Crew unboxes new science experiments from Dragon – Space Station
New science experiments continue to be unpacked inside the newly arrived SpaceX Dragon supply ship. The seven crew members of Expedition 67 also ensured that the International Space Station continued to orbit the Earth in perfect condition.
NASA flight engineers Jessica Watkins and Bob Hines spent Monday unloading some of the more than 5,800 pounds of science experiments and crew supplies delivered Saturday inside the freighter Dragon. The duo transferred time-critical research samples to the orbiting laboratory to begin exploring a variety of space phenomena for the benefit of humans on and off Earth. Some of the new experiments include a study of the human immune system, an investigation of protein production, and a cancer treatment experiment.
NASA flight engineer Kjell Lindgren helped Watkins and Hines move science freezers inside Dragon to access cargo pallets today. Lindgren has also taken care of the cultivation of radishes and mizuna leaves using hydroponic and aeroponic methods for the XROOTS Space Botany Study. ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti tested the computer connections inside the European Physiology Module which supports neuroscience, cardiovascular and physiological studies inside the Columbus laboratory module.
The three cosmonauts on the station mainly focused on life support maintenance tasks. Commander Oleg Artemyev and Flight Engineer Denis Matveev serviced Russian ventilation systems by replacing vents and filters. Flight engineer Sergey Korsakov worked on orbital plumbing tasks inside Nauka’s general-purpose laboratory module.
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