ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/07/2021


Bio-Monitor:  A crewmember performed the setup and donned the Bio-Monitor Garment and Headband and initiated a 48-hour data session.  Bio-Monitor is a Canadian onboard instrument that serves as a platform for scientific experiments on the ISS. The instrument performs on-orbit monitoring of crew member physiological parameters, with wearable sensors that only minimally interfere with crew member daily activities. 

Flow Boiling Condensation Experiment (FBCE):  The FIR was configured for FBCE operations, which included translating out the Optics Bench, installing FBCE hardware, translating in the Optics Bench without making connections, and buttoning up the rack doors until next access for Part 2.  FBCE seeks to validate a model for flow boiling Critical Heat Flux (CHF) and develop an integrated two-phase flow boiling and condensation facility for the ISS. Data from microgravity and the ground are compared to determine the influence of various forces and processes needed for gravity-independent flow boiling and condensation. Results could support development of boilers and heat exchangers that work in both microgravity and partial gravity.

Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Ellipsoids (InSPACE-4):  Particles were redistributed in the vial assembly which was followed by activation of the InSPACE-4 equipment and configuration of the MSG facility for downlink. InSPACE-4 operations run #80 was then initiated.  InSPACE-4 studies the assembly of tiny structures from colloids using magnetic fields. These structures change the properties of the assembled material, such as its mechanical response to or interaction with light and heat. Microgravity allows observation of these assembly processes free of confining sample walls and sedimentation and during timescales not possible using simulated microgravity. Results could provide insight into how to harness nanoparticles to fabricate and manufacture new materials.

Manufacturing Device (MAND):  The third of six 0-degree panel prints for materials testing was successfully printed, removed, and stowed.  A crewmember also cleaned the extruder nozzle.  MAND enables the production of components on the ISS for both NASA and commercial objectives.  Parts, entire experiments, and tools can be created on demand utilizing the MAND printer that is installed into an Express Rack locker location.  MAND is capable of producing parts out of a wide variety of thermopolymers including engineered plastics.

Vascular Aging:  A crewmember performed Echo scans in the resting position using Echo hardware.  Emerging data point towards linkages among cardiovascular health risk, carotid artery aging, bone metabolism and blood biomarkers, insulin resistance, and radiation. Data indicate that aging-like changes are accelerated in many ISS crew members, particularly with respect to their arteries. As part of the Space Environment Causes Acceleration of Vascular Aging: Roles of Hypogravity, Nutrition, and Radiation (Vascular Aging) investigation, ultrasounds of the arteries, blood samples, oral glucose tolerance, and wearable sensors from ISS crew members are analyzed.


Crew Dragon Maintenance Operations: Today the crew is completing several activities for the Crew Dragon, beginning with a hand held gas detector battery install, calibration, measurement collection, and troubleshooting, followed by photo capture of fasteners in Dragon Locations 3 and 8 and emergency hardware configurations. The crew then participated in a crew briefing for the Dragon under floor inspection, which consisted of Q and A with ground experts, and was then proceeded by the execution of the under floor inspection by the crew. Finally, the crew completed the Crew Dragon Forward Monthly Portable Computer System (PCS) checkout, which is a recurring monthly power up and check-out of PCS staged in Crew Dragon to verify functionality.

On-Board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Drill: The crew executed training scenarios for Emergency Response On-Board ISS, followed by conferences to discuss the OBT results. The objectives for this training were as follows:

  • Practice of ISS Emergency Response with Crew and Ground roles based on info provided by simulator displays
  • Physically translate through ISS to the appropriate response locations to visualize the use of station equipment and interfaces
  • Practice procedure execution and associated decision  making based on cues provided by simulator
  • Practice communication and coordination with MCC-H and MCC-M as required for a given emergency scenario

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Food Consolidate

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

  • Crew Dragon Awake Mode Checkout
  • SDMS Activation
  • COL 2 Audio Terminal Unit Hangup
  • PTCS Node 3 Preheat
  • PTCS Node 2 Preheat
  • ACS RGA Startup
  • ACS Handover Attitude Control from USOS to RS
  • Russian Contingency Telemetry
  • ACS Handover Attitude Control from RS to US Momentum Management control
  • ACS GNC PPL Update
  • TCS TRRJ Reposition
  • ETCS PPL Incorporation in Prime EXT-MDM
  • ACS GPS Reconfiguration After Maneuver

Look Ahead Plan

Wednesday, December 8 (GMT 342)

