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Orbiting Expedition 32 Trio Awaits Three New Crew Members

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jul 12, 2012 5:29 am via: NASA
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The three orbiting Expedition 32 crew members are busy with ongoing science and maintenance activities. Meanwhile, on Earth three new crew members are getting ready for their launch to the International Space Station on Saturday night.

Commander Gennady Padalka started his day collecting blood and saliva samples for the Immuno experiment. That study seeks to determine changes in stress and immune responses during long duration microgravity missions.

Padalka later removed and replaced a vacuum pump on the Vozdukh system in the Zvezda service module. The Vozdukh is a Russian life support system that removes carbon dioxide from the station’s environment.

From inside the Kibo laboratory Flight Engineer Joe Acaba continued work with the SPHERES experiment which observes bowling-ball-sized satellites remotely programmed and operated by high school students. He also activated a hardware command panel in advance of the launch of Japan’s HTV3 cargo vehicle on July 20.

Flight Engineer Sergei Revin and Acaba assisted Padalka during the morning’s Immuno sample collections. Revin then spent time cleaning ventilation screens inside the Zarya module and conducting other maintenance throughout the station’s Russian segment.

Back on Earth, the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft was mated to the rocket that will launch it to space on Saturday at 10:40 p.m. EDT (8:40 a.m. Kazakhstan time Sunday) from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan. The Soyuz will carry Flight Engineers Suni Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide who will join Expedition 32 when they dock to the Rassvet module Tuesday at 12:52 a.m.

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