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Station Orientation, Cargo Transfers and Science for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Apr 15, 2011 10:30 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 27 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station participated in orientation activities, transferred cargo and worked with science experiments Thursday.

Commander Dmitry Kondratyev, along with the station’s newest residents, Flight Engineers Ron Garan, Andrey Borisenko and Alexander Samokutyaev participated in emergency training activities including a Soyuz emergency descent drill. The emergency drill helped with familiarization of the location of emergency equipment, hatches and passageways along the evacuation route for an emergency return in their Soyuz spacecraft and is part of the crew’s standard onboard training.

Garan, Borisenko and Samokutyaev also had some time set aside for station adaptation and orientation activities as they adjust to their new home aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Kondratyev and Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli collected and loaded trash and other unneeded items into the ISS Progress 41 cargo craft that is scheduled to undock from the station’s Pirs docking compartment April 22.

Once the Progress is undocked, it will move a safe distance away from the station for a few days of engineering tests before being deorbited by Russian flight controllers for a destructive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere on April 26.

Flight Engineer Cady Coleman completed a session with VO2max, an experiment that studies changes in the astronauts’ aerobic capacity during long-duration spaceflight. Researchers are interested in tracking these changes because a reduction in maximum oxygen uptake directly impacts a crew member’s ability to perform strenuous activities such as spacewalks or emergency operations.

The Expedition 27 crew members also participated in a conference with the STS-134 crew members as they prepare for the spacewalks and joint crew operations planned during the STS-134 mission.

Space shuttle Endeavour is targeted for lift off on April 29 to begin the STS-134 mission. The orbiter will deliver the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer and spare parts including two S-band communications antennas, a high-pressure gas tank, and additional spare parts for the Dextre robotic manipulator. This will be the 36th shuttle mission to the International Space Station and the final flight for Endeavour.

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