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ISS Update: Interviews (July 16-20, 2012)
Interviews: International Space Station Update

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ISS Update: Science Aboard Kounotori3 – 07.20.12
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NASA Public Affairs Officer Amiko Kauderer interviews Pete Hasbrook, associate program scientist, about the experiments traveling to the International Space Station aboard the H-II Transfer Vehicle-3, or HTV3.

When the Japan Exploration Agency’s HTV3 launches aboard an H-IIB launch vehicle from the Tanegashima Space Center in southern Japan, 20% of its 3.5 tons of cargo will be experiment-related equipment. The hardware ranges from a remote-controlled Earth-observation camera for environmental research to an aquarium system to allow Japanese scientists to study fish.

HTV3, also known as Kounotori3, or “white stork,” is also carrying two student-designed experiments selected from thousands of proposals submitted through YouTube. Expedition 32 Flight Engineer Suni Williams, who announced the winners back in December, will perform the experiments aboard the station.

Not all the cargo aboard HTV3 will be carried inside its pressurized logistics carrier. The Japanese cargo craft also has an exposed pallet for items that never come inside the station. One of those items, the Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) Testbed, will be removed from the exposed pallet by the station’s robotic arm and installed on the exterior of the station where it will demonstrate advanced radio technology.

ISS Update: Testing the Suitport – 07.19.12
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NASA Public Affairs Officer Amiko Kauderer talks with Suitport Project manager Robert Boyle inside the Mission Control Center at Johnson Space Center. The Suitport is a new idea for a spacesuit that eliminates the need for an airlock. It reduces consumables and enables easier and more efficient spacewalking.

The Suitport was initially developed at Ames Research Center and patented in 1989. Johnson Space Center (JSC) is now testing the Suitport with humans in a pressure chamber. JSC has already tested Suitport mockups attached to experimental vehicles such as the Multi-Mission Space Exploration Vehicle (MMSEV).

Boyle talks a bit about his education and experience before he began working on the Suitport. Boyle then contrasts the difference between current and past spacesuits with the Suitport now under testing and development. He also answers questions submitted by Twitter followers using the hashtag #askStation.

ISS Update: Astronaut Shannon Walker – 07.17.2012
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In the International Space Station flight control room at NASA’s Johnson Space Center, Houston, ISS Update commentator Amiko Kauderer interviewed Shannon Walker, NASA astronaut and Expedition 24 and 25 flight engineer. Walker talked about the docking of the Soyuz TMA-05M spacecraft carrying Expedition 32 Flight Engineers Suni Williams, Aki Hoshide and Yuri Malenchenko and the steps involved with opening the hatches between the station and the Soyuz.

Williams, Hoshide and Malenchenko launched to the station on July 14 and docked July 17 to begin a four-month tour of duty aboard the orbiting complex.

Walker talked about the training and preparations required to get the incoming crew members ready for their launch and stay aboard the station. She also explained in detail her launch experience aboard a Soyuz spacecraft and what the newest station crew members can expect during their launch.

She also had a chance to answer a few questions submitted via Twitter about her experiences during launch and aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Questions? Ask us on Twitter @NASA_Johnson and include the hashtag #askStation.