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Station Crew Stays Up Late to Watch Venus Transit

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jun 7, 2012 9:02 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 31 crew stayed up late Tuesday and watched the Venus transit from the unique vantage point of the International Space Station. Flight Engineer Don Pettit, who is adept at astronomy photography from orbit, took imagery of the event.

On Wednesday, the crew was back at work with ongoing science and maintenance of station systems.

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers continued repair work on the Ryutai rack inside the Kibo laboratory module. He replaced a failed image processing unit (IPU) inside the rack. The Ryutai rack is a Japanese facility providing capabilities for fluid physics and crystallization experiments.

Flight Engineer Joe Acaba began his workday obtaining water samples from the Oxygen Generation System. The samples were stowed for a future conductivity test. Acaba later documented his four-day dietary intake for the Pro K experiment. Observations could help better define nutritional requirements to counteract bone loss during long-duration missions.

Pettit worked throughout the day on the Amine Swingbed experiment. The objective of the study is to determine the effectiveness of a smaller, more efficient system to remove carbon dioxide from the station’s atmosphere.

Flight Engineer Gennady Padalka continued studying the electrostatic interaction between electrically charged particles inside the station for the Coulomb Crystal experiment. He also participated in the study of how personality, culture and nationality affect crew dynamics.

Flight Engineer Sergei Revin, with help from Commander Oleg Kononenko, tested methods for detecting pressure leaks inside the space station for the Russian BAR experiment. Kononenko also spent time reconfiguring communications gear inside the Rassvet mini-research module.

Upcoming Expedition 32 Flight Engineers Suni Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide were in Russia simulating operations inside the station. They will launch to the International Space Station July 14 aboard the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.

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