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Expedition 30 Crew Wraps Up First Week

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Nov 26, 2011 10:54 am via: NASA
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Fresh from a day off for Thanksgiving, the International Space Station’s three residents wrapped up their first week as the Expedition 30 crew Friday, conducting experiment and systems maintenance work.

Commander Dan Burbank’s workday began almost immediately after the crew’s regular 1 a.m. EST wakeup time as he conducted the Reaction Self Test. This 5-minute test helps crew members objectively identify any impacts to their performance caused by sleep loss, fatigue and disruptions to circadian rhythms.

Following the crew’s daily planning conference with flight control centers around the world, Burbank spent much of his morning setting up the Ultrasound 2 hardware and using it to perform a test for the Integrated Cardiovascular experiment. Investigators use the data from these tests to measure the atrophy of the heart muscle that appears to develop during long-duration spaceflight and to develop countermeasures to mitigate those effects.

Meanwhile, Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov performed routine maintenance on the life support system in the Russian segment of the station and conducted an Earth observation experiment. His fellow cosmonaut and Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin replaced a fluid loop in the Rassvet mini-research module.

Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin, who arrived aboard the orbiting complex Nov. 16, each had an hour set aside for crew orientation to become accustomed to living and working with the station’s 13,696 cubic feet of habitable volume during their first two weeks on orbit.

On Monday, the trio bid farewell to their Expedition 29 crewmates – Commander Mike Fossum and Flight Engineers Satoshi Furukawa and Sergei Volkov – who had been aboard the station since June 9. The Expedition 29 crew landed its Soyuz TMA-02M spacecraft on the steppe of Kazakhstan at 9:26 p.m. Monday (8:26 a.m. Tuesday Kazakhstan time).

Three additional Expedition 30 flight engineers — NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers — are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan on Dec. 21.

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