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Emergency Training and Cargo Transfers for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Mar 25, 2011 9:51 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 27 crew members of the International Space Station participated in an emergency drill and made preparations Thursday for the undocking of a visiting cargo vehicle.

After their morning prep work and a daily planning conference with flight control teams on Earth, Commander Dmitry Kondratyev and Flight Engineers Cady Coleman and Paolo Nespoli participated in a Soyuz emergency descent drill. The emergency drill simulated a rapid descent in their Soyuz spacecraft and is part of their standard onboard training.

Nespoli transferred unneeded items into the Japanese Kounotori2 H-II Transfer Vehicle for disposal. Kounotori2, which arrived at the station in late January, will be grappled with the station’s robotic arm and unberthed from the Earth-facing port of the Harmony node on Monday for a destructive re-entry in the Earth’s atmosphere Tuesday night.

Nespoli also conducted Crew Medical Officer proficiency training using the station’s medical equipment.

Kondratyev performed routine maintenance activities and worked with ongoing science experiments in the Russian segment of the station.

Coleman conducted maintenance on the Recycle Filter Tank Assembly of the station’s Water Recovery System inside the Destiny laboratory.

As part of Thursday’s Crew Earth Observations experiment, the station’s residents photographed the Slate Islands Crater in Ontario, Canada and areas in England and Libya.

Meanwhile, NASA astronaut Ron Garan and cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev continue their preparations to launch to the station aboard the Soyuz TMA-21 on April 4 to join the Expedition 27 crew as flight engineers. The Soyuz TMA-21, named for Yuri Gagarin, is scheduled for liftoff just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from that same launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

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