vendredi 21 août 2015

Crew Explores Life Science While Waiting for Japanese Delivery










ISS - Expedition 44 Mission patch.

August 21, 2015

The Expedition 44 crew was back at work today continuing a series of biomedical studies, physics experiments and maintenance tasks. Meanwhile, more science is on its way to the International Space Station aboard Japan’s fifth space freighter.


Image above: Hurricane Danny was pictured over the central Atlantic Ocean from the International Space Station early Friday morning. Image Credit: NASA TV.

Three cosmonauts studied magnetics, human digestion then participated in ultrasound scans and blood pressure checks today. The trio, consisting of Commander Gennady Padalka and Flight Engineers Mikhail Kornienko and Oleg Kononenko, also subjected themselves to vision checks for the ongoing Ocular Health study.


Image above: Cosmonauts Mikhail Kornienko, Gennady Padalka and Oleg Kononenko speak to the Russian Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev Friday morning. Image Credit: NASA TV.

NASA astronaut Scott Kelly collected blood and urine samples and stored them in a science freezer for the Fluid Shifts study. New Flight Engineers Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren continued practicing the robotic techniques they will use Monday morning to capture a new cargo craft and berth it to the Harmony module. Lindgren also checked out spacewalking tools.


Image above: Astronauts Kimiya Yui and Kjell Lindgren train for the robotic capture of Japan’s “Kounotori” HTV-5 cargo craft. Image Credit: NASA TV.

The “Kounotori” H-II Transfer Vehicle-5 (HTV-5) from the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency is delivering more than 9,500 pounds of research and supplies for the six-person station crew. NASA TV will begin live coverage of the HTV-5 arrival Monday at 5:15 a.m. EDT with capture due at about 6:55 a.m.

Related links:

Magnetics study: http://www.energia.ru/en/iss/researches/popular/02.html

Human digestion study: http://www.energia.ru/en/iss/researches/human/09.html

Ocular Health study: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/204.html

Fluid Shifts study: http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/experiments/1257.html

HTV-5 arrival live coverage: http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

For more information on the International Space Station and its crews, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/station

Images (mentioned), Text, Credits: NASA.

Greetings, Orbiter.ch

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