[image-78](Highlights: Week of Sept. 9, 2013) -- Expedition 37 officially started Sept. 10 at 6:35 p.m. CDT when Expedition 36 crew mates Pavel Vinogradov, Chris Cassidy and Alexander Misurkin undocked in a Soyuz TMA-08M spacecraft for a landing in Kazakhstan about 3.5 hours later. The remaining crew members aboard the International Space Station are Fyodor Yurchikhin, Karen Nyberg and Luca Parmitano.
The Earth-observing camera on station called ISERV acquired images of several International Disaster Charter activation sites, including flooding along the Ussuri River on the border between Russia and China. ISERV stands for the International Space Station SERVIR Environmental Research and Visualization System. The space station provides researchers a unique perspective through global observations from space. SERVIR is a Spanish acronym meaning "to serve." Also known as the Regional Visualization and Monitoring System, the program provides satellite data and tools to environmental decision makers in developing countries.
The crew completed 10 test sessions for the Investigating the Structure of Paramagnetic Aggregates from Colloidal Emulsions-3 (InSPACE-3) study. Five sessions were bonuses. A total of 42 science runs are planned and so far, 28 have been completed. InSPACE-3 studies the behavior of magnetic colloidal fluids, which transition to a solid-like state by the formation and cross-linking of microstructures in the presence of a magnetic field. This technology has promise to improve the ability to design structures, such as bridges and buildings, to better withstand earthquake forces.
The ground team completed the Resist Tubule checkout in preparation for the investigation to begin. 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.
Two test runs were completed for the Amine Swingbed study. A total of seven test points are scheduled during this three-crew member stage. This investigation assesses the effectiveness of a smaller, more efficient vacuum-regenerated amine system in removing carbon dioxide from the space station atmosphere for potential use on longer duration human spaceflight missions. This can be used in Earth applications if access to a clean purge gas supply is available.
Other human research investigations continued for various crew members including Space Headaches, Reaction Self Test, Repository, and Dietary Intake Can Predict and Protect Against Changes in Bone Metabolism During Spaceflight and Recovery, or Pro K.
John Love, Lead Increment Scientist