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Expedition 23 Crew Packs Progress, Works with Robotics

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu May 6, 2010 7:34 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – High above the Earth aboard the orbiting International Space Station, the Expedition 23 crew packed trash into the Progress 36 cargo ship, completed the outfitting of the cupola robotics work station and worked on an array of experiments Wednesday.

Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko loaded trash into the Progress 36 cargo ship that will be undocked on May 10 to clear the aft port of the Zvezda service module for the relocation of the Soyuz TMA-17 craft by Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi on May 12.

The Mississippi River Delta and nearby Louisiana coast appear dark in the sunglint. This phenomenon is caused by sunlight reflecting off the water surface, in a mirror-like manner, directly back towards the astronaut observer aboard the International Space Station. The sunglint improves the identification of the oil spill which is creating a different water texture (and therefore a contrast) between the smooth and rougher water of the reflective ocean surface. Credit: NASA

The Mississippi River Delta and nearby Louisiana coast appear dark in the sunglint. This phenomenon is caused by sunlight reflecting off the water surface, in a mirror-like manner, directly back towards the astronaut observer aboard the International Space Station. The sunglint improves the identification of the oil spill which is creating a different water texture (and therefore a contrast) between the smooth and rougher water of the reflective ocean surface. Credit: NASA

That relocation, in turn, opens up the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module for the installation of the new Rassvet mini-research module-1, which will be delivered by space shuttle Atlantis during the STS-132 mission. Rassvet, which means “dawn” in Russian, will provide additional storage space and a new docking port for Russian spacecraft.

Atlantis is scheduled for launch May 14.

Noguchi worked inside the cupola to finish outfitting the newly relocated Robotics Work Station (RWS). The cupola is a dome-shaped extension from Tranquility node made up of seven windows, and the RWS will function as a control station for the station’s robotic arm. The first major task of the RWS will be to help install Rassvet.

Flight Engineer Alexander Skvortsov worked on the Rusalka experiment, which is a test of procedures for remote determination of methane and carbon dioxide content in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Kotov spent time working with the Russian SONOCARD experiment, which records a crew member’s physiological functions during sleep. SONOCARD uses this data to study the feasibility of obtaining real-time crew health data that could serve as a basis for evaluating and predicting the adaptive capability of the human body in long-duration spaceflight.

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