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ISS Update: Interviews (March 11-15, 2013)
Interviews: International Space Station Update

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ISS Update: Keeping Track of Station Inventory – 03.14.13
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Public Affairs Officer Dan Huot interviews Rob Adams, Inventory and Stowage Officer, inside the Mission Control Center. Adams and his team keep track of the gear aboard the International Space Station and its location on the orbital laboratory.

The team works with the station crew relying on their inputs in the Inventory Management System. The ground team will often cross-check the inventory with imagery and video of the gear and its serial numbers.

Adams is the team lead for the SpaceX-2 Dragon mission keeping track of the cargo going in and out of the commercial cargo craft. He also pays attention to the bags, or containers, the gear arrives in to ensure returning cargo is properly stowed in an orderly fashion for the return flight home.

For more information on the science and operations about the space station, visit http://www.nasa.gov/station

ISS Update: Materials Science Aboard Station – 03.13.13
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From the Marshall Space Flight Center’s Payload Operations Integration Center (POIC) in Huntsville, Ala., NASA Public Affairs Officer Lori Meggs interviews John Kramer of the Microgravity Science Glovebox (MSG) and Material Science Research Rack (MSRR) team and Shawn Reagan, MSRR Project Manager.

A range of materials, including metals, ceramics and plastics, have been tested on the International Space Station, and the MSG and the MSRR are the station’s “workhorses” that have processed these samples. The team at Marshall’s POIC coordinates the testing with the station’s onboard crew, answering any questions the astronauts may have as they work through the written procedures.

The materials research aboard the station allows researchers to see how different types of materials form and bond without the effects of gravity that are always present in Earthbound laboratories.