings by the crew.

Advanced Resistive Exercise Device (ARED) USB Hub Install: The crew installed the USB 1.1 Hub in order to gain communication between the ARED Instrumentation Box (AIB) and the ARED Space Station Computer (SSC) ZBook. The ARED SSC was transitioned from a T61P to a ZBook on October 15th, 2020. After this transition the AIB was unable to communicate with the ARED SSC causing ground teams to lose insight into ARED and therefore place exercise and resistance restrictions. The ground confirmed ARED is now communicating nominally and will lift the ARED operation restrictions following a period of observation to confirm that the system is balanced.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Dragon Hatch Seal Cover Review & Installation

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

  • 63S Relocation Support & Commanding
  • JEMAL Commanding for J-SSOD

Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, March 20 (GMT 079)

  • Crew Off-Duty


  • Crew Off-Duty

Sunday, March 21 (GMT 080)

  • HRF Saliva and Urine Collection Setup
  • PK-4 Fam/Audit


  • Crew Off-Duty 

Monday, March 22 (GMT 081)

  • AC Touch
  • ISS HAM Pass
  • J-SSOD-M2 Deploy
  • PK-4
  • Repository
  • Standard Measures


  • Crew Off-Duty

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

  • Reminder HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection
  • Reminder HRF Generic Urine Collection End
  • Standard Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Male
  • Confocal Space Microscopy Thermal Container Installation (ABORTED)
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Configuration
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
  • ISS HAM Kenwood Radio Power Down in Columbus
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Regenerative Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) Recycle Tank Fill Part 3
  • ExtraVehicular Activity (EVA) HD EMU Camera (HECA) Install
  • Comm config before Soyuz 747 relocation from MRM1 to MRM2. Soyuz 747 comm check via S-band
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Manual Fill Initiation
  • Tissue Equivalent Proportional Counter (TEPC) Power Off
  • JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer(SSOD) VIDEO REVIEW
  • RS deactivation prior to Soyuz 747 relocation from MRM1 to MRM2
  • JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) (Microsat) Item Gather
  • Real-time Protein Crystal Growth Recipe Card Print
  • Real-time Protein Crystal Growth Maintenance Work Area Preparation
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Manual Fill Termination
  • Real-time Protein Crystal Growth MELFI Vial Retrieve
  • Crew Alternate Sleep Accommodation JLP1P2 Clear
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Extension to JPM Side
  • JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) (Microsat) onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation Part 1
  • Isolation of DC1, MRM2 and SM (Closure of РО-ПрК, РО-ПхО, ПхО-СУ (MRM2), ПхО-СУ (DC1) hatches)
  • FIR Image Processor Hard Drive Replace
  • Soyuz 747 activation
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • FGB and MRM1 egress (closure of ПГО-СУ(SM), ГА-РМА1 and ГА-СУ (FGB) hatches prior to Soyuz 747 relocation
  • Soyuz-MRM1 hatch closure before relocation
  • KEyence Research Microscope Testbed (KERMIT) ELC Software Load
  • Soyuz 747- MRM1 hatch leak check
  • Galley Refrigerator/Freezer 2 Toubleshooting
  • ARED USB Cable Swap
  • Food Acceptability Survey
  • Soyuz ODF Procedure Ops. Kazbek Fit Check/ Meal
  • JEM Small Satellite Orbital Deployer (SSOD) (Microsat) onto Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform Installation Part 2
  • Antimicrobial Coatings Touch
  • Real-time Protein Crystal Growth Screening Plate Load S/N B1, Row B
  • JEM Airlock Slide Table (ST) Retraction from JPM Side
  • BAC Hardware Consolidate
  • ISS Experience Solid State Drive Changeout
  • Real-time Protein Crystal Growth Screening Plate Load S/N B2, Row B
  • Soyuz 747 relocation from MRM1 to MRM2
  • Rechargeable EVA Battery Assembly (REBA) Powered Hardware Checkout
  • Soyuz ODF Procedure Ops. Setup space suit 1 and 2 for drying
  • Soyuz 747 – MRM2 interface leak check
  • MELFI 3 Icebrick Insert 1
  • KEyence Research Microscope Testbed (KERMIT) ELC Software CD Remove and Stow
  • Dragon Monthly Conference
  • Soyuz-MRM2 hatch opening after relocation. МИМ2 Ingress
  • DC1, MRM1, FGB Ingress (ПхО-СУ(DC1), ПГО-СУ(SM) ( ) ГА-СУ(FGB), ГА-РМА1 hatch opening)
  • SM ingress (Opening hatches: ПхО-СУ (MRM2) ( ) РО-ПхО)
  • SM Activation ([АСУ], [СРВ-К2М], СОП and Central Post Laptop)
  • Crew Discretionary Event
  • Switch PEV MRM1-Soyuz to CLOSE
  • SM, MRM2 Activation
  • Terminate suit 1, 2 drying
  • Start drying spacesuit 3 and install the 1st pair of gloves for drying
  • Comm reconfig for nominal ops after Soyuz 747 relocation
  • Terminate drying the first pair of gloves and start drying the second pair
  • Activation of FGB, MRM1, and DC1
  • Terminate drying the second pair of gloves
  • Soyuz 747 deactivation after relocation. Transfer Emer-1a, Atmosphere Purification & Filtration Unit (АФОТ-2М), ИПК-1М gas mask, and Portable Repress Tank (БНП) from MRM2 to Soyuz 747 БО
  • Terminate drying the third suit, start drying the third pair of gloves
  • Terminate drying the third pair of gloves
  • Stow suits and gloves after drying