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Station Crew Begins Week with Science

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Tue Mar 20, 2012 10:09 am via: NASA
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International Space Station astronaut and Expedition 30 Flight Engineer Don Pettit returned to his work 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 Andre Kuipers performed three experiments using the NanoRacks Smartphone-1, which examines how smartphones will operate in space. The hope is to use the compact hardware in future research studies and to augment crew performance and productivity in operational activities.

Oleg Kononenko, a flight engineer, took photographs of Earth as part of the Russian Uragan Earth-imaging program, which is named for the Russian word for hurricane. Uragan is a ground- and space-based system for predicting natural and manmade disasters.

Kuipers also worked on replacing a Recycle Filter Tank Assembly in the station’s Water Recovery System (WRS).

Commander Dan Burbank took water samples Monday from the Environmental Health Monitoring System and the WRS. He also analyzed those samples with the Total Organic Carbon Analyzer, which is necessary for checking drinking water quality. Total Organic Carbon is naturally present in the environment and by itself has no health effects, but it provides a medium for the formation of byproducts that may be harmful.

Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov performed routine servicing of the Sozh environmental control and life support system in the Zvezda service module.

Anatoly Ivanishin, also a flight engineer, did regular maintenance on the Treadmill Vibration Isolation System, or TVIS, one of the station’s treadmills. TVIS is an integral piece of exercise equipment aboard the orbital outpost.

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