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Station Crew Unpacks Gear and Performs an Array of Science Activities

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Aug 11, 2011 7:17 am via: NASA
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Flight Engineer Mike Fossum stowed spacewalk tools in the Quest airlock and unpacked gear from the docked ISS Progress 42 cargo craft. Fossum also inspected the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC) after it was restored to service. The WHC temporarily failed when a circuit breaker tripped during maintenance work on Tuesday.

Japanese astronaut and Flight Engineer Satoshi Furukawa worked with SHERE, or Shear History Extension Rheology Experiment. The experiment investigates the effect of rotation on the stress and strain response of a polymer fluid being stretched in microgravity. Furukawa also unpacked gear from the ISS Progress 43 resupply craft due to undock later this month.

Flight Engineer Ron Garan stowed blood samples in the Human Research Facility’s science freezer located in the U.S. Destiny laboratory. Working with another Destiny rack, the Fluids and Combustion Facility, Garan participated in the Preliminary Advanced Colloids Experiment (PACE). The goal of PACE is to test the capabilities of the Light Microscopy Module for viewing biological specimens.

Garan and Fossum talked to Houston stations KTRK-TV and KTRH-Radio Wednesday. The astronauts discussed science on the space station and the future of space exploration.

On the Russian side of the International Space Station, Commander Andrey Borisenko and Flight Engineers Sergei Volkov and Alexander Samokutyaev conducted numerous science activities.

Volkov worked with the INTERACTION and BAR experiments. INTERACTION studies interpersonal factors between the crew and ground support personnel. BAR studies leak and depressurization detection techniques on the space station.

Samokutyaev worked with PNEUMOCARD. That experiment uses an electrocardiogram and other tools to measure a crew member’s cardiorespiratory system. He also supported Volkov on BAR.

Borisenko worked with SPRUT-2 which observes the adaption of body fluids in microgravity. Working with the RELAXATION experiment, Borisenko set up a camera to view the radiation emitted when the station’s propulsion exhaust interacts with the Earth’s atmosphere.

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