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Station Crew Focuses on Medical, Science Activities

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Dec 13, 2011 9:48 am via: NASA
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Aboard the International Space Station Monday, Expedition 30 Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov checked out the Crew Medical Restraint System (CMRS). The board-like CMRS can be secured to the station structure to provide a patient restraint surface for performing emergency medical procedures. This checkout serves as part of Crew Medical Officer proficiency training as well as maintenance on the CMRS.

Shkaplerov also worked with the Russian Molniya-Gamma experiment, which measures gamma splashes and optical radiation during terrestrial lightning and thunder conditions.

Burbank continued his work with the Preliminary Advanced Colloids Experiment-2, or PACE-2. Housed in the Fluids Integrated Rack, PACE-2 studies the effects of vibration on particles suspended in fluid in the space environment. This work aids in the development and optimization of crew procedures for the future Advanced Colloids Experiment, also known as ACE which will fly samples that may have an important impact on our understanding of fundamental physics. An immediate space application for this technology demonstration is in extending the shelf-life of consumables on future long-duration missions.

Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin performed routine servicing of the Sozh environmental control and life support system in the Zvezda service module. He also checked out a camera used to provide video of exercise sessions on the Treadmill Vibration Isolation System, also known as TVIS.

The 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.

The crew had an audio conference with upcoming Expedition 30 Flight Engineers Don Pettit, Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers. The Soyuz TMA-03M carrying the new trio is set to launch Dec. 21 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan and will dock with the station Dec. 23. Its arrival will mark the return of a full six-member crew complement to the orbital complex.

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