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New Crew Members at Work Aboard Station

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Oct 13, 2010 7:29 am via: NASA
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With Expedition 25 recently expanded to its full crew complement of six, the International Space Station’s residents conducted familiarization sessions, performed routine in-flight maintenance and continued installation of a device to produce water Tuesday.

Flight Engineers Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka, who arrived at the station on the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft Saturday, reviewed emergency roles and responsibilities with the crew members who welcomed them aboard — Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Shannon Walker and Fyodor Yurchikhin. Afterward the entire crew participated in an audio conference with flight controllers to discuss the review.

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker, Expedition 25 flight engineer, works with the Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

NASA astronaut Shannon Walker, Expedition 25 flight engineer, works with the Minus Eighty Laboratory Freezer for ISS in the Kibo laboratory of the International Space Station. Photo credit: NASA

The three new flight engineers also had time set aside to study the station’s layout on their own and learn to move about in its large habitable space.

In addition to their orientation activities, Kaleri and Skripochka unloaded items from their Soyuz spacecraft docked at the Poisk module.

Walker performed maintenance on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment as she removed and replaced a pre-treat tank and hose on the system. Later Walker joined Wheelock for a routine inspection of hatch seals throughout the orbiting complex. After inspecting and cleaning the hatch seals, Walker reported that everything looked fine.

In the Tranquility module, Wheelock spent much of his afternoon removing launch brackets and installing guide rails for a Sabatier device, which will combine carbon dioxide from the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly and hydrogen from the Oxygen Generation System to form water and methane. The water will be recycled by the Water Processor Assembly, and the methane vented overboard. Wheelock is scheduled to wrap up the installation on Wednesday.

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