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Expedition 34 to Congratulate New Year-Long Residents
12.04.12
 
Commander Kevin Ford

Kevin Ford works in the Columbus laboratory. Credit: NASA TV

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The three Expedition 34 crew members aboard the International Space Station are working ongoing science and maintenance. In Star City, Russia, three more crew members are getting ready for their Dec. 19 launch to join the orbiting residents.

NASA and the Russian Federal Space Agency (Roscosmos) have just announced their first year-long space station residents, space veterans Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko, who are due to begin their mission in 2015. The duo will participate in a news conference Wednesday morning. Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin will congratulate Kelly and Kornienko during the conference.

Wednesday’s briefing schedule (all times EST)
  • 9 a.m. – Briefing with NASA and Roscosmos officials
  • 10 a.m. – Briefing with Kelly and Kornienko
› Watch NASA TV
› Read the news release

Back on the orbital laboratory, Ford again focused on international science. He worked on the Geoflow-2 experiment that studies heat and fluid flow currents within the Earth's mantle. He also checked water quality for an experiment that observes bone and mineral density in fish living in microgravity.

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Ford worked mainly with two science racks. In the Combustion Integrated Rack (CIR) he replaced a manifold bottle and installed a camcorder. The CIR enables combustion experiments in microgravity. In the Fluid Science Laboratory (FSL), Ford conducted the Geoflow-2 study before conducting some maintenance on a device inside the FSL that measures small vibrations and accelerations. Located in the Columbus module the FSL conducts fluid physics research in microgravity

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Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin worked in the station’s Russian segment. The duo checked fans and filters and continued work with the Kulonovskiy Kristall experiment. That study will help model the physical dynamics of space dust particles exposed to sunlight as well as control the particles in a magnetic field.