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New Year-Long Station Residents Introduced to Public
Scott Kelly

NASA astronaut and veteran station commander Scott Kelly is introduced from Houston. Credit: NASA TV

Mikhail Kornienko

Russia cosmonaut and station veteran Mikhail Kornienko is introduced from Moscow. Credit: NASA TV

Expedition 34

Expedition 34 (from left: Novitskiy, Tarelkin and Ford) congratulates future station crew members Kelly and Kornienko during their press conference. Credit: NASA TV

NASA, the Russian Federal Space Agency and space veterans Scott Kelly and Mikhail Kornienko participated in a pair of news conferences Wednesday morning from Houston and Moscow. The duo, slated for the space station’s first year-long mission in 2015, discussed their professional preparations and personal thoughts. From the space station, Expedition 34 Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin congratulated Kelly and Kornienko during their conference.

› Watch video from the Program Briefing
› Watch video from the Crew Briefing
› Read the news release

The mission will allow scientists to monitor the long term impacts of living in space on the human body. The knowledge gained will benefit scientists and crew members as NASA plans longer missions and future missions to go further into space.

Back on the space station, the three member Expedition 34 crew continued with ongoing science, routine maintenance and daily exercise.

Ford participated in a monthly fitness evaluation Wednesday morning to measure his cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health. Novitskiy assisted Ford during the graded exam that took place on an exercise cycle, or the Cycle Ergometer Vibration Isolation System.

Ford also worked with the NanoRacks experiment hardware throughout the day, such as the Plate Reader and Microscope-2. The research gear allows crew members and station systems to interface with a variety of researchers on the ground. NanoRacks is the first commercial laboratory in space.

The Plate Reader, which arrived aboard the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle HTV-3 in July, will provide bio-pharmaceutical research opportunities in space. Microscope-2, a microscope that plugs into a station laptop computer, captures images from slide samples for downlink to researchers on the ground.

Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin continued checking fans and filters throughout the station’s Russian segment.