NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 10 December, 2021


NASA Space Station On-Orbit Status 10 December, 2021.

Space biology led the research schedule for the seven-member Expedition 66 crew aboard the International Space Station on Friday.

The orbiting lab's three guests also spent their day on a variety of Russian space experiments.

NASA Flight Engineers Mark Vande Hei and Kayla Barron partnered up throughout the day replacing components inside the Advanced Plant Habitat. Three-time station resident Thomas Marshburn of NASA prepared the Mouse Habitat Unit for upcoming rodent research.

Flight Engineer Matthias Maurer of ESA (European Space Agency) collected his blood sample and analyzed it using the Bio-Analyzer. At the end of the day, he joined Marshburn for retina scans conducted by NASA Flight Engineer Raja Chari using specialized imaging hardware with support from doctors on the ground.

Station commander and cosmonaut Anton Shkaplerov worked on a pair of studies exploring how weightlessness affects the cardiovascular system and microbes then charged batteries inside the Soyuz MS-19 crew ship. Roscosmos Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov continued servicing and photographing bacteria samples for the Microvir space virus investigation.

Cosmonaut Alexander Misurkin, commander of the 11-day Soyuz MS-20 mission, serviced samples for a Russian microbiology study and had an Earth photography session. The two spaceflight participants from Japan, Yusaku Maezawa and Yozo Hirano, contributed to a study that explores how space affects the circulatory system.

On-Orbit Status Report


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

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