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Science, Maintenance and Russian Holiday for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Jun 12, 2012 5:29 am via: NASA
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Expedition 31 Flight Engineer Joe Acaba performed maintenance on the Combustion Integrated Rack, or CIR. The CIR, which is housed in the Fluids and Combustion Facility in the International Space Station’s Destiny laboratory, houses hardware for research on combustion in microgravity.

He also performed a quarterly inspection of one of the station’s treadmills and spent time transferring cargo from the European Space Agency’s “Edoardo Amaldi “ Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 that is currently docked to the station.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit continued his work with the Burning and Suppression of Solids experiment, known as BASS, on Monday. The investigation examines the burning and extinction characteristics of a wide variety of fuel samples in microgravity. The BASS experiment will help to develop procedures and methods for extinguishing accidental fires in microgravity, and it will contribute to the design of fire detection and suppression systems in microgravity and on Earth.

Andre Kuipers, also a flight engineer, participated in an ambulatory monitoring session with the Integrated Cardiovascular (ICV) experiment. ICV researches the extent of cardiac atrophy and seeks to identify its mechanisms.

In addition, Kuipers cleaned elements of the ventilation system in the Japanese Kibo laboratory.

The Russian crew members – Commander Oleg Kononenko and Flight Engineers Gennady Padalka and Sergei Revin – observed Russia Day, a holiday that recognizes national pride and social and economic achievements in Russian history.

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