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Station Crew Focuses on Health-Related Science, Maintenance

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:23 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 30 crew got a workout Monday aboard the International Space Station as Commander Dan Burbank worked with the Biomechanical Analysis of Treadmill Exercise on the International Space Station, or Treadmill Kinematics, experiment.

Treadmill Kinematics studies the difference between exercising on a treadmill in space and on Earth. It is the first rigorous investigation to determine the most beneficial treadmill exercise conditions to maintain or improve crew health during long-duration spaceflight.

With the help of Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov, Burbank also performed a regular check of his health status. The two also did individual body mass measurements, and Shkaplerov and fellow Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin performed routine calf volume measurements.

Ivanishin did regular maintenance on the Treadmill Vibration Isolation System, or TVIS, one of the station’s treadmills. TVIS is an integral piece of exercise equipment aboard the orbital outpost.

The station crew participates in a rigorous two-hour exercise regimen each day to stave off effects of extended periods in microgravity such as muscle atrophy and bone density loss. They use specially designed workout equipment including the TVIS, the Combined Operational Load Bearing External Resistance Treadmill and the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device.

Burbank performed maintenance on the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR), which is housed in the Fluids and Combustion Facility in the Destiny laboratory. The CIR houses hardware for research on combustion in microgravity.

Ivanishin changed out dust collector filters in the Zarya module and transferred cargo from the Soyuz TMA-22 that brought him, Burbank and Shkaplerov to the station.

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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