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Station Residents Get Ready for ATV-3

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Mar 22, 2012 9:02 am via: NASA
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Europe’s third cargo craft, the Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3), is counting down to a 12:34 a.m. EDT Friday launch from Kourou, French Guiana. The “Edoardo Amaldi” spacecraft will deliver 7.2 tons of food, fuel and supplies and dock automatically to the aft port of the Zvezda service module on March 28 at 6:34 p.m.

Flight Engineers Oleg Kononenko and Andre Kuipers reviewed rendezvous and docking procedures ahead of the ATV-3 launch. They are responsible for monitoring its automated arrival.

Before beginning their ATV-3 reviews, Kuipers wore gear for an experiment that observes the decrease in blood pressure that occurs in microgravity. Kononenko took part in a study that assesses a crew member’s mental state and how it impacts space flight performance.

The rest of the six-member Expedition 30 crew focused on international science and station maintenance.

Commander Dan Burbank took high-resolution photographs of crystal samples from the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test-5 experiment. During the afternoon he switched hats from a scientist to a plumber and removed and replaced a pre-treat water pump on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit changed out and reconfigured laptop computers on two EXPRESS computers, one in the Kibo laboratory and one in the Destiny laboratory. He then scanned his legs with an Ultrasound for the Sprint experiment which evaluates exercise and its ability to minimize the effects of long-duration missions in space.

Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin spent their morning measuring radiation onboard the station with a Pille dosimeter. Later Shkaplerov checked individual protection gear and updated the inventory management system. Ivanishin conducted coolant leak checks and participated in a study that observes how personal and cultural differences impact crew performance.

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