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High End Science and Plumbing Work for Exp 34 Crew
02.04.13
 
Commander Kevin Ford

Commander Kevin Ford begins work to upgrade the High Rate Communication System. Credit: NASA TV

The six-member Expedition 34 crew is back to work on science and maintenance after an off-duty weekend. They are also preparing for Saturday’s undocking of the ISS Progress 48 resupply craft. Two days after that a new cargo craft, the ISS Progress 50, will launch and dock to the International Space Station in just four orbits.

Commander Kevin Ford began Monday performing plumbing on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment in the Tranquility node. Following that work he conducted a monthly fitness check and began work to upgrade the High Rate Communication System.

Canadian astronaut and Flight Engineer Chris Hadfield spent some time during his day on two ongoing materials experiments. He photographed samples for the Binary Colloidal Alloy Test. Those samples consist of liquids containing microscopic solids and how they behave under various conditions. He also set up InSpace-3, a similar experiment, in the Microgravity Science Glovebox for monitoring on the ground.

Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn spent his morning in the Japanese Kibo lab replacing a centrifuge in the Cell Biology Experiment Facility. He also did some plumbing work as he transferred water from the Water Recovery System to a contingency water container.

The trio of cosmonauts was busy with research and upkeep inside the station’s Russian segment. Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin are on their first spaceflight mission. Roman Romanenko is on his second long duration mission, his first being Expedition 20/21 in 2009.

Novitskiy and Tarelkin partnered together inside the Zvezda service module repairing interior panels. Novitskiy also took some time out for ocean photography for the Seiner experiment. Tarelkin rode an exercise bike as part of a study to observe a crew member’s cardiovascular system during a long-duration spaceflight mission.

Romanenko replaced dust filters and cleaned air ducts throughout the Russian segment. He also photographed landmarks on Earth for the Uragan experiment which studies the impacts of man-made and natural disasters.

This Saturday at 8:15 a.m. EST the trash-filled Progress 48 cargo craft is due to undock for a destructive reentry over the Pacific Ocean. On Monday at 9:41 a.m. the Progress 50 will launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, for a same day docking to the Pirs docking compartment at 3:40 p.m.

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