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Station Crew Works with Experiments, Robotics and Maintenance

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:28 pm via: NASA
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The Expedition 36 crew members worked with science experiments, robotics and maintenance during a light-duty Friday, wrapping-up a busy week aboard the International Space Station.

Flight Engineer Chris Cassidy and Luca Parmitano participated in the Spinal Ultrasound experiment, performing spinal scans using the Ultrasound 2 equipment with remote guidance from ground teams. The experiment studies the spinal changes that occur due to microgravity during spaceflight and after the crew member returns to Earth.

Parmitano worked with Robonaut for another round of ground-commanded tests and was later joined by Cassidy to disassemble the humanoid robot. Robonaut was assembled earlier this week for several days of data takes by the payload controllers at the Marshall Space Flight Center.

Cassidy removed and replaced the Potable Water Dispenser filter and tested the system for possible leak sources. The old filter will be returned to Earth at a later date for inspection by experts.

Flight Engineer Karen Nyberg continued the transfer of cargo from the European Space Agency’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-4 (ATV-4). Also known as the “Albert Einstein,” ATV-4 delivered 7.3 tons of science experiments and supplies for the crew when it docked with the station’s Zvezda service module on June 15.

Nyberg also had some time set aside to participate in some in-flight interviews with CBS “This Morning” and CNN’s “Leading Women,” answering some questions about life aboard the station and her experiences as an astronaut.

On the Russian side of the station, Commander Pavel Vinogradov and Flight Engineers Fyodor Yurchikhin and Alexander Misurkin had an off-duty day. Yurchikhin and Misurkin performed a successful spacewalk on Monday to prepare for the addition of a new Russian module later this year.

Over the weekend, the Expedition 36 crew will have an opportunity to relax and speak with family members back on Earth. The station’s residents also will take care of weekly housekeeping activities and continue their daily exercise routines to prevent the loss of muscle mass and bone density that occurs during long-duration spaceflight.

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