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Station Crew Prepares for Home, Ramps Up Science After Reboost

Published by Klaus Schmidt on Sat Apr 7, 2012 10:48 am via: NASA
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The International Space Station has been boosted to a higher orbit readying the orbital laboratory for the undocking of a cargo ship, the departure of a crew and the arrival of a new crew.

Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin worked inside the Soyuz that will take him and Commander Dan Burbank and Flight Engineer Anton Shkaplerov home on April 27. He set up and recharged the phone inside the departing Soyuz to ensure backup communications with ground crews in the unlikely event they miss their landing site.

Ivanishin also inventoried and stowed cargo inside the ISS Progress 46 resupply vehicle that is due to undock April 19 and burn up over the Pacific Ocean.

Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko assisted Ivanishin with the phone work during the afternoon. He also worked throughout the Russian segment performing routine maintenance and participated in an experiment that observes cultural differences among crew members.

Shkaplerov continued work on the Coulomb Crystal experiment that studies the formation and interaction of electrically charged particles. He also performed some maintenance and checked fire protection kits.

Flight Engineers Don Pettit and Andre Kuipers worked on science throughout the day Friday. They worked on different experiments that observe how the body adapts to microgravity and they also performed eye scans. The two astronauts also set up Japan’s super-sensitive high definition video camera to videotape auroras from the cupola.

Burbank worked in the Tranquility module performing plumbing work. He set up pumps to transfer liquids back and forth among the Water Recycling System and the Waste and Hygiene Compartment. He also participated in the eye scans with Pettit and Kuipers. St

An generative interaction with crew Ivanish from ISS discussed about bio-chemical devices,wastes and some biochemistry with biological stature.
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