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Expedition 36 Installs New Treadmill, Works Science

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue May 21, 2013 9:19 pm via: NASA
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Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin are installing a new treadmill in the Zvezda service module. Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy is working science and maintenance on the U.S. side of the International Space Station. The trio also conducted an emergency drill and held a conference with the ground to review the results.

On Monday, Vinogradov and Misurkin removed and disassembled an old treadmill in Zvezda. A new treadmill was delivered on the ISS Progress 51 that docked April 26.

The treadmill helps keep crew members fit and prevents muscle atrophy that occurs in microgravity. The treadmill undergoes regularly scheduled maintenance and is equipped with gyroscopes and stabilizers that minimize the dynamic forces transferred to the space station and its systems.

Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy cleaned and lubricated the water dispenser in the Destiny lab. He later performed science work, setting up the Capillary Flow Experiment, and conducted an eye exam with remote guidance for the Fundoscope experiment.

After their lunch hour, the Expedition 36 trio simulated an ammonia leak emergency inside the station to practice their roles and responsibilities. The emergency drill is part of their onboard training to familiarize themselves with emergency procedures, ground communications, safety gear and escape locations. They discussed the results of the drill with experts on the ground.

As the International Space Station orbits the Earth its ground track takes it over areas of geographical interest. Several ongoing studies take advantage of the station’s vantage point, and the crew members take photographs of the Earth’s features for study on the ground. Tuesday’s Earth Observation opportunities include the Chihuahuan Desert; Damascus, Syria; Sarajevo; Georgia; the Pavlof Volcano; and some of the flooding in Mozambique.

A new Expedition 36 trio is in Kazakhstan for final preparations. Soyuz Commander Fyodor Yurchikhin and Flight Engineers Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano will enter their Soyuz TMA-09M spacecraft for a 4:31 p.m. EDT launch, and dock just four orbits – or about six hours – later.

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