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Station Crew Conducts Research, Prepares Spacesuits

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Jan 5, 2011 9:34 am via: NASA
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Working in the International Space Station’s Columbus module Tuesday, Expedition 26 Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli took turns as the subject for the 3D Space experiment, which involves comparison of an astronaut’s pre-flight, in-flight and post-flight perceptions of up and down in the absence of any visual cues.

Later in the Destiny laboratory, Coleman changed out a furnace in the Materials Science Laboratory, a facility which provides controlled conditions for materials processing experiments. With occasional assistance from Commander Scott Kelly, Coleman removed the Low Gradient Furnace and replaced it with the Solidification and Quenching Furnace.

Kelly also worked with Nespoli to resize the U.S. spacesuits for a contingency spacewalk that might be required to support operations with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s second H-II Transfer Vehicle set to arrive at the station in late January.

After that activity, Kelly began some biennial maintenance on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) as he changed out some piping in the unit. Kelly is scheduled to spend his entire day Wednesday working with the WHC to wrap up this activity.

In the Russian segment of the station, Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri performed a session with the Typology experiment, which measures the mental acuity of cosmonauts during spaceflight. Kaleri and Flight Engineer Oleg Skripochka later stowed unneeded items in the ISS Progress 40 cargo craft for disposal when the craft is sent to its fiery demise in the Earth’s atmosphere after undocking on Jan. 24.

Skripochka also spent time inspecting the windows in the Russian segment before joining up with Flight Engineer Dmitry Kondratyev for some crew handover activities.

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