(Highlights: Week of Sept. 2, 2013) - NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg completed the Charged Coupled Devices (CCD) camera installation and checkout in preparation for the Resist Tubule investigation scheduled to begin in Expedition 37/38. This study uses the International Space Station microgravity environment to examine the modifications in cellular components that are responsible for gravity resistance in plants. This knowledge will enable efficient plant production both in space and on Earth.
Nyberg also completed the video setup and activation of Re-entry Data Acquisition Using I Ball Re-entry Recorder (I BALL) in preparation for the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle-4 (HTV-4) unberth and re-entry. I BALL is a spherical sensor assembly that obtains position, acceleration, temperature and imagery data during the HTV re-entry phase. This data will be used to analyze the environment and HTV characteristics during re-entry to allow engineers to more accurately estimate a range of HTV breakup activities.
European Space Agency astronaut Luca Parmitano de-installed the passive detectors of the Dose Distribution Inside the International Space Station-D (DOSIS-3D) and handed them over to the Russian crew for return on Soyuz. DOSIS-3D measures radiation field parameters such as absorbed dose and dose equivalent at different locations inside the space station, using active and passive radiation detector devices. The aim is to produce a three-dimensional dose distribution map of all segments of the station. This study further enlightens scientists of the use of devices for data collection and how to monitor real-time data. This could prove beneficial to radiation monitoring of commercial airline crews and military flight crews.
Parmitano set up the DTM DIAPASON instrument for its first test run. This new Italian investigation tests the DTM DIAPASON instrument that uses nanoparticle migration and capture through very small thermal gradients for monitoring combustion-generated pollution, analyzing hostile environments and identifying atmospheric contaminants on station. DTM DIAPASON is mainly focused on Earth needs -- monitoring pollution in large crowded cities, industrial environment, hostile environment-like chemical plants, pipelines boosting stations, combustion facilities, nuclear plants and offshore installations.
Other human research investigations continued for various crew members including Space Headaches, Spinal Ultrasound, Reaction Self Test, and Dietary Intake Can Predict and Protect Against Changes in Bone Metabolism During Spaceflight and Recovery, or Pro K.
Jorge Sotomayor, Lead Increment Scientist