ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/17/2021


EasyMotion:  After donning the EasyMotion Suit, the crew performed a Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization (CEVIS) exercise science session.  Following the experiment session, the crew removed the suit and charged the experiment batteries.  The EasyMotion investigation uses whole body Electro-Myo-Stimulation (EMS) with a wearable body skin suit for an ISS crew member to perform pre- and postflight EMS-assisted exercises. EMS technology initiates spontaneous (involuntary) activation of global musculature (muscle, tendon, fascia) to be monitored (muscle tone/tension and stiffness) inflight using the non-invasive Myoton technology that is currently aboard the space station for the Myotones investigation.

Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL): The crew removed and stowed the five Soft Matter Dynamics (SMD) sample cells, removed and stowed the SMD Experiment container, and removed and stowed the power harness associated with the SMD experiment.  FSL is a multiuser facility designed by ESA for conducting fluid physics research in microgravity. It can be operated as a fully automatic or semiautomatic facility and can be controlled onboard by the ISS crew or from the ground in telescience mode.

Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Ellipsoids-4 (InSPACE-4):   The crew distributed the particles within the sample vial, set the appropriate parameters, and adjusted the camera field of view for experiment run #93.  Due to the time required to obtain good particle distribution in the sample vial, only one of the two original runs was performed.  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.

JEM Water Recovery System (JWRS): The crew collected a water sample from the electrolysis water tank, and then inserted it into cold stowage for preservation until analysis on the ground.  JWRS is a pilot-scale system capable of generating 1 liter per day of potable water from urine. In the past on crewed spacecraft, urine and wastewater were collected and stored, or vented overboard.  For long-term space missions, however, water supply could become a limiting factor.  Demonstration of the function of this water recovery system on orbit contributes to updating the Environmental Control and Life Support System (ECLSS) to support astronauts on the space station and future exploration missions.

KERMIT (KEyence Research Microscope Testbed): The crew repeated a software load with the goal of allowing the system to recognize its USB key.  Unfortunately, this was not successful, and the ground team will discuss a forward plan. 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 ISS crew and from the ground. KERMIT provides the ability to perform advanced microscopy during spaceflight and remotely from the ground.

Vascular Aging: The crew collected a blood sample and performed a glucose tolerance test in support of the Vascular Aging investigation.  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.


Dragon SpX-24 Arrival Preparations: The crew completed SpX-24 Dragon On-Board Training (OBT) activities today, beginning with vehicle ops which covers a vehicle overview, mission profile, docked phase, Cargo Dragon interior crew interfaces, and Cargo capability and configuration. Crew also reviewed the ISS Homepage, Ops Products tab, Controlled Documents, and the Motion Control System (MCS) for US Crew Vehicle (USCV) and SpaceX Docking Cargo Vehicle, as well as Dragon rendezvous and departure training.

Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Mobility Unit (EMU) Activities: Today the crew began EMU activities with the Short EMU (SEMU) Launch Enclosure (SLE) Training to prepare for upcoming EMU rotation using the SLE, which is a preparation activity for the return and unpacking of EMUs. Next, crew removed the EMU Data Recorder (EDaR), EDaR Antenna, EDaR Antenna Cable, and High-Definition EMU Camera Assembly (HECA) from EMU 3006, which is returning on SpX-24. Finally, crew completed the termination of the EVA Battery Operations Terminal Autocycle of EVA Li-Ion Batteries.

Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Extended Maintenance: The crew replaced battery packs in all deployed CSA-CPs and zero-calibrated all units. The CSA-CPs provide real-time readings following a combustion event and subsequent clean-up efforts. The CSA-CP is also used for continuous monitoring of carbon monoxide levels in the ISS.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • USOS BCR/RFID Reader Deploy
  • BCR/RFID Scanner Deploy Review

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

  • MT Pre-Translation Check Out and Survey
  • ARS Lab MCA Commanded to Full Calibration
  • CCS MT DBCL Dump
  • MT Translation
  • C2V2 Activation
  • Cargo Dragon C2V2 Checkout without Ground Site for LCC
  • MSS Hover Maneuver
  • MSS Powerdown

Look Ahead Plan

Saturday, December 18 (GMT 352)

