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Station Crew Gears up for Spacewalk, Works on Science

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Feb 14, 2012 5:42 am via: NASA
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Gearing up for Thursday’s spacewalk, Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Anton Shkaplerov of the International Space Station’s Expedition 30 crew installed new sensors in their Orlan spacesuits and conducted a translation exercise in the Pirs docking compartment’s airlock Monday. The exercise tested their mobility in advance of a dress rehearsal to test the suits’ systems on Tuesday.

During the five-and-a-half-hour excursion that will begin at 9:15 a.m. EST Thursday, the two cosmonauts will move one of the two Strela hand-operated cranes from the Pirs docking compartment to the Poisk module and install five debris shields on the Zvezda service module.

If time permits, Kononenko and Shkaplerov also will attach two experiments to the exterior of the station and install support struts on the ladder attached to Pirs. This will be the 162nd spacewalk in support of space station assembly and maintenance. NASA TV coverage will begin at 8:45 a.m.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit worked with the Structure and Liftoff In Combustion Experiment, or SLICE, which investigates the nature of flames in microgravity. SLICE could lead to improvements in technologies aimed at reducing pollution and improving burning efficiency for a wide variety of industries.

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers installed hardware for the Neurospat experiment, which examines the effects of the microgravity environment of space on brain function. He also reorganized some cargo in the Kibo module.

Commander Dan Burbank spent his morning cleaning the port crew quarters as part of routine maintenance conducted periodically on the station.

Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin replaced some smoke detectors and updated antivirus software on some of the complex’s laptop computers.

On Jan. 31, NASA hosted a media telecon to discuss the status of the International Space Station and the progress toward an updated launch schedule, including international partner and commercial space vehicles. International Space Station Program Manager Michael Suffredini answered reporters’ questions.

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