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Crew Commemorates Station Anniversary; Prepares for STS-133

Published by Matt on Wed Nov 3, 2010 11:28 am via: NASA
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Expedition 25 crew members Commander Doug Wheelock and Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri, Oleg Skripochka, Scott Kelly, Fyodor Yurchikhin and Shannon Walker participated in media interviews Tuesday to commemorate the International Space Station’s 10th anniversary of continuous human habitation. They also received a special message from NASA Administrator Charles Bolden.Space shuttle Discovery is slated to launch Thursday to begin the STS-133 mission to the space station.

During Discovery’s final spaceflight, the crew members will install the Permanent Multipurpose Module and deliver important spare parts to the station along with the Express Logistics Carrier-4 and Robonaut 2.

Kelly worked with the Capillary Flow Experiment, which is a suite of fluid physics experiments that investigate capillary flows and flows of fluids in containers with complex geometries. Results will improve computer models used to design fluid transfer systems on future spacecraft.

He also set up equipment in the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility for a study of the Marangoni effect, which is the flow of liquids caused by surface tension.

Kaleri continued the process of unloading cargo from the newly arrived ISS Progress 40 cargo craft. The resupply vehicle docked to the Pirs docking compartment of the station Saturday. Once emptied, Progress 40 will be filled with trash and station discards and deorbited to burn in the Earth’s atmosphere like its predecessors.

Skripochka and Yurchikhin prepared equipment and tools that will be used during an upcoming Russian spacewalk.

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