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Station Crew Enjoys Off-Duty Time

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jan 10, 2012 9:58 am via: NASA
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The International Space Station’s Expedition 30 crew had an off-duty day Monday to celebrate the Russian Christmas holiday with a few exercise, maintenance and science tasks scheduled.

Commander Dan Burbank performed regular maintenance on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device, or ARED, greasing its rails to ensure it continues to operate smoothly. He also reconfigured a power jumper in the Destiny laboratory that will support the upcoming demonstration flight of the Dragon commercial vehicle. He also discussed astronomy with French high school students near Paris via amateur radio.

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers pumped condensate into the Water Processing Assembly and unpacked cargo from the docked Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.

Don Pettit, also a flight engineer, took part in a few regularly scheduled medical activities and performed some maintenance on the station’s laptop computers.

The Russian crew members – Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Oleg Kononenko – downlinked some video for a Russian television show called “Science 2.0.”

The crew members downlinked video of their ARED exercise for review by specialists on the ground.

The ISS Progress 45 cargo ship will undock from the station’s Pirs docking compartment on Jan. 23 with destructive re-entry shortly thereafter. Progress will depart the orbital complex with its hatch open in order to deploy a small 88-pound nanosatellite called Chibis-M. The deployment will occur about 1 hour and 13 minutes after the Progress separates from the station. Chibis-M will remain in orbit for at least 4 years studying the interaction of plasma waves with the ionosphere.

On Jan. 25, the new ISS Progress 46 cargo craft will be launched from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 6:06 p.m. EST (5:06 a.m. Baikonur time on Jan. 26). Docking of the new resupply vehicle to Pirs is slated for Jan. 27.

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