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Station Crew Performing Science, Maintenance; Kounotori2 Set for Departure

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Mar 23, 2011 9:18 am via: NASA
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Flight Engineer Cady Coleman talked with students at The Women’s Academy of Excellence in New York City on Tuesday. She talked about how she spends her time living and working in microgravity and how she stays in touch with her family on the ground.

Coleman also worked on the Water Processing Assembly inside the Destiny laboratory. She replaced a waste-water filter and valve inside the water recycling facility.

Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli set up the Boiling Experiment Facility (BXF) inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox. The BXF will support studies of heat transfer and vapor removal processes. Results may provide more efficient cooling systems for future spacecraft and Earth-based applications.

Commander Dmitry Kondratyev conducted a session with the Relaxation experiment. The Russian scientific investigation observes the interaction of aircraft and spacecraft exhaust with Earth’s upper atmosphere. The commander also worked inside the Pirs and Poisk modules reconfiguring ventilation.

Japan’s H-II Transfer Vehicle, Kounotori2, is set for departure next week and will deorbit and burn up over the Pacific Ocean. Coleman and Nespoli continued loading the resupply craft with trash and other unused items for disposal.

The space station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, will be used to grapple and release Kounotori2 Monday morning. Kounotori2 will then descend into Earth’s atmosphere for destruction the following night.

As part of Tuesday’s Crew Earth Observations experiment, the crew photographed areas in Luxembourg, Liechtenstein and Somalia.

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