Expedition 18 Crew
The Expedition 18 crew focused on science activities aboard the International Space Station Friday.
Flight Engineer Yury Lonchakov spent time with a plant biology experiment as well as studying crew breathing in microgravity. He also took photographs of the Earth as part of an Earth observation experiment.
Commander Mike Fincke and Lonchakov worked out on the station’s treadmill while Flight Engineer Sandra Magnus continued the setup and checkout of the Advanced Resistive Exercise Device.
The station crew members spent some time Friday in a space-to-ground conference with their successors. Expedition 19 is scheduled to launch from Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan on March 25.
Fincke, Lonchakov and Magnus also are readying the station and packing items for the upcoming STS-119 mission. In February, space shuttle Discovery will bring a new solar array and truss structure as well as a new station crew member to the orbiting outpost.
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