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Station Crew Studies Health and Performance Ahead of New Soyuz Launch

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Dec 15, 2011 10:36 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 30 crew members aboard the International Space Station conducted science and maintenance while their counterparts on the ground relaxed ahead of their Dec. 21 launch. Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko, Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers are in Kazakhstan preparing for a Dec. 23 station docking aboard the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.

Onboard the orbital laboratory, Commander Dan Burbank worked on science experiments and hardware and inspected safety equipment. He also continued transferring gear from the docked ISS Progress 45 resupply craft.

Burbank began his day with a short test for the Reaction experiment. The study observes how fatigue affects a crew member’s performance.

The commander spent some time on the Combustion Integrated Rack replacing an alignment guide and a manifold bottle. Burbank also worked in the late afternoon to inspect portable emergency gear. He verified a fire extinguisher and breathing masks were functional and in operating condition.

Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin concentrated on several experiments, maintained Russian systems and conferred with a physical exercise specialist. Software for the Zvezda service module was updated during the morning. That task required inhibiting the station’s Control Moment Gyroscopes for a few hours.

Shkaplerov participated in the Interactions assessment that will help scientists improve methods for crew selection, training and in-flight support. He also measured the phase resistance of a cable connector and changed out the purification column of a water purification unit.

Ivanishin measured his body mass for the Sprut-2 medical experiment which studies the distribution and behavior of human body fluids in zero gravity. He also checked Zvezda’s ventilation system and monitored the Elektron, an oxygen generation device, after activating it.

In the afternoon, NASA’s Johnson Space Center may briefly lose power due to a power service issue outside the center. However, the Mission Control Center continues to operate normally, powered by backup generators.

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