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Progress Re-Docking Scheduled; Station Crew Prepares for HTV3 Arrival

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jul 27, 2012 5:28 am via: NASA
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International Space Station Program and Russian managers have decided to try a second attempt to re-dock the Progress 47 cargo craft to the station. The re-docking is planned for about 9 p.m. EDT Saturday.

Aboard the station Thursday, Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba made preparations for Friday’s arrival of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency’s H-II Transfer Vehicle-3 (HTV3). He installed the Centerline Berthing Camera System and calibrated the positions of the station’s external cameras. He assembled the HTV Hardware Command Panel in the Kibo laboratory and joined fellow Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide in a review of robotics procedures.

Also known as Kounotori3, or “white stork,” the HTV3 will be commanded to fly within about 40 feet of the station while Acaba and Hoshide use Canadarm2, the station’s Canadian Space Agency-provided robotic arm, to grapple the cargo craft and berth it to a docking port on the Earth-facing side of the Harmony node.

Hoshide collected blood and urine samples for the Human Research Facility, or HRF. The facility provides an on-orbit laboratory that enables human life science researchers to study and evaluate the physiological, behavioral and chemical changes induced by space flight. Research performed using the HRF provides data to help scientists understand how the human body adapts to long-duration space flight.

He also participated in an ambulatory monitoring session with the Integrated Cardiovascular (ICV) experiment, which researches the extent of cardiac atrophy and seeks to identify its mechanisms, and had time set aside to familiarize himself with his orbital home.

Station Commander Gennady Padalka worked with the Russian experiment Relaksatsiya, or “Relaxation”, which uses two plasma contactor units installed on the station’s Z1 truss to observe radiation patterns from Earth’s ionosphere.

Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko worked with the Bar experiment. The Russian investigation looks at methods and instruments for detecting the location of a loss of pressure aboard the station.

Suni Williams, also a flight engineer, participated in the Integrated Resistance and Aerobic Training Study, known as Sprint. The experiment involves ultrasound imagery taken of her leg during a shorter, more intense workout than station crew members normally perform. Sprint evaluates the use of high-intensity, low-volume exercise training to minimize loss of muscle, bone, and cardiovascular function in station crew members during long-duration missions.

Flight Engineer Sergei Revin worked with the radiation payload suite Matryoshka-R, which is designed for sophisticated radiation studies and is named after the traditional Russian set of nested dolls.

Additionally, all the crew members participated in an emergency drill.

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