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Spacewalk Preparations as Science Continues Full Speed

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:41 am via: NASA
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Three Expedition 32 astronauts are working to ready the station both inside and outside for an Aug. 30 spacewalk. Flight Engineers Suni Williams, Aki Hoshide and Joe Acaba are reviewing procedures and getting Canadarm2 in position for the U.S. spacewalk. Throughout the week the trio also checked tools and spacesuits.

Despite ongoing preparations for the spacewalk the crew performed science, conducted plumbing and continued routine maintenance.

Williams stowed gear from the BASS experiment then set up hardware for the InSPACE experiment. Both experiments are operated inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox.

BASS, or Burning and Suppression of Solids, observes the burning and extinguishing properties of various materials. InSPACE-3, or Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions – 3, studies how magnetic fields affect fluids that contain microscopic particles.

Hoshide also worked on science activities throughout the day. He inventoried and photographed the Human Research Facility’s supply kits. Those kits contain items such as gloves, biological sample collection devices and gauze. Hoshide also downloaded data captured from devices that monitor a crew member’s heart for the Integrated Cardiovascular experiment.

Acaba focused on station plumbing Friday. He audited a contingency water container, collected condensate samples from a waste water bus and cleaned a beverage adapter that is part of the station’s portable water dispenser.

Commander Gennady Padalka and Yuri Malenchenko are still cleaning up after Monday’s spacewalk. They stowed and inventoried their spacewalk tools then reconfigured the Pirs docking compartment.

Flight Engineer Sergei Revin worked on Russian scientific investigations and began a session to monitor his blood pressure for 24 hours. He also worked maintenance in the station’s Russian segment.

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