Soyuz Seat Checks and Station Reboost for Upcoming Crew Change
Commander Kevin Ford completed runs for the InSPACE-3 experiment on Wednesday and began stowing the science hardware from inside the Microgravity Science Glovebox on Thursday. He then replaced a manifold bottle inside the Combustion Integrated Rack. Ford later adjusted a high-rate communications system cable behind a Destiny lab rack to minimize possible damage.
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Hadfield spent most of his work day sampling the station’s air and surfaces for microbes. He later talked with television personalities from Montreal, Canada.
Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn sampled the station’s water and checked sound levels. He then spent his afternoon preparing for the Advanced Colloids Experiment by configuring its Light Microscopy Module.
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Ford later joined Marshburn at the end of the day for an eye exam. The exam includes video and still images of the optic nerve for downlink to specialists on the ground.
Ford and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin checked the seats in the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft they will return home in. The trio’s homecoming in Kazakhstan is planned for March 15. When they undock Expedition 35 will begin as Chris Hadfield becomes station commander staying behind with Flight Engineers Tom Marshburn and Roman Romanenko.
The International Space Station is set to reboost its orbit Friday at 5:34 a.m. EST when the docked ISS Progress 49 cargo craft fires its engines. The reboost readies the Soyuz TMA-06M spacecraft for its undocking and the arrival of the Soyuz TMA-08M vehicle on March 28. Aboard the new Soyuz will be Expedition 35 Flight Engineers Chris Cassidy, Pavel Vinogradov and Alexander Misurkin.
While cosmonauts Novitskiy and Tarelkin were checking their Soyuz seats, Flight Engineer Roman Romanenko conducted science and maintenance in the station’s Russian segment.
He conducted a data check for the Matryoshka experiment, which uses a mannequin to study the radiation a crew member might experience. He then worked with the E-Nose hardware that monitors the station’s environment for air contaminants.
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Singer-songwriter Peter Gabriel and his family visited Mission Control Wednesday and talked to several members of the Expedition 34 crew. Hadfield talked about recording music in space, Marshburn talked about science onboard the station and Ford talked about his hometown in Fort Wayne, Ind.
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