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Cargo Transfers for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Feb 4, 2011 9:17 am via: NASA
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Robotics work and cargo transfers were the focus Thursday aboard the International Space Station as the Expedition 26 crew members and ground controllers worked to unload two new cargo resupply vehicles that docked last week.

Robotics officers at Mission Control in Houston commanded Dextre, the station’s Special Purpose Dexterous Manipulator, in conjunction with Canadarm2, the station’s robotic arm, to transfer spare parts from an external cargo pallet that arrived at the orbiting complex January 27 aboard the Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle.

The Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle, docked to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node and in the grapple of the Canadarm2, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

The Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle, docked to the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node and in the grapple of the Canadarm2, is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 26 crew member on the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

The transferred parts, a flex hose rotary coupler and a cargo transport container, were moved to a platform on Dextre for temporary stowage. The gear will later be placed on an external logistics carrier that will be installed during STS-133.

Meanwhile, Commander Scott Kelly and Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli focused on unpacking and taking inventory of cargo that arrived aboard Kounotori2, which is currently berthed to the Harmony module. The Japanese cargo ship carried 4.2 tons of gear and supplies to the station.

Flight Engineers Oleg Skripochka and Dmitry Kondratyev unloaded supplies from the ISS Progress 41 cargo craft that docked to the station Saturday. The Russian cargo craft delivered over 5,000 pounds of gear, propellant, water and oxygen to the station residents.

Flight Engineer Cady Coleman completed a session with VO2Max, an experiment that studies changes in the astronauts’ aerobic capacity during long-duration spaceflight. Researchers are interested in tracking these changes because a reduction in maximum oxygen uptake directly impacts a crew member’s ability to perform strenuous activities such as spacewalks or emergency operations.

Flight Engineer Alexander Kaleri conducted a session with the Russian BAR experiment. BAR studies detection methods and means for depressurization of the station modules.

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