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Progress Unpacking, Departure Preps and Science for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Nov 4, 2011 8:27 am via: NASA
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Following Wednesday’s arrival of the ISS Progress 45 cargo craft, the Expedition 29 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station spent time unpacking some of its 2.8 tons of food, fuel and supplies Thursday.

The unpiloted ISS Progress 45 cargo craft arrived at the station at 7:41 a.m. EDT Wednesday, docking to the Pirs docking compartment after a trip that began Sunday from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. After conducting leak checks at the docking interface and opening the hatch to the cargo craft, the Expedition 29 crew began the long process of inventorying and unloading the cargo.

Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov also spent some time Thursday gathering and packing items for return to Earth. The trio is scheduled to undock from the station in the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft on Nov. 21.

Remaining aboard the station will be the Expedition 30 crew of Dan Burbank, Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, who are currently scheduled to launch to the orbiting complex aboard the Soyuz TMA-22 no earlier than Nov.13, beginning their stay on the station Nov. 16.

In addition to his work with Progress 45, Volkov spent some time with the Identification experiment, which examines the station’s dynamic loads during events such as dockings and reboosts.

As part of an ongoing study to determine the effects of long-duration spaceflight on vision, Fossum and Furukawa conducted an eye ultrasound exam. The ultrasound equipment is part of the station’s Health Maintenance System.

Fossum also worked on the station’s Water Recovery System, conducting some routine maintenance and later participated in an interview with the Houston Chronicle during an in-flight media event that was broadcast on NASA TV.

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