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Science, Maintenance and Orientation For Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Dec 3, 2011 9:50 am via: NASA
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Commander Dan Burbank performed some maintenance on the Water Recovery System and participated in the VO2 Max experiment on the International Space Station Friday. VO2 Max observes the aerobic capacity of an individual on a long-duration space mission. The experiment involves a graded exercise test using either a treadmill or exercise bike. By understanding the changes in aerobic capacity that occur within spaceflight, necessary adjustments can be made to spacewalk exercise countermeasures.

Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov performed maintenance in the Zvezda service module and worked with CONSTANTA, a Russian experiment that observes the reaction of enzymes in microgravity.

Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin performed a laptop activation and worked with Shkaplerov to inspect the chassis of the Treadmill Vibration Isolation System, or TVIS, which is an integral piece of exercise equipment aboard the orbital outpost.

Throughout the day, Burbank, Shkaplerov and Ivanishin, who arrived aboard the station Nov. 16, had time set aside for orientation activities to become accustomed to living and working aboard the orbiting complex.

Over the weekend, the three station residents will continue regular maintenance duties and ongoing scientific research. They also will perform their daily physical exercise routines, enjoy some off-duty time and have an opportunity to speak with family members.

Meanwhile, NASA astronaut Don Pettit, Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko and European Space Agency astronaut Andre Kuipers began a week of relaxation Friday in advance of next Thursday’s departure for the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan for their final two weeks of training and pre-launch preparations. They are scheduled to launch aboard their Soyuz TMA-03M spacecraft on Dec. 21, docking to the station two days later.

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