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Station Crew Prepares for Atlantis, Continues Normal Station Activities

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 1, 2011 6:54 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 28 crew members are getting ready for the final visit of a space shuttle as they continue an array of science and maintenance activities. The shuttle program’s final mission, STS-135, is officially set for launch on July 8 at 11:26 a.m. EDT.

The six-member crew conducted a ground conference Thursday to discuss its role while space shuttle Atlantis is docked to the station.

NASA astronauts Ron Garan and Mike Fossum along with Japanese astronaut Satoshi Furukawa performed the walkoff of the Canadarm2 from the Mobile Base System to the Harmony Node 2. The walkoff was conducted in advance of the arrival of space shuttle Atlantis to prepare for docked operations.

Commander Andrey Borisenko and Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Sergei Volkov continued Russian science aboard the station. The ongoing experiments involve observation of various things such as earthquakes and lightning, the interaction of aircraft exhaust and the upper atmosphere, and the possibility of plasmas being created when ultraviolet radiation interacts with macro-particles aboard the space station.

Furukawa worked in the Microgravity Science Glovebox to set up gear for the SHERE experiment. SHERE, or Shear History Extensional Rheology Experiment, observes the properties and behavior of complex fluids. Results can provide better autonomous space exploration capability and improved manufacturing processes on Earth.

Garan assisted Fossum in the Harmony Node 2 as they replaced a failed heat exchanger inside the Common Cabin Air Assembly. The ducts inside Harmony also were inspected for microbes and cleaned.

Borisenko and Samokutyaev set up software and conducted a hearing test. Volkov worked in the Poisk mini-research module to configure communications equipment.

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