Advanced Science in Full Gear Today as Cosmonauts Relax

Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Shannon Walker of NASA installs an airborne particulate monitor in the Tranquility module.
Expedition 64 Flight Engineer Shannon Walker of NASA installs an airborne particulate monitor in the Tranquility module.

Five Expedition 64 astronauts had their day packed with microgravity research while the two cosmonauts had a light duty day aboard the International Space Station following last week’s spacewalk.

All seven crew members started the day measuring their body mass with an instrument that follows Newton’s second law of motion to account for the lack of gravity. Known as SLAMMD, or Space Linear Acceleration Mass Measurement Device, it applies a known force to an astronaut with the resulting acceleration used to calculate the person’s mass.

New station Flight Engineers Michael Hopkins and Victor Glover continued studying how microgravity impacts dexterous manipulation today. Their inputs for the Grip study could help scientists and engineers develop safer, more advanced spacecraft systems and interfaces.

Astronaut Soichi Noguchi of JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) removed a CubeSat deployer from the Kibo laboratory module’s airlock during Monday morning. During the afternoon, he configured life support hardware in the Harmony module.

NASA Flight Engineer Shannon Walker relaxed Monday morning before spending the rest of the afternoon exploring how to manufacture high quality, next generation fiber optic cables in space. Kate Rubins, on her second station mission, studied how water droplets behave in space to help engineers design improved spacecraft fuel and life support systems.

The two station cosmonauts worked on a pair of docked Russian Progress cargo ships, but otherwise relaxed Monday. Commander Sergey Ryzhikov and Flight Engineer Sergey Kud-Sverchkov are winding down several days of cleaning their spacesuits and stowing their tools following Wednesday’s six-hour and 48-minute spacewalk.

9 thoughts on “Advanced Science in Full Gear Today as Cosmonauts Relax”

  1. My best to all the crew. Enjoy and learn everything and teach use. A blessed tour. Thank you. Craig Van Aken Alabama.

  2. A wonderful job indeed, have been following the updates, since a week.
    Many thanks to the all the people involved. .Great Images and everything kicked in perfectly, getting to know many good things.
    I wish, all the best and hope to accomplish our mission with flying colors. Hope all my friends are having a good time out there and in a good shape.

  3. Hello to the crew. AT 5:36 Eastern Daylight Savings Time the ISS shall pass overhead my home and i expect to step out on the porch and wave as you pass by. Hey from down here. great job to the Crew. Tom and Mary say hi. 🙂

  4. Happy Monday to the Crew. As you can see on Monday , it is raining looking like a movie day down here . I bet the view is better up there. cheers. !!

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