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Training and Maintenance Inside Station, Robotics Outside

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Nov 28, 2012 9:05 am via: NASA
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The three Expedition 34 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station focused on training and maintenance duties Tuesday, while ground commanded robotics operations took place on the exterior of the orbiting complex.

Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin participated in emergency medical procedure reviews with the Crew Health Care System. The training gives crew members the opportunity to work as a team in resolving a simulated medical emergency and refreshes their memory of equipment locations, use, and procedures.

Ford had some time scheduled to review procedures for upcoming data takes with the Synchronized Position, Hold, Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites, or SPHERES, experiment. SPHERES uses three bowling-ball-sized satellites to test techniques that could lead to advancements in automated dockings, satellite servicing, spacecraft assembly and emergency repairs.

Ford also worked in the Destiny lab’s Microgravity Science Glovebox for the ongoing InSPACE-3 experiment. That study observes fluids filled with microscopic particles, or colloids, and how they behave when exposed to magnetic fields.

Later, Ford participated in some in-flight interviews with WNDU-TV and the Notre Dame Observer in South Bend, Ind., answering a variety of questions about his stay aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Novitskiy and Tarelkin worked in the Russian segment of the station, monitoring its systems and performing a variety of housekeeping and maintenance duties including cleaning air ducts and vacuuming behind panels in the Zvezda service module.

Robotics officers in Mission Control commanded the station’s robotic arm, Canadarm2, to walk off from the Mobile Base System Power and Data Grapple Fixture to the Harmony Power and Data Grapple Fixture in advance of a routine inspection of the SSRMS Latching End Effector.

Meanwhile, at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia, three additional Expedition 34 crew members continue preparations for their upcoming trip to the station. NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Roman Romanenko conducted the first of two days of Russian Soyuz and Russian segment qualification exams and simulations that will lead to their final certification for flight.

The trio is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome Dec. 19 and dock to the station two days later for a five-month stay. Hadfield will become the first Canadian to command the station when Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin depart in March, marking the start of Expedition 35.

NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos), and their international partners have selected two veteran spacefarers for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station in 2015. This mission will include collecting scientific data important to future human exploration of our solar system. NASA has selected Scott Kelly and Roscosmos has chosen Mikhail Kornienko.

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