February 29, 2024

Space Station Crew Busy With Plants, Bioprinting and Orbital Plumbing

The 3 other NASA Flight Engineers aboard the orbiting lab, Raja Chari, Kayla Barron, and Mark Vande Hei, worked throughout the day on a range of life support and science upkeep tasks. Chari was on pipes task draining and moving fluids in station tanks. Barron serviced the laboratorys exercise cycle prior to replacing parts in the waste and hygiene compartment, the stations bathroom. Vande Hei processed samples for DNA analysis for the Food Physiology experiment that records how diet impacts a team members health throughout a long-term area objective.
The stations leader, Anton Shkaplerov of Roscosmos, was back on workout research on Thursday checking out how to take full advantage of the effectiveness of exercising in weightlessness. Russian Flight Engineer Pyotr Dubrov tidied up the Zvezda and Poisk modules, returning them to a post-spacewalk configuration following his expedition with Shkaplerov on January 19.

The Soyuz MS-19 crew ship and the Prichal docking module connected to the Nauka multipurpose lab module are pictured during an orbital sundown. Credit: NASA
The Expedition 66 team split its research study schedule between space botany and life science aboard the International Space Station yesterday.
NASA Flight Engineer Thomas Marshburn started Thursday watering plants growing for the Veggie PONDS research study that explores ways to dependably grow veggies in microgravity. Later, the three-time spaceport station visitor validated the operability of the 2 robotics workstations, situated in the U.S. Destiny laboratory module and the cupola, that control the Canadarm2 robotic arm.
Matthias Maurer, flight engineer from ESA (European Space Agency), printed samples from a portable bioprinter for analysis back in the world. The samples were printed to examine how to establish tissues in microgravity to advance individualized medicine on Earth and in space.

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