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Lead Increment Scientist's Highlights for the Week of November 21, 2011
(Highlights: Week of November 21, 2011) -- The Hyperspectral Imager for the Coastal Ocean (HREP-HICO) Experiment Payload has taken 4,573 images to-date. The most recent HICO images include San Francisco, parts of the coastline of Australia and Martha's Vineyard. The experiment analyzes the water clarity, chlorophyll content, water depth and ocean or sea floor composition for naval purposes. The Remote Atmospheric and Ionospheric Detection System (HREP-RAIDS) is collecting secondary science data including nighttime atmospheric disk photometry, spectra and temperatures. Extreme Ultra Violet airglow spectroscopy and optical contamination studies will also be performed.

Space Test Program Houston 3 - Canary (STP-H3-Canary) took data during the last Soyuz undocking event. It is one of four individual experiments that will test concepts in low Earth orbit for long-duration space flight. This experiment investigates the interaction of ions with the background plasma environment around the space station. The thermal control, attitude knowledge, and environmental sensing technologies will be used in future spacecraft development. The improvements also will create more robust and capable satellites to be used by ground systems.

Dan Burbank completed his first session of the Cardiac Atrophy and Diastolic Dysfunction During and After Long Duration Spaceflight: Functional Consequences for Orthostatic Intolerance, Exercise Capability and Risk for Cardiac Arrhythmias (Integrated Cardiovascular). This experiment determines how much cardiac atrophy, or decrease in heart muscle, occurs during spaceflight and how fast it develops, whether this atrophy causes problems with the heart's pumping or electrical function, and how both the atrophy and any associated changes develop.

In conjunction with Integrated Cardiovascular, Burbank also completed a session with Vascular Echography (Vessel Imaging). This European Space Agency experiment evaluates the changes in thickness and compliance of blood vessel wall properties and cross sectional areas of crew members during and after long-term exposure to microgravity.

Burbank performed his first Scaling Body-Related Actions in the Absence of Gravity (PASSAGES) session on Nov. 23. This European Space Agency experiment is designed to test how astronauts interpret visual information in weightlessness.

Jorge Sotomayor, Lead Increment Scientist
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