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Station Crew Begins Unloading Cargo Delivery, Continues Science

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Apr 10, 2014 8:18 pm via: NASA
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Expedition 39 crew members have begun unloading supplies delivered Wednesday aboard the ISS Progress 55 resupply craft. The crew also moved ahead with continuous international science, ongoing station maintenance and mandatory exercise.

Commander Koichi Wakata had a busy morning working throughout the station on various maintenance tasks. He moved air quality management gear then activated a ham radio. Afterward, Wakata opened a Destiny lab window shutter for an Earth observation study, assembled SpaceX Dragon gear and sampled water from the Water Recycling System. He also worked U.S. spacesuits in the Quest airlock.

During the afternoon, the Japanese commander inspected portable safety gear such as breathing apparatuses and fire extinguishers. Finally, he conducted another run of the new Hybrid Training experiment.

NASA astronauts Steve Swanson and Rick Mastracchio wrapped up maintenance work on the Carbon Dioxide Removal Assembly. The duo replaced a filter screen and checked leaks on the device that removes carbon dioxide from the station’s environment.

Wakata was joined by Swanson and cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin before lunch time in the Kibo lab for a conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. Veteran Japanese astronaut Aki Hoshide moderated the VIP event. Hoshide visited the station aboard space shuttle Discovery in 2008 and flew on a Soyuz spacecraft to serve as an Expedition 32/33 flight engineer in 2012.

Cosmonauts Alexander Skvortsov and Oleg Artemyev opened the hatches to the new Russian space freighter that docked Wednesday after a six-hour trip from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. Skvortsov along with Tyurin have started transferring the 3,126 pounds of cargo including food, clothing and science hardware.

All three cosmonauts participated in a Russian television broadcast for the citizens of Saratov which is about 585 miles southeast of Moscow. The trio also congratulated the winners of the Korolev Russian National Youth Science Readings event.

In the afternoon, Skvortsov worked on several Russian science experiments. He set up thermostats for two microbe studies, Bioemulsion and Conjugation, which may have benefits for medicinal manufacturing.

Artemyev photographed work for the Regeneratsia biology experiment. That study observes the effects of radiation and microgravity on the regeneration of organic material.

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