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Research and Maintenance for Station Crew

Published by Matt on Fri Dec 10, 2010 11:28 am via: NASA
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The three Expedition 26 crew members aboard the International Space Station conducted research and performed maintenance tasks Thursday while awaiting the arrival of three additional flight engineers aboard a Soyuz on Dec. 17.

This striking photograph features several snow-covered volcanoes located on the Kamchatka Peninsula of the Russian Federation, as seen from the orbital perspective of the International Space Station (ISS). Credit: NASA

This striking photograph features several snow-covered volcanoes located on the Kamchatka Peninsula of the Russian Federation, as seen from the orbital perspective of the International Space Station (ISS). Credit: NASA

Commander Scott Kelly performed an update to the Urine Processor Assembly (UPA) software. The UPA is part of the Water Recovery System that processes urine into purified water.

Kelly also downlinked the results of Wednesday’s Capillary Flow Experiment session and conducted a food questionnaire as part of the Nutrition experiment.

Later, Kelly answered questions about life on the station during an interview with Fox News Radio.

To end his day, Kelly worked with the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test hardware for an ongoing investigation of colloidal samples aboard the station. Results of this study will guide researchers’ understanding of how solids suspended in fluids (such as pigments in paint) react in microgravity and will have practical application in the manufacture of plastics and other materials.

Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka unloaded the ISS Progress 40 cargo craft and replaced dust filter cartridges in the Russian segment of the station.

The cosmonauts also conducted a session with the Russian BAR experiment. BAR studies detection methods and means for depressurization of the station modules.

At the Cosmonaut Hotel in Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, a new trio of Expedition 26 flight engineers continued to prepare for their launch to the International Space Station. Catherine Coleman, Paolo Nespoli and Dmitry Kondratyev will launch on the Soyuz TMA-20 spacecraft on Dec. 15 (Dec. 16, Baikonur time) for a docking to the station two days later.

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