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Science, Cargo Transfers for Station Crew; Launch Preps for New Crew Members

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri May 11, 2012 6:15 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 31 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station Thursday focused on a variety of science experiments and transferred cargo from docked resupply vehicles.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit worked with the Capillary Flow Experiment, which takes a close look at how fluids flow across surfaces in a weightless environment. The results will be used to improve computer models used to design fluid transfer systems and fuel tanks on future spacecraft.

Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Sergei Revin (left), Gennady Padalka and Joe Acaba (right) review launch and docking flight plans at their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Sergei Revin (left), Gennady Padalka and Joe Acaba (right) review launch and docking flight plans at their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Pettit also worked with the Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS) experiment, which examines the burning and extinction characteristics of a wide variety of fuel samples in microgravity. The BASS experiment will help to develop procedures and methods for extinguishing accidental fires in microgravity, and it will contribute to the design of fire detection and suppression systems in microgravity and on Earth.

Later, Pettit joined Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers for some sessions of the European Space Agency sponsored ENERGY medical experiment, which studies how to maintain a crew member’s energy balance while counteracting the effects of long-term missions in space.

Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Joe Acaba (second from the left), Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin (right) take a traditional stroll down the Walk of the Cosmonauts at their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Backup crew member Evgeny Tarelkin (far left) is behind them. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Expedition 31 Flight Engineers Joe Acaba (second from the left), Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin (right) take a traditional stroll down the Walk of the Cosmonauts at their Cosmonaut Hotel crew quarters in Baikonur, Kazakhstan. Backup crew member Evgeny Tarelkin (far left) is behind them. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Kuipers also unloaded cargo from the European Space Agency’s “Edoardo Amaldi” Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 and cleaned bacteria filters in the U.S. segment of the station.

Commander Oleg Kononenko focused on transfer and inventory of cargo from the docked ISS Progress 47 resupply vehicle and performed a variety of maintenance activities in the Russian segment of the station.

Meanwhile at the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, preparations continue for the launch of the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft that will carry three additional Expedition 31 crew members to the station. Flight Engineers Joe Acaba, Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin are scheduled to launch aboard the Soyuz on Monday at 11:01 p.m. EDT, beginning a two-day journey to the orbiting laboratory.

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