ISS Daily Summary Report – 12/12/2022


Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF): The Air Gas Bottle Unit was removed and an Argon Gas Bottle Unit Argon was installed. The ELF is an experimental facility designed to levitate/melt/solidify materials by container less processing techniques using the Electrostatic Levitation method. With this facility, thermophysical properties of high temperature melts can be measured, and solidification from deeply undercooled melts can be achieved. The ELF is located in the JEM Multipurpose Small Payload Rack (MSPR) in the Kibo Module.

Fixed Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Smart Sensing: RFID Smart Sensing Drawer Monitor System Tags were installed onto NOD1O4 and NOD1S4 Zero-Gravity Storage Rack doors. RFID readers and antennas have operated on the ISS since 2017 and were installed on a robotic free-flying Astrobee in January 2021. RFID-Enabled Autonomous Logistics Management-3 (REALM-3) (RFID Smart Sensing) builds on this work, by extending the reach of RFID signals behind stowage racks and placing motion sensors imbedded in RFID tags on rack doors. Results could increase the accuracy of RFID inventory and item location.

STaARS BioScience-15: Hermetic Microplate samples were inserted into a Box Module and placed into the MELFI-1 cold stowage facility. STaARS BioScience-15 will be a mission to analyze cell biological changes due to the effects of microgravity to aid in the development of diagnostics and treatments for certain types of bone disease and cancers. The goal of this investigation is to confirm previous findings, specifically the inhibition of growth of aggressive cancer cells in a microgravity environment.


USOS Extravehicular Activity (EVA) Preparations: Today, the crew started with a review of all detailed procedures and references package in preparation of the upcoming 4A ISS Roll Out Solar Array (IROSA) Install on December 19th. They then participated in a conference with ground teams to further discuss final operations, get ahead tasks, and EVA timelines. During this EVA the EV crew will install a fourth IROSA to the 4A power channel on the port truss of the ISS in hopes of generating more power to the ISS.

Atmosphere Revitalization System (ARS) Four Bed Carbon Dioxide (4BCO2) Scrubber Samples: Prior to sampling, the crew set up hardware by installing the Quick Disconnect (QD) Sampling Adapter to the rack. The crew then performed sampling of CO2 effluent from the 4BCO2 Scrubber. 4BCO2 is a full-scale CO2 removal Flight Demonstration Unit (FDU) capable of supporting exploration sized crews. The system operates similarly to current Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly (CDRA) with two cycles to concurrently scrub air. 

In-Flight Maintenance (IFM) Lab Robotics Workstation (RWS) Display and Control Panel (DCP) Cable Inspection: Today, the crew troubleshooted previous issues seen on the Lab RWS DCP. In order to recreate the failure mode, the crew manipulated the Lab RWS Trackball and associated buttons to try to reproduce the problem. The Trackball cable was demated from the bottom of DCP, inspected, and left secured out of the way. The primary purpose of the RWS is to provide the capability to control and monitor Mobile Servicing System (MSS) equipment to an Intravehicular (IV) crewmember located in the pressured modules of the ISS or to flight controllers on the ground. 

IFM Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) Pre-Treat Tank Remove & Replace (R&R): The crew R&R’d the Pre-Treat Tank in the WHC. This process included configuring the new Pre-Treat Tank, removing the old one, replacing with the new one, maintenance checkout, and a functionality test. The WHC is a modified ACY (Russian Toilet) system that was altered to integrated into the USOS rack. The urine output by the WHC is fed directly into the UPA and is purified to create potable water.

Completed Task List Activities:

  • WHC KTO Replace

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

  • ACS Oxygen Leak Check
  • MCE Oracle Patch
  • Configure PIC Authentication on all CISCO ASR1001X Routers
  • CCS SMCC Data Dump
  • EVA Procedure Conference
  • NORS O2 Repress
  • ARS 4BCO2 Scrubber Sample Support

Look Ahead Plan

Tuesday, December 13 (GMT 347)

  • Actiwatch Plus HRF2 Setup (NASA)
  • CIR Absorber Cartridge Reconnect (NASA)
  • JAXA LT PCG check (JAXA)
  • Liquid  Behavior Gather and Install, Run 1 (JAXA)
  • MELFI Icebricks Install (NASA)
  • NREP Payload Module-13 Removal and Module-15 Install (NASA)
  • Repository Urine and Blood Collect (NASA)
  • RR-25 Hab Restock (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Pre Sleep Questionnaire (NASA)


  • EVA DOUG Review
  • NORS Gather
  • ACS NORS Oxygen Transfer Initiation and Termination
  • Orlan Light and Video Camera Install

Wednesday, December 14 (GMT 348)

  • JAXA JWRS Equipment Exchange Part 2 (JAXA)
  • Liquid Behavior Run 2 (JAXA)
  • Plant Hab-03A Review (NASA)
  • Repository Urine and Blood (NASA)
  • Rodent Access Unit Clean (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Post Sleep Questionnaire (NASA)


  • COL HD VCA-1 R&R
  • EVA Procedure Review
  • EVA Procedure Conference
  • EVA FPS Tool Stow
  • EVA Helmet Operations

Thursday, December 15 (GMT 349)

  • CBEF-L Box LTL Valve Close (JAXA)
  • Liquid Behavior Closeout (JAXA)
  • MELFI Icebrick Install (NASA)
  • Plant Hab-03A Water Fill (NASA)
  • SABL CO2 Controller Install (NASA)
  • Spaceborne Computer 2 Data Recording (NASA)
  • Standard Measures Pre Sleep Questionnaire (NASA)
  • VEG-05 Wick Open and Plant Check (NASA)


  • IFM Thermal Amine Scrubber Control Unit Removal
  • EVA Tool Configuration
  • Dragon Powered Cargo Pallet Sleeve Troubleshooting
  • EMU Cuff Checklist Incorporation

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

  • Nitrogen/Oxygen Recharge System O2 Repress Part 1
  • ARS 4BCO2 Scrubber Samples
  • COL Payload Laptop 2 Stow
  • Electrostatic Levitation Furnace (ELF) CYGNUS Cargo Transfer
  • ELF Gas Bottle Unit (GBU) Replacement
  • Emergency Operations (EMER) Chip Measurement System (CMS) Battery Change Out
  • EVA Battery (BATT) Removal
  • EVA Procedures Print, Review, and Conference
  • HRF Generic Frozen Blood Collection Hardware Setup
  • HRF Generic Urine Collection Setup
  • IFM Lab RWS DCP Cable Inspection
  • IFM WHC Pre-Treat Tank R&R
  • Setup For Charging All Solid State Li-ion Battery
  • Photo TV (P/TV) Camera Setup
  • Public Affairs Office (PAO) Event in JEM
  • PAO Config JEM Setup
  • PAO Preparation
  • (P/TV) Battery Charge Operations
  • Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) Logistics Tag Install
  • Robotics Procedure Print and Review
  • Russian EVA Tool Gather and Transfer
  • STaARS BioScience-15 MELFI Sample Insertion
  • Retrieve STaARS BioScience-15 Hermetic Microplate
  • VEG-05 Experiment Install [Aborted]
  • XF705 Camcorder Setup