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Lead Increment Scientist's Weekly Highlights: Feb. 14, 2011
(Highlights: Feb. 14, 2011) -- The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean, or HREP-HICO, Experiment Payload has taken 2,590 images to date, including recent images of the Malacca Strait and Cape Town, South Africa. The experiment analyzes the water clarity, chlorophyll content, water depth and ocean or sea floor composition for naval purposes.

Through Feb 15, the Crew Earth Observation, or CEO, team has received 16,365 frames. Recent images include the Patagonian Ice Field and the illuminated view of the Emi Koussi Volcano in northern Chad, which highlights the entire volcanic structure at 3,415 meters above sea level. Emi Koussi is the highest summit of the Sahara region. For this experiment, station crew members photograph natural and human-made changes on Earth. These images provide researchers with key data to better understand the planet.

The European Space Agency’s Educational Payload Operations -- Greenhouse, or EPO-Greenhouse, is underway and will continue for 12 weeks. The Greenhouse will have lettuce and Arabidopsis plants growing in space while students in Europe perform similar growth studies simultaneously on the ground.

Scott Kelly performed his final session with ESA's Scaling Body-Related Actions in the Absence of Gravity, or Passages. Passages uses the Neurospat hardware to test how astronauts interpret visual information in microgravity.

Paolo Nespoli completed his final session with ESA's SOdium LOading in Microgravity, or SOLO, experiment. Sessions consisted of special diet, blood and urine sample collections, and body mass measurements. SOLO studies the mechanisms of fluid and salt retention in the body during spaceflight.

The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency-sponsored Chaos, Turbulence and its Transition Process in Marangoni Convection, or Marangoni, UVP experiment performed two ground-controlled runs. This is one of two physics experiments analyzing the behavior of a surface-tension-driven flow in microgravity.

Jorge Sotomayor, Lead Increment Scientist
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