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Station Crew Hard at Work as Departure Preps Under Way

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:28 am via: NASA
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Expedition 33 will be saying goodbye this weekend when Commander Suni Williams and Flight Engineers Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko return to Earth in their Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. The trio will land in Kazakhstan at 8:53 pm. EST Sunday (7:53 a.m. Kazakhstan time on Monday). After they land, Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko will have spent 127 days in space, 125 days on the station.

Williams will ceremonially hand over station control to Flight Engineer Kevin Ford on Saturday. Ford will officially become Expedition 34 commander when Williams and her crewmates undock on Sunday. Staying behind with Ford will be Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin.

Three new Expedition 34 crew members are training on the ground in Star City, Russia, for their Dec. 19 launch to the International Space Station. Flight Engineers Chris Hadfield, Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko conducted Soyuz simulations at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center on Monday.

Williams and her off-going crewmates trained for their departure and descent inside the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft. Home-bound preparations for the trio will be taking place all week.

Meanwhile, the six-member Expedition 33 crew moved right along Monday with international science, routine maintenance and daily exercise.

Novitskiy and Tarelkin worked together on the Russian science experiment BAR. The ongoing study seeks to determine the best tools and methods for finding pressure leaks on the space station.

Hoshide set up and wore gear for the Integrated Cardiovascular experiment. The experiment monitors the shrinkage of a crew member’s heart, or cardiac atrophy, which occurs during long-duration missions in microgravity.

Ford assisted Williams as she inspected the COLBERT treadmill. The six-month treadmill inspection and maintenance schedule includes inspecting nuts and bolts, cleaning debris and checking belt tension. Ford also swapped out a battery for the EarthKAM experiment inside the Destiny lab’s Window Observation Research Facility.

Malenchenko worked in the station’s Russian segment sampling water used for drinking bags. He also replaced a urine receptacle and changed out a filter on the Vozdukh carbon dioxide removal system.

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