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Station Crew Prepares for STS-132, Works with Science

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri May 7, 2010 7:52 am via: NASA
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(NASA) – The Expedition 23 crew members aboard the International Space Station were busy Thursday with preparations for the upcoming STS-132 mission, as well as a variety of scientific research.

Flight Engineers Tracy Caldwell Dyson and T.J. Creamer resized and conducted maintenance on the U.S. spacesuits in the Quest airlock in preparation for the three spacewalks scheduled to be performed by the STS-132 crew.

Commander Oleg Kotov spent the day removing hardware and loading unneeded items in the Progress 36 cargo ship that will be undocked May 10. Its departure will open the aft port of the Zvezda service module for the relocation of the Soyuz TMA-17 craft scheduled for May 12.

The Soyuz move will open 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.

Creamer worked with the IntraVenous Fluid GENeration for Exploration Missions (IVGEN) experiment. Operating in the Microgravity Sciences Glovebox, IVGEN is a prototype system for producing sterile water that meets requirements for medical treatment and care capabilities during long-term exploration missions.

In addition to celebrating his 44th birthday in space, Flight Engineer Alexander Skvortsov unloaded supplies from the newly arrived Progress 37 cargo ship and worked with the Rusalka experiment. Rusalka is a test of procedures for remote determination of methane and carbon dioxide content in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko worked in the Russian segment of the station, conducting regular maintenance activities and monitoring its systems.

On Wednesday, Flight Engineer Soichi Noguchi completed the installation of the newly relocated Robotics Work Station (RWS) in the cupola, the dome-shaped extension from Tranquility node made up of seven windows. 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 during the STS-132 mission.

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