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Station Crew Promotes Science for Students

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Sep 23, 2011 8:38 am via: NASA
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The three-member Expedition 29 crew is busy at work with ongoing international science activities. The trio also continues the maintenance and upkeep of the International Space Station.

Commander Mike Fossum worked in the Combustion Integrated Rack to access the Multi-user Droplet Combustion Apparatus (MDCA) and replace a fuel reservoir. The fuel reservoir contains the liquid fuel used during droplet combustion experiments inside the MDCA. Fossum also recorded a video demonstrating Robonaut2 for students and teachers grades 4 through 12.

Flight Engineer Sergei Volkov copied data from a Laser Communication System laptop computer to a secondary laptop in the station’s Russian segment. Volkov inspected the windows in the Russian segment and photographed their condition for analysis by ground specialists. The cosmonaut also photographed the Plants-2 experiment after watering the space-grown plants.

Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa videotaped activities from the Try-Zero G experiment meant to engage young students in science. Supplies for Try-Zero G included balloons, rubber bands, a yo-yo and soap bubbles. The Japanese astronaut also conducted a Ham radio conference with students from Kiroli Elementary in West Monroe, La.

The crew is exercising to stay in good condition in the microgravity environment and for the return home at the end of its stay in space. Fossum, Volkov and Furukawa are scheduled to return home in November aboard the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft.

Thursday’s urban targets for the Crew Earth Observations experiment included the capital cities of Germany, Ukraine and East Timor. Natural targets included Tropical Storm Ophelia, the Tagus River estuary with Lisbon, Portugal at its mouth and plume activity from Mount Etna in Sicily.

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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