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Expedition 29 Conducts Science and Prepares for New Trio

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Nov 10, 2011 9:24 am via: NASA
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Expedition 29 Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov are conducting maintenance and scientific research while getting ready for three new crew members as well as their own departure.

Fossum spent Wednesday morning working in the Combustion Integrated Rack, a facility that is used to explore droplet, solid fuel and gaseous fuel combustion. He adjusted an optics bench inside the rack to access equipment and cables that needed replacing.

The commander also worked to prepare items for return to Earth on Nov. 21. Fossum collected hardware from a U.S. spacesuit and also obtained water samples from the Oxygen Generation System that will hitch a ride with the crew aboard the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft.

Furukawa assisted the station commander with gathering and stowing the U.S. spacesuit hardware. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut spent part of the morning assembling a Lego brick satellite model. He videotaped the activity as part of an educational program for elementary school students.

Volkov worked in the afternoon prepacking Russian gear for the return home inside the departing Soyuz spacecraft. The veteran station resident also conducted experiments that observe how a crew member’s body adapts to long-duration microgravity missions.

The Pneumocard experiment uses sensors that measure the cardiorespiratory system during spaceflight. Observations can help scientists predict how a crew member will react upon returning to Earth. The Lower Body Negative Pressure experiment decreases pressure to the lower body using special trousers. This increases blood pressure maintaining flow to the upper body and head providing a countermeasure to the effects of weightlessness.

As part of the ongoing Crew Earth Observations experiment the crew had several opportunities to photograph landmarks along the International Space Station’s orbital track. Sites included the Jordanian capital of Amman and the sovereign city-state of Monaco.

New Expedition 29 crew members Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Dan Burbank are preparing for their mission to the International Space Station. The Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft carrying the new trio will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 11:14 p.m. EST Sunday (11:14 a.m. Baikonur time Monday).

Expedition 29 will end when Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov undock from the Rassvet mini-research module inside the Soyuz TMA-02M Nov. 21. The outgoing trio will land in the steppe of Kazakhstan at 9:25 p.m. (9:25 a.m. Baikonur time Nov. 22).

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