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Station Crew Prepares for Spacewalk, Installs Cable for Ku-Band Upgrade

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Feb 2, 2012 8:36 am via: NASA
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The six-member Expedition 30 crew is counting down to the Feb. 16 Russian spacewalk. Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Kononenko will exit the Pirs docking compartment to relocate a small crane and attach debris shields to the Zvezda service module. They spent their morning reviewing the spacewalk’s timeline with the Russian Mission Control Center.

Commander Dan Burbank reviewed robotics software with the two Russian spacewalkers. Nicknamed DOUG for Dynamic On-board Ubiquitous Graphics, the software receives and displays real-time telemetry from the Canadarm2 on a laptop computer.

Burbank also spent his afternoon installing and routing a video cable in the Destiny laboratory. The work is in preparation for the installation of the High Rate Communications System which is an upgrade to the station’s Ku-band system. The upgrade is planned for later this fall.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit sought to excite students about science as he videotaped himself building spacecraft models with LEGO Bricks. The videos are downlinked to students and demonstrate scientific and engineering concepts.

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers discarded obsolete procedures and replaced them with new emergency procedures during his morning. Kuipers then replaced a lens on the EarthKAM camera and assisted Burbank with the video cable installation.

Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin along with his fellow cosmonauts drew blood samples for the Immuno experiment. The study sponsored by the European Space Agency observes a crew member’s stress and immune responses during spaceflight. Results may help in the development of pharmacological countermeasures to side effects on the immune system.

Ivanishin later inspected and photographed windows inside Zvezda documenting their condition. He also cleaned fans and replaced filters in the Zarya control module.

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