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International Research and Maintenance for Station Crew

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Fri Mar 16, 2012 10:14 am via: NASA
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The Expedition 30 crew members living and working aboard the International Space Station Thursday worked with a variety of scientific research from around the world and continued the ongoing maintenance of the systems aboard the orbiting laboratory.

Commander Dan Burbank collected scientific data for the Passages experiment, a study of the impact of microgravity on the interpretation of visual perception. Researchers want to understand more about how astronauts adjust perceptual strategies in order to efficiently perform tasks.

Burbank also performed maintenance on damaged panel fasteners in the U.S. Destiny laboratory and gathered hardware to prepare for upcoming cable routing work.

Flight Engineer Andre Kuipers performed maintenance in the Fluid Physics Experiment Facility (FPEF) in the Ryutai Rack located in the Japanese Kibo module. The FPEF is used to study the Marangoni effect, which is the flow of liquids caused by surface tension.

Flight Engineer Don Pettit worked with the Structure and Liftoff In Combustion Experiment, or SLICE, which investigates the nature of flames in microgravity. Results from SLICE could lead to improvements in pollution control technology and fuel efficiency.

Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko worked with the Russian experiment Relaksatsiya, or “Relaxation,” which uses two plasma contactor units installed on the station’s Z1 truss to observe radiation patterns from Earth’s ionosphere.

Flight Engineers Anton Shkaplerov and Anatoly Ivanishin worked in the Russian segment of the station, monitoring its systems and performing a variety of routine maintenance activities.

Meanwhile, the European Space Agency began a two-day launch readiness review in Kourou, French Guiana to prepare for next week’s launch of the “Edoardo Amaldi” Automated Transfer Vehicle-3 cargo craft. Launch is set for March 23 at 12:34 a.m. EDT, with docking to the station five days later on March 28 at 6:34 p.m.

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