  • Actiwatch HRF2 setup (NASA)
  • Bio-Monitor Wearable Changeout (CSA)
  • ECHO Maintenance setup (ESA)
  • Food Acceptability (NASA)
  • HRF VEG questionnaire (NASA)
  • InSPACE-4 run 81, 82, 83 (NASA)
  • JWRS Sample Collect (JAXA)
  • Repository Urine and Saliva collect (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Body and Fecal collect and Cognition test (NASA)
  • Thermo-mini 36-hr collection Stow (ESA)
  • Vascular Aging BP 13hr data collect CSA)


  • JEM SLT Deactivation
  • ITCS Return to Ground Sampling Gathering
  • JLP HCTL Jumper W3002 Connection to Channel B
  • US EVA Tools Stow
  • METOX Regeneration Termination
  • ISS Safety Briefing

Thursday, December 9 (GMT 343)

  • Bio-Monitor Wearable doff and stow (CSA)
  • FIR FBCE Configure part 2 (NASA)
  • Food Physiology Diet Brief (NASA)
  • Glacier Rack relocation and reconfiguration (NASA)
  • ISS HAM pass (NASA)
  • MAND Print Removal (NASA)
  • Plant Hab Dual MWA prep and R&R review (NASA)
  • Repository urine, saliva and blood collect (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Body collect and Fecal setup (NASA)
  • Vascular Aging BP 13hr doff CSA)


  • CMS T2 6 Month Maintenance
  • Emergency Roles and Responsibilities Review
  • IMS Conference
  • Swap SSC 10 and 20 Swap
  • IFM WHC Pre-Treat Tank R&R

Friday, December 10 (GMT 344)

  • Bio-Monitor HW stow (CSA)
  • BioAnalyzer MBL analysis (CSA)
  • ISS HAM Pass (NASA)
  • Plant Habitat Pump Filter R&R (NASA)
  • Repository Urine, blood and saliva collect (NASA)
  • RETINA acquisition session (ESA)
  • Standard Measures Body and fecal collect and Cognition test (NASA) 


  • HCTL Jumper W3002 Connection to Channel A
  • WHC Manual Fill
  • JEM WIS RSU B4 Sensor Correction

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

  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Male
  • Phospho-Aging Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval And Insertion Operations
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval and Insertion Operations
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Setup and Frozen Blood Collection Subject
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Operator
  • Standard Measures Cognition Testing
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Configure and Run
  • Acoustic Monitor Setup for Crew Worn Measurements
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) Acoustic Monitor Setup
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in – Lab
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit (EMU) Long Life Battery (LLB)/Metal Oxide (METOX) Installation
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Conclude and Stow
  • Fluids Integrated Rack Hardware Gather
  • Acoustic Monitor Setup for Static Measurements
  • FIR FBCE Configuration Part 1
  • Vascular Aging Ultrasound Echo Unit Setup
  • 66S Big Picture Review
  • INSPACE-4 (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions 4) Procedure Review Runs
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection Setup
  • INSPACE-4  (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions 4) Experiment Run Ops
  • Vascular Aging Resting Ultrasound Scan
  • Vascular Aging CDL Holter Arterial Blood Pressure Measurement
  • Crew Dragon Hand Held Gas Detector Battery Install
  • Vascular Aging Bio-Monitor 48-Hour Measurement Big Picture Words Review
  • Bio-Monitor Hardware Setup
  • Program Management/ISS Crew Conference
  • Training for Emergency Response On-board ISS
  • Crew Dragon Location 3 and 8 Photos
  • Vascular Aging Ultrasound Echo Unit Stow Partial
  • Bio-Monitor Wearables Setup
  • Robotic Workstation (RWS) Teardown
  • Astrobee Stowage Clear
  • Bio-Monitor Breathing Volume Calibration
  • Astrobee Off
  • Endurance Emergency Configuration Photograph
  • Crew Briefing for Floor ‌Inspection
  • On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Drill Conference
  • Crew Dragon Under Floor Inspection
  • Manufacturing Device Print Removal, Clean and Stow
  • On-orbit Hearing Assessment (OOHA) with Kuduwave Software Setup and Test
  • Crew Dragon Hand Held Gas Detector Troubleshooting
  • Crew Dragon Forward Monthly PCS Checkout
  • Photo/TV JEM Camcorder Troubleshooting
  • ISS HAM Radio Power Down in Service Module
  • Metal Oxide (METOX) Regeneration Initiation
  • ISS HAM Kenwood Radio Power Down in Columbus
  • 66S Space Flight Participants Review Conference
  • Acoustic Monitor Battery Swap
  • USOS Window Shutter Close
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Female