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Station Crew Prepares for New Arrivals

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Jul 7, 2012 5:35 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 32 crew of the International Space Station wrapped up the workweek Friday with experiments, housekeeping tasks and preparations for a Japanese resupply ship and a Russian spacecraft carrying three additional crew members.

Following the crew’s daily planning conference with flight control centers around the world, Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineer Sergei Revin answered questions from International Youth Science School students visiting the Mission Control Center in Star City, Russia. Afterward the two cosmonauts participated in an experiment that studies the cardiovascular system during exercise.

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32 Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide (left), Yuri Malenchenko (center) and Suni Williams walk by the upper stage of their Soyuz booster rocket. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Expedition 32 Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide (left), Yuri Malenchenko (center) and Suni Williams walk by the upper stage of their Soyuz booster rocket. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov

Padalka rounded out his day with routine maintenance on the life-support systems in the Russian segment of the station.

Revin meanwhile stowed items for disposal aboard the ISS Progress 47 cargo ship, which is set to undock on July 22 and re-dock to the station a day later to test upgrades to the Russian Kurs automated docking system. Progress 47 will perform its final undocking on July 30 for a destructive re-entry in the Earth’s atmosphere. Its final departure clears the Pirs docking compartment for the arrival of ISS Progress 48, set to launch on Aug. 1 from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan.

In anticipation of the arrival of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s third H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV-3) set to launch on July 20, Flight Engineer Joe Acaba assembled an HTV hardware control panel in the Kibo laboratory and routed associated cabling to the station’s observation deck, the seven-windowed cupola. The crew will grapple HTV-3, also known as Konotouri3, or “white stork,” with the station’s robotic arm and berth it to the Earth-facing port of Harmony on July 27.

Afterward, Acaba scrubbed the cooling loops on the U.S. spacesuits in preparation for a spacewalk planned for late August.

Acaba later retrieved provisions that will be needed by additional Expedition 32 flight engineers during their first few days on orbit. NASA astronaut Suni Williams, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Aki Hoshide and Russian cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko are set to launch aboard their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft from Baikonur on July 14 and dock July 17 to begin a four-month tour of duty aboard the orbiting complex.

Over the weekend, the space station’s residents will enjoy some off-duty time, during which they’ll continue to monitor station systems and experiments, perform their daily exercise regimen and talk with their families back on Earth.

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Rendezous at ISS by july 14 2012 a 3 member crew and a japanese 1.Done with vosomotive center,cardiovascular activities ascending with the fact of explorative DNA and locomotive apparatuss.
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