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Station Crew Focuses on Science, Station Reboosts

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jun 14, 2011 8:39 am via: NASA
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Expedition 28 Commander Andrey Borisenko worked with the radiation payload suite Matryoshka-R Monday aboard the International Space Station. The Russian payload is designed for sophisticated radiation studies and is named after the traditional Russian set of nested dolls.

Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev took photographs of Earth as part of the Russian Uragan Earth-imaging program, which is a ground- and space-based system for predicting natural and manmade disasters.

Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Mike Fossum participated in an experiment that tests whether drugs known as biophosphonates could serve as an additional countermeasure to fend off bone density loss in long-term space travelers.

Astronaut Ron Garan, also a flight engineer, performed worked to connect some laptop computers to the orbital complex’s computer network.

Flight Engineer Sergei Volkov performed routine maintenance on the environmental control and life support system in the Zvezda service module.

Members of the crew also enjoyed some off-duty time Monday in observance of Russia Day.

Sunday, the Johannes Kepler Automated Transfer Vehicle’s (ATV-2) engines were fired in a pair of reboosts to raise the station’s altitude. This was the first pair of reboosts this week to set the station up for phasing required for the ATV-2 disposal one week from today, the launch and docking of the ISS Progress 43 cargo ship on June 21 and 23 and to bring in unbroken Flight Day 3 rendezvous opportunities for space shuttle Atlantis for the final shuttle launch campaign next month. The next set of reboosts is scheduled for Wednesday. The station is now flying at an altitude of 229.8 x 223.3 statute miles.

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