ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/10/2021


Bio-Analyzer:  A blood sample was analyzed using the Bio-Analyzer and processed using the Cellular Labeling instrument. The sample was then remixed to introduce bubbles in order to test the bubble mitigation procedures.  Bio-Analyzer is a Canadian Space Agency (CSA) onboard instrument that serves as a platform for scientific experiments on the ISS.  The instrument performs on-orbit quantification of biological molecules and cellular composition in samples collected and prepared aboard the ISS.

Bio-Monitor:  Bio-Monitor hardware was stowed.  Bio-Monitor is a CSA 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.

InSPACE-4 (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Ellipsoids):   A repeat of InSPACE-4 operations run #83 was 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. 

ISS Ham:  ISS Ham contacts were made with Savannah River Academy in Grovetown, Georgia and DLR School Lab in Braunschweig, Germany.  ISS Ham Radio provides opportunities to engage and educate students, teachers, parents, and other members of the community in science, technology, engineering and math by providing a means to communicate between astronauts and the ground HAM radio units.

Plant Habitat:  The Plant Habitat CO2 Pump Filter and Environmental Control system were removed and replaced.  The Advanced Plant Habitat (Plant Habitat) is a fully automated facility that is used to conduct plant bioscience research on the ISS.  It occupies the lower half of the EXpedite the PRocessing of Experiments to Space Station (EXPRESS) Rack and one powered International Subrack Interface Standard (ISIS) drawer, providing a large, enclosed, environmentally controlled chamber.

Polar:  Desiccant swaps were performed on Polars 1 and 5.  Polar is a Cold Stowage managed facility that provides transport and storage of science samples at cryogenic temperatures (-80 ˚C) to and from the ISS.  Polar operates on 75 W supplied power and uses air cooling as its heat rejection method.  Polar can accommodate up to 12.75 liters of sample volume and 20 lbm including sample support equipment.

Retinal Diagnostics:  The DLR-EAC Retinal Diagnostics Study measurements were conducted on two subjects.  Retinal Diagnostics utilizes a commercially available ophthalmology lens, approved for routine clinical use with mobile devices, to capture images of the human retina in space.  The videos/images are downlinked to test and train models to detect retinal pathologies common among astronauts.


Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Water Container (ЕДВ-CB) Remove and Replace (R&R): Today the crew built a new ЕДВ-CB and R&Red the existing ЕДВ-CB in the WHC. The ЕДВ-CB is intended for short-term storage and manual water transportation between facilities. The flush tank was filled using a Post-Flight Analysis Bag to capture any pressure relief to protect the dose pump, after which the WHC was reactivated.

Wireless Instrumentation System (WIS) Activities: Two WIS activities were completed today. The first was the JEM WIS Remote Sensor Unit (RSU) B4 sensor correction. The objective was to correct JEM WIS Air Flow Sensor 600mm and 380mm for two B4 sensors in the JPM. The second was a swap of two Internal WIS (IWIS) RSUs in Node 1 and MLM. The WIS sensors are deployed across the interior and exterior of the ISS to measure structural loads and dynamics. WIS operates on ISS power and uses Radio Frequency (RF) communication between its major components.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • Brine Processor Odor Feedback

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

  • Vacuum System Jumper Offgassing
  • Comm Configuration During an EMER OBT
  • MT Pre-Translation Check Out and Survey
  • MT Translation
  • MSS Maneuver
  • MSS Hover Maneuver
  • Vacuum System Jumper Leak Check

Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, December 11 (GMT 345)

  • Iceberg Desiccant swap (NASA)


  • Crew Off-Duty Day

Sunday, December 12 (GMT 346)

  • Vascular Echo Glucose setup (CSA)
  • Bio-Monitor wearable don (CSA)
  • Phospho-Aging Inserts (JAXA)
  • Repository Urine and blood collect (NASA)
  • LIDAL Procedure Review (NASA)


  • Crew Off-Duty Day

Monday, December 13 (GMT 347)

  • Vascular Echo Glucose measurements and blood collect and Blood Pressure (CSA)
  • Bio-Monitor wearable wearable changeout (CSA)
  • Myotones Blood setup (ESA)
  • Lumina Power on (ESA)
  • EasyMotion Powerbox charge (ESA)
  • Phospho-Aging inserts (JAXA)
  • Protein Crystallization Research Facility Maintenance (JAXA)
  • InSPACE-4 Runs 84, 85 (NASA)
  • Repository Blood and urine collect (NASA)
  • LIDAL uninstall (NASA)
  • BCM Robot test (NASA)
  • CIR Manif 4 bottle change (NASA) 


  • EHS TOCA WRS Sample Analysis
  • Water Recovery System CWC-Iodine Fill Initialization
  • Node Hatch Audit
  • Emergency RS ISS VHF-1 Comm Checkout from USOS
  • IFM Wet/Dry Vacuum Recovery
  • EVA Airlock Restow
  • IFM BPA Troubleshooting
  • EVA Battery Operations
  • Downlink Expansion Audio and Video Checkout
  • WOOV8 Procedure Review
  • Gather Items for WOOV8 R&R
  • EHS TOCA Sample Data Record

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Male/Stow
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval and Insertion Operations
  • Standard Measures Body Sampling Survey/Collection/Stow
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Setup and Frozen Blood Collection Subject
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Operator
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Configure and Run
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Conclude and Stow
  • Bio-Monitor Hardware Stow
  • Standard Measures Cognition Testing
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Urine Containment Bag Stow and Retrieval
  • Plant Habitat Facility Procedure Review
  • Plant Habitat CO2 Pump Filter Remove and Replace
  • Crew Alternate Sleep Accommodation (CASA) Duct Disconnect/Reconnect
  • XF705 Camcorder Setup
  • Bio-Analyzer Cellular Labeling Microbubbles Analysis Session 1
  • Plant Habitat Environmental Control System Remove and Replace
  • JLP Heater Controller (HCTL) Jumper W3002 Connection to Channel A
  • Onboard Training (OBT) Robotics On-board Trainer (ROBoT) Setup
  • Plant Habitat Facility Remove/Reinstall
  • Waste & Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Water Container (ЕДВ-CB) Remove and Replace
  • OBT ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization. Tagup with specialists
  • EasyMotion Suit stow
  • INSPACE-4  (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions 4) Experiment Run Ops
  • On-board Training (OBT) ISS Emergency Hardware Familiarization
  • Bio-Analyzer Microbubbles Conclude and Stow
  • Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Manual Fill Initiation/Termination
  • IWIS (Internal Wireless Instrumentation System) RSU (Remote Sensor Unit) Swap
  • ISS HAM Columbus Pass Kenwood
  • Polar Desiccant Swap
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • JEM WIS RSU B4 Sensor Correction for RSU B4 S/N 1001 at JPM1F0 and S/N 1003 at JPM1OA7
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection
  • Payloads Network Attached Storage (NAS) Vent Cleaning
  • Standard Measures Fecal Collection Stow
  • Seeds Packages PR Photo
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) Spaceflight Cognitive Assessment Tool for Windows (WinSCAT) Test
  • Long-duration Crew Compensation
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) – OCT2 Exam – Operator
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT2 Exam – Subject
  • IMS delta file prep
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) OCT2 Stow
  • Retinal Diagnostics Data Acquisition
  • Retinal Diagnostics Data Downlink and Equipment Stow