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Station Crew Resumes Science Work, Continues Orientation

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jun 22, 2010 11:03 am via: NASA
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After off-duty time over the weekend, the six members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 24 crew resumed experiment work and continued familiarizing themselves with station systems.

Commander Alexander Skvortsov took photos for the Russian ocean observation program known as Seiner. The program tests the interaction procedure between the crews of the station’s Russian segment and State Fishery Committee ships during the search and development of fishing productive areas of the world’s oceans.

A sunset on the Indian Ocean as photographed from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

A sunset on the Indian Ocean as photographed from the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson worked with the Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures-2 (CSLM-2) experiment. CSLM-2 examines the kinetics of competitive particle growth within a liquid metal matrix. This work has direct applications to metal alloy manufacturing on Earth, including materials critical for aerospace applications.

All six crew members participated in routine body mass measurements for which Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko set up equipment. This Russian biomedical routine uses specialized “scales” to determine body mass in microgravity.

Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker continued station orientation, getting to know their new home. With Walker’s assistance, Wheelock worked with the crew restraint system as part of his medical officer orientation on the complex.

Yurchikhin, Wheelock and Walker arrived at the station on June 17 when their Soyuz TMA-19 spacecraft docked to the aft end of the Zvezda service module. The new flight engineers launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on June 15.

Next Monday, June 28, Yurchikhin, Wheelock and Walker will climb aboard the Soyuz TMA-19 again for a short flyaround to relocate the craft from the aft end of Zvezda to the new Rassvet module. That will clear Zvezda’s aft port for the arrival of the unmanned ISS Progress 38 cargo craft July 2.

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