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New Crew Members Set for Launch to Station

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Nov 11, 2011 11:56 am via: NASA
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A new trio of International Space Station residents, Expedition 29 Flight Engineers Dan Burbank, Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin, are set to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 11:14 p.m. EST Sunday (11:14 a.m. Baikonur time Monday) aboard the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft.

In preparation for Sunday’s launch, the Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft is scheduled to roll out to the launch pad Friday morning.

Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin will join Expedition 29 crewmates Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov when their spacecraft docks to the Poisk mini-research module at 12:33 a.m. Wednesday.

Five days later Expedition 29 will end when Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov return home inside the Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft. The trio is scheduled to undock from the Rassvet mini-research module Nov. 21 and land in Kazakhstan at 9:25 p.m. Expedition 30 will officially begin when the Soyuz TMA-02M undocks. Burbank will take over station command in a ceremony scheduled to take place on Nov. 20.

Aboard the orbiting International Space Station Thursday, Fossum, Furukawa and Volkov continued preparations for their upcoming departure, gathering and packing gear for return to Earth inside the departing Soyuz spacecraft. They also performed a series of leak checks on their Sokol launch and entry suits.

Fossum had some time set aside to conduct experiments, including the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test experiment. The current version of the ongoing study, called BCAT-6, may help manufacturers design new leading edge materials with molecular precision at the nanoscale.

Fossum also joined Furukawa for Ultrasound 2 operations as part of the Integrated Cardiovascular experiment. That study measures the decrease in a crew member’s heart size during long duration microgravity missions.

Volkov replaced some filters that are part of the carbon dioxide scrubbing unit in the Russian segment.

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