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The "Breeze" will blow on ISS.. / December 14, 2010 /

Today, 14 December, astronauts aboard the International Space Station will hold the first session of the experiment for the expedition, «Breeze.»
Flight Engineer Oleg Skripochka measure the parameters of the gas station environment with a special device ICAR-1, which determines the concentration of ions in the atmosphere at the fan, air purifier.

The main purpose of the experiment — the search for alternative methods of treatment and rehabilitation of gas environment on the ISS. To do this, by pumping air through an electrostatic precipitator fan, Wednesday, saturating light ions positive and negative polarity.

Implementation of the experiment in the future will solve the problem of cleaning the air space at the station of organic trace how the entire volume, and in zapanelnom space.

Also today, in terms of the crew of the Russian segment — an educational experiment «Coulomb crystal», which studies the dynamics of charged particles in a magnetic field in microgravity. His hold Alexander Kaleri.
Tomorrow from Baikonur launches manned spacecraft Soyuz TMA-20 "with the crew, who on Dec. 17 to join Kaleri Skripochka and their American colleague Scott Kelly to the ISS.

Today at the launch site will be a meeting of the State Commission for approval crew.

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