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Training and Science for Station Crew; Progress Re-dock Under Review

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jul 26, 2012 5:26 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 32 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station Wednesday participated in orientation activities and performed a variety of science experiments and maintenance duties.

Flight Engineers Suni Williams, Yuri Malenchenko and Aki Hoshide met with Commander Gennady Padalka for a review of the station’s emergency equipment and locations. As the newest station residents, Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko will continue to familiarize themselves with systems aboard the orbiting laboratory during a series of orientation activities over the next few weeks.

Flight Engineer Joe Acaba was assisted by Williams with the Integrated Cardiovascular study, which measures the atrophy of the heart muscle that appears to develop during long-duration spaceflight. Investigators use the data from these tests to develop countermeasures to keep the crew healthy. The research also may have benefits for people on Earth with heart problems.

Williams also set up acoustic dosimeters for crew-worn measurements to assure sound levels throughout the station are maintained at safe limits.

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

Flight Engineer Sergei Revin worked in the Russian segment of the station, collecting air samples for analysis and performing a variety of preventative maintenance tasks.

Meanwhile, after conducting additional overnight tests on the Kurs-NA automated rendezvous system, Russian specialists and International Space Station program officials met Wednesday to review the issues that caused the ISS Progress 47 cargo craft to abort its re-docking to the orbiting outpost late Monday.

The Russian cargo craft, which initially undocked from the station Sunday, was on track to re-dock with the complex Monday for a test of its new Kurs-NA automated rendezvous system when a systems issue triggered a passive abort. The Progress passed a safe distance below and eventually behind the station to enable Russian space officials to evaluate data in determining the cause.

Pending analysis of the problem, the next re-docking attempt for the Progress will take place no earlier than Saturday, a day after the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle-3 (HTV3) is grappled and berthed to the Earth-facing port on the Harmony module.

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