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Station Crew Prepares for Kounotori2 Departure

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Mar 22, 2011 12:08 pm via: NASA
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Aboard the orbiting International Space Station on Monday, Expedition 27 Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli rehearsed techniques for the upcoming unberthing of the Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle. They also continued packing trash into Kounotori2.

Coleman inspected and cleaned the Microgravity Science Glovebox, which is used in a variety of scientific endeavors aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Nespoli prepared for upcoming work with a facility to study the characteristics of boiling in the microgravity environment of space.

Commander Dmitry Kondratyev worked with the Russian experiment known as Relaxation, observing radiation patterns from Earth’s ionosphere. He also performed maintenance on the life support system in the Zvezda service module.

Next week the Japanese Kounotori2 cargo craft is slated to depart the station for a destructive re-entry in the Earth’s atmosphere. Unberthing is scheduled for March 28 with re-entry, deorbit burn and breakup over the Pacific Ocean scheduled for March 29.

The Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft that will carry Expedition 27 Flight Engineers Ron Garan, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev to the orbital complex will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, on April 4 (April 5 Baikonur time). The trio flew to Kazakhstan Monday to begin final pre-launch training and preparations. Originally slated for March 30, the launch was postponed due to electrical issues with the spacecraft.

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