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Robotics, Science and Maintenance Work for Station Residents

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Dec 1, 2012 8:57 am via: NASA
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The three Expedition 34 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station were busy with robotics, science experiments and maintenance work Friday as they wrapped-up another week aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Commander Kevin Ford worked with ground controllers to perform a walk-off of the station’s Canadarm2 robotic arm from a power and data grapple fixture on the exterior of the Harmony module to a power and data grapple fixture on the Mobile Base System. The robotics operations were completed as part of an inspection conducted earlier this week of the arm’s latching end effector.

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

Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin worked in the Russian segment of the station performing a variety of maintenance duties and routing new cables for the command and data handling system.

They also worked with the Russian BAR experiment, which looks at methods and instruments for detecting the location of a loss of pressure aboard the station.

Tarelkin worked with a Russian experiment known as Relaxation, which examines chemical luminescent reactions from jet engine exhaust in the Earth’s atmosphere.

Meanwhile, three additional Expedition 34 crew members, NASA astronaut Tom Marshburn, Canadian Space Agency astronaut Chris Hadfield, and Russian Federal Space Agency cosmonaut Roman Romanenko, are enjoying an off-duty day today after receiving their formal certification for flight Thursday at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia.

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.

Over the weekend, the station residents will continue ongoing scientific research and perform their regular maintenance duties. They also will enjoy some off-duty time and have an opportunity to speak with family members.

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