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Space Station Live: Interviews (April 30-May 3, 2013)
 
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Space Station Live: Robotic Refueling Mission – 04.30.13
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Aboard the International Space Station, another round of Robotic Refueling Mission (RRM) tasks is set to begin as engineers continue to test and demonstrate the tools, technologies and techniques to refuel and repair satellites in orbit - especially satellites not designed to be serviced.

Robert Pickle, the RRM lead for the robotics team at Houston’s Mission Control, sat down with NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot to describe the tools and objectives of these latest tests, which are focusing on some of the finer, more precise tasks of remote satellite servicing.

Remotely operating the station’s 57-foot Canadarm2 robotic arm and its robotic handyman attachment known as Dextre, the robotics team in Houston will use a specially designed wire cutting tool to cut through some multi-layer insulation tape on the RRM testbed and then manipulate it.

Additional RRM tasks on tap for this latest round of testing include the remote removal of torque-set screws and coaxial connectors.

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Space Station Live: Space Station Science – 05.02.13
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NASA Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot speaks with Assistant ISS Program Scientist Kirt Costello about the various science experiments and research currently being conducted aboard the International Space Station.

The International Space Station is an unprecedented achievement in global human endeavors to conceive, plan, build, operate and utilize a research platform in space.

Costello and his team advise the ISS Program Manager on the science that is being selected and flown to the station and work to prioritize the experiments that are being conducted.

Results from the science and research conducted aboard the station provide advantages to many areas of our lives here on Earth – health and telemedicine, pharmaceuticals, physical science, engineering safety, better consumer goods, and Earth science and observation.

To learn more about space station science and research visit:
http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/index.html

Watch the full Space Station Live broadcast weekdays on NASA TV at 10 a.m. CDT.