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Station Crew Studies Life Sciences; Prepares for Commercial Supply Ships

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jan 12, 2012 10:41 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 30 crew conducted life sciences experiments and continued the upkeep of the International Space Station. The crew also reviewed software upgrades for the station as it prepares to receive commercial supply ships.

Commander Dan Burbank spent most of his afternoon performing scheduled yearly maintenance on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC). He changed out hydraulic components from the station’s toilet located in the Tranquility module. Burbank also set up hardware to begin Ultrasound operations.

He also installed a backup communications unit that is part of NASA’s Commercial Orbital Transportation Service. The unit will provide the ability to communicate with commercial cargo vehicles including the upcoming SpaceX Dragon mission targeted for Feb. 7.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit started his morning updating caution and warning procedures. After that he began WHC maintenance replacing piping between the separator pump and water pump. Pettit then continued life sciences work with the Ultrasound scanning the eyes of Burbank and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers.

Kuipers spent most of his morning conducting the VO2Max experiment that observes a crew member’s aerobic capacity. That study uses an exercise cycle and monitors a crew member’s breathing, heart rate and blood pressure. He also worked in the Columbus laboratory for the FOAM experiment in conjunction with students on the ground. That study reveals the different behaviors of foam on the ground compared with microgravity.

Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin worked together on the Sprut-2 experiment. That study observes a crew member’s body liquid distribution and measures his mass. The two cosmonauts also continued videotaping activities for the Russian television show Science 2.0.

Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko worked with the thermal control system in the Zvezda service module. He performed tests on its pumps, monitored their performance and refilled two cooling loops.

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