The International Space Station’s itinerary on Wednesday included everything from conducting delicate medical operations in microgravity to preparing to haul away garbage 260 miles above Earth. Expedition 67 crew members also continued to study a variety of space phenomena to improve the lives of people on Earth and in space.
On their journey beyond low Earth orbit to the Moon, Mars and beyond, future astronauts must act independently of mission controllers. As a result, NASA Flight Engineers Kjell Lindgren and Bob Hines trained today to diagnose and treat acute medical conditions without ground support. Hines practiced ultrasound scans on Lindgren’s bladder and kidneys for the Autonomous Medical Officer Support Demonstration (AMOS). The study aims to help crews become more self-reliant and reduce mission risks, as communication delays increase the farther a spacecraft travels from Earth.
The orbiting lab’s four astronauts are also preparing to clean up the garbage this weekend, which will require procedures more complicated than bagging garbage on Earth. Astronauts Jessica Watkins of NASA and Samantha Cristoforetti of ESA (European Space Agency) today completed the loading of dumpsters in the NanoRacks Bishop airlock. They were assisted by Lindgren and Hines as they closed Bishop’s hatch and depressurized the airlock. The dumpster will be ejected into Earth’s atmosphere on Saturday for a fiery but safe disposal.
Roscosmos station commander Oleg Artemyev studied how future crew members might pilot spacecraft or pilot robots on planetary missions for a long-running Russian probe. Flight engineer Denis Matveev continued to configure nanosatellites for future deployment and worked in cargo operations on the supply ship ISS Progress 80. Cosmonaut Sergey Korsakov spent his day maintaining electronics and computers before studying international crew dynamics and collecting radiation readings.
Summary of the news:
- On Wednesday, the crew will work on autonomous medicine and garbage collection
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