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Station’s Orbit Raised; Science and Orientation for Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Dec 2, 2011 10:10 am via: NASA
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With tracking data alleviating any further concerns over a possible conjunction with a piece of Russian Cosmos satellite debris, the thrusters on the Zvezda service module were fired for 62 seconds Wednesday night during the first of two planned reboosts of the International Space Station’s orbit. The reboosts will put the orbiting complex at the correct altitude for the arrival of the remainder of the Expedition 30 crew later this month.

The Expedition 30 crew members living and working aboard the station Thursday focused on science experiments and orientation activities.

Commander Dan Burbank worked with the Preliminary Advanced Colloids Experiment, or PACE, which studies the behavior of particles suspended in fluid in the space environment. He also worked on the alignment of equipment in the Microgravity Science Glovebox.

Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov worked with the Identification experiment, which examines the station’s dynamic loads during events such as dockings and reboosts. He also performed some preventative maintenance on the ventilation system in the Zvezda service module and transferred supplies from the docked ISS Progress 45 resupply ship.

Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin worked with the radiation payload suite Matryoshka-R. The Russian payload is designed for sophisticated radiation studies and is named after the traditional Russian set of nested dolls. He also performed a laptop activation and transferred supplies from the docked Soyuz TMA-22 spacecraft.

Throughout the day, Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin, who arrived aboard the station Nov. 16, had time set aside for orientation activities to become accustomed to living and working aboard the orbiting complex.

Meanwhile, NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers received their certification for flight Thursday from the Russian Inter-Agency Commission, then conducted their pre-launch news conference at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, before traveling into Moscow for the traditional laying of flowers at the Kremlin Wall in Red Square.

The three new Expedition 30 flight engineers will now relax for the next week before flying to Baikonur, Kazakhstan, on Dec. 8 for their final two weeks of training and pre-launch preparations.

Pettit, Kononenko and Kuipers are scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome on Dec. 21, docking to the station two days later aboard their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.

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