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International Research and Maintenance for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Mar 2, 2012 11:22 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 30 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station on Thursday worked with a variety of scientific research from around the world and continued the ongoing maintenance of the systems aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Commander Dan Burbank set up and ran test sessions using the Capillary Flow Experiment, which is a physics experiment that investigates the flow of fluids in a complex geometric container in a weightless environment. Results from this study will improve computer models used to design fluid transfer systems on future spacecraft and will lead to improvements in system reliability with reductions in system mass and complexity.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit worked with the Structure and Liftoff In Combustion Experiment, or SLICE, which investigates the nature of flames in microgravity. Results from SLICE could lead to improvements in pollution control technology and fuel efficiency.

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers performed maintenance on the station’s Waste and Hygiene Compartment, changing out a hose and filter.

Flight Engineers and cosmonauts Anton Shkaplerov, Anatoly Ivanishin and Oleg Kononenko worked in the Russian segment of the station, maintaining and monitoring its systems and performing science experiments.

Kononenko worked with the Seiner ocean observation experiment, which examines the oceans below, documents their characteristics and then correlates that to certain bioproductive areas that impact the fishing industry.

Ivanishin worked with the Russian Typology experiment, which observes how a crew member adapts to living and working in space.

The six station crew members also had time set aside to perform their daily two-hour exercise regimens, which help to minimize loss of muscle mass and bone density during long-duration spaceflight.

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