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Spacesuit Work Continues While ATV-5 Orbits Earth on Way to ISS

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Jul 31, 2014 8:06 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 40 crew is continuing more cargo transfers, spacesuit maintenance and science while Europe’s Automated Transfer Vehicle-5 orbits Earth on its way to the International Space Station.

Commander Steve Swanson worked inside Cygnus transferring gear from Orbital Sciences’ resupply vehicle. Swanson and Mission Control implemented a 50 second communication delay during the cargo work assessing the potential impacts when crews travel beyond low-Earth orbit. Astronauts Reid Wiseman and Alexander Gerst joined Swanson for the Cygnus cargo transfers.

In the afternoon, the commander was back at work on U.S. spacesuit maintenance measuring the conductivity of water samples taken from the suit cooling loops. Swanson then collected tools in preparation for upcoming Russian and U.S. spacewalks.

Wiseman began Wednesday loading software for the Human Research Facility Rack-1 inside Europe’s Columbus laboratory module. After that, he drained a Tranquility node recycle tank and checked the device for leaks. Finally, Wiseman partnered with Swanson helping the commander collect spacewalk tools for the future spacewalks.

Gerst, a German astronaut from the European Space Agency, worked throughout Wednesday conducting science for the Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS-II) combustion experiment. He communicated with payload specialists on the ground as he worked to achieve a stable long-burning blue flame during two tests.

The three cosmonauts worked primarily on their side of the orbital laboratory. The trio is working cargo transfers, as well as Russian science and maintenance tasks.

Future station commander Max Suraev continued unloading the new ISS Progress 56 resupply ship that docked to the Pirs docking compartment last week. He also updated the station’s inventory management system, a routine task when transferring and moving cargo around the space station. In the afternoon, Suraev installed overlay plates on Zarya cargo module interior panels and treated them with disinfectant.

Veteran cosmonaut Alexander Skvortsov worked throughout the day on maintenance tasks. He replaced a valve and checked for hydrogen leaks on the Elektron oxygen generator. In the afternoon, Skvortsov prepared to replace fans in the Russian modules with low noise units. Finally, he worked with the Motokard investigation which observes how a crew member adapts to moving around in microgravity during a long duration mission. Researchers will use the data to train future crews and prevent locomotion disturbances among current crews.

Flight Engineer Oleg Artemyev also worked on maintenance Wednesday. He joined Suraev for the Zarya installation work. He later assisted Skvortsov with the Motokard investigation work.

Meanwhile, the European Space Agency’s (ESA) fifth and final Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV-5) is orbiting the Earth after its launch Tuesday from Kourou, French Guiana, at 7:47 p.m. EDT. The ATV-5 is on a two week trip to the International Space Station headed for a docking to the Zvezda service module on Aug. 12 at 9:43 a.m. with 7 tons of science, food, fuel and supplies.

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