Crew Resumes Science Work, Continues Orientation

After off-duty time over the weekend, the six members of the International Space Station’s Expedition 24 crew resumed experiment work and continued familiarizing themselves with station systems.

Commander Alexander Skvortsov took photos for the Russian ocean observation program known as Seiner. The program tests the interaction procedure between the crews of the station’s Russian segment and State Fishery Committee ships during the search and development of fishing productive areas of the world’s oceans.

Flight Engineer Tracy Caldwell Dyson worked with the Coarsening in Solid-Liquid Mixtures-2 (CSLM-2) experiment. CSLM-2 examines the kinetics of competitive particle growth within a liquid metal matrix. This work has direct applications to metal alloy manufacturing on Earth, including materials critical for aerospace applications.

All six crew members participated in routine body mass measurements for which Flight Engineer Mikhail Kornienko set up equipment. This Russian biomedical routine uses specialized “scales” to determine body mass in microgravity.

Flight Engineers Doug Wheelock and Shannon Walker continued station orientation, getting to know their new home. With Walker’s assistance, Wheelock worked with the crew restraint system as part of his medical officer orientation on the complex.