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Station Crew Awaits New Members, Continues Maintenance and Science

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Jun 5, 2010 7:49 am via: NASA
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The three-member Expedition 24 crew awaits its new crewmates who are due to launch to the International Space Station on June 15.

Onboard the station now are Commander Alexander Skvortsov and Flight Engineers Tracy Caldwell Dyson and Mikhail Kornienko. They will be joined by Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Shannon Walker when they dock June 17 in the Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft.

Cosmonaut and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko plays with floating fresh tomatoes inside the station’s Unity Node. Credit: NASA

Cosmonaut and Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko plays with floating fresh tomatoes inside the station’s Unity Node. Credit: NASA

The new crew members will replace the Expedition 23 crew members who undocked from the orbiting laboratory and landed in Kazakhstan on Wednesday. Commander Oleg Kotov and Flight Engineers T.J. Creamer and Soichi Noguchi completed their mission after 163 days in space when they landed in the same Soyuz TMA-17 spacecraft in which they launched.

Meanwhile, the current station residents took measurements of their body mass for scientists seeking to study and minimize the effects of long-term exposure to microgravity. The crew also worked out on the advanced resistive exercise device and the treadmill vibration isolation system.

The crew continued normal maintenance activities throughout the station including changing out batteries on a dosimeter that monitors radiation. A depress valve between the Rassvet Mini-Research Module and the Zarya control module also was being worked on. Filters were replaced and the station’s environment was checked for microbial samples.

Science activities included crew members logging their diet intake, monitoring experiments and photographing Earth’s oceans.

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