  • EasyMotion suit stow


  • IFM OGS Internal ACTEX Pre-Flush

Sunday, December 19 (GMT 353)

  • EasyMotion generic exercise


  • Crew Off-Duty Day

Monday, December 20 (GMT 354)

  • Advanced Nanostep
  • Bioanalyzer
  • ELF software load
  • HRF PC software prep
  • Kubik MPCC setup
  • MELFI icebrick insert and sample trash
  • MSRR/MSL handle bolt install
  • MSRR/MSLSCA exchange
  • Ring Sheared Drop-2 t/s gather and procedure review
  • SCEM 


  • EHS TOCA WRS Sample Analysis/Data Record
  • EMU SpaceX-24 Reconfiguration
  • CASA Duct Disconnect
  • EMU SLE Return Preparation
  • WHC Manual Fill
  • CHeCS Emergency Health Maintenance System Contingency Drill Training
  • SCEM CPU Board Removal
  • SpaceX-24 Dragon Rendezvous review CBT

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

  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection 10 Minutes
  • Vascular Aging FRIDGE Item Removal
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Setup and Frozen Blood Collection Subject
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Operator
  • Vascular Aging Glucometer First Reading and Drink Consumption
  • Vascular Aging Historical Documentation Photography
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Configure and Run
  • Standard Measures Post-sleep Questionnaire
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
  • Vascular Aging Glucometer Second/Third/Fourth Reading
  • CSA Generic MELFI Sample Insertion
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Male
  • HRF Generic Saliva Collection Stow
  • HRF Generic MELFI Sample Retrieval and Insertion Operations
  • SpaceX-24 Dragon Vehicle Ops CBT
  • Gather items for FSL activities.
  • IMS delta file prep
  • CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Operator
  • SpaceX-24 Dragon review CBT
  • Vascular Aging HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Subject
  • Vascular Aging Glucometer Fifth Reading and Data Transfer
  • KEyence Research Microscope Testbed (KERMIT) ELC Software Load Part 1
  • CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Configure and Run
  • SpaceX-24 Dragon Rendezvous Review CBT
  • CSA Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Spin Conclude
  • CSA Generic MELFI Sample Re-Insertion
  • HRF Generic HRF Centrifuge Frozen Blood Collection Conclude and Stow
  • FSL Facility Core Element locking at the end of scientific operations
  • XF705 Camcorder Setup
  • JEM Water Recovery System (JWRS) Sample Collection
  • FSL Soft Matter Dynamics Experiment Container Samples Removal and Packing
  • Environmental Health System (EHS) – Compound Specific Analyzer-Combustion Products (CSA-CP) Extended Maintanence
  • KEyence Research Microscope Testbed (KERMIT) ELC Software Load Part 2
  • JEM Water Recovery System (JWRS) sample Insertion into MELFI -95 degrees C
  • [deferred] FSL SOFT MATTER DYNAMICS Experiment Container Deinstallation
  • [deferred] FSL Soft Matter Dynamics Experiment Container Feedthrough Panel Reconfiguration
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Short Extravehicular Mobility Unit Launch Enclosure (SLE) Training
  • Environmental Control and Life Support (ECLS) Portable Emergency Provisions (PEPS) Audit
  • Extravehicular Mobility Unit Data Recorder (EDAR) Removal
  • INSPACE-4  (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions 4) Experiment Run Ops
  • EasyMotion Power Box Retrieval after charge
  • Extravehicular Activity (EVA) High-Definition Extravehicular Mobility Unit Camera Assembly (HECA) Cable Removal
  • Health Maintenance System (HMS) ISS Food Intake Tracker (ISS FIT)
  • Handover of Increment 66 Crew
  • Restow items used for FSL activities.
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Stow
  • INSPACE-4 (Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions 4) Experiment Run Conclude
  • Glacier Desiccant Swap
  • Food Physiology Crew Diet Briefing
  • In Flight Maintenance (IFM) Hatch Seal Inspection
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Social Media Event
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in JEM
  • KEyence Research Microscope Testbed (KERMIT) ELC Software CD Remove and Stow
  • EVA Battery Operations Terminal Autocycle Terminate
  • MELFI 1 Ice Brick Insert 6