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Emergency Training, Maintenance and Departure Preps for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Nov 8, 2012 6:53 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 33 crew members participated in emergency training exercises Wednesday, familiarizing themselves with the International Space Station’s emergency equipment and locations. They also reviewed the evacuation pathways to their Soyuz spacecraft and inspected hatchway seals to prepare for the unlikely event of a rapid depressurization of the orbiting laboratory.

Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineer Aki Hoshide, with assistance from Flight Engineer Kevin Ford, conducted a session with the Health Maintenance System Eye Exam, known as PanOptic. During the session, the crew members captured still and video images of their eyes for downlink and expert analysis.

A nighttime view of Baltimore, Maryland is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 33 crew member aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

A nighttime view of Baltimore, Maryland is featured in this image photographed by an Expedition 33 crew member aboard the International Space Station. Credit: NASA

Hoshide also continued his in-flight maintenance work on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment, removing and replacing a pre-treatment pump used to inject chemicals into waste water, beginning the recycling process that eventually results in clean drinking water for crew use. The Waste and Hygiene Compartment is expected to be back in full operation by Thursday.

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

Ford participated in crew medical officer proficiency training, and along with Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin, had time scheduled for ongoing 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.

Tarelkin also worked on the transfer of trash and unneeded items into the ISS Progress 48 cargo vehicle for disposal. Progress 48 is scheduled to undock from the station on Feb. 11 for a destructive re-entry into Earth’s atmosphere.

During a Wednesday visit to NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Ala., Expedition 31/32 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba had a chance to speak with current station crew members Suni Williams, Aki Hoshide and Kevin Ford. The Payload Operations Center at Marshall coordinates all international scientific research aboard the space station.

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