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Astronaut Bob Hines explores how a crew member’s cognition and notion are affected in microgravity for the GRIP expleriment.

Farming, foam, and hearth analysis saved the astronauts busy on the finish of the week aboard the Worldwide House Station. The tempo of microgravity analysis is choosing up with the Expedition 67 crew spending extra time finding out a wide selection of house phenomena to advertise the well-being of people on and off the Earth.

NASA Flight Engineer Kjell Lindgren harvested greens on Friday after a 30-day rising interval contained in the Veggie botany facility for the XROOTS house agriculture research. Researchers are investigating utilizing soilless strategies, particularly hydroponic and aeroponic strategies, to provide crops in microgravity and feed crews on missions past low-Earth orbit.

NASA astronaut Bob Hines checked out foams, or dispersions of bubbles in a liquid, contained in the KERMIT microscope at present utilizing the microgravity atmosphere to disclose microstructures not potential on Earth. Observations could result in extra superior house analysis alternatives and improved shopper merchandise and supplies design on Earth.

Robotics is a vital a part of the house station with three exterior manipulators, or robotic arms, for payload operations exterior the station and experimental gear contained in the station to help the astronauts. One investigation is researching the flexibility to regulate robots on a planetary floor from a spacecraft in orbit. NASA Flight Engineer Jessica Watkins arrange the Floor Avatar laptop computer laptop within the Columbus laboratory module on Friday to start finding out methods, comparable to haptic controls, consumer interfaces, and digital actuality, to command and management surface-bound robots from lengthy distances.

Astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European House Company) spent her day servicing combustion analysis and different lab {hardware}. She first opened up the Combustion Built-in Rack and linked parts that help the Strong Gas Ignition and Extinction hearth development and suppression investigation. The 2-time station resident additionally reloaded software program on a laptop computer laptop, labored on orbital plumbing duties, and took a cognition take a look at for the Commonplace Measures research.

The house station is orbiting greater after the docked ISS Progress 81 cargo craft fired its engines for one minute and 46 seconds on Thursday. The orbital reboost locations the station on the right altitude for the upcoming departure and arrival of a pair of Soyuz crew ships.

Commander Oleg Artemyev will quickly lead the experience again to Earth with Flight Engineers Denis Matveev and Sergey Korsakov contained in the Soyuz MS-21 crew ship. The trio have been aboard the orbiting lab since March 18 docking to the Prichal module lower than three-and-a-half hours after launching from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The three cosmonauts spent Friday checking communications techniques contained in the Soyuz automobile and conditioning their our bodies for the return to Earth’s gravity after six months dwelling and dealing in weightlessness.

Simply over per week earlier than the cosmonaut threesome returns house, NASA astronaut Frank Rubio will blast off from Baikonur with Roscosmos cosmonauts Sergey Prokopyev and Dmitri Petelin. The three crewmates will take a brief journey to the station’s Rassvet module contained in the Soyuz MS-22 crew ship and start a six-month station mission as Expedition 68 Flight Engineers.


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