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Reboost, Robotics and U.S. Spacewalk Preps for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Aug 23, 2012 6:47 am via: NASA
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Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3) fired its engines twice Wednesday placing the International Space Station in a higher orbit. The reboost readies Expedition 32 for its undocking when Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Joe Acaba and Sergei Revin return to Earth Sept. 17 inside the Soyuz TMA-04M spacecraft.

The ATV-3 reboost also supports the launch of a Russian resupply craft, the ISS Progress 49, which will be advanced by a day from Nov. 1 to Oct. 31. This will be the second time a Progress cargo craft is scheduled to dock with the station just a few hours after launch, or only four orbits. The normal Russian launch to docking profile is two days, or 34 orbits.

Acaba and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide worked throughout their day on different robotics tasks. Acaba set up Robonaut2 in the Destiny laboratory for power and command tests being conducted by ground controllers. Hoshide also worked with ground controllers to load software on a laptop computer that operates the Kibo laboratory’s robotic arm.

Hoshide then joined Flight Engineer Suni Williams to configure U.S. spacewalk tools. Williams had earlier stowed tools used during Monday’s Russian spacewalk. Later all three U.S. segment astronauts got together to review procedures for the Aug. 30 U.S. spacewalk.

Padalka and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko, Monday’s spacewalkers, continued to wind down after their nearly six-hour excursion. The duo discussed the events of Monday with Russian spacewalk specialists on the ground. Malenchenko later discharged the batteries that powered their Orlan spacesuits.

Flight Engineer Sergei Revin worked throughout the day in the station’s Russian segment. Revin performed leak checks, installed air ducts and replaced filters. He also worked with the Matryoshka experiment retrieving a dosimeter that measures radiation inside and outside the space station.

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