La Station spatiale internationale (ISS) se prépare à accueillir le nouveau vaisseau d’équipage Starliner de Boeing qui doit décoller la semaine prochaine pour la mission Orbital Flight Test-2 de la société. Pendant ce temps, l’équipage de sept membres de l’Expédition 67 a poursuivi aujourd’hui ses recherches humaines et ses travaux de robotique.
Lindgren and Hines also began the day collecting and stowing their blood samples for later analysis. Hines then activated the Astrobee robotic free-flyer assistants inside the Kibo laboratory module. Lindgren later stowed the toaster-sized, cube-shaped robots after the autonomous devices spent the day demonstrating ways to detect and repair faulty station hardware.
Astronaut Jessica Watkins became acquainted with Astrobee procedures and swapped components in the station’s waste and hygiene compartment located in the Tranquility module. Flight Engineer Samantha Cristoforetti from ESA (European Space Agency) spent all day Friday testing the rHEALTH ONE medical device for its ability to identify cells, microorganisms, and proteins in microgravity.
Over in the station’s Russian segment, Commander Oleg Artemyev worked throughout Friday transferring water from the ISS Progress 80 cargo craft into the Zvezda service module. He also packed old station gear for disposal inside the ISS Progress 79 resupply ship. Denis Matveev, a flight engineer, worked on ventilation systems and photographed the condition of panels inside Zvezda. Flight Engineer Sergey Korsakov continued testing the mobility of the European robotic arm attached to the Nauka multipurpose laboratory module.