Astronauts Take on Science, Plumbing and Cargo Duties Today


Expedition 53 Crew Portrait
The six-member Expedition 53 crew poses for a portrait inside the Japanese Kibo laboratory module with the VICTORY art spacesuit that was hand-painted by cancer patients in Russia and the United States. On the right (from top to bottom) are European Space Agency astronaut Paolo Nespoli, cosmonaut Sergey Ryazanskiy of Roscosmos and Expedition 53 Commander Randy Bresnik of NASA.

Expedition 53 checked out a specialized microscope and worked on the International Space Station’s toilet today. More supplies and hardware are also being offloaded from the newly-arrived Cygnus cargo craft.

Commander Randy Bresnik opened up the Fluids Integrated Rack this morning to take a look at its Light Microscopy Module (LMM), an advanced space microscope. He was troubleshooting the device and swapping out its cables. The LMM provides a facility to examine the microscopic properties of different types of fluids in microgravity.

European Space Agency Paolo Nespoli worked on space plumbing throughout the day in the station’s restroom, the Waste and Hygiene Compartment (WHC). The veteran station resident removed and replaced valves and sensors in the WHC as part regular preventative maintenance.

More crew supplies and research gear are being unloaded from Cygnus today to outfit the crew and continue ongoing space science experiments. NASA astronaut Joe Acaba was unpacking food, batteries and computer gear for stowage throughout the station. The second-time station resident was also removing Genes in Space gear and blood sample kits for upcoming science work.

One thought on “Astronauts Take on Science, Plumbing and Cargo Duties Today”

  1. c’est un plaisir de voir l’humain realise ..le reve que voila plusieurs siecles auparavant paraissant dans l’imagination c’est a dire dans l’impossibilite d’y arriver a un tel niveau .dire miraculeux .
    je salu le courage et l’ambition des astraunotes ainsi.que les pays qui engagent d’importants capitaux a titre d’investissements dans ces projets.
    merci une seconde fois..j’aime bien vous suivre vous le permettez..(communivation et information)

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