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International Research and Maintenance for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jun 8, 2012 3:27 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 31 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station on Thursday worked with a variety of scientific research from around the world and continued the ongoing maintenance of the systems aboard the orbiting laboratory.

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

The flame-ring associated with wild fires in the Southwest can be seen in the upper right of this image taken aboard the International Space Station, while the lights of El Paso-Las Cruces rise from the bottom center. A Russian spacecraft is seen docked to the station at left. Credit: NASA

The flame-ring associated with wild fires in the Southwest can be seen in the upper right of this image taken aboard the International Space Station, while the lights of El Paso-Las Cruces rise from the bottom center. A Russian spacecraft is seen docked to the station at left. Credit: NASA

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers reconfigured the Ryutai rack inside the Kibo laboratory module after replacing a failed image processing unit inside the rack on Wednesday. The Ryutai rack is a Japanese facility providing capabilities for fluid physics and crystallization experiments.

Later, Kuipers had a chance to speak with Dutch reporters in Amsterdam during an in-flight European Space Agency event, answering questions about life aboard the station.

Flight Engineer Joe Acaba worked with a variety of medical experiments, including the Pro K diet experiment which studies how dietary intake can predict and protect against changes in bone metabolism during spaceflight. He also joined Kuipers to perform the weekly audit of the Contingency Water Containers.

Commander Oleg Kononenko worked with the Identification experiment, which examines the station’s dynamic loads during events such as dockings and reboosts.

Flight Engineer Gennady Padalka worked with the Coulomb Crystal experiment, which studies the electrostatic interaction between electrically charged particles inside the station.

Flight Engineer Sergei Revin worked in the Russian segment of the station, performing maintenance and monitoring its systems.

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