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Spacewalk Preparations and Science for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jan 28, 2010 11:41 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – The Expedition 22 crew aboard the International Space Station focused on spacewalk preparations and science experimentation Wednesday.

Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi configured spacewalking tools and equipment to be used during the STS-130 space shuttle mission, which is scheduled to launch Feb 7. With the assistance of the Expedition 22 crew, the STS-130 crew will conduct three spacewalks to install and outfit the Italian-built Tranquility node and the seven-windowed Cupola that will be delivered by space shuttle Endeavour.

Expedition 22 Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov works with the Plasma Crystal-3 Plus experiment in the Zvezda service module of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Expedition 22 Flight Engineer Oleg Kotov works with the Plasma Crystal-3 Plus experiment in the Zvezda service module of the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Noguchi, along with Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer T.J. Creamer, also participated in an in-flight interview, answering questions from students from the Vintage Magnet School in North Hills, Calif.

Meanwhile, Flight Engineers Maxim Suraev and Oleg Kotov worked with the Plasma Crystal-3 Plus experiment, which studies the behavior of electrically-charged dust particles in a space environment.

All five crew members also participated in a periodic emergency fire drill with specialists on Earth.

Last week the station crew received personal access to the Internet and the World Wide Web for the first time. Williams, Noguchi and Creamer took some time Sunday to record their thoughts on this milestone and talk about how they will use this access to inform the public about their activities. Also, Jeff Williams responded to some questions he received on YouTube concerning the station’s orientation, life in space and the recent butterfly experiment.

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