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ISS astronauts unload two ships at once

As reported in the Moscow Mission Control Center / MCC /, Oleg Skripochka and Dmitri Kondratiev yesterday for several hours unloading the ship, Progress M-09M", which docked with the station on Sunday, and the commander of the ISS-26, NASA astronaut Scott Kelly endured on the American segment of the cargo ship to Japanese HTV-2. «(On arrival, the two» trucks «described in detail in his blog on the site Roskosmos Dmitri Kondratyev). The only lady in the team — an American Catherine Coleman, who on Thursday picked up the Japanese virtuoso» truck " manipulator arm and led him to the station from the handling was released, allowing doing things you love — science.

In this noble endeavor to Coleman from time to time and will join the Russians. Thus, the most experienced in the crew, Alexander Kaleri met from the experiment «Relaxation», in which the astronauts explore the processes of interaction between the exhaust products of rocket engines of the Soyuz spacecraft and Progress of the upper layers of Earth’s atmosphere. «During the undocking, retroburns and entering the Earth’s upper atmosphere decay products of fuel propulsion systems come in a variety of chemical reactions among themselves and with atomic oxygen,» — said in the MCC. Scientists are investigating these reactions — the rate at which they occur, have a negative impact on the solar panels and windows, the outer surface of the station.

In between «low» on board «Progress» and back Skripochka and Kondratyev held session of experiments «Hurricane» and «typology». Experiment «Hurricane» is intended to improve forecasting of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, floods, forest fires, hurricanes and other disasters. Using digital cameras Kodak with 400-mm or a powerful 800-mm lens, the astronauts observe vortices, fires and other disasters, and report the results of his observations in Russia MCC, and then data and pictures from orbit comes to international organizations with a binding in time, latitude and longitude. Pictures from space are intended for all interested agencies, including MOE and the Academy of Sciences.

As part of the experiment «Typology» scientists are exploring typological characteristics of operator activity of crews on long-term phases of space flight. The results of these studies, which will be held at the ISS for three years, will form the basis of a new technique to ensure the health of the crew during long flights

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