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Japanese Robotics Work and Safety Inspection for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Wed Feb 6, 2013 11:36 pm via: NASA
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The Japanese robotic arm attached to the Kibo laboratory was used overnight to inspect experiments located outside the lab module on the Exposed Pallet. The International Space Station hosts two robotic arms, one Canadian and the other Japanese. The Canadarm2 was used last month to test the possibility of refueling satellites never meant to be serviced in orbit.

Inside the vehicle the six-member Expedition 34 crew is getting ready for the launch of the SpaceX Dragon resupply craft, inspecting safety gear and conducting international science.

Commander Kevin Ford held a conference with specialists on the ground discussing items to be packed, stowed and returned aboard the Dragon capsule when it arrives next month. Ford also worked throughout the day loading new software inside an EXPRESS rack which houses multiple science payloads. He then performed some plumbing work replacing a recycle tank inside the Water Recycle System.

Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield continued his work on the ongoing physics experiment InSpace-3. That study observes liquids containing microscopic particles, or colloids, and how they behave when exposed to magnetic fields.

Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn inspected portable safety gear such as oxygen masks and fire extinguishers. He inspected gear located throughout the space station such as the Zarya module, the U.S. airlock, all three nodes and the Destiny, Kibo and Columbus laboratories. In the Russian segment of the station, Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin and Roman Romanenko continued auditing the availability of stowage space and worked ongoing science and maintenance.

Novitskiy worked on the Vzaimodeistviye and Seiner experiments. The first study explores the interactions of crew members during long-duration missions while Seiner observes the oceans for Russian fisheries.

Romanenko took radiation measurements for the Matryoshka experiment. He also tested methods for detecting and locating pressure leaks for the BAR experiment.

Tarelkin worked to repressurize a nitrogen tank inside a Progress resupply craft. He also treated panels inside the Zarya lab for fungus and charged a battery for Relaksatsiya, a Russian earth observation experiment.

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