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Training and Visiting Cargo Craft Preps for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 20, 2012 3:28 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 32 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station participated in a variety of training and orientation activities Thursday as preparations continue for a variety of visiting cargo vehicle operations. The crew members also worked with science experiments and continued the ongoing maintenance of the systems aboard the orbiting laboratory.

The newest station residents, Flight Engineers Sunita Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Akihiko Hoshide, joined station Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Sergei Revin and Joe Acaba for a review of crew emergency roles and responsibilities.

Williams, Malenchenko and Hoshide were welcomed aboard the station Tuesday after docking in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft.

Acaba and Hoshide performed some training with the Robotics On-board Trainer to prepare for the rendezvous and capture of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s HTV cargo vehicle, Kounotori3, set to launch to the station on Friday at 10:06 p.m. EDT. Rendezvous, capture and berthing of the cargo vehicle are scheduled for July 27.

To prepare the ISS Progress 47 cargo vehicle for its undocking, Padalka and Malenchenko installed a docking mechanism and ran some tests with TORU, the Russian telerobotically operated rendezvous system. The Russian cargo vehicle is scheduled to undock from the station’s Pirs docking compartment on Sunday at 4:27 p.m., temporarily backing away from the station. It is then scheduled to re-dock on Monday at 9:57 p.m. to test the new Kurs-NA docking system.

Williams worked with the Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS) experiment, which examines the burning and extinction characteristics of a wide variety of fuel samples in microgravity. The BASS experiment will help to develop procedures and methods for extinguishing accidental fires in microgravity, and it will contribute to the design of fire detection and suppression systems in microgravity and on Earth.

Revin worked with the Typology experiment, which studies changes in a cosmonaut’s reaction time during long-duration spaceflight.

Later, Hoshide participated in an in-flight educational event for the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, speaking with students in Tanegashima and Tsukuba, Japan.

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