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MARES Work Continues, Cameras Watch Katia Churn in Atlantic

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Thu Sep 1, 2011 8:57 am via: NASA
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Work continued on the Muscle Atrophy Research and Exercise System, or MARES. Fixing damaged bolts Tuesday and a misaligned electronics box Wednesday, Flight Engineers Mike Fossum and Satoshi Furukawa readied hardware to bring MARES to life for future research operations.

Furukawa and Fossum will talk to South Dakota Public Broadcasting at 10:40 a.m. EDT Thursday. The astronauts will talk about the future of the space program with the cancellation of the shuttle program, the loss of the Progress resupply craft last week and commercial launches to the International Space Station.

Flight Engineer Ron Garan spent most of his afternoon auditing ground straps on racks inside the Destiny laboratory and its connecting modules. Garan checked the condition and position of the straps and photographed them for analysis on the ground.

Flight Engineer Sergei Volkov spent time on a Russian botanical experiment. Volkov watered plants in an experiment that seeks to optimize plant cultivation in microgravity possibly reducing resources necessary to support crews during long-duration missions. The second-time station resident also replaced flexible air ducts in the Zarya cargo module.

Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev audited food containers checking their locations and condition. He also spent some time participating in the INTERACTION experiment. INTERACTION documents crew-ground relationships to develop methods for improved crew selection, training procedures and in-flight support.

Commander Andrey Borisenko continued the ongoing photo and video documentation of life on the station. The commander also checked the Russian Fire Detection and Suppression System removing sensors and cleaning their surrounding areas.

Tropical Storm Katia has succeeded Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Jose as the next named storm this season. The orbiting crew members and ground controllers targeted station cameras on the far eastern Atlantic this week where Katia was gaining strength.

Wednesday’s targets for the Earth Observations program included the Kwanza Basin off the Angola coast, the Volga-Ural delta on the northern Caspian Sea, Rio de Janeiro, the Moldovan capital city Chisinau and the Niwot Ridge near Boulder, Colo. Areas of interest are chosen based on the station’s orbital track over the Earth which provide good photographic opportunities.

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