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New Crew Members to Arrive Friday; Science for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Dec 23, 2011 10:57 am via: NASA
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Three new Expedition 30 crew members are scheduled to dock to the Rassvet module of the International Space Station at 10:22 a.m. EST Friday. Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko, Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers will join Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin when the hatches open a little over three hours later. The new trio launched aboard the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft Wednesday.

Live coverage of the docking begins at 9:45 a.m. on NASA TV with hatch opening and welcome ceremony coverage at 12:45 p.m.

Aboard the station Thursday, Burbank worked with the Microgravity Science Glovebox in the station’s Destiny laboratory and completed some work on the Compound Specific Analyzer.

Burbank also gathered and set up hardware for the EPIC card testing and installation to prepare for an upgrade to computer systems aboard the station. He later participated in an in-flight media event, speaking with reporters from WDIV in Detroit.

Shkaplerov and Ivanishin worked in the Russian segment of the station performing a variety of experiments and maintenance duties.

To improve spaceflight safety, the two cosmonauts conducted the BAR experiment which tests and validates methods to detect pressure leaks onboard the station.

Shkaplerov worked with the Russian Uragan Earth observations program that studies natural and man-made disasters from space.

Ivanishin worked with the radiation payload suite Matryoshka-R which is designed for sophisticated radiation studies and is named after the traditional Russian set of nested dolls.

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