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Station Crew Wraps Up Work Week with Biomedical Work, Robotics Training

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Feb 14, 2014 6:37 pm via: NASA
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The six-member Expedition 38 crew wrapped its workweek with more biomedical work. The international space residents also continued ongoing microgravity research, inventoried gear from a new space freighter and trained for the upcoming Cygnus release.

Veteran cosmonaut Mikhail Tyurin began the day’s first biomedical work collecting and storing his saliva and blood for the Chromatomass experiment. He later worked with the Kulonovskiy Kristall experiment which studies the dynamics of a charged particle system in a magnetic field in microgravity.

Commander Oleg Kotov took sample photos for the Aseptik study which seeks to develop methods and equipment for checking hardware sterility. Kotov then worked throughout the station’s Russian segment on various maintenance tasks.

Flight Engineer Sergey Ryazanskiy continued his daily morning and evening bioreactor checks for the Caskad cell cultivation experiment. He later did some light plumbing work and updated the station’s inventory management system.

NASA astronaut Mike Hopkins joined Japanese astronaut Koichi Wakata for another eye exam Friday morning using the Ultrasound-2 scan device. The duo then performed cardiac scans and blood pressure checks.

Hopkins and Wakata are also getting ready for Tuesday’s farewell to Orbital Sciences’ Cygnus commercial cargo craft berthed to the Harmony node. The pair teamed up again to train for the robotics work necessary for Cygnus’ grapple then release with the Canadarm2.

Cygnus is planned to be released Tuesday at 6:40 a.m. EST. Flight Engineers Mike Hopkins and Koichi Wakata will be in the cupola grappling then releasing the Cygnus with the Canadarm2. Watch the activities on NASA TV beginning at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

NASA astronaut Rick Mastracchio worked throughout the day on the Burning and Suppression of Solids (BASS-II) combustion study. He also had time set aside for inspecting a compressor and valve assembly. Mastracchio later worked in the Harmony node checking ventilators and an emergency provisions locker.

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