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Routine Work for Station Crew in Wake of Progress Loss

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Aug 26, 2011 6:13 am via: NASA
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The ISS Progress 44 spacecraft carrying nearly 3 tons of supplies for the International Space Station was lost Wednesday when the launch vehicle experienced a failure during the climb to orbit, impacting with the ground in southern Siberia. The launch took place as scheduled at 9 a.m. EDT Wednesday from Baikonur Cosmodrome (7 p.m. Baikonur time).

International Space Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini held a news conference at the Johnson Space Center Wednesday discussing the loss of the resupply vehicle and the impact it may have on the program and the crew. There are plenty of supplies to support the crew, and the station is in a good configuration. However, a Russian commission has been formed to investigate the root cause of the vehicle loss which may affect upcoming Russian spacecraft launches.

Meanwhile, the Expedition 28 crew members living and working aboard the station were busy with a variety of experiment and maintenance activities Thursday. They also continued to prepare for the planned departure of three crew members, although the exact date of that upcoming departure is being reviewed following Wednesday’s Progress loss.

Flight Engineer Ron Garan participated in an experiment known as VO2 Max, which observes changes in aerobic capacity that occur during spaceflight. The experiment involves a graded exercise test using either a treadmill or exercise bike. By understanding the changes in aerobic capacity that occur within space flight, necessary adjustments can be made to spacewalk exercise countermeasures.

Flight Engineer Mike Fossum performed maintenance on the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly, the component of the Air Revitalization System which scrubs carbon dioxide from the station’s environment.

Commander Andrey Borisenko and Flight Engineers Alexander Samokutyaev and Sergei Volkov set up video equipment to record a Russian documentary about life on orbit. Borisenko also unloaded cargo from the docked ISS Progress 42 resupply ship that arrived at the station in late April.

Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa collected water samples for in-flight processing and analysis. The water will be tested for microbe and coliform detection using tools from the Environmental Health System.

Garan, Fossum and Furukawa also had some time scheduled for in-flight interviews, speaking with reporters from KGO-TV, San Francisco, and Space.com about their mission and life aboard the station.

At the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, Expedition 29 Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Dan Burbank continued their training as they await news on if the Progress launch failure will impact their upcoming launch, currently scheduled for Sept. 21.

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