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Emergency and Robotics Training for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Sep 21, 2012 7:15 am via: NASA
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The three Expedition 33 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station Thursday participated in a variety of training exercises as they worked to maintain the systems aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko participated in an emergency drill to sharpen the crew’s response to specific emergency cases. In cooperation with mission control centers on the ground, the trio walked through the response procedures and later tagged up with flight controllers to review the results and discuss any needed changes.

Williams and Hoshide took part in a robotics training session to prepare for the rendezvous of the SpaceX Dragon cargo craft in October. The training was followed by a conference with teams on the ground to discuss the training and procedures.

Williams also performed some maintenance on the Combustion Integrated Rack and updated software on the COTS UHF Communications Unit and Dragon Crew Command Panel.

Hoshide stowed cargo and took photographs inside the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3), which delivered 7.2 tons of food, fuel and supplies when it docked to the aft port of the Zvezda service module on March 28. ATV-3, filled with trash and unneeded items, is scheduled to depart from the station on Tuesday for a destructive re-entry in Earth’s atmosphere a day later.

Malenchenko worked in the Russian segment of the station, monitoring its systems and performing a variety of housekeeping and maintenance duties.

Throughout the day, the station residents had time set aside to perform their daily exercise routines. Station residents are required to exercise for 2.5 hours daily to stave off the effects of long-term exposure to the microgravity environment aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Space shuttle Endeavour, whose last mission was to the International Space Station, took off from Ellington Field in Houston atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at 8:03 a.m. EDT Thursday. Endeavour’s final destination is Los Angeles on Friday where it will be delivered to the California Science Center.

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