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Station Crew Members Perform Maintenance, Prep for Shuttle

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Mar 23, 2010 12:46 pm via: NASA
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(NASA) – Speeding through the void of space aboard their orbital home, the Expedition 23 crew members spent Monday conducting routine maintenance and preparing for the impending arrival of space shuttle Discovery early next month.

Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi conferred with specialists on the ground to review procedures for three spacewalks to be performed by STS-131 Mission Specialists Rick Mastracchio and Clay Anderson.

Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi works in the International Space Station’s U.S. Destiny laboratory. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 23 Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi works in the International Space Station’s U.S. Destiny laboratory. Credit: NASA TV

Discovery’s STS-131 mission begins with the shuttle’s scheduled launch on April 5 from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Discovery will deliver a multi-purpose logistics module filled with science racks to be transferred to laboratories on the station.

Creamer set up the U.S. Sound Level Meter and performed an acoustic survey of the station, the data from which he later downloaded to controllers on the ground.

Noguchi set up a video camera in the Tranquility node to record the crew members’ exercise sessions on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device, or ARED. This is done regularly so that specialists on the ground can make sure the space travelers are performing the exercises properly and that the ARED is functioning as it should.

Commander Oleg Kotov worked with the radiation payload suite Matryoshka-R. The Russian payload is designed for sophisticated radiation studies and is named after the traditional Russian set of nested dolls. He also replaced components of a toilet and performed other maintenance in the Russian segment of the orbital complex.

Expedition 22 Commander Jeff Williams and Flight Engineer Maxim Suraev returned to Earth aboard the Soyuz TMA-16 spacecraft Thursday, landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan. The two spacefarers subsequently returned to the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center outside Moscow and are doing well.

Joining Expedition 23 and expanding the station crew to six will be Flight Engineers Alexander Skvortsov, Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko. They conducted their suited fit check of the Soyuz TMA-18 spacecraft in its processing hangar at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Monday. They are scheduled to arrive at the station on April 4.

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