A day full of biology research as spacewalk preparations continue – Space Station

Astronauts Kayla Barron and Matthias Maurer participate in a robotics training session at the US Destiny Laboratory unit.

Astrobiology research and spacewalk preparations have maintained Expedition 66 The crew is busy on board International Space Station Thursday. Orbiters also worked to ensure spacecraft, including exercise equipment, a specialized microscope, and fluid systems continued to operate in tip-top shape.

Living for a long time in microgravity conditions affects every aspect of the human body, and the eyes are no exception. A study recently delivered aboard the SpaceX Cargo Dragon and underway today in the orbiting laboratory explores how optical function is affected by extended space missions. Three NASA astronauts, Raja Chari, Thomas Marshburn, and Kayla Barron were on duty all day to contribute to an investigation that may protect astronauts’ vision and improve eye treatments on Earth.

Marshburn first started his day on the Tranquility Reinforced Cable Unit on the Advanced Resistance Trainer. Shari, near the end of his shift, cleaned out the Veggie Space Plants facility before uninstalling and packing the spacecraft’s Atmospheric Monitoring instrument to return to Earth.

The microbial collections continued for a third day this week, as European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer surveyed the station’s surfaces and stored samples for later analysis. The German cosmonaut also served the Mochii’s scanning electron microscope, set up an Earth observation computer, and worked on the human cell experiment in the cytoskeleton.

NASA Flight Engineer Mark Vande Hee was on duty Thursday afternoon at the US Destiny Laboratory unit to perform life support maintenance. The station visitor worked three times on a fluid service system that removes gas bubbles and cleans fluid lines throughout the orbiting laboratory.

Vande Hei also joined forces with astronauts Anton Shkaplerov and Peter Dubrov to help the Russian duo install lights, batteries and video equipment on the helmets of the Orlan spacesuits. The couple began their day with a fitness test to prepare for their planned space walk on January 19. They will spend about seven hours in the vacuum of space creating both the Prichal and Nauka modules.


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