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Station Crew Practices Descent Drill, Transfers Cargo and Gear

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Aug 18, 2011 4:51 am via: NASA
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The International Space Station crew periodically trains and prepares for the unlikely event of an emergency. Flight Engineers Sergei Volkov, Satoshi Furukawa and Mike Fossum, who arrived aboard the Soyuz TMA-02M in June, conducted a Soyuz descent drill Wednesday. The drills help the crews stay familiar with evacuation procedures.

Furukawa, a Japan Aerospace and Exploration Agency astronaut, visually analyzed media slides and petri dishes containing microbes that have been incubated. The microbes were collected during surface and air sampling throughout the station.

Fossum with assistance from Furukawa worked inside the permanent multipurpose module organizing food inventory. Fossum also reconfigured in-flight maintenance tools delivered on space shuttle Atlantis during STS-135 in July.

Commander Andrey Borisenko continued work on some of the ongoing Russian experiments. INTERACTION studies interpersonal factors between the orbiting crew and ground support personnel. Plants-2 researches the growth and development of plants under spaceflight conditions in a special greenhouse facility.

Flight Engineer Ron Garan worked on the Major Constituent Analyzer (MCA) and installed a data and control assembly. The MCA is part of the Atmosphere Revitalization rack inside the Harmony Node. Garan also continued unpacking gear from the docked ISS Progress 42 resupply craft.

On Tuesday, Garan videotaped several runs with the SPHERES experiment or Synchronized Position Hold, Engage, Reorient, Experimental Satellites. As part of a competition, students interacted with the tiny satellites using algorithms to perform experimental automated rendezvous and docking maneuvers. Video of the event was played on NASA TV Wednesday.

Crew members also tested the ISS Progress 43 cargo ship’s Kurs automated rendezvous system Wednesday. The Progress 43 will undock from the aft port of the Zvezda service module Tuesday at 5:35 a.m. EDT for a fiery disposal over the Pacific Ocean.

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