The stations other crew members concentrated on area physics, life science, and lab maintenance. NASA Flight Engineer Raja Chari began his day working on hardware upkeep for the Ring Sheared Drop experiment then took a robotics test for a behavioral study. Astronaut Matthias Maurer of ESA (European Space Agency) continued gathering microorganism samples swabbed from station surface areas for analysis.
NASA astronaut Kayla Barron gathered microorganism samples from the stations atmosphere then took samples from a co2 elimination system for analysis. At the end of the day, Vande Hei gathered devices ahead of operations prepared for station fluid systems.
NASA astronaut Thomas Marshburn peers out from a window inside the cupola, the International Space Stations “window to the world.” Credit: NASA
In one week the very first spacewalk of 2022 is set to begin at the International Space Station. Two Expedition 66 team members are getting their spacesuits ready as the remainder of the crew deals with research study and upkeep.
Station Commander Anton Shkaplerov and Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov are because of exit the Poisk module in their Russian Orlan spacesuits on January 19 at 7 a.m. EDT. They will invest about 7 hours setting up both the Prichal docking module and the Nauka multipurpose lab module in the vacuum of space.
Both cosmonauts continued setting up and attaching components to their spacesuits on Wednesday. NASA Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hei, who will assist the spacewalkers next week, signed up with the pair during the afternoon and examined the Poisk airlock depressurization/repressurization timeline.
January 12, 2022