New Expedition 34 Crew Members Ready for Launch
Expedition 34/35 Flight Engineer Tom Marshburn
of NASA, left, Soyuz Commander Roman Romanenko
and Canadian Space Agency Flight Engineer Chris
Hadfield, right, pose for a photo at a press
conference held at the Cosmonaut Hotel, on
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012, in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.
Photo Credit: NASA/Carla Cioffi
Flight Engineers Tom Marshburn, Roman Romanenko and Chris Hadfield are set to launch aboard their Soyuz TMA-07M spacecraft at 7:12 a.m. EST (6:12 p.m. Baikonur time) Wednesday from the Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan.
Coverage of the launch will begin at 6 a.m. Wednesday on NASA TV.
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The new trio will join current station residents Commander Kevin Ford and Flight Engineers Oleg Novitskiy and Evgeny Tarelkin when they dock their Soyuz to the Rassvet module at 9:12 a.m. Friday.
Meanwhile aboard the orbiting laboratory, Ford, Novitskiy and Tarelkin were busy with a variety of science experiments and maintenance duties Tuesday as they await the launch and arrival of their crew mates.
Commander Kevin Ford measured the water quality inside the Aquatic Habitat, which is currently home to some space-faring Medaka fish. Astronauts experience a loss of bone density during long-duration spaceflight, and Japanese scientists are using the fish as a model animal to understand the causes with the Medaka Osteoclast experiment.
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Ford also performed some regular maintenance on the COLBERT treadmill in the Tranquility node and routed a LAN cable into the cupola.
Flight Engineer Evgeny Tarelkin floats through
a hatchway between the Unity node (background)
and the Destiny laboratory of the International
Tarelkin worked with the Identifikatsia experiment, which investigates dynamic loads on the station during events such as dockings, reboosts and crew exercise sessions.
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He also downloaded some data from the radiation dosimeters in the Russian segment and continued packing the ISS Progress 48 cargo craft with trash and other unneeded items.
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