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Science and Maintenance for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Sep 22, 2011 6:59 am via: NASA
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International Space Station Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov worked with a variety of scientific research and maintenance activities Wednesday.

Fossum worked with the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test experiment, or BCAT-5, which provides data on the performance of colloids. Colloids are a broad class of consumer and engineered products including paint, plastics, food, cosmetics and medicines that change state over time. The data provided may lead to improvement in materials fabrication processes.

Furukawa spent time installing a new router for the onboard computer network and performed an inspection of the Cycle Ergometer with Vibration Isolation and Stabilization System. Also known as CEVIS, this stationary bicycle is just one of a suite of exercise devices available to the crew as part of a daily two-hour exercise regimen to reduce the loss of bone density and muscle mass that typically occurs during long-duration spaceflight.

Furukawa also performed the Japanese Green Tea Ceremony experiment, which is a study of tea bubbles in the unique microgravity environment aboard the station.

Volkov spent some time with the Russian Plants-2 experiment, maintaining the plants and monitoring their progress. He also took part in a physical fitness evaluation and performed an oxygen repress from the docked Progress resupply vehicle.

Fossum participated in a question and answer session with students visiting the Fiske Planetarium at the University of Colorado at Boulder Tuesday. NASA’s “Destination: Station,” a free, multimedia exhibit, is on display at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Sept. 16-Oct. 28. Along with the International Space Station exhibit, NASA personnel will be in Denver Sept. 20-27 to participate in public outreach events throughout the city.

Last week, NASA and its international partners agreed to a tentative launch schedule with crew flights to the station resuming on Nov. 14. According to the current plan, the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft, carrying NASA’s Dan Burbank and Russia’s Anatoly Ivanishin and Anton Shkaplerov, will launch Nov. 14 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and arrive at the station Nov. 16.

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