August 29, 2008 Expedition 17 Crew
The Expedition 17 crew members made last minute equipment transfers in the ISS Progress 29 cargo craft before they closed its hatches for the final time Friday.
The Progress, filled with trash and unneeded items, is scheduled to undock from the Earth-facing port of the Zarya module Monday, Sept. 1. The craft will be deorbited a week later to burn up in the Earth's atmosphere. A new unpiloted cargo craft, the Progress 30, is scheduled to launch from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan Sept. 10.
Flight Engineer Greg Chamitoff collected coolant samples from the Japanese Experiment Module and took water samples in the Columbus module. He also recorded medical data collected during a test using the Portable Clinical Blood Analyzer (PCBA).
Flight Engineer Oleg Kononenko unloaded cargo and stowed station trash in the Jules Verne Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV). Earlier this week, crew members tested the station's manual TORU docking system to prepare for the ATV's undocking Sept. 5. It would be used in the unlikely event of a failure of the automated Kurs docking system.
Crew members continued their work with various science experiments. They also performed their daily exercise sessions to counteract the effects of long-term exposure to the microgravity environment of space.
Aside from their regular off-duty time, crew members will stay occupied over the holiday weekend with ongoing science experiments and regular station maintenance activities.
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