Spacewalkers Relax Monday as Cosmonauts Explore Science

The Expedition 45 Crew
The Expedition 45 Crew
The Expedition 45 crew gathers inside the Destiny laboratory to celebrate the 15th anniversary of continuous human presence aboard the International Space Station.

NASA astronauts Scott Kelly and Kjell Lindgren cleaned up the International Space Station’s Quest airlock over the weekend after completing two spacewalks over nine days. The rest of the Expedition 45 crew started the work week with a series of ongoing science experiments to improve life on Earth and for future crews.

One-Year crew member Mikhail Kornienko explored his fine motor skills and studied cardiac bioelectric activity at rest. Cosmonaut Sergey Volkov researched remotely controlling a rover on Earth from the station and worked with fellow cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko on maintenance inside the Zvezda service module. Kononenko also researched the electromagnetic state of the space station and the Earth’s ionosphere.

Japanese astronaut Kimiya Yui who assisted Kelly and Lindgren during their two spacewalks took some time off and relaxed Monday with the duo. However, the trio had their daily workouts and collected blood samples for stowage in a science freezer. Kelly also joined Kornienko for interviews with ABC’s “The View” and ITV News.

1 thought on “Spacewalkers Relax Monday as Cosmonauts Explore Science”

  1. It is wonderful to have such a research Lab in Space. I recall seeing some work done with Plant Material. Horticulture is one of my greatest interests. As Plants produce our breathable Oxygen, how much work has been done with plants in the ISS to test the amount of Air they can produce in Space. And it follows: what plants are the most successful “generators”? I think to recall there was some work done, but I missed seeing results. Can you help me out?
    Perhaps there are others interested in the study. On super long Journeys through Space this would be valuable and perhaps even a must, also producing food and fibers for the crew.
    Respectfully,
    Ernie Koch.

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