The ten residents residing aboard the International Space Station have a jam-packed Monday as three Expedition 69 crew members are finishing their last duties earlier than departure and others full an array of well being exams and repairs to orbital payloads.
NASA astronaut Frank Rubio started his day changing clogged pumps on the BioFabrication Facility. After lunch, he moved on to accumulating organic samples for the Food Physiology investigation, which assesses if an enhanced diet helps astronauts higher adapt to spaceflight. Close to the top of the day, Rubio continued departure prep forward of his journey again residence to Earth.
Rubio, together with Roscosmos Commander Sergey Prokopyev and Flight Engineer Dmitri Petelin, will undock from the station’s Prichal module at 3:55 a.m. EDT on Wednesday, Sept. 27. The three long-serving crew members will take a brief journey residence, touchdown in Kazakhstan at 7:17 a.m. the identical day. Following greater than a year-long mission, Rubio is now the record-holder for the longest single spaceflight by a U.S. astronaut. He, together with Prokopyev and Petelin, will return after 371 days in house.
ESA (European Area Company) astronaut Andreas Mogensen spent his morning on the station’s bicycle, CEVIS, partaking within the CARDIOBREATH investigation—a examine that assesses the mixed results of cardiovascular and respiratory adaptions on blood stress throughout spaceflight. Within the night, he donned digital actuality goggles to coach for spacewalk emergencies within the unlikely occasion they’d happen utilizing SAFER, the Simplified Assist for EVA Rescue. Connected to the spacesuits, the system permits astronauts to securely return to the station in the event that they have been to develop into untethered. VR classes enable astronauts to be “outdoors” of the orbiting laboratory whereas monitoring actions of their arms and our bodies throughout coaching.
NASA Flight Engineer Jasmin Moghbeli accomplished a set of well being actions right this moment. Within the morning, she took a cognition take a look at for the continued Standard Measures investigation. She was later joined by NASA astronaut Loral O’Hara and JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Company) astronaut Satoshi Furukawa for ultrasound scans of arteries within the neck, clavicle, shoulder, and behind the knees, which helps docs on Earth examine how astronauts adapt to microcavity.
Moghbeli additionally took a while midafternoon to start the uninstallation of the Cold Atom Lab science instrument in preparation for future repairs. In the meantime, O’Hara carried out microbial analysis, analyzing floor and air samples that have been collected final week, whereas Furukawa labored within the Kibo Laboratory Module persevering with strong combustion analysis.
The opposite three cosmonauts aboard the orbiting laboratory break up up duties as Flight Engineer Konstantin Borisov ran the Pilot-T experiment to apply piloting strategies and was later joined by Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko to gather microbial samples round numerous Russian modules. Flight Engineer Nikolai Chub spent a part of his day inventorying cargo then moved on to crew orientation actions.
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