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No Break in Joint Work for Station Crew Members

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Oct 6, 2009 6:50 am via: source
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(NASA) – After a weekend of handover, orientation and cargo transfer, the nine crew members aboard the International Space Station continued their joint work Monday.

Expedition 21 Flight Engineers Maxim Suraev and Jeff Williams spent time familiarizing themselves with their new surroundings.

Expedition 21 Flight Engineer Jeff Williams (left) joins Expedition 20 Flight Engineers Nicole Stott (center) and Michael Barratt in answering questions from the media. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 21 Flight Engineer Jeff Williams (left) joins Expedition 20 Flight Engineers Nicole Stott (center) and Michael Barratt in answering questions from the media. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko joined Suraev to complete the first triple Soyuz VHF communication test, designed to verify that all three docked Soyuz vehicles could talk to one another in the event of a triple Soyuz evacuation from the station.

Romanenko worked with the Russian experiment Plants-2, which researches growth and development of plants under spaceflight conditions in a greenhouse facility in the Zvezda service module.

Williams worked with the Bodies In the Space Environment, or BISE, experiment. Sponsored by the Canadian Space Agency, BISE compares pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight data to evaluate adaptation to, the effects of and recovery from long-duration spaceflight on the crew members’ perception of up and down.

Williams, along with Expedition 20 Flight Engineers Michael Barratt and Nicole Stott, answered questions from ABC News and WTVT-TV in Tampa, Fla.

Williams, Suraev and spaceflight participant Guy Laliberté arrived at the orbital outpost Friday. Williams and Suraev are relieving Padalka and Barratt who will depart with Laliberté aboard the Soyuz TMA-14 Saturday. Their departure will signify the end of Expedition 20 and the start of Expedition 21. Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Frank De Winne will serve as Expedition 21 commander.

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