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Station Crew Performs Science and Maintenance; Preps for Departure

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Nov 7, 2012 4:01 pm via: NASA
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The Expedition 33 crew living and working aboard the International Space Station Tuesday worked with a variety of science experiments, performed maintenance duties and made preparations for the upcoming departure of three crew members.

The station’s local area network computer servers failed Tuesday preventing the crew members from reading their daily task schedules and email at the various laptop computer work stations throughout the orbiting laboratory. Flight controllers at mission control re-sent the station residents copies of their daily instructions and the crew spent part of their morning getting the computer network back up and running. The failed computer system was not vital to the operation of the life support systems aboard the station.

Flight Engineer Kevin Ford worked with the ELITE experiment, which investigates the connection between brain, visualization and motion in the absence of gravity. By recording and analyzing the three-dimensional motion of crew members, this study helps engineers apply ergonomics into future spacecraft designs and determines the effects of weightlessness on breathing mechanisms for long-duration missions.

Commander Suni Williams performed some in-flight maintenance on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment, removing and replacing some of the system’s flush water components and a urine receptacle device.

Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide took water quality measurements in the Aquatic Habitat for the Medaka Osteoclast experiment, which studies the effects of microgravity on the biological systems of Medaka fish.

Hoshide also had some time set aside to participate in some in-flight interviews with the Yomiuri Newspaper and Keio University in Japan, answering questions about his stay aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Williams, Hoshide and Flight Engineer Yuri Malenchenko had some time set aside to prepare for their upcoming departure from the station. The trio is currently set to undock from the station’s Rassvet module and return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft on Nov. 18.

Ford, along with Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, had time scheduled for crew orientation activities to become accustomed to living aboard the orbiting complex. The trio arrived in their Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft on Oct. 26 beginning a five month stay aboard the station.

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

Malenchenko continued his work with the Plasma Crystal experiment, an investigation of the behavior of plasma-dust structures in space.

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