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Station Crew Preps For Unloading ATV-3

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Mar 30, 2012 8:13 am via: NASA
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The “Edoardo Amaldi” Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3) docked automatically to the aft port of the Zvezda service module at 6:31 p.m. EDT Wednesday, delivering 7.2 tons of food, fuel and supplies to the International Space Station. It began its six-day journey to the orbiting laboratory after a successful launch on March 22 from the European space port in Kourou, French Guiana.

Expedition 30 Flight Engineers Andre Kuipers and Oleg Kononenko conducted leak checks before opening the hatch to ATV-3 Thursday. Once the hatch was open, Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin collected air samples to ensure the cargo vehicle was safe for ingress.

Kuipers and Kononenko then installed air ducts to cleanse the atmosphere inside ATV-3 to prepare it for its final ingress scheduled for Friday at 7:20 a.m. The crew will then begin the long process of inventorying and unloading the cargo craft’s payload.

Commander Dan Burbank participated in an experiment known as VO2max, which observes the aerobic capacity of an individual on a long-duration space mission. The experiment involves a graded exercise test using either a treadmill or exercise bike. By understanding the changes in aerobic capacity that occur within spaceflight, necessary adjustments can be made to spacewalk exercise countermeasures.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit used a Scopemeter to collect voltage measurements on the Gradient Heating Furnace in the Kobairo rack located in the Japanese Kibo module.

Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov worked in the Zvezda service module to remove and stow equipment used to communicate with ATV-3 during its approach and docking.

Ivanishin worked in the Russian segment of the station, monitoring its systems and performing a variety of routine maintenance activities.

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