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Station Crew Prepares ATV-3 for Undocking

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Sep 22, 2012 7:26 am via: NASA
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The three Expedition 33 crew members are conducting experiments, performing maintenance and exercising aboard the International Space Station. The trio is awaiting a new set of crew members who are in Star City, Russia, taking qualification exams and training for their launch in October.

Commander Suni Williams set up the ELITE-S2 experiment, sponsored by the Italian Space Agency, which studies the connection between a crew member’s brain, visualization and motion in microgravity. She also reconfigured a medical laptop computer cable and conducted crew medical officer proficiency training.

Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide worked in the Kibo laboratory installing gear on the Multi-Purpose Experiment Platform located inside the Kibo airlock. He installed the Small Satellite Orbital Deployer and the Message in a Bottle 2 experiment which will be exposed to the outer space environment. The satellites will be deployed on Sept. 27.

Europe’s “Edoardo Amaldi” Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 (ATV-3) will undock Tuesday for entry into the Earth’s atmosphere and a fiery destruction over the Pacific Ocean. Hoshide gathered tools in preparation for the ATV-3’s hatch closure on Monday. The ATV-3 is docked to the aft end of the Zvezda service module.

Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko transferred fluids to an ATV-3 tank for disposal. Malenchenko also worked throughout the station’s Russian segment checking communications gear and a smoke detector. He later monitored the Matroyshka experiment and updated the inventory management system.

Space shuttle Endeavour, whose last mission was to the International Space Station, landed in Los Angeles atop a 747 Shuttle Carrier Aircraft at 3:51 p.m. EDT Friday. Endeavour will be delivered to the California Science Center for its last stop.

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