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Kelly Returns to Houston; Expedition 27 Crew Loads Supply Vehicles

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Mar 18, 2011 9:16 am via: NASA
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Expedition 26 returned to Earth Wednesday at 3:54 a.m. EDT successfully completing a 159-day mission. Commander Scott Kelly returned to Houston Thursday morning and reunited with his twin brother Mark Kelly, commander of the STS-134 space shuttle mission.

Expedition 27 Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli continued to stow unneeded cargo in the Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle. Commander Dmitry Kondratyev stowed trash and other items in the Progress 41 resupply vehicle. Both vehicles will eventually depart the station for a destructive re-entry in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Flight Engineer Cady Coleman talked with students from Pawel Wlodkowic University College in Poland via HAM radio. Nespoli also conducted a HAM radio session with students from two schools in Italy.

In celebration of St. Patrick’s Day Coleman sent down a video message and played two different types of flutes from inside the Kibo laboratory module. She played a wooden flute and a penny whistle borrowed from The Chieftains, an Irish band.

The Expedition 27 crew members welcomed a new addition aboard the station – Robonaut 2. The humanoid robot was unpacked Tuesday and visually inspected before being placed in the Destiny laboratory. The robot will teach engineers how dexterous robots behave in space and may assist astronauts during spacewalks or science experiments.

As part of the ongoing Crew Earth Observations experiment crew members spent some time Thursday photographing cities in Japan, China and Spain.

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