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Ongoing Science and Maintenance; Preps for New Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Jun 6, 2012 5:25 am via: NASA
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Three new Expedition 32 crew members are in Russia for a Soyuz suit simulation. Flight Engineers Suni Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide are training for their July 14 launch aboard the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.

Expedition 31 will end July 1 when Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers undock from the Rassvet module inside their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft. Flight Engineer Gennady Padalka will become commander staying behind with Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin.

Meanwhile, the six-member crew onboard the International Space Station continues its focus on science while maintaining systems.

Pettit, with help from Acaba, worked on the Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS) experiment. The combustion experiment studies the burning and extinguishing properties of various materials in microgravity. Benefits include better fire detection and suppression equipment for both space and ground purposes.

Kuipers set up video and exercise gear so he could participate in the VO2Max experiment. The study observes crew members’ aerobic capacity helping scientists predict their physical capacity to perform strenuous tasks such as spacewalks or emergency escape procedures.

Kuipers and Acaba also worked together to load trash inside the “Edoardo Amaldi” Automated Transfer Vehicle.

Padalka worked with the ongoing Coulomb Crystal experiment that studies plasmas inside the station. Revin participated in an experiment that studies crew interaction dynamics such as personality, culture and nationality.

Kononenko worked throughout the Russian segment performing various maintenance tasks.

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