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Station Crew Preps for STS-134 and Works with Science

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Apr 1, 2011 11:08 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 27 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station focused on preparations for the upcoming STS-134 mission and worked with a variety of science experiments Thursday.

Flight Engineers Paolo Nespoli and Cady Coleman spent time in the Quest airlock setting up spacesuits and gathering tools to prepare for spacewalks scheduled during the STS-134 mission. Currently targeted for launch April 19, space shuttle Endeavour and the STS-134 crew will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and spare parts to the orbiting complex.

Commander Dmitry Kondratyev spent time working with the Pneumocard experiment. This experiment is an integrated study of the cardiovascular systems of crew members in various phases of long duration spaceflight.

Kondratyev also worked with Relaxation, a Russian experiment that observes the interaction of aircraft and spacecraft exhaust with Earth’s upper atmosphere.

Nespoli continued monitoring and servicing the Boiling Experiment Facility, swapping out video tapes as research in the facility continues. Research conducted with this facility should enable more efficient cooling systems to be developed for use in space and here on Earth.

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, NASA astronaut Ron Garan and cosmonauts Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev continued preparations for their journey to the orbital complex where they will join the Expedition 27 crew as flight engineers. Their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft, named for Yuri Gagarin, is scheduled for liftoff on April 4 (April 5, local time), just one week shy of the 50th anniversary of Gagarin’s historic journey into space from that same launch pad at the Baikonur Cosmodrome.

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