Expedition 27 Crew
The six-member Expedition 27 crew awaits the launch of STS-134 and the delivery of the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer. Engineers at the Kennedy Space Center continue testing a new power distribution system installed on space shuttle Endeavour. Forensic testing is under way on the failed power system that scrubbed Endeavour’s first launch opportunity. NASA managers met Friday afternoon and determined space shuttle Endeavour will launch no earlier than Monday, May 16 at 8:56 a.m. EDT.
Two docked cargo vehicles on the space station are currently being emptied of new gear and filled with trash and other discarded items. Flight Engineer Paolo Nespoli worked inside the Johannes Kepler Automated Transfer Vehicle due to undock from the Zvezda service module in June. Flight Engineer Andrey Borisenko continued transferring cargo from the new ISS Progress 42 (42P) resupply ship, which docked to the Pirs docking compartment April 29.
Flight Engineer Ron Garan set up a camera that specializes in photographing vegetation areas in the United States. Installed in the largest window in the Destiny laboratory, the Window Observation Research Facility (WORF), the camera captures agricultural conditions using visible and infrared light.
Garan also performed some plumbing work on the toilet inside the Tranquility module. Working on the Waste and Hygiene Compartment he replaced a urine receptacle and a filter.
Flight Engineer Cady Coleman joined Garan Thursday for an interview with The Wall Street Journal. The astronauts talked about the upcoming STS-134 mission and the 50th anniversary of Alan Shepard’s sub-orbital flight. During the interview Coleman was wearing gear attached to her waist and wrist that monitors heart performance as part of an ongoing experiment.
Coleman joined Nespoli for a simple experiment that is part of the ongoing Kids in Micro-G experiment. They videotaped the interaction of liquid pepper, oil and water in a Ziploc bag for viewing by teachers and students on Earth.
In the Russian segment of the space station, Commander Dmitry Kondratyev with Borisenko and Flight Engineer Alexander Samokutyaev checked out commemorative items delivered on the 42P. Borisenko also photographed work during the ASEPTIC experiment, which studies sterilization techniques during biological science work.
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