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Science, Orientation and Cargo Vehicle Preps for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Mon Jun 3, 2013 9:05 pm via: NASA
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The six Expedition 36 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station Monday performed science experiments and made preparations for the upcoming arrival of a European cargo vehicle while the three newest residents continued ongoing orientation and familiarization exercises.

Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy worked with the Binary Colloid Alloy Test, or BCAT, which observes microscopic particles suspended in liquids, or colloids, to learn how to develop smarter, more advanced materials on Earth.

Cassidy also continued his participation in the Pro K experiment as nutritionists evaluate the effectiveness of dietary changes to lessen the bone loss experienced by astronauts in space.

Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineer Alexander Misurkin worked with the Sprut-2 experiment, which studies the liquid content of a crew member in microgravity.

Misurkin also conducted a session with the Uragan experiment. Named for the Russian word for “hurricane,” Uragan seeks to document and predict the development of natural and man-made disasters on Earth.

The newest station residents, Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano, worked with Vinogradov to review emergency hardware and procedures.

Nyberg also had some time scheduled for station orientation and training with Cassidy, who has been living aboard the orbiting laboratory since March.

Nyberg, Yurchikhin and Parmitano, who arrived aboard the station on May 28, will have time set aside over the next few weeks for a variety of crew orientation activities to help familiarize themselves with their new orbital home.

Parmitano and Misurkin conducted a test of the television transmission equipment that will be used for the scheduled docking of the European Space Agency’s “Albert Einstein” Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4) to the aft port of the Zvezda service module on June 15. Parmitano and Misurkin will monitor the approach of the ATV-4 and its systems during the final phase of the vehicle’s rendezvous and docking.

Meanwhile at the Arianespace launch site on the northern coast of South America in Kourou, French Guiana, final preparations are under way for Wednesday’s scheduled launch of the ATV-4. Launch is planned for Wednesday at 5:52 p.m.EDT, beginning a 10-day trip to the station. The current forecast calls for thunderstorms in Kourou at launch time.

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