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Fire Drill, Robotics Work and Life Sciences Onboard Station

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jan 19, 2012 8:46 am via: NASA
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The six-member Expedition 30 crew began Wednesday with a fire drill. They practiced communication and coordination in conjunction with control centers around the world in the event a fire is detected aboard the International Space Station. Afterwards, a short conference with the ground was held to review the results of the drill.

Controllers on the ground began work to set in motion the Mobile Transporter from the truss segment’s starboard side to its port side. The move will set up robotic operations with the Canadarm2 and Dextre to survey experiments installed during the STS-134 mission.

Inside the station, Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers sampled surface areas for microbial analysis. The sample collection is part of medical operations for the Environmental Health System.

Burbank also worked on the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device cleaning debris from a disassembled crank handle before reassembling and reinstalling it. Kuipers performed plumbing work changing out a recycle tank in the Water Recycling System.

Kuipers later joined Flight Engineer Don Pettit for more work with the Integrated Cardiovascular experiment. Kuipers wore gear that monitors the heart while Pettit conducted scanning activities using the Human Research Facility’s Ultrasound-2. The experiment studies the shrinkage of the heart, or cardiac atrophy, which has been observed during long-term missions in space.

Towards the end of his work day Pettit conducted interviews with KEX Radio and KOIN-TV in Portland, Ore. From inside the Kibo laboratory, Pettit discussed his hometown of Silverton, Ore., and upcoming spacecraft and science activities for 2012.

Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Anatoly Ivanishin continued stowing gear and trash inside the Progress 45 vehicle. The duo along with Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov updated the station’s inventory management system, conducted Russian maintenance work and audited items stowed in the Zvezda and Zarya modules. Shkaplerov also exercised on the treadmill for a physical fitness evaluation.

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