4 new Expedition 69 flight engineers are of their second week aboard the International Space Station spending extra time on microgravity analysis and lab upkeep. One other trio of station crewmates is nearing one yr in house and can quickly flip its consideration to departure on the finish of the month.
Two of the station’s latest new flight engineers, Jasmin Moghbeli from NASA and Satoshi Furukawa from JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Company), labored Tuesday on the NanoRacks Bishop airlock contained in the Tranquility module. The duo inspected cameras and put in parts on the business doorway that allows bigger payloads to be moved inside and outdoors the station. Earlier, mission controllers had spent a couple of week maneuvering Bishop within the grips of the Canadarm2 robotic arm for an experiment to measure temperature, vibrations, and radiation on exterior payload websites.
The opposite two new crewmates, ESA (European Area Company) astronaut Andreas Mogensen and Roscosmos cosmonaut Konstantin Borisov, labored on biomedical science and station repairs duties all through the day. Mogensen spun blood samples in a centrifuge then processed them for incubation to check how cellular immune functions are affected by microgravity. Borisov spent his day on battery upkeep and orbital plumbing duties within the orbital lab’s Roscosmos phase.
NASA Flight Engineer Frank Rubio is nearing 365 steady days in house together with Commander Sergey Prokopyev and Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin, each from Roscosmos. The trio, which has been on the station since Sept. 21 of final yr, is because of depart the orbital lab on the finish of the month contained in the Soyuz MS-23 crew ship and parachute to a touchdown in Kazakhstan.
Within the meantime, Rubio labored Tuesday eradicating and changing parts contained in the Cold Atom Lab that chills atoms to extraordinarily low temperatures to look at quantum traits. Prokopyev inventoried private gadgets aboard the station and continued transferring cargo from the Roscosmos Progress 85 resupply ship. Petelin hooked up electrodes to himself and recorded his coronary heart exercise for a cardiac investigation.
5 spacecraft are nonetheless parked on the orbital outpost following the undocking on Sunday of the SpaceX Dragon Endeavour with 4 Business Crew members aboard. Dragon Endeavour, commanded by Stephen Bowen and piloted by Woody Hoburg, each from NASA, with Mission Specialists Sultan Alneyadi of UAE (United Arab Emirates) and Andrey Fedyaev from Roscosmos splashed down early the following day without work the coast of Florida. The quartet cut up up quickly after reaching shore and headed house to their particular person international locations.
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