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Changeouts, Experiments, Maintenance Fill Station Crew Day

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Dec 11, 2010 9:42 am via: NASA
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Aboard the high-flying International Space Station, Expedition 26 Commander Scott Kelly performed hardware changeouts for several onboard computers Friday morning.

His afternoon included assembling the HTV Hardware Command Panel (HCP) in the Japanese Experiment Module Pressurized Section. The station crew can use the HCP to control the approach of the Japanese cargo craft if needed. He also gathered tools for upcoming work on the Oxygen Generating System and transferred trays from one Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer to another.

His Russian crewmates Flight Engineers Alexander Kaleri and Oleg Skripochka worked in the orbital complex’s Russian segment cleaning fans, unloading supplies from the ISS Progress 40 cargo craft and performing various other maintenance tasks.

Kaleri also worked with the RUSALKA experiment, which is a test of procedures for remote determination of methane and carbon dioxide content in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Skripochka’s work included inspecting filters in the Elektron oxygen generation system and performing weekly maintenance on the Treadmill Vibration Isolation System, which is part of the crew’s complement of exercise equipment.

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.

During his stay aboard the station, Kelly will post some of his photographs of Earth on Twitter for an online geography trivia game.

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