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Station Crew Performs Medical Experiments, Cargo Transfers, Arrival Preparations

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue May 8, 2012 1:50 pm via: NASA
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Aboard the orbiting International Space Station Monday, Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Don Pettit worked with the Integrated Cardiovascular (ICV) experiment. He participated in an ambulatory monitoring session and, with the assistance of Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers, an echocardiogram with the Ultrasound 2. ICV researches the extent of cardiac atrophy and seeks to identify its mechanisms.

Kuipers also packed some items for transfer to the SpaceX Dragon spacecraft that will arrive at the orbital complex later this month.

Dragon is slated to launch atop a Falcon 9 rocket May 19 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, and the station crew is set to grapple and berth the supply ship to the Harmony node’s Earth-facing Common Berthing Mechanism a few days later. Dragon will be the first commercial cargo vehicle employed to deliver supplies to the complex.

Station Commander Oleg Kononenko spent time unloading supplies from the ISS Progress 47 cargo ship that is currently docked to the station. He also joined Pettit and Kuipers in a conference with upcoming additions to the Expedition 31 crew.

NASA astronaut Joseph Acaba and Russian cosmonauts Sergei Revin and Gennady Padalka are slated to launch to the station in their Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan May 14. The trio will join Kononenko, Kuipers, and Pettit as part of the Expedition 31 crew.

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