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Station Crew Prepares for Visiting Spacecraft

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jan 7, 2011 9:12 am via: NASA
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Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineers Catherine Coleman and Paolo Nespoli spent time at the robotics workstation Thursday rehearsing capture techniques for the grapple and berthing of the H-II Transfer Vehicle set to arrive at the International Space Station on January 27. After its arrival, the automated cargo craft will be grappled by Canadarm2, the station’s robotic arm, and berthed to a docking port on the Harmony module.

To prepare for space shuttle Discovery’s arrival in February, Coleman and Nespoli spent some time sharpening their digital photography skills for the imagery they will collect of the orbiter’s thermal protection system as it performs a back flip known as the Rendezvous Pitch Maneuver prior to docking.

Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri set up and monitored the Plasma Crystal experiment, an ongoing Russian investigation that studies how plasma dust structures affect the station’s environment when exposed to ultraviolet space radiation.

Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Dmitry Kondratyev conducted a session with the Russian behavioral assessment TYPOLOGY, which measures a crew member’s psychophysical state and ability to withstand stress, to perform and to communicate. An electroencephalogram measures and records the electrical activity of the crew member’s brain.

Skripochka, Kondratyev and Kaleri also performed a variety of preventative maintenance tasks in the Russian segment of the station throughout the day and monitored its life support systems.

Later, Kelly, Coleman and Nespoli gathered in the Kibo module to participate in an in-flight media interview with KSAZ-TV in Phoenix.

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