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Six-person Station Crew Gets Down to Business

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Oct 15, 2010 6:51 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 25 crew members began their day aboard the International Space Station Thursday with routine morning inspections and a planning conference with flight control teams on Earth.

The station’s newest residents, Flight Engineers Scott Kelly, Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka, had time set aside for orientation activities as they familiarize themselves with their new orbiting home. They arrived at the station on the Soyuz TMA-01M spacecraft Saturday and are scheduled for a nearly six-month stay, returning to Earth in March 2011.

Flight Engineer Scott Kelly, Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineer Shannon Walker answer questions during an in-flight interview. Credit: NASA TV

Flight Engineer Scott Kelly, Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineer Shannon Walker answer questions during an in-flight interview. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 25 Commander Doug Wheelock spent time working with the Fluids Integrated Rack (FIR) in support of ground-commanded microgravity rack testing. The FIR is a fluid physics research facility designed to host investigations in areas such as colloids, gels, bubbles, wetting and capillary action and phase changes including boiling and cooling.

Wheelock also configured tools and equipment in the Quest airlock to prepare for spacewalks that will be conducted during the STS-133 mission in November.

Kaleri, Skripochka and Flight Engineer Fyodor Yurchikhin worked in the Russian segment of the station, performing a variety of research and routine maintenance.

Flight Engineer Shannon Walker conducted routine inspections of the station’s Portable Emergency Provisions, including the Portable Fire Extinguishers and Portable Breathing Apparatus.

In support of the Sabatier installation earlier this week, Kelly performed an adjustment of valves in the Oxygen Generation System and took measurements to find optimal internal flow rates.

Later, Wheelock, Walker and Kelly answered questions about life on the station and their daily activities during an in-flight interview with the BBC’s “Live Stargazing Series.”

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