Space Research, Orbital Plumbing Fill Crew’s Day

Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy services microbial DNA samples for sequencing and identification aboard the space station's Harmony module.
Expedition 63 Commander Chris Cassidy services microbial DNA samples for sequencing and identification aboard the space station’s Harmony module.

The Expedition 63 crew, with one U.S. astronaut and two Russian cosmonauts aboard the International Space Station, juggled an array of space research and orbital plumbing duties on Wednesday.

Commander Chris Cassidy ran several test operations today of the Water Droplet Formation experiment that may improve fluid management on spaceships and faucets and showers on Earth. The veteran astronaut also analyzed water samples for microbes and checked on biology and robotics hardware.

Cassidy then switched roles from space scientist to high-flying plumber and serviced the station’s restroom, the Waste and Hygiene Compartment, located in the Tranquility module. He also exchanged water recovery system pumps inside Japan’s Kibo laboratory module.

Flight Engineer Anatoly Ivanishin of Roscosmos spent Wednesday morning working on power and electrical systems in the orbiting lab’s Russian segment. The experienced cosmonaut then moved onto fluid transfers into the Progress 76 resupply ship then studied ways improve to interactions between mission controllers and space crews.

Cosmonaut Ivan Vagner from Roscosmos started the morning communicating with students on Earth using a ham radio. The first-time space flyer then worked the rest of the day on a variety of maintenance tasks including replacing pumps and checking smoke detectors.

3 thoughts on “Space Research, Orbital Plumbing Fill Crew’s Day”

  1. Hello there!
    An hour ago(21:40 EET) we were waving at you as you were passing through the sky of Xerocambous, Crete in Greece. I hope you are all well!
    Best regards,

  2. Saludos . gracias a todos por realizar tan importante labor para beneficio de toda la humanidad . muchas gracias a todos . también quiero decirles que aquí estoy recibiendo las transmisiones de SSTV bellas imágenes helicópteros . yo vivo en Baragua . Ciego de Avila . Cuba . les recibo con un receptor de VHF construido por mi en casa . fuerte abrazo para ustedes y éxitos en las misiones .

  3. Amazing… ❤️ CHIS CASSIDY I am a fan of yours. I admire your continuous effort for further discoveries for all the people on earth to witness and learn. GOD bless you!

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