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International Crew Back to Work After Russian Holiday

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jun 14, 2012 5:38 am via: NASA
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All six Expedition 31 crew members spent an hour Wednesday practicing their roles in response to an onboard fire emergency. The regularly scheduled drills keep the crew prepared and ready to respond in the unlikely event of a fire, toxic leak or pressure leak emergency.

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers spent the morning in the Columbus module conducting plumbing work. He inspected and cleaned the water on/off valves inside the European laboratory. He later stowed hair samples inside a science freezer.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit worked in the Kibo lab module lubricating quick disconnect cables in the combustion chamber of a payload rack. He also collected his own hair samples which Kuipers later stowed for genetic and chemical analysis.

Flight Engineer Joe Acaba reviewed hardware for the Amine Swingbed experiment, the prototype carbon dioxide removal device that will fly on NASA’s Orion spacecraft in the future. Acaba later performed fluid test runs for the Capillary Flow Experiment-2. That experiment observes how fluids behave in microgravity potentially benefitting fluid transfer mechanisms on future spacecraft.

Acaba also spent some time conducting a ham radio pass with students from St. Anne’s Primary School in Australia. Acaba was inside the Zvezda service module answering students’ questions about living and working in space.

Flight Engineer Gennady Padalka continued work on the Coulomb Crystal experiment which studies the electrostatic interaction between electrically charged particles inside the station.

Flight Engineer Sergei Revin worked in the station’s Russian segment checking for coolant leaks and cleaning fan grilles and screens.

Commander Oleg Kononenko spent part of his morning on an experiment that observes veins in the lower extremities of a station crew member. He along with Pettit and Kuipers later performed a fit check of the suits they will wear when they return to Earth July 1 aboard the Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft.

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