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Station Captures Views of Hurricanes, Wildfires

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Sep 7, 2011 6:39 am via: NASA
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Kicking off a busy workweek Tuesday after a three-day Labor Day weekend aboard the orbiting International Space Station, the Expedition 28 crew conducted research, captured dramatic images of Hurricane Katia and wildfires in Texas and prepared for the return home of three crew members.

Commander Andrey Borisenko and Flight Engineers Ron Garan and Alexander Samokutyaev began their workday with a checkout of the Russian Sokol suits they will wear when they board their Soyuz TMA-21 spacecraft on Sept. 15 for a landing Sept. 16 in the steppe of Kazakhstan. Garan also spent much of his day packing items for return to Earth. The three have been living and working aboard the station since April 6.

Meanwhile, Flight Engineer Mike Fossum worked on the final stage of removing payload-related cargo from the Leonardo Permanent Multipurpose Module that was installed on the station on March 1 during the STS-133 shuttle mission. Fossum also conducted some troubleshooting on the display panel of the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device, or ARED, which is a kind of weightlifting machine designed to work in the weightless environment of the station.

After a break for lunch, Garan and Fossum teamed up to talk to reporters at various NASA centers about life on the station now that the shuttle has been retired as well as the possible impact to continued human presence aboard the station as Russian officials investigate the failure of a Soyuz rocket carrying the ISS Progress 44 cargo craft on Aug. 24.

Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency demonstrated the Onboard Diagnostic Kit as he participated in a simulation of a remote medical examination of a station crew member. Furukawa also set up and tested Super Sensitive HDTV hardware in preparation for a live event scheduled for Sept. 18.

Flight Engineer Sergei Volkov, who began his day measuring his body mass for the Sprut-2 experiment, later conducted another session with the Uragan experiment. Named for the Russian word for hurricane, Uragan seeks to document and predict the development of natural and man-made disasters on Earth.

The station’s residents had several opportunities Tuesday to observe and document the progress of Hurricane Katia as it churns through the Atlantic and wildfires burning throughout central Texas.

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