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Station Crew Prepares for Cargo Vehicle Operations

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Feb 7, 2013 11:58 pm via: NASA
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The six-member Expedition 34 crew is preparing for cargo vehicle operations this weekend. A trash-filled ISS Progress 48 resupply ship will undock Saturday morning for a fiery destruction over the Pacific Ocean. A new cargo craft, the ISS Progress 50 (P50), will replace it Monday afternoon when it docks to the Pirs docking compartment just four orbits, or about six hours, after launch.

Cosmonauts and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Roman Romanenko practiced during their morning for the P50 arrival on the telerobotically operated rendezvous system (TORU). The TORU allows a crew member to control and dock a vehicle in the unlikely event the spacecraft’s automated rendezvous system fails.

The original captain of the USS Enterprise Captain Kirk – William Shatner – called the International Space Station Thursday morning for a chat with Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield. The duo talked about the risks and benefits of space exploration and Chris’ home in Ontario. Afterwards from inside the Kibo laboratory, Hadfield chatted with visitors at the Canadian Space Agency headquarters in St. Hubert, Quebec.

Earlier, Hadfield with assistance from Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn participated on the Neurospat experiment which observes brain processing and spatial cognition in microgravity. Hadfield also continued more runs with the InSpace-3 experiment which exposes liquids with microscopic particles, or colloids, to different magnetic fields.

Marshburn started his day performing a fitness test to ensure satisfactory cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health and performance. He later worked throughout his day on various maintenance tasks. First, he installed a hydrogen sensor on the Oxygen Generation System. Finally, he temporarily installed a gas mass flow controller to ensure power and nitrogen flow inside the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer to prevent its failure.

Commander Kevin Ford continued loading new software inside an EXPRESS rack which houses multiple science payloads. He then performed a hearing test on himself and later conducted some plumbing work assembling a water transfer pump.

Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin continued more runs with the Relaksatsiya experiment which observes the chemical reactions in the Earth’s atmosphere using an ultraviolet spectrometer. Tarelkin also videotaped station crew members living and working in space. The video will be provided for a Russian television documentary program.

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