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Science Activities Predominate on Station Friday

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Feb 25, 2012 10:37 am via: NASA
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Aboard the International Space Station Friday, Flight Engineer Don Pettit continued his work with the Structure and Liftoff In Combustion Experiment, or SLICE, which investigates the nature of flames in microgravity. Pettit set up the SLICE hardware inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox and performed a flame test. Results from SLICE could lead to improvements in pollution control technology and fuel efficiency.

Pettit also collected blood and urine samples for the station’s Human Research Facility, placing them in the Minus Eighty-Degree Laboratory Freezer (MELFI). MELFI supports a wide range of life science experiments by preserving biological samples collected aboard the orbital outpost for later return and analysis on Earth.

Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov spent some time with the RUSALKA experiment. RUSALKA is a test of procedures for remote determination of methane and carbon dioxide content in the Earth’s atmosphere. He took pictures of the atmosphere using special camera filters and sent the information to researchers on Earth.

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers took photographs of the eValuatIon And monitoring of microBiofiLms insidE ISS, also known as VIABLE. Data collected by VIABLE may lead to new antimicrobial treatments for materials used in space travel, which will improve the environmental quality aboard spacecraft. These methods also may be used in specific bases and modules on Earth where humans have to stay long-term, particularly for scientific purposes.

Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko worked with the Russian experiment Relaksatsiya, or “Relaxation”, which uses two plasma contactor units installed on the station’s Z1 truss to observe radiation patterns from Earth’s ionosphere.

Commander Dan Burbank conducted maintenance on the station’s food warmer and installed two power/data cables for the Joint Station Local Area Network (JSL) into the Harmony module to allow connection of the Columbus laboratory’s network to the JSL.

Anatoly Ivanishin, also a flight engineer, transferred items from the Progress 46 cargo craft and updated the station’s inventory. He also performed regular maintenance on the Sozh environmental control and life support system in the Zvezda service module.

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