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Crew Works New Science While RRM Activities Move On
01.15.13
 
Astronaut Tom Marshburn

Tom Marshburn works inside the Combustion Integrated Rack replacing bottles and cartridges. Credit: NASA TV

Houston and Canadian ground controllers are working in tandem on the second day of the Robotics Refueling Mission (RRM) experiment. The Canadarm2 with Dextre attached is working with the RRM hardware to test techniques to service and refuel satellites to extend their original missions.

› Listen to interview about this weeks’ RRM activities
› Watch video from Day 1 RRM activities

Flight controllers are also getting ready to fire the engines of the docked ISS Progress 49 resupply craft Wednesday evening. The engine firing will raise the station’s perigee by one mile in preparation for next month’s arrival of the ISS Progress 50 cargo craft. The new Progress vehicle will launch and dock to the station on the same day after four orbits on Feb. 11.

While controllers on the ground are working robotics and readying a new resupply craft, the six-member Expedition 34 crew is busy inside the International Space Station.

Commander Kevin Ford spent the latter part of his day on the ELITE experiment which investigates the connection between brain, visualization and motion in the absence of gravity. He set up cameras and body markers to record how a crew member adjusts to microgravity while still unconsciously acting as if under Earth’s gravity.

› Read more about ELITE

Flight Engineers Chris Hadfield and Tom Marshburn set up the ISERV experiment which uses the Destiny lab’s Window Observation Research Facility. That study is expected to provide useful images for use in disaster monitoring and assessment and environmental decision making.

› Read more about ISERV

Marshburn worked in the middle of his morning on maintenance of the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR). He replaced manifold bottles and adsorber cartridges inside the CIR which studies combustion at different atmospheric pressures.

On the Russian side of the station, cosmonauts and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy, Evgeny Tarelkin and Roman Romanenko continued with their routine complement of Russian science and systems maintenance.

Novitskiy started his morning with the Immuno experiment. The study collects a crew member’s blood, saliva and urine to measure stress and immune response during and after a long-term mission in space. He continued more work with the Kulonovskiy Kristall experiment which studies plasma dust structures.

› Read more about Immuno

Tarelkin sampled the air and surfaces inside the Zarya and Zvezda modules for microbes. He also updated the inventory management system as gear is moved around the station and in and out of Progress resupply craft.

Romanenko worked maintenance replacing cartridges and filters. He also had a training session with the T2 treadmill observing Ford as he exercised on the device.