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Science, Education and Maintenance for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Sep 28, 2011 8:25 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 29 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station worked on a variety of scientific research, educational outreach and maintenance activities Tuesday.

Commander Mike Fossum recorded a message about the Canadian VASCULAR experiment in the Quest airlock, speaking about the importance of cardiovascular conditioning. He also performed maintenance on the station’s Water Recovery System.

Later, Fossum had some time set aside to participate in an in-flight educational event with students attending the Hispanic Engineers Conference at the University of Texas-Pan American in Edinburg, Texas.

Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa participated in an educational activity that involved the assembly of Lego bricks to demonstrate to children and student groups across the country the challenges faced when building things in a weightless environment. He also performed an inspection of the Condensate Water Separator Assembly.

Flight Engineer Sergei Volkov cleaned fans and filters throughout the station and performed preventive maintenance on the ventilation system in the Zvezda service module.

Volkov also took photos and video for the Russian ocean observation program known as Seiner and worked with the Russian Plants-2 experiment, which researches the growth and development of plants under spaceflight conditions in a special greenhouse facility.

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